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.
Food for Thought …
One can hardly think too little of one’s self.
One can hardly think too much of one’s soul.
- G. K. Chesterton
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 – November 1, 2020
Scripture: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; Psalm 24:1b-6; 1John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a
This week we honor All Saints and All Souls – two of the three groups which make up the Church – and we, those who are praying to them and for them, are the third group. Years ago, we called the saints the “Church Triumphant”, and the souls of those who had died, but were not yet in heaven, the “Church Suffering” because we saw them as fulfilling a final stage of repentance before entering the presence of God. Those of us still alive on earth were the “Church Militant”, charged with guarding our souls as we closely followed Christ. Together, the three groups form the Church, the Body of Christ, also called the “communion of saints”, united in the Holy Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, which we also call “Holy Communion”.
At a basic level, a saint is anyone who gets to heaven after death. Those who are obviously and outstandingly holy during their lifetimes or who respond to prayers after their deaths with events which we call miracles – these are people the Church can officially name “saints” because it has evidence of their presence in heaven. But there are thousands, even millions of others - our first reading describes a heavenly vision of 144,000 souls from all nations, a number meant to be overwhelming in Biblical terms - who are present in heaven, in the presence of God. Each of these is also a saint, though we may not have the kind of evidence which results in canonization. Jesus has told us not to judge, so we do not, but many souls will be in heaven, some who might surprise us. And all these saints are praising God and praying for others who can benefit from prayer – anyone who has not yet reached the fullness of heavenly life. That would include us.
Those who have died are those we refer to as “in Purgatory” – a place of further preparation for the vision of God. These souls have the joy of knowing they will be in heaven, after a time of further preparation – they are in heaven’s “waiting room”, with a ticket to get through the pearly gates. Their lives have been a success. While they do more to prepare for heaven, they can pray for us. It might not speed up their own entry into heaven, but those prayers can certainly help us to stay on track in our journey to heaven.
Those of us still on earth are called the “Church Militant” – because we should be guarding our souls against anything which would distract us from following Jesus to heaven. Sunday and Monday are days on which we pray especially to honor the saints and to help the souls waiting to enter heaven. And we should be asking them to pray for us – to help us to join them. We reflect on how those souls followed Christ, the examples of holiness which they left us, and ask for their help in imitating those holy examples.
Most of us are not going to live lives of visible, overwhelming holiness, but Jesus has invited all of us to become saints, and we all have the capacity to do so. While we may not be able to spend 25 hours a day praying, while living on bread and water, we all have the capacity to do some “saintly things”. St. Therese, the Little Flower, knew her circumstances meant she would not do grand, splashy things for God. So she resolved to follow a hidden “little” way – doing little, everyday things, with great love. Her life assures us we don’t need to lead a “brass band” sort of life to become a saint. And Jesus gave us the “roadmap” outlined in St. Matthew’s Gospel. After all, Jesus was a humble carpenter, who became an itinerant preacher – He did small things with infinite love …for all of us.
Peace, Father Mike
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
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.