|•||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|
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
At this time of year our thoughts turn naturally to that marvelous scene in
Bethlehem so many centuries ago when Baby Jesus transformed creation by
becoming one of us. When he came, Jesus was temporarily homeless, and his first visitors, the shepherds, were poor men who were summoned by angels to the manger that held the king of the universe. It’s worth remembering as we celebrate this occasion that this same Jesus manifests Himself to us today in many ways. The innkeeper who turned away the Holy Family had no idea of who those people were, and often, I think, we fail to recognize Jesus when he knocks on the door of our hearts. As we rejoice in Christ’s coming in
Bethlehem, I encourage us to look for Jesus and to recognize Him in our
families, our friends, and the random people we encounter every day.
We recently had the solemn closing of the Holy Year of Mercy. During the
Holy Year our parish was privileged to have the Holy Door, and our church was the site of many pilgrimages of people seeking the special indulgence the Holy Year entailed. I’m sure that at times this presented inconveniences to some
parishioners. I apologize for any disruptions to ordinary routines this may have caused, and I want to thank all of you for the warm and generous welcome you afforded our visitors.
On the subject of thanks, my heart is filled with enormous gratitude to all the members of St. John the Baptist parish. I have not hesitated to call upon you for help and support, and I have never been disappointed in your response.
I wish each of you a blessed, joyous, and peaceful Christmas, and a happy and prosperous new year. May the blessing of almighty God descend upon you and your family, and may it remain with you forever.
Fr. Jacek C.R
“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.