Preparing to a new beginning and culture
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Greetings from Kenya. Coronavirus has been a journey less travelled but Jesus is reminding us we are not a lone. We have Holy Spirit with us. God is in charge not me and you. I would like to let our community know the archdiocese has started the process of preparing to opening our worship space to limited activities like baptism, funeral and confessions. We need to train several volunteers who will guide our community in this process. I have chosen someone from every mass to take this training. The people I have chosen are those who help me closely in preparing worship every week and very dedicated to Eucharist every week. Thanks to Mireya, Edith, Gerardo, Delia, Fred and Nuri who have already committed to take training g. All staff members and some Pastoral council members will also take this training. Besides being far away St. Sylvester is in good hands of archdiocese and I am involved in all decisions being made. I am grateful to Nuri Covarrubias our business manager who has worked tirelessly to make sure everything go as planned. Deacon Fred will be helping in celebrating sacraments of baptism, wedding and funeral services when I am away. I am working hard to return as quick as I could but international flight remain closed and unsafe. Please pray for me and those who have special connection with airlines please help me return as quick as possible to my parish when things open.
As we prepare to open some of our services I want us as a church and community to remember who we are. A loving community of Jesus. Our culture has changed. It is loving to keep distance from each other to protect them from getting sick. Taking decisions that will make another person get sick is not love. I keep distance from you because I love you. I ware mask because I love you. This is a new culture that we must embrace as we prepare to get back to church slowly and carefully.
Please let us keep praying for each other. I miss you a lot.
In Christ Jesus,
May God's blessings and Love be with you.
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.