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ALL CHURCH ACTIVITIES, AND RE CLASSES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

WE WILL BE LIVESTREAMING SUNDAY MASS THIS WEEK AT 10AM ON FACEBOOK!  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ACCESS OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

Please prayerfully consider continuing your financial support of our parish during this difficult time. We depend on your support to continue the daily operations of St. Mary's as well as the ministries that take care of those in need. For those not currently contributing online, please consider signing up here.

Contributions can also be mailed in or dropped off at the Rectory. We thank you for your support and for your prayers during this troubling time.

Love and prayers,

Fr. Tuan



St. Mary's Parish is a Christ-centered family which welcomes all members to continue their spiritual growth and religious education and to use their individual talents to assume shared responsibility for service and fellowship to our community.

Welcome to the St. Mary's Parish website.  It is our hope that through these pages, all our visitors will be given a window into the life of a vibrant, active, inclusive and faith-filled community.  As the pastor of St. Mary's, I have the great joy of witnessing the many ways our faith community prays together and takes an active role in being an outward sign of Christ in the local community.  Regardless of whether you have been a member of St. Mary's for many years, you are new to our community, or you are just stopping in for a visit, please know that you are welcome here.  Take some time to explore the content of our website and learn more about St Mary's Parish.  We are always happy to see new faces, so if you would like to stop by and visit our parish, it would be a blessing for us to meet you.

~ Father Tuan Van Nguyen

 

ST. MARY'S NEWS

A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP PATES,

REGARDING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK:

March 19 Updated Alert Regarding COVID-19

My dear Sisters and Brothers in the Joliet Diocese,

Because of the rapid spread of the virus and in accord with the actions taken by the neighboring dioceses, all Church services, beginning with weekend Masses, daily Mass, Stations of the Cross, etc., in the parishes and institutions in the Diocese of Joliet will discontinue immediately. This will remain in effect until it is prudently advisable to resume them. The diocese will make the decision as to when to resume them. The Sacrament of Penance may be administered when approached, in accordance with health guidelines.

After consultation, the Chrism Mass of April 6th will be celebrated at 7:00pm in the St. Francis Xavier Chapel of the Blanchette Catholic Center. Arrangements are being made to involve limited numbers of priests as well as to live stream the ceremony. Unfortunately, the afternoon of reflection with Archbishop Sartain as well as the clergy meal are canceled. Hopefully, we can arrange a special clergy gathering once the “all clear” signal is sounded by health authorities.

The Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate of Sam Conforti is being transferred to the St. Francis Xavier Chapel of the Blanchette Catholic Center to be celebrated on Saturday, April 4th at 11:00am. The individuals attending the ceremony personally will be contacted by the Vocation Office. Plans are in place to live-stream the event.

The ceremonies of Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday Celebration on April 4th through Easter are canceled in the parishes and institutions of the Diocese of Joliet. This radical step is most painful but is undertaken in the interests of the health of our parishioners and the broader community. I know it was ever so difficult for the Holy Father, Pope Francis, to take this same step at the Vatican. If this should be changed, I will notify you immediately.

The diocesan, parish and institutional offices are to be closed except for priests and deacons to attend the pastoral needs of our parishioners. Exception can be made for essential personnel at the diocesan and parish level on a very limited basis.
We are experiencing events unknown to us before. If we take sacrificial short-term measures, long-term beneficial outcome will come that much sooner.
My prayers, support and solidarity are with all in the Diocese. I am confident that if we are calm and trusting in the assured Providence of a very loving God, we will survive this severe crisis in good mind and spirit.

With my support and heartfelt prayer, I remain, sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Richard E. Pates
Apostolic Administrator
Diocese of Joliet

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Liturgical Accommodations during the COVID – 19 Pandemic

Diocese of Joliet

Effective March 17, 2020 until prudently advisable to discontinue.

Dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass is effective immediately.

The reception of Holy Communion should be by hand only…reception on tongue is temporarily suspended.
Reception of the Precious Blood is suspended.
The exchange of peace should be expressed verbally.
The Holy Water fonts should be emptied and not filled again. Our parishes could make the Holy Water available in containers by which parishioners could fill their own bottles.
Your cooperation with the foregoing is genuinely appreciated. While it is understood that the expected practices may be difficult for some, I assure you they are being undertaken for the common good and to significantly halt the spread of the virus.

Prayers are essential. You are encouraged to intensify the classical Lenten practice of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Archbishop José Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has composed the following, beautiful prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, for our use at this time.

 

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

during COVID-19 Pandemic

by Archbishop José Gomez

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.


RE NEWS

CANCELLED THIS WEEK!

*The TOTUS TUUS program will be back at St. Mary's from July 25th until July 31st.  There are 2 programs:  Grades 1-6 will meet during the day Monday through Friday, and Grades 7-12 will meet in the evenings from Sunday until Thursday.  More information and registration details coming soon!

WHAT IS TOTUS TUUS?

Totus Tuus is Latin for Totally Yours, named after St. John Paul II's papal motto.  It is a fun and energetic parish-based summer catechetical program for grades 1-12.  Totus Tuus gathers together college students and seminarians from across the United States onto teaching teams of four, in order to train them and send them out on the road to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.  The teachers' youthfulness, energy, and ability to witness to the Faith, make them particularly effective with children and young adults.


UPCOMING TEEN GROUP HAPPENINGS

* July 17th-19th : Steubenville Teen Conference in Springfield, MO**

**Consent forms can be picked up in the DRE office or on the rectory porch.

 

Chris Underhill Celebration

Guaranteed Rate Field

333 W 35th St Chicago, Illinois 60616
Thu, Jun 25, 7:10 PM

From $20

Chris Underhill was an avid White Sox fan. It’s something everyone knew about him and something that he enjoyed doing with his family. Sports played such a big role in his life as a fan, and a coach. It was one way he knew how to bring people together. With this being said; friends, family, and co workers please join us June 25th, 2020 for what would have been his 40th birthday, so we can celebrate him by doing one of the things that he loved the most, with the people that he loved the most. $5 of each purchase will also go to the family as we would love to support them in this time!

 

How it works:

Click on Buy Tickets.

Choose the section where you’d like to sit.

Complete our easy purchase process

Enjoy the game with your group!

After you complete our easy purchase process, share your personal link with friends, family and co-workers. Invite them to join you and enjoy the game with your group!

For questions or to purchase 20+ tickets, contact White Sox Representative:

Dominic DeAngelo

ddeangelo@chisox.com, 312-674-471


Keep Us in Your Prayers   

Father Tuan   

Jillian Munsell    

Dylan Pickett    

Sandra Severson

Jim Cox

Paul Thein Phu

Sarah Landers

Kimberly Gaydula

Nichole Reisberg

Brody Roberts

Judy Stafford

Bill Stafford

Pam Baumgartner   

Perez Family

Sarah Landers

Deidra Hogan

Cathy Hesselgesser

Anthony Blum

Father Lennon

Bishop Conlon

Mark Evans

Don Ruettiger

Taryn Shrader

Dominic Boblak

Walter Gacek

Geri Dillion

Robyn Bumgarner

Barb Tweet


 

 
 
 
 

 

Masses:

MON, TUES, THURS, FRI:  8:30 AM

WED:  (Communion Service Only) 8:30 AM

SAT:  5:00 PM

SUN:  7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 AM

HOLY DAYS:  6:30, 8:30 AM &  7:00 PM

 

Confession:

SAT: 4:00-4:45 PM

 

Rectory Hours:

MON-THURS: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

FRI: 8:00 AM -12:00 PM

 

 

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