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Symbolism in the Church #11

The third façade in the rotunda in the high altar is for Easter and Christmas season, as well as for Pentecost and Palm Sunday. The red makes it obvious for Palm Sunday and Pentecost. Granted, there is a dove above the Holy Family in the image for ordinary time, but that image is more to remind us that in the ordinary day of family life, the Holy Spirit is always there as our helper and guide, and that we are always to ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. That is something different than Pentecost.
In this façade is an interesting combination of images that pulls everything together when we celebrate at these times. In the dome part is a cross above each panel. The red reminds us of the reason why the cross has power; it is Jesus’ blood that was spilt on the cross. Palm Sunday is the day that lead Jesus directly to the cross. The jealousy of the Jewish leaders of the time sealed His fate as the people hailed Him as Messiah and King. The reaction would be swift and strong. Continue reading

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  • April 17 7:00pm Men’s Group
    Wednesday St Joseph Church
  • April 18 5:30pm Mass for Holy Thursday
    Holy Thursday St Joseph Church
    (Then Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight)
  • April 18 7:00pm Mass for Holy Thursday
    Holy Thursday St Mary Church (en Español)
    (Then Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight)
  • April 19 12:10am Veneration of the Cross
    Good Friday St Mary Church
  • April 19 2:00pm Living Stations of the Cross
    Good Friday St Mary Church
  • April 19 3:00pm Movie – Passion of the Christ
    Good Friday HFCC
  • April 19 7:00pm Veneration of the Cross
    Good Friday St Mary Church (en Español)
    Visitation of the Lord in the Tomb
    After 7:00pm Mass until Midnight in the HFCC Basement
  • April 20 5:30pm Easter Vigil Mass
    Holy Saturday St Joseph Church
  • April 20 7:00pm Easter Vigil Mass
    Holy Saturday St Mary Church (en Español)

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Symbolism in the Church #10

The façade in the rotunda above the tabernacle was refurbished when we installed this high altar back in the spring of 2011. Great care was taken to get as much of the original design as possible. The façade for ordinary time is the one we could not get to, so we decided to put the image of the Holy family on until we could get to it later. The image of the Holy family was made available to us by the person who restored it for us for free. It was pasted on so that it would come off without having to take a scraper to it, with the intentions of restoring it to the original. Since then, many people have become attached to this image, which makes it harder to let go of. This makes sense, since it is probably the only image a person can see from the pews. So I am not sure we will get around to restoring this façade to the original. Continue reading

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• • • Save the Date! • • •

May 3-6, 2019 will be the next Light of the World Retreat at the Holy Family Community Center. Many of you have been waiting patiently for this event, and the date has finally been set.
This retreat is highly recommended and very effective in evangelization and renewal in our Parishes. If you are still on the fence in regards to attending, pray on it and your prayers will be answered. Watch
the bulletin for more details.

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Abortion-Expansion in Illinois Update

Many people in the parish are still worried about the horrific bills that are coming up in the Illinois House 2495 and 2467 and in the senate 1594 and 1942. These bills would make abortion at any stage (even if the baby’s head is the only part of the body still in the womb) and for any reason a must-do from medical personnel and insurance to our tax dollars. The law does not require anybody to feed a person who needs food, but abortion must be supplied to anybody who asks with no exceptions. I have called Andrew Chesney and Brian Stewart about these bills. They have committed to a “no vote” and reject these bills. I plan on having a meeting with them both very soon, as the House bill is under consideration on the day I write this. All parishioners will be invited to come along to lend support for a “no vote” on these bills. I do not have a day and time set up for this as of yet. Rumor is that these bills have the full support of the democrat party, who has the majority, though there are some on the fence. We are all citizens of Illinois, and I encourage those concerned to find those sitting on the fence on this issue and to convince them to vote no on bills 2495, 2467, 1942 and 1594. Please read up on these bills, be polite, and ask them to commit to vote no. — God Bless You! Fr. Timothy Barr

Photos from the trip to Springfield, IL on March 20 to meet with legislators, personally asking them to “Vote No” on these bills.