NEWS & EVENTS
Activities This Week
Friday, Mar. 13 – Stations of the Cross at St. Barbara; 6:00 pm
– Stations of the Cross at St. Therese; 7:00 pm
– Holy Name Mtg.; 7:00 pm
Saturday, Mar. 14 – Youth Ministry Mass followed by games; 5:00 pm
– Bethlehem Arts in church after 5:00 pm Mass
Sunday, Mar. 15 – Bethlehem Arts in church after all Masses
OFFERING TO ST. MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA PARISH
As we continue to work on the unification of Parish operations, we now have a bank account under the name of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The change will help with daily parish operations, simplifying accounting and, ultimately, save us some costs. In order to help us with this process, please start making your offering checks payable to St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish. If you are using online giving (Give Central), you don’t need to make any changes.
Coronavirus, the Flu and Good Health Practices: Given the concerns and media attention surrounding Coronavirus and the seasonal spike in flu-related illnesses, it is important that we follow good health and everyday prevention practices such as washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, etc. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Chicago Department of Public Health (CHPH) both maintain webpages for information about the evolving situation with Coronavirus, smart preventive measures and more. Per guidance issued by the CDPH, “there is no need for business, community, faith -based or other organizations in Chicago to take any special precautions, including organizations that may have members or employees who have travelled to China. A person who has traveled overseas to China and is well is NOT restricted from work, school or any public activities.” Furthermore, the CDPH does not recommend the use of masks or gloves, any change in daily travel routines, social distancing, cancelling or avoiding mass gatherings, missing work, classes or other public events. The IDPH and CDPH, working with the Centers for Disease Control, will keep us informed of any new or additional guidance that is issued.
HOLY NAME NEWS: Our next Holy Name meeting will be on Friday, March 13th at 7:00 pm.
Shamrocks for Kids Pins: The St. Barbara Knights of Columbus will be selling Shamrock pins this weekend to benefit Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.
Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be held on all Fridays during Lent. Stations will be said at St. Barbara Church at 6:00 pm. Stations at St. Therese Church will be at 7:00 pm.
Indonesian Mass: Beginning on Sunday, March 8th, an Indonesian Mass will be held in the St. Barbara Chapel at 11:00 am on the second Sunday of the month. This Mass will be said in our chapel for the next six months.
Bethlehem Arts: Representatives from Bethlehem Arts will be in Chicago to sell hand-made olivewood religious articles to help the religious sisters and brothers in the Holy Land. They will be at St. Barbara Church following all Masses on March 14th and 15th and at St. Therese Church on Sunday, March 22.
Reconciliation Service: There will be a Lenten Reconciliation Service on Monday, March 23rd, at 7:00 pm
Lenten Season Retreat: On Saturday, March 28th, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish welcomes Rev. Donald Senior for a Lenten Retreat titled “From Death to Life: Biblical Reflections on the Lenten Season”. The cost is $10.00 and lunch will be provided. If you are interested in attending, there are flyers and a sign-up sheet on the usher’s table.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE:
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 pm in St. Barbara Church followed by adoration in church until midnight.
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross at St. Barbara Church at 3:00 pm. The Passion of the Lord at 7:00 pm at St. Barbara Church.
Holy Saturday: Blessing of Easter Baskets at St. Barbara Church at 12:00 pm. Easter Vigil Mass with RCIA Baptism at 7:30 pm at St. Therese Church.
Easter Sunday: Masses at St. Barbara will be at 6:00, 9:30 and 11:30 am. Masses at St. Therese will be at 8:00 and 10:30 am.
Liturgical Gathering: There will be a gathering for all those involved in liturgical ministries on Saturday, April 18th, from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. This includes Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Greeters, Ushers, Choir Members, and anyone involved in church activities. The meeting will involve practical training to prepare for commissioning of service and conclude with lunch
RESPECT IN CHURCH
As a sign of respect, please turn your cell phones to silent upon entering church. Also, please remove your hats during Mass and consider to dress appropriately for Mass.
COFFEE WITH FR. FRANCIS
Do you have questions about the life of our new parish? Would you like to be involved with our ministries and organizations? What are your concerns and hopes for our new parish?
If you would like to share your hopes and suggestions for our parish with me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, call our parish offices at 312-842-7979 or 312-842-6777 to schedule a coffee time. I want to listen to you and to hear from you.
Calling Parishioners and Friends to Ministries
In the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, the Church tells us that all Christians have a vocation to “share in the mission of the whole people of God in the Church and in the world.” (2)
“Our own times require of the laity no less zeal: in fact, modern conditions demand that their apostolate be broadened and intensified. With a constantly increasing population, continual progress in science and technology, and closer interpersonal relationships, the areas for the lay apostolate have been immensely widened particularly in fields that have been for the most part open to the laity alone.”
Is the Spirit calling you to be part of the following ministries in our parish?
a. Liturgical Ministry (Lector, Choir Member, Greeter, Server, Translator….)
b. Educational Ministry (Catechist, Formation, Evange- lizer….)
c, Service Ministry (Outreach, Church Cleaning, Garden ing, IT….)
d. Parish Life Ministry (Youth, Young Adult, Senior Minis try, Holy Name, St. Vincent Society, St. Barbara Knights, Committee Members….)
If you are ready to be more involved with any Committees, and/or Ministries, please speak with or email Fr. Francis or Fr. Lukas.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
The St. Vincent de Paul Society responds to the needs of those in the community. Should you find your family needing food assistance, please complete the registration form found in the bulletin.
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