February 25, 2022
News from St. Patricia Parish
A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
-Luke 6:43-44
Dear Parishioners,

Ash Wednesday, March 2nd, Lent begins! 

The priest or deacon rubs the ashes on your forehead and says, “Remember, you are dust and dust you shall return.” The gospel for Ash Wednesday urges us to “Pray, Fast and Give Alms.” All our Lenten disciplines are to be done in secret so as not to draw undue attention to our self for fear we would do them for praise rather than out of sincerity of heart.

What is the ultimate goal of Lent?...
Ash Wednesday - March 2, 2022
Burning of Palms
In preparation for Ash Wednesday on March 2nd, Parishioners are asked to bring in their old palms to be burned. There will be a blue plastic bin in the gathering space of the church. Please return the palms by no later than Sunday, February 27th.

Please remove all rubber bands, staples, and bags before placing the palms in the bin. Thank you!
2022 Annual Catholic Appeal
We at St. Patricia Parish, invite you to spend some time this week reflecting on the Annual Catholic Appeal materials you have read in the bulletin, E-news, or received in the mail.

The new Annual Catholic Appeal theme, “Making all things new … God’s promise and our responsibility,” is an important theme as we prayerfully consider our support for the Appeal but also important for embracing the life that the Lord wants us to live.

Each pledge makes a difference! All parish communities participate in the campaign and
the gifts of many enable our parishes, schools, and ministries to deliver needed services.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generous response.

To make your gift, you can complete the mail-in giving envelope available at church or
make a gift online. Please click the button below for secure online giving.
Queen of Hearts Raffle 2.0 News
Week 6 Drawing Results - February 16, 2022
Our Week 7 drawing was a rollover! Position #5 was chosen revealing the Queen of Diamonds♦️. The 50/50 Jackpot climbs to over $5,520.00! Congratulations K. Ati. for having their ticket pulled and winning a $50 gift certificate to Prime Time as a consolation prize!

There will be NO DRAWING on Wednesday, March 2nd due to Ash Wednesday. Our next drawing will be on Wednesday, March 9th at 6:00 pm at Prime Time, all are welcome to join us for 25% off appetizers. Can't make it? Check out the drawing live on our parish Facebook page www.facebook.com/stpatriciaparish or visit our website www.stpatriciaparish.com for updates.

​Tickets for Week 8 are on sale at Prime Time Restaurant & Bar during business hours at our automated ticket machine, the Parish Office 9am-4pm Mon-Fri, and will be sold after all Masses this weekend. Be sure to purchase tickets each week to be entered to win!
Upcoming Events
Holy Name Fish Fry - Curbside Pick Up - Friday, March 4, 2022
Parish Lenten Bible Study 2022
No Greater Love is a five-part Bible study program that begins on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, and is online only. You can attend online any day or time during the online access. For online access to the program, it is $24.99. Please make your check payable to St. Patricia Parish, and mark the envelope with attention to Missy. Please send Missy your name, phone number and email address, and I will forward you the link to attend the Bible study. For more information or to register, please contact Missy at 708-598-5222 or mkeegan@stpatriciaparish.com.
Ministers of Care Training
St. Patricia School Good News
Students of the Month

Congratulations to our February Students of the Month! This month’s theme is Responsibility and we are very proud of the following students for being shining examples of responsible choices and behaviors in the classroom!

Pre K – Christopher S
Kindergarten – Anna J & Maria J
1st Grade – Natalia G
2nd Grade – Anna K
3rd Grade – Lily K
4th Grade – Julia M
5th Grade – Vivienne L
6th Grade – Isaac V
7th Grade – Paulina G
8th Grade – Frankie L
Principal Update

We welcomed Ms. Mary Iannucilli this week to the halls of St. Patricia School! Ms. Iannucilli will serve as our interim principal for the remainder of the school year.

Ms. Iannucilli is a respected educator who retired as Principal of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School, Orland Hills, in June of 2019 after 11 years. (CJB was named a Blue-Ribbon School two times!) Ms. Iannucilli holds a BA in English Literature from Rosary College and holds two master’s Degrees in School Administration and Counselor Education from Dominican University. Before her time at CJB, Ms. Iannucilli, was an Assistant Superintendent for the Office of Catholic Schools, President/Principal at Seton Academy in South Holland, Principal of Lourdes High School, and began her career at the Chicago Public Schools. 

We are incredibly blessed to have her as part of our St. Patricia community! Please give her a warm welcome!

For more information on the status of the efforts principal selection process for next school year, please read Fr. Meany's letter below. Thank you.
Take Out Tuesday - March 1st

Take Out Tuesdays is a fundraising program run by SPS Parent’s Club. On the 1st Tuesday of the month, coinciding with 1:30pm early dismissal, we partner with a local restaurant to earn a percentage of sales to be donated to the school. Restaurant selection is different each month. Take the night off from cooking, enjoy some family time, and support SPS!
Athletics News
On Saturday, February 19, 2022, the St. Patricia Athletics Program recognized Jen Rutledge as the 2021-22 Coach of the Year! Coach Rutledge has played a key role in helping create a successful Girls Volleyball program and her commitment to recruiting and mentoring coaches has been integral to the future of youth sports for our Bobcat athletes.

The award was presented by Rick Kelleher, a long-time St. Patricia Coach who is much loved by the community. Coach Rick began his coaching career the same way countless others have before, he stepped up when no one else volunteered to coach. “At the time, I viewed it as a burden. After a few years, I began to think differently. I had met so many fantastic boys and girls as well as their families that I couldn’t wait for another season to begin! I now know that this experience has been a true gift to me, and I find myself grateful and forever thankful to St. Patricia for asking me back all these years. I’m so happy and proud to have answered that long ago call. I thank God and thank you, St. Patricia!”

The Athletic Program is incredibly proud to be able to honor Coach Rutledge and we are so grateful to Coach Kelleher for his many years of dedication. St. Patricia is blessed to have both these amazing coaches share their time, talent, and love of the game with our student athletes! Thank you!
Mass Intentions for 2022 - Now Open
Would you like to remember your loved ones at our Masses - perhaps for the anniversary of their death, their birthday, or for their health? Their names will be printed in the weekly bulletin. Mass Cards are available on request.
For more information or to reserve your Masses, please call the Parish Office at (708)598-5222 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or email us at: rectory@stpatriciaparish.com
Stay Connected...
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 of Parish happenings. Our website has added Spiritual Resources to help you worship at home. Also, 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!
Thank you to all those who are mailing and dropping off their parish envelopes and donations, as always your support is greatly appreciated. As we begin our Parish Reopening, please note that collection baskets will not be passed at church. You may submit your envelope in the designated drop off in the Gathering Space before Mass begins or at the Rectory.

Online giving is still strongly being encouraged. We have a great tool via Give Central available where you can make an offertory contribution to our St. Patricia family and keep the vital ministries and services we provide going. 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 Amazon.com, you may designate that a contribution of 0.5% of your total Amazon.com order will be donated to St. Patricia Church. Simply visit www.smile.amazon.com, login, and search for St. Patricia Church as your charitable organization, or follow this link: smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2428437

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