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November 17, 2022

Hi SPS Families,

I can't believe we are one week away from Thanksgiving! I am extremely thankful for the opportunity I have been given here at St. Patricia and I am thankful for the great community of students, parents, families, and staff that came with this opportunity!

We had our Thanksgiving feast for PreK-2nd grade students yesterday. We could not have pulled this event off without the help of our parent volunteers who helped setup, prepare the food, decorate, donate food and water, and clean up. The kids and staff had a great time and it brought back some memories for me as well!

Report cards for the first trimester will go home with the kids tomorrow, Friday. If you have any questions about any grades, please contact that teacher directly or talk to them at parent/teacher conferences. Please remember that there is no school on Tuesday because of parent/teacher conferences.  

I want to let you know that our PE teacher, Mrs. Debbie Page-O'Connell, has resigned her PE teaching position here at SPS. Mrs. Page-O'Connell will be taking care of her mom on a full-time basis and needs to focus on the needs of her mom at this time. Please keep Debbie and her family in your thoughts and prayers. I am in the process of finding a replacement for Mrs. Page-O'Connell and I will keep you updated as the weeks progress.

We have had an abundance of students out sick from school this past week. We are trying our best to make sure that any illnesses don't spread here at school so if your child(ren) exhibits any symptoms that may be contagious, please keep them home from school for the day. 

As always, if you need anything, please don't hesitate to contact me and I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! 


Erick Passarelli '04


Important Dates

  • 11/18 - Report Cards
  • 11/18 - Popcorn Day 
  • 11/21 - Thanksgiving Mass 8:30am
  • 11/22 - NO SCHOOL
  • 11/22 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 11/22-11/27 - Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/27 - 1st Sunday of Advent
  • 11/28 & 11/29 - Parish Advent Mission
  • 11/30 - Student Council Meeting
  • 12/2 - Frozen Treat Day
  • 12/3 - Festival of Lights
  • 12/4 - 2nd Sunday of Advent
  • 12/6 - 1:30pm Dismissal
  • 12/6 - Take Out Tuesday at Buona
  • 12/7-12/9 - Santa’s Workshop
  • 12/8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • 12/8 - All School Mass 8:30 am
  • 12/9 - Poinsettia Pick Up 9am-3pm
School Calendar

Dear Parishioners,

Our Advent Mission, November 26th-27th, led by Father Mike Knotek, will give us some substance and hope as we prepare for Christmas. He will speak at all the Masses on the weekend and then lead the mission reflection on Monday and Tuesday evening, November 28th and 29th at 7:00 p.m.  He promises to feed us with solid food, rooted in the gospel.

Our Advent Theme is from Isaiah: "Come, let us climb the LORD's mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths." 

Advent Calendars will be given out to all Parishioners this weekend at all masses. Yes, everyone! I encourage families, single people, and those who live alone to say the prayers and take the time to spiritually walk through the four weeks of Advent. In the midst of so much trouble and sadness in the world, we need to recognize our blessings!

Continue reading Fr. Meany's Letter: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: November 20, 2022

The season of Advent will begin on Sunday, November 27th. For the Catholic Church, the Advent wreath is a special way to celebrate the month leading up to Christmas Day. All SPS families will receive an Advent Wreath Activity Kit this week.

Advent Wreath Activity Kit Guidelines

To begin, you’ll need to decide where to place your wreath. If your family has young children, plan to position the wreath so that they can safely and independently view it. 

Next, choose a time and place for your personal/family devotions. There is one devotion for each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas and a daily devotion. Traditionally, each candle is “lit” on Sunday. If celebrating with family, talk with your family members and come up with a plan that best fits your family. You can even share a special time every Sunday with friends and family near and far – by lighting the candle at the same time and knowing that all are taking a moment for prayer together. 

The Season of Advent and the Advent Wreath
SPS Good News

All School Veterans Day Mass

SPS honored our Veterans at an All School Mass on November 11th led by the 2nd grade class. We are grateful to the brave men and women who have served our country! Thank you 2nd grade students for your hard work, you did a great job leading us in prayer!


Important Information

Frozen Treat Day - December 2nd

Please submit your orders online and send cash payment into the school office. All orders are due by Tuesday, November 29th. Please note that the Oreo Ice Cream Bar is $2.

Order Frozen Treat Online

Creative Artists at Play - December Registration

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Upcoming Events

Student Council Popcorn Day

Bags of freshly made popcorn will be available during lunch periods! Thank you for your support!

Festival of Lights Saturday, December 3rd

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3rd! St. Patricia will be hosting our annual Festival of Lights, featuring a special visitor from the North Pole, hot cocoa and cookies, games, and fun for the whole family! The Festival will run directly following 4:00 pm Mass from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Gym. 

We will be having an outdoor decoration set up day on Tuesday, November 22nd from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Please sign up below to help make our St. Patricia campus merry and bright! Jr. High students are welcome with their parents to help set up, the students will earn service hours.

We are also in need of volunteers to help decorate the Gym on Friday, Dec. 2nd from 3:00 - 5:30 pm and to help at the event on Dec. 3rd. Bakers - earn volunteer hours by donating delicious cookies! Jr. High/High School students are very welcome to volunteer to help run games and crafts and to serve cookies and cocoa! Sign up below!

Sign up for Outdoor Decorating 11/22
Sign Up for Indoor Decorating, Baking, and Event Help

Support SPS

Honey Baked Ham Holiday Fundraiser

A great way to support SPS this holiday season! Purchase electronic gift cards online and use the gift cards to purchase your holiday ham, turkey, sides, or desserts at The HoneyBaked Ham store in Orland Park or other locations nationwide.

Purchase a gift card for yourself, a friend, or family member today! Simply follow the link on this fundraiser and put in your desired dollar value amount of the gift card you'd like to purchase. Our school will receive 20% of each purchase. Consider your next holiday, special occasion, or weeknight dinner an easy win by purchasing these gift cards today! There's so much to choose from!

Learn More and Order Your Gift Cards Today!

Take Out Tuesday - December 6th

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Virtus Training

As a reminder, Virtus training is mandatory for all wishing to volunteer at St. Patricia School. This program is required by the Archdiocese of Chicago. If you have any questions, please direct them to the school office. Thank you for your support!

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