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Happy Final Week of the Easter Season! A link to the prerecorded Sunday Mass is posted on the parish website (www.sfxlg.org) and Facebook each Saturday afternoon. Spread the news of our virtual Mass to alumni and relatives. And let us hold one another in communion in Christ.

Memorial Day. The parish office will be closed all day on Monday, Memorial Day, as we honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. The answering service will answer all calls and can reach Fr. Bill for any pastoral emergencies.

Our Parish Leadership Team for reopening our church building has met and completed the required Archdiocesan training. We need many volunteers (under the age of 65, in good health, and with no underlying health conditions). In Phase 1/1A, volunteers will provide support for celebrations of Baptism, Marriage, Funerals, and private prayer (each limited to a maximum of 10 people). Phase 2 will include Sunday Masses for a limited number of people (based on civic and health department guidelines), and will require volunteers who are already trained. Now is the time to prepare the volunteers who will be needed to open the church building for Sunday/weekday Masses. Send an email to wtkachuk@sfxlg.org to volunteer. For more information click here.

Parish Service Day. This year our Parish Service Day goes virtual. For more information on how to participate, click here.

The SFX Parish Elementary School continues to register new students for the 2020-2021 school year. For updated information for interested families, please click here. Or contact Mary Tassi at mtassi@sfxlg.org.

The SFX Parish School of Religious Education is accepting registrations for the 2020-2021 year. For more information, contact sfxreligious@sfxlg.org.

Our Food Pantry Ministry continues Tuesdays, 9:30-11AM. We provide prepacked bags with drive-thru service, staffed by a limited number of volunteers so that we can maintain social distancing. We continue to receive generous donations to support our outreach to the families we serve. For information on ways to help this parish ministry and other community outreach organizations, click here.

Habitat for Humanity is a parish outreach ministry that has sent teams of volunteers to Clarksdale, Mississippi over several decades. This weekend we usually have a special collection to support Habitat. To learn more about our Habitat involvement, click here. To donate, click here.

Thank you to all regular contributing parish households who are supporting the parish financially. EFT (electronic) contributions provide over 60% of our regular income. Many generous households who contribute via mail or the rectory mail slot provide the rest. Our Easter collection recently exceeded our revised goal of $60,000. Thank you! We rely on each parish household to invest in our mission to the extent you are able. 

To sign up for EFT for your Sunday offering:

  • Visit our website (sfxlg.org) and click on Donate Online OR
  • Text SUNDAY to 708-340-6630; follow the instructions on the return text.

Content from members of the parish staff is posted on Facebook and Instagram. 

The parish offices and education building remain closed until further notice.

  • Parish Offices. A staff person answers the phone from 9AM-1PM Monday through Friday. On June 1, the hours will change to 9-Noon. At all other hours, calls go directly to our answering service, which can contact Fr. Bill for any urgent pastoral need. All staff members are working from home and can be contacted via email.
  • The elementary school continues e-learning until the end of the school year.

We appreciate your patience as we live through this new temporary reality.

Anointing of the Sick. Fr. Bill must refer any request to anoint someone who has tested positive or is suspected of having contracted COVID-19 to one of the priests that have been designated to perform these anointings. Fr. Bill remains available for all other anointings following established safety guidelines. The first step in requesting the Anointing of the Sick is to contact the rectory.

Mass Intentions. Fr. Bill continues to celebrate morning Mass for weekday intentions and several of the Sunday intentions. Any intentions not covered on their scheduled date are being rescheduled for a later date. New intention requests can be made through the parish office on weekdays, 9AM-1PM. Cards can be mailed out or picked up at the rectory door.

Call to Prayer. Are you feeling overwhelmed by the effects of the pandemic and in need of prayer? Volunteers from parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago are available to accompany you through prayer. For more information click here or call 312-741-3388.

9 Positive Parenting Tips During Shelter in Place. Dr. Emily Siffermann, with Advocate Children’s Medical Group, offers nine tips to parents to nurture a healthy family environment in our current environment. To read the full article, which appeared in the health enews of AdvocateAuroraHeath, click here.

Virtual Al Anon Meeting for Newcomers. The disease of alcoholism in a family member can be especially stressful during shelter in place. Have you considered Al Anon but don’t know how to find a virtual meeting? To connect with a virtual Al Anon Wednesday noon meeting that welcomes newcomers, contact Fr. Bill (708-352-0168 or wtkachuk@sfxlg.org).