2157 N. Humboldt Blvd
Chicago IL 60647
2915 West Palmer Street
Chicago IL 60647
Monday - Wednesday & Friday: 8:30 AM
1st Friday of the month - Adoration
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Saturday - 5:30 p.m.Bilingual Mass
Sunday Morning Masses are at:
8:00 AM and 11:30 AM English
9:30 AM and 1:00 PM Spanish
Confessions: Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Brothers and Sisters,
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him…. Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.” After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.
As we bring our cultures into our worship area we also transform them to fit in our spiritual journey. This year our Christmas tree in the church is not decorated with lights. Our lights come from Jesus not from the world. Christ came to us as one of us and did not find a place so he was placed in the manger where animals are fed. He comes as our food into our spiritual journey. The lasting sign he left us in the last supper is the meal at the table. He took bread and gave it to his disciple saying “take this and eat it, this is my body” then the cup and told the; “take this and drink from it for this is the cup of my blood” then he told them to do this in memory of him. Our light is Jesus who feeds our hunger. Jesus not only feeds us but, also sends us to be his witness to the entire world by serving. The way we bring Jesus to the world is by meeting the needs of those in need. Jesus asks us to see him in those who are hungry, naked, thirsty, in prison, sick and those who are strangers. Finally remembering that at the heart of Jesus mission is reconciliation. Finding those who are lost and reconciling them with God who is all loving and merciful. As the New Year begins lets renew our commitments to bring Jesus into our world today.
In our parish our first major event this year is the ministry fair on January 19th. This is the day we shall present all the ministries in our parish and invite you to join a ministry. At the heart of each ministry is to serve. Every member of our parish should belong to one of the ministries and become a servant of the Lord. Discipleship involves serving. Faith without action is dead.
You cannot be a true Jesus disciple without being involved with his mission of service. Jesus reminds us he did not come to be served but to serve. We can make our parish vibrant by each of us doing something for God’s kingdom. It is no longer what the parish is doing, but what you are doing in the parish to bring God’s kingdom. When each member of our parish is serving then the parish is serving. Please join a ministry. If there is something you are interested in doing, and we are not doing yet, it will be nice if you consider initiating it.
I have really enjoyed meeting religious education children 10 minutes before each Sunday mass to prepare them for mass and signing their papers. Starting this New Year I will be meeting all children. Please bring your child to the altar 10 minutes before mass. I will take time with them so they can know me as their father and pastor. Also prepare them for mass and give parents more time of silence to prepare for mass. I am asking some adults to consider helping me in this wonderful privilege for our children. A special blessing will be given to all children who attend this special preparation before mass.
I would like to wish you and your family a very happy and blessed New Year!
In Christ Jesus,