Gary Wright, SJ
Many thanks to all those who helped make our second annual Jazz Mass a wonderful celebration – those who helped with hospitality and set-up, our musicians and especially our Director, Julie Ford. I heard many guests comment after the mass how warm and welcoming our parish community is – thanks to all! Labor Day has thus come and gone, and it’s time to turn our thoughts to a new season opening up before us in our parish life. The Lord is in our midst, offering many ways to continue to grow in His Spirit, such as…
On October 4, the Jesuit Alumni and Friends host another luncheon about a pressing current issue, with guest speaker Fr. Tom Smolich, SJ
, head of the Jesuit Refugee Service. His talk about this Jesuit ministry, operating in 53 countries around the world, will focus on JRS’s work in reconciliation and education, its foundation in Ignatian spirituality, and what JRS means for us here in the USA. Find more information and register at www.jesuitsmidwest.org/JAFDFall18
Part of our parish mission is to be “a church for the city.” One way we do that is to connect with major events in the city as we did with the Jazz Festival. We are going to try another such connection – with the Free Press Marathon. Taking a cue from the Boston race, Ss Peter and Paul will host a Blessing of the Sneakers on Saturday, Oct 20, and a Mass of Thanksgiving following the race on Sunday, Oct. 21.
Early November will bring a video learning experience from the Archdiocese. And plan now for our men’s retreat at Manresa
(Nov 2-4), and the women’s retreat (Nov 9-11).
Finally, let us celebrate with gratitude and continue to pray for those who are wonderful signs of new Life in our midst. 3 task forces of parishioners are exploring possible new social justice initiatives for our parish. 5 young adults are beginning their exploration of the Catholic faith through our Christian Initiation process, and another 17 young adults have enrolled in the second cohort of our 2-year Ignatian leadership development program. Thanks be to God!