Saturday, February 25, 2017

Welcome to the Rice Bowl

Today is just the welcome message - beginning tomorrow you can find daily posts relating to Lent, the Rice Bowl, prayer, scripture, social justice, current events, and much more.

Until then, please take a moment to download the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl App. You will find great resources there for your spiritual journey and participation in the Rice Bowl activities.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Refugees and Architects

On Monday we had Br. Joseph Schenk from Catholic Charities here in Chicago speak about Refugee Resettlement.

This is a huge issue that covers an immense spread of the world, diversity of individuals, and is only growing in need.

Here's a great video from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) that talks about how CRS and Caritas International are working to help house the refugees left stranded in Greece - thanks to the creativity and dedication of architects and engineers!

No matter your background, skills, or knowledge, there is something you can do! How will you make a change in the world today, make the world a bit more like the Kingdom of God?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Resources from "Finding Home"

There were many great resources from last night's presentation, Finding Home: Refugee Resettlement and Our Catholic Faith.
The video on the Syrian ICU doctor that was resettled with his family in Chicago can be found here.

Here is the video that was produced by the State Department under President Obama, explaining the background checks and vetting process for refugees:

The video on Catholic Charities LOOM program is here.

In addition, among the many documents that Br. Joseph Schenk mentioned was this document, Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity, that was delivered to the Pontifical Council for the Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

We will be looking at more social justice issues and ways that you can make a difference as we journey into the season of Lent. Through the CRS Rice Bowl project, we will find out more about how to help individuals around the world, deepen our Lenten spiritual practices, and much more. Watch this page for daily posts beginning February 25.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

CRS & Human Trafficking

After Monday's Winter Justice Series discussion with Sr. Jean Okroi, several people requested more information and ideas on how to help.

Take a look at what Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has to say and offers as a way to make a difference in the world!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Human Trafficking & Your Slavery Footprint

Last night we had a fantastic  presentation in our Winter Justice Series from Sr. Jean Okroi.

She referenced a resource we wanted to make available - a way to calculate the number of slaves your day to day life relies upon. Here's the link:

You might be surprised, spend some time and learn more about the issues and what you can do.

Join us on February 6 for Br. Joseph Schenk from Catholic Charities who will speak on Finding Home: Refugee resettlement and our Catholic Social Teaching.

Monday, January 9, 2017

January 9 - Baptism of the Lord

Humility and Obedience

John the Baptist asked Jesus, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?" Jesus answered, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Today’s gospel reading reflects the humility and obedience exhibited by both the messenger and the Messiah. Jesus, the son of God identified himself among sinners by joining other penitents and asking to be baptized by John. He humbled himself to fulfill His father’s divine plan. 

Unlike Jesus, conducting ourselves with humility and obedience can be easier said than done. Sometimes it is difficult identifying ourselves, the way Jesus did with others who do not share our opinions or principles. How many of us have disregarded rules and refused to conform because we thought we were right? Christ-like humility and obedience can sometimes be challenging in our ever evolving society. How do we emerge like Jesus amongst secularism and unorthodox ideals? How do we carry out God’s mission with humility and obedience?

As I reflect on today’s gospel I ask myself, what does Jesus’ baptism reveal in my life now? The answer unfolds through contemplation of my own baptism. Jesus’ baptism marked the beginning of His ministry; my baptism was also a beginning, the foundation of my early Christian life. I have received the grace of God and I belong to Jesus. Interestingly, further introspection led me back to the man who baptized me, the Servant of God Archbishop Teofilo Camomot, whom I now pray for his beatification. I remember a man who embodied Christ-like humility. His life and legacy was built on love, benevolence, dedication and obedience to God, our Father. Consequently, I am seeing in a new light my commitment to serve God. I pray and with the intercession of the selfless man who marked me with the seal of the Lord, I am able to fulfill my duties and obligations to God’s mission. Guided by my faith and love for Jesus Christ, I will persevere and continue building on the grace I have received through baptism, faithfully and obediently.

What about you, what does Jesus’ baptism reveal in your life now?

Toreend Enecio
Parish Pastoral Council

Sunday, January 8, 2017

January 8 - The Epiphany of the Lord

The Light of God's Love

The star in the heavens points to God's gift to his people on earth. God is love and his gift to us is love; he loved us so much that he gave us his Son.

God's love is so prevalent that it radiates brightening all that it touches. We reflect his shining glory - "radiant at what [we] see." He waits for all of us and welcomes all who seek him.

The awe that this love inspires unites everyone in a common purpose which takes precedence above all else. Everyone journeys together towards this immense goodness, this source of hope. In gratitude, they bring the best they have to offer.

This unity generates peace which brings contentment.

We gather together in church to worship God. As we leave mass, we may hear “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.” We go wherever we are called to be during the week ahead - home, the office, or school - and we can bring the gift of love with us.

In what ways may I share the love and warmth of God- brightening someone's day with? With a smile? With a "Hello?"

Wishing you a year of peace and contentment,
Laura Ross
Faith Formation Commission, 
lector, EMHC, and altar server