Father John Chrzan Saint Gilbert Weekly Pastor Message (847) 223-4731
Fr. John at Saint Gilbert

Dear Parishioners,

For centuries the Church has dignified the Third Sunday of Advent with the title of Gaudete Sunday, a day that takes its name from the Latin word Gaudete, meaning rejoice.  The Latin text of today's Entrance Antiphon reads, "Gaudete in Domino semper; iterum dico, gaudete."  This may be translated, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice."

Amid the pace of the Advent season, hectic with decorating, shopping, wrapping and celebrating, the Church summons us to bear the spiritual fruit of patience by willfully waiting for the imminent coming of the Lord.  Meanwhile we also rejoice on this Gaudete Sunday knowing that his time is drawing near.

In the fifth chapter of his Letter, James teaches, "See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.  You too must be patient.  Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand."  Come to us soon, Lord, and show your people the way to salvation!

Christmas is indeed the most wonderful time of the year, when we experience the joy of graciously giving and receiving gifts as an expression of affection and appreciation of family and dear friends.  As you assemble your gift list for this Christmas, please don't forget to include Saint Gilbert Parish.  Ours is a particularly vibrant and welcoming community of faith that worships God fittingly, and that makes a difference in the lives of many people by demonstrating the compassion and mercy of Christ in response to the Gospel's call to faithful discipleship.  All this happens because of your amazing generosity, especially at Christmas.  On behalf of the entire Saint Gilbert community, thank you.

Advent joy and blessings to you and your family,                                                                          

                               Fr.  John