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Welcome to Divine Infant Jesus

In the name of the Parish Pastoral Staff, and all the people of Divine Infant Parish, I welcome you. We are a Catholic Church of friendly folks and want you to know that all are welcome to worship with us and consider joining our parish. As parish administrator, it is my privilege to shepherd Divine Infant through a time of transition as we look forward to a new permenant pastor. On this website, you will find some of our many activities. On a separate website, you can learn about our excellent school. I am always impressed by the enthusiasm of our students. They have a justifiable pride in their school.
My prayer for you as you read this, and for all our people, is that you are becoming an intentional disciple of Jesus. What does this mean? Jesus wants to have a real and personal relationship with us. This is what it means to be a baptized and confirmed Christian. Disciples are followers and learners. We have been called to follow Jesus and to learn his ways. This means we need to listen and talk with him each day. We listen to him by reading the Bible, and asking what he is saying to us in the passage we have read. We tell him our concerns and listen to how he responds to us. We need quiet time for this to happen. When we take quiet time to pray, he will speak to us.
It is also my prayer that you will find both our worship, and our many parish activities, will help you grow in your discipleship. I hope you will find our liturgy engaging and uplifting. Our talented pastoral musicians help us to better sing the Lord’s praise. Our lectors proclaim God’s word, and I do my best to reflect on his word and proclaim it well in my preaching. If you are not a member of our parish, please consider joining us. If you are not Catholic and are interested in finding out more about our faith, please let us know. If you have any spiritual needs, do not hesitate to call so we can meet and talk. Finally know that I will keep all who look at our website in prayer. May you grow in the love of our Lord.
Peace and love always,
Father Mike Ahlstrom, Administrator

  
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 RENEW MY CHURCH - TOWN HALL MEETING

 

I have written in the past about our participation in our Archdiocesan program called Renew My Church. Our parish grouping (St. Barbara, St. Louise de Marrillac, Divine Providence, and ourselves) are having many meetings in the next two and a half months. I have chosen Deacon Jim Sponder, Rose Guttierrez, and Al Castillo to represent our parish. Len Gramarossa, our school principal, has chosen Peggy Perry and Samantha Houston to represent our school. The seven of us will have some very important meetings to discern our future. Pray for us.

There will be two very important town hall meetings, so all our parishioners can participate in this process. These town hall meetings will be on Wednesday, February 28, and Wednesday, March 21 in Langan Hall from 7:00 until 8:30. More about this next week, but please reserve the dates now. God bless your Lent!

Father Mike Ahlstrom
Administrator, Divine Infant Jesus

 

 

  
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Dear Parishioners,

 

As you are aware, our parish recently held an informational session for the Archdiocese’s ongoing Renew My Church effort. This session was an opportunity to learn about potential new scenarios for parish life in the local area. We are offering the parishioners another alternative for viewing the informational video presented at that meeting, as well as an opportunity to provide feedback on the scenarios through an online survey. You can access the survey at the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AoCWestchesterBrookfield

 

This survey link is now open and will close at 5:00 p.m. on April 9, 2018

 

In Christ,

 

Fr. Michael Ahlstrom

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
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Archdiocese of Chicago                                                           Renew My Church Update and Next Steps

Jesus Christ calls us to constantly renew His Church. Renew My Church is the Archdiocese of Chicago’s response to His call and our invitation for renewal.


We Need Your Input
Below is a summary of where we are today, but much more will be shared in our next parish meeting on March 21 at 7:00 pm in Langan Hall – please come to learn more and share your feedback and input.


Process Overview
Renewal requires envisioning, planning, and new means to bring Jesus Christ to others. There are nearly 100 groupings of parishes and schools across the Archdiocese. Each grouping will engage in a process to address necessary questions of structure, how to work together across communities within each grouping, and to establish a strong foundation for vitality through focused evangelization and faith formation efforts. Supporting our parishes with the best structures enables us to breathe renewed life into our efforts to make disciples, build communities, and inspire witness.


Initial Scenarios
To initiate discussion, the Archdiocese has offered our grouping a set of initial scenarios that show potential models of how parishes and schools could be configured in the future. These initial scenarios, which will be shared in detail at our next parish meeting, are conversation starters only. No decisions have been made. These scenarios reflect our grouping’s local realities using a set of criteria to evaluate how a structure would support vitality and ensure viability, such as:

• Ministerial and spiritual needs of the parish: To ensure quality resources for worship, pastoral care, religious education, and evangelization, parishes ordinarily will have a justly-paid, professionally-trained staff team. On average, a parish will need a minimum operating revenue of $500,000 (excluding rental income) to support staffing and other operating expenses. Operating revenue of $750,000 or more (excluding rental income) is strongly preferred to invest in important ministry roles.
• Parishioner count and Mass attendance: Based on the projection of pastors available across the Archdiocese, parishes ordinarily need a minimum of 800 parishioners attending Mass each weekend to be assigned a full-time resident pastor, with consideration given to particular local and cultural circumstances; a minimum of 1,200 parishioners attending weekend Mass for long-term vitality
• Balanced workloads for priests: It is critical that our pastors are supported with the resources and teams to support sacramental life, pastoral care, and parish administration.
• Parish financial stability and facilities: Parish financial stability and adequate, accessible and safe facilities with capacity for growth and ongoing repair/maintenance.
• School vitality and financial stability: A key measure is the potential to enroll a minimum of 240 students in PK-8, considering area demographics and parish student population; as well as ensuring quality education, strong student social development, and sustainable operations.
On the following page are the initial scenarios to begin the conversation for our grouping. Our grouping consists of St. Barbara Parish, Divine Infant Jesus Parish and School, Divine Providence Parish and School, and St. Louise de Marillac Parish and School.
There are two initial scenarios for how the parishes and schools could be organized differently from today – possibilities to bring together resources and leadership to enable new methods for carrying out our mission in the grouping.



Initial Scenarios to begin the conversation:

The scenarios refer to a united canonical parish: a model in which two or more current parishes become one parish – with one pastor, budget, staff, Finance Council, etc. – but that can have multiple active church worship sites.

It is important to note that any changes would not take effect until July 1, 2019 / the 2019-20 school year.

As you read and consider these scenarios, ask:

• How could each scenario support a foundation for vitality in the long-term future with the gifts and resources in our grouping?

• What are our particular local needs that need to be considered? Geographic considerations? Ministry to particular language needs and cultures?

Scenario A: 2 newly formed parishes, 4 church buildings remain open for worship
• New Parish 1: St. Barbara and St. Louise de Marillac would unite to form one new canonical parish, with both churches remaining as active worship sites of the newly formed parish.

• St. Louise de Marillac School would cease operating as a full PK-8 school beginning with the 2019-20 school year. New Parish 1 would explore the feasibility of continuing an early childhood program and offering before and after care.

• New Parish 2: Divine Infant Jesus and Divine Providence would unite to form one new canonical parish, with both churches remaining as active worship sites of the newly formed parish.

• New Parish 2 would evaluate its ability to support two PK-8 schools at Divine Infant Jesus and Divine Providence.


Scenario B: 1 parish, 4 church buildings remain open for worship
• All four parishes would unite to form one new canonical parish, with all four churches remaining as active worship sites of the newly formed parish.

• The newly formed parish would evaluate how to most effectively organize Catholic school structures and programming to support vitality and sustainability.

• As in Scenario A, the united parish would explore the feasibility of continuing an early childhood program and before and after care at the St. Louise de Marillac School site. St. Louise de Marillac School would cease operating as a full PK-8 school beginning with the 2019-20 school year.

• The united parish would also evaluate its ability to support two PK-8 schools at Divine Infant Jesus and Divine Providence.


Your input is needed
Again, these initial scenarios are conversation starters only. No decisions have been made. We are asked to provide feedback on the initial scenarios from the Archdiocese and propose alternative scenarios and configuration models.

Please come to our next parish meeting on March 21st at 7:00 pm in Langan Hall to learn more and share your feedback and input.
 

  
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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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