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An Advent Message from Fr.  Bob

An Advent Message from Fr. Bob

My Dear St. Mary’s Family:

Advent calls us once again as Christians to ponder anew the mystery of our salvation, the Incarnation, and our hope that there is an answer to the riddles of our earthly lives with all of its passing joys, disappointments, sorrows, frustrations and its apparent darkness. Still there is light, which begins with the promise of a Redeemer. This advent let us prepare with wonder and awe, for the birth of Jesus; the Word made flesh in body and soul. May all of us have a blessed and fruitful Advent!

Fr. Bob Zilliox

Save the Date!

Save the Date!

St. Mary’s Community presents Spring for Success Auction Gala on Friday May 10, 2019. The Auction Gala is returning back to the popular Brookfield Country Club.  Set aside the date for a special evening that celebrates our faith community as we visit with old friends, meet new parishioners and bid on hundreds of exciting items. Sign up to be part of one of our Auction Gala committees, be a sponsor of the event, host a gift gathering party or donate an item for the auction. Many items are needed to make this a successful event. Proceeds will benefit our faith community and school. Email Amy Jensen Stmarysspringforsuccess@gmail.com  with any questions.

Prayer for Healing

Prayer for Healing

Almighty and ever-loving God, out of your love for us, you sent us your only Begotten Son.

Gentle Jesus, true shepherd of peace, through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, hear the cries of all who have been gravely harmed.

Holy Spirit, comforter of our hearts, heal our wounds and transform our brokenness into wholeness.

We pray, as the faith-filled family of St. Mary’s dedicated to the future, that we may continue to grow as we carry on the values that are important to us.

We ask this through Christ our Divine Healer.  Amen

New Pastor Appointed

New Pastor Appointed

Bishop Malone has appointed Rev. Robert Zilliox as the pastor of St. Mary, Swormville, effective September 13. Fr. Bob is returning to St. Mary’s, having served here as parochial vicar from 2008-2010. Welcome back Fr. Bob!

“Find Healing Under the Cross of Jesus”

“Find Healing Under the Cross of Jesus”

My Brothers and Sisters,

I came to America from Poland, and I am so proud to be Polish and identify myself with my home country.  Why?  Because of its history and the history of my people.  Since the year 966, my country has experienced so many difficulties – wars, famines, disasters and plagues.  Almost every 50 years my country was turned into ashes. But with faith and strong leaders, the people always stood up and rebuilt everything again and again. Nothing caused my people to turn away from God, His Church and our beloved country.

After World War II, Warsaw Poland was completely destroyed but was eventually restored by people who were living in the caves and basements of the ruins of the capital.  They started rebuilding everything by creating little shrines, crosses, statues on the streets and town squares.  With strong faith, moving in the right direction, always having God by their side – they won.

When I was 20 years old, the Solidarity movement began to fight against communism.  The seminary was under house arrest, my father was taken away by the communist secret service and people were abused, tortured and brutally murdered.  Once again, people turned to God with deep faith led by wise, strong, spiritual leaders.

Today, we come to St. Mary’s confused, lost, devastated, angry, sad, and maybe even rebellious.  I say WE because I am on your side, I am with you, and I am like you.  I am also trying to find answers.

I came to the United States 17 years ago, two days before 9-11.  Can you imagine what I felt?   Witnessing the destruction and terrorism, I was filled with fear. But I remember very well what happened after the attacks.  Millions of people – including you – turned to God.  Churches were packed to capacity as many asked WHY and turned to God for answers and protection.  It was the right turn!

Now we experience our own destruction, fear about the future and we have many unanswered questions.  But you came to this church to be as close as possible to Jesus…to search for consolation, peace and restoration of our spiritual life.  This is the right way, the right decision, and the right direction on your part.

How do I know this?  Because I am slowly being consoled by Jesus. Still my wound is bleeding. When a wound is bleeding, we must quickly stop the bleeding.  You look for the bandage, not to allow the worst to happen.

This is why I found my space of healing under the Cross of Jesus.  Look at my position of my chair here and in our chapel.  It is always under the Cross of Jesus.

And one day, sitting by myself at the chapel and looking at the cross, I said to Jesus:

I am not leaving you alone.  I am staying with you and your people, my people, people who you entrusted to my care at this very moment.

My brothers and sisters, with the bandage on my heart, looking for healing and inner peace, I will faithfully stay by Jesus’ side and with His church.  But to win this battle, to restart our spiritual life as a family and a parish community, like a legendary phoenix, we need to rise from the ashes.

A brother and sister helped by a brother and sister are like a walled city.  Give your hands and your hearts to God; let us build together for the future. The future is with God, through God and in God.  Let us choose the right way, the right direction under the leadership of Jesus Christ and His Mother Mary.

Fr. Andrew

Homily, September 1- 2, 2018


Seeking to Join the Catholic Church?

Seeking to Join the Catholic Church?

Classes for those looking to join the Catholic Church begin on September 23.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our Catholic faith, please contact Deacon Rick Stachura at 542-4233 or the parish office at 688-9380.  Classes begin on Sunday morning, September 23, in the Parish Center, Room 105 following 9 a.m. Mass.