REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND MASS!
We ask that you please arrive on time, and do not attend Mass if you are not feeling well, or have any symptoms of COVID-19. Face Masks are required!
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Please click here to Volunteer Greeters, Ushers, Communion helpers and Cleaners needed!
Please sign up for weekend Masses by Friday at Midnight.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation with these covid-safety procedures. The health & safety of all who worship at Immaculate Conception Parish is our main priority!
THE PARISH CENTER OFFICE BUILDING REMAINS CLOSED TO ALL ACTIVITIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Please see Mass instructions below for more information-
Food for Thought ...
God is transforming the world right this very moment through us because God believes in us and because God loves us.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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 – February 14, 2021
Scripture: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Psalm 116:10, 15-19; Romans 8:31b-34; Mark 9:2-10
We’re now a year into Covid-time, and most of us could not have imagined it lasting this long when it started last March. Slowly, vaccines (a miracle of scientific speed themselves) are starting to be distributed more widely, with plans to inoculate everyone who is willing over the next few months. Most of us don’t understand the science behind the vaccination, but we trust that it will protect us. Last year, we would have said we couldn’t tolerate the Covid restrictions for more than three or four months, and we have now survived an entire year, finding safe ways to do things. Many exercises in creativity, adaptation, and kindness. Just the other day, I saw an article about a computer-savvy teen who has helped over 100 electronically-challenged senior citizens schedule vaccinations, undoubtedly trusting him with some critical personal information. Perhaps the real Covid lesson has been how much we need each other.
Our readings this week had me focused on trust. God tells Abraham to take his son to a mountain place God will point out and offer him as a holocaust. Abraham never expected to have a son: at a time when he and his wife Sarah were well past child-bearing, three angels visited Abraham, were received with generous hospitality in the best traditions of the desert, and upon leaving, promised to return in a year, when Sarah would have a son. Sarah actually laughed at the idea, but lo and behold, comes Isaac! God promises Abraham his descendents will be as numerous as the sands of the beach. The command to sacrifice Isaac would seem to negate that promise, not to mention break Abraham’s heart. Yet, he gathers the needed materials and goes with Isaac to the appointed place. In verses we do not hear, Isaac asks his father where is the sacrifice itself, since they brought no goat or lamb. Abraham replies that God will provide, and keeps putting one foot in front of the other. He builds the altar of sacrifice, piles up the wood, takes his knife, and at the last moment, an angel tells him to stop. Abraham trusted that God would find a way through what had to be devastating to Abraham, and he did not feel he had to find a solution himself. He trusted God would be God, and didn’t feel any need to be God himself.
In our Gospel, Mark describes Jesus’ transfiguration on Mount Tabor, in front of Peter, James and John. Jesus is transformed into a figure of shining white light, brighter than anything imaginable, seemingly changed into another state of being. The Father repeats the statement He made after Jesus’ Baptism by John the Baptist: “This is my beloved Son, listen to Him.” (Remember, Peter, James and this John would not have been at the Baptism, so this is a first hearing for them.) Peter understands – to a point: “Lord, it is good for us to be here.” Then, probably feeling awkward and not knowing what else to say (like many of us when we are overwhelmed), he fills in the gap by offering to do something – when he should just be still and absorb, even wallow, in the vision. But Peter is, after all, human. Then, suddenly, all was back to “normal”, and they were coming down the mountain. As He has in several of our recent readings, Jesus instructs the Apostles not to tell anyone what they saw until after He has risen from the dead. For the first time in our recent readings, Jesus is obeyed: they kept the matter to themselves, but they did talk among themselves, trying to figure out what “rising from the dead” meant. The three Apostles had trusted when they followed Jesus, but now they really had to trust, because they now knew Jesus was no ordinary itinerant preacher. If the wonders they had already seen were not enough, they now had confirmation that something really big was on the horizon, and they just had to go along and trust. They understood that they did not understand, but they could trust. They let Jesus be Jesus, and they trusted.
St. Paul’s reading gives us the key: if God did not spare His own Son, His own Self, but handed Him over for our salvation, how could we think He would hold back anything else? Why would He not give us anything and everything else we needed to participate in His plan of salvation? The God who would offer up His own Son would hardly be playing a game of ‘gotcha’ with the very targets of His plan of salvation. Just trust. Even our Psalm repeats the message: I believed, even when I was “greatly afflicted.” In what parts of our lives do we need to let God be God, and learn how to trust?
Wednesday Evening Holy Hour: 6:00PM
Saturday: 5:00PM (Vigil)
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
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
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
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.
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