Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today we celebrate World Mission Sunday during this Extraordinary Mission Month. Let us remember the mission at the heart of our Christian faith – to share the Good News with the world! The collection today for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith supports the priests, religious and lay leaders who embody Christ’s mercy and presence among the most vulnerable communities in our world. They have been charged to proclaim the Word persistently; when it is convenient and inconvenient.

Let us pray and offer our support for the Church’s worldwide missionary efforts.

Director of Faith Formation

It is with a sense of joyful expectation that I announce to you that our Director of Faith Formation will be Valerie M. Walker. Val will begin her time with us this week. She comes to us after serving as the Pastoral Associate at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Evanston for the past four years. She will be familiar to many of our parishioners since she and her husband have been involved in our parish community for several years.

Val’s hard-earned educational achievements combined with her energy and faith will serve her well as she assumes this position with us. Her background is as follows:

-Dual Certification as Pastoral Associate and Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Chicago, achieved January, 2019.

-University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL. Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, completed May, 2018. Lay Ecclesial Minister Formation Program, completed May, 2017. Lay Leadership Ministry Certificate, completed, 2012.

-Current member of the National Association for Lay Ministry.

Please join with me welcoming Val as the newest member of our Pastoral Staff.

We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe

Each year we gather on the Commemoration of All Souls Day to pray for those who are dear to us and have gone ahead to the Lord. We remain connected to those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. We should pray for them in the hope that one day we might live in communion with them. And also to come together as a community of faith with the hope that our joined presence and prayers will be a source of consolation and peace.

This year the All Saints Mass & The Candlelight All Soul's Mass of Remembrance will be held on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Main Church. For all those carrying the burden of grief and loss, we invite you to join us and sit in prayer and quiet reflection during the choral preludes which will precede the Mass at 6:45 PM.

During the liturgy, all of our parishioners are invited to come forward to offer the name of your loved one and light a candle in remembrance of his or her life. At the conclusion of the Mass the candles may be taken home. Thousands of names of former parishioners and family members have been inscribed into our beautiful "Book of Life" and will be displayed in the Sanctuary during the month of November.

Hospitality & Fellowship will follow Mass in the Narthex.

All Saints and All Souls Mass Schedule

Friday, November 1—All Saints Day

6:30 AM—Main Church

8:30 AM—Main Church

7:00 PM—Main Church

Saturday, November 2—All Souls Day

10:00 AM—Historic Church

In Christ our brother,
Fr. Merold