As we prepared to celebrate the Feast of St. Jeanne Jugan on August 30th, our spirits were fed through the guidance of Fr James J. Delaney, C.S.Sp. and Fr. Jim Kubicki, S.J.
On August 27th and 28th, Fr. Delaney led a two day retreat with Residents and on Friday, August 29th he led a day long retreat with Association Jeanne Jugan Members.
During that time he emphasized the two sacraments of healing, the Sacrament of Confession and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. He explained that the side effect of Original Sin is to have a weaken will, our intellect is dimmed and we have a strong inclination for evil. It’s easier for us to sin then to do good works. The beautiful Sacrament of Confession gives us sanctifying grace to resist the temptation of sin.
Fr. Delaney spoke about the special grace of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. This sacrament gives us grace as strengthening, and peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that are associated with disease, illness and/or dying. We prayed for the grace to adapt ourselves to our present state of life. Father administered the Anointing of the Sick to all those who everyone who desired to receive it…
Father ended speaking about the great love that Mary and Joseph have for us and what powerful intercessors they are.
On Saturday, August 30th, the Feast of St. Jeanne Jugan, we were blessed to have Fr. James Kubicki, the National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer as the main celebrant at Mass. Concelebrating with him was Fr. Tim Fairman, Pastor at St. Theresa Church in Palatine, Fr. Matt Jamesson, Associate Pastor at St. Theresa Church, Fr. George Auger, Chaplain at St. Joseph’s Home, Fr. James Delany and St. Joseph Home Resident, Fr. Frank Kiley O.F.M, Conv.
Fr. Kubicki gave a wonderful homily about Jeanne Jugan, which he posted on his website. You can read the full homily by clicking here.
He also interviewed Sr. Maria Grace for his radio show on Radio Maria. You can listen to the interview by clicking here and choosing August 30th.
From (l to r) Fr. Matt Jamesson, Fr. George Auger, Fr. Jim Kubicki, Fr. James Delany, Fr. Tim Fairman, and Fr. Frank