Dear Family of St. Matthias,
Greetings on Divine Mercy Sunday!!! THANKS BE TO OUR GOD OF MERCY, ALWAYS READY TO FORGIVE. The celebration this weekend is based on the Gospel when Our Lord gives the Apostles the authority to forgive sin, meaning God's willingness to forgive our sins and a chance to start over again. Thanks be to God!
What a wonderful celebration of Triduum-Easter 2017. This wonderful celebration would not have happened without the enduring and creative ministerial work of Karyn McGovern and Mark Meier. I thank the two of you so very much for all you did to make the Triduum such a sacred time and then for continuing to celebrate it in such a festive spirit. My gratitude is also extended to Jennifer Reckamp and Michael Brauer, our two talented cantors, and to our outstanding choir for leading us in prayerful song. Our music was just beautiful. I also thank our parish donors whose contributions supported our Easter music. Bountiful appreciation goes out to Ann McIntee for the creative and colorful preparations to the Sanctuary and the entire church and for the beautifully displayed Easter flowers. What a sweet and freshsmelling aroma around our church. Church flowers are a sign of the fullness of life and the kingdom of God that awaits us. Many thanks to our parish donors for providing the Easter flowers for our Easter season. And, lastly, a thank you goes out to Evelyn Rubino who does so many, many things for us behind the scenes for our weekend and daily Masses. We have had a wonderful 2017 Triduum-Easter thanks to your continuing and endearing support.
As we celebrate the divine mercy of God, we can experience that mercy and compassion in the healing sacrament of our church: the Anointing of the Sick. We will celebrate this healing sacrament in a communal setting this coming Saturday, April 29, at 11 AM in our gym. We will have a Mass and, after a short homily, will celebrate the Anointing of the Sick rite. Once you are seated for Mass, you will not need to move again. I will come down to where you are seated and anoint you personally as well as bring you Holy Communion. After Mass, we will have a luncheon served. Once again, remain where you are seated. We have an excellent wait-staff ready to serve you at your table. So, please join us for our sacramental celebrations as well as for lunch. If you need a ride, please call us here in the rectory (773) 506-2191 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will pick you up just like the Enterprise car rental service and drive you back home. If you know of a homebound person who is unable to join us, please let me know and I will make a house-call during the week of April 30. Let us always keep in our prayer those who suffer in mind, body or in spirit.
As I mentioned last week, we are awaiting a meeting with the Chief Operating Officer of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Betsy Bohlen, concerning the selling of the 1/4th of our east parking lot. That meeting has been set for Tuesday, May 2, at 1 PM. Kevin Wiley from our RAISE Steering Committee will be joining me at this meeting. I will keep you informed.
We came to a consensus that having a summer festival in mid- July is just not practical at this time. We need much longer lead time and more folks to join our planning committee. So our target is now mid-July of 2018.
Please be reminded that the program from the Archdiocesan Vocation Office entitled, "Who Will Fill My Shoes", is this coming Saturday, April 29, beginning at 9 AM. All young men from the ages of 13 to 20 are invited. This vocation seminar will be held at St. Joseph Seminary located on the grounds of Loyola University on Sheridan Road. For further information, please call me at (773) 506-2191 or email me at: email@example.com.
The Offertory collection summary of Palm/Passion Sunday can be found on page 2. On behalf of our Parish Finance Committee and myself, I thank you for your generosity. I thank you for ALL that you do for our Family of St. Matthias. Your volunteer hours, and the sharing of your time and talent cut down considerably on costs and creates the community spirit that is St. Matthias. I thank you! I pray for you every day.
It is official: the accounting firm of Pricewaterhousecoopers is still going to be awarded the Oscar Awards contract for 2018 even after the biggest mistake in the history of the Oscars. One can certainly say about that company: 'they do know how to push the envelope'.
Have a good Mercy Sunday week!