Pastor’s Corner

Pastor's Corner

Dear Parishioners,

As we continue to celebrate the liturgies of November which reflect on the end times and as we remember those who have died and gone to their rest, it may be an appropriate time to reflect on the time that each of us has been give while we are here on this beautiful earth.

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FEED YOUR SPIRIT

Back to the Basics...What We Believe
Persevering in Love

"Pray constantly. . .always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our lord Jesus Christ to God the Father." St. Paul adds, "Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance making supplication for all the saints." For "we have not been commanded to work, to keep watch and to fast constantly, but it has been laid down that we are to pray without ceasing." This tireless fervor can come only from love. Against our dullness and laziness, the battle of prayer is that of humble, trusting and persevering love. This love opens our hearts to three enlightening and life-giving facts of faith about prayer.

It is always possible to pray: the time of the Christian is that of the risen Christ who is with us always, no matter what tempest may arise Our time is in the hands of God:

It is possible to offer fervent prayer even while walking in public or strolling alone, or seated in your shop,. . while buying or selling,. . .or even while cooking.

Prayer is a vital necessity. Proof from the contrary is no less convincing: if we do not allow the Spirit to lead us, we fall back into the slavery of sin. How can t he Holy Spirit be our life if our heart is far from him?

Nothing is equal to prayer; for what is impossible it makes possible, what is difficult, easy.... For it is impossible, utterly impossible, for the man who prayers eagerly and invokes God ceaselessly ever to sin.

Those who pray are certainly saved; those who do not pray are certainly damned.

Prayer and Christian life are inseparable, for they concern the same love and the same renunciation, proceeding from love; the same filial and loving conformity with the Father's plan of love; the same transforming union in the Holy Spirit who conforms us more and more to Christ Jesus; the same love for all men, the love with which Jesus has loved us. "Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he (will) give it to you. This I command you, to love on another/"

He "prays without ceasing" who unites prayer to works and good works to prayer. Only in this way can we consider as realizable the principle of praying with ceasing.

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Catechism of the Catholic Church

November: A Time to Rejoice, to Remember, and to Give Thanks

As the autumn season comes to an end each year, the leaves change their colors, fall to the ground, and become a part of the earth that once nurtured them. Cold starts to settle in and we get the sense that the earth falls into a great winter sleep. Though not a liturgical season, November liturgies are filled with scripture, prayers, and songs that reflect on the end of time and call each of us to prepare for that final day when the Lord gathers us to himself just as the harvest is gathered from the land. The days of Ordinary Time culminate with the celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and flow into the coming Advent season. And as a nation, we gather for our own national holy day - Thanksgiving - to give thanks to God, the giver of all gifts.

The Children’s Theater of Our Lady Presents Kateri, The Lily of the Mohwaks

Sunday, November 23 from 1215 to 3:15pm, St. Joseph School Hall, 4832 Highland Avenue. Admission is free!

WHO WILL FILL THESE SHOES?

IT REALLY IS A SIMPLE QUESTION, “WHO WILL FILL THESE SHOES?” MORE IMPORTANLY, IT’S A SHOCKING IMAGE: THE IMAGE OF EMPTY SHOES, A PRIEST’S SHOES, LAYING THERE BY THE ALTAR. IT IS A SHARP REMINDER TO ALL OF US THAT WITHOUT PRIESTS THERE WILL BE NO EUCHARIST!

THE JOLIET DIOCESE VOCATION OFFICE IS INVITING MEN AGES 16-40 TO A DAY ABOUT PRIESTHOOD
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014 FROM 11:00 AM—3:00 PM, CATHEDRAL OF ST. RAYMOND, 604 N. RAYNOR AVENUE, JOLIET, IL 60435

This is a day for men to hear more about the priesthood, meet our seminarians, and to find out if the Lord is asking them to “fill the shoes” of the priests who have gone before us.

The day will include Mass, talks from priests and seminarians from our diocese, lunch and time for questions and answers about the priesthood. Parents are welcome to accompany their sons. Parents of our current seminarians will available to speak about what it is like to have a son answer God’s call.

For more information or to register go to WWW.WHOWILLFILLTHESESHOES.COM.
THE JOLIET DIOCESE VOCATION OFFICE
WWW.VOCATIONS.COM - 815.221.6171
THERE IS NO COST FOR THE DAY

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Thanksgiving Mass November 27, 2014 - 9:00am

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (a Holy Day of obligation) December 8, 2014 -6:30am, 12:00pm and 5:30pm

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mass & Dinner December 12, 2014 - 5:30pm

The Nativity of the Lord Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24
4:00pm Church (Children's Liturgy)
4:00pm School Gym (not a Children's Liturgy)
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11:00pm Church (Preceded by carols at 10:30pm

Christmas Day
Thursday, December 25
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Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (a Holy Day of Obligation)
Wednesday, December 31
5:30pm
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9:00am and 11:am

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