Pastor’s Desk: November 24 34th Sunday (Last Week) in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Christmas is still a month away, but you wouldn’t know it if you turned on the television or walked in a department store. But here and now we celebrate a very different holy day and listen to a passage from the other end of Luke’s Gospel. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom,” the criminal executed with Jesus asks. Let us resolve today, no matter the distractions, to set our eyes on the kingdom of heaven.

On Sunday, November 10th, we held our 31st Annual Game Day.  Fearon Hall was literally buzzing with nearly 200 people who came out to cheer on the Chicago Bears, and once again, the Bears did not disappoint! Those that attended enjoyed our newly renovated Fearon hall, Kitchen and Cafeteria.  The action was live with the game playing on all seven TVs and the large screen at the stage and two in the cafeteria! What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! We netted over $9,000 which helps support our St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry as well as the Forest Park Food Pantry. The day was not without incident though.  The sump pump in the Maintenance Room picked a bad time to go on the fritz, and we had a minor setback with water coming into the kitchen.  Our local plumber came in to save the day, but the sump pump, which is very old, will need replacing.  At this writing, I am still waiting for the estimate, but it looks like it will be nearly $10,000, and some of the proceeds from Game Day will need to be diverted there.

Many thanks to those who served on our Game Day Committee:  Co-chairs Deb Michalak and Bob Gerger; Maureen Martin, Kathy Jankun, Mary Hofmann and Kathy Plepel in the kitchen; Kevin Hibbitts, Pat Malone, Della DeSonia, Susan Rohde, Mary Johnson, Sandy Nutley, Eileen Cooney, Marianne O’Connor, and Gerry Lordan, all added their special talents. Again, a special thanks to Joe Byrnes for all of his help getting donations. And to Martha Capron, who still works tirelessly in the kitchen all day.  In addition, to Anthony Calderone, one of the founders of Game Day, who helped get all the TV’s connected. Thank you, everyone!

As we are ending a liturgical year, I would like to say a big thank you to the ladies who keep our church clean and nice. Big thanks to Carol Good, for taking care of our flowers and plants around the church. Carol also beautifully decorates and flowers the sanctuary during the entire liturgical year. Thanks to Mary Beth Beal and Helen Kreidermacher who take care of altar cloths and many little things in the sacristy. Thanks to Lois Santarelli for changing votive candles every weekend for many years. Thanks to the ladies who are washing purificators.

Our second collection this weekend is taken for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Over 46 million people in the United States live in poverty. This collection supports programs to empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face as they work to bring permanent and positive change to their communities. Learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.

Today we have an opportunity to support our Religious Education program by participation in the Pancake Breakfast. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes to 1:30 p.m. Once more we can meet in newly renewed Fearon Hall.

On Thanksgiving Day only one Mass will be celebrated, at 9:00 a.m.  Please come to the church and celebrate together this coming Thanksgiving. Many of us have tons of blessings we should be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fr. Stan

 

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