December 7, 2018
Tomorrow is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is under this title that we honor Mary as the patroness of the United States. Because of this, tomorrow is a holy day of Mass obligation. There will be a Mass in Spanish this evening at 6:30. Tomorrow morning at 8:30 a Mass will be celebrated in English.
On Wednesday we will celebrate another feast of Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe. How fitting that we honor Mary during this season of Advent, the one who gave birth to our Savior. Mañanitas will be prayed at 5:00 AM and the Mass of the Roses will be celebrated at 7:00 PM.
Please do not forget the reason for the season – Jesus. We hope many of you will be present for the Mass of the Angels and Shepherds on Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve – at 4:00 PM. Coming to Mass as a family is a wonderful way to begin your Christmas festivities. The 4:00 Mass, in particular, allows families to pray, have something to eat, and then get children to bed at a reasonable hour before the arrival of Santa. With today’s letter you are receiving more information on those who will participate – choir, angels and shepherds. Please return the form by Wednesday, December 12.
Thanks to those of you who have already returned your donation for the Teachers’ Christmas Fund. Your donation will help to make a brighter Christmas for the faculty and staff of OLG. If you have not yet returned your envelope, please return the envelope by next Friday, December 14. Thank you.
The tuition payment for the month of December is due next Friday. Please make your payments on time so that you avoid paying a late fee. All fees – General Service Fee and Noon Supervision Fee - are also due before December 21. Thank you to those who have already paid the fees.
The “Students of the Month” have been determined. These students are: Dinah Covello, Dereck Solis, Carter Bell-Torres, Victoria Patino, Mia Alba, Noel Marin, Fabian Galindo, Leslie Sanchez, Xavier Degante, Berenice Martinez, Addison Alamo, Camilo Alatorre, Daniel Carrera, Anthony Gonzales, Hector Dubon, and Ryan Metzgar. Congratulations, students!
Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 15, from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. If you have not purchased your tickets or returned the bottom portion of the letter indicating your willingness to volunteer or donate, please do this by Tuesday so that Grace’s Proud Parents knows how much food to purchase and the number of parents who have volunteered for this event.
Thanks to those of you who have already made a donation of baby food to the Women’s Center of Greater Chicago. If you did not make a donation last week, you can send your donation before next Friday. The baby food assists women who chose to give birth rather than have an abortion.
The Student Council is sponsoring a “dress down” on Monday. Students who wish to participate must make a $1 donation.
If you have children in grades 3-8 who have been baptized but have not made their First Communion and you would like them to be prepared for their first reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, please send me a note. I will begin classes after the Christmas vacation.
In February, the parish will host its annual Dinner Dance. As part of this fundraiser, raffle tickets are sold. Father Elvio is asking the parents of our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parents to sell raffle tickets. However, I encourage parents who have children in Preschool to Grade 5 to sell the tickets as well. Each ticket sells for $10. Half of the ticket sales ($5 from each ticket) will be donated to the school. Parents who sell the raffle tickets will have the sales applied to their fund raiser fee. The parish benefits as well as the school. Let’s help to make this event a success.
We have had our first major snowfall of the season. I want to remind you of the policy concerning school closings. If CPS closes schools, Our Lady of Grace will close. If CPS is open, Our Lady of Grace is open.
In Sunday’s Gospel Luke introduces us to God’s prophet John the Baptist. John’s mission is to prepare the way for Jesus who is about to begin His ministry. John announces that the Messianic age has begun and urges people to reform their lives. If they want to be ready for the Messiah, John says, they must be sorry for their sins and accept baptism as a sign of their willingness to change their lives.
Reform and repentance are the keys to our own Advent preparation. Now is the time to recognize and renounce our selfish habits, dishonesty, prejudices, and judgmental attitudes.
COME TO MASS ON SUNDAY ASKING FOR THE GRACE TO SEE OURSELVES AS WE ARE