04 Feb 2017

This Week Letter – February 5, 2017

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,


Every man, especially a Christian, must see that he has his own unique life, vocation and tasks. We see our life as a journey full of people, desires, events, words, and characters. God has given us life as a “task” to follow on the way of salvation, in cooperation with Christ. Indeed, the whole creation – “all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”(cf. Col 1:1,16-17). He enlightens and overwhelms “every man who comes into the world” (Jn 1,9). This is why Jesus says about Himself as about God: “I am the light of the world; who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life “(John 8,12).

At the request of His Eminence Blaise Cupich, and the Archdiocese of Chicago in the last bulletin, I encourage you to give generous support to the Annual Catholic Appeal.  It is important to provide parishioners an opportunity to support Catholic education, our pastoral work and many assistance programs throughout our Archdiocese.

The Annual Catholic Appeal has also teachable meaning. It gives us an opportunity to discuss about the work of the Church. Every time when we say “I believe in God”, we reaffirm the fact that we are members of the “One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.” However, people often do not ponder on the meaning of these words. The Annual Catholic Appeal gives us the opportunity to reflect upon the fact that every Catholic is a member of the local church and a member of the universal Church worldwide.

Each of us is responsible not only for their own parishes, but also for the Church throughout our Archdiocese and throughout the world. We are a community of believers, therefore, the appeal is directed to the members of all the communities in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Many of you will respond to the request of the Cardinal by submitting your commitment to the Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Do not forget to select the information that you belong to the parish of St. Constance, because only then the parish will receive credit. You can do this also during the masses on the weekend of February 18 and 19 . Such action of pledging will be in all parishes and chapels of the Archdiocese. If you will be in another Parish during this weekend and you will make a commitment, please always enter into the form that you are from the Church of St. Constance, because only then we will receive credit. God bless you all for support, prayer, and sacrifice for the needs of the Archdiocese.

God bless you!