September 17, 2021
News from St. Patricia Parish
"Give the Lord Glory and Honor"
Dear Parishioners,

Recently, I mentioned that our Parish Leadership Night is to be held on Wednesday, September 29th, at 6:30 p.m. Please see the invite below. As you may recall, I mentioned the Renew My Church Initiative. Today, I would like to review some of the reasons that we need to look with fresh eyes on how we move forward.

Renew My Church
“Renew My Church” is a proactive and strategic effort to ensure the sustainable growth of our Church for the future. Renew My Church is meant to ensure that all parishes are vibrant, vital, and life-giving and have the resources they need to carry out the mission of the Church. Renew My Church is a diocesan-wide effort and its success is dependent upon local ownership, participation, input and support.

Why do we need this initiative?
As we look at how to answer the Holy Father's call to be more intentional and responsible in our desire to carry out Christ’s Mission of being people of peace and reconciliation (“See how they love one another!”), the Archdiocesan leadership, the priests, deacons and lay staff, and the parishes’ pastoral councils took an honest look at the significant changes in our Archdiocese (Cook and Lake County) over the past several decades. Let me be clear, these are issues that all parishes throughout the Archdiocese face and are not directed solely at St. Patricia Parish...
Please note: Due to the Church bulletin not being delivered for last weekend's Masses (9/11-9/12) Fr. Meany's Message for this week has been republished. Thank you.
Upcoming Events
On this Catechetical Sunday, September 19, 2021, we come together as both a Parish and Church community to acknowledge the dedication of those who serve as catechists in our St. Patricia Parish family. Let us also pray and honor these most amazing teachers of the Word of God: Catechists of St. Patricia School, Catechists of our Religious Education Program, and the Catechists of RCIA, Teen RCIA, SPRED, Vacation Bible School, and CLOW.

Please join us at the 9:30 am Mass this Sunday as we offer a blessing to our Catechists.
Leadership Night Message from Fr. Meany:
I plan to gather all the Parish Leadership together on Wednesday, September 29th at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate our accomplishments and review some of the goals for the year. The “Renew My Church” Document will be reviewed and discussed. The meeting will take place in the School Hall and dinner will be served. And yes, all interested parishioners are welcome to attend. Please register to attend.

The evening will permit me to become acquainted with all of you and understand how best we can begin to implement the RMC goals and objectives. Remember, these first steps will take time to become an integral part of the parish culture.  I am sure you have heard the wise saying: “Rome wasn’t built in a day!” With this being said, we have to start somewhere and be patient as we move through the ups and downs, which is part of any major endeavor.
Remember the Past, Celebrate the Present, Grow the Future...
The St. Patricia Parish Community is invited to the Installation Mass of Fr. Mike Meany. Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 4:00 pm in the Church. Bishop Wypych will celebrate the Mass. A reception dinner will directly follow in the Parish Center.

Please R.S.V.P. to attend below or
Parish Office - 708-598-5222
Weekly Calendar:
September 18 —September 26

Saturday, September 18 
  •   3:00-3:45 p.m. - Confessions
  •   4:00 p.m. - CH Mass
Sunday, September 19 - Catechetical Sunday 
  •   7:30 a.m. - CH Mass
  •   9:30 a.m. - CH Mass - Catechists’ Blessing
  •  11:30 a.m. - CH Mass
Monday, September 20
  •   9:00 a.m. - CH Daily Mass
  • 1:30 p.m. - CH JHS/Student Council Inductions 
Tuesday, September 21
  •   8:05 a.m. - Recitation of the Rosary
  •   8:30 a.m. - CH - Daily Mass
  •   6:00 p.m. - CH - Religious Education BEGINS - Family Mass 
Wednesday, September 22
  •   8:05 a.m. - Recitation of the Rosary
  •   8:30 a.m. - CH Daily Mass  
Thursday, September 23
  •   8:05 a.m. - Recitation of the Rosary
  •   8:30 a.m. - CH - Students of St. Patricia - Grades 6, 7, 8
  •   6:30 p.m. - AA Meeting (Beginners) - BR North Side Door
  •   7:00 p.m. - AA Regular Meeting - BR North Side Door 
Friday, September 24
  •   8:05 a.m. - Recitation of the Rosary
  •   8:30 a.m. - CH Daily Mass 
Saturday, September 25
  •   3:00-3:45 p.m. - Confessions
  •    4:00 p.m. - CH Mass 
Sunday, September 26
  •   7:30 a.m. - CH Mass
  •   9:30 a.m. - CH Mass
  •  11:30 a.m. - CH Mass

Rectory Hours - in person and by phone:
Mon-Fri- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sat from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Religious Ed. Office is now open by appointment.
Our phone is (708) 599-1221. Registrations may be dropped off with payment at the Rectory office.

St. Patricia School Office is open 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
St. Patricia Religious Education News
Registration today for our Full Year Religious Education Program!
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 A.S.A.P. The first day of classes is scheduled for Tuesday, September 21, 2021, and we will begin with a Family Mass in Church.

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.

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.
RCIA for Adults

Would you like to become a Catholic? Are you an adult in need of the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, and/or Confirmation? If so, we invite you to attend an informational meeting regarding RCIA classes on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm in the Brody Room of the Rectory.  At this meeting, you will have an opportunity to meet the catechists, ask questions, and register for future classes.  

Please call the Religious Education Office at 708-599-1221 for more information.  Classes will begin on Monday, October 4th. We look forward to beginning this spiritual journey with you!
St. Patricia School Good News
Junior Honors Society and Student Council Induction Ceremony is Monday, September 20, 2021 at 1:30pm in the Church. All are welcome!

The Junior Honor Society had its elections on Monday, August 30th. Each candidate spoke to the 6-8th graders and expressed to the junior high students the ideas they had to help charities and improve our school. All the candidates did a fantastic job with their speeches. Congrats to the JHS Board!

The Student Council had its elections on Friday, September 10th. Each candidate spoke to the whole school and shared the fantastic ideas they had to make the 2021-22 school year great for all! All the candidates did a fantastic job with their speeches. Congrats to the 2021-22 Student Council Officers!
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 20, 2021.
Contact: (708) 598-5222 or mkeegan@stpatriciaparish.com 

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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.

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