St. Liborius Church Steger, Illinois, 708-754-1363 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 1, 2015 PARISH STAFF Rev. Dennis Spies, Pastor Carole Bacon, Director of Faith Form ation Craig Mazur, Y outh M inistry Margie Parks, Business Manager PARISH OFFICES Parish Office, 71 W. 35th St., Steger Phone: 754-1363 FAX: 754-7577 Hours: M-Th—8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parish email — [email protected] Parish website — www.stliborius.org Bulletin Deadline: Mondays at 4 p.m. Religious Education Office (PREP) 3440 Halsted Blvd., Steger Phone: 754-3460 FAX: 754-3471 SCHOOL Mother Teresa Catholic Academy 24201 S. Kings Rd., Crete Phone: 672-3093 Website — www.mtcacademy.org Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Friday February 6th 5—7 p.m. HEARING ASSISTANCE SETS AVAILABLE -- CONTACT AN USHER. Page Two Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time MOTHER TERESA CATHOLIC ACADEMY 24201 S. Kings Rd., Crete Phone: 672-3093 THANK YOU!! Mother Teresa Catholic Academy would like to thank all of the parishioners of St. Liborius for their support and generosity at the Tailgate Party held on January 18th. It was a day full of fun and football. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year. The winners of the two 40” flat screen TV’s were: February 1, 2015 THIS WEEK AT ST. LIBORIUS Saturday, January 31 Souper Bowl of Caring 8:00 a.m. Rosary for Peace (Church) 5:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Blue Mass/ Reception (Church/Parish Hall) Sunday, February 1 Souper Bowl of Caring 7:00 a.m. CCW Communion Sunday (Church) 9:00 a.m. PREP Classes (Religious Ed Center) 10:30 a.m. Gospel Story Time during Mass 11:30 a.m. St. Joseph Rosary Ladies (Parish Hall) Willy Gecas and Penelope Weber ················································· MTCA ATHLETICS BEAN BAG TOURNAMENT Saturday, February 7, 2015 Doors open at 5 p.m. Games start at 6 p.m. 21 & over event $40 per team Includes 2 sandwiches and 2 drinks Monday, February 2 1:00 p.m. CCW Meeting (Parish Hall) 6:00 p.m. Guardians @ St. Mary 6:30 p.m. Bible Study (Religious Ed Center) 6:30 p.m. Totus Tuus Planning Meeting (Parish Hall) 8:00 p.m. Parish Pastoral Council (Rectory) Tuesday, February 3 8:30 a.m. Quilters (Parish Hall) 6:00 p.m. Jr. High Crusaders (Religious Ed Ctr) Wednesday, February 4 4:30 p.m. PREP Classes (Religious Ed Center) 6:00 p.m. Reconciliation (Church) 7:30 p.m. TYG (Rectory) Thursday, February 5 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice (Church) 6:30 p.m. RCIA (Religious Ed Center) 7:00 p.m. Baptismal Prep Class (Rectory) If you would like to come and support only, the cost is $5 which includes a drink. For questions or registration, contact Carol Warnke @ 708-220-9030 Friday, February 6 5:00 p.m. Knights of Columbus Fish Fry (Parish Hall) Saturday, February 7 8:00 a.m. Rosary for Peace (Church) 9:00 a.m. Outreach Food Distribution (Parish Hall) Sunday, February 8 9:00 a.m. PREP Classes (Religious Ed Center) 10:30 a.m. Gospel Story Time during Mass 1:00 p.m. Daughters of St. Liborius Chick Flick (Parish Hall) February 1, 2015 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time SUNDAY OFFERING Last Week’s Offering: $8,256.91 Children’s Offering: $116.59 PARISH WEEKLY BUDGET In order for our Parish to meet our budget, our Sunday offering needs to equal: $10,000.00 Last Week’s Offering: $8,256.91 Deficit: $1,743.09 Thank you for your continued monetary support of St. Liborius Church. ························································· THE 2015 CATHOLIC MINISTRIES ANNUAL APPEAL “EXTENDING GOD’S MERCY” Bishop Conlon’s mailing asking for a pledge to the 2015 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA) is in the hands of many of our parishioners. If you have received the mailing, please respond as soon as possible. If you have not received it, please contact our parish office at 754-1363. This year, the theme of the Appeal is “Extending God’s Mercy.” Pope Francis recently said that Mercy “goes beyond in such a way that sin is put to the side. It is like heaven. We look at the sky, there are many, many stars; but when the sun rises in the morning, the light is such that we can’t see the stars. God’s mercy is like that: a great light of love and tenderness.” We are called by the Gospel to be a light unto others. By showing mercy to those in need, by helping build the kingdom of God in our own parish and our own diocese, we are a like the morning light. Please shine bright by making a generous gift to the CMAA. The CMAA funds the mission and ministries of our diocese. It also funds services that are of great help to the ministries here in our parish. For example, funds support our seminarian interns, Michael Kearney and Luke Zanoni. Please answer the bishop’s request and make a generous pledge. All pledges can be paid in 10 installments. Thank you in advance for your support. Page Three Can you imagine Hearing from the Lord or perhaps you have heard from the Lord? In our first reading today the people of Moses’ time were standing at the base of a mountain and witnessed the “presence of God.” It sounded like the people were quite scared and afraid. A huge cloud, a thundering voice while Moses stood before the Lord, interacting with Him. The people were so scared they specifically asked if that situation would not happen again. So I must ask one more time, can you imagine hearing from God so clearly that the experience really scares you? Perhaps you have. Many times we hope to hear God whisper in our hearts. His presence may still challenge us, make us nervous, or even scare us, yet His presence remains. Hearing the voice of God first requires our listening. Then comes what sometimes seems challenging, our response. We always are required to respond to His voice. In the freedom God has given us, we are able to choose, decide to respond to His voice. Mary is famous for replying a world changing “yes, may it be done to me as you have said.” May we follow her example with the yes from our hearts to whatever the voice of God invites us to. Prayer is required for us to continue to ask God for His will for us, then we do our best to listen. Sometimes we are not sure of His response and we must try an option to see if this option was the one He is guiding us to. IF He is served well and all continues to go according to plan, there He is helping us along. IF we begin and we have the experience of being what I call “shut down” where clearly this is not going to go much farther, well then, there He is guiding us to another option. Either way He is with us guiding us along and willing to provide His Grace to fulfill His word. His voice speaks, we hear and do our part in receiving His Grace, love and accomplishing His will. Thanks be to God as He is generous enough to let us participate in His will. ~ Fr. Dennis ························································· OLD PALMS All parishioners are invited to bring in their old palms to be burned for Ash Wednesday. Palms will be burned Monday, February 16th. Collection baskets will be at all of the doors. Thank you. Page Four Thirty-First Fourth Sunday Sunday in in Ordinary Ordinary Time Time February July 7, 1, 2013 2015 YOUTH MINISTRY PANCAKE DINNER AND BREAKFAST Join us for: * Delicious pancakes, sausage, coffee or juice * Our special pancake toppings * * Bake Sale * Raffle Baskets * Who will win dinner with Father? Will Mr. or Ms. Pancake make an appearance? There is only one way to find out! Join us on February 14th and 15th after all masses. $6 for adults and teens, $3 for children 12 and under, and kids under 3 eat free! Funds raised from this event will help our teens attend the Diocesan Youth Leadership Conference in June. For more information, please contact Craig Mazur at 708-712-3989 or [email protected] We'll see you there! Please Help our Youth! Each year, members of the Teen Youth Group (TYG) and parish high school students are privileged to attend the Joliet Diocesan Youth Leadership Conference at Lewis University in Romeoville. This year’s YLC takes place June 26th-28th. This is a three day, two night event that empowers our young church (incoming high school freshmen through graduating seniors)! The Junior High component, X-treme Taste of Faith, takes place on Sunday, June 28, and is a jam-packed abbreviated version of YLC. YLC and XTF are incredible opportunities for our students to experience national youth ministry speakers/musicians! The presenters use music, games and more to ignite the fire of faith in our youth. The grade level and themed workshops provide opportunities for faith-filled personal and spiritual growth, leadership training opportunities for teens in the larger church, empower our young church to live and share their faith as Catholic Christians, and incorporate and reveal our Catholic identity to the young church. The weekend will conclude with both YLC and XTF students together at the closing Mass so everyone will get a real taste of the YLC experience! Last year we sent fourteen high school students to YLC and eighteen of our Jr. High students participated in Taste of Faith. There is a financial responsibility for each student who attends. It costs $180 per student to attend YLC and $30 per student to attend Taste of Faith. In order to help offset this burden, Youth Ministry will be hosting a Pancake Dinner/Breakfast fundr aiser after all masses on February 14th and 15th. In addition to ser ving the meal we will be raffling themed gift baskets and hosting a bake sale. W e are asking for help to make this fundraiser successful. Here are ways you can help: Please pray for the success of the weekend and for the youth attending this year’s YLC & XT. Donate a themed raffle basket or items to use in raffle baskets. Donate gift cards to include with raffle baskets. Make a monetary gift to use for purchasing supplies or gift cards. Donate baked goods for our bake sale. Consider sponsoring a youth to attend YLC (checks to St. Liborius). We thank you in advance for your support of developing programs that benefit the youth of our parish and community. Donations may be brought to the Church Office. If you have any additional questions, please contact me at 708-754-1363. ~ Craig Mazur, Director of Youth Ministry February 1, 2015 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Page Five NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF FAITH FORMATION Carole Bacon, Director, 754-3460 Craig Mazur, Youth Minister, 754-1363 SHARING OUR THOUGHTS This past week, our Confirmation Candidates gathered with their sponsors to attend Mass together. Following Mass, they shared some group and one-on-one time as they moved forward in their preparation for this third Sacrament of Initiation. One of their activities involved sharing their thoughts on various topics. Here are some of the responses from the candidates and the sponsors. I BELIEVE THAT JESUS’ LIFE SHOWS US… …that evil can’t take God in a fight …how to live our lives in today’s world …courage, faith, and love …how much God cares …how he wants us to follow in his footsteps …that anything is possible …how to be selfless, devoted, & dedicated to what we believe …unselfishness …strength & humility …how to live by example …what a good relationship with God consists of …what he wants us to do, and what he doesn’t want us to do …how to respect others …to learn from our mistakes and grow from them …that he died for us and reopened the gates of heaven …that we don’t have to live in fear, to stand up for what we believe, and to follow God’s will …how we can follow God’s path for us …true faith …courage and wisdom …love, strength, perseverance, and generosity …how to love unconditionally …the way to live a happy, fulfilling life …courage, strength, and how to stand up for what you believe …love and forgiveness that should be a constant in our lives THE THING I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY PARISH IS… …the wonderful people …how much of a family it is …my pastor …that it cherishes each of its members …the loving & strong community …the fun, enrichment activities it does for growing in faith …we are a family and how everyone gets along …the times of coming together for celebration …seeing the same people over & over at Mass & events …meeting new people …Fr. Dennis is awesome, very friendly & kind …my best friend goes to the same church as me …it’s very welcoming & like my second family …it accepts all people from all religions and not just Catholics …it’s nearby …the friendly, welcoming vibe …the different activities, retreats that you can do …it is awesome …it makes me humble …the singing …Donut Sunday & Easter Sunday …it’s a happy place to be …we’re all one …the fact that my priest is funny …when people come together …the joy and goodness it brings to everyone Page Six Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time DAUGHTERS OF ST. LIBORIUS SPIRITUAL ADOPTION UPDATE Week Twenty-Six: Second Trimester Ends This Week The baby measures 14 inches long and weigh over 1.7 pounds. The feet are 2 inches long. Your baby's eyes begin to open around this time. The nerves around the mouth and lip area are showing more sensitivity now, and the swallowing reflexes are developing. The fetus makes breathing movements, but there is no air in the lungs yet. Thumb sucking calms the baby and strengthens the cheek and jaw muscles. The fetal brain scan will show response to touch. Touching and playing with the baby is possible now, as they may respond to mom’s touch through her belly wall. Baby is probably very active in the womb. ·························································· DAUGHTERS OF ST. LIBORIUS SSPADS COLLECTION Parishioners of St. Liborius, the South Suburban Public Action to Deliver Shelter (SSPADS) program is in need of your help. SSPADS has been the leading provider of emergency shelter services and transitional housing for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in our area. The Daughters of St. Liborius has chosen our local SSPADS for our yearly collection. You have been most generous in the past years as we have collected shoes, business attire, and children's books. This year we wanted to lend a hand to SSPADS by collecting the items that are in the most demand. Here is an abridged list: clean white tube socks in adult and children's sizes, new twin sheet sets (flat, fitted, and pillow cases), Irish Spring soap, stick deodorant, plain white washcloths, toothbrushes, trial size toiletries, and diapers. During the month of February, there will be a bin in the narthex to collect your donations. If you have any items that SSPADS can use, please deposit them in the bin. Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Mazur at 708-672-3919 or [email protected] February 1, 2015 FISH FRY The St. Liborius Council of the Knights of Columbus will be hosting their next Fish Fry on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. All you can eat Perch Dinner includes: Fries, Cole Slaw, Veggies, Bread and Butter, and Coffee Donation: Adults: $8.00 / Children (under 10) $4.00 Fish Sandwich $4.00 / Hot Dog $1.00 Desserts will be available. Carry-outs welcome. Bring the family for this special treat! ·························································· YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE Did you Know? This Year of Consecrated Life, 2015, is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate in Joliet, also referred to as the Joliet Franciscans. They were the first group of Franciscan sisters incorporated in the State of Illinois, which was in 1874. ·························································· LIFELINE SCREENING Preventative health screenings can detect your risk for serious disease. Ingall’s Health System will hold a Lifeline Screening at St. Mary, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The screening is open to all. Pre-registration is required. Informational flyers explaining the screenings available, the cost, and registration information are available at the church or by calling 708-748-6686. ·························································· WELCOME BISHOP CONLON We will welcome Bishop Conlon to our Parish the weekend of February 13th-15th. During this time, he will be visiting the school as well as meeting with various ministries in our parish and at St. Mary. On Friday, February 13, Bishop Conlon will preside at Mass at Mother Teresa Catholic Academy at 8:30 a.m. Therefore, the Mass on Thursday, February 12, will be at St. Liborius at 8:30 a.m. followed by adoration. All are invited to attend the Mass at Mother Teresa. February 1, 2015 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time MINISTER SCHEDULE February 7th & 8th LECTORS 5:30 PM Jeanette Dargert 7:00 AM Kate Cummings 10:30 AM Student Readers EXTRA ORDINARY MINISTERS OF COMMUNION 5:30 PM *Chuck Fajman, Nancy Fajman, Susan Foster, David Gray, Anita Kost, Mary Sparks, Martin Victor, Bob Baumgartner 7:00 AM *Craig Mazur, Gus Constantino, Joanne Bernar 10:30 AM *Art LeMere, Maureen Burns, Chuck & Jeanine Gromala, Susan Higgins, Marielle Zagone, Debbie Braccio *MASS COORDINATOR ALTAR SERVERS 5:30 PM Rick & Michael Blatz, Sophie Goncher 7:00 AM Mike & Debbie Burke 10:30 AM Angelica & Xander Beers, Jason Wendling MUSICIANS 5:30 PM Bill DeYoung, Choir 7:00 AM Suzanne Ackerson, Sue Mazur 10:30 AM Guitar Choir USHERS 5:30 PM 7:00 AM 10:30 AM Bobby Tafelski, Joseph Zawistowski, James Leech, Louis Sherman, Donald Wichman, Lois Lane Collectors: Kathy Hewes, Christine Casiello, Bernie Konzen, Alfred Kuchcik Duties as Needed: Kathy Wandall, James Maxwell, Kate Cummings, Bobby Tafelski Hugo Caffarini, Tom Dormady, David VanDyck, Anna Delgado, Cherrie Burger, Sandra Behena, Paul Mulder, Christel Baylie, Gemma & Roger Maghirang Page Seven MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK Saturday, January 31 5:30 pm - Marvin Qunell, Tom Baron & Michael Ciarlo Mary Wyzynski Toni & Ed Pelock Sunday, February 1 7:00 am - Deceased Members of the CCW Emil Lotspiech 10:30 am - Kevin Palermo Frances Brown Monday, February 2 7:00 pm - Mass at St. Mary Church Tuesday, February 3 8:00 am - Mass at St. Mary church Wednesday, February 4 7:00 pm - Eddie Joe Rogus Joyce Gray Thursday, February 5 @ M other T eresa 8:30 am - Regina Alexander David Pardington Friday, February 6 8:00 am - Lisa Sido (Birthday) Cheryl Pisani & Margaret Shane Saturday, February 7 5:30 pm - Rose Marie Carlsson David Pardington Sunday, February 8 7:00 am - Robert Koselke Andrew Smithberger 10:30 am - Pauline Ciarrocchi John & Sophie Kaim, Fr. Ernest, Daniel, & Edward Kaim, John & Josephine Madura ························································· PRAYER REQUESTS Please remember in your Masses and prayers: Teresa Howe, Mary Mitchell, Kaye Cantway, Anthony Bravo, Bob & Lois O’Neil, Mary Davidson, Jeremy Wallace, Irene Kaim, Scott Brassea, Linda Marz, Teresa Cunningham, Pat Zawistowski, Jessica McCormick, Carlos Kaufman, Emilia Tieri, Mary Janz, Connor Keith, Sandy Prete, Dan Mulvihill, Elena Vasquez, Matthew Darnell, Joan Hope, Kathy Dirickson, Dorothy Sullivan, Albert Hartman, Patricia Hlinovsky, Tom Neal, Barb & Frank Kaszubski, Hugo & Dolores Caffarini, Christel Baylie, Mary Ann Demith, the Czajka & Rogge Families. We also pray for those serving in our Military: Sean Motsinger, Billy Kelly, David Piattoni, Jasmine Czajka. Names will remain on the list for six weeks. Please call the Rectory at 754-1363 to add or remove names. from the list.
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