Today we celebrate the feast of the Ascension of our Lord. The Gospels of Mark and Luke have Jesus making appearances to people after his resurrection but before his ascension. The ascension is both an ending and a beginning. It brings the earthly life of Jesus to an end. He has returned to the Father.
However, it also signifies the beginning of the life of the Church. Now the Church will be guided and protected by the gift of the Holy Spirit. The disciples have been given their final commission by the risen Lord to carry on the mission and ministry of Jesus. It is up to them to keep the gospel message alive.
I came across the following poem that in its own way invites us to think about what more can we do. It leads us to reflect on what we have been given by God, and what we are willing to offer in return. It’s something good to think about.
What More Can You Do?
I will more than belong – I will participate.
I will do more than care – I will help.
I will do more than believe – I will trust.
I will do more than dream – I will work.
I will do more than teach – I will inspire.
I will do more than earn – I will enrich.
I will do more than give – I will serve.
I will do more then live – I will grow.
I will do more than be friendly - I will be a friend
I will do more than talk – I will listen.
I will do more.
At all the Masses this weekend, Mary Beth May, our Director of Religious Education, will be making an appeal for catechists to help teach our children about the Catholic faith. We are in need of adults who can help in the classroom on Sunday mornings in the Fall of this year. This is an important ministry as we try to pass our faith and religious beliefs onto our children, and help them grow in knowledge and love for the Lord.
Maybe this is your calling? Perhaps teaching is your gift to be shared with others? This is great opportunity to spiritually influence and direct those who are the future believers of our Church. Give it some thought. We will help, train and guide you along the way.
Here We Are! Over Here!
At all the Masses last weekend we launched our “Parish Visibility Project.” Presented was the need for creating four new large signs that will be posted on the front and back of both churches. Also 10 brown street signs will be posted throughout the neighborhood.
The signs are displayed in today’s bulletin and can also
be viewed on the color poster in the back of church.
The cost for the new signs is $11,500. We acquired three bids from professional companies and accepted the one that will provide us the best price, service and quality.
A special collection has been created to help defray to cost. So far we have collected $1,447.00 for the Parish Visibility Project. Contributions can be made on-line at our parish website, or you can earmark your donation and place it in with your Sunday offering. I am grateful for your support as we try to grow our parishes and evangelize within our community.
The feedback that I heard from parishioners after the Masses last weekend was positive. Here are some of the comments folks shared with me.
“This is a good idea. It was long over due.”
“Even our visiting priests have a hard time finding the church when they come to say Mass.”
“I have been coming here for over 10 years. I remember how hard it was back then to find the church.”
I am confident that as we increase our visibility, we will also increase our Mass attendance at both parishes. Thank you for your help.
Helping Those in Need
Thank you to all who contributed to the Catholic Charities collection. The collection totaled $2,617.00. Catholic Charities does wonderful work in serving the poor right here in downtown Chicago, and throughout Cook and Lake counties.