December 9, 2022
News from St. Patricia Parish
Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.” -Matthew 11:4-5
Dear Parishioners,

The Advent Season is a time to reflect and pray about our lives in Christ. The vantage point of our prayer is not from afar, or in some vague, abstract way, but rather very intimately. It is like children overhearing their parents talk about how proud they are about their schoolwork and what they are planning to give them for Christmas. Our Advent prayer is about us — about how our God loves us and talks about us each day. 

This Advent focus comes from the Nativity gospels. We must realize that the gospels are rooted in a real historical person, Jesus, a person who lived two thousand years ago, and not a mythical figure or religious idea. John the Baptist, Herod, Mary and Joseph, and the whole cast of characters help us to see the presence of God is in our lives and the forces within that seek to pull us in a different way. 

The disciples who followed Him were real people with so many of the same human flaws that we fight within ourselves and outside us each day. The disciples ran away in cowardice and fear after Jesus’ arrest. Despite their weaknesses, God transformed them and pointed them out in mission. 
For us, we must be careful not to limit the meaning of mission. It should not be relegated to churchy things alone, as important as those activities are. 

Mission means much more. The justice, healing, and hope that are born anew within the disciples and us must be lived out at home and in the workplace. The Spirit, which we become aware of through our prayer life, sets out to make visible God’s mercy and love through our lives of humble service.  

Mission leads us to forgiving our brother or sister, being ethical at work, spending more time with our family, working at eliminating an addiction, and actively supporting a charity. Our lives of mission are all manifestations of the goodness of God breaking through us, and enabling us to pour out our lives for those in need and for the common good. Christ’s presence is always with us but through our actions. He is made visible to us and the world in a special way at Christmas. 

While we recognize the weaknesses of our life, we remain hopeful and confident that God will continue to reveal Himself to us now and in the future. The Kingdom has not fully arrived, but we do our part to help each other to remain open to His coming by concretely living a life of faith, hope, and love.  
The “day” of judgment will come. The types of lives we lead do matter. 
Father Mike Meany
Parish Happenings
We blessed our new Nativity Scene after the 4:00 pm Mass on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. Thank you to all who joined us in prayer!
School Hall and attached Kitchen Construction Update
Community Services - December
Upcoming Events
Knight of Columbus - Keep Christ in Christmas
Holy Name December Events
Children's Christmas Concert
Children's Christmas Program
Queen of Hearts 50/50 Raffle
Game #3 - Week 9- It’s a Rollover! Position #15 was chosen revealing the 9 of ♠️!
Congratulations to Rafi R. for having their ticket pulled and winning a $50 Gift Card to Prime Time 

Next Drawing: Wednesday 12/14/22 at 6:00 pm at Prime Time. Jackpot is over $3,145.00 and climbing! Will you find the Queen? 👑❤️
Support Catholic Education
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
Congratulations to our hard-working Bobcat students! We are very proud of your academic achievements, keep up the wonderful work!
Employment Opportunity
December 2022 Legacy Planning
Daily Advent Prayer on Hallow
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!

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!
Support St. Patricia on Amazon Smile
Please keep St. Patricia in mind if you shop on Amazon. When you order from, you may designate that a contribution of 0.5% of your total order will be donated to St. Patricia Church. Simply visit, login, and search for St. Patricia Church as your charitable organization, or follow this link:

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