January 6, 2023
News from St. Patricia Parish
“And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.” - Matthew 2:9
Dear Parishioners,

Today, the Epiphany of the Lord, is a feast of manifestation (epipháneia), or to put it another way, the showing forth of Emmanuel to the nations represented by the Magi. The beauty of this imaginative narration encourages us to take time for keen listening, silent reflection, and to move beyond the ordinary by giving God our full attention. 

As we hear their story, are we mindful of strangers that come to our own place, not in rich robes but usually in the poverty of contemporary seekers and stargazers: the refugees and asylum seekers from any nations, those tired of hypocrisy and disillusioned about political power mongering, the young and not so young who want a star to rise in their lives that is worth following even if the journey may be difficult. 

The Christmas Season will soon be over, but the epipháneia of its mystery must draw us first to thanksgiving and then to a lifelong journey towards the vision of a new and reconciled humanity united in Christ. 

Thank you for your financial generosity to the Parish and to all those in need during this Christmas season. Thanks even more for sharing your faith and love! May God Bless you and your family all through the New Year!  
Father Mike Meany
Parish Happenings
EPIPHANY HOUSE BLESSING — If you wish, you can celebrate Epiphany at home with a blessing using the initials of the magi’s traditional names (Casper, Melchior, Balthasar), four crosses, and the new year’s numerals. 
Materials: a piece of chalk and a small container of holy water. Gather with family members, friends, and perhaps some neighbors at the front door.

Leader: In the (+) name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. We sign this doorway with four crosses and the numerals of the new year. [20 + C + M + B + 23] Let us pray: May Christ bless this house!
ALL: Amen!
Each room of the house is sprinkled with holy water.
Living Room: Where two or three are gathered in your name, Lord, you are present. Bless this room, O Lord.
ALL: Amen!
Kitchen: Give us this day our daily bread. Bless this room, O Lord.
ALL: Amen!
Dining Room: Prepare us for the heavenly banquet. Bless this room, O Lord.
ALL: Amen!
Bedrooms: Stay with us Lord, when night has come. Bless this room, O Lord.
ALL: Amen!
Bathroom: Cleanse us from all sin. Bless this room, O Lord.
ALL: Amen!
All return to the front door to pray together.
Leader: Let us pray as Jesus taught us:
Our Father . . . The leader sprinkles all present with holy water.
Bless this household through all days to come, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, forever and ever.
ALL: Amen!        
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The Catechism in a Year
Join us in a great New Year’s resolution that will change your life – let’s read the entire Catechism in a year!
St. Patricia is inviting our parishioners and friends to join us in reading the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church together using Fr. Mike Schmitz’s podcast, “The Catechism in a Year,” beginning January 1st. With this podcast, we won’t just read the Catechism in 365 days… this podcast will help us understand what it means to be Catholic and allow those truths to shape our daily lives!
You can find this podcast on any podcast app, on YouTube, or just by clicking this link! www.ascensionpress.com/pages/ciy-registration-parish
First Saturday Devotions at St. Patricia
Join us at St. Patricia Church every 1st Saturday of the month. Our next gathering is on January 7, at 8:00 a.m.
Stay Connected to St. Patricia
As we continue to rely more on email communication and online interactions, we encourage you to share this email with your contacts!

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Get Involved!
St. Patricia Ministries help our parish and local community grow in the faith. The Ministry Booklet contains a description of each Ministry here at our Parish, along with contact information about joining. Please consider joining a new Ministry to grow your relationship with St. Patricia’s faith community.

Enroll in Online Giving Today!
St. Patricia Parish uses GiveCentral for online giving. Set up regular donations, your weekly Sunday Offering, pay school and religious education fees, and more. Online giving is a great way to save time and manage your charitable giving without ever writing a check!

Please click the link to learn more. God bless you for your generosity!
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Be sure to log in through smile.amazon.com each time you place an order so it credits to our account. Please consider doing this every time you place an order with Amazon.com. It’s free to you and it’s a wonderful way to benefit our parish and school!
St. Patricia Parish
9050 S. 86th Ave, Hickory Hills, IL, 60457

Rev. Michael G. Meany - Pastor
Saturday: 4:00 p.m. (Anticipated Mass) 
Sunday: 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. 
Weekdays: Monday thru Friday: 8:30 a.m.
Saturdays: Before 4:00 p.m. Mass (3:00-3:45 p.m.) By appointment anytime.

RECTORY OFFICE: 708-598-5222
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Closed 12 p.m. -1 p.m.) 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
St. Patricia School Contact Information:
9000 S. 86th Ave, Hickory Hills, IL 60457
Phone: 708-598-8200
School Website: www.stpatriciaschool.org
Fax: 708-598-8233

Religious Education Contact Information:
9000 S. 86th Ave, Hickory Hills, IL 60457
Phone: 708-599-1221