PRAYER FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY


Dear God,

As we celebrate today with fireworks and festivals, help us never to forget the reason for our joy.

Help us remember that our rights to life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness
were signed into our heritage
with the willing blood of American patriots.

Most of all help us remember
that the rights of all people
are more than words on a document,
and that all people have rights
because you have given us the dignity of human life.

Grant freedom to all,
and give us the strength to protect the rights of
others.

Amen

REMINDER

St. Mark's monthly Non-Perishable food drive is
Sunday, July 9th from 8 a.m.-12 noon in the back lot.

The Drop-Off bin is also available every Saturday/Sunday, located near the Gathering Place.

We are in need of volunteers! Help is needed year round for receiving and delivery of food donations. Please contact Mike & Christine Gilbert.

Hunger doesn't take a Summer
Vacation!

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REGISTRATION
For Religious Education Classes
For 2017-2018

Parents who have not registered their child/children for Religious Education classes are asked to do so as soon as possible. We are in the process of finalizing the classes, and materials for next year.

POLICIES FOR SACRAMENT YEARS

Students entering Grade 2 must have had formal religious instruction the previous year otherwise they will be placed in Grade 1.

Grade 2 is a sacrament year, as students will receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time.

Students entering Grade 7 must have had formal religious instruction in Grade 6 before being accepted into the Grades 7-8 Confirmation Preparation Program.

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CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD: BRINGING CHRIST'S MESSAGE TO YOUNGSTERS

If you're a regular attendee at the 9:45 Mass on Sunday mornings, you might wonder where those kids are going when the rest of the congregation moves into the "Readings".


The answer is downstairs where the youngsters have their own version of "readings" and lessons. Attendance was light last weekend when these photos were taken because only the youngest of the young were in attendance but the messages were the same and the children were excited and inspired.

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MORE THAN 60 OLW GOLFERS BRAVE CHILLY, BREEZY DAY

The wind was brisk and the temperature wasn't quite what OLW golfers had been accustomed to during the past few weeks but more than 50 of them, including Pastor Father Ed Fialkowski, battled the elements during the 3rd Annual Pastor's Masters Golf Outing Monday, June 26, 2017, at the Chevy Chase Golf Course in Wheeling.

The OLW group began with lunch, scramble tee-off at 1:00 p.m., and dinner to celebrate the fun day.

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SACRED LITURGY


Monday, July 3, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Nicholas Palmer

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am For the Deceased Members of OLW

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am For the Deceased Members of OLW

Thursday, July 6, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am For the Deceased Members of OLW

Friday, July 7, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Anthony Palmer

Saturday, July 8, 2017
8:30 am Communion Service
5:00 pm Paulino Caburnay, Tony Griffiths, William Oshinski

Sunday, July 9, 2017
7:00 am Lance Corporal James Bray Stack
and For the People of OLW
8:15 am Enos Dickey
9:45 am Barbara Sun, Joseph Sun
11:30 am Kelly Trecka, Maureen Lavin, Jim Doherty

CYCLES OF FAITH
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 2, 2017

"Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." When Jesus says paradoxical things like this, we can still trust him. Even when he makes claims that, at first glance, seem impossible, we know that he's not talking gibberish. Why? Because Jesus lived the ultimate paradox: he brought life out of death. His resurrection proves for us that things are not always as they appear. The Crucifixion, which looked like the end of Jesus' influence, was actually a tremendous new beginning.

So when Jesus promises that we will find life through a kind of death, we shouldn't question his claim. Of course in today's Gospel, Jesus isn't necessarily talking about physical death, although the "red" martyrs who suffer for him do in fact find their reward in eternal life. "White" martyrdom, on the other hand, is a kind of death to self that doesn't involve bloodshed. It means putting love and generous service ahead of our own self-gratification. It means doing these things for the sake of Christ. When he tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves, this is what he's talking about.

So, how can we be white martyrs today? How can we sacrifice our desire for perfect comfort, or entertainment on demand, or status or pleasure or sleep or whatever else for the sake of serving another person? In our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our parishes, in our neighborhoods and our communities, there are myriad opportunities to "lose our lives" for the sake of Christ. But don't forget, in dying to ourselves, we will find our lives in a new way! The fulfillment Christ offers us in return, both now and in eternity, will be far better than anything we try to cling to on our own.

Readings for the Week of July 2, 2017

Sunday:  2 Kgs 4:8-11, 14-16a/Ps 89:2-3, 16-19/Rom 6:3 -4, 8-11/Mt 10:37-42
Monday:  Eph 2:19-22/Ps 117:1bc-2/Jn 20:24-29
Tuesday:  Gn 19:15-29/Ps 26:2-3, 9-12/Mt 8:23-27
Wednesday:  Gn 21:5, 8-20a/Ps 34:7-8, 10-13/Mt 8:28-34
Thursday:  Gn 22:1b-19/Ps 115:1-6, 8-9/Mt 9:1-8
Friday:  Gn 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67/Ps 106:1b-5/Mt  9:9-13
Saturday:  Gn 27:1-5, 15-29/Ps 135:1b-6/Mt 9:14-17
Next Sunday: Zec 9:9-10/Ps 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14/Rom 8:9,  11-13/Mt 11:25-30

PRAY FOR THE SICK
Pam Barton
Carol Blatnick
Marie Caranci
Chad Demas
Steve Demas
Marie DeSanto
Kristina Fitzgerald
Bev Folkedahl
Debbie (Flack) Fry
Catherine Hansen
Michael Harth
Carol Herman
Ann Kelley
Joshua Leese
John O'Neill
Peter Phillips
Joel Rivera
Maureen Sexson
Geraldine Shufeldt
Margaret Soboleski
Lynn Steele
Joe Walker, Sr.

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PARTICIPATE IN OUR ONGOING EVENTS

Enjoy the parish community by meeting other parishioners at events such as Women's Golf, Men's Golf, Women's Bowling, Men's Basketball, Women's Bridge, Widows of Wayside (W.O.W.), and Christian Family Movement (CFM), the Senior Group and Fil-American Group. Contact parishlife@olwparish.org with questions.

WORSHIP AND SPIRITUAL LIFE

CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD

Sunday Readings and Homily adapted for ages 3 to 10 on most Sundays at the 9:45 Mass before the Liturgy of the Word.  The children are invited to participate. The children will return for the remainder of the Mass. No registration is required!

BIBLE STUDY

Focus on the readings for the coming Sunday and their context in scripture. No registration or fee. Come when your schedule permits. Friday mornings in the Gathering Place 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.

ROSARY PRAYER GROUP
Meets in the Seton room (#201) every Monday at 7:00 p.m. Contact - Chris

SHAWL MINISTRY

This prayerful ministry offers knitted or crocheted shawls to those who are in need of comfort physically, emotionally and spiritually. We meet every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Center - Cabrini Room. Questions contact Kit, Winnie, Patsy.

ST. MARK'S - NON PERISHABLE FOOD DRIVE EVERY SUNDAY

Drop off bin located in Gathering Place hallway across from the drinking fountains (8-12 every Sunday) in addition to the Garage drop off (2nd Sunday of each month). To Volunteer - The Gilberts--collecting-The Piergalskis--delivery or Volunteer signup http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f48acae2ca75-stmarks.

THE ELIZABETH MINISTRY

The Elizabeth Ministry offers families prayer and support during the joys, challenges and sorrows of the childbearing years. To contact a minister, please complete a card from the banner in the back of the church, or call the parish office or e-mail ElizabethMinistry @olwparish.org. or elizabethministry @att.net

RESPECT LIFE

The Respect Life Ministry works to make life issues visible and viable at the parish level. To get more involved in Respect Life at OLW, please email respectlife @olwparish.org.

FUNERAL LUNCHEON MINISTRY

This Ministry offers families in their time of sorrow a continental breakfast in the Gathering Place or sit down luncheon in the Rectory Meeting Room. For further information contact the parish office.

SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY

Special Needs Ministry was established to identify and meet the needs of our pacrishioners with special needs. Contact the parish office or email - special-needs @att.net or specialneeds @olwparish.org.

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL SOCIETY

An emergency source for short term financial help. For information or assistance, contact the DePaul voice mailbox at the parish 847-253-5353 x398.

MINISTRY OF CARE

OLW has trained Ministers of Care who are available to visit and bring communion to those parishioners who are homebound. If you are interested in receiving communion or being part of this ministry contact Kathy O'Neill, 847-253-5353, ext. 238.

LITTLE SAINTS PRAY & PLAY

Little Saints Pray & Play for children and their caregivers, meets twice monthly. Email OLWLittleSaints @gmail.com for more
information.