Sixth Sunday of Easter May 29, 2011

6725 W. Devon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60631 Sixth Sunday of Easter May 29, 2011 Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11...
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6725 W. Devon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60631

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 29, 2011

Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Mass in Polish) Monday through Saturday: 8:30 a.m. Holy Days: Please see the bulletin Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy: Monday - Saturday following 8:30 a.m. Mass

Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction: Every Wednesday: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Benediction starting at 6:30 p.m. Rite of Reconciliation (Confessions): 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday or by appointment

St. Thecla Parish Mission Statement - St. Thecla is a multi-cultural parish located on the northwest side of Chicago. The parish welcomes, respects, and embraces all members of the community. Our mission is to promote spiritual growth to all generations through the celebration of the sacraments, Christian education, spiritual, and social events. St. Thecla encourages all parishioners and members of the community to be disciples of the Gospel message through prayer and good deeds. Our Lord’s message is to “love one another”. We spread His message by giving thanks to God for the gifts we have received and sharing our time and talent with the parish and with others. (Adopted by the PPC on April 8, 2002)

Weekly Parish Information Mass Intentions Mon. May 30th, 8:30 a.m.

+Walter Schreiman

Tue. May 31st, 8:30 a.m.

+Frank Fischer

Wed. June 1st, 8:30 a.m.

+George Cuny

Th. June 2nd, 8:30 a.m.

+Chuck Vargo

Fri. June 3rd, 8:30 a.m. (Collective Intentions) +Irene Krajewski, +Fred Addante, +Marian Burek, +Frank Donatello, +Mary Jean McEnery Sat. June 4th, 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Sun. May 15th, 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

+Victoria Kaszubowski +Howard Grow +Dan Petrenko +Andrew & Antoinette Bryk For the Parishioners

11:00 a.m. (Collective Intentions) +Jean Kokoszka, +Michael J. Tomeczko, +Joan & Robert Musker, +John & Helen Pierzchala, +Irene & Walter Mastalarz, +Virginia Edwards, +Bruno DeMaertelaere Jr., SI - Ray & Peggy Stancy, 50th wedding anniversary

Parish Calendar for the week of May 30th June 5th Monday - Parish Office closed in observance of Memorial Day Tuesday - 12:00 p.m. 8th Grade lunch - St. Joseph the Worker 7:30 p.m. Baptismal Class, Parish Office Dining Room Wednesday - 8th grade trip 12:00 p.m. Appreciation Party for Children’s Choir and Altar Servers - Queen of Peace Eucharistic Adoration 1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Benediction 6:30 p.m. - Church 2:30 p.m. Kidz Can Cook, Queen of Peace Thursday - 9:30 a.m. Al-Anon mtg., St. Joseph the Worker 11:30 p.m. Leisure Club mtg. - Queen of Peace 7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts mtg., Church basement Sunday - 3p.m. Mass - St. Thecla School 8th grade graduation

Office Hours and Addresses: Parish Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Parish Office: 6333 N. Newcastle, (773) 792-3077 e-mail: [email protected] School: 6323 N. Newcastle, (773) 763-3380

+-denotes deceased, SI - denotes special intention

May 29, 2011 6th Sunday of Easter TODAY’S READINGS First Reading - The people of Samaria accepted the word of God preached by Philip; they received the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17). Psalm - Let all the earth cry out to God with joy (Psalm 66). Second Reading - Act with gentleness and reverence toward all, so that when you are maligned those who defame you will be the ones put to shame (1 Peter 3:15-18) or 1 Peter 4:13-16. Gospel - I will not leave you orphans, but will come to you (John 14:15-21) or John 17:1-11a.


"... and many paralyzed or crippled people were cured. There was great joy in that city." - Acts 8:7-8 It's easy to rejoice in the gifts that God gives when they are as outstanding as a lame man walking or a sick man cured. However, do we take time to thank God for the many miracles He gives us everyday – good health, family, friends, education, employment, housing? Being grateful is the secret to being joyful.

Sacrificial Giving A Call To Stewardship Weekly Contributions: May 22, 2011


Acts 16:11-15; Jn 15:26 — 16:4a


Zep 3:14-18a or Rom 12:9-16; Lk 1:39-56


Acts 17:15, 22 — 18:1; Jn 16:12-15

Total Collection………………………………………$6,824.00 Last Year’s Collection………………………………..$8,798.00 Difference Over/Short Collection…………………….$1,974.00


Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Mt 28:16-20 (for Ascension); otherwise Acts 18:1-8; Jn 16:16-20

Budgeted goal……………………………………….$10,000.00 Difference Over/Short Budget………………………..$1,974.00 Difference year-to-date Budget……………………..$30,536.00


Acts 18:9-18; Jn 16:20-23


Acts 18:23-28; Jn 16:23b-28


Acts 1:12-14; Ps 27; 1 Pt 4:13-16; Jn 17:1-11a; or (for Ascension) Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17- 23; Mt 28:16-20

Maintenance Fund………………………………………...$5.00 School Fund……………………………………………...$78.00 Children’s Envelopes……………………………………$10.60 Parking Lot Fund……………………………………….$333.00 Sharing Parish……………………………………………$25.00


Thank you for your generosity to help meet our weekly financial goals.

Weekly Parish Information Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. In our Archdiocese many cemeteries will provide a Mass, more information can be found below as well as on page 8 of our bulletin.

THANK YOU Mr. Rick Rodriguez, a member of the Knights of Columbus Fr. Ryan Council, for donating the electric vigil light candles to our new shrine. Our parishioners now have the opportunity to light a candle as they pray for a person or particular situation. In recent times electric lights are used for safety reasons. In the above photo Mr. Rodriquez is pictured with Fr. Gene. The Pastoral Council is reviewing the feedback regarding the Mass schedule. The Chicago Police Department issued the letter printed below. We all have to work together during these times. For now let’s take a brief rest this Memorial Day weekend above all to remember those who gave their life for our freedom; to pray for those whose lives were affected by the severe weather; and to be thankful for what God has given to us. - Fr. Gene 24 May 2011

Monday, May 30, 10:30 a.m. MEMORIAL DAY FIELD MASSES Cardinal George and the auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate Masses at cemeteries throughout the Archdiocese on Memorial Day. Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I. Maryhill Cemetery, 8600 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles Most Rev. Francis J. Kane Holy Cross Cemetery, 801 Michigan City Rd., Calumet City Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, 1185 W. Alconquin Rd., Palatine Most Rev. Raymond E. Goedert St. Casimir Cemetery, 4401 W. 111th St., Chicago Most Rev. George J. Rassas Ascension Cemetery, 1920 Buckley Rd., Libertyville Most Rev. Thad J. Jakubowski St. Adalbert Cemetery, 6800 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles Most Rev. John R. Manz All Saints Cemetery, 700 N. River Rd., Des Plaines NOTE: A list of Memorial Day Field Masses in all the Parish Cemeteries is available on the Catholic Cemeteries web site at: MemorialDay2011.pdf

Dear Fellow 16th District Residents, This past weekend finally brought us good weather. It also brought numerous disturbances with teens at our neighborhood parks and school playgrounds. Most of these calls and on view disturbances were very minor in nature. One new phenomenon is the unusually large number of teens that gather at one time. Texting allows our teens to instantaneously announce the new location to hang out, and what follows are large number of teens gathering. This in turn causes alarm to the residents who live near these parks and playgrounds. Responding officers have found some alcohol near the locations where the teens are gathering, and some of the calls for service suggest that alcohol may be involved. Three calls over the weekend were particularly disturbing; all were near St. Thecla Church and School at 6323 N. Newcastle. One call was of teenagers urinating against the church wall, and there were two incidents of the newspaper recycling bins being set afire. Also, some neighbors are directly confronting the unruly teens. To avoid future incidents the 16th District will be patrolling the problematic locations, and will be taking enforcement action. If you are the parent, friend, or neighbor of a teen please remind them of respecting the peace of our community, the dangers of alcohol and their responsibility of being good citizens. We encourage our teenage citizens to continue to visit our neighborhood parks and school playgrounds; we ask them to act in a responsible and respectful manner.



Thank you to everyone who supported the grand raffle and for attending the event, below is a list of the winners. Your generosity is a gift to St. Thecla Parish and School! Thanks go to Lori Dobis-Misher and Kerri Caldwell for co-chairing the event and doing an incredible job. And thank you to everyone who volunteered to make the evening elegant and fun. With appreciation, Fr. Gene

2011 “Golf Balls from Heaven” 15,000.00 Winner Bridget Lynch 3,000.00 Winner Chris Salemme 1,500.00 Tuition Credit for 2011 – 2012 School Year Bob & Eileen Rosenquist $100.00 Winners Wally Wojkowski Mary Coonley Kathy Borner Jean Sekera Colleen Warner Cheryl Dusenbury Bruce Gordon Gail Marrs McGowan Robert Koza Jan Krusiewicz Marie Sheedy Bill Leyden

"A special thank you to all who attended and donated to the Benefit for Patrick Quinn, which took place on April 16th. We deeply appreciate all of your love, support, and prayers in the past year and would like to thank each and every one of you. It is our pleasure to announce that Patrick is on the road to recovery and has began working on his foundation which will help others also suffering from Brain Cancer. Thank you to all again from the bottom of our hearts, we really cannot say it enough! Love, The Quinn Family"

RESURRECTION AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS Resurrection College Prep High School presents scholarships to ten incoming freshman students who will be members of the Resurrection Class of 2015. These ten students achieved the top test scores on the school’s entrance exam. From St. Thecla Katelyn O’Grady is one of the recipients - congratulations Katelyn!

Grand Raffle Winners $100.00 Winners (continued) Bob Shack Barbara Howard Kim O’Hara Diane Kotowski Josef Poplawski Jan Stafford Mary Leyden Tonya Brosnan Janet Domain Christy Olson Maggie Burke Sophy Joseph Abby Milott Judy Parrillo Chris Salemme Nancy Kierzyk Furthest From the Pin Mike Barone (Special Gift Certificate Award)

Checks will be available for pick-up on or after June 3rd at the Parish Office. 4

Keeping in Mind Prayer List, US Military United States Air Force: A1C Heather Bosh, Airman Shane Garrison, Staff Sgt. Adam Krey, Tech Sgt. Richard L. Larsen, 2nd Lt. Andrew May, 2nd Lt. Peter A. Schroeder, SRA James E. Stay United States Army: Maj. Terence W. Bacon, Sgt. Sean Doherty, A/Sgt. Rachel Hall, Capt. Michael J. Kaye, Capt. Jared Lampe, WO. Steven Larmay, PFC. Thomas J. Lyons III, Capt. Gina Marie Mroszczak, PFC. Raymond Rau, Michael Spiwak United States Marines: LCPL. Philip E. Blais, 2nd Lt. Kevin Bowler, PFC Michael T. Brennan, Pvt. James Dinela, LCPL. Kyle Elmer, LCPL. Nathaniel J. Juncer, Capt. Michael C. Mroszczak, Capt. Craig V. Platt, LCPL. Jose Rivera, Master Sgt. Richard L. Sroka, S/Sgt. James E. Stonehouse United States Navy: Capt. Steven Stancy

Trinity Announces Third Block Honor Roll The following student/s from Trinity High School 7574 W. Division St., River Forest were named to the honor roll for the third block of the 2010-2011 academic year.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Wednesdays in Church, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. with Benediction at 6:30 p.m. "The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth." - Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

When we consider that women were treated as property, it is now more degrading to women that they should treat their children as property, to be disposed of by abortion. What would the early feminists say today with women being used by men through abortion on demand? The woman’s rights movement has gone in the opposite direction of what it promised. Abortion enslaves women and liberates men.

St. Thecla Nora Barry Sarah Burke Danielle Cinkues Ashley Klauss Chase Machain

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St. Thecla Leisure Club The Leisure Club will meet on Thursday, June 2nd, at 11:30 AM in the Queen of Peace room. Bring your friends and neighbors. All parishioners are welcome! Please keep our deceased members in your prayers. May our Blessed Mother bring health to our sick and shut-in members. God bless them and their caregivers. For information, please Joanie Ptak at 312-608-4092 or Terri Krajewski at 773-631-0215.

Remember Our Sick Please pray for all those in nursing homes, homebound or who require extended care and those who care for them: Florence Sufranski, Rita Bateo, James Delmedico, Lorraine McMahon, Frances Rutkowski, Genevieve Siemianowski, Elsie Buczynski, Geraldine Barnum, Zofia Pazik, Helen Danilkowicz, Michael Kielbasa, Joan Giuntoli, Frances Rutkowski, Kenneth Kula, Elizabeth Skulski, Lucille Prybil

If you know someone who has lost a child or grandchild to abortion, or was in any way responsible for an abortion, and now suffers from remorse or sadness or simply doubts that God can ever forgive them, please let your friend know about the Church’s post-abortion ministry, called Project Rachel. The diocesan Project Rachel office makes referrals for confidential counseling by specially-trained priests and lay counselors to help anyone involved in an abortion find forgiveness, peace, and hope once again. More information can be found at or by calling 1-888-456HOPE. Bring the good news of peace, hope, and salvation to someone who is wounded by abortion and see their lives transformed. 5

The Roman Missal Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: In the weeks to come, your parish bulletin will carry explanations of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, along with some instructions on how we are to celebrate these sacraments as God’s Holy People in the Archdiocese of Chicago. I always enjoy worshiping God with you when I celebrate Mass in the parishes and institutions of the Archdiocese, and I hope now for a moment of renewal in our worship. As you know, the sacraments are acts of faith. We believe that the risen Christ acts through the sacraments. He gives us grace, which brings us into his own life here and in the life to come. The sacraments are acts of the Church. The Church knows what Christ gives her the power to do, and it is the Church that puts order into the celebration of the sacraments. The Church, in the words of Vatican II, is a “hierarchical communion” gathered around Christ, our mediator with the Father. That reality shapes our worship. The royal priesthood of the baptized is made active in the Mass by the ministry of ordained priests, so that the Eucharist is the action of the whole Christ, made visible in head and members in his body, the Church. The sacraments are rites. When the national anthem is played, everyone rises. That is a secular rite. The sacraments are rites of the faith community; they require common responses and actions. It is easier to respond since the liturgy was put into the vernacular, and most people do so with good voice. Likewise most people act together, for example, making the Sign of the Cross at the beginning of the Mass. We worship as a body, with various members taking different roles and functions, in an integrated pattern. Normally, we sit to listen, we stand out of respect, and we kneel to adore. The Catholics of the Archdiocese of Chicago worship using the Roman rite, and the Roman Missal has recently been slightly revised. This revision necessitates a few changes in the way we worship together. These changes will be explained in the fall and will come into effect on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. This revision does not affect celebrations of the Eucharist that use the Roman rite as it was done before the revisions called for by the Second Vatican Council. It also does not affect the worship of Catholics in Cook and Lake counties who belong to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church or to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church or to the Maronite or other Eastern Catholic Churches, for these communities worship according to their own rites. The explanations and instructions to follow are like a collective examination of conscience about the state of our worship. Our participation in worship should be deliberate or conscious, active, and fruitful. Sometimes we participate by acting and speaking, sometimes by silence and recollection. Participation is always conditioned by an interior disposition of faith, hope, and charity. The charity that brings us to the Eucharist also brings us from the Eucharist into a world in need of love. Because we are one with Christ, it is his love that we are to bring to others. In the Archdiocese, we are talking more and more about sharing Christ’s spiritual gifts, that is, evangelizing. The Eucharist both gives us the zeal to introduce others to Christ and is itself the greatest gift we are to share, for it is Christ himself. The Mass is the means by which God makes holy the world; it is the worship that the human race offers to the Father, adoring him through Christ in the Holy Spirit. It is the most important thing we do, the only thing we will do for all eternity. Thank you for all your efforts to do it well. Sincerely yours in Christ, Francis Cardinal George, OMI Archbishop of Chicago



As we conclude this month of May, dedicated to Mary, let us ask our Heavenly Mother to pray with us for all those discerning a vocation to priesthood or religious life. For more information about the priesthood visit please or contact Fr. Brian Welter, at 312-534-8298. For information about the religious life contact Sr. Elyse Ramirez, OP at 312-534-5240 or at [email protected]

Zbliżając się do końca miesiąca maja, poświęconego Maryi, prośmy naszą Niebiańską Matkę, aby wstawiała się za tymi, którzy rozeznają powołanie do życia kapłańskiego i zakonnego. Więcej informacji na temat życia kapłańskiego uzyskasz odwiedzając stronę internetową lub kontaktując się z ks. Brianem Welterem, pod numerem telefonu 312-534-8298 lub pisząc na adres [email protected] W celu uzyskania informacji na temat życia zakonnego, skontaktuj się z s. Elyse Ramirez OP pod numerem 312-534-5240 lub pisząc na adres [email protected]

St. Thecla’s Contemporary Choir Do you like to sing, or maybe you play an instrument? The Contemporary Choir is looking for you! For more information, e-mail Stephanie at [email protected] See you soon! 6

Catholics Come Home Christ our Light!

6th Sunday of Easter – May 29, 2011

Not too long ago a gentleman spoke at the end of the funeral liturgy for his dad. This was not a eulogy, but a faith witness about his Dad. His Dad’s favorite and most challenging quote from the Scriptures was: May your will be done. The gentleman began to tear. After the cemetery service, I asked him about his tears. He said to me, “at that moment I heard the prayer as my own prayer, as my challenge and my desire to do His will, to accept His will.” These series of articles are about encountering the Risen Christ: in connections, in holy people, in the poor, in prayer, in worship, and today’s article in His Word. What is your favorite quote or parable from the Scriptures? We listen to our favorite music and watch our favorite movies a few times. How important to allow ourselves to be attracted to the Scripture which challenges and consoles us! Here are a few of mine. Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) The quote hangs over my desk. Often enough I look for inspiration in that quote. As Jesus said to one of his friends: you are anxious about many things. Stillness both slows me down and opens me up. You are precious in my eyes; I love you. (Isaiah 43:4a) Often enough I tried to help our kindergarten children memorize this. If this scripture came to mind a few times a day, our world view would empower us to be his instruments in the world. O Lord, you have searched me and know me. You know when I sit and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. (Psalm 139:1-2) Again, when reminded that I am within God’s knowing first. I feed on His knowing of me and become His presence. Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. (John 14:1) As Jesus begins his Last Supper discourse, his farewell to his dearest friends, he knows their troubled hearts. I am most grateful to hear the encouragement not to allow my heart to be troubled. On the night he was betrayed he took bread and gave you thanks. (Matthew 26:26) I am amazed always at his juxtaposition of reality: betrayal and thanks. The Eucharist narrows even betrayal from the dearest family members. The truth will set you free. (John 8:32a) Here is the focus of the next article. Freedom emerges from embracing the truth. Accept that He is Risen for you! Pray: Christ, be our light! -Rev. Msgr. Rich Hynes These Easter series of eight articles offer stories of connection to the Risen Christ Msgr. Rich Hynes, a priest for 39 years, serves the Archdiocese of Chicago as Director of the Department of Parish Life & Formation. His previous Archdiocesan assignments include Pastor-St. John of the Cross (Western Springs), Associate Pastor-St Martin de Porres (Chicago), St. Athanasius (Evanston), St. James (Arlington Heights), and Spiritual Director at the St. Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University.

CARDINAL GEORGE ORDAINED TEN MEN FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO Ceremony was Held at Holy Name Cathedral on Saturday, May 21 Chicago, IL (May 19, 2011) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, ordained ten new priests at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 21, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior streets in Chicago. The men, ranging in age from 25 to 34, include three from the U.S., three from Mexico and two from Tanzania. Two others are from Kenya and Poland. In ceremonies held earlier this month at the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, these seminary graduates received a Master of Divinity degree. After ordination the new priests will serve in parishes in Chicago, Berwyn, Evanston, Glenview, Palatine, Western Springs, and Winnetka. ORDINANDS Hernan Cuevas, 29, from Michoacan, Mexico, will have his first assignment at St. Athanasius Parish, 1611 Lincoln Street in Evanston. Elliott Richard Dees, 25, was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, and is assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 1775 Grove Street in Glenview. Orlando Flores, 28, from Mexico, will have his first assignment at St. Mary of Celle Parish, 1428 Wesley Avenue in Berwyn. Lorenzo Gamboa Cadena, 34, from Chinacates in Durango, Mexico, is assigned to St. Catherine Laboure Parish, 3535 Thornwood Avenue in Glenview. John G. Hetland, 26, from Evanston, will have his first assignment at St. Barnabas Parish, 10134 South Longwood Drive in Chicago. Filbert Ngwila, 31, from Tanzania, is assigned to St. John of the Cross Parish, 5005 South Wolf Road in Western Springs. Collins Kisaka Nyache, 33, born in Kenya, will have his first assignment at Sacred Heart Parish, 1077 Tower Road in Winnetka. Wojciech Jan Oleksy, 27, from Krynica-Zdrój in Poland, is assigned to St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, 1201 East Anderson Drive in Palatine. Phillip T. Owen, 26, a native of Oak Park, will have his first assignment at St. Cajetan Parish, 2443 West 112th Street in Chicago. Gosbertus Rwezahura, 33, born in Tanzania, is assigned to St. Joseph Parish, 1747 Lake Avenue in Wilmette. More information about each of the ten new priests can be found on the Catholic New World web site, Please keep our newly ordained priests, and all priests, in your prayers.



Strona Duszpasterstwa Polskojêzycznego w parafii ªw. Tekli Proºba o przesuniêcie Mszy w jêz. polskim na wczeºniejszà godzinê: By³a to rekomendacja, natomiast nie ostateczna decyzja, wszystkie uwagi co do tej zmiany zosta³y rozwaýone. To zapytanie wymaga odpowiedzi “tak lub nie” oraz jego uzasadnienia. By³o to zapytanie o treºci: “czy moýna przesunàæ Mszê w jêz. polskim na wczeºniejszà godzinê?” Decyzja nie zosta³aby podjêta bez wziêcia pod uwagê uwag parafian. Teraz równieý musimy rozwaýyæ kwestie przeniesienia ks. Paw³a z Parafii. Bez ksiêdza wikarego nie bêdê móg³ odprawiaæ trzech Mszy oraz odwiedziæ klasy/program katechetyczny, który ma miejsce w niedzielê rano. Mimo tego iý staram siê o to aby parafii zosta³ przydzielon kolejny ksiàdz narazie nie mam ýadnych informacji na ten temat. Bêdàc tego ºwiadomy, podajê nastêpujàce sugestie: czy Msza o 9:30 mog³aby siê odbywaæ w jêz. Angielskim a o 11:00 rano w jêz. Polskim. Jezeli mamy dwie Msze w jêz. Angielskim, czy wziêlibyºmy pod uwagê 8 i 10 rano w jêz. Angielskim i 11:30 w jêz. Polskim? Nie wiem jaka bêdzie wasza odpowiedþ i dlatego chcia³em zwróciæ uwagê na to. Dziêkuje wszystkim za uwagi jakie otrzymaliºmy na ten temat. Jeºli chcia³byº daæ pomocnà sugestiê, proszê o danie tego w formie pisemnej i za³àczenie swojego imienia, podpisu i numeru telefonu. Nie przyjmujemy anonimowych notatek. Prosimy o w³oýenie notatek do koperty z podpisem “to pastoral council” (czyli do “rady parafialnej”) moýna takýe wýóciæ do kolekty lub przynieºæ do biura parafialnego (moýna napisaæ sugestie w jêz. Polskim, jeºli ktoº nie moýe po angielsku). Opublikujemy wasze sugestie i prosze siê pomodliæ w tej sprawie o podjecie w³aºciwiej koncowej decyzji. Krótka historia Mszy w jêz. Polskim (wziête z ksiàýki jubileuszowej ªw. Tekli z 75-cio lecia z 2000 roku). Jednà waýnà decyzjà podjêtà przez Radê Parafialnà by³o przywrócenie Mszy w jêz. Polskim. Oryginalnie, parafia ªw. Tekli s³uýy³a polsko-jêzycznym Katolikom, jak innym Katolikom w swoim obrêbie. Polska Msza by³a zlikwidowana poniewaý kolejne pokolenia parafian mówi³y biegle po angielsku. Nowy przyp³yw imigrantów pojawi³ siê w latach 70-tych i 80-tych. Parafia odpowiedzia³a na ich religijne potrzeby poprzez weekendowe Msze, specjalne wydarzenia w jêz. Polskim. Inne grupy, jak komitet powitalny czy tez komitet do Mszy w jêz. Polskim, zosta³y zformowane do podo³ania zmieniajàcym siê potrzebom parafii oraz aby lepiej nieºæ swojà misjê. Co powoduje ze szko³a katolicka jest ciàgle otwarta przez tak wiele lat? Odpowiedz na to pytanie – jest to co siê dzieje kaýdego roku. Jednym z przyk³adów by³ Koncert Wiosenny w wykonaniu uczniów z naszych m³odszych klas. Kiedy wykonywali utwory muzyczne, widac by³o ze siê tym pasjonuja. Poprosi³em naszych uczniów o podziêkowanie naszym nauczycielom za wkrzewienie w nich zami³owania do nauki, poniewaý mamy niesamowitych, wykwalifikowanych i oddanych nauczycieli. Zami³owanie do nauki jest ewidentne w kaýdej klasie szko³y ªw. Tekli, niezaleýnie od tego czy przedmiotem jest matematyka, nauki przyrodnicze, komputery, przedmioty humanistyczne czy tez religja. Kiedy przyjdzie czas na liceum, studia a potem pracê zawodowo, zami³owanie do nauki przyniesie owoce. Wyniki testów Terra Nova wskazujà na wielkie osiàgniêcia akademickie. Zami³owanie do nauki nie pozostawia nikogo z czasem na to aby byc znudzonym. Co powoduje ze Katolicka szko³a pozostaje otwarta przez wiele lat? Kiedy pamiêtamy ýe zami³owanie do nauki jest bardzo z³àczone z robienia jak najwiêcej ze swjego ýycia w wdziêcznoºci Temu który daje ýycie – Bogu. Bóg jest centralny we wszystkim czego siê uczymy i w kaýdym przedmiocie. Nasi uczniowie uczà siê jak byæ jednym z Chrystusem poprzez modlitwê, dziêkczynienie i radzenie sobie z trudnoºciami/zwalczanie trudnoºci poprzez moc Jego ³aski. Podczac ceremonii Rycerzy Kolumba s³uchaliºmy z dziêkczynieniem i dumà od naszej osmio klasistki Madison MacBain jak dzieli³a siê swoim esajem/wypracowaniem które zosta³o wynagrodzone, wypracowanie by³o na temat “Jak Katolik moýe wyt³umaczyc Nie-Katolikowi dlaczego uczêszczamy na Mszê w niedzielê”. Planujemy opublikowaà treºæ eseju Madison oraz Tess Conway w biletynie oraz na naszej stronie intertnetowej. Wracajàc do wiosennego koncertu…patrzàc na pierwszo-klasistów, myºla³em sobie ýe oni sà klasà 2018 roku. Nadzieja, zaufanie Panu oraz wzajemny szacunek, poºwiêcenie/wyrzeczenie oraz kaýdego chêæ do wspó³pracy jest potrzebna. Powinnismy otrzymac informacje o ocenie z Archdjecezji, oraz wytycznych o 5 letnim planie (który bêdzie odnowiony co piêæ lat) oraz marketingu. Sà to strategie które promujà wzrost (naszej parafii/szko³y), a nie samozadowolenie. Bezglutenowe Hostie dla Komunii ªw. - Osoby które majà niskà tolerancjê na gluten, jest zaaprobowana Hostia która moýe byæ konsekrowana podczas Mszy. Jeºli potrzebujesz otrzymaæ tà specjalnà Hostiê, prosimy o przyjscie do Zachrystii przed Mszà aby poinformowaæ ksiêdza lub diakona ze jesteº obecny na Mszy. Aby otrzymaæ Hostiê podczas Mszy w ciàgu tygodnia: Prosimy o podejscie do o³tarza gdzie Komuniê rozdaje Szafarz Eucharystii. Aby otrzymaæ Hostiê podcza niedzielnej Mszy oraz Mszy dla szko³y: prosimy o podejºcie bezpoºrednio do ksiêdza który odprawia Mszê. Bezglutenowe Hostie bêdà w specjalnym pojemniku i proszê o poinformowanie go o tym ýe potrzebujesz specjalnà Hostie. Dla informacji – te Hostie nie mogà byæ zmieszane z innymi Hostiamii. Mia³em moýliwoºæ pos³ugiwania w nastêpujàcych parafiach: ªw. Barnaby, ªw. Jana Ewangelisty, ªw. Edny, ªw. Marii i teraz ªw. Tekli. Moji czterej m³odsi bracia sà ýonaci i majà dzieci: Pawe³ i Carrie, Grzegorz i Kim, Piotr i Susan oraz Jeff i Sandy. Moja najstarsza bratanica Lisa skoñczy³a szko³ê (magistra) i jest zarêczona z Josh. Tomasz jest na trzecim roku studiów w Kansas State, Mateusz pracuje i uczy siê. Ben bêdzie graduowa³ z liceum w tym roku a Kylie z 8-mej klasy. Przypominajàc sobie komentraz który mojej szwagierki teºæ powiedzia³ na Chrzcie Lisy: cieszcie siê tymi latami, 20 lat minie w mgnieniu oka… Rzeczywiºcie tak siê sta³o i to pomaga w zdaniu sobie sprawy ýe nie moýna braæ niczego za nam dane i rownieý uºwiadomieniu sobie jak jesteºmy szczêºliwi i b³ogos³awieni. Dziêkujê za kaýdà modlitwê oraz wszelkie starania i za to ýe myºlicie jak pomóc parafii ªw. Tekli we wzroºcie i rozwoju. B³ogos³awieñstwo Pana zawsze z Wami, Ks. Gene 9

Sacramental Information, R.C.I.A., Homebound/ Communion Visitations and Bulletin Baptisms:

How to Become a Catholic:

2:30 p.m. on the First and Third Sunday of the Month. Baptismal Prep Class: Will be confirmed at time of Registration of the Baptism. Please contact the Parish Office to arrange a Baptism.

Adults or teenagers interested in receiving the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, or Eucharist) or those who are interested in the Catholic Faith should call the Parish Office for more information about the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults).


Homebound/Communion Visitations:

The Pastoral Guidelines for Marriage Preparation for the Archdiocese of Chicago ask that a minimum of 4 months be set aside for personal preparation for marriage. Couples should refrain from setting a firm date or making any other arrangements until after they have met with a parish priest or deacon to discuss marriage plans.

St. Thecla Church has several ministers of care who can regularly take communion to those in need. Please call the Parish Office to arrange for communion for yourself or a homebound loved one.

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St. Thecla School News News from Second Grade This year has gone by so quickly. It seems as though we were just starting the year anticipating the great things that were going to happen this year and here we are experiencing them. April and May were the culmination of a lot of work. We made our First Reconciliation in April and our First Communion May 7th. We also had a special role to play in the crowning of Mary. How lucky we are to go to St. Thecla, where we learn great things academically and truly grow spiritually. We told you – “Second Grade is the place to be!”