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Fr. Mark’s Desk - April 15, 2018
Third Sunday of Easter
“You are witnesses of these things.”

Dear Parishioners,

In chapter 12 of the Letter to the Hebrews, we read: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us, while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith”.

The great cloud of witnesses are those who have gone before us, beginning with Abel, continuing with Abraham, then to Moses. After Jesus, beginning with Stephen, Peter, and Paul and throughout the centuries all those who would surrender their lives to God. The people of our own lives; parents, spouses, children, friends and others who have gone ahead of us surround us in faith, spurring us on to victory.

We witness to our salvation when we love and care for one another, when we reach out to the poor, and when we forgive the sins of those who have harmed us. This witnessing is demonstrated in Jesus Christ, dying on the cross and rising from the dead. We witness to our salvation when we live as saved people not as people rooted in sin.

As we continue through the Easter season, how will we be witnesses to Christ, through the actions of our lives?? “Unity, intimacy, and integrity are the three spiritual qualities of the resurrected life.” (Henri Nouwen) So, shall we live!!

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I want to reprint the following which I mentioned on Easter Sunday. It is very important that you are aware and are beginning to discover/realize how the ‘Renew My Church’ process will affect our parish.

Over the past year or so, you have heard me mention the Renew My Church initiative being implemented in the Archdiocese of Chicago. This initiative is intended to reimagine parish ministry while keeping the vision of the Church alive. ‘Groupings’ as they are called are intended to consolidate personnel and resources in a way that is unique and functional for each individual grouping. St. Linus, as you know is grouped with Our Lady of the Ridge, St. Patricia, and Sacred Heart in Palos. Our grouping has not yet been activated, which means no planning for our grouping has yet taken place. I, of course, will let you know when that activation occurs.

In the meantime, our neighbors St. Germaine, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Terrence, and Our Lady of Loretto have been activated (planning) for a while and are now considering scenarios which will become effective in July of 2019. In all the scenarios, where there is currently four pastors, one for each parish, there would be no more than two, and perhaps only one. So, big changes are on the horizon for these parishes and eventually for us too!

So, continue to pray for the Renew My Church initiative and the willingness to follow the Holy Spirit as we are led into a new beginning, a new Life!!

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter - Pastor

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