My Diaconate Journey

08-09-2020Pastor's LetterAndy Lambros

St. Joan of Arc Parishioners,

My name is Andy Lambros. For those of you who don’t know, for the last five years, I have been the Coordinator of Stewardship here at SJA. The same year I started working here, I was accepted into the diaconate formation program as part of the 2020 Cohort. Fr. Connealy has asked me to share a little bit about myself and my journey to be ordained a deacon with all of you.

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What will separate us from the love of Christ?

08-02-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone has had a good week. Our second reading this Sunday from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans seems to speak straight to our present times. He writes, “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.” St. Paul’s premise is beautiful, he gets right to the heart of things asking the most important question, “What will separate us from the love of Christ?” He correctly presupposes that this is the most important thing. He doesn’t ask what can destroy our nation (indeed, Israel had experienced its near collapse multiple times) because even that cannot separate us from God.

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The Pearl of Great Price

07-26-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

A big thanks to all those who have so generously helped us on our goal to meet the matching gift we presented last weekend. It is so gratifying to see so many supporting the parish in this marvelous way. I am grateful to God for the family who offered this gift and to all those who have responded. If you haven’t heard yet, a family from outside of St. Joan of Arc has offered us $27,060 as a matching gift. All you have to do is begin giving a recurring gift online, or if you already offer a recurring gift, increase it by any amount and the whole amount will be matched. All gifts given through August will go towards the match. Thank you so much!

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Bad Seeds Among Good Seeds

07-19-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

This Sunday we hear the parable of bad seed being sown amongst the good seed. An enemy comes and sows bad seed in the field of wheat. When the servants ask their master if they should pull up the weeds he tells them, “If you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them.” At times it can be tempting to think it's our job to root out evil entirely. As Christians, we certainly have a responsibility to speak for truth and goodness. And yet, we are servants of the Master. Wherever we find roadblocks to our task to bring more goodness, to share the light of Christ, we are invited to surrender to Jesus more completely. He is the true Master of the Harvest. We labor but ultimately He is the one who brings about the good work.

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Welcome Fr. Grimditch and Mary Lynch

07-12-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone has had a safe summer so far. Over these past few months things have been very different. We are so fortunate to be back at Mass, continuing perpetual adoration and confessions. These things don’t just happen though. I am so grateful to all of our amazing volunteers who have given their time to help our liturgies run smoothly and our adoration chapel to remain open. We have so many generous people here who have given extra hours of time to make sure things have run smoothly. Thank you so much to all of you!

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America's First Saint

07-05-2020Pastor's LetterDcn. Peter Auriemma, MD

Growing up in an Italian-American home on the south side of Chicago, I was blessed with a great deal of love from my family, a constant supply of the most delicious food in the world, and…saints! The saints, our heavenly intercessors, were a big part of our lives. And my earliest memories of any saint are of a broad-faced nun with large, luminous eyes, a warm, welcoming smile and a big bow beneath her chin.

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