Welcome to Our Lady of the Snows Parish

My Dear Parishioners:

During this month of Mary, Respect for Life, and the Holy Rosary, I invite you to pray a Rosary every day, for an end to abortion, and for a greater respect for all life, from conception to natural death.

This Sunday is World Mission Day. It is a reminder that the Church extends   beyond the boundaries of our parish, beyond the Archdiocese of Chicago, and even reaches further than this Country. We are a Universal Church. Twice a year we have presentations and appeals here at OLS to keep us aware of this. The next one will be in January.

This Sunday is also Laity Sunday. Since Vatican II, more than 50 years ago, the Catholic Church has made has made efforts to include lay people, who are not ordained, to participate more fully in the ministry and governance of the Church. While the wheels of change grind slowly, I pray that it continues!

Another reminder that during this month of October, the ushers are counting the people who worship with us every weekend. This is important to help us in our planning and in our budgeting. Stand up and be counted! Invite a friend, neighbor or family member to Mass this month!

We already had our first meeting to plan our HAUNTED HOUSE. This year, it will be better than ever, and scarier! Mark the dates: Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, from 6PM until 10PM both days. Cost will remain at $3.00. Tell all your friends!

One of my goals when I came here was to increase the availability of our Office Hours. Please note that the new Office Hours are: Monday, Thursday and Friday 8AM – 9PM; Tuesday and Wednesday 8AM – 5PM; Saturday 9AM – Noon. This gives more people a chance to take care of Parish business at their         convenience.

During the month of November, as we remember our Beloved Dead, we will once again have Jacob’s Ladder and the Altar of the Dead, where you can     display pictures of your loved ones who have died. We will also have the Book of the Dead available for you to write their names in as a remembrance!

CALLING ALL VETERANS! On November 9, we will once again be honoring our Veterans at our 7:30AM Mass, followed by breakfast in our hall. All Veterans are welcome to join us!

The Annual Report is in the bulletin today. Sorry, I promised it last week, but it was not ready. Please take it home and read it. As you can see, finances         continue to be an issue here. One major way you can help is with your weekly donation. We count on at least $5,000 a Sunday. Two weeks ago the collection was about $4,300. We will not be able to make it at that level. Please examine your hearts and see if there is anything more you can do! Thanks for listening to my words last Sunday!

Have a great week! Let’s pray for one another!

Fr. Stan

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