A Note From The Pastor

Category: Parish News,

We continue to have a need for Catechists to teach the Faith to our children virtually online. Please prayerfully consider passing on the precious Faith given to you, by E-mailing our CRE, Francisca Montoya, at: Fmontoya@ourladyofhumility.org. Registration for Religious Education Classes has begun, and will continue through the end of September.

Sign-up for an appointment to register at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044aaeae2da4fa7-appointment.

We have a new Episcopal Vicar for our Vicariate. To give a very brief history, you may remember that Bishop Rassas retired a little over two years ago. After that, Bishop Alberto Rojas served our Vicariate for a little over a year, until he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of San Bernardino, California. After that, but before he was appointed Bishop, Bishop Mike McGovern served as our Interim Episcopal Vicar until he was named Bishop of Belleville, Illinois. Since July, Fr. Vincent Costello, Pastor of Holy Cross in Deerfield, has been serving as our Interim

Episcopal Vicar. On September 11th, Pope Francis has appointed three new Auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese of Chicago: Bishops-Elect: Kevin M. Birmingham, Jeffrey S. Grob, and Robert J. Lombardo, CFR. Their Episcopal Ordination will be on November 13, 2020.

Congratulations to Bishop-Elect Jeffrey S. Grob who will be our new Episcopal Vicar!

This Sunday, September 20th, is Catechetical Sunday. On this day, we acknowledge the importance of the Church’s Teaching Ministry, and honor those who serve the Christian community as Catechists. The word ‘catechism’ means something like a summary of our Faith. But the word ‘catechism’ comes from the root word

‘catechesis’, a Greek word meaning to echo or resound. So Catechists teach the Faith at the level of their audience; they adapt, but do not change, the Church’s teaching to the capacity of those who are receiving it. Catechists talk about the most important questions in life, and then they explain the answers that God has given us in the Bible, and above all through His Son Jesus’ teachings which have been faithfully handed on within His Church. A Catechist doesn’t teach his or her own philosophy of life; the Catechist explains what God has revealed to us. They serve such an important role; I’m grateful for all of our dedicated Catechists.

This weekend we have an additional Collection to support the Seminary System of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Please consider making a donation in an envelope labeled “Seminary Appeal”. Thank you for supporting our future priests!

We will have a Meeting for all Ministers of Care who visit the homebound, so that we may “relaunch” this valuable ministry with COVID-19 Protocols. The Meeting will be this Thursday, September 24th, at 7PM in the Church.

Slowly, we are reopening/relaunching other ministries. This past Tuesday, I met with the Parish Council for the first time since February!

Let us pray for a return to normalcy and peace in our world.

Peace and God Bless,

Fr. Paul