Per a Directive from the Diocese of Joliet all Masses (weekend and daily) are canceled until further notice. Please see Fr. Mike O'Keefe's 4/3 video message below.

 Fr. Mike's Open Letter to Parishoners
RE: COVID-19          March 19, 2020

Fr. Mike's  Gospel Reflections

           FR. MIKE’S REFLECTION ON THE GOSPEL FOR THE 6th Sunday of Lent-April 5, 2020

This last Sunday before Holy Week has always been known as Palm Sunday, indicating the celebratory manner in which Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem.  As often now it is referred to as Passion Sunday because today’s gospel is the story of the ordeal Jesus would endure so soon after arriving in the Holy City.  We listen to the horrible details of the arrest, trial, humiliation, and execution of our Lord.  In this deluge of descriptions only one thing is necessary for us to remember and reflect on today and throughout this week we rightly call “Holy” – the Cross.  The cross is the summary of all the scenes and sentiments of Passion Sunday.  It was the brutal instrument of capital punishment reserved for slaves, traitors, and terrorists in the time of Jesus.  The cross offered not one shred of respect or dignity to the one nailed to it.  The cross gave not a moment of relief to the agony of the one crucified, except for final release into death.  And yet it is the central symbol of our faith tradition – not the palms, but the Cross.  Jesus died on the cross and that act changed the whole scope of human destiny.  It also changed the way we see the cross.  What had been merely an evil instrument of inhumane torture now became the sign and symbol of the deepest, greatest love the world has ever known.

Jesus gave a whole new meaning to the cross when He said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  And then He practiced what He preached when He laid his bleeding body on that wood.  And that cross was hoisted into the air for all to see and concur, There is no greater Love than This.  The cross is the focus of our prayer and penance this final week of Lent.  How privileged we are to make the sign of the cross as we begin and end every day, every Mass, every prayer.  May we never again make it casually without thought.  How blessed we are to make the cross an essential part of our lives.  Jesus said, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow me.”

Did it not seem that the Passion reading came to a very quiet, somber, anti-climactic end today?

The real climax is yet to come.  Easter.  The cross of Jesus shows us the way from death to life.  There we shall see the empty cross and the empty tomb and know the fullness of Life and Love.

This Week's Bulletin

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We are a welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people. Our parish mission is We are the Church, alive with Christ, a diverse community rooted in faith, celebrating a liturgy of life.  We are prayerfully responsive to the Spirit of the living Gospel, freely and fully ministering to all.  

All Religious Education Classes Have Been Canceled Until Further Notice per Diocesan Directives

Statement from Bishop Pates Concerning COVID19

Letter to Parents from the Office of Youth Formation RE: COVID19

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 Diocese of Joliet Faith Formation

The Diocese of Joliet has created a resource for families, produced in English and in Spanish, designed to help all parents draw their families into a deeper relationship with: God, one another, and with friends.  Although families cannot attend Mass, it is our hope that parents will lead their families to honor the Lord's Day and focus together on what is really most important. 
The Sunday Resources will be posted here:
March 22:          English
                         Spanish
March 29:          English
                         Spanish

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Bible Study

 Fr. Robert Carroll Concluded the Spring Bible Study, Journey With Jacob, on 

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020.

If you missed a session, materials are available in the Adult Formation Office.
More information Contact: Elizabeth Young

Celebrate Holy Week

 How can we celebrate Holy Week at home? Here is a resource the whole family can use. You are in our prayers always.
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Important Updates

Our Food Pantry is still open.
Hours of operation have been limited due to the COVID-19 crisis, but we are open on
Tuesday and Friday from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM.

Confirmation has been postponed. We will inform you of the new date when we receive the information.

To our knowledge, First Communion is still happening on May 16.

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