Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 6-9 p.m. | Old St. Patrick’s Church
From 6 to 9 p.m., the church will be open for an evening of quiet pause, prayer, and reflection. All are welcome.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
Friday, Dec. 8 | Masses at 7 am., 12:10 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. | Old St. Patrick’s Church
Today, we celebrate Mary as a model disciple and a powerful symbol of hope. In professing that she was kept sinless from the first moment of her life, we acknowledge and honor Mary’s relationship to Jesus and her special role in his mission of salvation.
Silent Night on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Tuesday, Dec. 12 | 7-9 p.m. | Old St. Patrick’s Church
From 7 to 9 pm, the church will be open for an evening of quiet pause, prayer, and reflection. All are welcome.
Advent Evening of Reflection and Reconciliation
Wednesday, December 13 | 5:30 p.m. | Old St. Patrick’s Church
Please join us for a very special and prayerful evening of reflection on the themes of the season. The evening begins in the Church with a Reconciliation Service that includes the opportunity for individual sacramental reconciliation. You are then invited to join us for a festive dinner in the Church Hall. Following our meal, we are most pleased to welcome renowned author, theologian, and storyteller Jack Shea as he leads us through some new and inspiring reflections on the joys, challenges, and deepest meanings of Christmas.
5:30–6:15 p.m. Reconciliation Service
6:15–7:00 p.m. Buffet Dinner
7:00–8:15 p.m. Christmas: Making Room at the Table with Jack Shea;
The Reconciliation Service will take place in the Church.
Dinner and the Presentation will be in the Church Hall.
Dinner reservations ($20 per person) are required. Reserve your place by visiting our online reservation and payment site at www.signmeup.com/123098
Please allow us to offer you our best hospitality by making your dinner reservations no later than Monday, December 11. Reservations will be held at the door.
Of course, no reservations are necessary for the Reconciliation Service. There will be limited seating (no reservations taken) available for those who choose to attend only the Presentation in the Church Hall. Please feel welcome to join us for all or any part of the evening’s schedule!
Jack Shea a theologian and storyteller who lectures nationally and internationally on storytelling in world religions, faith-based health care, contemporary spirituality, and the spirit at work movement. He has published thirteen books of theology and spirituality and three books of poetry. His most recent publication is “Seeing Haloes: Christmas Poems to Open the Heart.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
The Giving Tree Gift Wrapping Party
Saturday, Dec. 16 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Hughes Hall
Everyone is welcome to join in the fun of the Outreach Wrapping Party from 12 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 16 in the Church Hall. What a great way to get into the holiday spirit as you help those in need. Meet new friends while enjoying Christmas cheer and refreshments!
If you have any questions about the Giving Tree or the Wrapping Party, contact:
Sara Rinke P: 773.960.3492 E: firstname.lastname@example.org | Donna Kamuda P: 312.636.9848 E: email@example.com
Beth Katsaros Annual Winter Coat Drive
Sunday, December 17 | Before and After All Masses
OSP Next is helping to sponsor the annual coat drive in memory of Beth Katsaros, a champion of the less fortunate. We need your help in collecting coats before or after the 7:00 a.m., 8:00, 9:30, 11:15, 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. Masses. If you’re already attending one of those Masses on December 17, please consider volunteering to help before or after (or both!).
Sign up to volunteer online at https://tinyurl.com/y9jtraho
Family Christmas Story Liturgy
Sunday, Dec. 17 | 9:30 a.m. | Old St. Patrick’s Church
At 9:30 a.m. in the church, Family Ministry will hosts its annual Christmas Story Liturgy for the children. As this is a very popular Mass, it will be very as crowded, so please plan to arrive early. For those who are not involved with our Family Ministry’s Christmas Story Liturgy, the Foundations teens will host a separate 9:30 a.m. Mass in the FXW Gymnasium. If needed, there will be a third Mass held in the FXW Cafeteria.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas – But What Will I Say?
Sunday, December 17 | 6:15-7:45 p.m. | Ministry Center, Dining Room, Flr. 3 (713 W. Adams)
Come for a meal and discussion on how we navigate troubling or stressful conversations with loved ones over the holidays. We’ll share some of our apprehensions and learn constructive tools for living into these spaces with our values of courage, love, and justice.
Memorial for the Homeless**
Tuesday, Dec. 19 | 6:30 p.m. | Old St. Patrick’s Church
In the shadows of the Magnificent Mile, our brothers and sisters without homes are losing their lives. They will not go unremembered. Please join us. On the longest night of the year, we honor them. Please join us for the memorial in Old St. Patrick’s Church and a reception to follow in Hughes Hall.
**Gay Plus will be collecting new hats and gloves for the children attending the Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service on Dec 19th (12 boys and 10 girls, ages 10-16). Any donations would be greatly appreciated!**
Fourth Sunday of Advent**