Father David’s Letter
Dear Friends in Christ,
Happy August! It is hard to believe it is August already, and that the beginning of the next school year is upon us! But school or not, these are beautiful warm (sometimes hot) days to enjoy, with all the lush growth blooming and the upcoming harvest on the horizon.
I’d just like to briefly touch on a few topics relative to this time of year.
- Monday, August 15: Assumption / Parish Feast Day – Next Monday of course is our Patron Feast Day. While the US Bishops Conference with its current policy has the day listed as NOT a “Holy Day of Obligation” this year because it falls on a Monday, it IS still and always will be an exceptionally HOLY Day! Especially for us at St. Mary, who celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as our Founders Day, it is a very important day to keep holy. We will have a morning Mass celebration at 8am, our usual weekday Mass scheduled time. We will not have a Mass in the evening, however, as I will be visiting my sister and her family who will be in Rockford that day. I rarely get to see them, so these opportunities are very meaningful when they arise. Unfortunately this means those of you who work during the day will not have the opportunity to celebrate Mass here that evening. If we had another priest here that would be possible, but that is not our reality, so we make due how we can. I’m sure the surrounding parishes will have a variety of Mass opportunities that day in which you may participate.
Also on this day for our parish celebration, following the 8:00 am Mass, the CCW will be hosting a continental breakfast in Mary Hall. Yum Yum!! Thank you ladies in advance for providing this!
- Saturday, August 20: Annual Parish Picnic – Yes our Picnic is just around the corner!Last year everyone was happy to get back to it with the pandemic still heavy upon us, and this year I’m sure we will all be glad once again to gather and celebrate together. Just as a reminder, the 4:00 pm Mass that day will be celebrated in the backyard, weather permitting. The forecast as of today is 83’ with a 29% (why not 30?) chance of rain. Surely that will change – the only thing we can be 100% certain about regarding the weather is that is does change – but hopefully not by much. In any case we will have the tent set up for shade and coverage. We will have our musical entertainment once again from the Dynamic Duo known as “DNA.” The Foresters will provide lots of food and drinks for the occasion. The Knights will supply many soft drinks, and the Ladies will no doubt bring a bounty of goodies to share. We will have several lawn games. Later we will have a campfire on the patio for those who wish to fellowship into the evening (and also partake of a s’more or two!) As far as any other festivities go, well you will just have to come and see! Please come and bring your families and friends, bring your neighbors, bring anyone you know who might be thinking about becoming Catholic, bring those who know who may have drifted a bit from the Church especially in recent years. Just bring folks, and have a good time together with your parish family! We need these happy moments.
- Montini – With school starting up in just over a week, we are excited for another great year! Our overall enrollment, which remember is representative of all the parishes in McHenry as well as several other outlying parish communities, looks very solid, in the neighborhood of 230 students including Pre-K. We have been fortunate to hold steady with enrollment these last few years, as many other parochial schools face a decline in enrollment. The exceptional and faithful leadership of our Principal, Vice-Principal, Staff, and Faculty, as well as the commitment of our families and students to a well-rounded and faith-driven formation, have coalesced to create the flourishing environment that Montini now enjoys. I for my part am privileged to be with our wonderful school community for another year!
The biggest concern we have for Montini is therefore not the program. It is the foundational integrity of the buildings. There is MUCH work, and expensive work, that needs to be done, and some of it SOON! The school and parish communities will be working together to do fundraising for some necessary school capital projects. More information will be forthcoming as it happens. I am confident, for the sake of our school community and especially our children, we all can rally together in these coming months and years to refortify our school buildings!
Sincerely in Christ,
June 1, 2022
Catholic Conference of Illinois Statement on Repealing of Parental Notice of Abortion Act
As of today, the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act has been repealed. Parents no longer have the right to know if their minor daughter is seeking an abortion or suffering from any of the physical or mental health issues that may be associated such a procedure.
It is a grave injustice that the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Pritzker repealed this law. The Parental Notice of Abortion Act was a broadly-supported, reasonable safeguard that allowed Illinois’ parents to properly exercise love and care for their children. Every other state in the Midwest has at least a Parental Notification law, and polling indicates that over 70% of Illinois voters support Parental Notification.
Our state government should be in the business of supporting families and assisting parents raise their children, not undermining them. Not only has the will of the people been thwarted, but the state now has removed family support from a minor to face an unplanned pregnancy alone and is offering nothing in return to protect and provide for her.
We call on the citizens of Illinois to urge our elected officials to properly value parental rights, the needs of minors who face unplanned pregnancies and above all God’s gift of human life from conception to natural death.
If you still feel uncomfortable to attend Mass, the weekend Mass is still available on St. Mary’s Facebook page and also still being broadcast for you to attend in your car on radio station FM90.3. You can then receive the Eucharist after Mass.
Here is the link to Spiritual Communion and Chaplet of the Blessed Sacrament: https://www.virgosacrata.com/spiritual-communion.html
2022 Diocesan Appeal
Do You Love Me? See the video below for more information about the 2022 Diocesan Appeal
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