“Dichosos los que trabajan por la paz” — Mateo 5:9
OUR LORD OF ESQUIPULAS Many thanks to the people who participated in the Our Lord of Esquipulas, a celebration of the Lord’s miracles in eastern Guatemala. Our parish’s Guatemalan community recently hosted a reception and through their group efforts, donated $327.50 to the parish community. We thank them for their generosity and bless them for their efforts.
NUESTRO SEÑOR DE LAS ESQUIPULAS Muchas gracias a todos aquellos que participaron en la celebración de Nuestro Señor de las Esquipulas, una celebración de los Milagros de nuestro Señor en el este de Guatemala. La comunidad guatemalteca de nuestra parroquia ofreció una recepción recientemente y a través de los esfuerzos de este grupo pudieron donar $327.50 a la comunidad parroquial. Les damos las gracias por su generosidad y les bendecimos por sus esfuerzos.
THE GOD WHO CREATES Creation is the sensible, concrete praise of Jesus to His Father outside the intimate life of the Trinity. Jesus is the living praise of the Father. All creation is but a reflection of the being of God and though outside the Trinity, it reproduces the interior movement within the Trinity.
In the choir of praise to the Father each creature translates the praise of the Son to the Father and thus reveals one aspect of God’s glory. Creation not only affirms the existence of God, it helps us to communicate with God in the mystery that He is. When we come together in our SPRED groups, we reflect on our life experiences and the world around us. We share those memories with one another in our SPRED community. We find that by taking time to look at Creation, of which we are all an integral part, it helps our SPRED friends penetrate the mystery of Christ and his revelation of the Father. All become aware of belonging to God’s family, the reflection of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Created by God we invite you to join one of our SPRED groups as a catechist -- a faith partner for one of our friends -- and discover this reflected movement of the Trinity in your own life.
For more information or to observe a SPRED session, please contact Julia Hess at the SPRED office by phone at 773-539-3634 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
FROM THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL In the Gospel today we hear the Beatitudes and we find the blessing of Jesus standing with those who are poor, hungry and weeping. This month, through your gifts, the Society of St. Vincent dePaul was able to assist individuals and families who are struggling to meet their daily needs due to job losses, illness and injuries. Thank you!
2010 ACA CAMPAIGN ALMOST OVER It’s almost over. A successful 2010 Catholic Appeal for Queen of Angels saw a tremendous turnout for our participation in the Debt Reduction Program. We are able to continue for three more weeks before the 2011 program begins in earnest. Every dollar that is sent to the 2010 Annual Catholic Appeal in the name of Queen of Angels comes back to us two-fold! Please prayerfully consider completing your pledge, or giving again (noting Queen of Angels #3890 as the designated recipient). Please drop your donation in the collection or send it to the Parish Center and we will see that it is sent to the appropriate office of the Archdiocese. Thank you!
ANKLEBITERS BACK IN SESSION Are you a parent of a small child? Are you looking for a fun activity to start your child’s week? Join us Mondays at 10 a.m. in the school basement. Enter using the north play lot entrance and arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. to sign in. This is for parents, caregivers and their children aged 3 and under. Contact Michelle Stork at 773-255-8133.
CHURCH IN LATIN AMERICA Thank you for your generous donations to the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Your donations will help rebuild the Church in the earthquake-ravaged Haiti and Chile, support evangelization, develop lay-leadership programs, form religious and seminarians, and keep faith in the Church in Latin America. To learn more about how your donations are making a difference, please visit www.usccb.org/nationalcollections.
IGLESIA EN AMÉRICA LATINA Muchas gracias por sus generosos donativos a la Colecta para la Iglesia en América Latina. Sus donativos ayudarán a reconstruir la Iglesia en las zonas devastadas por los terremotos en Haití y en Chile, ayudarán a desarrollar programas de liderazgo para los laicos, formarán a religiosos y a seminaristas y mantendrán la fe en la Iglesia en América Latina. Para informarse más sobre cómo sus donativos están haciendo una diferencia, por favor, visiten www.usccb.org/nationalcollections.
ESTACIONAMIENTO Por favor no bloquee la entrada o salida de un auto en el estacionamiento. Si todos los espacios están llenos, es necesario encontrar estacionamiento en la calle. ¡Gracias!
STEWARDSHIP, CREATIVITY, WORK Many people think that a spiritual life is in conflict or in contradiction to a life in the world. For some spiritualities, that may be the case. In the community of discipleship of Jesus and in the connection with that community in the Church, there is no contradiction between a spiritual life and a life in the world. In fact, faith defines and strengthens believers’ connection with the world.
In John’s gospel, Jesus prays for his disciples. He anticipates his departure from the world and their continued presence in the world. He addresses his heavenly Father and says: I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one… As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth (John 17:15, 18-19).
A faith commitment lived out in the Church defines and strengthens believers’ relationship and connection to the world by giving believers a purpose or mission in the world. Believers are sent, as Jesus was sent. They exercise stewardship or responsibility for the world. This stewardship extends, of course, to the physical resources upon which we depend for sustaining life on this planet, our ecological responsibility. Beyond that, stewardship involves a responsibility for the specifically human ecology embedded in the political order and the quest for justice and peace.
Believers are also connected to the world by their sharing in the creative energy of the creator through their work for the world’s transformation. Again, this includes not only the physical dimensions of earthly existence but also the cultivation of art and beauty and the creation of a more humane world through work, the labor of our hands and minds.
In and through the Church as a community of faithful disciples of Jesus, believers find themselves more intensely connected and committed to the fate of the earth on which they dwell in all its physical and human dimensions.
February 6 — Lyman Scholarship (with regular collection)
February 21 — Sharing: Maternity BVM