Know the Mass, One Word at a Time
If as children we were trained to be polite, the words “thank you” may roll off our tongues dozens of times daily. Of course, it’s good to be polite, but, in the routine of saying thank you, we may have lost its deeper meaning. In its fullest and deepest sense, to thank someone is to acknowledge their gift or their favor and also to acknowledge that we cannot give something back in return. To thank someone in this more authentic sense means to stand grateful but also indebted before someone who has been so good to us.
“Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.” We hear the invitation at Mass, and it is not an invitation to repeat a commonplace, hastily spoken thank-you. To give thanks to the Lord is a full and humble acknowledgment of God’s goodness to us manifested in the Death and the Resurrection of Jesus. There is truly nothing we can offer to “pay back” the Lord for all his goodness. Together, we stand before God grateful and indebted. God has done great things for us. We will never forget.
Archdiocese Celebrating Memorial Day at the Catholic Cemeteries
Monday, May 27 Memorial Day
Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 27, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at all of our major cemeteries, along with our parish cemetery Masses. Please check Catholic New World and local newspapers for the list of major cemeteries, parish cemeteries and celebrants near you.
Mercy Home Mentoring Program
A friend can make all the difference…Be that friend, consider mentoring. The Friends First Program of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is a one-on-one mentoring program for youth ages 9-17 in the Chicago area. Our purpose is to engage youth in fun, meaningful activities that promote healthy personal and social development. To learn more about becoming a mentor, call the Friends First Program at 312-738-9560 or visit www.mercyhome.org/mentor.
St. Vincent de Paul Summer Toiletries Drive
Visiting a hotel this summer? Keep in mind the needs of the poor and bring home unused individual bottles of shampoo, lotion, and other toiletries for the Franciscan Outreach Mission here in Chicago. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has a collection box in the gathering space in Church for your donations. Your thoughtfulness will help provide the needed toiletries for some of the 40,000 showers provided by the Mission each year! God bless you for your generosity.