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Letter from Fr. Darrio

November 26, 2022

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.  228 people attended Mass on Thanksgiving Day and many brought groceries to help re-stock our Outreach Food Pantry.  God bless them!

We are hoping to welcome many people back to Church this weekend now that Cardinal Cupich has removed the Dispensation from the Sunday Mass Obligation effective this First Weekend of Advent (November 26-27).  Please remember, though, that Catholics who are seriously ill or immune-compromised should continue staying home.  We LIVESTREAM our Saturday 5 p.m. Mass for those not able to join us in Church, to stay connected with them.  This will continue indefinitelyCOMMUNION UNDER THE CANOPY (which takes place every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.) will continue up to and including December 31st, but will cease in the new year. Our amazing Ministers of Care are willing to go to the homes of those who aren’t able to return to Church, to bring them Holy Communion.  Please contact the Parish Office (847 398-3362) to set this up.

We hope you like the outdoor Holiday lights that have been placed on some of our trees and bushes in anticipation of Christmas.  Three Christmas wreaths with lights have also been hung.    

Fr. Tomy’s next Theological Seminar on Monday, November 28th from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Community Room will focus on the differences between the Catholic Church and the mainline Protestant Churches.

This Thursday, December 1st, at 6 p.m. in the Parish Center, Fr. Tomy will be showing the movie, THE RESTLESS HEART, the story of St. Augustine’s conversion.  Soup will be served so please RSVP the Parish Office so there will be plenty of “soup for the soul” to enjoy.  

Join us every Tuesday morning for BREAKFAST WITH FRIENDS in our Community Room.  Breakfast and fellowship are served after the 8:00 a.m. Mass.

Remember that 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.

This Friday, December 2nd is First Friday, so I will be administering the ANOINTING OF THE SICK in the Narthex, immediately after the 8 a.m. Mass to anyone seriously ill in mind or body or soul.

The Men’s Club will be having their monthly First Friday Breakfast and Spirituality session on December 2nd immediately following the 8 a.m. Mass in the Community Room.  All men are invited.

Confessions take place in the Reconciliation Room on Saturday, December 3rd from 8 a.m. until 8:45 a.m.

Sister Christine Baty will be delivering a Homiletic Reflection at all the Masses next weekend (December 3-4) in anticipation of the December 10-11 Second Collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious Women and Men.

The framed photos of your deceased loved ones can be taken home with you this weekend.  These photos were placed in the Narthex during November to remember our deceased loved ones.

Our BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE is set up on a podium near the Baptism Font.  You are invited to add the names of your deceased loved ones so we can keep them in our November prayers.

The Purple Ribbons have been removed from our parking lot, but sadly, domestic violence never seems to end.  Those purple ribbons were placed in our parking lot during the Respect Life month of October to draw our attention to Domestic Violence Awareness.  Please continue praying for all of those affected and devastated by domestic violence.

Our Rosary Group made their goal of “One Million Hail Mary’s” and a new prayer campaign has begun ---- “for the conversion of Russia; to end the war in Ukraine; to bring peace to the world”, so please continue praying Hail Mary’s and letting Tomi Gaudio know so she can keep a count.  As of this writing, over 68,270 Hail Mary’s have been prayed.

Any time throughout the year, anyone interested in becoming Catholic can contact Razia Khokhar for more information on our RCIA Program.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep our parish financially sound.  Many of you have increased your weekly contribution to prevent budget shortfalls.  I am very grateful.

Stay safe these next few months of cold and flu season.  Get your flu shot and use face masks and hand sanitizer wherever you go.

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.  Just sitting there for an hour or so will give you a tremendous peace of mind.  As one parishioner recently put it, “I look at Him.  He looks at me.  And it is a wonderful thing.”

Scam emails continue going around.  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 more and more.  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) 5:00 pm Mass at St. Edna is available on our website and on our YouTube channel .  Our weekday (M., Tu., W., F.) 8:00 a.m. Masses are also 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

May this Advent Season bring more and more of our parishioners back to in-person worship in our beautiful Church.  May the BREAD OF LIFE nourish us in this Holy Place and give us the strength that our souls need.  Please keep praying for the people of Ukraine and also for the many victims of gun violence in our country.  May the Lord bless all of us this Advent Season with a new beginning.

                                                 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.


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.   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.