November 5, 2021
News from St. Patricia Parish
"Jesus observed the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents." -Mark 12:41-42
Dear Parishioners,

As previously announced, Devin Christianson’s (our Maintenance Director) last day of employment was Friday, November 5th. This Saturday, November 6th, we will recognize him at the 4:00 p.m. Mass. Immediately after Mass, we will have a pizza reception in the School Hall. 

We are happy for him in that he has found something that will advance his career, but sad, too, for we will all truly miss him.  

Devin has been a loyal employee for 29 years. He is smart, thoughtful, and a good worker — cleaning, fixing, cutting the grass, and plowing the snow. He entered into parish life, doing more than maintenance by being a minister to all who came on campus. He has shared in the history of St. Patricia’s Parish — both at the happy times – School Graduations, Parish Anniversaries, Installation of a New Pastor, frequent festive visits from Cardinal Francis George, and at the sad times, the death of long-time parishioners and friends, the death of Father Norbert Chappell and Father Gerald Mulcahy, with whom he was particularly close to. Devin, while sometimes personally involved in the moment, was always present, making sure everything was in order...
Thank You, Mr. Devin Christianson, St. Patricia Director of Maintenance for your 29 years of faithful service!
Please join us for a Thank You Mass on Saturday, November 6th at 4:00 pm Mass. A pizza reception will be held in the School Hall directly following Mass. Please RSVP online below or to the Parish Office (708) 598-5222.

We are sad to say goodbye to Devin but incredibly blessed to have had the honor of working with and knowing him for these past 29 years. We wish him and his family the very best for the future! Though Devin may be moving on, a piece of his heart will always remain here at St. Patricia.

We are grateful for all his hard work and kindnesses! Please be sure to thank him with your presence, or write him a short note of gratitude to the address below. 
Mr. Devin Christianson
c/o St. Patricia Rectory
9050 So 86th Avenue
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
Upcoming Events
Parish Leadership Meeting Follow Up - November 18th
The Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Staff have decided to have a Follow-up Leadership Meeting on Thursday, November 18th at 6:30 p.m. in order to report back on the comments given at our last gathering and to establish two or three Task Forces to advance the ideas into reality. All are invited, and you need not have attended the earlier meeting held on September 29th. Light snacks and pizza will be served. Please RSVP to the Parish Office at (708)598-5222 or online below.
Community Services Sharing Parish - Christmas Gift Giving
HNS New Member Night - November 8th
Christmas Cards Signing for the Troops - November 13th-14th
Kruse’s Krew, along with the St. Patricia Holy Name Society, will be having a Signing of Christmas Cards for our Troops deployed overseas. We will be at all the Masses on November 13th and 14th. I will also be speaking at all the Masses and honoring our Veterans. During the Signing weekend, we will also be accepting homemade cookies or fudge. We ask that you mark your baked goods if they contain nuts. 
Thank you and God Bless! 
Community Services Turkey Drive - November 17th-19th
Help feed families in need this Thanksgiving by donating a turkey to complete a meal basket! We will be accepting donations at the North Door of the Rectory beginning Wed. 11/17 - Fri. 11/19 from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm each day. We are only accepting turkey donations for 2021, please. Thank you for your generous support! Contact Missy Keegan - mkeegan@stpatriciaparish.com or (708)598-5222 with questions.
St. Patricia Religious Education Good News
In November, we celebrate the Saints of God and pray for all the souls of our loved ones who have gone to God. We remember the Veterans who have fought for our country. We set aside a special day to give thanks for all the goodness God has given us. We close our church year by honoring the King of the Universe, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and begin a new year with the Season of Advent, starting the last Sunday of this month. How blessed we are this month!

This week, our Fabulous Fourth Graders are working on creating prayer booklets to help them remember special intentions and to choose prayers. Their teacher, Ms. Christine Purol, and her assistant, Mr. Nicholas Purol, are creatively guiding the class to develop better prayer habits. Way to go, Fourth Grade!

Thank you for your continued support! May God bless you and your family!
In Christ,
Christine Ramos, RE Director
Registration for RE is still available. If you have not registered yet, register soon! Classes have already begun. Classes are on Tuesdays, from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. We offer RE Classes for grades K through 8, as well as Teen RCIA, and Adult RCIA. Please contact the RE office for more information at reled@stpatriciaparish.com or call us at 708-599-1221.
St. Patricia School Good News
October Students of the Month
Congratulations to these students who have shown CARING/EMPATHY to others. We are proud of you!! Mark P. • Adrian G. • Mikayla L. • Sofia H. • Penny C. • David J. • Maja G. • Blessie C. • Glorija R. • Elena D.
Tax Credit Scholarship Program
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
Volunteers Needed
We are in need of Eucharistic Ministers for Weekend Masses!
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ms. Missy Keegan at mkeegan@stpatriciaparish.com or call the Parish Office at (708) 598-5222.
Alpha
Alpha is a program designed particularly for people who would not describe themselves as Christians or churchgoers. It is a series of 15 interactive sessions, typically completed in 11 weeks, including a weekend away, where anyone can explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open, and informal environment. Everyone is welcome! There is no charge to attend Alpha – it is free! After a small meal and time spent getting to know one another, a short talk and group discussion will follow. We are looking for volunteers to be part of this wonderful team to serve as Hosts or Helpers. We will have training sessions twice a year. Please view the video below for an overview of the program.

Please contact Missy Keegan (708) 598-5222, mkeegan@stpatriciaparish.com if you have any questions, want to participate in Alpha (or know someone who would like to), or want to be a volunteer as an Alpha Host or Helper.
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!





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!