April 24, 2016



April 24, 2016
John 13:33
8148 N Karlov Avenue
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone:(847) 673-5090
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St. Lambert Parish Skokie, IL
Weekday Masses:
7:15 am (Mon-Fri)
8am on Saturday
Sunday Masses:
(5 pm Sat)
8am, 10am, 12pm
Saturday at 8:30am
Rev. Richard Simon
My children,
I will be with
you only a little
while longer
St. Lambert Parish
Proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord
April 24, 2016
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Rev. Know-it-all:
Mr. Chick O’Leary
Religious Education :
Jonathan Rivera
Music Director:
Mr. Steven Folkers
Ministry of Care:
Mrs. Carol Glueckert
(847) 674-6456
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of the month at 1:30 pm.
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St. Lambert Parish
5th Sunday of Easter
I was ill and you cared for me
Masses for the Week
Saturday, April 23
5:00 † John Ramon Ortega
Sunday, April 24
People of St Lambert
The Perez Family Grandchildren
12:00 † Donna Mohrlein
Monday, April 25
7:15 † Kathy Beacham
Tuesday, April 26
7:15 Health & Well Being of Joe Holden Family
Wednesday, April 27
7:15 † Venacio de los Santos Jr & Nelson Corpuz II
Thursday, April 28
7:15 Alan Rosagas
Friday, April 29
7:15 † Catalina Acebes de los Santos
Saturday, April 30
Devastated doesn’t even begin to describe the feelings of
parents who lose a child to gun violence. Catholic Charities
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support groups to help those
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Second Collection May 7 & 8
Monday: 1 Pt 5:5b-14; Ps 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17;
Mk 16:15-20
Tuesday: Acts 14:19-28; Ps 145:10-13ab, 21;
Jn 14:27-31a
Wednesday: Acts 15:1-6; Ps 122:1-5; Jn 15:1-8
Thursday: Acts 15:7-21; Ps 96:1-3, 10; Jn 15:9-11
Acts 15:22-31; Ps 57:8-10, 12; Jn 15:12-17
Saturday: Acts 16:1-10; Ps 100:1b-3, 5; Jn 15:18-21
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8;
Rv 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn 14:23-29
8:00 † Donna Mohrlein
5:00 † Samuel Holden
Sunday, May 1
8:00 † Hristo Devedjiev & Lydia Gard
10:00 Joe & Carmen Redito 50th Wedding Anniversary
12:00 People of St Lambert
Sunday Offertory Collection
April 10/11, 2016
$ 4,986.75
$ 7,057.80
YouthChurch: $130.70
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The coffee Hour will be hosted
next week by the FFOS and the
contact is Lu Alog. She can be
reached at 87-674-3995.
Come join us for fellowship!
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Front Cover: John Atkinson Grimshaw (6 septembre 1836 – 13 octobre 1893)
April 24, 2016
Proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord
In celebration of the 10 year
of the
The youth group, (SLY) will host a
Variety Show on
Saturday, May 21, 2016
after the 5pm Mass
in Trainor Hall.
$3 per person—$10 per family
Curtain time: 6:30 pm
Food for purchase after mass
Proceeds will go to the St Lambert Youth Group (SLY)
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St. Lambert Parish
The Reverend Know-it-all
“What I don’t know…
I can always make up!”
Continued from last week…
Remember the Germanic tribes that
came thundering across the frozen
Rhine river (maybe) around 400 AD.
They did quite well for themselves.
They carved up the western Roman
empire, establishing kingdoms in
France, Spain, North Africa and
Italy. By this time most of them were Christians.
There was a problem as far as the Catholics of the
western Roman Empire were concerned.
The Germans were Arian (not to be confused with
“Aryan,” the made up race of Hitler and his
friends. Our Arians were the followers of the
crackpot Egyptian Christian priest Arius who,
around 300AD, claimed there was no such thing as
a Trinity). Christians who believed that Jesus
though really, really special, was not eternal, but
created in time. The people over whom new
German kings ruled were Trinitarian, Catholic
Christians and could be troublesome. The King of
the Franks converted to Catholicism, but more
about him later. Enter Recared, the Visigothic king
of Spain as well as part of southern France from
586 to 601. He decided to renounce Arianism and
accept Catholicism.
The Third Council of Toledo (Spain, not Ohio) met
in King Recared's name in May 589, and there his
declaration accepting Catholicism was read aloud.
The Catholic bishop, St. Leander preached the
closing sermon, which his little brother St. Isidore
called the “triumph of the Church upon the
conversion of the Goths”. Some say that King
Recared celebrated the triumph of Catholicism by
forcing Jews and Arians to convert to mainline
Catholicism. Others blame St. Leander and the
Catholic bishops for the new anti-Jewish attitude
in Spain. Jews had been guaranteed certain
freedoms in the Church laws of Spain, but after
the council of Toledo those freedoms were
5th Sunday of Easter
increasingly limited. Recared’s involvement in the
new anti-Semitism of the young Spain is disputed
by modern historians, but what do they know
No matter whose fault it was, things got a lot
tougher for Jews in Spain. The important reason
as far as this disquisition goes, is the why of the
new anti-Semitism. The why is quite simple:
replacement theology, at least that’s the theory of
the brilliant David Goldman in his 2011 book “How
Civilizations Die.” The theory goes like this. In
order to sweet talk King Recared into becoming
the new protector of the Church, it was aired
about that the Visigoths, at least the Catholic
ones, were the new “chosen people” of God. You
can’t have two chosen peoples. God must have
dumped one and taken up with the other. This
arrangement had already been hinted at in the
Christianization of the Roman Empire, but since
the empire was just that, an empire, you didn’t
really have a people so much as a collection of
peoples. The emperors however already saw
themselves as the chosen vessels of God.
Emperor Constantine who began the
Christianization of the Roman Empire in the early
fourth century had himself buried in the church of
the Holy Apostles, the idea being that he was also
an apostle of God chosen to do God’s work on
earth. The plan was to gather relics of all of the
Apostles in the church so that Constantine could
spend eternity in the company of his fellow
apostles. They only managed to get Saint Andrew,
Saint Luke and Saint Timothy, only one of whom is
actually an apostle, but the point had been made.
In the Orthodox Church, Constantine is still is
called “isapostolos” or in English “the equal of the
In the western kingdoms it was possible to go the
whole route. Baptize a king, and you baptize a
whole nation. The chosen people was us! It didn’t
matter if I believed it. The king believed it. We
believed it. Depending on whose bread was to be
buttered, the Franks, the Burgundians the
Lombards, the Vandals the Visigoths as well the
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Proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord
Ostrogoths, and any other Goth who managed to
conquer a country and wear a crown could be the
chosen people, and it anointed sovereign, a New
Israel and a new Solomon or David. Since then
nations have regularly decided that they are the
new chosen people. The Spanish, the English, the
Irish, the list is rather long. The Germans and the
Russians were late to assume the mantle of
chosen-ness. They decided they were chosen
nations sometime in the nineteenth century and
they did so with a vengeance. The problem with
being a chosen nation was that there were always
those pesky Jews, who used to be chosen. Best to
be rid of them, no? It is interesting to me that one
cannot find the phrase “New Israel” in the New
Testament. There is new covenant and new
Jerusalem, but no new Israel.
In its beginning, the Church grew by individual
conversion claiming that one could be adopted
into the people of Israel by baptism. All one
needed now was water, buckets and a tribe of
barbarians whose king told them to go along with
the whole thing. Up until that point one joined
Israel by personal conversion. The Gentile, the non
-Jew could join himself to Israel of God by baptism.
In effect he joined a people. He became member
of the tribe of Christians as Josephus the Jewish
historian of the first century called us. However,
when you move from God’s choice of persons as
members of his chosen people the whole thing
There was no more tribe of Christians there were
the Christian tribes of the Vandals or the Visigoths
or the Franks, who happened to be the first to
take the plunge into the Catholic, Roman, nonArian baptismal pool. The Franks had great names
like Kings Chlodiwg, Sigebert, Chilperic, Queen
Brunhilda and Queen Fredegunda, who couldn’t
stand each other. I mention them just because
these are really cool names. King Chlodwig,
however, is important for our story.
He was the first of the Arian German kings to
convert to Catholicism, admittedly under pressure
from his Catholic wife Queen Clothilda. He realized
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that it could be a win-win situation. The pope in
Rome was being browbeaten by the emperor in
Constantinople, and Chlodwig, or as you may
know him, Clovis, was being browbeaten by his
Romano- Gallic nobility in what is now France.
When he became a Catholic, the pope got a
protector and Clovis got legitimacy in France. It
was smiles all around. The dynasty of Clovis
eventually gave way to the dynasty that included
Charlemagne, God’s chosen monarch par
excellence! The Franks slowly became the French
who talked about the deeds of God through the
French (Gesta Dei per Francos). They never quite
got over the idea, at least not until recently when
they, along with the rest of Europe stopped
believing in God.
Where did this leave the un-chosen Jews? Pretty
much moving from country to country until the
czars of Russia invited them to live in the Slavic
lands of the east. By the way, King Clovis, the king
of the Franks and protector of the Roman Church
was buried in; you guessed it...a church in France
called the Church of the Holy Apostles, just like
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400 years ago and nobody noticed until just now
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St. Lambert Parish
at St. Basil’s, Sister Mary Ella O.P., got after the
boys to go to Quigley. I took the Ashland street car
downtown and then the State Street car to
Chicago Avenue. We started with
45 boys in my room at Quigley.”
By Dolores Madlener
5th Sunday of Easter
Msgr. Richard O’Donnell is pastor
emeritus of Our Lady of Good
Counsel Parish (now Blessed
Sacrament) and will turn 100 Oct. 15.
Msgr. Richard J. O’Donnell is the oldest priest of the
archdiocese. He has lived through two world wars,
the Great Depression and the space age.
Approaching his 100th birthday on Oct. 15, he
reminisced recently about priesthood under six
cardinals, being named a monsignor by the pope,
and his love of baseball.
He is: Msgr. Richard O’Donnell. Ordained in 1935
at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein. He is
pastor emeritus of Our Lady of Good Counsel
Parish (now Blessed Sacrament).
Growing up: “I had a brother and two sisters. Both
my parents were born in County Clare in Ireland.
My dad was a butcher for 32 years at Leyden &
Doyle, a grocery and meat market at Archer and
Locke in Bridgeport. I went to St. Bridget School for
seven years and graduated from St. Basil’s.”
Love of baseball: “I played softball as a kid. We’d
book games with other neighborhoods. Sometimes
we’d get money — sometimes we won and
sometimes we’d lose.” He is
well aware the Chicago Cubs
haven’t won a World Series in
his lifetime. “Yes, 1908 was the
last time, and I was born in
1910. I’ve been a White Sox fan
since I was a little boy and
followed them all my life. My
favorite player was second
baseman Nellie Fox.”
O’Donnell threw out ceremonial
first pitches at White Sox
games in 2001 and 2009.
Then-Father O’Donnell
throws out the first pitch at
a Chicago White Sox game
Aug. 3, 2001. Photo
courtesy Chicago
White Sox
Called to priesthood:
“My brother Edward was an altar boy and he
trained me at St. Bridget’s. The eighth grade nun
What has sustained him: “The rosary is number
one. I have it in my pocket right now. The Mass is
something that happens every day and is
important for you. It’s part of a priest’s life. I read
my breviary every day. Of course, I need my
glasses to read it.”
Voice of experience: Asked how a young pastor
today can keep his spirits up if he’s alone in a
rectory: “Do what Cardinal Bernardin did. He was
busy too. He got up an hour early to get his prayers
in. Prayer, whenever they say it, is very important.
That’s how the priest will get along — by prayer.
It’s a support, because you’re not all alone, you
have God to help you.
“Young priests today will live into their 90s. If they
wonder what to do with the extra time, they can
say their breviary, the official prayer of the church,
and pray for their parishioners. The people are
worried about health, employment and just plain
happiness. They go to a priest and ask for his
prayers. He can help them.”
Recreation: “Television is a blessing today for
someone homebound. At 4 o’clock I turn on the
news. At night I watch the ball game and in the
fall I follow the Bears. I read the Catholic New
World from one end to the other. Years ago I
enjoyed following newspaper sports writers.”
“We’ve had a novena to Our Lady of Good Counsel
here since 1948. I go to it on Tuesday nights. Then
after the novena about 10 of the ladies come over
to the rectory basement and we play bingo.
Sometimes ya win and sometimes ya lose. I’ve
lived in this parish since 1963. I feel at home.
“On Sunday I concelebrate the 9:30 Mass, sitting
on a chair near the altar. The priest brings the book
over and I read part of the consecration. It’s all a
Being a monsignor: When he heard the news he’d
been named a monsignor, “I was surprised.”
Humility has been a hallmark of O’Donnell’s 75
years of priesthood.
Article from Catholic New World.
Flowers are a Mother’s favorite!
Mothers Day Flower Sale On Saturday May 7 and Sunday, May 8
St. Lambert will sell beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers after all Masses. You’ll find the perfect
bouquet from a new, deluxe selections for this year. Each bouquet is wrapped in tissue and
ready to present to your Mother…. Stepmother… Mother-in-law...or Grandmother.
The proceeds from your purchase will be used to help teen girls and young women who are in a
crisis pregnancy situation and need assistance. Please support this life-saving work of
The Women’s Center of Greater Chicagoland.
Thank you for your generous support.
Mixed floral Bouquets- $10, Roses Bouquet- $15, Bouquet of Carnations $10,
Deluxe Hydrangea Bouquets $30

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