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EFFECTIVE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018 WE WILL NO LONGER HAVE 7:30 AM MASS.

MASS TIMES WILL BE SATURDAY EVENING AT 5:00 PM AND SUNDAY MORNING AT 9:30 AM AND 11:30 AM

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24TH - CHRISTMAS EVE MASS

 

4:00 PM & 11:00 PM MASS

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25TH - CHRISTMAS DAY MASS

 

7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 AM MASS

 

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 - NEW YEAR'S EVE

 

5:00 PM ANTICIPATION MASS

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019 - SOLEMNITY OF MARY

 

(HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION)

 

8:00 & 10:00 AM MASS

 

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RENEW MY CHURCH MEETING

PARISH CONSULTATION WITH DIVINE PROVIDENCE TO START THE PROCESS OF SELECTING A NEW PASTOR

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2019 - 7:00 PM IN DIVINE INFANT CHURCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Fr. Marcin Szczypula, Our new Pastor 

 

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you ... plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

With childlike trust in our Lord, we step forward to be led by the Holy Spirit toward our future.

What’s Next for our Parish?

Now that the specific decision concerning our grouping and parish has been shared, the next effort will focus on supporting all that needs to occur during the transition. A dedicated team from the Archdiocese will provide hands-on assistance to ensure the most effective and positive implementation of any necessary changes, such as financial and facilities planning.

 

  • Members of the Archdiocesan team will be on-site in the coming months to introduce themselves, provide an overview of the support process, and gather feedback from staff.
  • Specific and meaningful guidance will be provided regarding the parish naming process. Recognizing the emotional and personal nature of this – we are, in fact, seeing the birth of a new, unified parish community – there are very helpful steps that the Church provides.
  • We will hold opportunities for parish-wide prayer and liturgies, reflection, and sharing.

 

Keeping an Eye on Why We Need Renewal

With each step forward, we must keep reminding ourselves why this is so important to our parish, our families, and our own faith lives. Look around and what do you see? Fewer and fewer people attending mass. An alarming number of people choosing to reject any religious affiliation. A broken world that doesn’t even know it’s broken.

  1. Jesus is calling us to follow Him more closely and seek out His lost sheep. As Catholics baptized into the life and love of God we are called – and commissioned – to discern our part in making disciples. What do we need to do to ensure we are not the last Catholics in our family? How do we practically evangelize others and promote/encourage vocations to the priesthood, religious life and married life? 
  2. Stretched, limited resources have challenged parish ministries; even parishes with abundant resources struggle to engage youth and young adults. Christ is calling us to discern what parish and school vitality means in today’s world and to build communities. How do we work together, across parishes and throughout the Archdiocese, to strengthen each other today and create Catholic communities that are sustainable for the future?
  3. As Christians, we bear Christ’s light and hope in the world. Just as Jesus moved among the people, Pope Francis implores us to go out to the world and to those on the margins. How can we work together in new ways to inspire witness within a world that is numb to the real presence of God?

 

We Are a People of Great Faith and Hope

With any discernment process comes an element of change and self-giving infused with great hope knowing that what our Lord Jesus Christ has in store for us is so much bigger than what we could imagine for ourselves.  The future will be strong and vibrant for the current generation, as well as many more to come!

 

I am looking forward to see the fruits of this work come to life. At the same time, I am fully aware of how difficult this change will feel. For many of us, you can’t get much more personal than how, where, and when we practice our faith and encounter Jesus in the sacraments. Fortunately, He is our faithful Shepherd who teaches us that “with God all things are possible.” We will truly marvel at His handiwork in all of this. Please continue to pray for a successful transition and renewal that will lead to greater discipleship, community and witness for our parish, your loved ones, and our entire Church.

 

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

 

Rev. Marcin D. Szczypula                                                          

Pastor, Divine Infant Jesus                          

 

 

 

Renew My Church Minimize

Renew My Church: Westfield Park Grouping Update
September 2018

The Renew My Church Westfield Park grouping includes Divine Infant parish and school, Divine Providence parish and school, St. Louise de Marillac parish and school, and St. Barbara parish.

Discernment Process

The Westfield Park grouping began the Renew My Church review and discernment process earlier this year. The Grouping Feedback and Discernment Team, which was made up of representatives from each of the parishes, met to review and discern the future church, parish and school structures for the Westchester, Brookfield and La Grange Park areas. Based on their meetings and discussions with the larger parish community, they submitted a report for the Archdiocesan Standards and Recommendations Commission, which included representatives from across the Archdiocese.

The Archdiocesan Commission met to review the feedback report and other materials and information, including demographic data, financial summaries, and parish and grouping trends.

Decision

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, and the Archdiocese’s Presbyteral Council met, and based on the Archdiocesan Commission’s recommendation and other considerations, the Cardinal made a final decision regarding the grouping’s structure.

No church buildings will close.

St. Barbara and St. Louise de Marillac Parishes will unite to form a new parish, effective July 1, 2019, retaining both churches as active worship sites of the new parish. St. Louise de Marillac school will continue with its current structure and programming as a ministry of the newly united parish.

Divine Infant and Divine Providence Parishes will unite to form a new parish, effective July 1, 2019, retaining both churches as active worship sites of the new parish. This new parish will have a single school housed on the current campus of Divine Providence School. Thus, Divine Infant Jesus School will close, effective June 30, 2019.

Student enrollment has been dropping at Divine Infant Jesus School for several years, and this has created significant financial challenges. Despite best efforts to recruit students and restore the school to viability, finances have not improved. Based on this and local demographic projections, moving forward with a single school to serve the united parish was determined to be the best way to ensure long-term quality and sustainability in Catholic education.

Next Steps

Through these new parish structures, St. Barbara and St. Louise de Marillac Parishes will unite their resources, as will Divine Infant and Divine Providence, to create vital, life-giving parishes with multiple worship sites, each parish with a strong school. With these viable structures in place, the new parishes, will work on new ways to become a stronger, more sustainable presence for the future capable of reaching more people in their work of making disciples of Jesus Christ.

In the coming months, the Archdiocese will work with all involved to ensure an orderly and smooth transition to the new structures. The Archdiocese’s Priest Placement Board will work with the community to identify pastors to lead the new parishes.

The Archdiocese will work with both Divine Infant School faculty and staff to find future employment within the Archdiocesan system. In order to assist school families in this transition, the Archdiocese will work closely with near-by Catholic schools to assist them with the transition to their next Catholic school.

  
Holy Week and the Sacred Paschal Triduum Minimize

                                                                                           

 

 

Holy Week and the Sacred Paschal Triduum are the most important days of the liturgical year.  Your experience of Christ's suffering, death, and resurrection will be enriched and deepened by your participation in the liturgy during this holy time.

 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, March 25th:  Masses 5pm (Saturday), 730am, 930am, 1130am

 

 

 

 

The Sacred Paschal Triduum:

  

Holy Thursday, March 29 -  8am -- Morning Prayer

                                            7pm -- Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper. 

                                                        Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 11pm

                                                       

 

 

 

 

Good Friday, March 30 -   8am -- Morning Prayer

                                         3pm -- The Passion of the Lord

                                         7pm -- Solemn Stations of the Cross

 

 

 

Holy Saturday, March 31 -  8am -- Morning Prayer 

                                            1pm -- Blessing of the first foods of Easter

                                           8pm -- the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

 

 

  Easter Sunday, April 1 - Masses 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am

 

Please Note:  There are NO confessions on Holy Saturday and NO 5pm Mass on Holy Saturday.

 

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Thank you for visiting our website!  We are Divine Infant Jesus Parish and School.  We have been serving catholics in Westchester, IL since our founding in 1947 by Rev. Fr. Charles Langan.  The photo above is of the Divine Infant Jesus shrine on the side altar in church.  

  

Watching over the Christ Child in the shrine is Saint Nicholas.  The fourth century bishop and wonderworker is the patron of children.  We venerate Holy Nicholas and entrust to his care the Christ Child and the faithful of Divine Infant Parish.

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