Father Gagne's 2018 Christmas Message
Letter from Father Gagné / GRATEFUL FOR GOD’S PROVIDENCE
The writer, Carl Sandburg wrote, “a baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” A baby is the sign God chose to reveal his simplicity. God makes himself small for us because he does not want us to be overwhelmed by his strength. In this act of Mary giving birth, he takes away our fear of his greatness and asks only for our love. We respond to God’s love in the holy child by stooping down, as did the shepherds, when they stopped what they were busy about, and humbled themselves to stoop and peer into the cave at Bethlehem.
Grateful for God's Providence - Diocesan Capital Campaign
I want to share some thoughts and reflections, as we approach the halfway mark in the diocesan Capital Campaign, ”Grateful for God’s Providence.”
I want to thank those who have already responded with a pledge or a one-time donation. Everyone will have an opportunity in the next few weeks to respond to this once in a generation appeal.
Easter Message - 2018
Our parish will be participating in a once in a generation Diocesan
Capital Campaign during the next several weeks. A committee of fellow
parishioners will provide the leadership for this campaign. Through a series
of receptions and mailings, you will be informed as to the purpose of this
campaign and how you can participate.
Cardinal Cupich, the Archbishop of Chicago, when asked about what directs Pope Francis in his every day life, responded: “The Holy Father genuinely believes not only that Jesus rose from the dead 2,000 years ago, but is risen, active and alive in the world, leading the church today.” Pope Francis, according to Cardinal Cupich, “sees his role as being attentive to all that Jesus is doing and calling us to be in our time. It is his faith that Christ is alive and active in the church that he is insisting on a new pastoral approach for the church and its ministers.”
Christmas Message from Father Gagne
ORDINARY TIME - JAN. 2018
The dictionary defines the word ordinary as something that is customary, usual or familiar. What is familiar or common to Christians is the weekly celebration of the paschal mystery. This mystery recalls the life, death and most importantly the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The first day of the week becomes for the believer a day of play and worship. Through play and worship Sunday is in itself a sacrament of the redeemed.
The incarnation of God happened when the eternal word of God took on a human body by becoming flesh, as the prologue of St. John’ s gospel states: “And the word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Through God’s initiative, a whole new act of creation had once again taken place in the human experience.