Back in Class this week
Santa's Breakfast on December 7
  The next Family Mass is December 14
Christmas Eve Play Opportunity
St. Emily and St. Thomas Becket Parishes
December 3, 2019
Dear Families,
Advent in 2 Minutes (NEW!)
Advent in 2 Minutes 

Brother Francis - The Savior
Brother Francis - The Savior

Welcome to Advent.  We hope that the season has begun well for you.

Take some time with your family to talk about how you want to spend this holy time of year.  The videos posted here might help. We will send home Advent calendars with your students on Wednesday.  You might also want to explore this 'reverse Advent calendar' which benefits the poor.  Bring the box you collect back to the food collection bins at either parish.

There are various holiday season activities, including a Breakfast with Santa, the Christmas Eve pageant, and a full schedule of masses for the holy days.

Please note that because of the traffic at the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine on December 11, we will NOT have class

On December 18, we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction in the church.  All parents are welcome to join us.  After the service, we'll dismiss from Hajdu Hall.

Hopefully we'll get enough of a thaw to rake /shovel our fall leaves. In the meantime, please check out our winter weather notification process , so that you don't make any unnecessary trips.
Breakfast with Santa
December 7 at St. Emily

The St. Emily FSA is sponsoring a Breakfast With Santa on December 7, with two sittings.

The cost is  $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for children between 2 and 12.  It is free for children 2 and under.

The reservations are on a first come / first served basis.

Buona Beef Fundraiser

This fundraiser is in the memory of Alyssa Lendino.  Alyssa was a student in our Religious Ed program.

christmaseveChristmas Eve Family Mass
Children are invited to participate
Please join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus at the St. Emily Christmas Eve Family Mass at 4:00 PM.  If any children of the parish in Kindergarten through 8th grade are interested in participating,  email the information form to Jen Kottra by  Friday, December 13.   Children participating in the Children's Choir are also welcome to participate in the living gospel. 
The mandatory practice for the Christmas Eve Mass will be held on  Tuesday, December 17 from 6:00-6:30 PM. in the church. 

If you have questions,  please contact Jen Kottra.

christmasJoin us on Christmas - 

and during the Christmas season
Masses at St. Emily and St. Thomas Becket

Christmas at 
St. Emily
Christmas at 
St. Thomas Becket
Christmas Eve
4:00 PM 
Family Mass
6:00 PM
12:00 AM  
Carols beginning
at 11:45 PM
4:00 PM
Family Mass in English
10:00 PM
12:00 AM 
Christmas Day
7:30 AM

9:30 AM

11:30 AM

7:30 AM
9:00 AM
10:45 AM
12:30 PM
New Year's Day
December 31

5:00 PM

4:00 PM
January 1

8:30 AM
10:00 AM

9:00 AM 
10:45 AM
Confessions during Advent will be heard at 3:45 PM on Saturdays at St. Emily and at 6:15 PM on Fridays and 3:30 PM on Saturdays at St. Thomas Becket.
Family Mass
Join us on December 14 at 5:00 PM

Family Mass is a great opportunity to not only worship together, but to minister together.  It is a joyful and spiritual lift.

Each month, different families sign up to be the greeters, readers and gift bearers for our community.

The next Family Mass is Saturday, December 14 at 5:00 PM. Sign up here for the ways you and your child can participate.
St. Emily Diamond Jubilee Dinner Dance
Save the date for February 22, 2020

The parish of St. Emily is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee.

Among the festivities is an upcoming dinner dance at Manzo's on February 22, 2020.

Thanks to all who contributed to our Silent Auction basket.  It is much appreciated!

The proceeds from the dance help to sustain the building and staff in which your children learn about the faith.
winterEmergency Closing Information
Know how to be informed

We hope that all our Wednesdays are sunny and dry, but it is Chicago and we realize that winter weather is no joke.

If we find it advisable to close, we will send a blast email to all families that day.

We will also post any closings at the   Emergency Closing Center.  Please check there to make sure.   You can also sign up there for email alerts that tell if and when the Religious Education program is cancelled.

Dates to Save
  • December 11 - No class due to Our Lady of Celebration at the Shrine
  • December 18 - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  All families welcome to join us.
  • December 25 and January 1 - No class for the holidays
  • January 8 - Return to class for the New Year
Quick Links
St. Emily Parish
Catherine Crino, DRE
St. Thomas Becket Parish
Renata Sosin, CRE