Each summer the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago facilitates the Mission Cooperation Plan, an opportunity for more than 100 International Missionary Dioceses, Congregations, and Organizations to share their stories, and invite support from our faith communities. Usually, Missionaries are sent to the Parishes to speak about their experiences and needs. This year travel is very difficult or impossible for Appeal Speakers, but the needs are greater than ever for communities of faith in under-resourced areas throughout our world. So, this year we will not have a Missionary speak at the Masses; instead the Appeal will be virtual. After a brief homily, I will read a message that highlights various mission causes. This message and then a Second Collection for the Missionary Cooperation Plan will take place at all of the Masses next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 7th and 8th. The summer Missionary Cooperation Plan is an opportunity for our Parish to learn about mission areas of our Church, be inspired to become Missionaries ourselves, and offer support to particular mission causes from around the globe. If you are able, please contribute to this Second Collection to support the 104 participating mission causes (with checks made payable to the Parish), or you can make a donation online at: WeAreMissionary.org/give. You may also view the 104 mission causes at: https://pvm.archchicago.org/mission-office/summer-mission-co-o; just scroll down to the bottom.
Summerfest 2021 is almost here! On Sunday, August 15th, (The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary), Bishop Jeffrey Grob will celebrate Mass at 12 Noon outside, weather and temperature permitting. Afterwards, he will bless the New Grotto built by the Knights of Columbus. Then the OLH Summerfest Picnic will begin. The Knights will provide burgers, hot dogs, and brats; the rest of the food will be individually packaged. There will also be games for all ages until 4PM. Come celebrate with us for all, or some of the celebration. Please note that this 12 Noon Mass replaces the 11AM Mass on Sunday, August 15th.
Special Thanks to the Knights of Columbus for building the Grotto, as well as cutting down a very large, dead tree behind our dumpsters in the west parking lot. It was a hazard, and would have otherwise been a significant expense to the Parish.
This weekend we are in the second week of our five-week consecutive reading from John Chapter Six. This week, Jesus reveals Himself as “The Bread of Life”. Only He can satisfy our hunger, the deepest longings of the heart. As we reflect on this Sixth Chapter in the Gospel of John, may the Lord strengthen our devotion to, and reverence for, the Sacrament of the Eucharist in our lives.