From the Desk of the Pastor

Bulletin June 25, 2017

Dear Friends,

It is with mixed emotions that I write this final bulletin message to you all. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been your pastor for the past six years. I have learned so much from all of you and I hope, in some small way, I have given back to you what you have given to me. It has been a great journey of life and faith we have shared together.

While this has been a time of demise for our parishes all around the Archdiocese of Chicago, I have witnessed signs of growth and change over the years. I have seen us rise to the challenge and meet it head on with faith and trust. As I move on to St. Philip Parish in Northfield and we all move forward in the Renew My Church initiative, I do so with great hope that all of us will work together over the next few years to secure a strong and sustainable future for the church in this great Archdiocese. I ask that we hold each other in prayer during this process, and cling to our faith which enables us to be people of hope, promise and vision for the for the entire church.

As we renew our church, let us do so guided by the words of St. Paul to the Roman church who says: "Let your love be sincere. Detest what is evil, cling to what is good. Love one another. Anticipate each other in showing respect. Do not grow slack, but be fervent in spirit; he whom you serve is the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient under trial, persevere in prayer. Look on the needs of the saints as your own; be generous in offering hospitality... Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Have the same attitude toward all... If possible, live peaceably with everyone."

This was good advice then, and it is good advice now. May God continue to bless the good work begun in you and bring it to completion. I will pray for you and ask that you pray for me. May God bless this great parish of St. Tarcissus.

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I want to express my deepest gratitude to two parishioners who gave a most generous gift to the parish. This charitable gift was in the amount of $11,750.00.

$6000 dollars of that amount was designated to pay for the new digital bell carillon. So now the bells are paid for. Enjoy them!

The donors designated portions to go to the 90th Anniversary Fund and reduce the debt owed to the Archdiocese by the Parish.

You will see below an update, since this gift was made. This is a tremendous gift to the parish, and I am forever grateful for this kind act of generosity.

May God and St. Tarcissus bless these donors.

Updates as of June 13, 2017
90th Anniversary Fund: Goal $135,000 - Collected $29,282
Easter Collection: Budget $33,000 - Collected $25,639
Bell Fund: Total cost: $ 8,235 - Collected $ 8,349
Hymnals: Goal 600 dedicated - Dedicated 394

Fr. Mike Solazzo’s new address will be:
St. Philip the Apostle
1962 Old Willow Road
Northfield, IL 60093-2913

Fr. Mike Solazzo

Feel free to call with questions or concerns!
Parish Office
773-763-8228 or e-mail at mail@sttars.org