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06-26-2021Fr. John's LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

“Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant Inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.” C.S. Lewis

Well, you could have fooled me, I thought this was the final stop. I was prepared to leave here either in retirement or in a co!n. My very first assignment as a priest, the Parish school was founded by St. Frances X. Cabrini and when she decided to become a missionary, she desperately wanted to go to China, after her name sake, St. Francis Xavier but the Pope told her to “go West” and care for the new immigrants of the Americas. Unlike her, I do not want to be a missionary but have been told to “go West”. Well, not that far west but west of here. So, I go. She found fertile soil to start up schools, orphanages, hospitals, retreat centers. May she help me find the same.

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Don't be Gaslighted by the Narrative

06-19-2021Fr. John's LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Most of us figured out a long time ago that the US Media operates with different biases, though they consistently deny it. Whereas in most European countries there are a variety of news outlets that will self-describe as the conservative or liberal or progressive or socialist media outlets. However, today the US media has moved beyond bias to outright advocacy to the point of propaganda. Which makes it hard for a media consumer to get to the truth or even just the facts.

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Weathering the Storm

06-19-2021Stewardship Reflection

Our readings today remind us that God always has our best interests in mind. No matter what is going on in our lives, God is with us.

In our Gospel today, Jesus and His disciples are traveling in a boat when heavy winds and violent waves begin to overwhelm the boat. Jesus was there sleeping in the boat in the midst of this horrific storm.

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Our True Home

06-12-2021Stewardship Reflection

As we enter back into Ordinary Time, our readings today remind us that heaven is our true home and that we cannot make it there without God’s assistance.

In our First Reading, the prophet Ezekiel foretells the coming of the Kingdom of God. We can see that Jesus is the Seder that will become refuge for all people. He will humble the proud, lift up the lowly and produce good fruit in the weakened. It is God who does the wondrous works.

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The Plan...

06-12-2021Fr. John's LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

When I told you in March that the Bishop had a plan for a new parish in the Diocese and had asked yours truly to be “go west” and build the Parish, well there actually was no plan other than the idea for a new Parish somewhere west of the Loop 303. Well, since then a plan has become to take shape.

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Slavery, Abortion & Eucharist

06-05-2021Fr. John's LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

This issue will be divisive but it has been divisive for some time. This issue will be politicized but then again it already has been politicized. A clarifying decision one way or the other has serious and troubling consequences. But much like King David, after committing adultery and murder, and was given a choice of three consequences by God, all of which were hard to swallow, there is a choice of unpalatable consequences likewise on this issue.

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Everyday Stewardship

06-05-2021Stewardship Reflection

Today we celebrate Corpus Christi — the Body and Blood of Christ. Jesus’ Body and Blood was sacrificed for us on Calvary, but before that excruciating event, He humbly bound Himself to human hands in the Eucharist. As St. Thomas Aquinas expresses, “In this sacrament sins are purged away, virtues are increased, the soul satiated with an abundance of every spiritual gift. No other sacrament is so beneficial.”

Our Gospel today recounts the Last Supper. As Jesus ate the Passover meal with His apostles, He broke bread, telling them, “This is my Body,” and again, poured wine, saying, “This is my Blood… which will be shed for many.” In this moment, Jesus sacrificially gave us Himself in the Eucharist by foreshadowing His passion, death and resurrection.

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