From Father Larry
Dear Family of St. Matthias,

Welcome to Catholic Schools Week. Under the great leadership of Mrs. Katie Carden and with a dedicated and committed faculty, we have developed an outstanding IB school at St. Matthias, the only IB school in the Archdiocese. I thank our parents for entrusting their children to us and for the sacrifices they make to send their children to our school. I thank our students for their spirited enthusiasm in making St. Matthias so conducive to learning. I love our religion classes and the attendant service projects as well as the unique instruction in the traditional subjects. St. Matthias Catholic School is a great and grand place to be. May this be a good week as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week. May God's blessings be upon our wonderful school.

We welcome Bishop Mark Bartosic to our parish today for our 4 PM Mass. We are always happy and pleased to have Bishop Bartosic lead us in prayer.

Please keep our school and CCD second graders in your prayers as they celebrate their First Reconciliations.

We have a wonderful staff and lay leadership committees within our parish regarding Renew My Church. The committees are focusing on three separate areas: first, toward a smooth transition in the merger with Queen of Angels; secondly, maintaining the physical presence of St. Matthias as a sacramental worship site within the rights of Canon Law; and, lastly, keeping our school as strong as it is now and helping it to continually grow. I certainly appreciate the constancy and dedication of the leadership throughout the entire Renew My Church process. I thank you so very much. For further information concerning Renew My Church, please see page 6. Let us continue to pray for that miracle which would allow to our Church to remain open as a Worship Site.

Please join our Parish Confraternity of Our Lady of Peñafrancia on Saturday after the 5 PM Mass. The special intention of the Novena is to keep our church open as a Worship Site. I led the Novena prayers last week. They are a nice combination of the rosary, scripture, and song. Please keep Renew My Church in your prayers.

Our Parish Council meets this Monday at 7 PM. If you have any suggestions, concerns, or questions, please call me at 773-506-2191 or email me at: One of us will get back to you.

Please see page 2 for the Offertory collection summary. On behalf of our Parish Finance Committee and myself, we thank you for your generosity. I thank you for ALL that you do for our family of St. Matthias. I pray for you every day.

Have a wonderful Catholic Schools Week.

Fr. Larry