Work for Your Prayer

Dear Parishioners,

Work for your prayer. That is one message we can take away from our Gospel on this 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. A Canaanite woman asks Jesus for help and he does not respond. The woman does not quit. She keeps asking. In fact, she asks so much the apostles become annoyed. “Jesus' disciples came and asked him, ’Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us’” (Matt 15:23).

When our Lord at last acknowledges the woman's plea, he does not immediately perform the miracle. He makes the woman work for it. “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs,” Jesus says to her. The woman does not wilt away, but responds, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” The woman is willing to "work" for this miracle, and she gets it.

Sometimes we need to work for our prayer. We ask for something and Jesus, instead of immediately granting our request, might ask, “Why do you want this?” Your answer is not for Jesus' sake, but for your own. You might end up discovering that you don't really need this, or you need it but for another reason. Then our Lord will have changed your heart and mind. And that can be as great a miracle as the actual prayer request!

Fr James and friends at the rectory
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society collected a tremendous amount of school supplies for St. Angela School. Thanks to Fred Ludwig and Kevin Cavanaugh for coordinating and delivering the supplies, and to you all for your donations!

Thank you School Parent Ambassadors for helping with the Welcome Back Night and New Parent Orientation for our school this past Wednesday. The PAs were also present to represent our school at the Edison Park Fest. Tomorrow, Monday, August 21st is our first day of school with an early dismissal at 11am. Tuesday will be the first full day of school. Friday, August 25th will be the 8:30am Mass over in the church. Please note, particularly our daily Mass goers, the weekly school Mass over in the church has moved from Wednesdays to Fridays. Friday 8:30am Mass will be over in church.

Deacon Robinson Ortiz returns to Mundelein Seminary this Friday, August 25th. He will no longer be with us full-time throughout the week, though he will be returning to the parish on the weekends throughout the year. We're grateful, Deacon Robinson, for your preaching, baptizing, creating the weekly videos, and everything else that you've done!

Next week, parishes throughout the archdiocese will participate in a national collection to complete the Trinity Dome on the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Also known as America’s Catholic Church, the National Shrine is the largest church in the United States and is a beacon of our faith to the nearly 1 million who visit it each year and to the millions more who visit and work in our nation’s capital. More information on this project can be found at Thank you in advance for your support of this initiative through the second collection next week.

Yours in Christ,
Father James

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