What will separate us from the love of Christ?

08-02-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone has had a good week. Our second reading this Sunday from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans seems to speak straight to our present times. He writes, “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.” St. Paul’s premise is beautiful, he gets right to the heart of things asking the most important question, “What will separate us from the love of Christ?” He correctly presupposes that this is the most important thing. He doesn’t ask what can destroy our nation (indeed, Israel had experienced its near collapse multiple times) because even that cannot separate us from God.

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The Pearl of Great Price

07-26-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

A big thanks to all those who have so generously helped us on our goal to meet the matching gift we presented last weekend. It is so gratifying to see so many supporting the parish in this marvelous way. I am grateful to God for the family who offered this gift and to all those who have responded. If you haven’t heard yet, a family from outside of St. Joan of Arc has offered us $27,060 as a matching gift. All you have to do is begin giving a recurring gift online, or if you already offer a recurring gift, increase it by any amount and the whole amount will be matched. All gifts given through August will go towards the match. Thank you so much!

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Bad Seeds Among Good Seeds

07-19-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

This Sunday we hear the parable of bad seed being sown amongst the good seed. An enemy comes and sows bad seed in the field of wheat. When the servants ask their master if they should pull up the weeds he tells them, “If you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them.” At times it can be tempting to think it's our job to root out evil entirely. As Christians, we certainly have a responsibility to speak for truth and goodness. And yet, we are servants of the Master. Wherever we find roadblocks to our task to bring more goodness, to share the light of Christ, we are invited to surrender to Jesus more completely. He is the true Master of the Harvest. We labor but ultimately He is the one who brings about the good work.

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Welcome Fr. Grimditch and Mary Lynch

07-12-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone has had a safe summer so far. Over these past few months things have been very different. We are so fortunate to be back at Mass, continuing perpetual adoration and confessions. These things don’t just happen though. I am so grateful to all of our amazing volunteers who have given their time to help our liturgies run smoothly and our adoration chapel to remain open. We have so many generous people here who have given extra hours of time to make sure things have run smoothly. Thank you so much to all of you!

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America's First Saint

07-05-2020Pastor's LetterDcn. Peter Auriemma, MD

Growing up in an Italian-American home on the south side of Chicago, I was blessed with a great deal of love from my family, a constant supply of the most delicious food in the world, and…saints! The saints, our heavenly intercessors, were a big part of our lives. And my earliest memories of any saint are of a broad-faced nun with large, luminous eyes, a warm, welcoming smile and a big bow beneath her chin.

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Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

06-28-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

This weekend we celebrate the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In our Gospel this weekend, we hear the Lord Jesus reminding us, "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." Here we learn once more from the Lord about the need for complete abandonment into the Father's hands. Our life is only truly found in Jesus Christ. To find one's life and then to lose it means to recognize and live from the truth that everything comes from God and goes back to him. If I find my life, I must surrender it back to Jesus who is the desire of ever y human heart. If I lose my life for his sake, then it is as St. Paul says, "Christ who lives in me." This is one of the paradoxes of Christianity, that to find my life I must give it away.

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The Real Fatherhood of St. Joseph

06-21-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

In the summer of 1989, on the Solemnity of Mary’s Assumption, Pope St. John Paul II gave the Church an apostolic exhortation on Mary’s husband, St. Joseph (Redemptoris Custos [RC], “The Guardian of the Redeemer”). In this exhortation, the Pope wished to shed light on Joseph’s fatherhood, highlighting that he was not an “apparent” father or a “substitute” father of Jesus. Rather, Joseph was a true father in every sense of the word because, through the mystery of the Incarnation, he “fully shares in authentic fatherhood and the mission of the father in the family” (RC, n. 21). The Pope said that Joseph is more than just a “model” of fatherhood, or that he merely “shares” in God’s Fatherhood; he also authentically gave a fatherly face to the human growth of the Incarnate Son. In fact John Paul II went so far to say that God the Father in some sense made a kind of “covenant of fatherhood” with Joseph, giving him a role more important than Abraham!

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Solemnity of Corpus Christi

06-14-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

This weekend the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, or the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord. We celebrate and revere the great reality of Christ's presence with us in the Eucharist. In the Mass when the bread and wine are consecrated they no longer have the substance of bread and wine, but are actually transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Pope Benedict XVI reminded us of this mystery in 2011 when he said, "changing the substance of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is the fruit of the gift that Christ made of himself, the gift of a Love stronger than death, divine Love which raised him from the dead. This is why the Eucharist is the food of eternal life…" Not only do we encounter God physically and tangibly in the Eucharist, we encounter Him to our benefit. God literally gives Himself to us for our own good. This is the great gift of the Eucharist, that in receiving Him we continue to receive from His bounty.

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Holy Trinity Sunday

06-07-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Trinity Sunday!

With great joy the Church celebrates Trinity Sunday this weekend, the first Sunday after the Easter Season. In seminary we took a course on the Trinity which was called "God Revealed". I remember thinking at the time that they should have just called it "The Trinity". However, God Revealed is a great way to understand it. We speak of the Trinity often, we know we refer to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but the novelty is that God has revealed Himself as three persons. That is, the Trinity is not something we have discovered by our own powers, but rather God sharing with us His life.

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