Welcome to Our Lady of the Snows Parish

My Dear Fellow Parishioners:

It is hard to believe that we are already moving deeper and deeper into November. The days continue to get shorter and darker and colder. We thank God for the changing of the seasons, for allowing the earth and so many living things to go dormant, so that it can come to life again, renewed and refreshed in the Spring.

During this month of November, we remember all of our beloved dead. Everyone does this in different ways. Some like to visit their graves in the cemetery. Sometimes we have Masses offered for them, or we pray a rosary for the repose of their soul. Here at Our Lady of the Snows, we can write the names of our beloved deceased into the Book of the Dead, and those people will be remembered at all of our Masses during this month. We can also bring in pictures of our deceased, and place them on our Altar of the Dead, or Jacob’s Ladder display. Eternal Rest grant unto them O Lord!

Just as a reminder of how quickly the time is passing, in only 2 weeks we will begin the Holy Season of Advent! Advent is the perfect season for these dark days of Fall/Winter. Even as we are steeped in cold and darkness, we prepare to welcome the LIGHT, which is of course, Jesus, the Messiah and Lord! Advent has its own sights and sounds, but one symbol that we use each year is the    Advent Wreath, with its four candles helping us to march toward Christmas. Once again, we will be inviting individuals and families to carry these lit candles to the wreath at the beginning of Mass. Please sign up to do this in the vestibule.

Archbishop Cupich is inviting young men from the Archdiocese (ages 16-35) to the annual vocations event” Who will fill these shoes?” It will be held at Mundelein Seminary on Nov. 27 from 10AM until 2PM. Just seeing the seminary is worth a trip in itself! Anyone who has even the slightest notion that they may want to consider entering the Priesthood should come to this no obligation,   informational event. If you wish to participate, please go to the website: www.ChicagoPriest.com, or let me know if you may be interested!

Don’t forget to come out and support our Vendor’s Fair, which will be in our school hall after the Masses TODAY, and up until about 2:00PM. This is sponsored by our Family School Association, and all of the proceeds will go to benefit our school!

I apologize if I have not been as present to many of the parish events as I normally would. My leg is still giving me fits, but hopefully, I am on the mend!

Have a great week! Pray for one another! St. Joseph, Patron Saint of the Souls in Purgatory, Pray for us!

Fr. Stan

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