Growing Liturgical Ministries, The return of "Being Catholic - Did you know?, and more ...
Remain in me, as I remain in you, says the Lord;
whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.
Happy Wednesday everyone, what a BEAUTIFUL Day ... This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Today, May 10th is "Mother's Day" in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador. ¡Feliz Día de las Madres!NEW SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE - The NEW Sunday Mass Schedule is in FULL effect please read the information below very carefully!Parish Liturgical Ministries - LECTOR - Spring is a time for growing … and we are asking you to help us grow our Parish Liturgical Ministries as a LECTOR. Lectors sometimes give the welcome at Mass, they proclaim the word of God from the scriptures, and lead us in the Universal Prayer. If you WERE a minister in the past, or if you have ever thought about this ministry. Please pray on it, and consider joining. Contact Michael White, the Director of Liturgy & Music, or see him after Mass if you are interested.
First Communion - Congratulations to 48 of our SJB School and Religious Ed students who received their First Eucharist this past weekend. They are now able to fully share in the Feast at the Eucharistic Table!!
Being Catholic - Did you know? - Today marks the return of "Did You Know?" ... Many of us grew up attending Catholic School, or CCD classes, etc ..., and knew "about" things, but we didn't really remember what they're called or knew the meaning behind a word/phrase. In this weekly newsletter, we will feature a "Did you know?!" It will sometimes be a word, or a place, or an object related to our Catholic Faith. So, did you know ... ?
UPDATED BCAP Food Pantry needs - Our Parish Food Pantry is doing what it is intended for, and that is distributing food and other necessities to those in need. HOWEVER, see below for our most current needs as they have changed from food into other necessities.
Spring Movie Event - The viewing and discussion of Season TWO of "The Chosen" has begun, see below for more info ...
GLIMMER Fundraiser -St. John Berchmans School's annual GLIMMER fundraiser is Saturday MAY 20th from 6pm to 10pm in the School Gymnasium. See below for more exciting details, you won't want to miss this!!
Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions - With the public health emergency attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic set to expire on May 11, effective on that day all remaining Archdiocesan COVID-related restrictions will be lifted. The Sharing of the Common Cup can resume, and Ministers, regardless of their vaccination status, can bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound.
Though the health emergency is over, we must continue to respect each other’s preferences regarding personal health and safety. Some parishioners may continue to refrain from attending Mass in person for perceived safety concerns. Some parishioners may continue to wear masks out of an abundance of caution, particularly if their health is already compromised. Some ministers or parishioners may be uncomfortable receiving the Precious Blood from the common cup. In all situations, we must act prudently and charitably toward each other.
Stay tuned for how BCAP will reintroduce the sharing of the precious blood from a common cup.
Parish Forms on the Website - https://www.carloacutisparish.org/parish-forms.html Did you know that many of our forms and requests are on our website? Inquiring about a Baptism ... Need a copy of your Baptismal Certificate ... Want to schedule your wedding? It's all on our website! Simply fill out the form and we'll get back to ya.
Prayers for the Sick - Both in the Sunday Bulletin, and here in the Weekly Newsletter, we list the names of those who are in sick and in need of our prayers. If you would like to add you someone's name to the sick list, please email the Parish Office. Please also email us when it's ok to remove them from the sick list. This helps to ensure our list is up to date.
We hope to see you at one of the Masses this weekend, wear a mask or not, and don't forget to bring a friend or two!!
God Bless, see you in Church!
Michael White, Director of Music and Liturgy AND Weekly Newsletter Editor
Blessed Carlo Acutis Parish Mission Statement
We are a multicultural, intergenerational Catholic parish community of people who through the help of the Eucharist, are on the journey to learning about, celebrating, serving and proclaiming our faith in the Risen Jesus.
Our vision is transforming spirits, hearts and minds.
We are welcoming, learning, believing, serving, celebrating,
understanding, sharing, diverse, community and focused on quality.
1). To have vibrant, welcoming liturgies.
2). To be an evangelizing community.
3). To reach out to youth.
4). To provide social justice education and outreach to the poor.
Congratulations First Communicants of 2023
Did You Know? "Eucharist"
"Eucharist" is Greek for "thanksgiving"; the sacrament through which Christ's self-sacrifice is made present and bread and wine become his Body and Blood. It was instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper and is celebrated by the Church today in the Mass. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it the "source and summit of the Christian life" (CCC 1324). Also, it can be referring to the liturgy through which the sacrament is conferred (i.e. the Mass) as well as referring to the consecrated Body and Blood themselves.
Christ is really and truly present in BOTH forms of Communion - the Bread and/or Wine. You receive Christ fully in ANY size or piece of the host you receive, no matter how small. And, you also receive Christ fully in the sacrament if you receive just the precious blood under the appearance of wine. Obviously the sacrament is more full under both species, but you receive Christ fully in either forms.
Due to Covid restrictions, the Archdiocese had suspended the reception of the precious blood, but due to the public health emergency attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic set to expire on May 11, COVID-related restrictions will be lifted. We will be evaluating as a Parish how we will return to the sharing of the Precious Blood from the common cup.
St. John Berchmans School's annual GLIMMER fundraiser is Saturday MAY 20th from 6pm to 10pm in the School Gymnasium, which will be transformed into a 1970s era disco! Join us for food, beer, wine and cocktails, live music, a silent auction, and more - all to raise money for SJB, a pillar of Catholic education for more than 115 years! This event is open to the public and all are welcome! PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS FOR GLIMMER 2023 HERE! Costumes are highly encouraged!
Lastly, purchase your tickets for the GLIMMER 50/50 RAFFLE TICKETS. The drawing will take place at the event, but you need not be present to win!
Congratulations to our Catechists who received their certification for Lay Leadership from the University of Saint Mary of the Lakes in Mundelein on May 6, 2023. We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to them on this remarkable achievement. We are grateful for all their hard work, dedication, and service to our community. May God bless them always!
Client Choice Food Pantry Revised May 3, 2023
Please see the updated list of needs...
IN ADDITION TO FOOD ... Because peoples needs are more than just food, we are now collecting the following (new or gently used) items for our Immigrant brothers and sisters. Coats, Spring/Summer Clothes, Jeans, Shoes, Blankets, Towels, Sheets, Pots/Pans, and Utensils.
You can drop off any donations to 2517 W. Logan blvd between the hours of 9-3 pm M-F, or on Sundays in the bins at the back of the church.
Saint of the Day for May 10 Saint Damien de Veuster of Moloka’i’s Story (January 3, 1840 – April 15, 1889)
Saint Damien de Veuster of Moloka’i’s Story
When Joseph de Veuster was born in Tremelo, Belgium, in 1840, few people in Europe had any firsthand knowledge of leprosy, Hansen’s disease. By the time he died at the age of 49, people all over the world knew about this disease because of him. They knew that human compassion could soften the ravages of this disease.
Forced to quit school at age 13 to work on the family farm, Joseph entered the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary six years later, taking the name of a fourth-century physician and martyr. When his brother Pamphile, a priest in the same congregation, fell ill and was unable to go to the Hawaiian Islands as assigned, Damien quickly volunteered in his place. In May 1864, two months after arriving in his new mission, Damien was ordained a priest in Honolulu and assigned to the island of Hawaii.
In 1873, he went to the Hawaiian government’s leper colony on the island of Moloka’i, set up seven years earlier. Part of a team of four chaplains taking that assignment for three months each year, Damien soon volunteered to remain permanently, caring for the people’s physical, medical, and spiritual needs. In time, he became their most effective advocate to obtain promised government support.
Soon the settlement had new houses and a new church, school and orphanage. Morale improved considerably. A few years later, he succeeded in getting the Franciscan Sisters of Syracuse, led by Mother Marianne Cope, to help staff this colony in Kalaupapa.
Damien contracted Hansen’s disease and died of its complications. As requested, he was buried in Kalaupapa, but in 1936 the Belgian government succeeded in having his body moved to Belgium. Part of Damien’s body was returned to his beloved Hawaiian brothers and sisters after his beatification in 1995.
When Hawaii became a state in 1959, it selected Damien as one of its two representatives in the Statuary Hall at the US Capitol. Damien was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11, 2009.Reflection
Some people thought Damien was a hero for going to Moloka’i and others thought he was crazy. When a Protestant clergyman wrote that Damien was guilty of immoral behavior, Robert Louis Stevenson vigorously defended him in an “Open Letter to Dr. Hyde.”
“Through the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I present to you all my petitions and I beg you to hear me.”
Pope Francisis cautioning people not to get accustomed to the war in Ukraine, and is calling for the faithful to keep those suffering "this tragic reality" in our hearts and prayers. "The thought of the people of Ukraine, afflicted by war, should remain vivid in our hearts." Please continue to pray for them.
Online Book of Intentions
Praying for each other's intentions is an important part of our parish life. If you would like the parish to pray for your intention, please write the intention in a sentence or two in this Online "Book of Intentions." These intentions will be remembered in our intercessions at our Sunday masses.Click HERE
Please pray for the Sick of our Parish
Fr. Paul Reicher, Charlene Herda, Doreen Maneely, Anna Mann, Nicole Vilches, Karel O’Brien,Angela Rivera, Mary Anne Sedey, Linda Klickmann, Barbara Durbin, Danny Olivero, Junior Burgos, Dolores Kryszak, Joseph Price, Teresa Ellison, Tallulah Andresen, Robert Bauer, Antionette Krerowicz, Ana Flores, Apolonio Alarcon, Antonio de Vera, Patricio A. Yanez Guerra, Manglio Bonilla Gail, Jason & Family, Daniel Brady, Cyndi De Lira, Carolyn S. Duckunue, Transito Alvarez, Frances Alequin, Alejandro Carmona, Sophie Hernan, Eleanor Jura, Monika Kloniecka, Joseph Wyse, Verena Tonnesen, Berenice Sosnowski, Nick Jurado, Jackie Schuman, Terry Brady, Salomea Olszewska, Hertha Runowski, Angie Schuman, John Graff, Joseph Murphy, Linda Riske, Margaret Flisiak, Jazzmyne Aguilar, Hailey Marose, Sarah Ellison, Nancy Idaszak, Sally Cox, Daniel Salas, Eleanor Rylko, Nancy, Brian, Jimmy Denges, & Crystal Mohetano.
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