CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM FATHER HOMERO December 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
When the world was in darkness, God sent his only son to light our way.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was before God, and the Word was God. She was before God in the beginning, by Her everything was made, and nothing came to be without Her. What was made had life in it, and for men life was light. Light shines in darkness, and darkness… ” (Jn 1,01-5)
The beginning of the Gospel of Saint John invites us to receive the one who is light, so that we do not live in darkness.
For almost two years we have lived in the midst of terrible uncertainty, it seems that the situation with our pandemic improves, and nothing worsens again, when it seems that we are finally controlling the situation of contagion with COVID, a new mutation returns.
If it is not COVID, it is the violence that worries us every day. We could ask, where is the Light that dispels darkness? Where is the Light that should illuminate our path? And the answer, I believe, is “within you” Christ who is light, who lives within ourselves.
During this Christmas season, sisters and brothers, I invite you to reflect, not on the things we have lost during this pandemic, but on the positive things we have gained. In the midst of difficulties, I am sure that God in one way or another has found a way to shine in our lives and in the lives of those who are among us.
Today, thanks to the Christmas reflection, I realize that the Light that shines in the darkness, Christ Jesus, has led me to remember that I am not alone, the community of St. Rita and St. Clare have united in extraordinary celebrations where we have shared who we are and the richness of being a single parish. What at first seemed like a disgrace when we came together as a parish, today is a blessing, rich in tradition, culture and faith.
Christ has found a way to shine amid the darkness, only we have to do our part and open our eyes and see the radiance of light that eliminates sin, misery, disease and death.
Christ was born and has illuminated the whole world!
I hope that this Christmas and this New Year that begins, each one of you will be a true light for the life of each one of those around you.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2022!
Father Homero Sánchez, OSA – Pastor
DAILY MASS – DECEMBER 5-12
During the Guadalupe Novena, there will be NO daily Masses in Spanish at 8 am at St. Rita or 12 pm at St. Clare. Thanks for your attention and comprehension!
PARISH OFFICE SCHEDULE AND PRAYER GROUP
The Parish Office will be closed for the Christmas and New Year Holiday starting on Friday, December 23, 2022 all through Monday, January 2, 2023. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Please make sure to call or stop by the office before, thank you! Enjoy and stay safe during the Holidays with your loved ones. Also, the Prayer Group will not have meetings or Healing Mass during the Month of December 2022.
WE NO LONGER STREAM MASSES LIVE THROUGH FACEBOOK OR YOUTUBE.
We are glad and blessed to welcome the Augustinian Prenovitiate House of Formation that will be located at St. Clare’s Friary. Welcome!!
We will have a special Mass in Honor of St. Clare on Saturday, August 21 at 6 pm at St. Clare Chapel – CLICK HERE for more information
We will also celebrate Bishop Daniel Turley, OSA on his 25th Anniversary as Bishop during the Mass in Honor of St. Clare of Montefalco el 21 de Agosto. Congratulations Bishop Turley! – CLICK HERE for more information
Starting on August 16, we have daily Mass in English at St. Clare Chapel on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 am. Please join us!
Prayer Group Formation Meetings will begin on August 24 at St. Clare and St. Rita. There will be 15 meetings of spiritual formation on the topic of prayer. Reunions will be on Tuesdays at 7 PM. It’s 15 meetings of formation on spiritual growth through prayer.
We are in need of volunteers who would like to help us repair the Adoration Chapel at St. Clare for its reopening in September. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer. Thank you so much!
OUR NEW PARISH APP Available NOW!
St. Rita Parish is pleased to announce that we have a new cell phone app. You can use this app to keep up to date on events at St. Rita’s and to support your parish.
TO DOWNLOAD – Download the St. Rita app in your phone’s “app store” and search for St. Rita Chicago. Look for the icon below:
BROADCAST GOSPEL READING AND HOMILY BY FR. TOM McCARTHY, OSA
St. Rita of Cascia is a parish of the Archdiocese of Chicago, founded in 1905 by the Augustinian Order, who still administer the parish.
We are located at 6243 S. Fairfield Avenue in Chicago, IL 60629. You can reach us at 773-434-9600 (Tel), 773-434-9668 (Fax) or firstname.lastname@example.org(Email).
As a Parish Community we rejoice that you are joining us in our journey of Faith. We invite you to become involved in the spiritual life of our Parish through your presence at Mass and your participation in the many ministries and activities we offer.
Please know that we are here to offer you our support and prayers in all the joys, sorrows and struggles that will touch your life. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate calling our parish office. We will be happy to serve you in any way possible.
May the peace of God bless you and the intercession of St. Augustine and St. Rita of Cascia continue to bless us all.