The Gregorian “For to everyone who has, more will be given; But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” November 16, 2014 Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Page 2 November 16, 2014 St. Gregory the Great Mission Statement St. Gregory the Great is a Catholic Church made up of people of many different ages, talents, and cultural backgrounds. We are an urban faith community with a small town feel of welcome and hospitality. Motivated by our baptismal calling, we accept our duty to embody the presence of Jesus Christ in the world and to take up the mission he entrusted to us by our word and example. We glorify God through support and service of our time, talent, and treasure to our church and to the larger community in which we live. BOOK OF THE MONTH Our spiritual book of the month for November is The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton (New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Co., 1948) Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is one of the most influential American Catholic authors of the twentieth century. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, has sold millions of copies and has been translated into over twenty languages. A modern-day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. It tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders--the Trappist monks. It is available for $10.01 from Barnes and Noble and for $9.87 from Amazon. YOUNG PEOPLE’S ICON WORKSHOP Due to the overwhelming success of our adult and now our Children's Icon Workshop, we will now be offering the same for pre-teens (8-12). Joe Malham will conduct a two day workshop, in the Icon Studio on the third floor of the Parish Center, in which the young people will write their own icon under his instruction. The workshop is scheduled for the weekend of December 6 and 7 from Noon-3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The cost for the two days, including snacks, is $35 per student and a parent or authorized guardian must accompany each student each day. Please call Joe at the Parish Center to register (773-561-3546) or email him at [email protected] The class will be limited to 8 students so please register soon. Students must be registered by November 12 and if a minimum of four are not enrolled by then the workshop will be rescheduled for early 2015. Weekly Calendar November 16 (Sunday) 9:00am—Coffee &…—-Cafeteria 5:00pm—Charismatic prayer group—Baseheart rm. November 17 (Monday) 9:00am—Scripture study—Parish Center November 18 (Tuesday) 7:00pm—Bingo—Social Hall November 19 (Wednesday) 6:30pm—Novena—Church November 20 (Thursday) 7:00pm—Choir rehearsal—Church November 21 (Friday) 6:45pm—Women’s scripture study—Parish Center November 22 (Saturday) 10:00am—SSR Classes—Gym Building Readings for the Week Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday: Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 18:35-43 Rv 3:1-6, 14-22; Ps 15:2-5; Lk 19:1-10, or, (for the memorial of the Dedication) Acts 28:11-16, 30-31; Ps 98:1-6; Mt 14:22-33 Rv 4:1-11; Ps 150:1b-6; Lk 19:11-28 Rv 5:1-10; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Lk 19:41-44 Rv 10:8-11; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131; Lk 19:45-48 Rv 11:4-12; Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10; Lk 20:27-40 Ez 34:11-12, 15-17; Ps 23:1-3, 5-6; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Mt 25:31-46 THANKSGIVING PRAYER SERVICE You are invited to the annual Edgewater Community Religious Association Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service, Sunday, November 23rd at 3:00PM St. Ita Catholic Church5500 N. Broadway Ave. Chicago, IL Page 3 November 16, 2014 ST. GREGORY YOUNG ADULTS St. Nicholas Day Cocktail Party & Shoe Drive Hosted by St. Gregory’s Young Adults All are welcome, must be 21 Saturday Dec 6th @ 7:30pm Fat Cat, 4840 N Broadway St. Come to the party or bring shoe and sock donations to masses on November 29 & 30th and December 6 & 7th. *$20 per person includes food (cash bar). All attendees are asked to bring new or gently used pair of shoes and/or socks. **Each donations earns you 5 free raffle tickets. **Shoe and Sock Donations benefit Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program. The Refugee Resettlement Program provides comprehensive resettlement services to refugees from various regions of the world during their period of adaptation to a new environment, leading them to greater self-sufficiency. Activities are planned and arranged to address problems specific to individual/family refugees such as linguistic and cultural barriers, housing, financial assistance, interpretation and mediation services, transportation, orientation and case management. Emphasis is placed on early employment for those who are eligible. *All the money raised will go toward the construction to St. Gregory's gym building which is currently undergoing renovations which include adding a handicap accessible ramp and updates to the bathrooms. NORTHSIDE CATHOLIC ACADEMY (NCA)—BOOK FAIR Have a Royally Good Time at Northside Catholic Academy’s Fall Book Fair! Don’t miss the chance to check out new titles and purchase popular reads at NCA’s annual Fall Book Fair. Sir Readalot’s Castle: Enter the Kingdom of Books, will be held in the NCA primary campus lunchroom, on Sunday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds continue to benefit NCA’s primary and middle school teachers, classrooms and libraries, so be sure to stop by! GRAND RAFFLE—ANNUAL FUNDRAISER TICKETS COST $5.00 EACH Raffle tickets are available at the back of Church. Please pick some up to purchase for yourself or sell to your family and friends. Drawing of the winners will be held at the Coffee &.., hosted by St. Gregory’s Finance Council, in the High School cafeteria on Sunday, December 14th after the 10:30am Mass. COFFEE &……. Today, Sunday, November 16, 2014 after the 8:30 & 10:30am Masses in the High School cafeteria. Hosted by the Filipinos of St. Gregory. Come join us for Coffee & Pastries. Page 4 November 16, 2014 YEAR OF SACRAMENTS—ONE WORD AT A TIME Entrust As we gather around the bedside of our dying loved ones, we entrust them to the Lord. We can do no more. At some point, although medicine can offer some comfort, it can no longer keep them alive. We face within ourselves and in our loved ones the poverty and dependence that has always marked our lives, even when we have not been conscious of it. Now, we entrust them to God, to the saints, and to the angels. And when we do so, we acknowledge that we belong to a great communion of holy men and women and of spirits who serve the living God. What seems to be the most solitary, the loneliest moment of our lives, when we are dying, is rather a time of communion and connection. The whole Church in heaven and on earth gathers. The whole Church in this moment of entrustment is our great sacrament of communion in the Lord. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY The good news of today’s Gospel is the extravagance of what is being given us. All we need to do is be faithful in “small matters.” The cost of fidelity has no comparison to the reward given. When you give furniture, household items and clothing you no longer use to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, You are sharing God’s extravagant love. Remember to drop off your gently used clothing donations at the SVDP drop box located in the South Parking Lot of the gym building. For furniture donations, SVDP will pick up from your home. Please call Lavetta at 773-779-6700 to schedule a pick-up.—Thank you for your support. MINISTRY OF THE WEEK—SACRISTAN The sacristan comes one day a week and attends to the clean linens and to the art and environment of the Church. The sacristan orders wine, hosts, candles and other liturgical items that are used for our Eucharistic liturgies, coordinates decorating the Church at Christmas and Easter, launders the cassocks and surpluses used by the altar servers as well as the albs used by the priests and places in the pews the envelopes that are used for special collections. Volunteers are needed to help with laundry and with the cleaning and decorating of the Church at Christmas and Easter. The contact person for Sacristan is Dan Creed. 773-561-3546 SCRIPTURE STUDY Scripture study will take place on Monday, November 17 after the 8:30AM Mass in the Parish Center lower level. ALL ARE WELCOME! BAPTISMS November 2014—WELCOME! Nellyangelie Miranda Daughter of Adrian & Nelly Miranda Alexa Mira Nunez-Vazquez Daughter of Gabe Nunez & Victor Vazquez Anastazia Marie Pilewicz Daughter of Conrad & Adrienne Pilewicz Patterson Thomas William Radoszewski Son of Patrick & Rebecca Radoszewski Madeline Grace Schultz Daughter of Chad & Stephanie Schultz Zadie Louise Vickers Daughter of Justin & Rebecca Vickers Christian Joseph Firnstein Son of Robert & Margaret Firnstein Page 5 November 16, 2014 THANKSGIVING DAY FOOD DRIVE Please bring non-perishable food items to the Thanksgiving Day Liturgy, Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 10:30a.m.. Non-food items such as bar soap, dish detergent, toilet paper, Kleenex, and paper towels are also needed and much appreciated. Your donations are delivered to local families, nursing homes, the Catholic Worker and other charitable organizations. I can't save the environment all by myself…. However, individual efforts, taken collectively, Can make a difference. Please join others in our parish that are recycling their newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and old mail in the Paper Retriever® container located in our south parking lot. You will be aiding our Environmental Stewardship calling as well as raising funds for our Church Maintenance Programs. SCRIP PROGRAM All orders placed the previous weekend can be picked up the following weekend at the 4:30pm Mass on Saturday or the 8:30 & 10:30am Mass on Sunday. PLEASE CONSIDER BUYING YOUR GIFT CARDS THROUGH OUR SCRIP PROGRAM. Rebates received from SCRIP go towards the Social Hall Renovation. Login to shopwithscrip.com to see what’s new and check out their current promotional items.—Thank you for supporting the Scrip Program! FRIENDSHIP CLUB Make your plans to join us for some great activities! Dec 10, 2014—11:00am—Christmas Party at Monastero’s Cost $30.00 Jan 14, 2015—12:00pm—Regular meeting BINGO—Bingo at St. Gregory is “Smoke Free” TUESDAY NIGHT BINGO AT ST. GREGORY Games begin at 7:00 PM in the Gym Basement—Social Hall (1609 West Gregory St.) $2,250 in prizes (includes 2— $500 games) True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.—David Tyson Gentry In case of bad weather, please call the Parish Center at 773-561-3546, after 2:00p.m. for possible cancellation. Page 6 November 16, 2014 Mass Intentions For The Week SUNDAY, November 16 8:30—+Magdalena Marcos Fusilero, 2nd anniv. of death 10:30—+Mary Kay Teister +James Fitzgerald MONDAY, November 17 8:30—Parishioners TUESDAY, November 18 8:30—Parishioners WEDNESDAY, November 19 8:30— Memorial Fund THURSDAY, November 20 8:30—Parishioners FRIDAY, November 21 8:30—+Jorge Arellano SATURDAY, November 22 8:30—Parishioners 4:30—+Alice M. & Martin Dungan +Tony Ardizzone SUNDAY, November 23 8:30—+Claudia Alforque 10:30—+Ben Holmberg Prayer List Please pray for the sick and all those who have asked for our prayers. Bob Connelly Patrick Ryan Tom Ahlfeld Eloise Coughlin Kelly Dwyer Ted Moore Ray Lariosa Rita Burke Antoinette Bedoe Cookie Anderson Mary Huinker Brenda S. Viray Bill Lee Horace Rutledge John De Vitto Eloise Coughlin Art Birt Carmen Rodriguez Donna Torres Lily Osborne Peter Saldanha Virginia Rodriquez Henry Birt Jesse Osborne Marylyn Ahlfeld Arlene Blake Dan O’Connell Patricia Zakrzewski Pamela Birt King Val Szymczak Anne-Helene Cagney Emilia Salamida Gilber Juanita B. Lopez Grace Sullinger Tom Moulder Carolyn Liesen Dolores Riccardo Dan Ahlfeld Delia Connelly Our Armed Forces Keep in your prayers all who are in the armed forces. Dominick Kearns Joseph Guido Jr. Erix A. Sutton Matthew Harvey David Murcio Ramil Cabute John Hernandez Tony Murillo Nino Villamore Edward Hurtado Michael Ignoffo Gloria Qualls Nicholas Ignoffo Wedding Banns Memorial fund In Loving Memory: II. Richard Balbarin & Olivia Layug II. Jeramie Soto & Roxanne Valencia +Beverly Larson By: Marlene & Gerry Malone Special Intentions: Louise Schultz, God’s healing love By: Sr. Barbara Quinn MINISTERS OF CARE If you are homebound or know someone that is, and would like Holy Communion brought to you, please contact the Parish Center at 773-561-3546. Liturgical Ministries (November 22/November 23) Saturday—4:30pm Sunday—8:30am Sunday—10:30am Presider Fr. Brian Fischer Fr. John Moulder Fr. Paul Wachdorf Lectors/Commentators Jon Hageman Millie Slane Sr. Regina De Vitto Leila Janssens Winston Buenvenida Judy Nocek Eucharistic Ministers Gerald Malone Kathy Moore Sr. Barbara Quinn Letty Baltazar Carmen Delgado Joanne Prorok Mickey Chigas Eunice Daniels Butch Odulio Ines Odulio Molly Sheridan Ian Sheridan MC-Mary Lynn Dekold Isaiah Medina Kailee Carro MC-Joe Siapno Axel Gouegnon Megan Carney Charlie Sell MC-Joe Franco Altar Servers Volunteer Page 7 November 16, 2014 Sunday and Holy Day Collection Totals For Fiscal Year July 1—June 30 September Envelopes Cash/Loose Electronic Giving Total September 7 $1,651 $1,110 $2,761 September 14 $3,667 $1,180 $4,847 September 21 $1,987 $2,205 September 28 $2,506 $1,349 Holy Days $ 15 $ $ $ 15 Total $9,826 $5,844 $9,005 $24,675 $9,005 $13,197 $3,855 Over/(Under) Monthly Budget—Year-to-Date ($7,876) Year-to-Date Collected as of September 30, 2014 $73,372 Planned Annual Budget for Sunday & Holy Day Collections $325,000 YTD Collected as a percentage of Planned Annual Budget 23% ST. GREGORY THE GREAT PARISH AND SCHOOL INFORMATION AND SERVICES Parish Center Masses 5545 N. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60640 773-561-3546 773-728-3827 (fax)—www.stgregory.net Sunday: Saturday Evening—4:30pm, Sunday—8:30am, and 10:30am. Weekdays: Monday—Saturday—8:30am Holy Days of Obligation: Please check the Sunday bulletin for Holy Day Schedules. Hours: M-Th 9:00am—7:00 pm Fri- 9:00am—4:30pm Sat.- 9:00am—4:30pm, Sun.—9:00am—12:00pm Pastoral Staff Rev. Paul Wachdorf, Pastor Rev. Brian Fischer, Associate Pastor Rev. John Moulder, Resident Sr. Barbara Quinn, Pastoral Associate Sr. Regina De Vitto, Pastoral Associate Mr. John Miaso, Business Manager Mr. Patrick Godon, Director of Music & Liturgy Ms. Bernadette Daniels, Administrative Asst. Mr. Dan Creed, Sacristan Mr. Joseph Malham, Artist-in-Residence Quest Theatre Ensemble, Artists-in-Residence International Chamber Artists, Artists-in-Residence www.ICAmusic.org Schools Northside Catholic Academy ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Admissions Office: 773-743-6277 St. Gregory Credit Union 1609 W. Gregory St., Chicago, IL 60640 773-561-5493 Sunday 9:30am—12:00pm Wednesday 7:00pm—9:00pm Sacraments Baptisms: First Sunday of the Month—1:00pm (except during Lent) Weddings: Arrange with a pastoral staff member at least six months in advance. Participation in marriage preparation is essential. Reconciliation Saturday– 3:30pm—4:15pm Services Prayer Requests: If you or a family member or relative is ill and would like to be included on the list of prayer requests, please call the Parish Center. Mass Intentions: You may request a Mass intention for someone who is living or deceased or special occasions such as birthdays, special anniversary, get well wishes. Please call or stop by the Parish Center. Devotions Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 1st Friday of each month, 9:00am-9:00pm, except when funerals are scheduled. Novena To Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Wednesdays 6:30pm Taizé Prayer Service The Taizé prayer service will focus on seasonal icons. Taizé Prayer Service will be held in Church on Sundays at 4:00pm. Please check the bulletin or our website at www.stgregory.net (under the “About Us” tab) for the next scheduled prayer service.
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