SAINT MARY OF THE ANNUNCIATION MARCH 16, 2014 SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT PASTA PARTY TODAY! Diantha Hall Dinner served 1:00–4:00 PM Raffle at 3:30 PM Pasta with Sauce Meatballs, Garden Salad Italian Bread, Scrumptious Desserts Adults: $12 Children 4 to 12 years: $6 Children 3 and younger: free Cash raffle prizes: $125, $75, $50 $1 each 6 tickets for $5 I am an Olympics junkie and it is a good thing that the Sochi Games only lasted for two weeks. Otherwise, I’d get very little done in the rest of my life and more important things would fall to pieces. I am always struck by the dedi- cation and singular focus of these great athletes. They invest countless hours to train and improve each and every day. Many do this simply for the joy of their sport since most winter sports offer little chance of financial reward (or at most only a few reap any reward). The season of Lent is when we need to direct this same sort of focus and dedication towards our spiritual training. We are called to renew our relationship with the Lord and to remove whatever distract us from that which is truly important. We train not just for 40 days but to change our lives forevermore. The days of Lent can fly by and when we reach the end we can find that we are no different than when we started. Per- haps even worse, we may think that we don’t really need to make any significant changes in our lives. Consider the following reflection item, entitled “When We Need a Revival” (author unknown). It is very evident that we need a revival: When it is easier to stay at home than to go to Church. When it is easier to work than worship. When it is easier to be critical than kind. When it is easier to read magazines than the Bible. When it is easier to shirk God-given opportu- nity than do it. When it is easier to support an expensive pastime than the Church. When it is easier to sleep in Church than stay awake. When it is easier to grumble than to praise. F isch–ing Lines by Deacon Howard Fischer When it is easier to condemn others than to pray for their salvation. When it is easier to hold grudges than to forgive. When it is easier to be worldly than holy. When it is easier to withhold our tithes and offerings--and spend them on the trin- kets of time instead of investing them in the diamonds of eternity. There are many other signs of complacency that we could add to this list. Whatever our individual symptoms, they all add up to the fact that you and I need to use this season to make a real, lasting improvement in our hearts and attitudes. The challenge of Lent does not end with awakening, however. Once we have opened our eyes to our need for reform, we must get going and embrace the hard work of being a true disciple. It was not enough for Abraham to listen to the words of God. He was sent out on a mission. It was not suffi- cient for Peter, James and John to bask in the glory of the mountaintop. (A few months ago I stood atop Mt. Tabor, the traditional site of the Transfiguration. The vistas of Galilee from the top were amazing. It was easy to see why one might want to linger there.) As true servants of God, they (and we) must leave our comfort zone and go forth to do the difficult work of living as God intends, the work of changing the world. They (and we) have been sent forth to concretely bring God’s mercy and compassion to those suffer- ing in any way – physically, emotionally, and/ or spiritually. Our spiritual life needs the passion, dedication, and focus of an Olympian. May our Lenten training regimen allow us to be- come medalists in the ways of discipleship! If you wish to contact me, just leave a note in the Parish Office or send an email to dea- [email protected].
MARY OF THE ANNUNCIATION
MARCH 16, 2014 SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
PASTA PARTY TODAY!Diantha Hall Dinner served 1:00–4:00 PM Raffle at 3:30 PM Pasta with Sauce Meatballs, Garden Salad Italian Bread, Scrumptious Desserts Adults: $12 Children 4 to 12 years: $6 Children 3 and younger: free Cash raffle prizes: $125, $75, $50 $1 each 6 tickets for $5
I am an Olympics junkie and it is a good thing that the Sochi Games only lasted for two weeks. Otherwise, I’d get very little done in the rest of my life and more important things would fall to pieces. I am always struck by the dedi-
cation and singular focus of these great athletes. They invest countless hours to train and improve each and every day. Many do this simply for the joy of their sport since most winter sports offer little chance of financial reward (or at most only a few reap any reward). The season of Lent is when we need to direct this same sort of focus and dedication towards our spiritual training. We are called to renew our relationship with the Lord and to remove whatever distract us from that which is truly important. We train not just for 40 days but to change our lives forevermore. The days of Lent can fly by and when we reach the end we can find that we are no different than when we started. Per-haps even worse, we may think that we don’t really need to make any significant changes in our lives. Consider the following reflection item, entitled “When We Need a Revival” (author unknown). It is very evident that we need a revival: When it is easier to stay at home than to go
to Church. When it is easier to work than worship. When it is easier to be critical than kind. When it is easier to read magazines than the
Bible. When it is easier to shirk God-given opportu-
nity than do it. When it is easier to support an expensive
pastime than the Church. When it is easier to sleep in Church than
stay awake. When it is easier to grumble than to praise.
F isch–ing Lines by Deacon Howard Fischer
When it is easier to condemn others than to pray for their salvation.
When it is easier to hold grudges than to forgive.
When it is easier to be worldly than holy. When it is easier to withhold our tithes and
offerings--and spend them on the trin-kets of time instead of investing them in the diamonds of eternity.
There are many other signs of complacency that we could add to this list. Whatever our individual symptoms, they all add up to the fact that you and I need to use this season to make a real, lasting improvement in our hearts and attitudes. The challenge of Lent does not end with awakening, however. Once we have opened our eyes to our need for reform, we must get going and embrace the hard work of being a true disciple. It was not enough for Abraham to listen to the words of God. He was sent out on a mission. It was not suffi-cient for Peter, James and John to bask in the glory of the mountaintop. (A few months ago I stood atop Mt. Tabor, the traditional site of the Transfiguration. The vistas of Galilee from the top were amazing. It was easy to see why one might want to linger there.) As true servants of God, they (and we) must leave our comfort zone and go forth to do the difficult work of living as God intends, the work of changing the world. They (and we) have been sent forth to concretely bring God’s mercy and compassion to those suffer-ing in any way – physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually. Our spiritual life needs the passion, dedication, and focus of an Olympian. May our Lenten training regimen allow us to be-come medalists in the ways of discipleship! If you wish to contact me, just leave a note in the Parish Office or send an email to [email protected].
Mass Intentions Monday, March 17, Saint Patrick, Bishop 8:00AM Mike & Sherry Schmidt req. Gene Schmidt Family Tuesday, March 18, Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop &Doctor of the Church 8:00AM †Jean E. Payne req. John & Linda Buckman Wednesday, March 19, Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary 8:00AM WM. Biziarerk Family req. Ellen Boyd 9:00AM †Helen Colbert req. The Heinzinger Family Thursday, March 20
8:00AM †John Gagilardi req. Barbara, His Wife Friday, March 21 8:00AM The Gene Schmidt Family Saturday, March 22 2:00PMWedding: Sheila Kennedy & Brian Dalton 5:00PM The Family of Javier Suarez req. Tom & Connie Schofield †Barbara Kast req. Fred Kast & Family †Roy Ebert req. Audrey Ebert, His Wife †Frank & †Marie Vullo req. Duane & Fran Schmidt †Henrietta Buerger req. Carlton Buerger †Fred Schaer req. The Schaer Family Sunday, March 23 7:30AM For the Parishioners of St. Mary of the Annunciation 9:30AM †Fr. Patrick J. O’Malley †Arlene Ribovich req. The Serpico Family 11:30AM†Lester Meiners req. Alice & Tess Meiners
Sunday, March 16—Pasta Party 9:30AM Liturgy of the Word for Children 12:00PM St. Vincent DePaul Pasta Party 6:00PM Journey Night Monday, March 17 8:00AM Mass 8:30AM Pray the Rosary Tuesday, March 18 8:00AM Mass 8:30AM Pray the Rosary 9:00AM Mary’s Circle 9:00AM Lecto Divina 5:30PM REP(A) 7:15PM Lecto Divina Wednesday, March 19 8:00AM Mass 8:30AM Pray the Rosary 9:00AM Mass 9:00AM Lectio Divina Prayer Group 12:00PM Noontime Prayer 6:30PM Mission Trip Meeting 6:30PM PADS 7:00PM Adult Choir Rehearsal Thursday, March 20 8:00AM Mass 8:30AM Pray the Rosary 9:00AM Mary’s Circle Friday, March 21 8:00AM Mass 8:30AM Divine Mercy Chaplet 6:00PM Stations of the Cross Saturday, March 22 7:30AM Cursillo Men Meeting 5:00PM Liturgy of the Word for Children Sunday, March 23 9:30AM Liturgy of the Word for Children 6:00PM Journey Night
Liturgy Ministers March 22 & 23, 2014
5:00PM 7:30AM 9:30AM 11:30AM
Lectors A. Heinzinger L. Hermann
K. Lenzen D. Fuller
F. Daugs B. Slack
D. Wittgen E. McPherson
Deacon E. Bujan J. Cooper T. Teehan B. Steiner C. Kasamis J. Murphy C. Fisher D. Suhling
Deacon F. Cizewski A. Rafferty S. Ratajczak L. Bosshart C. King K. Samp K. Ooster-baan S. Stahl
Deacon C. Lutzow J. Philbin C. & J. Orlowski L.M. Davis J. & M. Rutledge B. & K. Declaire-Aden C. Starck
Deacon M. Crutcher M. Alandy M. Alandy J. Weiler D. Weiler S. Scesniak M. Schofield A. Schofield
*Note: YTD amount reflects updates by bank to postings and adjustments.
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Please pray for all who suffer in heart and mind,
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I am delighted to accept the ap-pointment of pastor for the community of Saint Mary of the Annunciation effective July 1, 2014. I grew up in the Village of Northbrook, the oldest Son of Jerry and the
late Joan Jacob. I have a younger brother Bill and a sister Kathy. My brother Bill and his wife Nancy, along with their children Rachel and William are members of Saint Mary. I have had the privilege of baptizing them and being present for their First Communion and Confirmation at Saint Mary. I never dreamed that I would one day become the pastor here. I graduated from Glenbrook North High School in 1979 and attended Oakton community college while working for McDonalds and also the Marriot Lincolnshire resort. I graduated from Niles College of Loyola University in 1988 and studied for the priesthood at Saint Mary of the
The recent announcement of Father Jerry Jacob’s appointment to St. Mary of the Annunciation as our new pastor is good news. Fr. Jacob, who now serves as pastor of St. Edna Parish in Arlington Heights, is a gifted priest, a fine human being, a lover of good music, and a wise pastor who will build upon all the good we value at St. Mary. I have known Fr. Jerry for many years and I know you will come to love him and learn from him even as he comes to learn about you and strives to serve you in his own unique way. Since Fr. Jacob will not assume his new role as pastor until July, that will give him and I the opportunity to spend sufficient time together so I can acquaint him with our history and share with him the needs and gifts of our community. I’m sure that he’ll want to personally listen to your dreams and visions once he arrives on the scene. This will make for a seamless transition.
The ministry I will assume full time is Parish Transformation, an Archdiocesan initiative designed to help parishes define their mission and create the strategies needed to fulfill that mission and become a more vibrant and effective parish. One way to understand the work I will be doing is to think of my position as a pastoral consultant on behalf of the Archbishop. While I will maintain an office at the Archdiocesan Quigley Pastoral Center, I expect to spend most of my time visiting parishes in Cook and Lake Counties assisting pastors and parish lay leadership. I will make my residence at St. Theresa Parish in Palatine, only twenty-five minutes south from St. Mary. I will also continue to serve as Dean for Vicariate I-A, which includes St. Mary of the Annuncia-tion.
Change is difficult and exciting at the same time. After serving St. Mary for eighteen years it will be difficult to leave a place I’ve called home and a people I call family. The spiritual dimension to all this is two-fold. First of all, on the day of my ordi-nation as a priest I placed my hands in the hands of Cardinal Cody, the Archbishop of Chicago, and promised my obedience to him and his successors. What that means is that a priest serves where he is needed most in the eyes of his bishop. The second spiritual reality is that life is a journey on which we are all called to let go and trust that God leads us and provides for us. I’m excited about contributing to the well being of our parishes in our Archdiocese by encouraging greater imagination and responsiveness to the times we live in. But the unknown leaves me anxious too. Will I in fact be able to encourage pastors and parish leaders to find new ways to effectively spread the joy of the Gospel? One of the things I’ve learned in my forty-two years as a priest is that there are no guarantees about the work we do or the relationships we establish. The only exception to that is our relationship with the Lord. We are guaranteed of his love and mercy, and his providential care for us. We have that guarantee not because of anything we have done, but because God never abandons us and does not judges us by the world’s measuring sticks for success. His love is enough for us. As we enter into the heart of Lent, may we reflect more intently on the love and mercy of God, no matter how far we’ve already travelled on the journey of faith or how far we’ve yet to go.
Let us pray for one another! Fr. Ron Lewinski
From the Pastor’s Desk
Lake seminary in Mundelein. I was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 23, 1992. I have served as the associate pastor of St. Hubert in Hoffman Estates and St. Ray-mond in Mount Prospect. I have served as the pastor of Saint Edna in Arlington Heights for the past 12 years. I have know your pastor Fr. Ron for many years and have great respect for his ministry and much gratitude for the work he has done note only at St. Mary, but also for the Archdiocese. One of the greatest joys of being a priest for me is the privilege of celebrating the Sacraments and being invited into the lives of people during times of great joy and times of sor-row. I enjoy gardening, music, and sunsets and being a priest. I look forward to becoming the pastor of St. Mary. I ask for your prayers for Fr. Ron and myself during this time of transition. Let us pray for one another. Fr. Jerry
An Introduction from Fr. Jerry Jacob
Lenten Schedule STATIONS OF THE CROSS Fridays in Lent at 6:00PM: March 21, & 28, April 4 & 11 NOONTIME PRAYER Short Midday Prayer in the Eucharistic Chapel Wednesdays at Noon: March 19, 26; April 2, 9, & 16 ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Fridays March 28, 8:30 AM–5:30 PM April 11, 8:30AM—10:00PM SACRAMENT OF RECILIATION Saturdays, 4:00 PM; no Confessions on Holy Saturday, April 19 Parish Reconciliation Service: April 7, 7:00–8:30 PM A short Liturgy of the Word followed by an ex-tended period for individual confessions During Holy Week? SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION Tuesday, March 25 Parish Feast Day Mass at 7:00 PM A Visit from St. Therese of Lisieux at 8:00 PM LENTEN SCRIPTURE SERIES Feasting of the Scriptures: a series on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, presented by Fr. John Lodge April 3, 8 & 10 PALM SUNDAY, April 12 & 13 Saturday, 5:00 PM; Sunday, 7:30 9:30 & 11:30 AM Blessing and distribution of palms at all Masses SACRED PASCHAL TRIDUUM Holy Thursday, April 17 8:00 AM, Morning Prayer 7:30 PM, Mass of the Lord’s Supper Good Friday, April 18 8:00 AM, Morning Prayer 4:00 PM, Celebration of the Passion of the Lord Holy Saturday, April 19 9:00 AM, Morning Prayer with Blessing of Easter Foods
7:30 The Easter Vigil, the First Mass of Easter EASTER SUNDAY Sunday, April 20 Masses at 6:30, 8:30, 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM
Help Needed for Easter Food Baskets The St. Vincent de Paul Society and Holy Family
Sharing Parish will collect food for area needy families. They will then prepare and deliver food baskets this Easter season. Additional food items are needed to fill the baskets. Can you help? There will be a collection area in the narthex for items beginning March 23rd thru Sunday April 6th, 2014. Items needed: . Hams Pre-packaged dinners Canned Tuna Pancake Mix & Syrup Potatoes, onions– 5-pound bags Bread – rolls Breakfast Cereal Peanut Butter & Jelly Crackers, Cookies, Popcorn Juice boxes Flour, sugar, or other kitchen staples Rice & flavored rice Canned Fruit, Vegetables, Soup Pasta products & Sauce If you’d like us to do the shopping for you, place any local store gift cards, (Jewel, Aldi, Target, or Goodwill) cash or check in the Alms for the Needy SVDP box. The box is located on the wall, next to the south entrance of the sanctuary. You may also give it to a SVDP member or hand it in at the Parish Office. Please make your check payable to St Vincent de Paul and indicate “Food Drive” on the memo line. Contact Jan Sinkovek at 847-561-8877 for more information.
Please check the expiration date on all food items
Featured CD for March Meditations on the Stations of the Cross by Dr. Ronald Thomas The Stations of the Cross is a devotion and reflec-tion in which we walk alongside Jesus on His way to
Calvary. By prayerfully participating in this meditation we are able to clearly see through His passion and death the depths of God's love for mankind and the price He paid for our salvation. This presentation includes powerful meditations by Dr. Ronald Thomas, Assistant Pro-fessor of Theology at Belmont Abbey College, with prayer responses by students from the college. Feature CDs can be found at the wooden kiosk in the narthex. Please remember a $3 donation per CD is suggested to allow the parish to continue the program and offer new material.
WANTED: VALUABLE ITEMS for Friday, MAY 9 AUCTION A BOOT SCOOTIN’ CELEBRATION Organized by the St. Mary Home and School Association All folks are welcome to attend this fun, country celebration! But first, the Planning Committee is requesting items you can donate for our auction! Items such as sporting event tickets, artwork, jewelry, vaca-tion time-shares and gift cards would be kindly accepted. It all goes for a good cause - our cherished school, educating students in the Catholic faith for over 100 years! Please complete the form below and return it to the school or church office, Attn: St. Mary H.S.A. Watch for invitations and more details to come in the bulletin and at www.stmaryfc.org. Thank you! _______________________________________________________ A BOOT SCOOTIN’ Celebration Donation Form
Contact Person/Business Name: _____________________________ (Please specify which name you would like printed in the event book-let.) Address:________________________________________________ Best Ph#: __________________ e-mail: ______________________ Description of Auction Item: ________________________________ Value: $ ______________ Today’s Date: ____________________ Please complete and return this form to: St. Mary School H.S.A. 22277 W. Erhart Rd. Mundelein, IL 60060 attn: Kristine Asmussen Questions? Please e-mail: [email protected] Or call: 847-732-9712 We would like to receive the actual item before Easter Sunday, April 20th.Your Donation is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law. A tax receipt will be sent.. Thank you!
A Visit from St. Thérèse of Lisieux, March 25, 2014
Feast Day Mass—7:00 PM Presentation—8:00 PM
We celebrate our parish feast day by gathering for Mass at 7:00 PM. At 8:00 PM St. Thérèse of Lisieux will visit us in the form of a portrayal by Marcia Whitney Schenk.
Called the “Little Flower,” Thérèse Martin died at the age of 24 in 1897 from tuberculosis, after having been a cloistered Carmelite nun for less than ten years. Sister Agnès, who was Thérèse’s sister and also a Carmelite nun, asked Thérèse to write her spiritual autobi-ography. The Story of a Soul was published 28 years after Thérèse’s death. In the Story of a Soul, St. Thérèse described her “little way” to spiritual growth, a theology anchored in the Word of God, nourished by love and strengthened in the discovery of joy in everyday tasks.
Marcia dramatizes the words of St. Thérèse, recalling her life through the photographs taken by Celine Martin, Therese’s sister who was four years older. She also portrays the formidable Sister Agnès. Marcia’s performance is a tribute to the legacy of St. Thérèse and to the enduring love and friendship between three sisters.
Pray the Daily Rosary Please join other parishioners in the Eucharistic Chapel following the 8:00 AM Mass Monday through Thursday.
Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet The Divine Mercy Novena & Chaplet is prayed on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Fridays of the month, immediately following the 8:00AM Mass.
The Family Rosary Join us for Family Rosary Saturday Devotion, requested by Our Lady of Fatima, every First Saturday of the month at 4:30 PM. The next Family Rosary will be recited on April 5.
Deacon Deliberations by Deacon Gary Kupsak
“I Could Give Up Pizza”
Can you believe that it’s March already? After the “brutal” winter that we’ve had, the sound of the word “Spring,” that March is a harbinger of, is music to my ears. We know that this month begins the Lenten Season and our personal commitment to prayer, abstinence and alms giving, and that preparation for celebrating the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus our Christ is of major focus for all Christianity. I began to think about what I was going to person-ally do this Lenten Season to make Lent a period that would truly show God how much the sacrificing of his only Son for my salvation meant to me. I wanted to do something that I hadn’t quite done in the past. Giving up eating pizza or some other similar gesture just didn’t seem like it was enough. I remembered reading a story once about a man who was exploring some caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag that held what appeared to be about one hun-dred golf ball sized hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled up some clay and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man so he took the bag with him. As he strolled down the beach, to pass away the time, he began skimming the clay balls on the water. He wanted to see how many bounces he could get from each sphere. He thought little about what he was doing until he dropped one of the balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone. Excitedly, the man began breaking open all the remaining clay balls. There were about 35 left and each contained a treasure such as a ruby, a sapphire, an emerald or a pearl. He found thousands of dollars’ worth of jewels in the remaining orbs. Then it struck him. He had been on the beach so long, that he had “skipped” almost 65 of the clay encased jewels and they were all now on the ocean’s floor. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have had tens of thousands, but he just threw it all away.
You know sometime it’s like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn’t look like much from the outside. It isn’t always beautiful or sparkling so we discount it; we see that person as less important than someone who is beautiful, stylish, well know or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find the treasure inside that person. There is treasure hid-den in every one of us. We have been wonderfully made by God. And I’m not talking just about out physical bodies, but also our spiritual selves, which are often well hidden from others by “earthen vessels.” If we take time to know people as best we can, from the inside out, and ask for the guidance of the Spirit to show us that person, the way He sees them, then the brilliant gem begins to shine forth and we see right past the unsightly clay covering.
So this Lent, I’ve decided that for my penitential action, I’m going to be looking at each person I’m with, my family, my friends, the mem-bers of our faith community, and my co-workers, to find the gems hid-den within them. Instead of rolling my eyes and thinking, “Oh God, not him again,” I intend to search for that God given treasure that is within each of us. Yes I will pray Lenten prayers, give up pizza, and do what I can to insure that the needy are cared for, but to me, the best way that I can show God how thankful I am for what his Son is about to sacri-fice, is to find the best in all of God’s people and then to try to being out the good in them for the greater glory of God. HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT YOUR LENTEN PROMISE TO GOD?
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From the Lake County Independent, May 29, 1903 – “The cyclone that destroyed a barn and did other dam-age at Ivanhoe was seen and watched for several sec-onds by your correspondent. It was coming in a straight line for Rockefeller [today Mundelein] but fortunately the funnel burst before it traveled far.” Also from the Lake County Independent, August 14 1903 – “The basket sociable at the Fremont Catholic church last Wednesday evening was quite a success.”
During our Sesquicentennial year the History Committee presents weekly selections from the treasure chest of our precious past.
Adult Confirmation Classes For Men & Women 19 Years Old and Older Did you miss Confirmation? This is your opportunity to be confirmed with other adults. Sometimes due to life’s circumstances we miss im-portant sacraments. If you are a baptized Catholic, 19 years old or older and out of high school, who has received First Communion but was unable to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation this is your chance to participate in catechetical sessions. At the completion of these sessions there will be an adult Confirmation celebration at St. Francis De Sales Parish in Lake Zurich on June 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Sessions are offered at the following sites: St. Mary of the Annunciation Wednesdays: April 2, 9, 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21, 28 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Contact: Sue Matousek (847-223-0010 or e-mail: [email protected]) St. Francis De Sales Sundays: Jan. 5, 19; Feb. 2, 23, Mar. 30; Apr. 13; May 5, 18 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Contact: Kathy Brady-Murfin @ 847-726-4850 or e-mail: [email protected] Santa Maria Del Popolo (Classes in Spanish) Wednesdays: March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14 Contact: Dulce Martinez @ 847-949-8300 or e-mail: [email protected] 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. In order to be confirmed you will need to do the following: Contact your parish representative (Pastor, RCIA Coordinator, Deacon). Ob-tain a recent copy (within 6 months) of your Baptismal certificate from the parish in which you were baptized. Participate in the preparation classes which consist of prayer, input, discussion and information on the Catholic faith. A participation fee will be charged to cover the cost of materials. Check with the contact person at the site you wish to attend classes for the cost.
Eucharistic Adoration in the Jubilee Year For the Well-being and Mission of the Parish Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Friday, March 28, 2014
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration on Friday, March 28, 2014, after the 8:00am Mass continuing until 6:30PM. Please note the benediction time. Adoration takes place in the Eucha-ristic Chapel. Stop at the books shelves by the West Chapel door and pick up meditations and spiritual books. All are welcome. The sign-up book is in the narthex. If you sign up and at the last minute cannot be there, please call the church office 847-223-0010 or Gretchen O’Connor 224-545-1712 so we may reschedule and always have an adorer present during adoration. Even if you did not sign-up, stop and visit with our Lord.
St Mary Belize Mission- We Go With the Blessings of the People of St Mary! “How blessed to be a member of such a generous and warm-hearted parish family,” exclaimed Veronica Hertel, coordina-tor for the St Mary Sesquicentennial Belize Mission. “Over the past couple of weekends, we’ve received loving and prayerful expressions from many partners in mission. We truly feel God’s grace through such kind-heartedness!” The group of 10 St Mary missionaries will begin their trip in 1 short week with a flight to Belize City on Sunday, March 23 via a short stopover in Atlanta. Once in Belize City, they will take residence in the Starfish House, a large communal dwelling owned by Hand in Hand Ministries. Their day will begin with breakfast at 7:30AM, and then transport via van to the work site where they will work with the family until approximately 5pm. “We’re anxious to be on our way”, continued Veronica, “and return with pictures of the house that St Mary built and the family who will live there!” You can still join the St Mary Sesquicentennial Belize mis-sionaries by becoming a partner in mission. While the missionaries have funded their own travel and room and board, additional funds are needed for building materials, i.e., plumbing supplies, lumber and hardware. Please visit the Mission Post table in the narthex and check out the building materials donation progress. Your prayers or contribu-tion of $10, $25, $50 or more makes you a valued partner in mission.
Our Belize Mission Team, 2014. front row: Andrew Kuderna, Fr. Ron Lewinski, Cecelia Payette, Ed Kuderna. back row: Kim Sukup, Sue Matousek, Joe Hertel, Alice Stoeberl, Veronica Hertel, Tim Mayer
Come and See! Take a Tour of Our School! St. Mary School offers 3- and 4-year-old preschool through 5th grade. To schedule a tour, please call our
school office at (847) 223-4021. More information and a welcome video are available on our school website. www.stmaryfc.org/school
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Congratulations to Miguel B. Alandy. On May 18th, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., will ordain him to the Order of Deacon at the Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. He will be one of 7 men to be ordained as deacons.
Mike has journeyed through four years of preparation for this day, attending academic classes, formation programs, engaging in extensive theological reflection sessions, retreats, regular Spiritual Direction, as well as being involved in many liturgical practica and pastoral field education experiences, including an eleven-month internship.
Ordinations to the (permanent) Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Chicago have taken place since 1972. There are presently nearly 500 active deacons in the Archdiocese, as well as 50 men currently in formation at the Institute for Diaconal Studies, with a new cohort beginning in the fall. The presence of deacons serving in the Archdiocese is widespread, yet still a fre-quently asked question is’ “What or who is a deacon?”
Bishops, priests and deacons receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The diaconate is a three-fold ministry of Word, Liturgy and Charity that is in service to the bishop. Deacons are ordained to baptize, proclaim the Gospel and preach, assist at the Eucharist, witness mar-
riages, officiate at wakes and funeral ser-vices, etc. These are the ministries most visi-ble in the parish. The less visible aspect of diaconal ministry traditionally has its history in the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 6. The Apostles laid hands on”…seven reputable men, filled with the Holy Spirit and wisdom…” to care for the widows and administer the daily distribution of food in the early Christian community.
Thus from the earliest days of the Church, deacons were involved in service to the bishop as administrators and caring for the poor (spiritually, emotionally, physically), the alienated, and those who, for various reasons, find themselves on the fringes of society. Therefore, deacons also minister in hospitals, prisons, shelters, soup kitchens, and with the various ministries coordinated through organizations such as Catholic Chari-ties and the St Vincent de Paul Society, mod-eling the call of diakonia that belongs to all the baptized to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ.
And since most deacons work full-time out-side the Church, deacons in their workplace and in the world are sacramental signs and icons of Christ visible in the community.
Please keep in your prayers Mike, all candi-dates who will be ordained, their wives and families, and all those in formation that they might continue to answer God’s call in their lives.
For Ordination to Order of Deacon May 18, 2014
Vacation Bible School Registration Begins April 1st Come join us where kids discover God’s love. Vacation Bible School will
run from Monday, June 16 – Friday, June 20 and is open to children ages 4 years through 5th grade. VBS is a fun and rewarding week for children filled with Bible stories, crafts, music, and games. Registration for St. Mary parishioners will begin on April 1. Openings are limited and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to pick up your registration packet located in the kiosk in the narthex or online at www.stmaryfc.org. Forms may be dropped off in the collection basket, mailed or brought into the parish office. Contact Tara Wojcik with questions: 847-837-1528 or [email protected]
St. Mary Students Raise Money for Missions On Friday, February 28 the students of St. Mary school celebrated the end of Ordinary Time before the Lenten Season begins with a Mardi Gras Carni-val. Many parent volunteers helped run carnival-type games and the students won lots of fun prizes! Game tickets were sold to raise money for two missions––The Water Project, a non-profit organization that brings relief to communities in Africa who suffer need-lessly from a lack of access to clean water; and the St. Mary Belize Mission Trip (March 23-30) in which 10 parishioners will travel to Belize City and help build a two-room house with running water for a local family. St. Mary students raised a total of $1100 to help support these missions!
EASTER EGG HUNT All parish children ages 10 and younger are invited to our parish Easter Egg Hunt, led by our Youth Ministry. Saturday April 19 9:40 AM, following the blessing of Easter baskets In Diantha Hall Bring your family for Morning Prayer and the Blessing of Easter Baskets at 9:00 AM and then come to the egg hunt in Diantha Hall (in the field if weather permits).
• Children should bring their own baskets. Special prizes will be awarded to the top 3 interesting and creative baskets.
• The cost per child participating is a donation of 1 dozen plastic eggs and $5.00 for treats to fill the eggs
• All funds raised will help support our teen mission experience to the Louisville
• Teens are needed to help fill the eggs after the Good Friday ser-vice and to help hide them Saturday morning at 8:45 AM
• Email Ryan Rehkamp at firstname.lastname@example.org with any ques-tions or if you would like to help out
Easter Egg Hunt Sign Up Please return to St. Mary School or the parish office by April 17th Name: __________________________________________________ _____ Total number of children participating
_____ Number of children age 5 and under
_____ Number of children age 6-10
_____ $5.00 and 1 dozen plastic eggs included per child
Upcoming Sesquicentennial Adult Formation Opportunities Mini Scripture Course "St. Paul's Letter to the Romans" Fr. John Lodge, University St. Mary of the Lake Three evening sessions each from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Tuesday 4/3, Thursday 4/8 and Thursday 4/10, 2014
"Jubilee Jamboree" - Parish Retreat Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson from Soul Play Ministries Two evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27th and Monday, April 28th, 2014 Visit the parish Website to register www.stmaryfc.org
Natural Family Planning Workshop in Elk Grove Did you know? When couples understand Natural Family Planning (NFP) and are motivated to follow the plan it is up to 99% effective in avoiding a pregnancy - without the unwanted, harmful side effects of oral contraception. Go green. Learn and embrace NFP. The Creighton Model is a method of NFP that is used by single women interested in knowing more about how their cycle works and married couples who are struggling with infertility or are interested in natural family planning. By charting with the Creighton Model and working with a doctor, many gynecological issues can be identified and treated. Learn what every woman has the right to know! Sign up today for the group introductory session on April 5, 2014 at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. Space is limited. Go to http://tinyurl.com/CreightonRegistration today. Con-tact Tammy King at 847-282-0390 with questions or to set up a private introductory session.
“A Journey in Faith” My Conversion Story One of the USA’s most sought-after speakers to share her story of conversion to the Roman Catholic Faith.
Speaker: Elizabeth Ficocelli • Award-winning author • Popular TV/radio talk show guest • Nationally recognized speaker
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7:00 PM St. Patrick Catholic Church 950 W. Everett Rd., Lake Forest
Free admission. Free will offering. More information: Brett Swearingen, 847-234-1401
CRS Rice Bowl Reflection: Guatemala This week CRS Rice Bowl invites us to enter into solidarity with th epeo-
ple of the Philippines. We are encouraged to reflect on the Catholic social
teaching principle, Option for the Poor, and reare reminded of Jesus’
words: “Whatever you did for the least of mine, you did for me.” Let us
pray this week for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines and all around
the world, that we may see the Face or Christ in the poor among us.
Pick up your CRS Rice Bowl in the narthex.
Sacrament of Penance Saturdays 4:00—4:40 PM, and by appointment
Baptisms Ordinarily during the Mass on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month and after the Mass on the other Sundays, outside of Lent. Parents are required to participate in a Baptismal Preparation class before scheduling a Baptism.
Adult Initiation Adults who wish to become Roman Catholics are enrolled in a formation process that includes prayer, dialogue, instruction, and introduction to the Church’s life and values, rituals and tradition. Call the parish office for more information.
Marriage St. Mary Parish rejoices with parishioners who are preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Church requires at least four months’ time before the marriage for adequate preparation. A parish wedding information packet is available at the parish office.
Ministry of Care Ministers of Care visit the homes of the sick, homebound, or hospitalized and bring Holy Communion to them. Call the parish office when a pastoral visit is desired. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered by the parish priest upon request.
New parishioners We welcome new members who wish to worship with us and support the parish’s work and mission. Please call the parish office to schedule a time to register. A complete listing of parish services and organizations is available at the parish office.
Saturday 5:00 PM
Sunday 7:30 AM 9:30 AM 11:30 AM
PARISH NUMBER 847-223-0010
After Hours 847-813-7324
22333 W. Erhart Road •Mundelein, Illinois 60060 •WWW.STMARYFC.ORG Email: [email protected] Parish Fax number 847-223-5960 Pre K-5 School: 847-223-4021 Frassati Catholic Academy (Grades 6–8) 847-487-5600
Religious Education Program (REP) Emergency Number 847-239-2725 Parish Office Hours Monday—Friday 8:30AM—4:00PM
Rev. Ronald J. Lewinski Ext. 213 Pastor, Dean, Vicariate I-A
Rev. Nate Payne Ext. 212 Associate Pastor
Deacons Mike O’Malley, Gary Kupsak Robert Poletto
Mr. Fred Vipond Ext. 216 Director of Music & Liturgy
Ms. Patricia Strang Ext. 310 Principal, St. Mary School
Dr. Diane Vida 847-487-5600 Principal, Frassati Academy
Ms. Sue Matousek Ext. 218 Director of Religious Education
Mr. Ryan Rehkamp Ext. 230 Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Mr. Howard Fischer Ext. 215 Director of Parish Operations
Ms. Penny Elwood Ext. 217 Bookkeeper/Accountant
Ms. Victoria Hansen Ext. 200 Administrative Assistant
Mr. Richard Plage Ext. 210 Mr. William Zerwer Maintenance