FROM FATHER JOHN: “God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior. With joy you will draw water at the fountain of salvation. Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name; among the nations make known his deeds, proclaim how exalted is his name. Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement; let this be known throughout all the earth. Shout with exultation, O city of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel!” ~ Isaiah 12:2 – 3, 4BCD, 5 – 6
You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation!!!
As you know, Fr. Peter passed away on April 26th of this year. I’ve mentioned in prior emails that I would like to celebrate a memorial mass for Fr. Peter and that I would like our Bishop, the Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, to preside at the memorial mass.
I received confirmation late yesterday that Bishop Hicks will preside at our memorial mass for Fr. Peter on Sunday, April 25th at 2:00 pm. This date is the Vigil of the One-Year Anniversary of Fr. Peter’s passing into eternal life. I thought it best to schedule the memorial mass on Sunday afternoon because it would allow the greatest number of people from our parish attend the mass.
Please mark your calendars for Fr. Peter’s Memorial Mass on Sunday, April 25th at 2:00 pm.
My hope and prayer is that we are back to normal by the time we celebrate this mass. Hopefully, we will be able to celebrate mass without limits on attendance, without facemasks and with the ability to have everyone join in the singing during mass. I know that liturgical music was important to Fr. Peter and I would like the people of this parish to have the chance to say goodbye to him in the way in which he would have liked.
I plan to invite all the priests of the diocese to concelebrate the memorial mass and Fr. Balluff to preach the homily. Of course, I will also invite Fr. Peter’s family to be involved in any planning of the memorial mass and to attend the memorial mass.
Bishop Pates celebrated a funeral mass for Fr. Peter but it wasn’t the same as what normally happens for a priest of the Diocese of Joliet. Priestly attendance was limited to ten priests and the assembly was limited to family and a few close friends. It pains me deeply that we could not have a public funeral mass for Fr. Peter at St. Ann’s with all of our parishioners in attendance. Nor could we have a public visitation for him in the church as is proper for a priest’s funeral.
I look forward to the day that we can all assemble together, without restrictions and limitations, as the Body of Christ in the world and pray together as a community of faith during the celebration of the sacred liturgy in our parish church. I am hopeful that we will be able to do so as we assemble together on April 25th to pray for the repose of Fr. Peter’s soul. This is what would have happened if the pandemic had never happened. Please keep Fr. Peter, his family and our parish community in your prayers.
Reverend Peter Paul Jarosz, age 57, entered into Eternal Life on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Father Peter was born on April 29, 1962 to the late Peter and Harriet (Janik).
He is survived by his loving brothers, Jerome (Marylin), and Mark (Filomena); fond uncle to Keith (Efthemia), Christopher (Sara), Matthew, Kimberly (Anthony) Alessi, Nathaniel (Kimberly), Mark, Zachary and many caring family members, friends and Most Reverend Priest brothers and Deacons.
Father Peter was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Peter and Harriet; his dear brother, Richard; and his loving sister-in-law, Katherine.
Father Peter attended St. Leonard Grammar School in Berwyn, IL as well as Sisters of St. Joseph in LaGrange. Following grade school, he went on to graduate from Lawrence High School Seminary, Mt. Calvary, WI; Niles College Seminary of Loyola University, Niles, IL; St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, IL; and Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, WI.
In November of 1988 Father Peter became a Transitional Deaconate at the St. Charles Borremeo Pastoral Center, followed by a Deacon at Holy Ghost in Wood Dale, IL, and in June of 1989 he was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Joseph Imesch of the Diocese of Joliet.
Father Peter served as an Associate Pastor at Visitation Parish, Elmhurst, St. Walter Parish, Roselle and St. Isadore Parish, Bloomingdale. He also served as Pastor for Christ the King Parish in Lombard and most recently at St. Ann Parish in Channahon.
In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Father Peter served as Chaplain for the DuPage County Serra Club for Vocations, Elmhurst Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and the Poor Clares Monastery in Minooka, IL.
He was the Vice President of the Women’s Choice Services in Lombard and Crest Hill, active in the Diocesan Pro Life Action Committee, Board Member of the Illinois Citizens for Life, Chaplain of Stateville Prison in Joliet, Board President of the Upper Room Crisis Life for Priests, Brothers and Deacons, an organizer of Priest and Seminarian Prayer Line with the Poor Clares of Minooka, the Priest Cluster Chairman and board member of the Diocesan Young Adult Ministry, a member of the Deanery Priest Advisors, on the Council of Catholic Women, the Council of Catholic Nurses, and a part of the Vocation Committee for Hispanic Seminarians.
He enjoyed missionary trips to Haiti, Philippines and loved to sing and be in choirs throughout his life. He will be dearly missed by all knew him.