Pope Francis Accepts the Resignation of Bishop Conlon
This morning, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, who has been on medical leave since December 27, 2019. Bishop Pates will remain our Apostolic Administrator until we are appointed a new bishop. Below you will find a statement by the Diocese of Joliet and one from Bishop Conlon. Let us continue to pray for Bishop Conlon as he transitions into retirement.
Mother’s Day Cards for Charity
Project Love is a program of Illinois Right to Life. Our mission is to provide grants to pregnant women and new mothers who are in a financial crisis. We help with rent, utility bills, and other urgent expenses. We are a 501(c)3 charity. You can read more about us at the IRL website: www.IllinoisRighttoLife.org
Last year our parish participated in providing beautiful Mother’s Day cards in the Narthex the weekend before Mother’s Day. This is one important way we raise money for our grants. Since we are not able to offer the cards this year in person, we are offering you an opportunity to not only receive these beautiful cards, but also support Project Love in the process. Just view the desgins above and then complete the form attached for download below and mail it to Eileen McGleam (address on form). A Mass is said for all the Mothers, and the Project Love Committee prays for the Mothers who receive these cards. (Can’t get that at Hallmark!) Thank you!
This weekend, following the online Mass, we will crown the statue of Mary and pray special prayers in honor of the Blessed Mother. We will also crown the outdoor statue so if you pay a brief visit to this statue in this month of May, you will be able to see it. When we send out the link to Mass in Friday’s Check-In, we will include a link to the Order of Service for the crowning.
May Crowning at Home
Below is a link to an excellent article from Word on Fire on how to crown Mary in your own home: https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog/crowning-mary-in-a-covid-19-lockdown/27293/
We Pray for Our First Communicants
Let us remember in our prayers the parish children who were to celebrate their First Eucharist this past weekend. May the Lord give them patience to wait in joyful hope for when they may receive His Body and Blood for the first time.