Father John Chrzan St. Gilbert Weekly Pastor Message (847) 223-4731

Dear Parishioners,

On behalf of the entire parish I would like to extend heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to Sr. Donna Schmitt on the occasion of her 50th anniversary of religious profession as a Sister of St Francis.  This weekend's 12:15pm liturgy is a special celebration of Sister's golden jubilee and we take the opportunity not only to observe this important milestone but also to express our gratitude to God for Sister, her presence and accomplishments, and simply for being who she is.  I've known and worked with Sr. Donna for just a short time but I've seen her great love of God and God's people, especially the young people of our community.  She is tirelessly dedicated to her numerous ministries and more impressively has a heart of great compassion for those who are hurting, who live with limitations, and the bereaved.  Beside that, she has one of the best and most infectious laughs I've ever heard!  For 50 years she's been faithful to living the Church's mission of proclaiming the Gospel message to all, and for her presence and work here at Saint Gilbert's and elsewhere, we are most deeply grateful.  Happy Anniversary,
Sr. Donna!

On a different note, I'd like to call your attention to some renovation work done recently around the front side of the Chapel.  As you traveled along Belvidere Road you may have seen construction workers and equipment digging into the ground near the front steps.  The crew repaired up to twenty feet of broken drain tile on the northwest corner of the Chapel.  Those repairs were urgently needed because of water leaks in the Chapel Hall which occurred with some of the heavy rainstorms over the summer.  Your generosity with the monthly Buildings and Grounds collection helped make the repair work possible, and helps keep our vast parish complex in fine condition.  Thank you!  Watch the bulletin and website for details of future maintenance and improvement projects.

                                                 Peace,

Fr.  John