Please Visit the Sick
Tuesdays, 1 PM
When we help the poor we are truly followers of Jesus, servant of the poor. Consider serving the poor by joining Deacon Roland and others who visit and minister to the forgotten and lonely. Tuesdays at the Balmoral Nursing Home 2055 W. Balmoral.
Movies in the Park
June 11: Vertigo 300 W. Belmont Ave
The Chicago Park District's popular summer series returns with 176 screenings of new and classic films, including Bennett Miller's 2011 baseball biopic "Moneyball" and Sidney Lumet's 1978 classic, "The Wiz," starring Michael Jackson, at more than 120 neighborhood parks from June 11-Oct. 26. Films screen at dusk, weather permitting.
St. Joan of Arc Carnival
The Carnival is coming to town at St. Joan of Arc School in Evanston, June 7 – 10. Come enjoy food, rides and games for the whole family. Located in the school parking lot at 9245 North Lawndale (the corner of Lyons and Lawndale, just south of Central Park), the Carnival is an annual fundraiser for the school. Adult party under the tent on Saturday night starting at 9pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Carnival for individual rides, or a four-day Megapass allowing unlimited rides for $55. Daily ticket specials are also available. For more information see www.saintjoanofarc.net
A Great Parish Continues to Get Better
I HAD THE PLEASURE of dining with Father Terry last week and we did a lot of reminiscing about St. Matthias circa 1999. We have some fond memories as well as an insight on how far the parish and the school has come over the last 13 years. I spend a lot of time writing articles encouraging you all to donate, get involved , sign up for electronic giving and encourage new ideas, all of which has gotten us this far. And yes we have a lot further to go and the next few years look very exciting for the school and parish.
I ran across this article written by Bishop Oscar Romero and I thought it truly represents the journey that many of us at St. Matthias are on and many more will be joining.
Creating the Church Of Tomorrow
It helps now and then, to step back and take the long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that can be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection, no pastoral brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the Church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about: We plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds that are already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capability. We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s Grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the Master Builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own. Amen.
Written by Archbishop Oscar Romero who was martyred in San Salvador