WEEKEND MASSES HAVE RESUMED!
WELCOME BACK! WE'VE MISSED YOU TOO!
SATURDAYS AT 5PM & SUNDAYS AT 10:30AM
Please see Mass instructions below for more information-
THE PARISH CENTER OFFICE BUILDING REMAINS CLOSED TO ALL ACTIVITIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Let us continue to hold each other in prayer.
We know that with the COVID-19 virus there is fear, sadness and anxiety, and we want you to know that you are all in our prayers daily.
During this unprecedented time, your donations and support are vital to funding our parish operations, including, but not limited to, salaries, utilities, ministries, maintenance on our aging buildings, support for outreach efforts, IT support, etc.
If you already donate via your bank debit or through the electronic giving platform, we thank you!
If not, it’s easier than ever to sign up for electronic giving through our safe, secure and easy to use electronic giving platform. Please visit the givecentral.org website here and follow the prompts to donate to Immaculate Conception. It’s that easy and we are so grateful!
You can also make your donation directly to Immaculate Conception Parish, at 770 Deerfield Rd Highland Park, IL 60035.
Thank you! We appreciate your support as we journey together through this in prayer, with and for, one another.
Father Mike McMahon and the IC Parish Staff
Mass Instructions from the Celebrant
At the beginning of Mass
- Welcome back to Immaculate Conception! It is good to see you here this evening/morning. As you noticed when you entered, things are different. You checked in when you arrived, your hands were sanitized, and you were escorted to a marked seat, front to back.
- You can see that we are keeping some rows empty to maintain the required social distance between you. Please try to remain in your seat for the entire Mass/service, so as to keep movement within the church to a minimum. This helps prevent the spread of any germs and makes the task of sanitizing the Church after Mass easier.
- Remember that you need to keep your mask on until you exit the building.
- We will not sing during Mass, nor will we exchange any physical Sign of Peace.
- There will be no collection or offertory procession. There are two baskets on the usher table in which you can place your donation when you leave.
Fr. McMahon and Deacon Louie will be distributing communion. An usher will tell you when to approach the altar, keeping a 6-foot distance from each other. Keep your mask on while you are in line. To avoid crossing over people, please approach the altar even if you are not receiving communion, crossing your arms as you approach, and you will receive a blessing.
A Greeter will be in the aisle to spray your hands with sanitizer as you approach the front. Please do not touch anything after your hands have been sanitized. When you reach Fr. McMahon or Deacon Louie, say Amen, and receive the host in your hand. Then move 6 feet away before you consume the host. There you can remove your mask with one hand, consume the host, and then reposition your mask before moving back down the aisle to your seat.
After communion, please remain in your seat until the end of Mass.
You will need to remain in your seat until an usher comes to your pew and leads you out of church. We will be leaving the Church from the back to the front.
Please do not congregate in the vestibule, but move through as quickly as possible and exit through the main doors into the parking lot. In the parking lot, please keep a safe distance as you greet others.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation with all these new procedures. While we hope to return to something like normal, right now we are most concerned with keeping people safe.
Father Mike’s Homiletter
August 2, 2020
Scripture: Is. 55:1-3; Psalm 145: 8-9, 15-16, 17-18; Rom. 8:35, 37-39; Mt. 14:13-21
Normally, we would be all about returning to school at this time – collecting or buying pencils, folders, backpacks, notebooks, lunch boxes. Ditto for religious education. This year, we are talking about where school will be – and whether we acknowledge it or not, where school is will affect whether school is what we expect it to be.
In normal times, school is a sheltered environment in which our children and young adults can learn and practice life skills. It is a place where they discover their own talents, and try them on for size, and where they find their weaknesses, and decide what to do about those as well.
Our Gospel contains a crucial lesson – for those in school as well as those out in the wider world: learn to focus on what you’ve got, not what you don’t have, and work with it. Jesus teaches His disciples this lesson pretty directly in our Gospel: they are actually being thoughtful – worrying about the long day and short supply of food for the crowds who have followed Jesus. They don’t mean to be negative, but they are being short sighted and unimaginative. Instead of thinking about what they can do with what they’ve got, they give up at the start. Jesus puts the responsibility right back on them: “Give them something to eat yourselves.” When they protest, He asks them to bring the five loaves and two fishes to Him: He blesses and breaks them, and shares – and there is enough for more than five thousand gathered to hear Him, with leftovers! And that is another thing about Jesus – there is always more than enough, always leftovers. Our God is a God of generosity, not a God of ration books and measuring spoons. “Work with what you’ve got” is a great spiritual lesson, because God is always ready to meet us wherever we are, but it is also pretty good wisdom for the rest of life.
Isaiah presents images of food, of a lavish heavenly banquet to which all believers are invited “without cost”. “Lavish” was not a frequent thing in Isaiah’s world, so he’s really trying to draw our attention to the benefits of honoring our covenant with God, though Isaiah did not have to worry about having enough for the crowd. In the Apostles’ earthly situation, they were being practical - send those people out to find their dinners – but the focus was on what was missing. Jesus looks at what they do have. When it is blessed and shared, it is more than enough. How often do we look at a project – especially those addressing the needs of others – and focus on what we don’t have to get the job done, what we’re missing? Perhaps the question really should be “What can we do with what we have?” And are we ready for the multiplication of our efforts our lavish God will accomplish?
PREP Parish Religious Education Program 2020-2021
Classes take place on Sunday mornings for Grades K-5
Wednesday evenings for Grades 6-8
Please click on the link below for our calendar and class times.
Please send registration requests or questions to me at [email protected]
or you can contact me by phone at (847) 433-0130 ext. 110
SACRAMENTAL DATES TO KNOW
CONFIRMATION 2020 Rescheduled date Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7 PM AND Wednesday, September 16, 2020 7 PM
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2020 Rescheduled date Saturday, September 19, 2020
Retreat and Reconciliation Saturday 2/7/2021 9 a.m.
First Holy Communion Saturday 5/8/2021 10 a.m.
Confirmation Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7 PM
Wednesday Evening Holy Hour: 6:00PM
Saturday: 5:00PM (Vigil)
Sources which will enable you to hear Mass on-line or watch on television:
ABC7 – 12:00 Sunday – Cardinal Cupich – Mass at Holy Name Cathedral
Univision - 10:00 AM – Sunday – Mass in Spanish https://radiotv.archchicago.org/television/broadcast-masses - includes Mass in Polish
EWTN: Direct TV - Channel 370
Dish Network - Channel 261
Verizon Fios – Channel 285
Xfinity – Channel 33, 291, 1668
Online: St. James Chapel [Archdiocesan Center] – anytime
Holy Name Cathedral – anytime www.catholictv.org/masses/catholictv-mass Daily at 9:30am
Relevant Radio: The Relevant Radio app is available at www.relevantradio.com Mass – 12 noon, rebroadcast at 7:30 pm - Also on the Father Rocky’s Facebook page
Word On Fire Ministry: www.wordonfire.org
Resources for Scripture and Prayer:
Daily Mass readings are available on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops web site: www.usccb.org – choose the date on the calendar on the right or
Give Us This Day – a daily Mass and prayer book is making its content available for free during this time. Go to Give Us This Day. Org
Living With Christ – another daily Mass and prayer book is also making its content available for free. Go to Living with Christ.us
Liturgy Training Publications, the publishing arm of the Archdiocese, also has on-line prayer resources, including daily reflections and a virtual retreat for the Triduum. Go to www.ltp.org , look for the window offering resources during times of crisis, or the media events – current virtual workshops.
For material needs or other assistance, we understand that you can find resources by going to http://211.org, a web site sponsored by the national United Way organization
Parish Center is closed until further notice. Please contact us by phone at 847-433-0130 or email at:
Mon-Thur: the office will be closed each day 11:30am - 12:30pm
Immaculate Conception Parish offers a very fine Religious Education Program (P.R.E.P.) to provide the very best in formation and education for our grade school parishioners.
Immaculate Conception Parish does not have a parochial school. For those who would like to consider the time honored option of a catholic school we are happy to provide the following links to the Catholic School options in association with the parish.