Dear Parishioners:

This is the second in what I hope to be a regular series of updates on events in the parish. I hope that this note reaches you all in good health---mind/body/spirit, and I want to thank you all again for your faithful commitment to our parish family.

First and foremost, I’d like to remind everyone of our need for prayer in the capital campaign, and to request that you pray the Memorare daily for success in both of its objectives…to Sanctify and to Secure our Future.  The campaign has begun under the direction of our co-chairs, Don Hoscheit and Shawn Glanville.  Please pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance over all who participate, both as volunteers and as those with whom the volunteers will meet.

Now that all the lighting in the parking lot has been repaired, we have contracted Professional Paving & Concrete Company Inc. to give our parking lot a facelift.

As many of you heard recently, we will soon begin the program “That Man Is You”, which will meet Saturday mornings at 6:45.  This is a magnificent opportunity to reach out to our own men and boys, and is a non-threatening way to invite others who may be on the margins of participation in our parish.  It’s a great opportunity to introduce our faith to those who are not yet engaged in our faith community.  That Man Is You has been a strong instrument of revitalization in several diocesan parishes, and it is my hope that it will inspire our men to new levels of discipleship.  Please keep it in your prayers as well.

I also want to introduce you to Amazing Parish, which is a powerful instrument to help us organize renewal at St. John Neumann.  It is my hope that as we move forward, that we will be able to implement the principles of the Amazing Parish program.  I find it amazing how the Holy Spirit is providing all of these resources in just the right order and timing.  You can get a preview of the program by visiting the website and video:         

The speakers for our Advent and Lenten Parish Missions have been selected.  Dates will be announced.

  • Fr. Gow will give our Advent Mission on “The Gifts of the Magi”
  • Dr. Mary Amore of Mayslake Ministries will present “The Eucharist” in our Lenten Mission.

I’m delighted to announce these, as they promise to be inspiring for all who attend.

The projector has been installed in our Media Center and in the months to come we will be exploring all the ways to utilize this tool for evangelization opportunities.

I want to encourage all of you to keep up to date on my videos that are presented here on our website.  My most recent video will always be accessible on the Reflection tab. To view any previous videos, please go to the video YouTube tab and select the video you wish to view. These videos continue to reveal my vision for our parish community and will helpful as you serve as liaisons between the parish administration and the community as a whole.  Please encourage all others to check the website periodically for these updates, as we are progressing into the “digital communication world”.

We have a new Vice-Chair of the Pastoral Council.  Please congratulate and pray for Celeste Scimo as she joins Gary LaDolce in the leadership of the Council.

Once more, thank you for your faithfulness and commitment.  We’re moving forward in our goal to form intentional disciples both inside and outside the parish walls.

Jesus Lives,
Fr. Peck

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