February 11, 2022
News from St. Patricia Parish
“Blessed are those who trust in the LORD; the LORD will be their trust. They are like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream.” - Jeremiah 17: 7-8
Dear Parishioners,

At Christmas, I received a book entitled Faith written by former President Jimmy Carter, the Thirty-Ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977-1981. (I know that some of our young parents in our school were not born yet!)

Last Wednesday and Thursday, February 2nd and 3rd, when we were all snowed in due to blizzard-like conditions, I started to read Faith and found it awe-inspiring. With Valentine’s Day approaching, Mr. Jimmy Carter’s reflection on the meaning of Christian love, grace, and mercy are so appropriate.

Former President Carter writes: “To be a Christian, faith is not dormant but causes us to learn more about our Creator and to develop and use our talents in an optimum way..."
COVID-19 Update
Churches in Lake and Most of Suburban Cook Moving to Mask-Optional
The COVID Task Force and Archdiocese of Chicago leadership have continued to assess the evolving situation regarding mask requirements at the state and local levels, declining infection rates in many of our communities, and guidance from health departments.

Beginning Thursday, February 10, archdiocesan churches and chapels in Lake and Suburban Cook Counties (excluding Oak Park and Evanston) can move to mask-optional for all Masses, liturgies, and Religious Education classes. The City of Chicago, Oak Park, and Evanston Health Departments currently have standing orders requiring masks applicable to Masses, liturgies, and Religious Ed classes. We will continue to follow these orders in those municipalities while they are in effect. This mirrors the guidance provided to archdiocesan schools, as well.

To be clear, archdiocesan and parish offices, including parish halls and social gathering places, must wait until the governor’s current statewide mask order is lifted on February 28 before moving to a mask-optional environment. Even then, some municipalities may still have standing orders requiring masks. We will continue to monitor developments in those jurisdictions and communicate updates accordingly.

Lent and Holy Week Directives Coming Soon
In light of the evolving situation surrounding mask mandates and the potential for other changes at the state and/or local level, the Task Force and Office for Divine Worship are developing an update to guidance for Lent and Holy Week to be issued next week.

Peace,
Bishop Robert Casey
Vicar General
2022 Annual Catholic Appeal
Many families in our Parish have already received the Annual Catholic Appeal mailing from Cardinal Cupich. On behalf of those served by the ministries, parishes, and schools who receive funding from the Appeal, we thank you for your gifts. Please return your response as soon as possible. The Annual Catholic Appeal offers a wonderful opportunity to answer the call “Making all things new … God’s promise and our responsibility.” This is especially important as many in our parishes have been affected financially by the pandemic. We encourage giving at all levels to support this initiative. 

In addition to providing for ministries and services throughout the archdiocese, the Annual Catholic Appeal funds services in our own Parish. For example, Appeal Funds support SPRED, Deacon Training, Ministry of Care, School, Religious Education training of Catechists, Young Adult Religious Education, and Evangelization (such as Holy Fire Program for the School and Religious Education). When we financially support the work of our Parish, our Archdiocese, and the Catholic Church throughout the world, we experience a feeling of deep gratitude, especially when we contemplate God’s many gifts to us personally. By sharing our wealth through gifts to the 2022 Annual Catholic Appeal, we demonstrate our commitment to the Church and each other. 
Queen of Hearts Raffle 2.0 News
Week 5 Drawing Results - February 9, 2022
Week 5 is a rollover! All tickets are discarded, the pot rolls over and the jackpot now stands at a minimum of $4,600.00. Our next drawing will be held on Wednesday, February 16th at 6:00 p.m. 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 are on sale after all Masses in the Gathering Space, at the Parish Office Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm, and at Prime Time Restaurant during business hours at our newly installed automated ticket machine!

Please remember when filling out your tickets to include your FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER, and the CARD POSITION NUMBER. Thank you!
Upcoming Events
Holy Name Society Superbowl Update
Thank you for your support of St. Patricia Parish and scholarships for our school children!
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.
Holy Name Fish Fry - Curbside Pick Up - Friday, March 4, 2022
St. Patricia School Good News
In Gratitude

We have incredible parent and grandparent volunteers who give so much to St. Patricia School! It takes a village, and we are so grateful for all your hard work and dedication to making SPS thrive! Our students and teachers created Thank You posters to show their appreciation and showcased them in our halls for Catholic Schools Week.

Special thank you to our Parent's Club for the much-enjoyed staff luncheon they hosted for Catholic Schools Week, it was wonderful!
Athletics News
Dear St. Patricia Families,

Our spring sports season is just around the corner. Registration has been extended for Soccer and forms and payments are due by 2/13/22. Please download below, fill out, and return to the school office with payment.

We are in need of an instructional coach for our K-2nd Co-Ed Soccer team. Coaches and coaches’ families are not asked to help with concessions and all coaches must be Virtus certified and in compliance with the Chicago Archdiocese volunteer requirements.

Please consider joining and helping us create a fun, team environment for the students and youth of St. Patricia School & Parish. If you are interested or have questions please contact our school’s athletic director Ray Fischer. You can reach him by email at rfischer@stpatriciaparish.com.

Thank you, and we hope to see you this spring!

Ray Fischer
St. Patricia School
Athletic Director
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
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!
St. Patricia Parish
9050 S. 86th Ave, Hickory Hills, IL, 60457

Rev. Michael G. Meany - Pastor
MASS SCHEDULE:
Saturday: 4:00 p.m. (Anticipated Mass) 
Sunday: 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. 
Weekdays: Monday thru Friday: 8:30 a.m.
CONFESSIONS:
Saturdays: Before 4:00 p.m. Mass (3:00-3:45 p.m.) By appointment anytime.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
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