September /October Calendar:
-Today, Sunday, September 15, St. Anselm Parish Council Meeting following Mass.
-Wednesday, September 18, Bible Study at Good Shepherd Tower at 12:00 noon.
-Saturday, September 21, Lector Training and Eucharistic Training for all current and new Ministers who serve in these Ministries at St. Anselm and St. Elizabeth. Lector Training at 10:30 am and Eucharist Training at 11:30 am. Both Trainings will be held at St. Elizabeth.
-Sunday, September 22, our Joint Liturgy at St. Elizabeth at 10:30 am. This followed by a
Joint Parish Council Meeting between St. Anselm & St. Elizabeth following Mass.
-Saturday, September 28th, Mobile Food Pantry at St. Elizabeth, 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. Volunteers are needed to help at 7:00 am to help unload the Food Depository Truck.
-Sunday, October 6, 2019, Ordination to the Transitional Deaconate of SVD Seminarians. Auxiliary Bishop Ronald Hicks will Celebrate our Sunday Mass and Ordain 4 SVD Seminarians on that day. Bishop Hicks is also Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Light Reception and Refreshments on that day.
-Monday, October 14 at 7:30 pm at St. Philip Neri Church. Cardinal Cupich is going to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving with Vicariate 6 commemorating the decree of Pope Francis, June 11, advancing Father Augustus Tolton to the title “Venerable” along the path of his canonization.
Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time-C
These words of Jesus are very strong. In fact, they are the most extreme in expressing the demands of discipleship in all of the Gospels. Likewise, they probably are the most neglected.
It is clear from the rest of Gospel that Jesus does not mean that we “hate” our loved ones. What he does mean is that we must place Jesus first. It is simply a question of priorities expressed in the style of the language in Jesus’ time. This leaves plenty of room for concern and compassion for our loved ones
Secondly, the carrying of the cross is a non-negotiable component of walking with Jesus, of being a disciple. It is a clear and evident. Following Jesus has a steep price. We have to die to our selfishness. We have to cast off the world’s values of success and prosperity. We have to free ourselves from the clutches of a pervasive consumer mentality of bigger and better. Jesus’ forceful words leave no doubt about it, true discipleship is a costly affair.
The clarity and power of Jesus’ terms and the call to decision too often lead to either the neglect of true discipleship or its reduction as a commitment to a more convenient and comfortable Jesus. This distortion of a popular Jesus has been a challenge down through Christian history. The very elements of power riches, privilege and power that Jesus attacked in all his teachings, ministry and life too often are the operative values of his followers and Church. The Church has always been burdened by far more token disciples than true followers of Christ.
Today’s Gospel passage makes it quite evident. Jesus demands that we follow him on his terms. Jesus makes it obvious that everything else must make sense in light of this commitment. All other loves must find their true meaning and direction from the love of Jesus.
When we place this mandate of taking up the cross in isolation, it is both frightening and more than difficult. However, we encounter a much more enticing view when we place this call of true discipleship in the context of Jesus’ call to the Kingdom. Here we are invited to share the conquest of sin, injustice and eventual death of this life. We are invited to the Kingdom’s way of love and everlasting life. Jesus words, “My yoke is easy and my burden light” (Mt 11:30)make true sense.
Jesus asks us to calculate our decision on the basis of the the final victory. That victory will not come from comfort and wealth, indulgence and prestige. All this will pass away. The ultimate victory is the conquest of the cross over all the evil of this world. The decisive victory is the cross as the instrument of the new life and everlasting love that comes in true discipleship to the risen Christ. There is no payment too high for this treasure that begins now when we walk with Jesus in the way of love. This love that flows from true discipleship begins with our loved ones but is always expanding to new horizons. It reaches out to the peripheries of the forgotten and neglected.
“We each bring something unique to the world; therefore we each have something to offer others.”
REASONS FOR RENEW MY CHURCH IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
WHY MAKE DISCIPLES
- Thirty-six percent of Millennials claim no affiliation with organized religion.
- Of Millennials who claim to be Catholic, only 17 percent attend Mass on a weekly basis. However, this number doubles when you look at Millennials who attend Mass on a monthly basis.
- Over the past 20 years, the parishioner base in the Archdiocese of Chicago has declined 25 percent, and further declines are likely as younger generations replace older, more faith-focused generations.
- In the past, Catholic young people grew up in a society that was very supportive of faith, and they grew into faithful Catholics through attendance in Catholic schools and regular participation in the life of their parishes. Today things are different: faith is not trusted because it can’t be reconciled with science; people feel they can be spiritual without being religious; and regular practice of faith is not prioritized by families facing so many time pressures.
- We can no longer assume children will grow into an active faith life but, rather, we need to identify new ways of bringing youth to a new relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church.
WHY BUILD COMMUNITIES
- Our parish and school communities today face a number of impediments to vitality—the parishioner bases of many parishes are very small; the number of school-aged children in areas has decreased; there is increased competition from charter and public schools; we have fewer priests; many of our parishes are not sustainable to carry on the mission of the Church; and many parishes and schools have deferred maintenance for many years, resulting in unaffordable capital needs. We know resourcing alone is not enough to meet the needs of our times. Parish and school communities that today are well-resourced and vibrant still face significant challenges.
- Our parishes must provide compelling liturgies that invite people to participate actively in Mass.
- Our parishes and schools must provide true faith formation programs that move beyond catechesis to form true disciples of Christ.
- Our parishes and schools need to reach out to people and invite them to Christ rather than wait for them to come to us.
- Our parishes and schools need to become the field hospitals Pope Francis has called them to be.
WHY INSPIRE WITNESS
- Today’s times call us to put our Catholic faith into action more than ever before.
- The breakdown of the family, growing violence and lack of respect for human dignity, and the social ills of unemployment, racism, and poverty all point to a world in need of witnesses to the compassion and redemption of Christ.
- We must follow Pope Francis’ lead and serve those in need.
St Anselm Roman Catholic Church
6045 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago IL 60637