December 2, 2022
News from St. Patricia Parish
"In those days John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” -Matthew 3:1-2
Dear Parishioners,

The Second Sunday of Advent is already upon us! I hope you are all using your Advent Wreath to prepare spiritually for Christmas and be ready for the relatives and friends that you will celebrate with at Christmas.

At the Christmas dinner table, we hopefully sit around a round table. At a round table, those seated really have to look at each other. With an oblong table, you can ignore most of the people.

By really looking at someone, it can change our perception of that person. We are not looking down at them but are making a connection to them.

True humility leads us to community. God is the source of all that is, and everything we have comes from God. No one is better than anyone else in God’s eyes. All are equal. When we realize that God is God — and we are not — then, we have true humility because we recognize our place in the world.

We need to see others as God sees them, which might help us to be less judgmental and more loving.
At the many Christmas gatherings, whether you are seated at a round table or not, look across the table at your next meal and imagine how God sees that person.

Sometimes, we have family issues that keep us from encountering the relatives. Perhaps, the Advent Wreath at your kitchen table will remind you to make a regular prayer time each day. The Little Blue Book that some of you purchased encourages all of us to take time for prayer each day.

A day is comprised of a total of 1,440 minutes. I am asking you to give six minutes out of the 1,440 minutes in a day to prayer during the four weeks of Advent. You can give more than six minutes if you wish. But the main goal is to pray every day.

People who pray regularly will tell you that it works best if you do it at a set time every day. The key is to make it part of your schedule, not something you try to squeeze in whenever. It can vary at times, but you need a basic pattern. You cannot simply say, “I’ll do it when I get a chance.”
With prayers for you and yours this Advent season,
Father Mike Meany
Parish Happenings
The New Nativity Scene will be blessed at the Festival Lights - Saturday, December 5th, after the 4 p.m. Mass
This weekend at all Masses a second collection will be taken for our Christmas Flowers and Nativity Scene. Memorial donations are being accepted at the Rectory office. You may also offer a donation via Give Central below. Thank you!
Upcoming Events
Festival of Lights - Saturday, December 3rd
Join us this 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 kids from 1 to 92 (and everyone else too!).

This year our Christmas Tree display will be indoors in the gym. We can't wait to celebrate the season, please invite family members and friends to join you! The event will directly follow Saturday's 4:00 pm Mass with the Blessing of our new Nativity scene and will take place in the Parish Center.
Holy Name December Events
Queen of Hearts 50/50 Raffle
Game #3 - Week 8- It’s a Rollover! Position #34 was chosen revealing the 10 of ❤️!
Congratulations to Carol T. for having their ticket pulled and winning a $50 Gift Card to Prime Time 

Next Drawing: Wednesday 12/7/22 at 6:00 pm at Prime Time. Jackpot is over $2,990.00 and climbing! Will you find the Queen? 👑❤️
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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
For the past 10 weeks, the 5th grade class has been working hard on learning about making positive choices, respecting themselves and others, and choosing to lead lives free from violence, substance use, and other dangerous behaviors in the DARE program. A special thank you to Officer Franks for his excellent teaching and leadership! Awesome job 5th Grade!
December 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
As we continue to rely more on email communication and online interactions, we encourage you to share this email with your contacts!

Please visit our Facebook Page for photos, announcements, and updates on Parish happenings. Be sure you are signed up to continue to receive our weekly newsletter. Stay connected with St. Patricia Parish!

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 each time you place an order so it credits to our account. Please consider doing this every time you place an order with 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:
Fax: 708-598-8233

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