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Letter from Fr. Darrio

October 24, 2021

Another busy weekend here at St. Edna, between our two-day Craft Fair and our Confirmation Retreat on Sunday.  Keep our young people in your prayers as they prepare for Confirmation by Bishop Grob on Saturday, November 6th.  

We are livestreaming our Saturday 5 pm Mass AND our weekday 8 a.m. Mass on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  You can view these Masses on our website and on Facebook at any time.

Several volunteers were recently trained to help run the Video Monitors in Church at our weekend Masses.  More volunteers would be great!   If you would like to help with this new and very easy Ministry, please let us know!

Remember that each Tuesday morning we have “Coffee With the Pastor” in the Community Room after the 8 a.m. Mass.  Please join us for a nice breakfast.  I won’t be able to attend this “Coffee” this week, since I’ll be up at the Seminary for a few days of Retreat.  Keep me in your prayers.  I will be praying for you.  Fr. Paul Wachdorf will be covering weekday Masses for me and hopefully he’ll be able to be part of Tuesday’s Breakfast.

Since November 1st falls on a Monday this year, The Feast of All Saint’s isn’t an OBLIGATORY Holy Day.  It’s still a holy day, but this year, people aren’t obliged to attend Mass.  We will still have Masses though, that morning, at 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. for those desiring to attend.

On Tuesday, November 2nd we will observe All Souls Day with Masses at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.  The 7 p.m. Mass will be longer than usual, since we will be remembering all the people who have been buried from St. Edna Church these last twelve months.  Their loved ones have been invited to attend.

Please remember not to believe the many and various Scam emails that are going around (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” I might be.  Another scam email was sent out a few days ago.  Just DELETE them, please.

Parish Offerings - Outside of Office Entrance Door #6 (mounted on the brick column) is a security/mail/drop box for you to place your weekly donation envelopes in.  We have fallen into the RED again, four months into the 2021-2022 fiscal year.  Hopefully the great generosity of our good parishioners will bring us back into the BLACK very soon.  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 a.m. masses are also livestreamed on our YouTube channel. 

I am so grateful for your wearing of face masks in Church (as mandated by the Archdiocese) so willingly and without complaint.  Be sure to cover your NOSE, too, with your mask, especially when in line for Holy Communion.  I know how uncomfortable these masks are.  Consider your one hour in Church each week with a face mask on, a form of sacrificial giving.

Try to get yourself to Church this last weekend of October.  All parishes have to report October attendance numbers to the Archdiocese.  That’s one of the ways that they determine how vibrant a parish is.  Please attend (and bring a friend!) so we can show the Archdiocese that St. Edna is an important Parish for us.  Have a blessed week.  Keep RESPECTING LIFE and try to see Jesus in everyone we encounter.    

Fr. Darrio


Anointing of the Sick

Every First Friday I administer the Sacrament of ANOINTING OF THE SICK after the 8 a.m. 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.

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.    

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.  Place your grocery donations in the covered storage bins between the benches near OFFICE ENTRANCE (Door #6).  Our maintenance crew brings the food into the building each morning.  Now that the weather is warmer, please refrain from placing items in these bins that may spoil overnight or may melt in the warmer conditions.  Outreach food DISTRIBUTION takes place SATURDAY MORNINGS, from 9 a.m. until noon.