St. Irenaeus Parish, Park Forest, Illinois January 5, 2014 The Epiphany of the Lord Feast of Epiphany Here at the year’s end, at the feast Of birth, let us bring to each other The gifts brought once west through desertsThe precious metal of our mingled hair, The frankincense of enraptured arms and legs, The myrrh of desperate, invincible kissesLet us celebrate the daily Recurrent nativity of love, The endless epiphany of our fluent selves, While the earth rolls away under us Into unknown snows and summers, Into untraveled spaces of the stars. -Kenneth Rexroth, Sacramental Acts as found on Abbey of the Arts website Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany when the church remembers and proclaims that Jesus was born for all people, a global Jesus if you will. What a wonderful feast to celebrate and ever more to be able to live in the ordinary events of our days! As the poem says "let us celebrate the daily recurrent nativity of love, the endless epiphany of our fluent lives..." and each time we gather for Eucharist we celebrate love born in us and we take into our very selves the Body of Christ. We become Eucharist at every gathering in prayer around the Table of the Lord and the Word of God! We stand together as a people of faith, united in Christ, engaged in a universe that calls us to connection and oneness with all that is around us! We are blessed once again! Fr Terry WINTER MARKET Sundays 9 a.m.—1 p.m. St. Irenaeus School Building Vendors include: -S.A.F.E bringing a variety of fresh produce, dried beans, soup mixes 80% of SAFE sales/produce goes to area food pantries -The Herb Basket offering herbal products and maybe that perfect unique gift for a teacher or friend -Crocheted Hats offering handmade hats for everyone. Use lot at 78 Cherry St. and enter rear of building or park in church lot near gym and enter gym doors on patio Cardinal George celebrates his 50th anniversary! As part of his 50th Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination, Cardinal Francis George would like to visit parishes he has not been to in a while. St. Irenaeus will be his destination for the 10:30 mass on Sunday, January 12, 2014. Please plan on joining us to help the Cardinal celebrate his 50th Anniversary! There will be a reception in Room 8 immediately following the liturgy. Manna Gift Cards Manna Bonus ‘Make A Difference with Every Purchase!’ Hundreds of retail, grocery, specialty stores, restaurants and gas stations are in the offering. By using Manna gift cards, you can give 3% -30% of your everyday purchases back to the church. If you have any questions about Manna please call the parish office at 708-748-6891 Portiuncula Retreat Center 9263 W. St. Francis Road Frankfort, Ill. 60423 An Introduction to Centering Prayer: “Relaxing in the Arms of God” Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 9:30-Noon...Fee: $20 Participants will receive practical instruction and orientation for resting in God beyond thoughts, words and emotions. Wisdom from Orthodox and Catholic masters, both men and women, will be shared. You will be encouraged and equipped to extend this prayer into the fabric of your life. Facilitator: Fr. Ted Curtis is a commissioned presenter of the method of Centering Prayer, and has been the rector of Grace Episcopal Church of Chicago for twenty years. He has practiced this prayer for two decades. TO REGISTER: Please contact us at 815-464-3880 or [email protected] January 5, 2014 Epiphany of Our Lord “Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11 The image of the Magi kneeling before the infant Jesus and opening their treasure chests for Him is an image that we should all try to follow. Each of us is called to open our gifts before Jesus, offering Him what He needs. If you have trouble with this idea, keep one of the Magi from your Nativity set on your desk all year as a reminder to bring your gifts to Jesus. SAVE THE DATE Nina Council 3602 Ladies Auxiliary will hold their annual Pizza/ Trivia Night on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at St. Mary Ryan Hall, 227 Monee Rd., Park Forest, IL. Pizza, soft drinks and other refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Trivia will begin at 7:00 p.m. Cost will be $10 per person. Door prizes will also be awarded. Tickets are available by contacting Jackie Smith at 708-4817949. ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL PLEDGE REPORT 2013 ST. IRENAEUS PARISH As of November 19, 2013 PARISH 2013 GOAL: $16,649.40 AMOUNT PLEDGE: $9,605.00 AMOUNT PAID: $9,115.00 BALANCE DUE: $490.00 New Anniversary Item for Sale We are selling Mugs with our 65th anniversary logo on them. The cost is $5.00 each. They are available after Mass or in the parish office during normal business hours. Liturgical Ministers January 11/12 Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday 8:30 a.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m. Lectors Bob Carreras Tim Blumenthal Laurie Miller Mary Jane Riopelle Mary Schmittgens Gene Schmittgens Stephanie Sagun Jen Willford Linda Marron Altar Servers Kevin Headly Karen Ertl Isabel Acosta Juan Chavez Michael Rosenquist Daisy Chavez Joanna Mahiya George Mahiya Vincent Oganwu Eileen Rose Bev Helm Sally Fortune Denise Douglas Loren Bowns Dennis Condon Judy Sopiarz Richard Thomas Marilyn Olson Gerry Berish David Perkis Raye Warkenthien Pat Benjamin Sevena Merchant Connie Rice Cantor Eucharistic Ministers Mass Intentions For The Week Monday, January 6 St. Andre Bessette 8:00 Chuck Differding req by The Family Tuesday, January 7 St. Raymond of Penyafort 8:00 Marlene Hamill req by The Family Wednesday, January 8 8:00 Chris Predny req by Mom & Dad This Week’s Meetings Monday Food Pantry Open 10:00-12:00 in the R.E. Center SNAP (food stamps) screening and application 10:00-12:00 noon in Rm. 8 Scouts 6:30 in the R.E. Center Tuesday Choir/Cantor 6:30 in the church Thursday PADS 7:00 in the R.E. Center Thursday, January 9 8:00 Communion Service Saturday Art & Environment 9:00 in Church Friday, January 10 8:00 Communion Service Sunday R.E. Class 9:00 in the R.E. Center Saturday, January 11 5:00 Brian O’Neal req by His Son Cody Sunday, January 12 8:30 Paul Cordes req by The Family 10:30 Susan Brown-Barber req by The Greeters January Top Box-order forms are available and can be turned in by putting them in the collection basket or drop them off at the church office. Order forms are due by January 6th. Church Stewardship Budget $5,100.00 Dec. 22 Weekly Collection $3,445.00 Weekly E-Giving Collection $460.00 Total $3,950.00 Weekly Budget Shortage ($1,195.00) Budget Year to Date $127,500.00 Total Year to Date $115,838.23 Budget Shortage YTD ($11,661.77) Maintenance Fund Dec. 22 $644.00 E-Giving Maintenance Fund $136.00 Total $780.00 Maintenance Fund YTD $20,988.73 Hotlines: COURAGE For single mothers and unplanned pregnancies 708-636-8001 Catholic Charities Family Shelter 312-655-7700 Senior Services 708-596-2222 Crisis Center for South Suburbs 708-429-7233 Grief Support Center for New Beginnings 708-985-3010 So. Sub. Family Shelter Domestic Violence 708-335-3028 So. Sub. Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse 708-647-3333 Ministry of Care & Anointing of the Sick Please call the rectory if you, or someone you know, is unable to join us for Eucharist. Our ministers of care visit parishioners at home and in the hospital or nursing home. Arrangements can be made for the celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. The Sacrament of Marriage Couples planning to marry must call the rectory at least six months prior to their desired wedding date. All couples must attend a PreCana Conference. Need prayers? Call the St. Irenaeus Health Ministry Prayer Line at 747-0974 with your requests The Sacrament of Baptism Baptisms are celebrated the first and third weekends of each month. Parents must attend a baptismal preparation session prior to securing a date for their child’s baptism. Please call the parish office for further information and/or to sign up for a baptismal prep session. St. Irenaeus Ministerial Staff Rectory Phone: 748-6891 Religious Education Center Phone: 748-7997 Rev. Terry Johnson, Pastor Loren Bowns, Deacon Colleen Pochyly Coordinator of Religious Education Mariana Carrillo, Resource Coordinator Joseph Schenk, Director of Music Ministry Terri Cardin, Administrative Assistant Karen Hoogland, Business Manager Sr. Agnes Ann O.P. Home Visitor Web-site www.stirenaeuschurch.com E-Mail [email protected] Mailing address: 78 Cherry St. Park Forest, IL 60466 Parish Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm, closed from 12pm-1:00pm Bulletin Submissions Articles are due by 10 AM on Fridays 8 days prior to publication date. Electronic submissions are preferred – email to [email protected] Please include “Bulletin article” in the subject line. Questions? Call Terri Cardin at 708-748-6891 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
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