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Letter from Fr. Darrio

August 13, 2022

This Monday, August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption.  Mass will be at 8 a.m. that day.  Since the Feast falls on a Monday this year, it is NOT OBLIGATORY to attend Mass, even though it is a Holy Day.  In the United States, when three normally Obligatory Feasts (Solemnity of Mary on January 1st, The Assumption of Mary on August 15th, and All Saints Day on November 1st) fall on a Saturday or on a Monday, they are not considered OBLIGATORY.  That means Catholics are NOT OBLIGED to attend those Holy Day Masses.  When those Feasts fall on any other day of the week, we are OBLIGATED to attend Mass and celebrate the Feast.  TWO Holy Days are OBLIGATORY no matter what day of the week they fall on (Mary’s Immaculate Conception on December 8th and Christmas on December 25th).  In the Archdiocese of Chicago (and many other United States Dioceses), the sixth United States Holy Day of Obligation (The Feast of the Ascension) is transferred to the Sunday before Pentecost.  This has been going on in our Archdiocese for many years.

In honor of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven, our evening Rosary Group will be praying an OUTDOOR Rosary at 2 p.m. on Monday, August 15th under the Church Main Entrance Portico, near our “Mary, Mother of Hope” statue.  Please join us for this nice time of prayer.

BINGO takes place in our beautiful Parish Center this Friday evening, August 19th.  Games begin at 6:30 p.m. and doors open at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15.00 (purchased in advance) or $20.00 at the door.  Food will be available for purchase.

Help welcome our new Associate Pastor, Fr. Tomy Abraham, to our parish by attending his welcoming reception this Sunday, August 21st.  He’ll be presiding at the 9:30 a.m. Mass in Church.  After Mass, stop by the Doherty Center for some cake, ice cream and beverages.

Fr. Tomy will be hearing Confessions this Saturday, August 20th in our Church Reconciliation Room from 8:00 a.m. until 8:45 a.m.

Communion Under the Canopy takes place each Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Please plan on attending the Saturday, August 27th Production of “Are you SMARTER than your 8th Grade NUN?” in our Parish Center.  The show begins at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $30.00 per person (which includes snacks).  Tickets can be purchased this weekend in the Narthex after all Masses or during the week in the Parish Office.  There is limited seating, so get your tickets soon.  This will be a fun evening.

We have hired Lisa Hall as our next Music/Liturgy Director.  She’ll officially start September 1st, but has already attended one of our Pastoral Staff meetings and is eagerly looking around, checking things out here.  Lisa has been the Music Director at St. Isaac Jogues in Niles for the last 15 years.

Gary Daigle will be retiring from his Music Director position upon his 65th Birthday on September 7th.  Gary has served this parish remarkably (even with his Parkinson’s Disease the last several years).  He has shared his giftedness with us since July of 2006-----that’s 16 amazing years!  We will have a farewell reception in the Doherty Center on Sunday, September 25th to thank him for his tremendous service to our Parish.  At this reception, we will also honor and thank Nancy Holpuch for HER dedication to our Parish as Youth Minister since 1996—26 amazing years!

Every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m., all Young Adults of our Parish (age 18-28) are invited to our Teen Center (enter through Door #5) for the weekly MOYA (Ministry of Young Adults) meeting.  Socializing, prayer, fellowship and an occasional Service Project take place.  See the Bulletin for more information.

Hopefully next month we can start up our Children’s Liturgy of the Word Program again.  We’d like to begin after Labor Day, but we need some volunteers to make it happen.  Children’s Liturgy of the Word takes place at our 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass.  Children are dismissed after the Opening Prayer to go to the Hurley Center where they hear the Sunday Scripture readings in “children language”.  They pray together and sing together before returning to Mass in Church at Offertory time.  If you’d like to help with this wonderful ministry, please let us know.  Thanks!   

Thank you to everyone who has been able to increase their weekly contribution to our Parish.  We had to increase our weekly budgeted income 5% this year, from $20,000.00 per week to $21,000.00 per week.  When we put the budget together last Winter, we didn’t foresee the many forces that have taken a very serious toll on our economy.  If you have been able to increase your sacrificial giving, I am extremely grateful, and I make a heartfelt plea to everyone else to do what you can to keep us on target with our collections to prevent budget shortfalls.

We’re not done with Covid yet.  With the latest variant of Covid going on, it’s a real good idea to use face masks and hand sanitizer wherever you go.  Stay safe!

Now that our Rosary Group has successfully completed their “One Million Hail Mary’s” campaign (praying for an end to the pandemic), they are in the midst of another campaign, praying these next million Hail Mary’s for an end to the war in Ukraine.    

Our Adoration Chapel is open five mornings a week (Monday through Friday) from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.  The Chapel is also open two evenings a week (Tuesday and Thursday) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Enter the Church from Door #4 (outside the Community Room patio).  Spend some time with the Lord and be blessed.

Scam emails are going around again.  Please don’t believe them.  Some of them are supposedly from me, asking you to purchase gift cards for me to distribute to other people.  Don’t be fooled.  I would NEVER ask you to do this kind of thing for me, no matter “how busy” these letters say I might be.  These scams are sent out periodically.  Just DELETE them, please, and save yourself some major headaches.

Parish Offerings:  A mail/drop box is mounted on the brick column outside of Office Entrance Door #6.  Feel free to drop off your weekly donation envelopes in this box at any time, or if you prefer, you can come inside during our regular Office hours and drop off your donation envelopes in the Parish Office.  Thank you for your generous support of our Parish.  You can always mail your envelopes to us, if that is easier for you, or you might want to consider electronic giving instead.  There  is a Give Central link on our website (it is safe!) for those considering electronic giving.  Parishioners who donate using Give Central really love it.

The Recorded (from livestream) 5 pm Mass at St. Edna is available on our website and on Facebook.  We pray at these Masses, a Spiritual Communion, for those at home unable to physically receive the Body and Blood of Christ.  Remember, Cardinal Cupich has extended, until further notice, the dispensation relieving us during this time of pandemic, of the Obligation to physically get ourselves to Church for Sunday Mass.  Our weekday (M., Tu., W., F.) 8 am. Masses are also livestreamed on our YouTube channel

John Ptak and I have recorded a ROSARY FOR PEACE.  You can view it (and pray it with us) on our website www.stedna.org

With Summer winding down, be sure to take a nice walk on our Parish campus, enjoying all beauty and efforts of our GARDENING FOR GOD volunteers.  The campus is in full bloom and looks lovely.  Sit on one of our many benches to relax and pray.  Stroll down the Fire Lane located on the east side and south side of our buildings.  Give thanks to God for His blessings and always pray for the many who have far less than we do and who are living in some very tragic situations.  Have a blessed week.                                          Fr. Darrio

 

Anointing of the Sick

Every First Friday I administer the Sacrament of ANOINTING OF THE SICK after the 8 am Mass.  If you are seriously ill in mind, body or soul, please attend Mass on First Fridays and receive the Anointing of the Sick after Mass in the Narthex near the Holy Family Statue.

Confession

Confessions take place on the First and Third Saturdays of the month in our Church Reconciliation Room from 8 am to 8:45 am.  You can always call me to set up an appointment for Confession at a different time, if you prefer.

Holy Communion

Holy Communion remains the HOST (Consecrated Bread) only; the Cup (Precious Blood) is still not allowed.  For everyone’s protection, our Eucharistic Ministers will continue sanitizing their hands and wearing masks as they distribute Holy Communion.  We ask that you continue receiving IN YOUR HAND ONLY, for the time being, not on your tongue.

Blessed Sacrament

For those who would like to pray before the Blessed Sacrament, please know that our original 1965 St. Edna Tabernacle (with the Blessed Sacrament inside) is positioned in the NORTH window of the Holy Family Shrine niche.  Feel free, day or night, to stop for a while and pray.  Please know that this space is not meant for public gatherings, but for private prayer.  We must comply with physical distancing directives.  It’s a beautiful thing seeing so many people stopping to pray, day and night.  We also have a framed Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and a beautiful Blessed Mother statue positioned to the left and to the right of the Narthex window Tabernacle.    

Prayer Basket

Our PRAYER BASKET is available in the Center Aisle.  Feel free to drop your prayer requests in it before Mass.  The basket is brought to the Altar at Offertory Time, along with the Gifts of Bread and Wine.

Outreach Ministry

Thanks for keeping our Outreach Ministry going.  This is dependent on you and your generosity with groceries.  Please keep our shelves filled so we can continue helping the poor.  We have removed the black plastic food donation bins from outside of Entrance 6.  We ask that from now on, your food donations be brought INSIDE Entrance 6 during Office hours.   Outreach food DISTRIBUTION takes place SATURDAY MORNINGS, from 9 am until 11:45 am.