First Communion, UPDATED Food Pantry Needs, and more ...
I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord;
Philip, whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
Happy Wednesday everyone, it's now May and another week is upon us! Maybe the weather will get warmer soon ...NEW SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE - The NEW Sunday Mass Schedule is in FULL effect please read the information below very carefully!Parish Liturgical Ministries - Spring is a time for growing … and we are asking you to help us grow our Parish Liturgical Ministries! We are looking for Altar Servers, Choir members and instrumentalists, Greeters, Lectors, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion FROM BOTH CHURCHES, and in ALL languages! If you have ever thought about any of these ministries, or if you were one in the past, 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 this weekend - Please pray for our 2nd graders who will be receiving their First Communion this weekend at the 11 am Mass. They will soon be able to fully share in the Feast at the Eucharistic Table!!
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!!
MASKS are still OPTIONAL, BUT ... With Covid and the Flu on the rise, please use your best judgement when it comes to your own safety and the safety of others, and do not come to church if you are feeling ill.As always, be kind and respectful to one another if the person choses or not to wear a mask. Remember, we're all in this together!
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.
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!
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 3 Saints Philip and James (? – ?)
Saints Philip and James’ Story
James, Son of Alphaeus: We know nothing of this man except his name, and, of course, the fact that Jesus chose him to be one of the 12 pillars of the New Israel, his Church. He is not the James of Acts, son of Clopas, “brother” of Jesus and later bishop of Jerusalem and the traditional author of the Letter of James. James, son of Alphaeus, is also known as James the Lesser to avoid confusing him with James the son of Zebedee, also an apostle and known as James the Greater.
Philip: Philip came from the same town as Peter and Andrew, Bethsaida in Galilee. Jesus called him directly, whereupon he sought out Nathanael and told him of the “one about whom Moses wrote” (Jn 1:45).
Like the other apostles, Philip took a long time coming to realize who Jesus was. On one occasion, when Jesus saw the great multitude following him and wanted to give them food, he asked Philip where they should buy bread for the people to eat. Saint John comments, “[Jesus] said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do” (Jn 6:6). Philip answered, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little [bit]” (Jn 6:7).
John’s story is not a put-down of Philip. It was simply necessary for these men who were to be the foundation stones of the Church to see the clear distinction between humanity’s total helplessness apart from God and the human ability to be a bearer of divine power by God’s gift.
On another occasion, we can almost hear the exasperation in Jesus’s voice. After Thomas had complained that they did not know where Jesus was going, Jesus said, “I am the way. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him” (Jn 14:6a, 7). Then Philip said, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us” (Jn 14:8). Enough! Jesus answered, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (Jn 14:9a).
Possibly because Philip bore a Greek name or because he was thought to be close to Jesus, some gentile proselytes came to him and asked him to introduce them to Jesus. Philip went to Andrew, and Andrew went to Jesus. Jesus’s reply in John’s Gospel is indirect; Jesus says that now his “hour” has come, that in a short time he will give his life for Jew and gentile alike.Reflection
As in the case of the other apostles, we see in James and Philip human men who became foundation stones of the Church, and we are reminded again that holiness and its consequent apostolate are entirely the gift of God, not a matter of human achieving. All power is God’s power, even the power of human freedom to accept his gifts. “You will be clothed with power from on high,” Jesus told Philip and the others. Their first commission had been to expel unclean spirits, heal diseases, announce the kingdom. They learned, gradually, that these externals were sacraments of an even greater miracle inside their persons—the divine power to love like God.Saints Philip and James are the Patron Saints of:
“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, Martha Ibarra, 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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