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This Advent season we are inviting those who worship with us to be a part of Mass by lighting our Advent Candles.
If you would like to be a candle lighter, please choose a date on our signup at the link below. You can do this individually or with your family.
Parish: Advent Wreath Lighting at St. Paul VI Parish (signupgenius.com)
Please plan to arrive at least ten minutes prior to Mass and check in with the ushers and the celebrant in the sacristy to let them know you've arrived and receive any last minute instructions.
**What will you be doing?
You will process in with the priest and the rest of the people (readers, altar servers, etc) and then at the appropriate time (priest will cue you) you will light the candle. Dec 2, 9, and 23 you will light a purple candle and on Dec 16 you will light the pink one. After you've lit the candle you will go back to your pew and Mass will continue.
Please join the Art & Environment ministry in decorating our parish wreaths for the outside of our churches. We will be meeting in the warm and cozy Oak Room at St Mary Church. Please join us!
St. Paul VI Parish Art & Environment: Art & Environment Wreath Decorating Saturday , December 9th (9:00AM) - Oak Room (signupgenius.com)
Sponsored by Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society.
Click here or the image below to download the paper form.
Click here to register online.
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Thursday, December 7
7:00 PM Vigil St. Mary Church *Adoration 3-6:30 PM
Friday, December 8
8:00 AM Mater Christi Church
8:30 AM St. Mary Church
7:30 PM Mater Christi Church
"Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing!" December 8th is one of our feasts celebrating Mary - the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. From the beginnings of the Church, spiritual writers and theologians have acknowledged the innocence and holiness of Mary. St. Irenaeus called her the "new Eve." Both faced with the pure freedom to accept or reject God, Mary began with work of redemption with her yes to Christ! The Church began to celebrate the feast of Mary's conception in the early Middle Ages. In 1854, Pope Pius IX infallibly declared that Mary was free of original sin from the first moment of her conception. On this feast day, we celebrate the beauty and goodness of Our Lady!
The Sacrament of Reconciliation not only draws us closer to Christ, but also allows us to receive God's grace so that we can do better in the future. By admitting to Christ that we are not perfect, we humble ourselves and recognize where we need to grow.
We know that this is a difficult sacrament for people and many of you haven't received it in a long time. No matter how long it's been, please join us on Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30pm in St. Mary Church. The video of the service is on our website for you to watch before you arrive. Everyone will receive a guide of what to say and do when they arrive. It's the perfect time to receive this sacrament again!
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Santa is coming to St. Paul VI Parish the weekend of December 2nd and 3rd. Please mark your calendars for this fun and festive event. Santa will be available for photographs with the “big man” himself at the Mater Christi worship site after all masses that weekend. Santa’s visit would not be complete without hospitality. Treats will be served. Although Santa cannot visit both worship sites, he will be sending treats and some of his elves to the St. Mary’s worship site on December 3rd to serve hospitality after the 8am and 10am masses. But remember, if you want your picture taken with Santa, please visit the Mater Christi worship site. All parishioners are welcome.
The Sacrament of Penance, also known as Reconciliation or Confession, is that moment of grace whereby one receives the forgiveness for sin won by Jesus Christ on the cross. Those who follow Christ are called to live lives free of sin. However, the bible continually reminds us that everyone falls short of this. This sacrament not only draws us closer to Christ, but also allows us to receive God's grace so that we can do better in the future.
This sacrament is HARD! No one likes admitting the things that they have done wrong or failed to do, let alone saying them out loud when someone else can hear! When we say it to someone else, it becomes very real, and we can no longer justify our actions. But isn't this exactly how we grow into better Christians? By admitting that we are not perfect and promising God to do better, we are humbling ourselves and recognize that we are no better than everyone else. Plus, there is no better feeling than hearing that you are forgiven, especially when you may never hear that from the person you've wronged.
Please join us on December 6th at 6:30pm in St. Mary Church to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If you haven't been in a while, we give everyone a cheat sheet of what to do and what to say. If you've been asking God what you should do, start here!
Anointing of the Sick is the other of the two Sacraments of Healing. This sacrament is a powerful and effective sign of Jesus' presence that brings strength and healing to the sick, the elderly and the dying. The celebration of this sacrament can help the sick get well again. When that does not happen, the sacrament helps the sick face their illness with faith and trust. It also helps dying people continue their faith journey to God in heaven.
This sacrament's name has changed over time. It was once called extreme unction, which means "the last anointing," and has been referred to as part of the "last rites." The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls it "the anointing of the sick," (CCC 1511). The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520). These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for "this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, 'He took our infirmities and bore our diseases'" (Matt. 8:17). The Church exhorts the Christian who is ill to unite with the Passion and Death of Christ. Anointing of the Sick may be received by any Catholic who is facing a serious illness or is of advanced years.
Individuals who are planning to enter the hospital are particularly encouraged to receive the sacrament before their admission by calling the parish office.
Please join us on December 2nd at 5pm at Mater Christi Church for Mass and the Anointing of the Sick. All are welcome to receive!
Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 6:30pm
Click here or scan the QR code below to RSVP!
Very often we have heard the Gospel of Matthew referenced to as a call to ministry. St. Matthew wrote, (25:35) And when did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? ' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. '
Many of our grandparents and great grandparents have migrated to the United States out of needs for employment, food, adequate housing, and more opportunities for their families. Their countries of origin were no longer a place to raise a family for any number of reasons. In the last months we have witnessed the arrival of our newest migrant community mostly but not exclusively from Venezuela. More than 20,000 migrants have arrived in the greater Chicagoland area within the last year.
Some of the parishes in the Berwyn and Oak Park area have worked with Catholic Charities and other local not for profits by helping migrant families set down roots in our area. Catholic Charities assists the parishes with vetting the families in order to help the family rent an apartment for six months. Local parishes provide various levels of accompaniment for the newly arrived migrants.
In years past, St. Mary’s had a refugee resettlement committee that helped a few refugee families get established in our area. The Cardinal has called for the local parishes to respond to the call to welcome the migrants and assist them in this transition for housing, employment, schooling etc.
There is a core group of leaders at St. Paul VI that would like to provide the accompaniment piece for a migrant family. The family would receive funding for the security deposit and six months of rent from a grant from Catholic Charities. The parish would assist the family with moving into the apartment, securing furniture, helping them set up a kitchen, bathrooms, linens for bedding and general set up for the apartment. Our volunteers would take them to the local grocery stores, assist the family in registering their children in school and mentoring the family during the first months as they become self-sufficient.
If you would be interested in helping a migrant family in the areas of housing, education, apartment set up, translation services, registering children for school, employment, grocery shopping etc. please send an email to Matt Brophy Pastoral associate at email@example.com.
A few years ago members of the Refugee Resettlement Committee helped a number of refugees get established in the greater Chicagoland area.
The members of the committee helped refugees on a number of levels
Catholic Charities will assist a family with:
Establish themselves in Cicero, Berwyn or Forest Park Area.
Would you be interested in participating in this project of helping one family get established in our community and mentoring the family along the way as they become self sufficient within the first year.
I have a family in mind that is interested in moving into the area but they cannot do this on their own.
The husband is a laborer. The wife is a licensed…certified nurse in Venezuela. Loyola Medicine is willing to work with her to get her license and certification in Illinois.
If you would be interested in helping one family resettle from a shelter into our area either email me or phone me
I am more than happy to answer any questions, that you may have.
Ways to help:
secure furniture for their apartment, set up their kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms
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