The Old St. Mary's Community Weekly Newsletter
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Fr. Brad returns from vacation tomorrow.

Rest in Peace

We regret to inform you of the death of the mother of receptionist, Vanesa Jackson,
Eloise R. Hayes, on Monday, July 19th.

Liam Kenzo Fournillier
was welcomed to the table of the Lord for the first time at the 5 PM Mass
on Saturday, July 17th.

Why a Campaign?

As good stewards of the resources provided annually, the Paulist Fathers are able to fund their ongoing ministries and outreach. However, since that revenue is already earmarked to annual expenses, an extraordinary effort is needed to raise the funds to meet the goals set forth in the Hope for the Future case statement. Those campaign goals include: building a new Paulist House of Mission and Studies, fortifying outreach ministries, supporting senior Paulists and attending to deferred capital needs of Paulist houses around the country.
You can be confident that all funds the Paulist Fathers receive, whether through the Annual Paulist Appeal, the Hope for the Future campaign or other avenues, will be used prudently and effectively in furthering the impact of their ministry, like here at Old St. Mary’s.
To date, our parish has raised $252,506 toward our $1.03 million goal – from just 89 parish families. If all of our parishioners support the campaign at whatever level they can, we will definitely reach our goal and make a huge impact in the future of the Paulist Fathers!

Sunday Worship Aid
July 24-25, 2021


Click below to download/print the PDF file.

Old St. Mary’s is accepting registrations for
Religious Education classes for 2021-2022 school year. The program is open to all
children in kindergarten through eighth grade (or older if they have not been confirmed).
There is an early enrollment discount if registration and payment are made by
September 7th.
The early enrollment fee for 1 child is $250.00 and $125.00 for each additional child in the same family.
After September 7th, the general enrollment fee is $300 for one child and $150 for each additional child in the same family. 
The Sacrament Fee which covers both First Reconciliation and First Communion is $60. Sacrament fee for children preparing for Confirmation is also $60.
There is no discount for sacramental fees.
You can register and make payment on our website: 

Since 2010, on the shores of Lake Michigan, the BCDC has hosted annual sunrise prayer services to pray for the protection of children.


Registration is now open for a Live Virtus Training session on Monday, August 30. Class will begin promptly at 5pm in the Van Buren Room (Room 202) with a maximum capacity of 30 people
Volunteers who wish to sign up will have to create a Virtus Account. Go to click on the Training Button, scroll to Old St. Mary’s and sign up for the August 30th class that is posted. 
It is also important to note that the training is not just for those who are likely to volunteer but for those who might in the future want the opportunity to volunteer.  
For example:
  • ·Adults who help out at children's choir, Altar Servers and or youth lectors, EOMs;
  • · Adults who serve in the concessions, service club, middle school service opportunities, etc.;
  • · Upcoming sports parents whose son/daughter might want to play a sport at OSM;
  • · Upcoming and future theater and arts parents whose son/daughter might want to be in choir, do the play, etc.;
  • · Upcoming academic extracurricular activities such as debate team participants whose parents might help prep students, lead clubs, chaperone meets and competitions; 
  • · Upcoming room parents who want to help at parties, with Christmas and spring programs, field day,etc.;
  • · Morning drop off; and,
  • · FSA events for which children will be in attendance.

If you have any questions, please contact Patti at or by phone at 312-719-1379. 
For those who have been Virtus trained and have any questions regarding their Virtus account please feel free to contact Patti.
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Care for our Common Home:
Take Action with Laudato Si
The Laudato Si Action Platform is the Vatican's long-awaited program for puttingPope Francis' ecological encyclical into action throughout the Church. The pope is inviting all Catholics on a journey "to create the future we want: a more inclusive, fraternal, peaceful and sustainable world." Learn more and pledge your commitment to take action.


Our Old St. Mary’s parish app is still in the early stages of development, but our new giving platform, Pushpay is up and available for your use.  
It is different from Give Central and geared toward USER CONTROL. As such you will be able to keep track of your giving on your smartphone or computer as well as obtain your own giving statements. To begin using Pushpay as a way to share your treasure go to  You can also access it from our website or from this QR code. 
We do ask for your patience as we learn along with you in making the transition to a new giving platform.
PLEASE NOTE: The donation that you had in Give Central will not transfer over to Pushpay. You need to establish a new recurring donation in Pushpay.

Please reach out to us if you need help cancelling your recurring donation with Give Central. You can send an email to or call her at 312-922-3444, ext. 23.

Some have asked about setting up an annual contribution for Christmas and Easter. Right now the only options available are Weekly, Monthly, Bi-Weekly and 1st & 15th of the month. We explained to the developers of this new platform how important it is to have an option to make an annual contribution for occasions such as Christmas and Easter. We are hopeful that this option will be available once our Old St. Mary's app is active.

Thank you once again for responding to our request and making the move to this new payment platform. Please know we appreciate your generosity as well as your patience.
While we're excited to be able to operate at 100% capacity, we need help. We are looking for lectors, eucharistic ministers, ushers, greeters, and especially a sacristan. If you've served in any capacity prior to the pandemic and are ready to return to service OR you are interested in serving in one of these ministries, we need you. Any necessary training will be simple and brief, and we'll be able to accommodate your schedule.
Thank you!
We ask all ministers, veterans and newcomers, to please contact Scott for reactivation.
  • All Masses are open. You no longer need to register to attend.

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask. but are welcome do so if it makes you feel comfortable.

  • If someone is wearing a mask, please give them a little extra space.

  • You may sing and respond. The hymnals are back in the pews.

  • There will still be a worship aid available on our website for those not attending Mass in person.

  • Sanitizing and social distancing for Communion are no longer required.

  • Collection baskets will passed to collect your offerings. Thank you.

  • All Masses will continue to be livestreamed. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is still in effect.
Text to Give - 1.833.245.6595 - text GIVEOSM
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If you don't wish to set up an account in Pushpay, you can make a donation to Old St. Mary's using Quick Pay through Zelle from your bank account.

Zelle is a quick way to pay people you know and trust in minutes.

The email address to use when setting up your gift is

For more information about Quick pay through Zelle or to see if your bank has this feature, visit Get Started with Zelle

Old St. Mary's Church is Chicago's First Catholic Parish Established in 1833
Served by the Paulist Fathers since October 12,1903.

Phone Number: 312.922.3444
Old St. Mary's Church
1500 S Michigan Ave,
Chicago, IL 60605