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

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend Saint Gilbert's honors a very special long-time parishioner, Dorothy Bamber, with the Christifideles Award, to be presented during 10:45am Mass this Sunday on behalf of Francis Cardinal George and the Archdiocese.  This award is bestowed upon an individual Catholic who demonstrates by participation in parish life the personal and ministerial renewal called for by the Papal exhortation, "Christifideles Laici," summoning the order of the laity to their vocation of responsibility for the Church's life arising from the gift and mission of their baptism.

Dorothy serves our parish with distinction in several ministries including Church and Chapel Environment, Ministry of Care, Bereavement, Eucharistic Ministry and Mass Coordinator.  The Saint Gilbert community is indeed blessed to benefit from her selfless and tireless service, and with heartfelt gratitude we congratulate Dorothy on receiving this fitting recognition from both our own parish and the entire Church of Chicago.  God bless you Dorothy!

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Next week we formally welcome our new archbishop, Blase J. Cupich, who comes to us from Spokane in Washington.  Fr. Phi and I plan to attend the Installation Mass on Tuesday, November 18, at Holy Name Cathedral.  Let's remember to intercede in prayer for Archbishop Cupich at the inauguration of his ministry as shepherd of this local church, and to pray also for Cardinal George in thanksgiving for his many years of devoted service, and for his recovery and good health.

Here is a special prayer for Archbishop Cupich:

O God, eternal shepherd who tends your Church in countless ways and leads her in divine love, look with favor on your servant Archbishop Blase Cupich.  Grant him, we pray, a spirit of counsel and fortitude, a spirit of knowledge and reverence, so that he may build up in the world the sacrament of the Church.  By word and example may he faithfully serve those over whom he presides, so that together with the flock entrusted to his care, he may come to eternal life.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

                                                                           Peace,

                               Fr.  John