A Note From The Pastor

Category: Parish News,

This weekend our Second Collection supports the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Your donation today helps restore the Church, and build the future in more than twenty-five countries still struggling to recover from former Communist rule. Funds from this Collection support reconstruction, education, formation, and poverty outreach. Please be generous to the Collection today. For more information, please visit: www.usccb.org/ccee.

During Lent, please make an attempt to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Per Archdiocesan policy due to the pandemic, new variants of the Coronavirus, and the current increase in infections, Communal Reconciliation Services with individual Confessions are not recommended this year because of the logistical difficulty in maintaining privacy, physical distancing, cleaning, and other safety and health requirements. Please know that we have Confessions on Saturdays from 1:00–1:30PM, but calling the Rectory at: (847) 872-8778, and receiving a code is required.

Please also know that the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown (1600 W. Park Avenue, in Libertyville, Phone: (847) 367-7800, www.kolbeshrine.org) has Confessions Monday – Friday from 10:00– 11:00AM [in English] and 6:00–7:00 PM [in English and Spanish] throughout Lent, up to but NOT including Holy Week.

For now we are continuing to livestream the Sunday 9AM Mass, but please note that, because it is not formally part of the Mass, the Spiritual Communion Prayer will not be recited during the Mass. However, we do hope to have it posted somewhere for online viewers to pray while Holy Communion is being distributed. The plan is also to continue having the Parking Lot Mass through Easter, and chances are it will continue thereafter, as long as it is needed.

A BIG Thank You to Curtis Mitzelfelt, who pushed back the snow at the edge of the West side of the Parking Lot, making more room (and life much easier!) for cars to drop off and pick up our school children, as well as having adequate room for our Parking Lot Mass — Thanks Curtis!

Please refer later in this bulletin to some pictures from our Drive-Thru Ashes Service this past Ash Wednesday. I was so pleased with the great turnout — thanks to all who came, I greatly appreciated seeing all of you.

Look in your mailbox for our new Guide Book & Directory. They should be arriving in the coming week. The advertisers helped provide this service at no cost to our congregation. We encourage you to think of them in the future as your needs arise. If you are interested in advertising next year, contact: amandavogt@guidebookpublishing.com for more information. An electronic PDF version of the Guide Section of the book which you can download to your computer, smart phone, or tablet is available for download at your convenience. Simply go to: www.GuideBookPublishing.com/booklist.php, click on ‘Illinois’ followed by ‘Beach Park,’ then click on ‘Our Lady of Humility #2162’, and you may view or download the book.

On this Second Sunday of Lent, we are reminded of Jesus’ Transfiguration which also reminds us of our call to be transfigured/transformed by God’s grace in a very real and supernatural way this Lent. May we all rededicate ourselves to allowing God to change our hearts and lives this Lent.

God Bless,

Fr. Paul