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Mass Schedule: 8am Monday -Friday, 5pm Saturday, 8am and 10am Sunday
CCW Women of the year Anounced. See CCW page for article.
4/15/15 Baptismal Prep Class 6:30pm Fireside room
4/18/15 First Communion 10:30am St. Ann Church
4/19/15 Pancake Breakfast 8am-12 noon. Sponsored by the Men's Club
4/26/15- Marriage Vow Renewel Mass 10am. See knights of columbus website under parish life for more information.
Channahon Boy Scout Troop 444 Spaghetti Dinner
Sunday, April 19, 2015
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Channahon United Methodist Church
$7 per person; Carry-outs Available
Many of the boys in this Troop are parishioners of and servers at St. Ann.
Thank you for your support of this Troop fundraiser.
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By: Andrew Buchanan
Fifth Sunday of Lent: “Whoever Hates His Life in this World Will Preserve It”¹
Life is a great gift from God. I am awed when I consider the physical workings of the human body and further amazed when I consider the mysterious movements of the human heart and soul. Such a meditation ought to form within us a loving thankfulness for the life that we have. Yet, in today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus say something which seems to insist that life is not so much to be loved, but to be hated. How can this be; is the God Who has given us life telling us to hate life? To understand this difficult saying of Jesus, this verse must be read in relation to the rest of today’s Gospel passage.
Earlier in this passage from the Gospel of St. John, Jesus states that “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”² For a moment, let us consider the lowly grain of wheat. Personally, I find the gold, shining coloration of the wheat plant quite beautiful. Imagine if I held in my hand a stalk or grain of wheat and merely spent my time gazing at its beautiful appearance. The beauty of this plant would give me pleasure and I could personally rejoice in its beauty. But, the wheat plant was not created by God to primarily give pleasure to the eye. No—the wheat plant was created as a sustainable means of producing food, for in falling to the ground and dying, the beautiful, golden colored grain of wheat implants in the soil and sprouts a stalk of wheat, with many more grains, which themselves possess the ability to die and produce more grain. Having said all of this, how does this meditation/botany lesson relate to hating one’s earthly life?
By applying some of the characteristics of the lowly grain of wheat to human life, we can gain a profound understanding of Jesus’s difficult saying in this passage. One’s life, like the grain of wheat is beautiful; yet, a human life is much more beautiful than the lowly grain of wheat for we are made in the image and likeness of God—we are capable of entering into eternal life with God! Furthermore, a human person is capable of doing many good, holy things. Man is called to enter into the Divine Life and sow the seeds of the Gospel in the hearts of his fellow men. As such, it can rightly be said that a human life has a far greater potential to give rise to new life, on a far more profound level, than that potential possessed by the lowly grain of wheat. The fruit produced by the dying and rising of the grain of wheat can be used to produce physical food. As Christians, our daily dying and rising in union with Christ’s Life, Death, and Resurrection yields spiritual food to those around us, nourishing our fellow Christians and thus helping them grow in greater union with God.
We are called to give our lives in sacrifice to God, uniting every action of our lives with the Holy Sacrifice and Resurrection of Jesus. For in the laying down of our lives, we bear much fruit for eternity. A person refusing to lay down his or her life in the service of the Gospel is like holding a grain of wheat in one’s hand and marveling at its beauty without ever casting it the ground, the place of dying and rebirth to a marvelous harvest. Furthermore, if we love our lives more than God, if we worship our health and wellbeing as a an idol we only ever hold the grain of wheat (our life) in our hands and refuse to let it die and rise for the greater glory of God, bearing fruit in the harvest of Jesus.
On another note, when viewed with worldly eyes the sacrificial life of the Christian seems to be a life lived in unnecessary deprivation or hate of oneself. After all, to a world which teaches that one pursues true love of self by constantly seeking one’s pleasure, comfort, and health, the Christian who gives up many worldly pleasures, comforts, and health for the sake of the Gospel is viewed as someone who hates life. However, the Christian truly loves life, for the Christian life is lived in union with God and seen through the Holy, Divine Eyes of Jesus, Eyes which behold the truly sacrificial and eternally fruitful nature in which every human life is called to participate. Therefore, let us have a healthy view of the place of our life in God’s saving plan. This view allows us to have a healthy disregard, a “hate,” for our life.
In the end, the grain of beautiful wheat, which is our life, will wither and die. Will we cast our life into fertile soil watered by the grace of the Holy Spirit and see the eternal fruit spring up, or will we see the grain of our lives shrivel and decay in our hands, never bearing the fruit for which it was created to bear?
1. St. John 12: 25 (New American Bible).
2. St. John 12:24 (New American Bible).
St. Ann Catholic Church 24500 S. Navajo Drive Channahon, Illinois 60410 Website: www.stannchannahon.org
Lent Season Tuesdays: Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24* & 31 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Stations of the Cross Chapel - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. *Extended Confessions, Tuesday, March 24, 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Lent Season Fridays: Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20*, 27 Confessions – 6:00 p.m., Stations – 6:30 p.m., Lenten Mass – 7:00 p.m. * No confessions or Mass, Stations only on March 20th Palm Sunday, Saturday, March 28, Blessing & Distribution of Palms Confessions: 3-4:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. Mass Sunday, March 29 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Mass
Holy Thursday, April 2, 2015 No 8:00 a.m. Mass Morning Prayer – 9:00 a.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 p.m. Holy Thursday Adoration Chapel – 8:00-10:00 p.m. Good Friday, April 3, 2015 Morning Prayer - 9:00 a.m., Seven Last Words of Christ Prayer Service - Noon Way of the Cross - 3:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 7:00 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 4, 2015 Morning Prayer – 9:00 a.m. Blessing of Easter Food Baskets – 11:00 a.m. Blessing of Easter Fire – 7:25 p.m. Easter Vigil & First Reception of Sacraments – 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, Sunday, April 5, 2015 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Area-wide Divine Mercy Celebration, Sunday, April 12, 2015 Host Parish: St. Paul, Joliet, 2:00 p.m. Confessions, 3:00 p.m. Prayer, 3:45 p.m. Holy Mass
Youth Ministry Update
from Fr. Peter
World Youth D ay, Joliet: To be held at St. Francis University on Palm Sunday, March 29th from 1:00 until 8:00pm. Ending with Mass celebrated by Bishop Siegel at 7:00pm at the Cathedral of St. Raymond. The day will include: Powerful Keynotes (Ryan Essington and Margaret Motto), Exciting Catechical Sessions (lead by dynamic priest with uplifting music), tastee food, awe inspiring stations of the cross and an optional pilgrimage experience before it begins. Get your group ready to join us for the day to celebrate with the Pope World Youth Day! “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” For more information go to: http://www.dioceseofjoliet.org
Kairos #5: April 24-26, 2015. An encounter with Christ for Juniors and Seniors in High School. A very moving retreat experience. For more information: http://www.dioceseofjoliet.org
CMD workshop: “Engaging Parents - Forming Family Faith” on Thursday, April 30 at the Blanchette Catholic Center
For more information on these diocesan youth ministry events contact Fr. Peter by March 21/22 Our young parishioners are a blessing to the Church. They give an energy and spirit that brings life to St. Ann Parish.
2015 PARISH SUMMER PICNIC
Community building is so vital to the growth of a parish community, in the diocese of Joliet. When we come to know one another by name and serve together, the work of Christ happens. Let us continue to build on what has been done in the past and celebrate the present. If families, parish organizations, commissions, volunteers want to be a part of the planning team, please email or call the office. firstname.lastname@example.org An initial date will be set for the initial meeting and the creation of small working teams. Seasoned parishioners, new families, single parishioners, jr. high, teens and college students, recent graduates are invited. Fr. Peter
St. Ann Choir of Joy
A choir for grade school and high school students
Practices will be held the 3rd and 4th Sundays of each month after the 10:00 AM Mass.
Practices will be 30 minutes in length. Parents must be present with their children.
On the first weekend of each month they will sing at the 5 pm and switch off with the 10 am mass. We are calling our young parishioners who play and instrument, drums, guitar, percussion, trumpet, flute, etc., to come forward also. We are looking for students who love to sing. Rehearsals will begin in April 9th/ 26th first mass in May.
All this can happen when our parents are involved with this ministry. We are looking for a team of six parents and two at home college students or graduates to work with us. By holy week, we will need the names of 15 students and commitments by parents. Please send an email to email@example.com as soon as possible, so we can plan. More information to come, questions, please put in the email. This is only a start, but there are great possibilities. Training our young parishioners to be leaders in the world and participants in the Music ministry of St. Ann Parish is our goal.
Fr Peter, Tim, Kathy, Lana, Bill
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ATTENTION HOME BOUND PARISHIONERS
The St. Ann family wants to connect with you. If you are unable to come to church because you are sick, in rehab from surgery, living at a health care center or you live alone, please let the office know. A deacon, priest, or a home visitor will come to your home. When you need to go to confession or receive the anointing of the sick, call our office. If there is an emergency of illness or death call the main number and press x 5, if it is after 3 pm or on the weekend. Your cross of ill heath or living alone and unable to come to mass is such a difficult sacrifice for you. In being the only priest, I will do my best to serve your spiritual needs. Your family at St.Ann, prays for you. Please call our prayer line or office, to let us know what is going on, if your are preparing for surgery, recovering from surgery or live alone. We do care about you. God bless you and keep you in His Care - Fr. Peter
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A Letter from: Fr. Peter Jarosz
Dear Friends in Christ,
The peace of the Lord be with you always. As you may know, I was called to begin my term of service here at St. Ann on the Feast of Corpus Christi in June, by Bishop Daniel Conlon. What a joy it is to begin serving the family and St. Ann, in my 25 th year as a Priest. Over the years, I have served at Visitation Parish, St. Walter, St. Isidore and twelve years as Pastor of Christ the King, Lombard. Thank you for your warm welcome and helping me to feel at home during these last five months.
This is the time of the liturgical year, in which we celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons. After prayer and reflection, I present to you on behalf of the parish staff, spiritual opportunities during these joyful seasons. It is our hope and prayer, that you join us and take opportunities to know one another by name, in the new year of our Lord 2015.
We hope you feel at home here at St. Ann. During these busy times of the year, come, pray, prepare and celebrate Christ's coming as a child at Christmas and Jesus Christ when He comes to welcome us home one day to heaven.
The clergy,parish staff and parish leadership are very thankful for your presence here,for the many ways you already share your time, talent and treasure. It is a joy to serve you. God has blest us in many ways at home, work, school and the parish. p,In return,please be as generous,as you can at Christmas and thank you, for the commitment you made, in our yearly increased offertory program.
Thank you for serving our parish as a volunteer,through your time and talent. Your gift of prayer is the most precious gift we can give to one another this Advent and Christmas. The weekly presence of each parish family member at Mass brings us closer to one another and to Jesus Christ, the Giver of All Life. It also reminds us we are never alone in our faith journey. The staff, clergy, leadership and I look forward to walking with you and being a part of your life in 2015.
Our Holy Father Pope Francis tells us,"May the Church be a place...where all feel welcomed,loved, forgiven and encouraged to live according to the good life of the Gospel." A peaceful and grace filled Advent to you. May Christmas day and season be a time of joy. This new year of grace 2015 be a time of good health, happiness and peace of mind.
In Jesus and Mary,
Reverend Fr. Peter Jarosz, Pastor
St. Ann Parish, Diocese of Joliet