Monday, April 8, 2019

BABY BOTTLES PROJECT

Our parish is participating in the Baby Bottle Project.



The donations raised from this project go directly to The Women’s Center of Chicago. This organization has helped save over 40,000 babies in 34 years.



Please put your spare change in the baby bottle during the next few weeks. The money we collect will help mothers who are facing a crisis pregnancy and who have little or no support.



The Women’s Center provides financial, material and spiritual assistance to the women free of charge. The Women’s Center also offers post abortive counseling to women seeking healing after their abortions and this is offered free of charge as well.



When you bring the baby bottle back to church, you can give the bottle to the ushers, or put the baby bottle in a basket in the back of the church.



Please give whatever you can to help us help those women and young girls to choose life for their babies and please pray for an end to abortion in our country.



Thank you!


RENEW MY CHURCH: I


Renew My Church: A Call to Trust in the Lord



Our parish, like all parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is participating in an effort of renewal. I’d like us all to consider the actual words “Renew My Church.”



Who speaks these words to us? Jesus does, and these are the same words He has spoken to saints before us. Whose Church are we told to renew? His Church. What a wonderful gift we have as the Lord of the universe invites us to renew His Church. Finally, we have the word Church. It seems like a tall order to renew the Church. Isn’t that someone else’s job? Our own parish, maybe. But the whole Church? Yes. And we will, because renewal always, always, always begins within our own hearts.



We can be overwhelmed, look away and maybe pretend to go on as if nothing new is really required of us. But something new is needed. Despite the valiant and beautiful efforts of so many pastors, lay leaders and ministry leaders, fewer and fewer people are encountering Jesus and experiencing him in parish community.



Change we must, and it will involve frank discussions and some hard decisions to help all of our parishes invest in new ways of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.



We have the sound advice of our Father and Mother – we will listen to the Lord and we will do whatever He tells us. It may be difficult, and it may challenge us in ways we don’t want to be challenged. But we know that He is with us always and “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)


RENEW MY CHURCH:II


Renew My Church: Inviting Others to Meet Jesus



We have a mission:

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations… Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you and know that I am with you always, until the end of the world” (Mt 28:19-20).



It is the Great Commission that Christ gave His apostles. And He gives us this mission today as something to accomplish together. An important element to achieving our mission is understanding what we’re facing today. Consider this excerpt from one of the documents that the Church developed during the Second Vatican Council:



“In every age the Church carries the responsibility of reading the signs of the times and interpreting them in the light of the gospel, if it is to carry out its task. In language intelligible to every generation, it should be able to answer the ever-recurring questions which people ask about the meaning of this present life and the life to come, and how one is related to the other.” Gaudium et Spes (no.4) Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World 1965



When we look at the signs of the time, we what do we see? A culture more ambivalent toward religion; declining faith participation of younger generations; Mass attendance in our archdiocese that has decreased by 27% over the past 20 years; across the U.S., 2 in 5 children baptized are not confirmed; and, 85% of children that are confirmed stop practicing their faith by age 21. In many quarters of our society, Christian morality, once the norm, is pushed aside. The consequences are all around us: breakdown of families, disregard for innocent life and human dignity, violence in our communities, addictions, depression, loneliness and despair.



For many of us, we see this in our own families and neighborhoods. Such brokenness and separation from the life of Jesus Christ. We are in mission territory – right here in the Archdiocese of Chicago.



How can we, as God’s sons and daughters, reach out in new ways to invite our brothers and sisters to a welcoming and loving faith home? How do we make it a mission priority to bring them to Jesus? These are a few of the fundamental questions that will guide everything we do as part of Renew My Church.


S.U.Y.O MINISTRY


FINAL YOUTH NIGHT FOR 2018-19 YEAR

All teens are invited to join us for our final SUYO Youth Night of the 2018-19 year! Join us on Sunday, May 19 from 5-8pm in St. Kevin Youth Room. We plan to share information about our summer plans and events for 2019-20. For more info please contact Marc Vega.



CLEANING UP OUR GARDEN

Thanks to the teens who came to last weeks' youth night. We took time to pull weeds and clean the garden behind Annunciata Church. SUYO has plans to continue to expand the garden and grow vegetables! If you are interested in helping us make this project a success, please contact Marino Omelanczuk. 




50/50 GREEN ENVELOPE


A "NEW' 50/50 Drawing is coming to Annunciata!!

Starting on April 6/7, 2019, the green 50/50 envelope (included in monthly envelope mailings) will be changed from a monthly drawing to a weekly drawing. Beginning the week of April 7th, the 50/50 winner will be determined by drawing one parishioner number every Wednesday. (This number is drawn from all parishioner numbers in the parish). If that parishioner has participated in the drawing, they will win 50% and the parish will receive 50%. However, if the parishioner whose number is drawn did not participate, the drawing will roll over to the following week and will continue to do so until a winner is chosen.


QUEEN OF HEARTS


The Queen has arrived again!
Play the Queen of Hearts -  6 tickets for $5
  
If a Joker is pulled, the game will reset automatically with a new Board. The pot will roll over.



CRS RICE BOWLS


Don’t forget to turn in your CRS Rice Bowls next week April 14th in the church lobby. Thank You