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Letter from Fr. Darrio

December 5, 2021

Our second week of Advent begins!

Did you attend our Multi-Parish Mission this past week?  It was a remarkable success.  Fr. Tom McCarthy brought us the perfect blend of spirituality and humor to lift our spirits and give us hope.  Lorie Crepeau did A LOT of behind the scenes work each night of the Mission.  I wish to thank her for all her help.  If you weren’t able to join us for the Mission, you can view each of the three nights on our website www.stedna.org

I hope you are using and enjoying your Little Blue Book (available in the Narthex and in the Parish Office) each day.  The daily Advent devotions in these books are a wonderful way to prepare ourselves for Christmas.

“Breakfast With Friends” takes place every Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  Join us for food and fellowship this Tuesday, December 7th.

This coming Wednesday, December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation.  Join us for Mass, the night before (Tuesday, December 7th at 7 pm) or Wednesday morning at either 6:30 a.m. or at 8:00 a.m.

Sister Christine Baty will be giving the homiletic reflection at all the Masses this coming weekend to promote the Second Collection at each of those Masses for the Retirement Fund for Retired Religious.  Please be as generous as you can for this VERY worthy and important collection.

Join us Sunday morning, December 12th in the Parish Center any time between 8-11 a.m. for our Pancake Breakfast with Santa!  Bring the kids!  You will all love it.

Next week (December 13, 14, 15 and 16), Advent Reconciliation Services will be held at each of the five parishes of our area Grouping.  The schedule is in my Christmas letter that you have probably received by now.  The schedule will also be in the St. Edna electronic newsletter this Wednesday, and will be printed in next weekend’s bulletin.  Get yourself to confession and feel the joy of being forgiven.

Our new Adoration Chapel will be blessed/dedicated by Bishop Grob on Tuesday, December 14th.  Bishop Grob will Preside at the 8 a.m. Mass that day, and then the blessing of the Chapel and the blessing of our new St. Edna Painting will take place at the conclusion of Mass.  The Chapel is open from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday).  Enter through Door #4.  It’s a beautiful space to pray in.

Remember that we regularly livestream our Saturday 5 pm Mass AND our weekday 8 a.m. Mass on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  You can view these Masses on our website and on our YouTube channel  at any time.

We can always use a few more volunteers at our weekend Masses to help run the Video Monitors in Church.  If you would like to help with this very easy Ministry, please let us know!

Please don’t believe the many and various Scam emails that are going around (supposedly from me) asking you to purchase gift cards for me to distribute to other people.  Don’t be fooled.  I would NEVER ask you to do this kind of thing for me, no matter “how busy” I might be.  These scams are sent out periodically.  Just DELETE them, please, and save yourself some major headaches.

Parish Offerings - Outside of Office Entrance Door #6 (mounted on the brick column) is a security/mail/drop box for you to place your weekly donation envelopes in.  We are currently in the RED, almost half-way into the 2021-2022 fiscal year.  The great generosity of our good parishioners is gradually bringing us back into the BLACK.  Hopefully we can be in the BLACK soon.  You can always mail your envelopes to us, if that is easier for you, or you might want to consider electronic giving instead.  There   is a Give Central link on our website (it is safe!) for those considering electronic giving.  Parishioners who donate using Give Central really love it.

The Recorded (from livestream) 5 pm Mass at St. Edna is available on our website and on our YouTube Channel.  We pray at these Masses, a Spiritual Communion, for those at home unable to physically receive the Body and Blood of Christ.  Remember, Cardinal Cupich has extended, until further notice, the dispensation relieving us during this time of pandemic, of the Obligation to physically get ourselves to Church for Sunday Mass.  Our weekday (M., Tu., W., F.) 8 a.m. Masses are also livestreamed on our YouTube channel

For the safety of all, I am very appreciative of your wearing of face masks in Church (as mandated by the Covid Task Force of the Archdiocese) so willingly and without complaint.  EVERYONE needs to do their part.  Those who don’t wear masks are making the people around them VERY uncomfortable and angry.  Please be sure to cover your NOSE, too, with your mask, especially when in line for Holy Communion.  I know how uncomfortable these masks are.  Consider your one hour in Church each week with a face mask on, a form of sacrificial giving.

May the good Lord give us a safe and blessed week and a Blessed Advent.

Fr. Darrio

 

Anointing of the Sick

Every First Friday I administer the Sacrament of ANOINTING OF THE SICK after the 8 a.m. Mass.  If you are seriously ill in mind, body or soul, please attend Mass on First Fridays and receive the Anointing of the Sick after Mass in the Narthex near the Holy Family Statue.

Confession

Confessions take place on the First and Third Saturdays of the month in our Church Reconciliation Room from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.  You can always call me to set up an appointment for Confession at a different time, if you prefer.

Holy Communion

Holy Communion remains the HOST (Consecrated Bread) only; the Cup (Precious Blood) is still not allowed.  For everyone’s protection, our Eucharistic Ministers will continue sanitizing their hands and wearing masks as they distribute Holy Communion.  We ask that you continue receiving IN YOUR HAND ONLY, for the time being, not on your tongue.

Facemasks are Required

As per the Archdiocese, Facemasks are REQUIRED inside our Parish Buildings at all Masses and Parish activities, regardless of vaccination status.  Thank you for cooperating.  We are refraining from physical contact at the Sign of Peace.  When receiving Holy Communion (with our masks on), we must receive in our hand, and then step off to the side, remove our mask, consume the host and then replace our mask as we return to our seat.  

Blessed Sacrament

For those who would like to pray before the Blessed Sacrament, please know that our original 1965 St. Edna Tabernacle (with the Blessed Sacrament inside) is positioned in the NORTH window of the Holy Family Shrine niche.  Feel free, day or night, to stop for a while and pray.  Please know that this space is not meant for public gatherings, but for private prayer.  We must comply with physical distancing directives.  It’s a beautiful thing seeing so many people stopping to pray, day and night.  We also have a framed Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and a beautiful Blessed Mother statue positioned to the left and to the right of the Narthex window Tabernacle.    

Prayer Basket

Our PRAYER BASKET is available in the Center Aisle.  Feel free to drop your prayer requests in it before Mass.  The basket is brought to the Altar at Offertory Time, along with the Gifts of Bread and Wine.

Outreach Ministry

Thanks for keeping our Outreach Ministry going.  This is dependent on you and your generosity with groceries.  Please keep our shelves filled so we can continue helping the poor.  Place your grocery donations in the covered storage bins between the benches near OFFICE ENTRANCE (Door #6).  Our maintenance crew brings the food into the building each morning.  Now that the weather is getting colder, please refrain from placing any food left in the black plastic Outreach bins that would  FREEZE overnight.  Outreach food DISTRIBUTION takes place SATURDAY MORNINGS, from 9 a.m. until noon.