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NEW ASSOCIATE PASTOR - Lets us welcome Fr. Andre Beltran to St. Celestine this weekend. Here is Fr. Andre’s autobiography:

Fr. JoAndre Beltran was born and raised in the Philippines by his parents Antonio and Adelina Beltran. His native tongue is Tagalog and he also speaks three other major dialects of the Philippines, Ilocano, Ybanag and Cebuano. In 1985, his family migrated to the United States. For four years, he worked in Bangkok, Thailand and learned to speak the Thai language. He studied Sign Language at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. He ministers to the Deaf Students of Children of Peace School, the only Catholic Deaf School in Illinois. He studied Spanish in Costa Rica and in Madrid, Spain and Bolivia. Fr. Andre has a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical Seminary on the University of Santo Thomas in Manila, Philippines. He earned his Master's Degree in Divinity and Seminary Formation at Mundelein Seminary. In 2001, Francis Cardinal George ordained Fr. Andre a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago at Holy Name Cathedral. After his ordination, he was briefly assigned as the Associate pastor at St. Mary of the Woods. In 2002, he was assigned as the Associate Pastor at Queen of Martyrs in Evergreen Park, IL. For two years, he was the Associate Pastor of St. Francis de Sales in Lake Zurich, IL. Currently he is the Assistant Vocation Director of the Archdiocese and the Associate Pastor at Notre Dame de Chicago. He is also the Regional Director of the National Association of Filipino Priests, USA. His Eminence Cardinal Francis George appointed Fr. Andre Betran as the new Pastor or St. Ita effective July 1, 2012.

THANK YOU - I’d like to thank all of those who participated in our parish’s golf outing this past week, along with all of our sponsors. We enjoyed a beautiful day out on the course at White Pines and had a very enjoyable time at the dinner. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Laurie DePillo and Nancy Mueller for organizing the fundraiser for our parish. Thank you to Elmwood Park’s Deputy Chief Andrew Hock for his guidance, support, and his help was indispensable. I also would like to thank everyone who helped in many different ways to help make this event successful. Thank You!!!

INDEPENDENCE DAY - This Tuesday we will celebrate the 4th of July, Independence Day. We are blessed to live in a freed country and we should thank God for the many blessings that He has bestowed upon our country. We are so grateful for so many people who have served our country in order to keep us safe. To live in freedom is certainly one of the greatest gifts we possess as citizens of the United States of America; to be able to move about freely without restriction or restraint; to be able to worship God openly and with joy; to be able to express our opinion without fear of repercussion – so many things that we simply take for granted. Perhaps we should pause more often to reflect on what we possess.

Please join us at 8 am Mass on Tuesday, July 4 to pray for peace in the world especially for our country and to pray for all the policemen, fire fighters, men and women serving in the military. After Mass, please join us in the Elmwood Park Parade around the neighborhood to celebrate our Independence Day. I am grateful for many of our Cub Scouts from St. Celestine, the students from our school and their parents, our Women's Club and Men's Club and parishioners the who joined us for the parade in previous years. I hope to see many of you in the parade at 9:30 am this Tuesday and please look for St. Celestine Bus at the Circle.

May God bless you all and bless St. Celestine Parish!

In Prayers,
Fr. Paul Cao