NOW IS THE TIME!
Why is now such a critical time in the Church in the United States to have a Eucharistic Revival? We are excited to witness what God has in store for His Church in the U.S. through the National Eucharistic Revival! Our world is in desperate need of the love of God. Geopolitical crises, social unrest, increased polarization, and the need for recovery and renewal from the pandemic have created the opportunity to “open wide the doors to Christ” through Eucharistic Revival.
The difficulties and challenges over the last few years have shed lights on the Church’s need for healing, unity, formation, and conversion. More than 30% of Catholics have not returned to the pews post -pandemic, and recent data reveals that the majority of Mass-going Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The past decade has also seen the rise of the “nones” among the millennial generation, with more than 40% now self-identifying as “unaffiliated” with any religion. Many young Catholics find the faith to be irrelevant to the meaning of their lives and challenges.
In the midst of these challenging times, we must increase our ability to provide to those inside the Church and to the world a credible witness of the difference Jesus Christ makes in the life of every individual. As the people of God, we must be reminded that the Eucharist truly is the living God, Jesus, with us, “always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:20)
AS we set out to meet the needs of the world and culture around us with the love of Christ, we must first take time to experience our own Eucharistic Revival with a renewed encounter and love for Jesus in the Eucharist.
NOW IS THE TIME!
Readings for the week of November 27, 2022
- Sunday: Is 2:1-5 / Ps 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 / Rom 13:11-14 / Mt 24:37-44
- Monday: Is 4:2-6 / Ps 122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9 / Mt 8:5-11
- Tuesday: Is 11:1-10 / Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 / Lk 10:21-24
- Wednesday: Rom 10:9-18 / Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 / Mt 4:18-22
- Thursday: Is 26:1-6 / Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a / Mt 7:21, 24-27
- Friday: Is 29:17-24 / Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 / Mt 9:27-31
- Saturday: Is 30:19-21, 23-26 / Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 / Mt 9:35—10:1, 5a, 6-8
- Next Sunday: Is 11:1-10 / Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 / Rom 15:4-9 / Mt 3:1-12
Pastor Message and Prayer
Advent On the last day of November, we celebrate the feast of the Apostle Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. In the Gospel of Matthew (4:18-20) and in the Gospel of Mark (1:16-18), our Lord sees Simon and Andrew casting their nets into the sea and invites them to come with him and become: “fishers of men.”
Andrew is not mentioned in Luke’s Gospel (5:1-11), somewhat a different account of the call.
In John’s Gospel (1:35-42). Andrew is one of two disciples of John the Baptist who decided to follow Jesus. He then recruits his brother Simon, whom Jesus renames “Cephas, which is interpreted as Peter.” After Andrew had stayed with Jesus and learned much from Him, he didn’t keep this treasure to himself, but hastened to share all that he learned with his brother. This action reveals the zeal of Andrew who shares all he knows about Jesus with his brother, and he hands Peter over to Jesus, to the very source of light (8:12). To support one another in the spiritual matters is the true sign of good will between brothers, of brotherly love and sincere affection.
It is so important to bring a sister or brother to Christ, like Andrew did with Peter, through prayer, life example or personal invitation. As we begin the Season of Advent, let us pray for one another. Let us pray for an increase of our desire and longing for Christ our Savior. May God give us all the strength to grow in love for our sisters and brothers in Christ. Let us commence the Advent Season!
St. Mary Mass Times
Daily Mass Times
Wednesday: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 5:45-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 6:00 p.m.
First Friday 8:30am Healing Mass and Adoration
Saturday from 5:30-5:50 or
by appointment by calling the Rectory at 815-858-3422
Ash Wednesday: March 2nd
St. Mary 8:30 A.M.
St. John 4:00 P.M.
St. Mary Office Hours
Wednesday 8:30 am- 3:30 p.m.. by appointment
Thursday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.