Gary Wright, SJ
On Sunday, July 1, please join us for the 170th Anniversary of our parish as we celebrate the feast of our patrons, Saints Peter and Paul. The festivities begin with the 11:00 Mass, which I will concelebrate with our newly-ordained former parishioner Dr. Kevin Embach, SJ – followed by our parish picnic in the courtyard. We have much for which to give thanks to God, not only for the past 170 years, but especially for the new life and growth in the Spirit that we are experiencing today. All are welcome! (See RSVP information in sidebar.)
This Sunday, June 17, three of our parishioners will head out to Denver for the Jesuit Parish Summit for Social Justice
, sponsored by the Jesuits’ Office of Justice and Ecology, and organized by the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN). The ISN has a long history of supporting social justice efforts in our Jesuit universities and high schools nationally, and has recently expanded its work to the Jesuit parishes around the country. We are hoping that our three delegates – Bridget Brown, Dennis Nordmoe, Zach Rioux – will bring back many good ideas from other Jesuit parishes.
The conference is also intended to help the parishes network their projects and efforts with each other in order to be more effective. Once our delegates return, we will ask them to help organize new social justice efforts among our parishioners, even as we continue to support the work of the now-independent Pope Francis Center. Watch the keynote address live-stream Sunday 6/17 at 4:30pm on the Ignatian Solidarity Facebook page at igsol.net/fb.
Some other announcements… As I explained in our last issue, we will suspend the Saturday 5:00PM mass after a final celebration tomorrow, June 16. I just received late notice of a Pilgrimage tour to the land of St. Ignatius of Loyola (northern Spain) next November, led by our Jesuit Province; reservations close June 30 – contact Jeff Smart, firstname.lastname@example.org
, 773-975-6920; brochure at GoCatholicTravel.com/18063
. Finally, Happy Father’s Day to all our fathers! We will celebrate them with a special blessing for fathers at all our masses this weekend.