Two and a half weeks ago, as we began our Lenten journeys, we may have been told, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” It was not a suggestion. It was a command, a command to orient ourselves toward God. Have we followed this commandment? Are we putting our faith into action? It’s not too late. Like the fig tree in today’s Gospel, we are cared for by a patient gardener. We have been given another chance to bear fruit.
This weekend our Lenten mission begins. We welcome Fr. James Hurlbert, pastor of Ascension Parish in Oak Park who is going to lead us through this special time of renewal of our relationship with God and our neighbors. We will meet on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the church. The Tuesday session will include the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Last Wednesday, March 20th, three of our Religious Education Students received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Luke Church, River Forest. We congratulate Jhanlo Espedido, Roberto Marquez and Ella Zarosl, and we pray that the Holy Spirit may strengthen their faith and enable them to follow Jesus trustworthily.
Every Friday of Lent we have Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. in the church. Please find the time and participate in this traditional devotion and meditate on the passion of Christ.
Last summer, several of our faithful parishioners volunteered to work the Northerly Island fundraising opportunity that the Youth Group has been attending for the last few years. (You may remember seeing the sign-up sheet in the church vestibule.) With their efforts, the church raised nearly $18,000.00, with the proceeds earmarked for new tables and chairs for our soon-to-be renovated Fearon Hall. Since we will be purchasing new tables and chairs, we would like to offer the current ones to our parishioners. We have about 30 tables and 200 chairs. They will be available for pick up on a first come, first serve basis beginning Monday, April 1st through Friday, April 12th. The tables/chairs should be picked up Monday through Friday during our office hours, 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Please call the rectory office if you are interested.
Recently, two bills have been introduced into the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate that stroke at the sacredness of life and human dignity. Please read the Cardinal’s letter in our bulletin and take suggested actions.
As our Lenten mission begins, I pray for assistance from the Holy Spirit to all who will attend it.