The Catholics of LaSalle in the Illinois River Valley are served by the Parishes of St. Hyacinth and St. Patrick as well as the Shrine Queen of the Holy Rosary and Trinity Catholic Academy.
Winter Ministry Schedules
Winter Serving Schedules for Altar Servers, Readers, and EMHCs for December 6 through March 1 will be issued soon. Please email Julie Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 815-223-0641 with any scheduling preference changes or dates you will be unable to serve.
Remembering the Faithfully Departed
November is the month where we especially remember those who have gone before us. Many thanks to all those who brought or donated roses in memory of loved ones on All Souls Day. Our parish altars were filled with nearly 33 dozen roses!
St. Hyacinth Boilers
Last winter several sections of the 24 iron-section steam boiler at St. Hyacinth cracked. Temporary boiler water treatment fixes allowed us to keep running the boiler through the winter months. Even so, the boiler still lost many gallons of hot water and a great deal of steam each day. The leaking water frequently shorted out the gas valve circuits causing the boiler to shut down automatically. Only after the boiler dried and fuses were replaced could we relight the boiler. Eventually mineral deposits from the constantly leaking water clogged the gas jets causing flames to reach out from under the boiler sections. On one occasion this caused a small fire, which thankfully was confined to the boiler casing.
Replacing the ruined boiler sections was a possible solution, but doing so would be costly as the entire boiler would have to be disassembled and rebuilt. There was also no guarantee that other boiler sections would not fail in the near future. After receiving the inspection report from the State Fire Marshal, the St. Hyacinth Parish Council decided to replace the boiler.
Our new and more efficient boiler was installed two weeks ago. New technology allowed us to use a smaller boiler, our new boiler has only 15 sections. It is attached to our existing radiators and is controlled by the system designed by our own Jack Renkosik.
For the next four weeks, we will be taking up a second collection to help defray the expense of our new boiler. Replacing a heating system puts a strain on any family’s budget and the same is true of our parish family. Please give as you are able – your investment will keep our church warm for many years to come.
Masonry Repair at St. Patrick
The stone wall and stairs at the St. Patrick office received some needed repair this week. The stones under the stairs had bowed out six inches and the lower level of stone was disintegrating. The repair work will make the wall structurally sound and stop water damage on the lower level.
Journey meets on the second Sunday of each month. Next Journey Meeting will be Sunday, December 14. We will meet at St. Joseph Halle in Peru at 5pm for open gym and food (including your pumpkin seeds!). After we eat, we’ll have a brief meeting and conclude with Holy Mass in the Church at 6:30—so feel free to sleep in this Sunday and stay for Mass at Youth Group. Your Journey T-Shirts will be ready on the evening of he 14th. Thank you to all who had Journey place roses for your loved ones on All Souls Day. After purchasing the 30 dozen roses, we had over $500 in surplus for youth activities.
Parish Mission in Oglesby
“DIVINE MERCY IN THE GOSPELS”
Sun, Nov 30 - Wed, Dec 3 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Holy Family Church, Oglesby
During this mission, the people will gather each evening for a series of presentations on the Infinite Mercy of God, as shown to us in the Gospel of St. Luke:
· Ask for Mercy: The Prodigal Son
· Be Merciful to Others: The Good Samaritan
· Confidence in Mercy: The Sinful Woman
· The Cross: Wellspring of Infinite Divine Mercy
Preached by Fr. Ben Cameron, C.P.M. of FATHERS OF MERCY
For more information, please contact the Holy Family rectory 815-883-8233.
The Chromebooks are Here!
This year TCA implemented a comprehensive 5-Year technology plan to outline our vision for implementing and sustaining the educational technology for our curriculum. The plan includes bringing enterprise class internet and wifi into our school, completely replacing our computer lab, continuing services such as the online grade book and Accelerated Reader, and upgrading our LCD projectors and school security cameras.
One of the most exciting parts of the plan is the implementation of a complete 1:1 laptop program for our Middle School. A 1:1 program means that there will one personal laptop (HP Chromebook) for each student. This year we are beginning the roll-out process allowing our teachers and students to explore the new technology together. The 1:1 program will be fully implemented by the 2016/17 school year.
We chose Chromebooks because they are reliable, efficient to manage, and will allow our parents and teachers to better manage and review student use and progress. The laptop-styled device is geared for the real work of creation - not just consumption. Our students will use the Chromebooks for making presentations, designing webpages, following and interacting with teacher presentations, as well as writing essays and papers.
Click here to see our 5 Year Plan.
Our New Gym Floor
Trinity Catholic Academy is pleased and humbled to announce we have reached our goal for a new gym floor! We are truly blessed to have wonderful families, devoted parishioners and local businesses come together and help us make our goal a reality. Thank you!
Read about our new floor in the News Tribune. Click here.
TCA Cash Raffle!
1st prize: $10,000.00!!
2nd prize $2,500.oo or parish tuition for one child.
3rd - 5th prize: $500.00 each.
Plus two early bird prizes:
$1,000 in cash drawn on 10/19/2014 at the TCA Spaghetti Dinner and $1,000 in cash drawn on 3/17/2015 at the Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
Tickets Sold for a donation of $50.00 each. Three tickets can be purchased by the same party for $125 or six for $225. See the flyer for more details.
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