November 25, 2022
News from St. Patricia Parish
"You must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come." -Matthew 24:44
Dear Parishioners,

Advent begins this Sunday! It is a time to pray and work to embrace the four “cardinal” virtues: Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude. Book of Wisdom 8:7 asserts, “If one loves justice, the fruits of her works are virtues; for she teaches moderation and    prudence, justice, and fortitude, and nothing in life is more useful than these.”  

The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality gives some thoughtful definitions of which I have shortened and paraphrased.  These four virtues have been termed “cardinal” (from the  Latin root cardo, “hinge”) because all other virtues have been seen as dependent on what they embrace: the ability to discern (prudence), respect for the rights of others (justice), courage in the face of challenges and frustrations (fortitude), and moderation of bodily appetites (temperance). 
Prudence is the virtue that seeks the best way to do the right thing in a specific circumstance. Be practical. Apply general principles to a real situation — thinking clearly and not dreaming about life that is not rooted in reality. Bishop Gustavo often praised me for being so practical!

Justice is the virtue concerned with giving to others what is their due. In modern history, the Church has enunciated the need for a just social order and has urged all to take part in achieving this goal. The goal is to treat people fairly no matter what position they hold in life. Respect for everyone is the key.
The virtue of fortitude involves the standing firm in hope against all pressures, even death. In situations of suffering, desolation, and controversy, it is fortitude or courage that moderates a person’s feelings of anger by strengthening it against fear and curbing the human propensity of lashing out in destructive behavior.

Temperance is the virtue that moderates one’s bodily appetites and disposes of them for development of the whole person. Maintaining a balance or temperate rhythm of life has long been recommended as essential to growth in holiness. Each person has his or her own spiritual equilibrium that they must discover. 
Temperance encourages one to treat sensual instincts not at ends in themselves but as a means to an end, the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God. It challenges our modern society’s notions - that if it feels good, then do it! One chooses to temper or channel the sources of power that lie under one’s control, not because the human appetite for pleasure is intrinsically evil, but rather when left unchecked, it can block us from being open to experience that life has another and deeper source—God. 

With prayers at Advent and always,
 Father Mike Meany
Parish Happenings
Advent Parish Mission
Father Knotek will speak on the Advent Parish Mission on November 26th-27th. He will speak at all the Masses that weekend and then lead the mission reflection on Monday and Tuesday evenings, November 28th-29th at 7:00 p.m. Please invite family and friends to enter into this sacred time.
Community Services News
THANK YOU TO Mr. Joe Kunnengode and the St. Patricia Knights Council 282! St. Patricia SPRED has dreams for the future.
The most generous gift of $1,069.65 was presented to us on November 7th at the Knights Dinner on the evening of their 125th Anniversary celebration at Camelot Banquets in Hickory Hills. That is a lot of pizza and popcorn for our Special Friends and so much more. These mere words of thanks do not express our gratitude for being able to treat our Special Friends and support their needs.
Deb Christensen, SPRED Coordinator
Support Catholic Education
Tax Credit Scholarship Letter ID Drive
Request your Letter ID today! Wait until Dec. 1 to make your donation and take advantage of the 1-for-1 Matching Program. Please view to find further detailed instructions on completing your donation. As a reminder, under the Invest in Kids Act, corporate donors are not permitted to direct their donation to a specific school.

Have Questions? Need Help? Please contact Julie Villegas-Suarez at 708-598-8200 ext 31 or
Upcoming Events
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! We can't wait to celebrate the season, please invite family members and friends to join you! The event will directly follow Saturday 4:00 pm Mass and will take place in the Parish Center.
Queen of Hearts 50/50 Raffle
Please note there will be NO tickets sale Thanksgiving Weekend - 11/26 & 11/27.

Next Drawing: Wednesday 11/30/22 at 6:00 pm at Prime Time.
Jackpot is over $2,8500.00 and climbing! Will you find the Queen? 👑❤
Religious Education Good News
Show your spirit and pride for our
St. Patricia Religious Education program! Order your spiritwear today!

Our online store for St. Patricia RE Spiritwear is officially open! We are offering short sleeved t-shirts, long sleeved t-shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, quarter zip cadet jackets, and jogger sweatpants! You can even request to have your name printed on the back of the t-shirts and sweatshirts for an extra $3!

The online store will be open from now until Sunday, December 18th, so please place your order soon. Orders will be fulfilled in January.
St. Patricia School Good News
Hello Mr. Turkey! Our youngest Bobcats - PreK and Kindergarten - performed at the Thanksgiving Feast and did a spectacular job!
November 2022 Legacy Planning
First Saturday Devotions at St. Patricia
Join us at St. Patricia Church every 1st Saturday of the month. Our next gathering is on December 3, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.
Stay Connected to St. Patricia
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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.

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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:
Fax: 708-598-8233

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