Yesterday, Governor JB Pritzker announced that all of the four Restore Illinois health regions have reached the required health benchmarks for advancing to Phase 3, and he issued guidance for reopening churches (click on this link). The bishops of the Chicago Province are now reviewing that guidance document – more information is anticipated early next week. In the meantime, parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago can continue to be certified for Phases 1/1A (Baptism, Reconciliation, Weddings, Funerals, private prayer and Eucharistic Adoration for 10 or fewer), but not Phase 2 (weekday and weekend Masses and groups larger than 10) until further notice.


Beginning Saturday, May 30th we will continue reopening the church with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. until all are heard. I ask that all parishioners please follow the instructions of our volunteer teams. The procedures that have been put in place are in compliance with the Archdiocese of Chicago and they are there to protect the health of all. Please note that after receiving absolution the penitent is to complete the penance given by the priest outside the church. Confessions will be heard every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. until further notice. Please click on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8u6VXqPzvs&feature=youtu.be to watch a video that will help you prepare for this sacrament.

On Wednesday, June 3rd we will enter into Phase IA of our reopening for individual prayer. The church will be open from 6-8:00 pm for prayer with no more than ten people being allowed in the church at any time. Individual prayer will be limited to no more than twenty minutes so as many people as possible can pray in the church. Once again, the volunteer team will guide you with further instructions. Please know that the pews and kneelers will be sanitized when each parishioner leaves the church. After Wednesday the team will meet to evaluate how our process went. As of now, private prayer will be every Wednesday night from 6-8:00 p.m.

Volunteers are still needed to be a part of our church team. The more volunteers, the more times the church will be available for individual prayer. More information will be forthcoming. If you know of anybody who doesn’t go to our website or Facebook page, please spread the word.


Dear Parishioners,

Good news! I have just received word from the Archdiocese of Chicago that they have accepted our plan to reopen our church for Phase I and Phase IA. It also mentioned that we are one of the first parishes that received permission due to our submitting our plan early with due diligence. Currently we are working on marking the pews where people can be seated for Phase I of the plan which includes Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation—all limited to 10 people or less. Phase IA will open up the church for individual prayer.

We will not begin Phase I or Phase IA until necessary precautions are taken for the safety of our parishioners. We have our two Lay Leaders, three Team Captains, and other volunteers who are being trained to ensure the safety of all. Please know that we are in need of volunteers to be on our teams to ensure a safe reopening. Please feel free to call me at the parish office at 708-448-4861 if you are willing to volunteer. Please know that as we reopen your personal health and safety is my main concern. Note that I am grateful for your  patience as we bring the Sacraments and the opening of our church to our parishioners.

God Bless,

Father Marty


To print a hard copy of the tri-fold document please click on this link:  https://www.archchicago.org/documents/70111/2833001/Parishioner+Reopening+Guide.pdf/73e573e0-2247-46fc-9c87-38779221f146


As your pastor, I would like to thank all those people who are mailing and dropping off their parish envelopes and donations throughout this time of the virus. As you all know from the letter you have received in the mail, these funds are deeply needed and appreciated as we continue to pay our employees and parish bills. I know that times are tough financially for everybody. Please read further on in this website if you are interested in online giving through Faith Direct. God bless you for your generosity. 

Please know Father Marty is celebrating daily Mass in his home for Mass intentions, for a cure of COVID-19, for those suffering, and for the intentions of our parishioners and the universal church.


Sunday Mass from St. Alexander – Pentecost Sunday – May 31, 2020

The cancellation of Mass has lead to a significant loss of our parish income. This places our operations and our ministries at risk. Your generous weekly offerings are needed--and appreciated--more than ever.

You can mail your envelopes to the Parish Administrative Center, or you have the option to give electronically through Faith Direct. Please click on the "Donate/Support" tab on our homepage and go the the Faith Direct tab for information on how to sign up. You can also give a one-time donation by scanning the bar below or use the Text-To-Give option. We'll get through this with everyone's help and prayers. God bless!

Catholic church bells will be ringing throughout Chicago every three hours as a call for all to unite in prayer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cardinal Blase Cupich is asking Catholic parishes to ring their church bells five times a day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Each of the five prayer times will be dedicated to a specific group particularly affected by the pandemic. Please pray with us across the Archdiocese at 9 a.m., noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. in support of all affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the prayers in English, Spanish and Polish: https://www.archchicago.org/coronavirus/media-resources
"During this difficult time, we should explore every means to bring people together and the Holy Mass has always served as our point of reference for unity and experiencing the comforting grace of God," Cardinal Cupich.
Sunday Mass from Holy Name Cathedral: Sunday Masses will be available on our website, archchicago.org, beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Sunday Mass will be available in English, Spanish and Polish. Each Sunday Mass will remain available for viewing until the following Saturday. Also available on our YouTube channel and on the Archdiocese of Chicago Facebook page.
Weekday Masses from St. James Chapel: Daily Masses will be available on our website, archchicago.org, beginning at 10 a.m. each weekday. Those Masses will remain available for viewing until the next online Mass is celebrated. Also available on our YouTube channel and on the Archdiocese of Chicago Facebook page.
Mass from Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago: Every Sunday at 5 p.m. livestream.com/oldstpats
Mercy Home Sunday Mass: 9:30 a.m. on WGN-TV Channel 9 mercyhome.org/sunday-mass
Relevant Radio: 950 AM / 930 AM / 1270 AM  Get the app for your phone or visit relevantradio.com


St. Alexander Parish and school rest on an 11 acre site, just north of 127th and Harlem Avenue. The property was donated by the Crawford Family. It was founded as a Parish in the Chicago Archdiocese in June of 1959 with the appointment of Father Hanton by Archbishop Albert Cardinal Meyer. Father Hanton selected the name “St. Alexander” in honor of the third century pope and his own deceased father and brother who bore the same name.

As the community and parish continued to grow, a parish center was constructed to provide a facility to meet the religious, educational, athletic and social needs of the parishioners. A new rectory was also contracted at this time. Cardinal John Cody dedicated the new Parish Center and rectory on September 14, 1980.

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St. Alexander School is a Catholic Elementary school that rests on a 12 acre site with St. Alexander Parish, just north of 127th and Harlem Avenue.  It was founded with the Parish in June of 1959 with the appointment of Father Hanton by Archbishop Albert Cardinal Meyer. Father Hanton selected the name “St. Alexander” in honor of the third century pope and his own deceased father and brother who bore the same name. In September of 1960, the doors opened for the first day of school. The enrollment was recorded at 247 children.

Today, Father Marty Michniewicz continues to foster the message of Christ as the pastor. We serve 250 students, in grades preschool through eighth. Our school has continued to provide an excellent academic, religious and moral foundation for our children. We strive to offer a curriculum meeting the needs of the whole child — spiritually, academically, socially and physically — and to work toward each student’s realization of his/her potential in these areas. In cooperation with parents, the school fosters an atmosphere of love, respect and service where the message of Christ is taught and lived and community worship is an integral part of the religious education program.  Through their Catholic education, the students learn responsibility and an appreciation of their family, school, parish, community and world. This is the mission of St. Alexander School.

Based on Catholic values and traditions, St. Alexander School aims to educate our students to be socially responsible, morally sound, and economically aware citizens in a culturally diverse society.  Our faith-filled leaders are committed to establishing a partnership between home, school, church, and the community.

St. Alexander School provides a comprehensive educational program, taking into account the varying needs and abilities of each student—academically, physically, and emotionally. Our dedicated educators implement a curriculum designed to meet these needs, in addition to promoting literacy, and feeding the hunger for spiritual growth. The curriculum utilizes state-of-the-art technology, the arts, and physical education to enhance the core subjects.

To arrange a visit, please call (708) 448-0408. Or send us an e-mail at info@stalexanderschool.com.  You can also visit us online at www.StAlexanderSchool.com.

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