Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, acknowledging that Jesus Christ is above all temporal rules, past, present, or future. We also recognize that Jesus Christ should reign in our lives, guiding us in our thoughts, our decisions, and our conduct. In both the universe that is the entire world and the universe that is our own heart, Jesus Christ is Lord.
As we are ending a liturgical year, I would like to say a big thanks to the ladies who keep our church clean and nice. Big thanks to Carol Good, for taking care for 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. Thanks to Helen Kreidermacher for taking care of many little but very important things in the sanctuary, sacristy and church alike. Thanks to you we do not need to hire a sacristan.
On Sunday, November 11th, Fearon Hall was alive with over 200 people who came out to cheer on the Chicago Bears, and this year the Bears did not disappoint! A resounding win over Divisional rivals, the Detroit Lions, helped to make our 30th rendition of the Annual Game Day a great success! What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Many thanks to those who served on our Game Day Committee: Co-chairs Deb Michalak and Bob Gerger, Kathy Plepel and Mary Hofmann in the kitchen, Annie Martin, Kevin Hibbitts, Pat Malone, Della DeSonia, and Susan Rohde. Special thanks to Joe Byrnes for all of his help. Shout out to Mayor Anthony Calderone, who was one of the founders of Game Day, along with Father Grady. Here’s to another 30 years!
Just like last year we ordered Advent and Christmas Seasons Booklets titled “The Little Blue Book.” It invites us to offer six minutes a day to reflect on the Scripture in the Advent and Christmas seasons. It is a pretty “easy to do” challenge. Please feel free to take one booklet per family. Booklets will be available at each entrance to the church next weekend.
Thank you for your generous support last week to the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development! Thank you for your support toward those on the margins who are living in poverty in the United States. Thank you for your generosity.
Last weekend I kicked off the signing up for a pilgrimage to Italy in October 2019. The event is reserved for our parishioners and their friends. To be successful I need 32 participants. If I will not have enough by the end of the year, I will extend an offer to other parishes. In the Chimes you will find an itinerary for this pilgrimage. If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to ask me after mass or call the rectory.
Next Sunday we will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent. At 10:30 mass we will have a Rite of Acceptance of our RCIA Members. Congratulations Jessie and Sarah! We are happy to have you in our congregation.
May God bless all of us in the last days of the Liturgical Year.