CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESPONSE:
SUSPENSION OF MASS, TEMPORARY SCHOOL CLOSURE
ALL LITURGICAL SERVICES
(INCLUDING ALL MASSES)
ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
ALL CHURCHES AND CHAPLES
WILL BE CLOSED AND LOCKED
starting 5:00pm March 21 until the Stay-at-home order is lifted by gavernor
Please note the new State of Illinois Stay-at-Home Order implications for our parishes.
As of Saturday March 14, all liturgical services in the Archdiocese of Chicago have been suspended, as well as the mandated closing of schools operated by the archdiocese, and the closing the Pastoral Center and related agency offices until further notice.
In light of the Cardinal’s decision to suspend the celebration of all public liturgies, it is understood that all Catholics within the Archdiocese of Chicago are dispensed from the obligation of attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation (per canons 85 and 87 in the code of canon law of 1983).
Stay-at-home Order and Guidelines from Archdiocese of Chicago
Governor Pritzker’s mandatory stay-at-home order for the State of Illinois means the following for our parishes effective 5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21 through Tuesday, April 7:
- All churches and adoration chapels must be closed and locked until the order is lifted by the governor. Private prayer in any parish building must be discontinued until the order is lifted.
- There can be no live Stations of the Cross or any other gatherings anywhere on parish/school property, nor can any parish personnel be involved in organizing them on any other site.
- All weddings and baptisms must be postponed and can be re-scheduled only once the order is lifted. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of the size of the group.
- Funerals and wakes must be postponed until the order is lifted.
- Parish offices must be closed until the governor’s order is lifted.
(Note: Priests can – and are encouraged – to continue celebrating Mass privately)
Cancellation of Mass is leading to significant losses in our offertory income, which is placing all our ministries and operations at significant risk. Many people in our parish and community depend upon your regular, weekly offertory contributions and, during this current challenge, they are needed more than ever.
Please consider giving online at Give Central (see giving button on the bottom of this website) where you can make a weekly offertory contribution to our St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish/St. Barbara Church family and keep the vital ministries and services we provide going. We ask you to prayerfully consider maintaining your regular weekly donation level or even increasing it during these times.
If you prefer to make an offertory donation through check, please mail it to parish office.
The fact that this pandemic is occurring during our Lenten journey offers each of us important reminders about the role of faith, hope and charity in our daily lives and in whom we place our trust. I believe we are being called by Jesus Christ to a renewed sense of solidarity. This is a time for unity in prayer, not for isolation; it is a time for hope, not despair; it is a time for generosity, not self-focus. “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn 13:35).
May God grant you peace during this difficult time and may He manifest His love and presence to you in abundant ways.
Thank you for your continued support of our Parish.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Francis Li
Lenten Regulations (from Feb. 26th, 2020, Ash Wednesday, to the Paschal Triduum) Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent. Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one‘s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. The special Paschal fast, as well as abstinence, are prescribed for Good Friday and encouraged for Holy Saturday.
Our parish has a new name—
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta!
With humility, joy, and deep gratitude to God, Cardinal Cupich and the Renew My Church Team, I am pleased to share with you that our unified parish is named St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Name symbolizes new relationship, identity and mission. Mother Teresa is loved by all and continues to inspire all to do good. With this announcement, I invite us all to learn a little more about Mother Teresa’s life and to reflect on how her life can inspire our community to focus on the mission that Jesus has entrusted to us.
A Life Well-Lived—Getting to know Mother Teresa a little more:
Mother Teresa was born Gonxha Agnes Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. Moved by a love for Jesus and missionary service, she traveled to Ireland at the age of 18 and joined the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as the Sisters of Loreto; there she received the name Sister Mary Teresa after St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Three months later, she departed for India to begin her missionary work as a teacher in Calcutta, India. Six years later, she made her Final Profession of Vows and came to be known as Mother Teresa. She continued to teach for the next decade, but she was always troubled by the poverty found outside the school’s walls. On September 10, 1946, Mother Teresa received her “call within a call,” with months of hearing Jesus imploring her to “Come be my light” to “radiate [my] love on souls” by forming a religious community to love and care for the poorest of the poor. After two years of testing and discernment, dressed in her signature white and blue sari, Mother Teresa departed from the convent and entered the world of “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for.”
Mother Teresa spent the next two years working in the slums of Calcutta; inspired by their teacher’s love for service and for the poor, her former students also began to join her ministry. On October 7, 1950, the Missionaries of Charity was officially established in the Archdiocese of Calcutta. From there, Mother Teresa sent sisters to other parts of India and eventually all around the world. Today it comprises active and contemplative branches of sisters and brothers, a branch of priests, and lay volunteers known as the Co-Workers of Mother Teresa. In addition to providing education, food, and other services to the homeless and ministering to the poor, they also provide relief after natural disasters and care for refugees, former prostitutes, the mentally ill, sick children, abandoned children, lepers, people with AIDS, the aged, and convalescent. For inspiring and organizing these good works, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the highest civilian honors from India, the US, and other countries around the world. Less than two years after her death, Pope John Paul II permitted the opening of her Cause of Canonization in 1999, and she was beatified in 2003. On September 4, 2016, Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
Inspiration for our parishioners individually and collectively:
Most of us actually remember a time when Mother Teresa was alive, and we witnessed at least the last parts of her evolution. Her name was changed from “Gonxha Agnes” to “Sister Mary Teresa” to “Mother Teresa” to finally “Saint Teresa,” and her workplace changed from the classroom to the slums to the world. Now, the communities of St. Barbara and St. Therese are being called to imitate the example of Mother Teresa by:
1. Cultivating a greater love for Jesus.
2. Having a greater consciousness of the global realities we live in.
3. Striving to serve, particularly the poor and the needy.
4. Being a missionary disciple by sharing the Good News with all we encounter.
5. Living simply so that others might be able to simply live.
Finally, I had the honor of meeting with Sr. Justus, Superior of the Missionaries of Charity in Chicago. We had a wonderful exchange. I am truly impressed by her and her Sisters’ humility and love. The following three things I invite you to participate:
1. Sr. Justus has graciously offered to lend our community 20 panels depicting the life story of Mother Teresa. These panels will be displayed at St. Therese Worship site for the weekends of Aug. 17-18 and 24-25 and at St. Barbara Worship Site on the weekends of Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, and Sept. 7-8. I invite you and your family and friends to take advantage of precious opportunity to know more about Mother Teresa.
2. You are invited to pray the novena to St. Mother Teresa beginning on Aug. 27th. Copies of the prayers will be available at the Church entrance table.
3. September 5th is the feast day of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta; join us in a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Barbara Church at 10am with Bishop John Manz. This will be a historic day for our entire faith community.
“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”
St. Mother Teresa, pray for us and our faith community.
Fr. Francis Li
Greetings and a warm welcome from the SS. Barbara and Therese (Interim Name) Family!
Through Renew My Church, St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church and School, and St. Barbara Catholic Church and School have been united into one canonical parish and school. “We are no longer two, but one.” With so much history and tradition, our unified parish is a unique and welcoming Roman Catholic Parish in the heart of Chicago’s Chinatown, and Bridgeport neighborhoods. As two of the oldest Parishes in Chicagoland, both of our historic and well-maintained worship sites are over 100 years old. Recently we installed air conditioning and a church lift for people who have difficulty handling stairs at St. Therese church, and updated our famously designed and spacious sanctuary at St. Barbara as well.
I invite you to explore our parish’s websites, get to know our communities, check out our calendars of events and new mass schedules. We look forward to meeting you in person at one of our celebrations. As we continue both the rewarding and challenging journey of Renew My Church, I humbly ask you to keep us in your prayers as I continue to pray for you.
I look forward to meeting you in person.
Father Francis Li
NEW MASS SCHEDULE Effective July 1, 2019
St. Barbara Church
Weekends: Saturday: 5:00 PM, Sunday: 6:00 AM & 9:30AM
Weekdays: 8:00 AM Mass on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
St. Therese Church
Weekends: Sunday 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM & 12:00 PM (Twice a month)
Cantonese Mass, 1st Sunday, 10:30 AM; Indonesian Mass, 2nd Sunday, Noon; Mandarin Mass, 4th Sunday, Noon.
Weekdays: 8:00am Mass on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
All pre-requested Mass intentions for the 5pm Vigil Mass at St. Therese will be transferred to the 5pm vigil Mass at St. Barbara site unless you call the parish office to make other arrangements. The pre-requested Mass intentions for the 11:30am Mass will be transferred to the 9:30am Mass unless you call the parish office to make other arrangements.
We thank you for your prayers and support as we continue to journey on our calling together as pilgrims to build the exciting new reality the grace of our Lord offers each of us through Renew My Church.
Fr. Francis and Fr. Arthur
St Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Celebrating over a Century of Faith and Education
St. Barbara Parish is a Roman Catholic community celebrating a century of faith in Chicago’s Bridgeport area. Our faith community welcomes all people, helping them grow spiritually through liturgy, prayer, and education, and socially through activities for all ages. Our school takes great pride in fostering these values in our children. We give witness to our faith by sharing with each other our God-given gifts and talents. We nourish and sustain our faith as a family by celebrating the Sacraments and the presence of the risen Lord among us in the Eucharist.