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.
2015 Parish Census
By baptism, we are each incorporated permanently into the Church – the Body of Christ. It is by this reality that we have our universal rights and our duties as Christians. At the same time, we know that we actively live and practice our faith in a particular community called a parish. Officially a parish is a geographic location in the Diocese that is served by a particular parish church. Generally one would be considered a member of a parish by simply living within the territorial boarders of a given parish.
However in the United States (and especially in the Illinois Valley) we see that other cultural factors have a greater role than geography in determining the unity and identity of a parish church. For this reason it is important for a parish to know who considers themselves to be a member of the parish.
We live in a fluid society. The populations of our towns and parishes are not as static as they once were. And so it is necessary from time to time to completely update our parishioner information. As we evaluate the current accuracy of our register, it is clear that we need to do a complete update. We are asking every household to complete a parish census form. Even if you have been a life-long parishioner, we want to make sure we have your correct information.
TCA Christmas Concert
Thank you to our faculty, families, and especially our students for a beautiful and prayerful Christmas Program. More photos are on the TCA photo page.
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 about getting ourselves spiritually ready for Christmas and conclude with a period of open adoration. 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.
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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