The family of Saint George prays that the gifts of the Holy Spirit — given root today — will yield fruits in abundance! May these newly confirmed experience charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self‐control, and chastity throughout their lives. May this Sacrament continue to bring them closer to the Lord, that they may always participate in the sacramental life of the Church and be fervent witnesses of their faith in word and deed.
As a community, the people of Saint George will continue to pray for blessings on these Confirmandi, their family and sponsors, and all whom God will touch through them in the years to come.
Come, follow me ... and bring hope to the world
Our parish is conducting our campaign for the Annual Catholic Appeal. Please remember that the Annual Catholic Appeal is much different than a one-time special collection. It is a pledge campaign where you can make a gift payable in installments.
The annual Catholic Appeal theme, "Come, follow me ... and bring hope to the world," was selected because as disciples of Jesus, we follow the Master who both gives us hope and sends us to bring his hope to our world that needs it so much.
Each pledge makes a difference! All parish communities participate in the campaign and the gifts of many enable our parishes, schools and ministries to deliver needed services. Now more than ever, the church needs your steadfast support. Your participation in our parish's weekly offertory and in the Annual Catholic Appeal is essential to maintaining the financial well-being of the Church over the next few weeks and months.
This year, we also encourage our parishioners to make their Annual Catholic Appeal gifts online or by calling the Annual Catholic Appeal office directly. If you would like to sign up for monthly parish giving, you can do so at https://giving.archchicago.org/annual-catholic-appeal/about. Contact the Annual Catholic Appeal Office directly by calling 312-534-7959. Please leave a message, if necessary, and your call will be returned.
Things are changing quickly, so please check back often.
The Archdiocese of Chicago is allowing parishes to open for limited numbers of people for Mass, Reconciliation, Adoration, Funerals, Baptisms and Weddings provided that the parish follow detailed Archdiocesan procedures. For information about what to expect when you return, see the attached pamphlet. When you arrive at St. George, please be patient and understanding as we are required to follow these procedures.
• Everyone will be asked to reserve a place at any service using the SignUp Genius links below.
• All will be asked to check in when arriving at church.
• Greeters will welcome and direct you when you arrive.
• A mask is required inside the Church at all times.
• Please maintain a six-foot social distance from others at all times.
Mass: Celebration of Mass is back at St. George. Each week we
will have a Sunday Vigil Mass on Saturday at 4:00, three Masses on Sunday -- 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 am, as well as a weekday Mass at 8:15 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Attendance is limited to 120 persons for weekend Masses and 50 persons on weekdays, so reservations are required. Please use the link below to save your spot, or call the rectory office at (708) 532-2243.
Reconciliation: Every Saturday during Lent from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Regular schedule will return on Saturday, April 10. Reserve your spot using the link below, or call the rectory office at
Adoration and Private Prayer: In church every Wednesday, 6-7 pm. (Please note that the schedule may change as more Masses resume.) You may come and go as is convenient for you during this time. No reservation required; please sign in at the door when you arrive.
Lenten Evening of Reflection: Wednesday, March 10, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm (live streamed) presented by Fr. Tom Puslecki. The presentation will be followed by Adoration and an opportunity for Confession. Reservations are required for both the Evening of Reflection and for Confession.
WE ARE IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS WITH THE REOPENING
OF ST. GEORGE CHURCH. Specifically, we are in need of cleaning volunteers. The role of a cleaning volunteer is to wipe down pews and kneelers, vestibule doors, Sanctuary, lecterns, priest masks, restroom handles, restroom light switches and faucets: That’s it! Please use the link below to sign-up, or call the rectory office at (708) 532-2243. You will then be mailed a confirmation and a small explanation of what we do.
Funerals, Baptisms and Weddings: Call the rectory office (708) 532- 2243.
We all look forward and pray for the day that we can once again celebrate mass together as the St. George Parish community. St. George as always is a welcoming community and our greeters will try to make you feel at home under these circumstances.
Please be aware:
• Dispensation from Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation continues.
• We still advise that the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions stay at home and participate through livestreamed and televised Masses.
• We will continue to serve those who cannot attend Masses in person by livestreaming Mass on our Facebook page and posting to our webpage.
Church Reopening Committee
ST. GEORGE CHURCH NEEDS YOUR HELP!
It's nice to be able to come back to church! Thanks to all our volunteers, we are making our re-opening carefully and safely. We are still in need of more help, especially following Mass to sanitize the church. It is simple, and will only take about fifteen minutes. Please call the office and volunteer!
For the third year in a row, the Archdiocese of Chicago will be offering a 2-for-1 Matching Gift Program for TCS donations made through Empower Illinois between Dec. 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021. Donations eligible for the matching gift program are capped at $50k per school and only donations made to archdiocesan-run schools are eligible. The 2-for-1 match will be offered until Feb. 28, 2021, or until the matching funds are depleted whichever occurs first. Anyone in need of more information regarding the program may view the TCS webinar recording here and additional resources for donor solicitation are available on the OCS Resource Portal’s Tax Credit Scholarship page. Any unused matching funds at a school without children remaining on the waitlist as of April 1, 2021, will be automatically transferred for use by students on the general Archdiocese of Chicago waitlist.
Parish phones continue to be monitored while we are under the Shelter-in-Place order. Call 708-532-2243 or email parish staff with any questions or needs. After-hours emergency line is also available at the above number. Anointing of the Sick is available. Please call Rectory Office.