December 17, 2021
News from St. Patricia Parish
"When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." - Luke 1:41-42
Dear Parishioners,

We reflect on the meaning of motherhood during the last days of Advent.  

Two mothers-to-be, Elizabeth and Mary – God’s timing is difficult for both women. How much easier it would have been for Elizabeth had her body been more limber and supple? How much easier it would have been for Mary if her child had arrived after her marriage to Joseph? In a culture in which a woman was esteemed for the male children she bore, Elizabeth likely endured accusatory glances and unkind comments throughout her life as people wondered why God was punishing her with barrenness? Likewise, in Mary’s little village of Nazareth, the gossip about her probably started flying once her condition was known...
Upcoming Events
St. Patricia Christmas Mass Schedule
St. Patricia Parish invites everyone to celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ with us in prayer this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! "The people that walked in darkness shall see a great light... For a Child is born to us and a Son is given to us." Isaiah 9:2-7
The Queen of Hearts Returns to St. Patricia!
Kruse Krew Care Packages for our Troops
To My Fellow Parishioners:
Thank you for all the cards and donations you have provided for our troops overseas. It is wonderful to have Patriots like all of you. We will be packing Care packages on Tuesday, December 21st at 6:00 p.m. at 7800 West 89th Place, 2nd Floor, Hickory Hills. I hope to see you there!

Merry Christmas!  
Jim Kruse
Young Adult & Teen Parish Survey
St. Patricia would love to hear from our Young Adults and Teens ages 13-25! Have you gone on a Teen Mission Trip in the past or participated in Religious Education or St. Patricia School events/happenings? Please share your feedback with us to help initiate and improve future programs and activities. Click below to take the survey today!
St. Patricia Religious Education Good News
Wishing you a Blessed and Merry Christmas from St. Patricia’s RE Program! 
May the light of Jesus Christ, our newborn King, shine brightly in your homes and in your hearts.
Mrs. Christine Ramos
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 Faith in Action

We gathered as a school and faith family the morning of December 16th, to celebrate an Advent Mass. Fr. Chris was led in by students from Prek-2nd grade representing the Holy Family and Angels. Thank you Primary Grades for your hard work and presenting a lovely Mass! Merry Christmas!
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!
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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!