Fr Hurlbert's Sunday Message for 5th Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends, Here is the link to this Sunday’s Message: Last week marked the feast days of two important saints: Saint Patrick on March 17 and Saint Joseph on the 19th. I mentioned at one of last weekend’s Mass that some friends of mine who were visiting the church last Fall commented on our parish’s Irish heritage. He said, “you can tell this parish has Irish roots: the statue of Saint Patrick is bigger than the statue of Jesus!” While our neighborhood has become much more diverse over the decades, I know that many are proud of our Irish roots. Pope Francis has declared this to be the “Year of Saint Joseph.” Saint Joseph, the husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus, is the patron of the universal church and a saint whose example and intercession are especially important for workers and fathers. He is also considered the patron saint for a “happy death,” as we presume both Jesus and Mary were at his side when he died- what a way to go! (This imaginary scene is portrayed in one of the windows at Saint Gabriel church.) While Saint Patrick is claimed by the Irish, those of Italian descent have a special devotion to “San Guiseppe.” Holy Week is around the corner! Palm Sunday is next Sunday. Be sure to go online to sign up for Easter Sunday Mass if you have not already done so- I think (I hope) it will be a “sell out.” I also hope that many will join us for the Triduum liturgies. We will celebrate Holy Thursday this year at 7pm Nativity of Our Lord church. On Good Friday we’ll have 3pm Stations at Nativity, and the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death at Saint Gabriel church at 7pm. The abbreviated Easter Vigil will be Saturday at 7pm at St. Gabriel church. This week, in addition to the regular prayer times and Stations in the churches, I will be available at St. Gabriel church on Thursday evening from 7 – 8:30 pm for confession. Finally, I want to offer a word of thanks to Fr. Ben Malaku, CM, who has helped by celebrating Masses at our two churches over the past five months or so. He left on Friday for Ethiopa, where he will conduct research for a doctoral dissertation he is working on. When he returns to the US in the summer, his assignment will be in the Saint Louis area.

Rev. James F. Hurlbert Pastor Nativity of Our Lord and Saint Gabriel 653 West 37th Street Chicago, IL 60609 773.927.6263