|•||Proclaiming His Word|
|•||Establishing an Inviting and Welcoming, Loving, and Accepting Community|
|•||Celebrating His Presence|
|•||Nurturing His People through Lifelong Religious Education|
|•||Calling His People to Personal Ministry|
|•||Serving His People through Works of Compassion and Justice|
|And thus Bear Witness to the Lord|
Alleluia! He is risen! Alleluia!
As we celebrate the glorious feast of Easter, I want to wish you and your family and friends the joy and peace of the risen Lord. Easter is the most important feast of the Church year, and it sums up everything we believe and live as Christians. As the creed tells us, Jesus suffered, died, and was buried, and on the third day he rose again. Jesus conquered sin and death, and His resurrection makes us and all things new.
A lot has been happening in our parish in the last few months. We have a new principal for St. John’s School who will start with the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. Registration for next school year is in progress, and I would encourage you to get students registered for the new year as soon as possible. We look forward to continuing the great work of Catholic education that has been going on here for well over a hundred years.
This past year we celebrated the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. The Holy Door to the church building is gone now, but the mercy of God endures forever. During the Holy Year we emphasized penance and reconciliation, and the largest number of people during my stay here took advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This fact fills my heart with joy and thanksgiving.
I don’t say it often enough, but I have deep and abiding gratitude to all the members of the parish for their devotion and for their unfailing generosity in contributing to parish life. Financial contributions have been great, and I appreciate beyond measure the kindness and sacrifice of the people of St. John. I pray that the grace of the risen Lord may shine upon all of us in the year ahead.
Yours in the Risen Lord,
Father Jacek, CR
St. John the Baptist will have a special program to help non-practicing Catholics return to the Church entitled “Catholics Returning Home.” The six week series begins April 20, 2017. Please pass this invitation on to anyone who might be interested. For information call St John the Baptist at 815-385-1477 or Steve Conroy at 815-382-1115.
Most of us do not have to look very far to find non-practicing Catholics in our circle of family and friends. We are concerned about these loved ones. Many of them are searching, but now we can help them find their way home.
As baptized, practicing Catholics, we have a precious gift of faith and love from the Lord that needs to be shared with our non-practicing brothers and sisters. First, we need to pray for them. Next, we need to extend a personal invitation to return. Many mistakenly think they are excommunicated or are not welcome to return for a variety of reasons.
Many non-practicing Catholics carry a tremendous amount of misinformation about the Church and are afraid of approaching the Church for fear of being rejected. You can make a profound difference in someone’s life simply by reaching out to them and telling them that we miss them and would like for them to come back home to our Church family.
“We believe that God calls us to work together for the resurrection of society, bringing his life and love to all; through our personal witness, through the witness of our life in community in which we all can experience the hope, joy, and peace of Christ’s Resurrection.”
-The Congregation of the Resurrection
Home Communion/Anointing Calls
Communion is brought to those who are sick or unable to go to church on a regular basis. If you or a family member would like to be put on the list, on a regular or temporary basis, please contact the Parish Office.
An Anointing of the Sick or sacramental communion may be received in the home for individuals who are unable to attend Mass due to serious illness.
To make arrangements for Home Communion or Anointing calls, contact Lois and Carmen Tosto at 630-673-2500.
Communion Calls - Centegra Hospital in McHenry
Our Ministry of Care distributes communion to all in-patient Catholics at Centegra on Wednesdays. Centegra Hospital offers communion every day of the week to all in-patient Catholics. If you wish to participate, simply register as "Catholic" upon admission to the hospital.
If you have questions related to hospital communion calls, contact Kathy Struck, 815-861-9996.
If you wish to be added to St. John's prayer list, contact Stephanie the Bulletin Editor 815-385-1477 x203.
Nursing Home Visits, contact Marrilou Huemann, 815-482-6591.
Quick Link: Parish Office contact info
For the Safety of Soldiers
Almighty and eternal God,
those who take refuge in you will be glad
and forever will shout for joy.
Protect these soldiers as they discharge their duties.
Protect them with the shield of your strength
and keep them safe from all evil and harm.
May the power of your love enable them to return home in safety, that with all who love them, they may ever praise you for your loving care. We ask this through Christ our Lord.