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SAINT ISAAC JOGUES PARISHSAINT ISAAC JOGUES PARISH 8149 Golf Road, Niles, IL 60714 847.967.1060 Fax: 847.967.1070 Website: http://sij8149 Golf Road, Niles, IL 60714 847.967.1060 Fax: 847.967.1070 Website: http://sij--parish.com parish.com
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 2, 2015
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In 1990 playwright Brian Friel staged the highly successful Dancing at Lughnasa at Dublins Ab-bey Theatre. It was adapted as a film starring Mer-yl Streep in 1998. The award-winning play and film relate a bitter-sweet story of five sisters and a young boy in County Donegal during Lammastide (Lughnasa), 1936. Their already challenged lives are further complicated by the homecoming of their brother, Father Jack, a missionary who has lost his faith and exhibits early signs of dementia. As sum-mer ends the family faces poverty, sadness, and an uncertain future. Lammas may or may not be new to you. It is a threshold for other feasts associated with the har-vest. The Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6 and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin have long been occasions to hallow first fruits and bless flowers in Central and Eastern Europe. There are times when I feel like the glory of Christendom is being eroded by a trivial obsession with technology. More often, I see the twin gi-antssecularism and relativismdoing real mis-chief by re-writing history, ignoring virtue, and threatening our most important beliefs. Take time to know your faith better, practice it more sincerely, and continue your search for traditions that are at the core of our Catholic identity. The reflection on Lammas is just a footnote in a work that is our defining story. Our Catholic herit-age is buried treasurethe pearl of a great price! -Fr. Luczak
CATHOLIC TRADITIONS, LOST AND FOUND: Lammas
In England, Scotland and Ireland, August 1 is known as Lammas Day. The word Lammas is from the Anglo-Saxon hlaf-mas or loaf mass. Lammas celebrates the first harvest festival of the year. During this time the first fruits of grain were gathered and used to make altar breads for a Mass of Thanksgiving. Loaves were also made for the home. These loaves were brought to the church, placed before the altar and blessed. It was the custom to bring Lammas bread home. Popularly regarded as a powerful talisman, the Lammas loaf was sometimes divided in four and placed at the north, south, east, and west walls of a house or barn to ward off evil. Lammas, while Christian in most respects, clearly has pagan origins. Its Celtic names were Lugnasad and Lughnasa. As the names imply, it was a feast in honor of Lugh, a dei-ty associated with the harvest. Lughnasa became renowned for games, athletic contests, and revelry. The Fairs of Lughnasa drew many to eat, drink, dance, and compete in games. It was said of one of the greatest fairs that it was a place where all Ireland met. I think I was in my teens and a lover of folk music when I first heard the ballad Ould Lammas Fair.
At the ould Lammas fair boys were you ever there Were you ever at the Fair in Ballycastle-O? Did you treat your Mary Ann to Dulse and Yellow Man? Then, I liked the jaunty tune, but couldnt even tell you what Lammas was! I did not know that Dulse was red sea weed and Yellow Man was a sticky honeycomb toffee. Nor did I know that Ballycastle was in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. That great Lammas Fair began there in the 17th Century and continues to this day. Originally a sheep mar-ket, Ballycastles Lammas Fair continues to offer livestock sales, live music, and dancing.
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Youre invited to St. Isaac Jogues
Parish Community Picnic
TODAY!! 1-4 p.m. Field by Rectory
(in case of rain/extreme heat Meeting Room & School)
St. Isaac Jogues Parish will provide:
Beef hot dogs, brats, buns, lemonade, water, paper
goods, music, balloon artists, face painting, games, a
raffle, dancing, chalk art, and LOADS OF FUN!
Please bring: Family, friends, neighbors,
lawn chairs or blanket, a side dish or dessert to
share (that can hold up in the heat), smiles, laughter,
and a desire to meet friendsold and new!
We look forward
to seeing you this
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OUR LADY OF KNOCK MASS
We will honor Mary, Our Lady of Knock, during the 5
p.m. Mass on Saturday, August 22nd. Hospitality will
follow. More information next week.
The planning committee for the Mass and hospitality
will meet this Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 1 p.m. in the Holy
Family Room. Anyone interested in being part of the
committee is invited to come.
th Ordination Anniversary Mass and
Reception for Fr. Mario Pereira, SFX Sunday, August 30, Noon Mass followed by reception until 3:00 p.m.
FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION
First Friday Adoration and Devotions in
honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and
the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the
healing and guidance of our nation will be
this week, August 7, 6-9 p.m. in church.
HOLY DAY MASS
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed
Virgin Mary will celebrated on Saturday, August
15, with Mass at 8 a.m. Please note that while it
is a Holy Day of the Church, it is not a day of
We will welcome Fr. Ray Corkery, O. Carm. To
St. Isaac Jogues the weekend of Aug. 15-16 as we
participate in the Missionary Cooperative. There
will be a second collection to aid the missionary
efforts of his Carmelite Community.
Please be generous.
We are so busy! Most of us have more than one job to do, and we never seem to have enough time. We are workers, volunteers, parents, friends, and most of us are more than one thing at a time. But which of these is the work of God? We seldom view our ordinary work as being the work of God. We may think that we have to be ministers or priests, missionaries or charity workers, engaged full-time in works formally identified as being Gods work. But everything we do with a faithful heart and with love for oth-ers is Gods work. We each have our own role to fill in the world, and many gifts are necessary. We cannot always see the direct connection of our daily work to the plan of God. But we trust and we believe that God leads us to do what is need-ed, where it is needed. What is Gods work? This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent (John 6:29). Copyright J. S. Paluch Co.
Welcome New Parishioner
Miss Yvonne Cosmiano
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--Human Concerns Commission, Friday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m., RE Office --Spiritual Life Commission, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m., RE Office --Parish Life Commission, Thursday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m., Rm. 26 (by RE Office) --Ecumenical/Interreligious Committee, Tues-day, Aug. 18, 7 p.m., Rectory New members are welcome to any of these meetings! Agendas will be sent out soon.
It is so important to have your children in religious edu-
cation each year! No one year provides everything and
since faith is about relationship with God and with the
Church, relationships need to grow and deepen. Classes
for Grs. 1-Confirmation Year II (8th Gr. and older) begin
Monday, August 31st, with a brief prayer service in the
church at 6:30 p.m. Kindergarten classes begin on Sun-
day, September 13th, 10-11 a.m. If you have not yet regis-
tered your children, please do so this week!
For new families there is a family form, a form for each
child and a permission regarding medical attention and
photos to sign. We also need a copy of each childs bap-
tismal certificate if they were not baptized here at St.
Isaac Jogues Parish. Families with children who are
older and have not celebrated First Reconciliation or
First Communion or who have children with special
needs are encouraged to call Dolores Stanton, 847/966-
1180, to discuss how we can help them in their education
and formation in the faith and preparation for sacraments.
If anyone has a financial concern regarding RE classes,
please call to discuss the situation. No one is denied reli-
gious education due to financial difficulties. All are
*We are seeking an Assistant for the Kindergarten RE
class (Sunday, 10-11 a.m.), who would alternate weeks
with another assistant. This is a great volunteer oppor-
tunity for those in high school or older. For more infor-
mation, please contact Dolores Stanton, 847/966-1180,
THANK YOU!!!!! The members of the Fil-Am
Organization wish to thank all who
supported our fundraiser. We are most
grateful for your contribution to our
efforts to benefit our parish. It was a
great summer evening of fun and
God Bless! Maraming salamat po.
THANK YOU...on behalf of Guild Two
We thank you for supporting our
fundraiser at Kappys restaurant.
Our donation check from
Kappys totaled $232.00!
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LET US PRAY May the Lord bless and protect our troops and first responders, as well as their families and friends: First Responder Greg Zalewski United States Air Force Mason Janzen, Breanna Dexter United