August 27, 2021
News from St. Patricia Parish
"Give the Lord Glory and Honor"
St. Patricia's Feast Day
St. Patricia’s Feast Day was Wednesday, August 25th.

We will be celebrating her feast day on Saturday, August 28th at the 4:00 p.m. Mass and on Sunday, August 29th at the 9:30 a.m. Mass. A crowning ceremony will follow after these Masses. All are welcome to join us in honoring our patroness!
COVID-19 Update
August 25, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

Protecting the health and safety of our program participants, parish staff, and volunteers, while providing them with an excellent, in-person faith formation experience, remains our priority.

Faithful citizenship is key. We expect our families to take personal responsibility for the common good and their own safety. Taking every precaution to reduce the spread of the virus is an act of charity toward our sisters and brothers in Christ, particularly those too young to receive vaccine protection.

As Pope Francis has said, “I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life, but also the lives of others.”

The Archdiocese of Chicago has now required all to wear a mask for entry into all Archdiocesan Parish facilities and all Archdiocesan Employees are to be vaccinated or show proof of being COVID-19 free per weekly test. Employees can submit a request for a waiver due to medical reasons, which will be reviewed and approved by the COVID-19 Task Force. 

Please pray for all nurses, doctors, and first responders as we face this ever-changing situation. We are most appreciative of their heroic dedication over the past year and a half and ask God to keep them safe and healthy. 

I am aware of the stress that many of you are experiencing as we continue to deal with this health crisis. I ask everyone to be patient and charitable in their conversations and conduct. 

God bless you and be safe!
Fr. Mike Meany
St. Patricia School News
We are so excited to kick off the 2021-22 school year at St. Patricia! Our hallways are full again with the sounds of students; singing in Music, speaking in Spanish, praying at the start and end of each day, and engaging with their Teachers as active learners in the classroom. Ms. Veronica Skelton Cash, our new principal, shared that, "this year's theme for the school will be “Strength for the Journey.” In his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul reminds us that we can “do all things through God who strengthens us.” We know that God provides us with endurance and faith to overcome any challenge. In the coming year, we will reflect together on how God’s ever-present strength provides inspiration and support as we live out His ministry to Catholic education."

Check out our 1st Day of School Video below!
St. Patricia School Scholastic Book Fair
Fall Mum Sale
Help us raise money for St. Patricia Parents Club & brighten up your home with beautiful fall colors! All pre-orders need to be submitted and paid for by Friday, September 10th. Flower pick-up will be on Friday, September 17th between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. There are two ways to place your order.
Online
Visit our website to complete the 2-step order process. Step 1: you will be directed to complete a form with your contact information and order. Step 2: you will need to visit the link to Give Central, where you can give complete payment.
Drop Off
Please use an envelope clearly marked with “Fall Mum Sale” on the outside to submit order and payment. Click to download the form below and include it with your payment. You may drop off at the Parish Office or in the box outside the School Office Entrance.
St. Patricia Religious Education News
Registration for our Full Year Religious Education Program is now underway! 
Looking ahead, we pray our world will be healed and our lives will be more back to “normal” when we return in September for our new RE year. We can’t wait until we are all reunited in person at our church and our school! It will be a day of great celebration! Be sure to sign up and share the registration form with other families you may know, so we may keep the Catholic faith and the love of God alive and flourishing in our community!

When is Registration due? When do classes begin?
We ask that all Registration forms be turned in by September 16, 2021. The first day of classes is scheduled for Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

What grades are offered for the Full Year RE Program?
We offer RE classes for Kindergarten through 8th grade. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

What are the requirements for children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation?
Children must be baptized. The Archdiocese usually requires the children to take part in a two year preparation program for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation. For 2021-22 the Archdiocese of Chicago has announced the two-year requirement to receive Sacraments will be waived this year for all incoming 2nd and 8th Graders who were unable to attend Religious Education last year. These students will participate in a very short catch-up program, in addition to this year’s classes, so they will be able to receive the Sacrament(s) appropriate to their grade level this school year.

Do you offer any classes for Teens who are in need of receiving Sacraments?
Yes, they may register for our Teen RCIA Program. It is a one year program which runs from September through March. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Do you offer any program for Adults who are in need of receiving Sacraments?
Yes, they may register for our Adult RCIA Program. It is a one year program which runs from October through March or April. Classes will be held on Monday evenings.

Where are the registration forms located? 
You can find our registration form on our website, in the church gathering space, or at the rectory. You can also request a registration form by email at reled@stpatriciaparish.com or call our office at 708-599-1221.

Jesus is waiting for you here at St. Patricia Parish!  
Come join us; grow in the beauty of your Catholic faith. 
St. Patricia Cookbook
St. Patricia has created a commemorative Cookbook. There are over 200 recipes from St. Patricia teachers, students, parents, and parishioners in the cookbook. For $15 you can own your own copy of this very special cookbook in both a hard copy and a digital copy. You can purchase your copy by emailing cmazurek@stpatriciaparish.com or requesting one through the school office.

COOKBOOKS can be purchased or picked up at the School Office, Mon-Fri, from 9am to 3pm. OR, they can be picked up at the Rectory Office, Mon-Fri, from 9am to 6pm. PRICE: $15. Checks Payable to St. Patricia School. Cash also accepted.
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.
Liturgical Minister Training for Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist 
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is the formal title of laypeople who distribute the Eucharist during Mass. This training provides all those wishing to serve in this ministry sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence.

All ministers of Holy Communion should show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire, and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread or wine. This training is open to adults and teens who have received their confirmation. 

Dates: Tuesday, September 21, 2021, and
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Presenter: Kathy McNicholas
Location: Incarnation Church
 5757 W 127th St, Crestwood, IL 60418


Please register to attend with Missy Keegan by September 16, 2021.
Contact: (708) 598-5222 or mkeegan@stpatriciaparish.com 

Include your:
Name: 
Phone Number for Schedule:
Email Address: 
The mass time you would like to be scheduled for: 
Stay Connected...
As we continue to rely more on email communication and online interactions during time, 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!