Pastor’s Desk: March 31 4th Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

This Sunday and next Sunday the focus of each Gospel passage is on the infinite mercy of God. No matter how sinful, how terrible, how heartbreaking the actions the prodigal son and the adulterous woman are, God’s compassion is stronger. Of course, this is merely a glimpse of the ultimate mercy offered to all of us that we will hear of the Sunday after that: Jesus dying on the cross for our salvation.

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. Tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel will be a Holy Hour – an opportunity of prayer in the presence of Jesus exposed in the Eucharist. All are welcome.

This year, our Seven Churches Pilgrimage on Holy Thursday will feature a “mini-coach” bus.  The mini-coach has more room, which should make it easier to get up and down the bus steps.  Seating on the mini-coach is limited, however, and we can only take 32 passengers.  If you would like to go on the Holy Thursday pilgrimage, please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the vestibule.  As seating is limited, we are asking for phone numbers, in addition to names and will be calling during Holy Week to ensure your presence. (Example: “John Smith plus 1” will not be acceptable). If the sign-up sheet fills up, there are additional lines for alternates.  Alternates will be called on a first come, first serve basis in the event that there is an opening.

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 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.

St. Luke Parish in River Forest invites for their April 4th Pro-Life Speaker panel.

Two states already have taken action on new abortion laws that could mean serious changes to the rights of the unborn. Among other things, the legislation in Virginia and New York extend the time for late-term abortions. Will Illinois be next? Come to our panel discussion on Thursday, April 4, to find out.

Special guest speakers Mary Kate Knorr and Mary FioRito will address recent pro-abortion legislation actions at the state and federal levels and the negative ramifications for Illinois residents and taxpayers. Knorr is the director of Illinois Right to Life and FioRito is an attorney, noted speaker-author, and our local expert on pro-life matters. This free program will start at 7:00 pm in the lower level of the school (Waldron Hall). Be sure to attend our panel discussion for the most up-to-date information on the moral issues facing our state.

As we have been blessed by participation in our Lenten Mission we ask for God’s continuing blessing on our Lenten journey.

Fr. Stan

March 31 Chimes