Father David’s Letter
Dear Friends in Christ,
We just celebrated the most significant and grace-filled two weeks of the entire Church year – Holy Week and Easter Week. These two Sacred Weeks bring together the entire Paschal Mystery of Christ – the Mystery of his Passion, Death, and Resurrection. It is this Paschal Mystery that brings us salvation; nothing and no one else can. “There is no salvation through anyone else, and no other Name under Heaven by which we are saved.” It is this Mystery into which we are inserted through Baptism; it is this Mystery for which we are commissioned in our Confirmation; and it is this Mystery that we are nourished that strengthened to live in the Eucharist. Together, these Great Sacraments of Initiation Orient and Fortify us to BE the Living and Mystical Body of Christ on Earth.
We cannot put into words how magnificent the Easter Mysteries are! They so far exceed our finite understanding, even with the incredible treasures of knowledge that we DO have. In the final analysis all we can do is simply bask in the glory of these Mysteries, and ardently thank God for being so merciful and steadfastly faithful to We His People, his people who so often fall short of His Glory. We once again “soak in” these Precious Treasures of Wonder and Grace, and allow ourselves to be enriched and reinvigorated for our Mission that lies ahead!
It was truly an amazing couple of weeks! Every Celebration was fraught with rich meaning. They always are, but this year they were especially impactful in light of the ongoing pandemic and the cloud of anxiety and uncertainty that hangs over so many of us. God reminded us yet again that He is Faithful, that He is Merciful, that He, our “Emmanuel”, is ALWAYS with us, and that NO force on Earth or in Hell can snuff out the Power of Our Victorious God! He is RISEN! He is ALIVE! HE……………. HAS……………. WON!!!
FATHER DAVID’S LETTER REGARDING THE COVID19 VACCINES HAS BEEN MOVED. YOU CAN VIEW IT BY CLICKING ON “ABOUT US” THEN “SPECIAL EVENTS”
COVID-19 Mass Directives
As some parishioners do not feel comfortable attending Mass for at this time, you are encouraged to watch Mass on ETWN, local channels, and on St. Mary’s, St. Patrick’s and Holy Apostles’ websites. Bishop Malloy will also offer Masses on Sundays at 9am and reflections on Wednesdays at noon. These will be available on the diocesan website and their Facebook page. Here is the link to Spiritual Communion and Chaplet of the Blessed Sacrament: https://www.virgosacrata.com/spiritual-communion.html
To attend Mass, please remember to bring your face mask! This a requirement to wear a mask during the Mass. You can remove the mask when receiving Communion. Hand sanitizers are available in the church for your use as well. Our highest prioritiy is to keep our parishioners safe! We are following all the directives issued by the Diocese of Rockford and the Archdiocese of Chicago regarding social distancing, sanitizing, etc.
Don’t forget that you can also tune your car radio to FM90.3 to listen in the parking lot and then receive the Eucharist after the Mass.
Here’s something to SMILE about! 🙂
St. Mary’s Church is now connected with AMAZON.SMILE! What is Amazon.Smile? Amazon is dedicated to giving back to charitable organizations like our parish. When you buy online at Amazon, you have the opportunity to have .05% of your purchases donated to St. Mary’s by Amazon. When you sign up for AmazonSmile, you’ll be asked to select from over a million of charities to support. But you can skip this step and click on our unique link. Then you’ll be taken to smile.amazon.com and then automatically asked if you want to support St Mary Church. Our unique charity link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2182123
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