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

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend Fr Phi Nguyen returns to celebrate a special Farewell Mass at 10:45am, to be followed by a reception with light refreshments.  Our parish says a heartfelt thank you to Fr Phi for his years of fine and dedicated priestly service here, and to assure him of our prayers for his new ministry at St. Henry's Parish on Chicago's North Side.  I personally am deeply grateful to Fr Phi for helping me get onboard here as pastor last summer, and prior to that for keeping the parish running smoothly as administrator in the interim.  Thank you and God bless you, Fr Phi!  We miss you!

As Christmastime concludes with today's feast of the Baptism of the Lord, I'd like to say thank you very much to everyone who sent such beautiful and expressive Christmas cards, and such gracious and thoughtful gifts, this season!  I was overwhelmed by the generosity of so many who brought Christmas cookies, fruit baskets, chocolate, wine, coffee and many other presents.  Thank you for your kindness to the parish staff and me at Christmas!

Finally, I'm pleased to announce that the Knights Of Columbus are planning to host the First Annual Cabin Fever Burger Bash on Saturday evening, January 31, in the Parish Center!  Forget the winter doldrums and come enjoy burgers and fries, Sloppy Joes, mac 'n cheese, and your favorite beverage, with family and friends.  When those Knights are workin' that charcoal grill and cookin' up a storm, you know it's going to be a good time!  This is a great way to enjoy Mardi Gras, as well as to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, the feast of our own patron St Gilbert, and one of my own favorite holidays, Groundhog Day.  Mark your calendars for Burger Bash!  Cheeseburgers for everyone!!

                                                                Peace,

             Fr.  John