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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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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 ...
We cannot be fishers of men and women if in our hearts we are haters of them. This truth ... reveals a nonviolent ethic: Love even your enemies; become fishers of them. We will not win people to our convictions if we despise them.
- Susan B. W. Johnson
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 – January 17, 2021
Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19; Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10; 1Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20; John 1:35-42
This week we will inaugurate a new president of our nation, and begin the process of establishing a new administration for our country. The past four years have been a lesson in how our elected representatives, of both political parties, can fail at collaboration for the common good. Let us pray for a new era of civility in our national political life this week.
It is timely that our readings this week address how we absorb the spoken word. There are many terms for the process – but I’m thinking of two: hearing and listening. Hearing tends to suggest something is coming from the outside to the hearer, who may or may not pay much attention. Here in Highland Park, with a hospital in our midst, we hear sirens all the time, but I suspect we are so used to them, we don’t pay any attention - they are just noise. Listening, on the other hand, suggests that the non-speaker is paying attention – the words being spoken are being processed for meaning, both the obvious ones and the not-so-obvious ones.
In our first reading, we meet Samuel, a young boy who lives in the temple with the priests, of which Eli was one. Years before, Samuel’s mother Hannah, who had no children, had begged the Lord to give her a child. Eli, coming upon her praying aloud and crying with sorrow, had thought her drunk. But the Lord heard Hannah’s prayer, and gave her Samuel. In gratitude, she promised to give Samuel to the temple when he was about three. And she did. We meet Samuel eight or ten years later, when he was studying with the priests of the temple, including Eli. Samuel was asleep when he heard his name called, and he responded, running to Eli to do whatever he wanted. Three times the Lord called Samuel, and three times he ran to Eli to answer. Finally, Eli realized that it was the Lord calling the boy, and instructed him to respond appropriately. And he did, saying “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” And Samuel grew up blessed and favored by the Lord. Samuel had learned to listen, not just to hear. He listened to God’s call and he responded.
Our second reading contains Paul’s words to the Corinthian community. Corinth was a busy Roman city, a crossroads of traffic from Rome to what we now know as Turkey and the Middle East, with many influences on the culture. Some Corinthians had heard Paul’s message, but hadn’t listened carefully. Paul later finds that they have decided that since the spirit it so important in the relationship with God, the body doesn’t matter – they felt free to engage in immoral behavior as long as they maintained what they thought was the right “spirit”. Paul is letting them know that while they may have heard his teaching, they hadn’t listened to it. In Baptism, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and become part of the Body of Christ, body and spirit. Our bodies are not our own - we have become temples of the Holy Spirit. Listen carefully, Corinthians – there’s more to my preaching than you got the first time.
Our Gospel presents John the Baptist at the Jordan, after Jesus’ baptism. John is talking to two of his disciples, and comments “Behold, the Lamb of God.” John knew Jesus was the Messiah. He was sharing this knowledge with Andrew and another disciple I think of as the Anonymous Friend. They both turn and follow Jesus: they had listened to what John was saying. Jesus realized they were following him and turned and asked “What are you looking for?” Like many of us when faced with a question we are uncertain about answering, they fudged – asking “Where are you staying?” Jesus listened – he knew what they wanted to know, so he invited them along, and they spent the day with him. At the end, they knew he was what they were looking for. Then right away Andrew went to his brother Simon Peter to share the good news – to tell him they had found the Messiah. And they followed Jesus. They had heard the call, listened to Jesus, and responded – not just in word, but in deed. We would all do well to imitate them.
Peace, Father Mike
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