Fr. Lara's Lines
The End of Times
Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
We are experiencing the end of the fall season and
the beginning of winter. It is clear in the cold and snowy
days we have had. We are also coming to the end
of the calendar year but, even sooner, the end of the
liturgical year. As you know, we begin our liturgical
year with the First Sunday of Advent. But before we
start a new year, we come to the end of this current
year. During these last Sundays of Ordinary Time,
we are reminded of the end of times and the second
and definite coming of the Lord.
There is a progression in our faith journey every year.
We go from the birth of Jesus, to his resurrection, to his
ascension into heaven, to the promised second coming.
The second and final coming brings us to the end and
fulfillment of the world. The end of the world sounds
like something from a sci-fi movie, but what is revealed
in the gospel is the full significance of the resurrection
of Jesus from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus
transformed our understanding of the end of times.
This Sunday’s gospel helps us to reflect on what the
end of time means for a believer. We need to know
that Jesus is the Lord and in him we will secure our lives.
Jesus is the Lord
The temple of Jerusalem was the symbol of God to the
Jewish people, the center of their lives. But even the
most magnificent and powerful temple will be destroyed
at the end of he world. Destruction is necessary for the
creation of something new. The physical temple will be
destroyed but the real temple will not be destroyed.
Jesus remains at the end because he is the true temple.
So let us come to him and we will find eternal life.
In Jesus we will secure our lives
The spiritual life goes beyond this world. After physical
death, the soul of the person goes to a place of rest
in heaven or purification in purgatory. If we remain
faithful to the commandments of God, we can be sure
that we will share in his resurrection. At the end of times
we will need to hold on to Jesus because through him
we can attain salvation. So let us place our trust in him
who will give us eternal life.
The Cursillo movement is a form of evangelization.
During the weekend Cursillo retreat, participants
encounter Christ in a more personal way. It is a time
to reflect on the mysteries of our faith, how they relate
to our daily lives, and how we can live out our
Baptismal promises. Last week, two of our parishioners
participated in the Cursillo retreat. They came back
truly filled with the Holy Spirit and ready to bring Jesus
to others. The Cursillo leaders in our parish have done
a wonderful job bringing others to Christ.
Golden Rose Award
The Vicariate II Board of the Archdiocesan Council of
Catholic Women hosted the second annual Golden
Rose Leadership Award breakfast. This award honors
spiritual and dynamic young women of high school age
from each parish in the vicariate. This year the award
went to Janine Dias, who, in the youth ministry, has
shown leadership and a deep sense of spirituality.
Janine has gone above and beyond with service
projects, attends Mass regularly, and is truly a Christian
example to her peers and the children in the parish.
At the core of Saint Catherine Labouré Parish’s mission
is to bring the good news of Jesus to the world. This
mission is accomplished through the work of the many
ministries of our parish. During the past five months,
I have witnessed the desire we all have to deepen
our relationship with God. It is with your help that
we are able to make a difference in the lives of so
As pastor of St. Catherine Labouré parish and school,
one of my primary functions is make sure we are good
stewards of the resources that have been entrusted to
the parish. In this year’s annual report, you will find
general parish data and the parish financial report
presented on a modified accrual basis. It is my
responsibility to keep you informed about the finances
of our parish and to make sure best practices are
followed as provided by the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Our parish has a rich history of generous supporters.
This is the reason we have a strong and faithful parish
community but, as you know, much more needs to be
accomplished. Thank you for your generous support.
It is so powerful to see all that happens everyday at
the parish. Your time, talents, and treasure are making
the difference for future generations.
I am blessed to be your pastor.