The Evangelical Catholic Diocese of the Northwest
The Church of the Holy Family Parish Bulletin for June 4th, 2017
Pentecost Sunday Year A
159 West North Avenue
Elmhurst Illinois 60126
Parish Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 170336
Chicago Illinois 60617
(T) 773-721-5383 or 773-814-9238 or 630-707-3646
Canon Peter Julian McGechie & Bishop James Alan Wilkowski, Pastoral Team
Weekend Mass Schedule: Sunday Mass at 1:00 PM Confessions Heard at 12:30 PM
Holy Family welcomes any Mass Requests for deceased loved one, friends or for a personal special intention.
Mass Request Envelopes are available on the table next to the Holy Water Bowl.
Invitation for the Reception of Communion
We welcome all baptized Christians
to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord.
We encourage anyone who is conscious of
the need of sacramental reconciliation to
receive this sacrament prior to the reception of Communion.
To schedule visitations to the sick or homebound or to arrange for Baptisms, Marriages or Funerals
please contact the pastoral team.
Welcome to the Holy Family Community
Your Pastoral Team
The Evangelical Catholic Church of the Holy Family parish in the heart of the community of Elmhurst Illinois. Though our mission parish to new to the Elmhurst community, we promise that you find it a welcoming parish in which to worship.
The people of our parish are involved in a network of ministries, striving to keep connected with one another as we serve the mission of Jesus Christ in the Church.
Canon Peter and Bishop Wilkowski both look forward to establishing roots here in Elmhurst and sharing the sacramental, spiritual and pastoral life of the Evangelical Catholic Church with one and all.
We recognize that the sharing of gifts is central to the life of Christians, disciples of Jesus Christ. As the New Testament witnesses to the early Christians caring for one another, so do we strive to do. We hope you can find ways to share your unique gifts and fully enjoy the fellowship that is part of our parish
For those who have found themselves pastorally orphaned or forgotten, always remember The Evangelical Catholic Church Welcomes You Home for we are "A Welcoming Community of Faith Rooted in the Catholic Tradition."
I am fluent in one language only…. English. I did not understand the first reading in Spanish. Hearing that reminds us that we are members of the Church that speaks many languages, in every part of the globe. You have noticed, I am sure that instruction manuals are in multiple languages now. In big cities like Chicago, you are likely to hear multiple languages at restaurants and shopping malls. Here in Springfield, after English the most common language would be Spanish. I am learning that we have parishioners who can speak French, German and Tagalog. We have a rich diversity in our local church, the U.S. church, and the world-wide church. At Pentecost, the Spirit comes to draw all people together in Christ, people of different languages and countries. Catholic with a small c means it is a universal Church.
Today’s feast brings us to the joyful conclusion of the Easter season. The gift of the Spirit is the final act of the paschal mystery. What Jesus had promised, he gives on that Easter night when he appeared to the disciples. The one who was dead, and now risen, breathes on them. This has allusions back to Genesis. In the resurrection, the world is recreated; by his breath, the disciples are recreated, Spirit-filled.
The first creation account in Genesis depicts the life force of the Creator as ruah, meaning “breath” or “wind,” which swept over the face of the primordial waters. And in the second account of creation, the first human creature becomes a living being only when the Creator breathes the breath of life into its nostrils (Gn 2:7). At Pentecost, it is this same divine life-force that recreates a frightened group of disciples into bold proclaimers of the Gospel.
The symbols of divine presence described in Acts 2 are familiar from the Old Testament: thundering noise, as God’s manifestation at Sinai; a whirlwind, like that from which God spoke to Job (Jb 38:1); and flames of fire, such as Moses saw at Mount Horeb (Ex 3:2). As in previous times of critical need, God’s presence is visible and audible, profoundly transforming those who experience it.
The disciples, like anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one, would have felt that something of their own spirit and zest for life had also been snuffed out with Jesus’ death. Huddled together, trying to comfort one another, they were unable to muster any energy for carrying on his mission. Grief and fear had deflated any impetus to continue the movement into which he had drawn them.
In the Gospel today, we have a glimpse of some concrete ways in which the Spirit brings them and us back to life so as to go forth again in mission. The risen Christ breathes on the disciples and infuses them with the Spirit. He unleashes in them the power of the Spirit, who alone can bring peace and joy in the wake of terrifying woundedness. He directs them to open themselves to the gift of the Spirit that allows them to receive and give forgiveness. For it is only through the power of forgiveness that the air can be cleared and all can breathe in the peace for which we so long and that the Risen One desires to give.
Perhaps it is breath that best signals this intimacy. God, in the person of Jesus and the power of the Spirit, is as close to each and every believer as is our very breath, taken deeply into our lungs thousands of times every day, a constant vivifying force. The Church needs anew this life-giving force of the Spirit, to be strong in its fight against sin in the world, and in the church itself. The Church, it leaders and all God’s people, need humility to admit our wrongdoing, our sinfulness, our misguided decisions and consequences on the lives of the victims. We need the Spirit’s wisdom when our church leaders challenge the erosion of our religious liberties. We need the Spirit’s vision and understanding to take us through the shadows of turmoil and conflict, to find the way of peace and healing together. We need the Spirit’s fortitude so that we do not prostitute our values, that we defend the sacredness of marriage as God’s plan between a man and a woman, to uphold the dignity of the poor, the right to life of the unborn and the terminally ill. We need the Spirit’s courage to keep the faith of Jesus Christ and hand it on to our children and their children. We need the reverence from the Holy Spirit to rightly place ourselves before the holy and almighty God.
We breathe in deeply the Holy Spirit. Just as breath must be exhaled and cannot be kept within, so too, does the Spirit’s power direct us outward to mission, to renew the face of the earth. Your marriages can be transformed by the Holy Spirit. Our community can be moved by the wind of the Holy Spirit. Our world is recreated by the power of the Holy Spirit. This holy breath is behind our words in every language of the world, to speak of God’s kingdom with words of compassion, respect, justice and peace.
Yes, the air we breathe, this Spirit-filled breath, makes all the difference. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice that he gives the Spirit so generously to us.
Coffee and Church
Beginning this month, our parish community will set aside time for a "Coffee and Church" in order for those who are interested in learning more about the Sacramental, Spiritual, Ecclesial and Liturgical Life of the Evangelical Catholic to ask their questions to either Bishop James or Canon Peter in a relaxed informal settings.
So if you have any questions, please bring them to our Coffee and we hope that your questions will be answered.
Establishing Roots and Building
It is the hope, dream and prayers of Canon Peter and Bishop James to see the historic integrity of Holy Family take root here in Elmhurst and to begin growing into its new chapter of service to the People of God.
It is our hope that individuals and families will come, visit and experience the faith and spirituality of Holy Family and to make it their sacramental home. We realize that this will not happen overnight, but we will continue to find ways to make one and all feel welcomed.
We believe that the first and most important question in the minds of one and all is "Are you really Catholics?" and the answer to that is indeed YES. We invite you to visit the main website of the ECC at www.evangelicalcatholicchurch.org to begin the process of becoming acquainted with our Catholic community of faith.
Our future envisions individuals and families will to become members of Holy Family and to share in the building of this community into its next stage. We also hope that in time, inactive priests who would like to return to active ministry would consider become part of our clerical family.
Please join us and share the journey !
As we begin our work here in Elmhurst, we wish to be upfront and transparent regarding our budgetary needs to keep Holy Family afloat.
We have two main budgetary items:
1. Our weekly rent to the Masons is currently $50.00
2. Our annual insurance policy is $400.00
Thus, we are hopeful to raise $65.00 per week, just to stay on top of our expenses. But these are indeed our costs for operations and we hope that you would be generous with your financial support of Holy Family.
Many thanks to Denise Young for the recent donation of her car of her care to Holy Family.
Please let us know when you are celebrating either a Birthday or Anniversary so we may remember you at Mass.
46 Then an argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 47 But Jesus, knowing the thoughts of their hearts, had a little child stand beside Him. 48 And He said to them," Whoever welcomes this little child in My name welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me welcomes the One who sent Me. For whoever is the least among all of you, he is the greatest.”
49 “Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in Your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not accompany us.”
50 “Do not stop him,” Jesus replied, “for whoever is not against you is for you.” Luke 9: 46-50
We will see you next week with new items in the bulletin.
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