Serving the Catholic Communities of Elizabethtown, Eldorado and Harrisburg Illinois

Browsing Notes from Fr. Abraham

Is It Happy Holiday or Happy Christmas?

Posted by Nancy Lambert

We have been bombarded with the idea of the “political correctness” of everything you say or do in this society. Any sincere and true Christian will agree with me that there has been a constant calculated and deliberate effort to neuter Christmas.  You and I now live in a society ... Read More »

Blessing of a Christmas Tree

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern. Its origins are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of the world. According to custom, the Christmas tree is set up just before ... Read More »

The Lord Blesses Us With Beautiful Seasons

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the ... Read More »

U.S. Bishops Chairman Greatly Disappointed by the House Passage of Tax Bill that Harms Poor, Many Families

Posted by Nancy Lambert

November 17, 2017

WASHINGTON— Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed "great disappointment" over the House of Representatives' passage of the deeply flawed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, calling on the Senate to work ... Read More »

Prayer For Our Parish Mission

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Lord Jesus, in a short time our parish will begin its special time of mission.

Open the hearts and minds of each one of us so that we might receive your word with eager joy.  Let this parish and its members be the "good ground" in which the sower's ... Read More »

Introducing Your Missionary - Fr. John Mark Ettensohn, OMI

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Fr. John Mark Ettensohn, OMI has been a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate for thirty-two years.  Ordained in 1989, he has served in ministry as a pastor, retreat/renewal preaching team member and director, spiritual director, writer / producer/ director in television for Oblate Media Productions, and Director of Christ the ... Read More »

National Vocations Awareness Week November 5-11

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week, November 5-11, 2017. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the United States to actively foster and pray for a culture of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, ... Read More »

Health Care Executive Order

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—On October 13, President Trump signed an Executive Order on health care, and news about the Administration ending subsidies to insurers to help lower-income individuals was confirmed by Administration officials around the same time. In light of these developments, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. ... Read More »

HHS Mandate Decision Represents Return to Common Sense

Posted by Nancy Lambert

October 6, 2017

WASHINGTON–Today's decision to expand the HHS mandate exemption is a "return to common sense, long-standing federal practice, and peaceful coexistence between church and state," according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the USCCB, ... Read More »

Bishops Call For Prayers After Las Vegas Shooting

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Bishops Conference President Calls For Prayers, Care For Others After Tragic Shooting In Las Vegas

October 2, 2107

WASHINGTON—On October 2, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), expressed "deep grief" after a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The full ... Read More »