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The Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

The miraculous feeding of the five thousand shows Jesus’ compassion for the crowd. Jesus is so generous that when he saw the spiritual and physical needs of the people, he fulfilled every desire of their bodies and souls. Moreover, Jesus gives more than enough. He gives in abundance to those who accept his gifts. “They picked up 12 baskets left over.”

It seems as though our needs are endless. We have all kind of needs: psychological, spiritual, physical, relationships, safety, etc. Many times we think God can only satisfy our spiritual needs, but Jesus is showing us that he can satisfy all our needs. The point is not feeding the crowd but realizing that only in him can we find fulfillment. Later the crowd kept following him, but Jesus said to them: “you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” Jesus is encouraging us to see, believe, and trust in him.

This Saturday we celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation for the English Religious Education program. We are so proud of our newly confirmed young people. Their dedication and hard work has paid off. The gifts of the Holy Spirit they received will accompany them as they embark on a new journey in their lives. Their confirmation ceremony was the first event canceled back in March because of the lockdown. This crisis continues to be difficult for them as they move on to high school. Please keep them in your prayers

Fr. Altman
Fr. Joseph “Joe” Altman is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was ordained in 1976 at Mundelein seminary and, after 44 years of service, he just retired this year. Fr. Joe was associate pastor here at Saint Catherine Labouré in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He is now enjoying retirement in his condo in Morton Grove. Fr. Joe will be coming back to the parish as a sacrament assistant. You will see him from time to time celebrating Masses and just being part of our community. He is such a great priest with a friendly personality. Please make him feel welcome when you see him.

Fr. Lara