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Parish Office Hours for the Holidays

Christmas Eve - Closing at 12:00 noon

Christmas Day - Closed

Open December 26th at 8:00am

New Year's Eve - Closing at 3:00 noon

New Year's Day - Closed

Open January 2nd at 8:00am


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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Liturgy Schedule 2014

Christmas Eve (Wednesday, December 24):

4:00pm, Main Church (formerly called the New Church)

4:10pm, Historic Church (formerly called the Old Church)

4:15pm, Boehm Center

6:00pm, Main Church

Midnight, Main Church (prelude music begins at 11:30pm)

Christmas Day (Thursday, December 25):

All Masses in the Main Church - 7:00am, 9:00am and 11:00am


Please give us your ideas and opinions!  The St. Patrick Adult Enrichment Team wants to offer programs that will fill YOUR needs and interests.  But in order to do that, we need YOU to tell us what they are.  Please take our short, 10 question survey.    Click on this link to go to the survey, the results are automatically forwarded to the team.  Thank you!  


If you'd rather complete the survey "off-line" please download this form.  You can return the completed form to the parish office or simply drop it in the collection basket.

There are many new opportunities to share your time and talent as stewards.  Please see the bulletin for information about helping out in such areas as:


Adult Faith Enrichment Offerings - Mark your calendars now!

The Adult Faith Enrichment Team has planned a number of opportunities for the adults of our parish community.  More details are in this flyer.  Here is some information on what will be coming:

Date Presenter/Topic Location

Wed 1/21 9am-10am


Thu 1/22  7pm-8pm

Catherine Sims will present one hour sessions of input, discussion and Q&A on topics that come from the adult faith surveys.  Choose a morning or evening session (Wed or Thu) each month.  Keep an eye here for your next opportunity to register! Old Church Hall
1/10/15 (Sat) 9:00am-12:00pm Dr. Kate Wiskus, D.Min will offer a Morning of Reflection for Women (not a repeat of last year's presentation).  Registration information to follow. Old Church Hall (limited to 75)

2015 Lenten Series

Feb 22, March 1 and 8 (Sunday evenings 7:00-8:30)

Series focuses on Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving, with presentations by Rev. Mark Francis , CSV, Msgr. John Canary and Rev. James Merold.  No advance registration needed. Main Church
4/22/15 (Wed) An Evening for your Marriage - Deacon Dave Tiemeier and his wife Shawn will use songs, humor and Catholic teaching to help us reflect and deepen our marriage appreciation and commitment. Old Church Hall (limited to 75)
Are you seeking to be Baptized or in becoming a part of the Catholic faith community?  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process by which adults become baptized members of our faith community in Jesus Christ.  For those who are already baptized and know Christ but are interested in becoming part of the Catholic Tradition the RCIA process also helps you to become full, conscious and active members in our common faith.  For more information please join us on Sunday, September 7 at 8:30am in the basement of the Old Church to learn more.  Please see the bulletin for more information.
The annual St. Patrick's Spring Raffle is over!  More information (including winner list) is available here!


Exciting News!

  • Within any ministry it is important to constantly evaluate and determine if the goals are being met and if the mission is being accomplished. During this process, the Youth Ministry team felt called to modify the approach used to minister to the teens in our parish community.  I would like to share with you a little information on this new method of high school youth ministry at St. Patrick called YDisciple.  Please click here for the new information!

  • The date and location for Catholic Heart Work Camp 2015 has been finalized! We will be going to Mishawaka, Indiana, June 14-20.  Registration for this trip will begin Monday, February 2nd.

  • See what your YDisciple participant is watching and discussing. Check out the videos by using the link:  https://www.ydisciple.org/index.php/register/e9b43


IGNITE is a youth ministry for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.  Join us for food, fun and faith on Sunday after the 5pm Mass.  www.facebook.com/stpatricksignite

  • December 7:  "Ready or Not...  Here He Comes"

  • December 14:  "Why Gaudete?"

  • December 21:  "Party like it's Christmas"


  • Join our Adoration Ministry!   Wednesdays from 8:00am-9:00pm, Eucharistic Adoration follows the 7:30am Mass in the Old Church.

         8:00am Public recitation of the Holy Rosary

         3:00pm Public recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet

         8:00pm-9:00pm Youth Holy Hour

         First Wednesday at 7:00pm - Public recitation of the Rosary for the Unborn Child

         For more information please contact Carla Benzschawel 847-265-7628

  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be on every second and fourth Sunday of the month.  What is Children’s Liturgy of the Word?  The term "Children’s Liturgy of the Word" refers to the practice of children leaving the mass before the Liturgy of the Word and gathering elsewhere to discuss the Scripture readings in a way that is more appropriate to their level of understanding.  How does this work? (click here for more information.


  • Seasons of Hope Season Three Grief Support Group begins in August.  If you're in need of consolation after losing a loved one this adult Christ-centered faith sharing group is here for you.  Season Three begins Monday, August 4 and meets once a week for six weeks at 6:45pm in the Old Church Hall.  Registration is required - please see the bulletin for contact information.


  • As part of our Stewardship Renewal, we continue to encourage all parish meetings to begin (or close) with a 10 minute prayerful reflection, known as Lectio divina, on the upcoming Sunday Gospel. We also recommended it for a weekly family, or personal, prayer experience. We hope that many of you have been able to experience this prayer in one or both of these venues in the past, and that you have found it to be spiritually enriching.  Please find more information and prayer tools here.

  • Please support our Military Chaplains by donating Crosses that can be worn or carried, Rosaries, Bibles, prayer cards and other small-sized essentials.  See the bulletin for a complete list and bring your donations to a specially-labeled box in the Narthex.

  • Respect Life.  The Respect Life group meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm in Room 3 of the New Church.  Through prayer and advocacy we support life from conception to natural death.  New members are welcome.

  • The Music Ministry needs you!  If you're interested in joining any of our musical groups please contact Bernie at 847-244-4161, ext. 21.

  • Can you help at our Welcome Booth?  If you've got a few minutes after mass to share with your fellow parishioners please contact Deacon Jeremy at jcarter@archchicago.org.

Prayer and Bible Study Opportunities

  • Group Name:  Wednesday Morning Bible Study

    Time: 9:00 AM Joan Zupec’s home

    Dates: Begins Wednesday, September 10th; meets weekly

    Subject: The Sunday Scripture Readings; prepares the Scripture readings for the

    upcoming weekend.

    Contact: Joan Zupec at 847-662-1150


  • Group Name: Thursday Morning Bible Study

    Time: 9 AM - 11:00 AM in the Old Church Hall (There is a lift for those unable to do

    the stairs)

    Dates: Begins Thursday, September 4, 2014; meets weekly.

    Subject: The book of Psalms from the Little Rock Scripture Study

    Contact: Carla Benzschawel at benzscm@yahoo.com or 847-265-7628


  • Group Name: Thursday Evening Bible Study

    Time: 7 - 8:30 PM in the Parish School Staff Room (enter through Boehm Center


    Dates: Begins Thursday, September 11, 2014; meets weekly

    Subject: The Book of Genesis

    Contact: Mary Ann Gilray at 847-662-5083 or magilray@yahoo.com 


  • Calling all Parents of preschool age and younger! We would love for you to join our group! We get together with our tots during the day at least once a month for play dates and/or outings. We also have "Parents Night Out" once in a while to connect without distraction. Our group offers friendship, community, resources and support through our faith. Our schedule is fluid and changes every month so no one is left out! Working or stay at home Moms and Dads welcome!!  Contact Laura Savage at savages4life@gmail.com



click here for a list of ministries


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Scrip forms available here!

Newly Baptized into the Church

Mayson Richard Rothmann

Landen Jesse Zaleski


Congratulations!  Recent Weddings

Tony Ramirez-Morales and Gabriela Silva

Please Pray for the Recently Deceased


Myrtle Schmidt

Mother-in-Law of Dina (Messina) Schmidt


Weekend Mass Schedule


Saturday Mass: 5:00pm

Sunday Masses: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am

Sunday Evening:  5:00pm


Daily Mass

7:30am Monday-Friday, Old Church


Sunday Readings

December 21, 2014

1st Reading - 2 Samuel 7: 1-5, 8-12, 14, 16

Psalm:  89

2nd Reading - Romans 16: 25-27

Gospel Reading - John 1: 26-38

December 28, 2014

1st Reading - Sirach 3: 2-6, 12-14

Psalm:  128

2nd Reading - Colossians 3: 12-21

Gospel Reading - Luke 2: 22-40

Light of the World



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February 13-16, 2015

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Family Ministries Website

Are you trying to register for a PreCana or marriage education class, or want information about the Golden Wedding Mass, FOCCUS, Divorce and Annulment Support Ministry, Natural Family Planning, or Hispanic Family Ministries?  We’ll be there! Our website is in English, Spanish, and Polish.