The Old St. Mary's Community Weekly Newsletter
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
This week's newsletter contains the following:
Lord, Thank You for Each Moment
Parish Offices Closed
Thanksgiving Day Mass Worship Aid
Thanksgiving Day Collection
Thanksgiving Wishes
Items for Pickup in the Commons
Sunday Worship Aid
Advent Family Wreath Making
Advent Tending to the Spirit of Women
Men's Advent Hour
Upcoming Events in the Month of December
Pick up photos left at the Altar of the Dead
Download the Old St. Mary's Parish App
Things of Note as You Return to Mass in Person
Lord, Thank You for Each Moment

Thank you, Lord for this moment in our lives.

For this faith community that comes together in so many ways,
long-time and new parishioners,
parents in the school, people of good faith
who choose to join us in worship and outreach;
for the staffs - senior staff, school staff, office & maintenance staffs;
for the leadership of councils, committees, teams, boards, advisory groups,
commissions, associations and all the rest,
who commit to hear your invitation to respond
and who do respond with hearts full of love, grace and caring;
Continue to fill us with your Holy Spirit, 
may each person here feel the gratitude of your love,
May we accept with gratitude what we’ve received, 
and receive the gratitude that acceptance has wrought 
and praise you in that gift,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Happy Thanksgiving from Fr. Brad
Parish Offices Closed

Parish Offices are closed on Thursday, November 25 and
Friday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday,
There will be Mass at 10 AM on Thanksgiving Day and
at 8:30 AM on Friday, November 26.

November 25, 2021


As is our tradition, the collection on Thanksgiving Day
will go to support the charitable work of the
parish Social Justice and Service committee. 
For those of you receiving parish envelopes, there is an
envelope in your envelope packet.
Drop it in the collection Thanksgiving Day or the coming weekend.
If you write a check, please put THANKSGIVING 
on the memo line.
You can also donate online using Pushpay.
Go to and click on the
GIVE button, indicate the amount and
select Thanksgiving/Social Justice.
The Paulist Fathers and Staff of
Old St. Mary's
wish everyone, a
Happy, Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving
with Family and Friends.
Waiting in Joyful Hope
Pick up a copy from the basket in the Commons to guide you through the season of Advent
Purchase a gift for a child or adult by taking an ornament from the Christmas Giving Tree.
The 2022 Catholic Extension Calendars are available in the Commons.
Please take one per household.
Thank you.

November 27-28, 2021


  • Wednesday, December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary and a holy day of obligation.  Mass for the holy day will be celebrated at 8:30 and 10 AM, and at 7 PM. These times are listed in the bulletin and on the parish web page. The Masses will also be streamed at

  • Friday, December 10th, 6:30pm - Confirmation

  • Saturday, Dec. 11th at 5pm, Advent Friends & Service - Middle School & High School teens are invited to celebrate the season! Event begins with 5 PM Mass. Event takes place at St. Barbara Parish, 2859 S Troop Street. Please RSVP to: as dinner will be served.

  • Weekend, December 11-12 - Special Collection - Retirement Fund for Religious 

  • Sunday, December 12th, Noon to 3pm, Old St. Mary's Santa's Workshop

  • Sunday, December 12th, 3:30pm - Sing Along Messiah at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S Michigan Ave. FREE Admission. Bring your Messiah score or purchase one at the door. For more information, visit the church website at

  • Thursday, December 16th, 7pm - Simbang Gabi Mass and Reception

  • Friday, December 24, Christmas Eve Masses at 4pm and 7:30pm

  • Saturday, December 25, Christmas Day Masses at 8:30am and 11am.

You can now download the Old St. Mary's Parish app.

The app contains links to items which will help you grow your faith in addition to information on events in the parish.

Search for OSM Parish in the App store or Google Play store.

When you download the app, a 6 digit code will be sent to your phone. Sign in and create your profile. If you are in our database, your name will automatically appear when you type in your name to create your profile. Once in, you can upload a photo to your profile. This will be useful in the future if you belong to or join a group and interact with other members of that group.

Please note, If your phone carrier is T-Mobile. That carrier blocks
5 and 6 digit short codes. You will need to contact
T-Mobile and ask them to unblock short codes for your phone number.

Please direct questions to
  • 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, and the OSM Parish app for your use whether you are attending Mass in person or not.

  • Sanitizing and social distancing for Communion are not required.

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

  • 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 within 48 hours of attending Mass and/or a parish meeting,


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.
Text to Give - 1.833.245.6595 - text GIVEOSM
(not case sensitive)

You can also access Pushpay using this QR code
If you don't wish to use Pushpay, you can make a donation to Old St. Mary's using Quick Pay through Zelle from your bank account.

Zelle is a quick way to pay people you know and trust in minutes.

The email address to use when setting up your gift is

For more information about Quick pay through Zelle or to see if your bank has this feature, visit Get Started with Zelle
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