The Old St. Mary's Community Weekly Newsletter
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Welcome once again to the OSM Newsletter. With school launched and Labor Day weekend behind us we are full on into Fall. This weekend we start our Family Faith Formation Classes (AKA Religious Education, PSR, CCD, etc.), never too late to sign up.
On the weekend of September 19, we will be celebrating catechetical Sunday, blessing all who teach about the faith - parents, catechists, teachers. This annual celebration gives us the opportunity to thank, bless and recognize the many people responsible for sharing the faith in our community.
Old St. Mary’s continues to partner with the Claret Center and will once again have a parish counselor for those in need - her name is Clare Dolan, and we will have a chance to meet her next weekend as well.
As we begin all the regular Fall activities, we will also take a pause with the September 11 twentieth anniversary this Saturday. Back in 2001 I composed a prayer poem - a way for me to reflect and remember. You’ll find it reproduced here. Maybe it will help you form your own reflections on that day and how it has been a catalyst for so many events and changes ever since.
And check out the rest of our newsletter.
Fr. Brad

Prayer on the Day of Tragedy – September 11, 2001

Lord Jesus,
 one day we stood tall and strong
reaching to the highest heavens,
           anchored here on earth...
                        a glorious morning! sun so bright! 
                                    then darkness, fire and fall.
We did not see evil come nor suspect it so close
  suspect it could take our lives,
and even grind our dignity into the ground.
But here, where earth shakes,
where the human spirit quakes,
your death, life and resurrection itself
transforms tragedy.
Help us now to turn completely to you,
to know our own sin and temptations,
to be ready to reach out and heal,
to forgive, mourn, and seek your justice.
Bless those who have died and bring healing to the injured,
      comfort the survivors and give strength to the rescuers,
lead us and our leaders on the paths of compassion;
Help us be less afraid and give us the courage
to work for peace and truth in our world.
That with you we may rise again to unimagined heights.
Through your Father’s love and the power of the Spirit.
© September 2001 Rev. Brad Schoeberle, CSP

Father Steve Petroff, CSP sends the following message to all who have sent expressions of sympathy.

"Please share my gratitude with the parish. I have received many wonderful email messages from so many Old St Mary’s parishioners, but simply don't have time to reply to them.

Thanks for your prayers - they are carrying us through these days for sure,"


Sunday Worship Aid
September 11-12, 2021

     A grandparent is a little bit parent,
a little bit teacher,
and a little bit best friend.

Happy Grandparents Day!
Sunday, September 12th

Kate Williams

"It would be my honor to serve the OSM community as a member of the parish council. Over these last few years, we have been so fortunate to call Old St. Mary's our home, and we are proud to be a part of this vibrant and diverse community that embodies the values and mission of the Paulist Fathers, speaking the Word of God in a language that people understand and a way of life that is both relatable and inspiring. “

Kurt Steib
Photo of Mr. Steib not available

It’s admittedly a little difficult to answer why I’d like to work on the Parish Council, mostly because I only
understand the role of the Council in a vague way. I would say that I believe that OSM is an extremely
impressive parish – its leadership, its diversity, the success of the school, the truly Christian messages I find in the sermons – and that I’d like to become more active in it, and believe I have something of value to share.

The new Chair of the council is Dean Molitor,
the Vice Chair is Kelley Harris and the Secretary is Helen Ezenwa.
Dean Molitor
Kelley Harris
Helen Ezenwa
Thank you to outgoing members of the council,
Joice Pharris and Dillon Allie,
for for their service and commitment to the parish
over the past 3 years.

Old St. Mary’s is accepting registrations for
Religious Education classes for 2021-2022 school year. The program is open to all
children in kindergarten through eighth grade (or older if they have not been confirmed).
The general enrollment fee is $300 for one child and $150 for each additional child in the same family. 
The Sacrament Fee which covers both First Reconciliation and First Communion is $60. Sacrament fee for children preparing for Confirmation is also $60.
You can register and make payment on our website: 

While we're excited to be able to operate at 100% capacity, we need help. We are looking for lectors, eucharistic ministers, ushers, greeters, and especially a sacristan. If you've served in any capacity prior to the pandemic and are ready to return to service OR you are interested in serving in one of these ministries, we need you. Any necessary training will be simple and brief, and we'll be able to accommodate your schedule.
Thank you!
Please click on the following link and complete the form that appears to indicate your interest.

contact Scott Williams for reactivation at
  • All Masses are open. You no longer need to register to attend.

  • Masks are required for everyone over the age of 2 regardless of your vaccination status.

  • You may sing and respond.

  • There will still be a worship aid available on our website for those not attending Mass in person.

  • Sanitizing and social distancing for Communion are not required.

  • Collection baskets will be passed to collect your offerings. Thank you.

  • COVID-positive Parishioners

Since we are no longer requiring Mass registration,
it is important to let us know if:
A. you receive a COVID-positive diagnosis AND your symptoms
started with 48 hours of attending Mass and/or a parish meeting, OR

B. you receive a COVID-positive diagnosis and the date the test was administered was within 48 hours of attending Mass and/or a parish meeting.
Please send an email to or
call the parish office, 312-922-3444, ext. 23.

  • All Masses will continue to be livestreamed. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is still in effect.
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Old St. Mary's Church is Chicago's First Catholic Parish Established in 1833
Served by the Paulist Fathers since October 12,1903.

Phone Number: 312.922.3444
Old St. Mary's Church
1500 S Michigan Ave,
Chicago, IL 60605