September 24, 2021
News from St. Patricia Parish
"Give the Lord Glory and Honor"
Dear Parishioners,

In order to move forward in the “Renew My Church” Initiative, we have to keep in mind The Call to Holiness is for all the baptized. A brief review follows:
 
The Call to HolinessNEW TESTAMENT
There is more in a human life than biological, psychological, or even sociological frames of references. These modern perspectives are helpful, yet they do not reveal enough. They tend to fit life into a certain frame of reference which can dull or limit it. This perspective can become the view that the lay leader adopts and consequentially passes on to their individual ministries. The Second Vatican Council responded to these perspectives by seeking to renew the call to holiness rooted in the discipleship of Christ Jesus. “By this holiness, a more human way of life is promoted even in this earthly society.”i / The theology, which will illuminate the situation, will first focus on the foundation of the call to holiness and discipleship, as found in the New Testament....
Upcoming Events
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
If you are interested in volunteering to help at the reception dinner following Mass, please contact Julie at jvsuarez@stpatriciaparish.com or 708-598-8200 ext 31. Thank you!
Weekly Calendar Highlights
September 25 —October 3

Monday, September 27
  •   6:30 p.m. - Adult RCIA Information Meeting - BR No Side Door
Wednesday, September 29 - St. Michael the Archangel 
  •   8:30 a.m. - CH 8:30 All School Mass - Feast of the Archangels
  •   6:30 p.m. - PC Parish Leadership Meeting - All Are Welcome!
Friday, October 1
  •  7:00 p.m. - CH 1st Friday Prayer Service w/Deacon Charley
Saturday, October 2 - Installation Mass 
  •   3:00-3:45 p.m. - Confessions
  •   4:00 p.m. - CH Mass—Dinner Reception to Follow After in PC

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
Welcome to the New Year of RE at St. Patricia Parish

Happy New RE Year! It’s wonderful to see our program growing and thriving. A warm welcome to our new and returning RE families. This past Tuesday, we began the year by gathering together for our opening Family Mass. In prayer and thanksgiving, our students, teachers, parents, and volunteers, along with Fr. Mike and Fr. Chris, celebrated the beginning of our continuing journey in the Catholic faith. It was beautiful praying together as a community once again. As Fr. Mike and Fr. Chris blessed each class, the teachers, and the parents with a special blessing, I know there were many joyful smiles underneath those masks!

Last weekend for Catechetical Sunday, Fr. Mike blessed and commissioned the Catechists of our parish who teach for St. Patricia School, RE, Teen RCIA, Adult RCIA, SPRED, SIRE, CLOW, and Vacation Bible School. We would like to thank our Catechists for all they do, as they bring the teachings of our Catholic faith to those who seek God in their lives.

Thank you for your continued support! May God bless you and your family!
In Christ,
Christine Ramos, RE Director
Registration for RE is still available. If you have not registered yet, register soon! Classes begin on Tuesday, September 28th 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.
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!
Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

We are so excited to announce that CLOW, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, will resume on Sunday, October 3rd at the 9:30 am Mass!  During the Mass, the priest will invite the children, ages 4 and up, to go with a catechist to the church gathering space to learn about the readings of the day through fun activities and lively discussion. For their participation in this sacred time together, each child will receive a small gift to take home to remind them of God’s Word alive in their hearts! 
St. Patricia School Good News
Our Faith in Action
We gathered as a School and Parish Family to celebrate the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on 9/14/21. Our classroom crosses were blessed for the new school year and students led the congregation in prayer!
Students of the Month
Congratulations to our September Students of the Month! Classroom teachers chose students who modeled this month's theme of: RESPECT. Keep up the great work. We are proud of you!!  

Evelyn S. —- Pre-Kindergarten Abi I. —- 4th Grade
Emma A. —- Kindergarten Scarlett V. —- 5th Grade
Chester P. —- 1st Grade Oliver R. —- 6th Grade
Mia M. —- 2nd Grade Anthony J. —- 7th Grade
Destiny D. —- 3rd Grade Zach L. —- 8th Grade 
We welcome these children who were baptized into our
St. Patricia Family of Faith
(April—August, 2021)
John Joseph Pipowski, child of John and Maria
Jeremy James Fane, child of Randy and Alissa
Harper Ann Jannasch, child of Jared and Kaitlyn
Jack Robert Gniadek, child of Mark and Kyle
Thomas Walter Power, child of Thomas and Michelle
Teresa Benedicta Linn, child of Joseph and Marcella
Emmeline Elaine Castillo, child of David and Jill
Emma James Fonte, child of Brian and Brittany
Mackenzie Rae Lamaster, child of Clifford and Lindsey
Patrick Mateusz Noonan, child of Maurice and Kinga
Ava Catherine Barnard, child of Timothy and Amy
Jessibella Rae Flores, child of Juan and Michelle
Giana Isabella Puzzo, child of Paolo and Alyssa
Leia Helena Chavez, child of Moises and Delilah
Lucia Bella Chavez, child of Moises and Delilah
Thomas James Kilduff, child of Frank and Jamie
Liliana Marie Messina, child of Philip and Lynette
Mila Sahagun, child of Delia
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.
Health and Safety Updates
The Archdiocese of Chicago encourages everyone to get a seasonal flu vaccine to protect their own health and avoid placing a further burden on our health care system and providers already overwhelmed caring for COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 and the flu require separate vaccines. One does not protect you from the other, nor does one interfere with the other. It is safe to receive both vaccines and in some cases, your health care provider or local pharmacy can provide both in one visit.

"The Catholic Church has been a consistent voice in defense of human life and that must continue in this moment. Everyone at the Archdiocese of Chicago, from pastors to administrators, teachers, principals, and custodial staff, has been working hard during the pandemic to ensure that our churches and schools operate safely. We must go that extra step now. Ideally, everyone should be vaccinated for the flu by the end of October." excerpt from Cardinal Cupich's letter.

Please read his full letter available below in English, Polish, and Spanish. Thank you.
Click to Read Letter from Cardinal Cupich: English Polskie Español
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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.

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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