Ein Prosit! Ein Prosit!
We had over 200 people turn out for our annual Ransom Oktoberfest held last Friday evening in Paluch Hall. We set up several rows of long tables, back-to-back, as they do in Germany, creating a wonderful sense of unity among attendees. There was a joyful spirit throughout the evening. The German-American Oom-Pah band, Phenix, was outstanding and engaged everyone in singing, toasting, cheering and dancing. Many, many thanks to our Men’s Club for all of their hard work and dedication in planning, preparation, set-up, and execution. The German food and drink were delicious. Many thanks to other volunteers who assisted with tickets, selling libations table to table, and the like. It’s always a blessing to be able to come together in friendship and fellowship as a parish community of faith.
Feast Day/Parish Day of Service
Last weekend we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Ransom. We remembered the feast in our Sunday worship with prayers and hymns to our Patroness. We also commemorated it in a special way with our Parish Day of Service. Volunteers of all ages came together to offer their time and labor to help those in need and help care for our own parish grounds. Decked out in this and last years’ T-shirts, all assembled in church to begin the service projects in prayer and then set out to their various cites. After about 3 hours of work, we all returned to Paluch Hall to reflect on the varied experiences, attended 5pm Mass together, and then reassembled downstairs for some pizza and fellowship.
A dedicated team of volunteer landscapers started early and labored in the 94 degree weather digging out grasses that have been creating weeds throughout our lawns! A team set out to visit, sing with and play bingo with patients at Presence Nursing Home. Two other groups went off to help organize and present for sale items to benefit persons with disabilities at Avenues for Independence and for programs at Maryville. Another group headed out to Catholic Charities in Des Plaines to prepare hearty lunches for those in need. Others used their artistic skills to prepare hand-made placemats for those who come for meals. Here back at the parish we had groups (including many of our religious ed children) digging a drainage trough, washing down chairs and tables, and cleaning gum off the bottom of our pews! Wonderful ladies tackled scrubbing and scouring our kitchen and polishing our liturgical furnishings. Many thanks to all who participated and, in a special way, to all who worked so hard organizing and making it happen including Chris Paolelli, Marilyn Kirschten, and Deborah Bosco.
Never Too Late For Love
We are in the heart of wedding season and it is always wonderful to help prepare couples and celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage with them. Most couples, of course, tend to be in their late 20’s or early 30’s. This weekend we are celebrating the marriage of Patricia and Jim, both of whom have had beautiful marriages and be- came a widow and widower. Patricia lost her husband years ago at the age of 35 due to complications from Agent Orange and Jim lost his wife after 44 years of marriage. We wish them and all couples every grace and blessing as they begin their new lives together.
Have a blessed week,