Our readings today progress from despair to hope. Job has lost his children, his livelihood, and his health. “I shall not see happiness again,” he mourns in his lament to God. In the Gospel, “The whole town” came to Jesus, bringing those who were ill and possessed by demons. They waited patiently, filled with hope. Undoubtedly, we can picture ourselves in both situations. When we are in despair, let us remind ourselves of the healing grace of God.
This weekend is the Commitment Weekend of the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA). Its theme is: “Come, Follow Me.” The ACA helps fund the ongoing operating expenses of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Each year, gifts to the ACA support the schools, programs, agencies and ministries that serve the educational, physical and spiritual needs of the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Our Parish Lenten Mission will take place from Monday, February 19th to Wednesday, February 21st. We will meet in the church at 7:00 P.M. The mission will be led by Rev. William T. Corcoran, Ph.D., pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Orland Hills. Fr. Corcoran will also preach at all masses on the weekend of February 17th and 18th. Please save the dates and keep Fr. Corcoran in your prayers.
Holy Hour will take place Monday, February 5th at 7:00 P.M. in the chapel. All are welcome.
Last week I announced that we will not distribute wine at masses until the end of the flu season. I asked parishioner Deb Michalak, RN, for some professional hints and we got it:
As you are aware, influenza, or “flu,” is widespread and especially troublesome this year. Illinois has been hit particularly hard, with almost 5% of the population having experienced flu or flu-like symptoms (in a typical flu season, 1.2% of the population is affected).
To help keep our St. Bernardine Family safe from the flu, we will initiate some precautions during masses beginning Saturday, February 3rd, 2018:
- Wine will not be distributed during mass
- Hand sanitizer will be available at the church entrances
Additional tips to keep us healthy:
- Get a flu shot – it is not too late, and the flu shot may keep you from getting the flu. If you do contract the flu, having had the flu shot may lessen the symptoms and length of your illness
- If you are sick with flu symptoms, stay home (the CDC recommends you stay home for 24 hours after your fever is gone)
- Avoid close contact with sick people – until flu season is over; it is OK to nod and smile at your pew neighbor during the handshake of peace instead of actually shaking hands
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw the tissue away
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth – germs spread this way
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu
Thank you Deb!
Keeping in our prayers all those who are sick, let us ask God to keep us healthy in body and spirit.
God bless you.