Church of the Holy Family
THIS WEEK @ CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Pastoral Care, Liturgy, Youth & Children, Visibility
A Prayer for a New Rector
Heavenly Father, grant to the Search Committee discernment to see the person you are
preparing for us. Help that person to discover anew your Spirit at Church of the Holy Family.
Empower us to join together to serve in your Name.
Holy Family is now using Pura Vida Create Good and Bishop's Blend coffees for our
fundraising program for our Outreach Ministries. 15% of all Bishop's Blend coffee and tea
ordered through this link to Bishop's Blend will come back to our Outreach Ministries for SE
Mexico and Sudan. Thanks again for using supporting Holy Family's Outreach Ministries and
the Episcopal Relief & Development by using Bishop's Blend !
Mother Gina encourages us to "wear something red" this Sunday for Pentecost. Red symbolizes God's
gift to us of the fire of the Holy Spirit!
The birthday of the Church,better known as the Solemnity of Pentecost will be celebrated on May 18-19th. Please mark
your calendar and come and celebrate this important feast! Rumor has it that Mother Gina will lead us in singing “Happy
Birthday” at the coffee hour.
The readings for our Sunday liturgies may be found in the reading rack, located in the northwest side of the narthex. We now
have readings posted until Pentecost. Feel free to take a copy for home study and Mass preparation.
Mother Gina reminds everyone to consider using the Forward Day by Day booklets, located in the narthex and parish hall.
These are short one page reflections for each day. It’s a wonderful way to begin your day.
We are still in need of Office Volunteers for folding and stapling the weekly Mass bulletins on Thursday afternoon or
Friday morning. This would involve about one hour of time. If you are available, please contact Mother Gina. You do not
need to commit every week for this work.
Please check that your cell phone is silenced before you enter into God’s house!
Fr. John, a Representative from Food for the Poor, will preach at all three masses during the weekend of June1-2. He is a
retired priest from the Diocese of North Carolina. We need someone who can pick him up at O'Hare on June 1 and bring
him to the church; a family to host him overnight Saturday and bring him to church for 8:00 Sunday; and someone to take
him back to O'Hare after coffee hour on Sunday. It could be the same people for all or can be split up. Please contact
Mother Gina if you can assist in the transportation or housing of Fr. John.
The parish food item for the Rich Township Food Pantry this month is cereal.
The Vestry will meet May 19 at 11:45 a.m. in the undercroft.
The next Kleen ‘n Green Day will be Saturday June 1st from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This is a great opportunity to meet
new members while you tidy up God’s grounds. You need not stay the entire time; come for as little as 30 minutes. Best of
all, you will burn some calories, meet new people, have some good laughs as well have fun!
Our recently acquired Niemeyer Grand Piano,graciously donated by The Rev. Lynn Ramshaw, will be dedicated and
blessed during a piano recital by Mr. Ben Amenta, a student of Mark Downey. Mr. Amenta will play Rhapsody in Blue by
Gershwin as well as several Rags by Scott Joplin. The dedication and recital will be Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. Please
mark your calendar and join us for an afternoon of stimulating music and fellowship! A free-will offering will be received.
Congregation Am Echad has sold their building in the village and will combine with another Congregation located in
Homewood. In addition, Rabbi Shalom Podwol is retiring at the end of June. Their last Shabbat will be June 22, 2013 at 10:
00 AM. Since Congregation Am Echad has participated in our Ecumenical services, we would like to show our appreciation
by attending the last Shabbat. If you can attend please let Mother Gina know by Wednesday May 26, so that we can inform
the Congregation how many people to expect.
The choir thanks everyone who assisted with their recent yard sale, which netted $639. Special thanks to Cathy
Griesmeyer who chaired this event.Kay Schutz, Lydia and Mark Downey, Liz and Richard Cox, Steve O’Connor,Arta
Dickerson and Joan Gibson also assisted in this yard –sale.
May 18-19 and May 25 -26 have been designated as Record Update Weekends. We encourage everyone to complete
a Parishioner information form, located in the narthex or from any usher. Even though the existing information may be correct
for some members, we have found several errors with church member’s cell and work phone numbers as well as e-mail
addresses. We have several new members and there may not be a current record of birthday and anniversaries dates. If you
are absent these weekends, we simply ask you to complete this form ASAP and return to the office or to Mother Gina.
Thank you all!
Fr. Larry and Linda Gattis as well as Keith and Freda Asare. We wish them all the blessings of a healthy and joy-
YEAR 2013 -- COUNTING SCHEDULE
CAPTAIN COUNTER COUNTER
1st SUNDAY of Month B. MORTON F. ASARE K. ASARE
2nd SUNDAY of Month L. FORSTALL R. REIFF L. REIFF
3rd SUNDAY of Month B. MORTON B. LANKO D. THOMAS
4th SUNDAY of Month L. FORSTALL T. COX R. COX
5th SUNDAY of Month L. FORSTALL M. COX L. LEDESMA
If you can't count on your Sunday, it is "YOUR" responsibility to arrange for someone to take your place. We need three
counters every Sunday.
Reunion with Diocese of Quincy June 8 convention will take final vote
Tobyn Leigh of the Diocese of Quincy, surrounded by other Quincy leaders, speaks to the Diocese of Chicago's
convention in 2012
Since 2008, the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy, based in Peoria, has been forging a new identity and mission after its
bishop and about 60% of its members broke away to become founders of the conservative Anglican Church of North
That new identity may include reunion with the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. The two dioceses were formed in 1877,
when the Diocese of Illinois, founded in 1835, split to accommodate growth.
On June 8, the 175th Convention of the Diocese of Chicago, which first met in November 2012, will reconvene at St.
James Cathedral to consider the proposed reunification with the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy. This meeting isin
accordance with Resolution A-175, which was unanimously passed in November. It affirms the Diocese of Chicago's
intent to pursue reunification with Quincy and directing the bishop, with the advice and consent of the Standing
Committee, to seek approval of the Quincy Reunion Agreement.
In his address to the November 2012 convention, Bishop Lee said, "I have seen first hand how God's people in Quincy
long to be active participants in the future God has for us as a church. Episcopalians have a role to play and a story to tell.
I do not have all the answers to what that future might look like in all it's details, but I do know I will not walk away from
Episcopalians in the Diocese of Quincy who want to join with us in witnessing to the power of the Risen Christ who
overcomes all divisions."