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April 3 - St. Pius X Catholic Community
St. Pius X Catholic Community
APRIL 3, 2016
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
1025 E. Madison Street  Lombard, IL 60148  630-627-4526  www.stpiuslombard.org
WELCOME TO
ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
1025 E. MADISON STREET ■ LOMBARD, IL 60148
[email protected]
www.stpiuslombard.org
DIOCESE OF JOLIET
SERVED BY THE CONGREGATION OF THE RESURRECTION
MISSION STATEMENT
We the people of St. Pius X Church, a faith community in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet,
Illinois, accept the challenge to restore all things in Christ through the use of our gifts and ministry. Guided by
the Father, nourished by the Eucharist, and inspired by the Holy Spirit we embrace all through our
commitment to worship, education, service, and stewardship.
LEMA DE NUESTRA MISIÓN
Nosotros las personas de la Iglesia de San Pío X, una comunidad de fe Católica de la Diócesis de Joliet,
Illinois, aceptamos los desafíos de restaurar todas las cosas en Cristo, por medio de nuestros talentos y
ministerios. Guiados por el Padre, nutridos por la Eucaristía, e inspirados por el Espíritu Santo; unidos y
comprometidos todos nosotros por medio de nuestros dones, educación y servicio.
Business Manager: John Matyasik
Administrative Assistant: Donna Cooper
Parish Secretary: Pam Matyasik
Maintenance Director: Sallie McGinn
Pastoral Council, Chair: Basil Weaver
Finance Council, Chair: Frank Enda
Stewardship Council, Chair: Leanne Newman
Pastor:
Father George Zieba, CR
Deacons:
John Chan, Ron Knecht,
Larry Lissak, Tom Rachubinski
Hispanic Ministry Pastoral Assistant:
Fr. Firmo Mantovani, CS
Pastoral Care: Sr. Pauline Schutz, OSF
Parish Office: 630-627-4526
Fax: 630-495-5926
[email protected]
Faith Formation: 630-627-1551
[email protected]
School: 630-627-2353
Fax: 630-627-1810
[email protected]
Convent: 630-627-5810
School Principal: Daniel Flaherty
Assistant Principal: Toni Miller
Faith Formation - Director: Colleen Lowery
Youth Ministry - Director: Mark Restaino
Music Ministry - Director: Kirsten Currie
Hispanic Ministry - Coordinator / Secretary:
Laura Mora
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IMPORTANT TO KNOW
PARISH OFFICE HOURS
Monday through Thursday
9:00 AM—12:30 PM;
1:00 PM—4:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM—3:00 PM
MASSES
Saturday: 5:00 PM Anticipation of Sunday
Misa en Español: Sábado 7 PM
Sunday: 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, and 11:30 AM
Holy Days: see previous Sunday Bulletin
Weekdays: 8:30 AM Monday through Friday
Saturday: 8:30 AM First Saturday of each month
NEW PARISHIONERS
Welcome! You are invited to come to or call the Parish
Office to register. Forms are also available on the website.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturday: 3:30 to 4:30 PM or by appointment.
MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
If you are interested in one of our many ministries or wish
to volunteer time or talent, please contact the Parish
Office or see our website for more details.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the first
Sunday at the 11:30 AM Mass. No Baptisms are
celebrated during Lent. Parent preparation is required.
The parent meeting for Baptism is generally on the first
Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. Please call the Parish
Office for more information
(630-627-4526).
PRAYER INTENTIONS
If you have a prayer intention that you would like the
parish to pray for, write it in the Book of Prayer in
Church.
BULLETIN ARTICLES
Due ten days prior to bulletin date. Attach Word file and
email to [email protected] Please put a
contact name and phone number on each article indicating
the date(s) you would like the article to run. Every effort
will be made to see that your request is granted.
As a general rule, we encourage using “bulletin space”
instead of a separate insert whenever possible—–this
saves the cost of printing. The following guidelines
should be observed if an insert is necessary:A proposed
insert must be submitted for approval prior to bulletin
insertion weekend. Approved inserts must be delivered
by Thursday to the Parish Office.
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
Please call the Parish Office at least 6 months before
your desired wedding date, to check availability.
FUNERALS
Arrangements should be made at the Parish Office
before publication in the newspaper.
SICK CALLS
Homebound because of sickness or age, please call the
Parish Office (630-627-4526) to arrange a visit with a
Minister of Care or a priest.
Pregnant? Confused? Need Help? Please call
Woman’s Choice Services at 630-261-9221.
SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Please call the Parish Office for arrangements.
Because of HIPAA Privacy regulations, hospitals can no
longer contact the parish. If you are hospitalized and
would like a priest or minister from St. Pius X to visit or
have your name added to the Prayers of the Faithful,
your family should notify the Parish Office.
INFORMATION ABOUT
OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
For questions and instruction in the faith or to become a
part of the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of
Adults), call the Parish Office.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL ASSISTANCE
Mon. & Fri. 9:30 am—Noon, Wed. 12:30-2:30 pm
Information: 630-300-4353
Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life:
www.vocations.com or call 815-834-4004.
Support Serra Vocations at the monthly Vocation Mass
and dinner at St. Petronille Parish in Glen Ellyn.
Please call 630-932-8098 for information.
Reporting Sexual Abuse: Anyone who has reasonable
cause to suspect the sexual abuse of a minor by a member
of the clergy or other Church personnel is urged to report
the matter immediately. To inform the Diocese of Joliet,
call Mrs. Judith Speckman (Victim Assistance
Coordinator) at 815-263-6467 or write the Diocese of
Joliet, 425 Summit Street, Joliet 60435. Contact DCFS at
1-800-252-2873 or call the local County States Attorney.
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LITURGICAL NEWS
St. Pius X Prayer Chapel
Liturgical Calendar
The Prayer Chapel is open Sunday through
Friday evenings, 7 pm to 11 pm. Please come
and adore Him. Use Door #8 on east side of
church building. Would you like to sign up for
an hour per week in the Prayer Chapel? Please
contact our leaders to pledge your hour.
Monday
April 4-The Annunciation of the Lord
Is 7:10-14, 8:10; Ps 40:7-11; Heb 10:4-10; Lk 1:26-38
8:30 am
Theresa & Edward Herb by Temborius Family
Tuesday
April 5-Saint Vincent Ferrer
Acts 4:32-37; Ps 93:1-2, 5; Jn 3:7b-15
8:30 am
Mary Cornacchia (anniv.) by Rutkowski family
Wednesday April 6-Easter Weekday
Acts 5:17-26; Ps 34:2-9; Jn 3:16-21
8:30 am
Philip Penze by family
Thursday April 7-Saint John Baptist de la Salle
Acts 5:27-33; Ps 34:2, 9, 17-20; Jn 3:31-36
8:30 am
Claire Loudon by Jean Plewa
Spiritual Intentions of Jean Plewa
Friday
April 8-Easter Weekday
Acts 5:34-42; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14; Jn 6:1-15
8:30 am
Angeline & Anthony Maffia by family
Saturday April 9-Easter Weekday
Acts 6:1-7; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19; Jn 6:16-21
3:30-4:30 pm Reconciliation
Vigil—Third Sunday of Easter
5:00 pm
John Clancy by Betsy Chmelik
7:00 pm
Misa en español
Sunday
April 10
Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41; Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13; Rv 5:11-14;
Jn 21:1-19
7:30 am
Beverly Rio by family
9:30 am
Robert Heise by Family
Ryan Kelly
11:30 am
St. Pius X Parish Family
(Baptisms celebrated during Mass)
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Estelle Soger
Linda Chan
Michelle LoCoco
John Chan
Ceil D’Acquisto
Carol Gawenda
630-738-2255
630-202-2489
630-567-0373
630-202-2943
630-627-9472
630-833-3211
Rosary/Prayer/Benediction-Wednesday 8 pm Prayer Chapel
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
As we think of Peter's "shadow" bestowing Jesus' healing, we
recall that Peter's current successor, Pope Francis, declared this
year a Jubilee Year of Mercy, that the many varied "wounds"
afflicting God's people may be healed by Jesus' mercy offered
through his loving disciples. Francis announced the Jubilee last
year on this Sunday, named by Pope Saint John Paul II Divine
Mercy Sunday, honoring Saint Faustina Kowalska's spiritually
comforting devotion. How fitting! For in today's Gospel, guilty
disciples, whose denial and desertion helped inflict Jesus'
wounds, heard Jesus' merciful words: "Shalom --Peace!" Jesus'
next words sent them--and now send us--as the Father sent
Jesus: to heal and reconcile others, even at the risk of being
wounded ourselves. Again, how fitting! For Jesus, who assured
Thomas, "Blessed are those who have not seen and have
believed," had earlier declared, "Blessed are the merciful for
they will be shown mercy." Divine Mercy Sunday, in this
Jubilee Year, sends us out to share the comfort, mercy, and
forgiveness that we ourselves have so joyfully received.
Ministry Schedules are available by signing onto
the software from your computer/tablet.
Click onto the “Ministry Scheduler Pro” button on the
home page of our website: stpiuslombard.org.
the following parishioners
and friends who are ill:
Mark Furjanic
Frank Cvach
Janice Rowe
Jerry Buscher
Ronald Norman
Dolores Pflum
Evelyn Reagan
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Michael Crosse, Sr.
Elizabeth McNicholas
Paul Pignatelli
Marita Hooper
Baby Elliott Grance
Chuck DelGreco
Lori Patros
Year of Mercy
Reflecting on God’s Word
Divine Mercy in the Year of Mercy
In her Diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:
“In the Old Covenant I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts
to my people. Today I am sending you with my mercy to
the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish
aching mankind, but I desire to heal it. Pressing it to My
Merciful Heart. Before the Day of Justice I am sending the
Day of Mercy.”
“On that day [Divine Mercy Sunday], the very depths of My
tender mercy are opened. I pour out a whole ocean of
graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My
mercy….On that day, all the divine floodgates through
which graces flow are opened.”
Pope Quote
"Do we have mercy and forgiveness in our
hearts? What is the danger? It is that we
presume we are righteous and judge others.
We also judge God, because we think that
he should punish sinners, condemn them to
death, instead of forgiving. . . . If in our
heart there is no mercy, no joy of
forgiveness, we are not in communion with
God, even if we observe all of his precepts
alone. It is love of God and neighbor that brings fulfillment to
all the Commandments. And this is the love of God, his joy:
forgiveness."
— Pope Francis
In today's Gospel we hear Jesus say three times, "Peace be with
you." This was a common greeting, but the disciples were
hiding in fear so they needed reassurance. Jesus gives them that
reassurance in three ways: his resurrection, forgiveness of sins,
and a blessing for future disciples.
Divine Mercy Study
Next Faith Growing Group Study
The next study will be Fr. Michael Gaitley’s “Divine Mercy in
the Second Greatest Story Ever Told.” This is a great study for
the Year of Mercy as the overall message of the program is that
now is the time of mercy. Follow this fascinating 10 episode
story that combines history, Scripture, prophecy, and the lives
of saints to show God’s merciful love for you. Some of the
topics woven together in this story are Fatima, Poland,
St. Faustina, St. John Paul II, and World War II.
The disciples had seen Jesus crucified and were afraid any of
his followers would be treated the same way. So when Jesus
appeared to them, he showed them his wounds and let them
touch him. He wanted to show them that he was not a ghost; he
had risen from death and death has no more power over him.
They can now take courage because they will share in the
Resurrection themselves. Breathing on them, he bestows the
Holy Spirit, source of our courage.
That leads to the second reassurance, forgiveness of sins. Jesus
died to take away our sins; now he shares that with his
disciples. Anyone troubled by guilt can be forgiven. The
disciples themselves probably felt that need, since they had
deserted Jesus and one even denied knowing him. He now
sends his apostles with the mission to free others from sin. We
too can forgive others (and ourselves) knowing that God has
forgiven them and us.
Groups will meet on the following days/evenings:
Tuesday evenings starting April 5th for 10 weeks
(1 episode per week)
Tuesday evenings starting April 26th for 5 weeks
(2 episodes per week)
Finally, the story of Thomas and his doubts about Jesus'
Tuesday mornings starting April 26th for 5 weeks
th
resurrection gives us some hope. Jesus blesses those who "have
Wednesday evenings starting April 27 for 5 weeks - if there is
not seen and have believed" (John 20:29). We usually think the
enough interest
th
apostles were "more" blessed for having seen and heard Jesus.
Thursday mornings starting April 28 for 5 weeks
But Jesus reverses that expectation; we are blessed, even two
The DVD episodes range in length from 15 to 30 minutes. The
thousand years after the Resurrection.
study guide costs $22. There is no home preparation for this
Tom Schmidt, Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co.
study.
To register, please contact the New Evangelization Ministry by
April 15 (or ASAP for the 10 week Tuesday night group) at
[email protected] or call Barb Harazin at
630-629-7956.
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PARISH NEWS
Weekly Offering Report
Our Stewardship of Sharing
Weekly Offering Contributions-March 2016
First Week Offering
10,606
Electronic Giving (3/1-3/8)
12,464
Second Week Offering
9,064
Electronic Giving (3/9-3/15)
3,754
Third Week Offering
10,127
Electronic Giving (3/16-3/22)
4,444
Fourth Week Offering
5,289
Electronic Giving (3/23-3/29)
2,696
Budget Income for March*
59,000
Amount needed for March Offering Budget $556
*Budgeted offering income needed to meet monthly budgeted expenses
Golden Touch Donations 7/1/15-3/29/16
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Year to Date Sunday Offering Budget
July 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016
Revenue
$496,731
Budget
511,097
Over (under) Budget for year
(14,366)
Church Projects Collection
Donations through March 29, 2016
Lot Lights
11,134
Easter Collection thru 3/29/16: $16,115
Budgeted amount $20,000
$19,486
Please remember St. Pius X Parish in your will and estate planning.
Please call the Parish Office at 630-627-4526 for more information. Thank you.
Thank you for your continued support of our ministries to the people of God.
From the Desk of the Business Manager
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Social Center Air Conditioning – work has started on the electric panel. Equipment is on order. The
goal is to have the air conditioning system installed by the middle of May.
Security Cameras – waiting on final proposals from three vendors.
Parking Lot Lighting – proposals for lighting fixtures have been sent out to three manufacturers asking
for their recommendations. After we review the recommendations we will request price quotes.
Carnival – the Men’s Group is coordinating a Parish Carnival May 20-22. Carnival rides and food
vendors will be set up for a weekend of family fun.
Simple Suppers - $1,071.62 was contributed at the simple suppers. This money goes to the St. Vincent
DePaul Society to help the less fortunate in our community.
Holy Land Pilgrimage – Father George will be hosting a St. Pius X Parish Holy Land Pilgrimage
February 15-24, 2017. Brochures and information are available at the Parish Office. There will be an
information meeting on June 17 at 6 pm in the Parish Office. Questions will be answered by the person
leading the tour who lives in Israel. Please call the Parish Office 630-627-4526 to RSVP for this meeting.
Fall Fest – fest is scheduled for September 16-18 with the Polka Mass and Pig Roast on September 18.
Parish Vocation Committee – a committee has been established to
help promote vocations in our parish. Prayers for vocations to the
priesthood, religious life and consecrated marriage will be
encouraged throughout our parish. If you are interested in joining
the committee, our next meeting is April 11 at 5:30 pm in the
Parish Office. Our first event will be the promotion of World Day of
Prayer for Vocations the weekend of April 16-17. There will be an
insert in the bulletin talking about vocations and a prayer for
vocations will be prayed at all Masses that weekend.
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This Week’s Calendar of Events
St. Vincent de Paul
Monday-April 4
Baptismal Class
7:00 pm
Martha Room
Tuesday-April 5
Worship Commission
7:00 pm
Parish Office
Wednesday-April 6
Grade School Mass
8:30 am
Church
Faith Formation Commission
6:30 pm
Mary Room
Rosary/Prayer/Benediction
8:00 pm
Prayer Chapel
Saturday-April 9 — Parish Black & Gold Gala
Sunday-April 10
St. Vincent de Paul Meeting
9:00 am
Convent
`We must be accountable to our donors and transparent to all'
Our Parish's St Vincent de Paul group is called a Conference.
There are forty such conferences in the Diocese of Joliet. Most
are based at their respective Parish and there are others that
combine memberships from two or three parishes. The
St Vincent de Paul Society St. Pius X Conference submitted its
2015 Annual Report to the National Organization and we
would like to share with you a summary of this report.
St. Pius X Conference of St. Vincent de Paul FYE 9/30/2015
INCOME
Parishioner Offerings
$ 32,457.00
Environmental Awareness Committee
Thanksgiving, Simple Suppers, St. Joseph’s
Table, and Other Parish Offerings/Events
Memorials, Honorariums and Other Income
Earth Day is coming and we can all help
protect God’s great gifts by making sure that
our prescription drugs do not contaminate
our water supply and soil. The
Environmental Awareness Committee will
be holding a Drug and Medications
collection next weekend, April 9 and 10,
before and after all the Masses.
Total income
Goods & Services Provided to SVdP Clients
$10.00 Food Vouchers/ Gift Cards
Pace Bus Passes
Rent/ Mortgage Assistance &
Temporary Lodging
Utilities Assistance
Supplemental purchases to restock food pantry
Other client assistance
Emergency relief donations
-Tornado disasters/other
conference assistance
Office expenses (computer/client
data base/ phone/ stamps, etc.
Specially designed backpacks for homeless
We will also be collecting Cell phones, Eyeglasses, Batteries
and Ink/toner cartridges for recycling.
See you over the weekend,
Dan, Julie, Marv
St. Pius X Youth Ministry
Divine Liturgy at St. George Byzantine Catholic Church
On Sunday, April 10, from 9:15 am-12 pm, join the youth
group on a trip to St. George Byzantine Catholic Church for
Divine Liturgy. Come experience the Byzantine rite with our
other Catholic brothers and sisters. If you’re wondering, this
does fulfill your obligation to attend Mass.
Goods Services/Total
Barefoot Youth Group
On Monday, April 11, from 6:30-8 pm, it’s Barefoot Youth
Group! Join the youth group at St. Pius X in cutting up old
jeans to be made into shoes for people in third world countries
through the organization- Sole Hope. We’ll also be playing
some kickball. Come barefooted, bring old jeans, and invite
friends!
$
$
$
7,178.00
1,675.00
41,310.00
$
$
15,000.00
13,200.00
$
$
$
$
2,586.00
3,200.00
1,379.00
1,348.00
$
3,750.00
$
$
$
2,120.00
500.00
43,083.00
Client pantry visits - OVER 1400
These goods and services were provided during approximately
1450 client visits to our pantry in the Martha Room for food
and assistance over the past year. Our members volunteer at the
pantry three days a week and are involved in other works of
discipleship, evangelization and charity.
St. Pius X V.I.P. Seniors
April V.I.P. Gathering
Hope you have reserved your place at the College of DuPage
Spring luncheon on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 at 11:30 am.
(Note the different day and date). If you have not yet reserved
your place, call Sr. Pauline at 630-627-5810. We always have a
good time. Hope to see you there.
Our St. Pius X Conference is able to assist those in need
through the generous donations that our parishioners entrust to
us. Our mission is to be good stewards of your donations in the
service of those in need.
On behalf of the clients you have helped us serve, thank you for
your support and God Bless!
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Summer Camp 2016
The mission of the St. Pius X Parish School Summer Camp 2016 is to offer a quality, safe, inclusive, and affordable summer
experience for our students and parish families. Our goal is to provide lasting memories, imaginative play, and allow our campers to
develop to their full potential.
The St. Pius X Parish School Summer Camp is now in its sixth year! The Summer Camp 2016 will be offered to students currently
registered for the 2016 – 2017 school year that will be attending our three year old preschool through fifth grade. We will also
accept students who were in three-year old preschool through fourth grade during the 2015 – 2016 school year. Children of
registered parishioners are also welcome to attend provided they are the correct age requirements (children entering three-year old
preschool through fifth grade for the 2016-2017 school year).
We offer full-time camp (from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), regular camp (from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and part-time camp. Summer
Camp will begin on Monday, June 6, 2016 and continue throughout the summer until Friday, August 12, 2016. Space is limited and
will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Students must be completely toilet trained to enter the camp program. Campers will be
grouped according to age.
Camp days chosen are on a permanent basis, and for staffing and purchasing reasons cannot be changed from week to week or
month to month. However, camp days can be added based on space availability and camp attendance can be different
each week.
Please see our camp brochure on www.stpiuslombard.org/school under Forms for more detailed information.
Saint Genesius Productions Presents Bugsy Malone — April 22-26
Saint Genesius Productions youth theater group will perform Bugsy Malone at Montini High School, April 22-24, 2016. More than
50 talented students from local Catholic grade schools, including St. Pius X, Sacred Heart, St. James the Apostle, St. Joseph,
Kingswood Academy, and Holy Ghost will come together to prepare this exciting performance.
Featuring a catchy, swinging score by the composer of The Muppet Movie, Bugsy Malone is raucous, jazzy, comedic fun! Two
gangs, comprised completely of children, square off in a 1920’s rivalry of Capone-ian standards. Dandy Dan’s gang has gotten the
upper hand since obtaining the “splurge” gun (a weapon that shoots whip cream). Now Fat Sam and his bumbling buffoons are in
real trouble! Bugsy Malone, a one-time boxer, is thrust not-so-willingly into the gangster limelight when he becomes the last chance
Fat Sam’s gang has of surviving. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love Blousey—but that just isn’t in the
cards for our hero. Show times are: Friday, April 22 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, April 23 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Sunday, April 24 at
2:00 pm. Tickets cost $8 and can be ordered online at SaintGenesiusProductions.com. Tickets are going fast, and some of last year’s
shows sold out, so order your tickets soon! For more information, visit our web site at SaintGenesiusProductions.com or contact us
by e-mail at [email protected]
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MINISTERIO HISPANO
Misa en Español
Sacerdote
Coordinadora de Ministerio Hispano
Coordinador Educación Religiosa
Sábado 7:00 pm
Firmo Mantovani, CS
Laura Mora
Abraham Rodríguez
Bautizos
1er. Y 3er. Sábado del mes
Matrimonios, Visita a los enfermos, Quinceañeras
e Intenciones de misa
Favor de hablar a la Rectoría para mas información
Horario de Oficina
Miércoles
Jueves
Teléfono
Email
9:00 am—1:00 pm
12:30 pm—4:00 pm
630-627-4526 X203
[email protected]
Servidores
Ministros de Eucaristía: Veronica O., Francis D.,
Saturday Abraham R., Isabel R.
7:00 pm Lectores: Lucy S., Yliana M., Raquel A.
April 9 Acólitos: Jennifer T., Mayra T., Heydi M.,
Victoria G.
REFLEXION
La Cruz de Jesucristo, fue un verdadero ¶escándalo· para los
discípulos; la Cruz no tenía nada de glorioso, al contrario: un
tormento en el cual el Señor sufrió una pasión dolorosísima, una
muerte humillante... y la sepultura pareció ser un verdadero fin a
todo esto. Tomás, el apóstol, no estaba cuando Jesús se apareció
por primera vez y los apóstoles le anuncian la feliz noticia;
¶hemos visto al Señor· , pero Tomás duda de sus condiscípulos y
del mismo Señor y se empecina en esta postura tan común entre
nosotros: ¶si no veo, no creo· .
No miremos a Tomás como a un ¶extraño· : muchas actitudes
nuestras nos hacen parecidos a él: nuestras incredulidades,
desconfianzas, temores, dudas, nuestros ¶peros· ante Dios... ya
que somos muchas veces cristianos con ¶peros· (¶soy cristiano
pero acepto el divorcio· , o tenemos miedo al testimonio,
pensando que la mentira tiene derechos) estas actitudes entre
otras que podríamos resumir como nuestras negativas frente a
ciertas exigencias de la fe, le quitan a la misma pureza, fuerza y
alegría; inmersos en muchos problemas, más de una vez
corremos el riesgo de pensar que viendo a Jesús como lo vieron
sus contemporáneos sería más fácil para nosotros creer, tener fe;
nuestras actitudes en los momentos de prueba ¶destapan· muchas
veces nuestra falta de fe; exigimos de Dios respuesta inmediata y
solución a nuestros problemas: y le preguntamos y lo acosamos:
¿por qué el hambre? ¿Por qué la guerra, la violencia, el aborto, la
injusticia, el negociado? ¿Por qué al malo parece que todo le va
bien y al que quiere hacer las cosas bien parece que todo se le
hace más difícil? ¿por qué a veces las cosas parecen complicarse
sin remedio, por qué aparece el cáncer, la enfermedad, el dolor, la
tristeza, la soledad, la muerte, POR QUÉ?
¿Es posible vivir esto, y seguir creyendo que Cristo resucitó? Que
la muerte está vencida? Que hay Vida Nueva, un Nueva
Creación?
Las acusaciones son duras, son crueles, con la dureza de la
afirmación de Tomás, ¶Si no veo...· y la invitación de Jesús
recuerda el tono de dureza de Tomás ¶Trae tu dedo; ¡aquí están
mis manos! ¡Trae tu mano! ¡Aquí está mi costado!... Tomás se
humilla, y Jesús proclama la Bienaventuranza ¶Dichosos los que
creen sin ver...·
Decíamos que:
A veces pensamos que a nuestra fe ¶le falta algo· : si pudiéramos
ver a Jesús como los hombres y mujeres que vivieron en su
época, si tuviésemos alguna visión, alguna revelación especial,
algún ¶milagrito· ; pero Judas, Pilato, Barrabás y muchos Judíos
conocieron a Cristo ¿y? muchos vieron sus milagros, y ¿cómo
reaccionaron? No creyeron en Él; incluso tuvieron que ver con su
condenación, o simplemente se lavaron las manos... Para conocer
a Jesús lo que hace falta es la fe y por la fe y los sacramentos
conocemos a Cristo de otra forma: el Espíritu Santo nos guía para
que seamos amigos de Dios; no es lo mismo estar en presencia de
un desconocido que estar en presencia de un amigo; por eso
cuando estamos en plena amistad con Dios no necesitamos verlo
porque lo sabemos presente, lo experimentamos, lo vivimos y lo
celebramos cada día y en cada momento y de una manera
especialísima en la Misa; percibimos a Jesús mucho mejor que
Judas, Pilato, Barrabás y muchos Judíos, sabemos cómo nos
fortalece, ilumina, conseja,... nos hace partícipes de su vida.
La fe es entonces un conocimiento mucho más profundo que
sensible; Jesús ha resucitado y vive entre nosotros, pero sólo la fe
puede percibirlo, y los que lo ven con la fe deben ser sus testigos
en el mundo. Los hombres y mujeres de hoy sólo creerán en
Cristo si ven que los cristianos lo testimonian con su vida
ejemplar; viendo a los cristianos se convencerán y creerán en
Cristo... Una comunidad que vive unida dando ejemplo de
alegría, de amor, de solidaridad es la gran prueba de que Cristo
ha resucitado, porque esa alegría, solidaridad y amor no son las
de simples hombres porque la fuerza y el heroísmo de los Santos
no es puramente humano; porque la fuerza, santidad, sabiduría y
luminosidad de la Iglesia que se levanta en medio de los pueblos
como columna de verdad no tiene otra explicación que el espíritu
de Cristo Resucitado; los hombres por su sola fuerza no pueden
hacer esto.
¡Felices entonces los que por la santidad de sus vidas se
transforman en la prueba viviente del Jesús viviente!; ¡Felices los
que creen sin exigir más prueba que la que nos dio el Padre,
entregando a su Hijo único a la Cruz por nosotros! ¡Felices los
que tienen la mirada de la fe, que es mucho más penetrante que la
de Tomás, porque ya gozan de la presencia del Señor que ahora
vive entre nosotros renovando su victoria sobre la muerte y
preparándonos para la resurrección.
Por Catholic.net
April 3, 2016
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DEANERY AND DIOCESAN NEWS
2016 CATHOLIC MINISTRIES
ANNUAL APPEAL
Marriage Enrichment Ministry
Pledge Report
Monthly pledge payments for CMAA pledges should be made
in the next few days. It is very important that these pledges be
paid so that our parish will reach our goal. Once we have
reached goal in paid pledges, 65% of the additional funds
received will be returned to the parish for our use.
PARISH GOAL:
$64,489
AMOUNT PLEDGED:
$48,474
AMOUNT PAID:
$22,842
REMAINING BALANCE: $25,633
“MEM”
Eastern Du Page Deanery
Liturgical Enrichment Day
Saturday, April 23, 2016
9:00 am – Noon
Ascension Parish, 1S314 Summit Ave, Oakbrook Terrace
To Register — Please go to - easterndupagedeanery.org
Keynote Address will be given by Fr. Bob Hutmacher, OFM, a
Franciscan Friar and priest who is presently artistic director of
Chiesa Nuova, a Franciscan ministry for the performing arts in
Chicago. He is also Director of Worship at St. Peter's in
Chicago. There will also be breakout sessions for the following
five groups of people:
Hospitality Ministers Eucharistic Ministers
Music Ministers
Art & Environment Ministers
Readers (Lectors)
Please go to our deanery web site for more deanery events:
easterndupagedeanery.org.
Immigration Advocacy Forum
Saturday, April 9, 2016
9:00 am – 12 noon
Immaculate Conception Parish
134 Arthur Street ● Elmhurst
The purpose of the forum is to educate ourselves on the very
real issues that our undocumented brothers and sisters in
Christ face every single day as they step out to go to work or
spend time with their families.
In addition, we will learn what resources are available to help
us serve our fellow parishioners and neighbors who are
confronted with immigration issues.
Deacon Lupe Villarreal from the Diocese of Joliet has put
together a panel composed of speakers that are well educated
on this issue, as well as a witness who will relate her story.
Please join us as we explore this issue which affects our
parishes and communities.
We are excited to announce the existence of a Marriage
Enrichment Ministry for our Eastern DuPage Deanery. The
mission of this new ministry is to support and encourage all
married couples to celebrate and strengthen their relationships.
Our goal is to provide events, programs and opportunities for
couples to experience practical ways to deepen their marriage
emotionally and spiritually.
To quote Pope Francis “True joy… does not come from
material objects…True joy comes from a profound harmony
between persons …which makes us experience the beauty of
togetherness, of mutual support along life’s journey.”
This ministry is not intended to replicate “Pre-Cana” classes or
to replace Marriage Encounter Weekends. It is intended for
couples in our neighboring Deanery Parishes to provide local,
on-going opportunities to strengthen and grow in their union
and celebrate the joy of their married life together.
Because healthy marriages and families are the cornerstone of
society and our faith communities, we believe our parishes’
married couples need to support each other with programs that
are inspirational, practical, and celebratory.
Therefore, we are inviting all couples to an informal Gathering
celebrating the “Joy of Marriage” on Friday, April 8 at
7:00– 8:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Parish, 330 E. Fullerton Avenue,
Addison, IL 60181. Come and join us and other couples for fun
and information about the Marriage Enrichment Ministry.
Watch your bulletin for more details in the coming weeks. If
you are interested in attending this gathering, please RSVP.
You can email us at [email protected] and
include your name, phone number, email address, and Parish,
or you can use the RSVP form located at the back of the
church and send it to: MEM, 425 So. Main St., Lombard
Illinois, 60148.
www.stpiuslombard.org
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COMMUNITY NEWS
Village of Lombard Blood Drive
Knights of Columbus Fundraiser
The Village of Lombard will be hosting its Spring Blood Drive
on April 13 from 9:30 am to 1 pm at Yorktown and from
1:30 pm to 7 pm at the Village Hall. All donors will receive a
coupon for a free pint of Culver’s frozen custard, and be
entered into drawings for Yorktown gift cards. For more
information or to schedule an appointment, please contact
Carol Bauer at 630-620-5712 or email Carol at
[email protected]
Please join Father Boecker Council 6090 Knights of Columbus
for its all you can eat Annual Festa Italiana Pasta Dinner to be
held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 beginning at 5:00 pm in the
St. Pius X Social Center. Tickets are $10 adults/$5 children
pre-sales or $12 adults/$6 children at the door.
Come and enjoy a night out with good food and relaxation and
let us do the cooking. Proceeds from this event will go towards
St. Pius X and Sacred Heart Schools. Tickets available before
and after all Masses April 2-3, 9-10, 16-17.
Retrouvaille Weekend
ESSE ADULT DAY SERVICES
APRIL SEMINAR
4 Stages of Marriage – The 4 stages of
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divorce never make it to the 4th Stage of
Awakening. Don’t give up without
learning about the 4th Stage of
Awakening. If your marriage suffers
from Disillusionment or Misery please
contact Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi
with a long i). For confidential
information about or to register for the
April program beginning with a weekend on April 15 -17 call
630-541-8833 or email: [email protected] or visit
the web site at http://www.HelpOurMarriage.com
Join us for a presentation by
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Topics:
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