Food for Thought ...
Decide here and now to love things and [people] as Jesus loved them, that is, to the point of self-sacrifice. Do not bother with the bookkeeping of love; love without keeping accounts.
- Carlo Carreto
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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-
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.
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
Father Mike’s Homiletter – April 18, 2021
Scripture: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Psalm 4:2,4,7-9; 1 John 2:1-5a; Luke 24:35-48
Happy Easter! Though we think of Easter as a single day, in Church time, Easter is a season, too big to be confined to a single day. And our readings continue to bring us the images and lessons of Christ’s death and resurrection - today’s readings describe several events which occur very soon after the resurrection.
First, we get Peter speaking to those who had come to the Temple – traditional Jews. He is rebuking them for demanding Jesus’ death when Pilate obviously would have preferred to free him. Peter is not mincing words, but he gives them a face-saver – of a sort – ignorance. He appeals to their knowledge of Jewish scripture, reminding them that God’s prophets had told them that the Messiah would have to suffer. And he states the remedy clearly – “be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.” Dear, direct Peter - no ifs, ands or buts – only one way to fix the problem. Yet converting is often easier said than done. I have always admired those who enter the Church at Easter – it seems a very brave thing to leave one’s prior belief system, or lack thereof, to step into such an all-encompassing commitment. Yet year after year, we have hundreds of candidates who see in our Church, despite its faults and frustrations, a better way to live. Peter’s clear-eyed assessment of the situation may be a lesson for us – to stop talking our way out of our failures; have the courage to acknowledge and correct them.
John takes a softer tone in his letter: he is giving his readers the benefit of his thoughts to lead them away from sin. But, he also reminds them that if they do make mistakes, they have an advocate who will plead their case with the Father – namely, Jesus who knows what it is to be human. In fact, on the third Sunday of Lent, our Gospel reading ended with the statement that Jesus didn’t need anyone to tell him about human nature because he understood it “well.”
Today’s Gospel gives us a demonstration of his knowledge of human nature. It starts with the two disciples who had walked with Jesus on the way to Emmaus and recognized him in the breaking of the bread. After Jesus left them, they hot-footed it back to Jerusalem to let the others know that Jesus was alive. They are still reporting when Jesus appears amid the group. But he knows their surprise, their fears, their doubts. He knows human nature very well indeed. He knows their minds are swirling with ideas - most of them skeptical. Without prompting from anyone, he asks them why they are startled to see him, but immediately shows them his hands and feet to reassure them it is him. I can see two old friends, bumping into each other after one or more of life’s risky adventures asking each other “Is it really you?” and responding “Yes, yes, it’s really me.” Jesus gives evidence it is him, and asks for something to eat to prove he is not a ghost. He had told them before Good Friday what would happen, but they hadn’t grasped the full meaning of his words then. Now, Jesus patiently re-explains the Scriptures to them – he wants them to understand. Despite the fact that his immediate circle fell apart when he was arrested, fled the scene, and abandoned him to the rough “mercies” of the Roman soldiers, he comes back offering peace – before a word is said – and asking to join them at dinner. Amid the unsettling change, he recreates the old, comfortable intimacy.
This is the God who loves without condition and without end. That’s a good reason to continue to celebrate Easter without end.
Peace be with you!
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
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.