December 10, 2021
News from St. Patricia Parish
"Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who had none. And whoever has food should do likewise."
- Luke 3:11
Dear Parishioners,

St. Paul to the Philippians – Rejoice in the Lord always!  
What this does not mean is that we always have to be happy, always on an emotional high – running around! 

Rather, St. Paul is reminding us that as believers we are basically optimistic. We are hopeful people. Our life is more like a comedy and not a tragedy. Yes, there is darkness and shadow, but in the end, goodness wins out...
Upcoming Events
Festival of Lights - Rescheduled for December 12th at 5:00 pm
Due to poor weather, the Festival of Lights has been rescheduled. All are invited to join us for the Festival of Lights on Sunday, December 12th as we celebrate the magic of Christmas with our St. Patricia community! SPS and Religious Education classes decorate Christmas trees that will be on display, Fr. Meany will offer a blessing to our Manger and Trees, and refreshments will be on hand. It is an excellent occasion to invite friends and family to join you to share a wonderful holiday evening together! We hope to see you then!

Please note, parking will be available in the Main Church lot only. Thank you.
The Queen of Hearts Returns to St. Patricia!
St. Patricia Knights of Columbus - Keep Christ in Christmas Sale
The St. Patricia Knights of Columbus will be holding a Keep Christ in Christmas Sale in the gathering space of the Church after all the weekend Masses of December 11th and 12th. Some of the items for sale include: tree ornaments, tabletop Nativity scenes for children, Advent calendars, and Keep Christ in Christmas yard signs.

All proceeds benefit our mission of Charity in our local St. Patricia community. Thank you!
St. Patricia Christmas Mass Schedule
The Parish is holding Reconciliation Prayer Service on December 15th at 7:00 pm in Church. Mass times for Sunday, December 26th will follow the usual Sunday Schedule.
St. Patricia Religious Education Good News
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
Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Service

St. Patricia's 5th Grade Class presented a beautiful prayer service honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe and telling the story of Juan Diego following our All School Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday, December 8th!
Tax Credit Scholarship News
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!





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 This Holiday Season
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!