Thursday, May 14 at 9:00 a.m.

May 14, 2020


Dear Parishioners,

I hope and pray that all of you are doing well during these challenging times. Believing that Our Lord Jesus Christ is with us at every moment allows us to move forward and with St. Paul proclaim, “I can do all things in Christ, who strengthens me.”  (Phil. 4:13) THE PLAN, as it has been put forward by the Bishops of the State of Illinois in consultation with and the approval of state and local public health officials and civil authorities, guides us on how to slowly and carefully begin having people enter our churches once again. There are many restrictions and guidelines that must be followed and everything happens in stages. As we all know, the safety and well-being of our parish family is of the utmost importance.

I ask that you read the attached documents carefully so that you may have a good understanding of what re-opening our churches involves. There is a letter from Bishop Pates as well as the Executive Summary explaining THE PLAN. A parish leadership team is in place here at St. James the Apostle that will provide guidance and assistance as we move forward. All of the input that will be given to our leadership team will come from the Bishop’s office in conjunction with state and local authorities. In a short time, we will be asking for assistance from non-vulnerable parishioners to work with the leadership team in implementing the particular practices that will be required before, during and after each gathering in the church.  

Finally, I ask that you continue to ask God for healing, peace and wisdom as we move forward. God is good and in the end He will triumph. Thank you for your continued support of the parish and may you experience God’s loving and gentle presence always!

Fr. David

Letter from Bishop Pates.05.13.2020

Executive Summary on the Phased Re-Opening of Churches in the Diocese of Joliet

Monday, April 27th at 9:00 a.m.

Dear Parishioners,

It is my prayer and hope that you doing well during these difficult and challenging times.  So many of you have commented via email on how meaningful the “on line” liturgies have been for your spiritual nourishment.  Our parish staff has been working hard to make sure that we can offer you the best spiritual materials available as well as communicating to you the latest news regarding the Church and its guidelines during this time.

Please know that all of the scheduled Masses are being celebrated privately both by Fr. Sebahar and myself.  Your intentions are always included in these Masses.  If you have any prayer requests that you would like prayed for during these Masses, please go to: prayerrequests@stjamesge.org and write out your intentions.  I check the list daily.

Finally, I would like to sincerely thank you for your continued financial support of the parish.  It is truly inspiring to see our parish family being faithful to stewardship despite financial difficulties so many people have these days.  I can also assure you that we are trying to keep our expenses down as much as possible.

Please know that you are remembered in my Masses and prayers every day.  As St. Padre Pio tells us, “Pray, hope and don’t worry.  Worry is useless.  God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”  God’s blessings to you!

Father David

Thursday, March 26th at 1:00 p.m.

Dear Parishioners,

In this most challenging of times, I am ever so grateful for your ongoing personal support and prayers.  It is moments such as these that give solid evidence of our Christian witness.  While we are very sensitive to pastoral needs, we are also called to address charitable and practical concerns.  Some suggestions are as follows:
-being attentive to your neighbor’s needs, especially the elderly or others who may be at risk; checking on them and helping them as best you can-calling me if I can be of some assistance to you

We have a wonderful St. Vincent de Paul Society in the parish and although not everyone can be helped as we would like, much good does indeed take place due to the generosity of those who support this worthy organization.

The Diocese of Joliet has established an emergency fund.  In unusual circumstances, direct contact can be made to the Diocese through the Office of the Bishop at officeofthebishop@dioceseofjoliet.org.  

Regarding the financial commitments of the parish, we will do everything possible to continue to retain and support our parish and school employees.  To this end, I humbly ask you to keep current on your parish commitment.  I know this is not possible for some.  At the same time, there may be others who are in a position to contribute an additional sum to their ordinary gift. In the end, I am sure you will do the best you can.

Another way of giving is through the “on-line” method.  It is easy and convenient, especially when the parish offices are closed.  You may click the link below to give on a one-time basis or sign up for e-giving on a more regular basis.
https://gp.vancopayments.com/gpo/#/6993f0ab-5c86-4804-b0b2-00e0247.

If you prefer not to give online, contributions to the parish may be mailed to St. James the Apostle Parish, 480 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL. 60137.  You may also drop off your contribution in the lock box outside the Ministry Center door.  Both the mail and lock box will be checked daily.

I also would like to mention that our Catholic school and religious education programs are being adapted in such a way that while the parish facilities are closed for the time being, on-line learning will continue to assist our children in meeting expectations to move on to the next grade level this coming fall. Understanding that family situations may be difficult, it is asked that you keep as current as possible with tuition and other payments.

Finally, I wish you all to know that you are remembered daily in the Masses I am celebrating privately and in my own prayers.  I have a plaque on my desk that reads, “Father David, Trust me.   I have everything under control.   Love, Jesus.”  I encourage you to insert your own name, and allow Jesus to speak those words of comfort to you.  In the end goodness will triumph.  

If you wish to send me your prayer requests, you may do so at: prayerrequests@stjamesge.org. Thank you and may Our Lord Jesus bless you always!

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. David J. Hankus, D.Min., Ph.D.

Pastor

Friday, March 20th at 9:00 p.m.

Dear Parishioners,

I am sure that each one of you is experiencing a variety of emotions as we deal with the effects of the corona virus on our world.  One psychologist wrote in an article the other day that he felt it was not healthy, psychologically speaking, to listen to the news of the virus all day long.  If you turn on the radio or television news that is about all you will hear.  In this psychologist’s opinion this is not healthy as it will lead to despair and depression.  It is true that if one only focuses on this pandemic and nothing else, attempting to muster some optimism becomes an overwhelming challenge.

At this difficult time, I wish you to know that you are in my prayers as I ask God to grant peace, comfort, reassurance, healing, strength and patience.   As I celebrate Mass privately you are remembered and lifted up to the Lord.  I encourage you to keep in touch with others as best you can via email or phone.   Reach out to those who may have no one else to talk with them.  Having family members all home together for long periods of time may cause stress occasionally, but it is also an opportunity to interact with each other that will in the end strengthen relationships.

Finally, I encourage you to be mindful of Jesus’ promise to “be with us always until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20.)  We are never alone.  May our Lord continue to guide us.  We believe that He is ultimately in charge.  May God bless us all.

Father David

New Changes to Our Schedule Based Upon the New Shelter-in-Place Directive Although we had hoped to have the church open for private prayer this weekend, with the new shelter-in-place directive for our state, we will no longer be able to do so. In addition, the decision has been made to close the parish offices until further notice so that all our staff may work from home. Please be assured they are eager to be of assistance to you should you need them and they can be reached via email.

For a list of the staff contact information, please visit https://stjamesge.org/contact-us/

Also, earlier in the week we had mentioned that donations for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry could be made at the parish offices, however we will no longer be able to accept them since we are closed. All donations may be taken directly to the pantry. For their hours of operation, please visit https://www.glenellynfoodpantry.org/

Thank you!

Tuesday, March 17th at 1:00 p.m.

Dear Parishioners,

All of us in one way or another have been affected by the outbreak of the corona virus.  It is a most challenging and difficult situation as we see our everyday way of life undergoing serious changes.  As Christians, we believe our Lord is with us every step of the way and that in the end, goodness will triumph.  I call upon all of us to deepen our prayer, fasting and almsgiving during this season of Lent as we identify with the suffering of Jesus on the cross.  It was through this suffering that forgiveness of sin and eternal life became a reality.  Even though for the time being we may not assemble as a faith community physically, we can pray from our homes and be united spiritually with our brothers and sisters. 

There will be no Masses celebrated this weekend (March 21-22.)   However, the church doors will remain unlocked for those who wish to pray privately.  The hours the church will be opened:  Saturday, March 21:  1:00 PM-5:00 PM; Sunday, March 22:  8:30 AM-12:00 Noon.  I ask that you respect the “social distancing” of six feet. Hand sanitizers will be at the entrances of the church.   Stations of the Cross normally held on Fridays have been suspended until further notice.  I will be available to hear Confessions in the church on Saturday, March 21, during the normal hours: 2:30 PM-3:30 PM.

Finally, I ask that you consider the financial needs of the parish.  We are attempting to curtail any unnecessary expenses yet bills still need to be paid.  Please give what you can and know that your gift is most appreciated.  You may mail your contribution to the Ministry Center, 480 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, drop it off in person (if after office hours, you may put your offering in the lockbox outside the Ministry Center door.)  If you would like to enroll in on-line giving, you may email to accounting@stjamesge.org for more information or call Daniel Sledz, our Business Manager at (630)-545-0847.  I thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity.   May God bless us all.

Fr. David Hankus, Pastor


Saturday, March 14th at 9:00 a.m.

Dear Parishioners,

During this time of being physically absent from the place many of us call our “spiritual home” (St. James the Apostle Church), we may wonder how we can still worship and be spiritually nourished. 

There are some wonderful resources available to you on line and on television.   EWTN.com has daily Mass as well as recitation of the Rosary and other devotional programs.  Mercy Home for Boys and Girls also televises Sunday Mass (you can go to mercyhome.org/Sunday-mass for more information. The televised Mass is normally on Sundays at 9:30 AM on WGN – channel 9.) Relevantradio.com is also a good source of Catholic devotional material.  They also have Masses streamed from their website.  

We must remember that even though we are excused from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass until further notice, the time that we would normally spend in church (about one hour) should be spent in prayer, participating in the Mass online/television and spiritual reading. 

May God bless us all during this challenging time.  

Fr. David