Father Bob’s Weekly Message
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. “John 13: 34-35
We welcome Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and our Vicar for Vicariate VI, to St. Anselm Parish later today for Mass at 3:00 pm for the Sacrament of Confirmation. He will be confirming our young students and young adults who come from Corpus Christi, Holy Angels, and St. Kilian Parishes. They have been preparing for 2 years with their Religious Education Directors from the above Parishes and St. Anselm for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Their teachers have journeyed with them and guided them very well to this day of receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. We also welcome their Families and their Sponsors for this day of celebration and thanksgiving. Their support has been invaluable in bringing them to this day.
Also, we welcome The Pastors of Corpus Christi, Holy Angels, and St. Kilian: Fr. Tony Anike, MSP, Fr. Andrew Smith, Fr. Donald Eruaga, MSP, and Fr. Michael Trail, the Master of Ceremonies for today’s Confirmation Mass. We thank them for their support and presence here today. And, we thank Fr. Tony Anike, MSP, who was Chaplain for the Confirmation Preparation Team and Deacon Ivan Lazcano for the Retreats and Classes he gave them. Deacons from all the Parishes are also with us today.
We give thanks for and welcome the joint Choirs of all the Parishes involved. They are leading us today with their beautiful and prayerful music.
Let us pray for all our young people who are being confirmed today. May they be forever blessed on their journey to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. May the Holy Spirit lead them to an active discipleship in the Ministry of their Churches and the Communities where they live.
The passage above from John’s Gospel is what Jesus invites us to witness to everyday of our lives as his disciples. The Grace of the Holy Spirit leads us and guides us to make it possible. Let the Holy Spirit lead you today and everyday!
“Unconditional love is the greatest gift anyone can give or receive.”