CELEBRATE SUNDAY MASS FROM ST. ALEXANDER POSTED ON SATURDAYS AT 4:00 PM
SCHOOL AND PARISH OFFICES REMAIN CLOSED
WEEKDAY MASS TIME CHANGE - EFFECTIVE MONDAY, AUGUST 3RD
WEEKDAY MASS (MONDAY-FRIDAY) WILL BEGIN AT 8:30 A.M.
With the start of the new school year approaching, for the safety of our students, staff, and parishioners, we will need to accommodate for longer drop-off times in the morning.
MANDATORY REGISTRATION FOR SUNDAY MASS BEGINS
AT 10:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY AND ENDS AT NOON ON SATURDAY
(WALK-INS WILL BE SEATED IF THERE IS ROOM AVAILABLE)
MASS REGISTRATION -- CLICK HERE: https://membership.faithdirect.net/il910
PLEASE BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE ORANGE "EVENTS" BUTTON
(The "Events" button is only available between 10:00 a.m. on Thursday and noon on Saturday)
For now, there will be no registration on the website for daily Masses (Monday-Friday). Once you arrive at church for daily Mass the same procedure for Sunday Mass will be in effect, with the sole exception of you having to register when you enter the church. In order to expedite the process, I ask that you bring a return address mailing label that you would use on a letter when you arrive 15 minutes prior to the Mass. This will save time instead of having to sign in. This registration process is required by the Illinois Department of Health.
Our current Mass schedule is Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m, and 11:30 a.m. Attendance will be capped at 75-100 people per regulations of the Archdiocese of Chicago for the size of our church.
We have also resumed our daily weekday Mass at 8:15 a.m. Monday thru Friday. For now, there will be no registration on the website for daily Masses. Once you arrive at church for daily Mass the same procedure for Sunday Mass will be in effect, with the sole exception of you having to register when you enter the church. In order to expedite the process, I ask that you bring a return address mailing label that you would use on a letter when you arrive 15 minutes prior to the Mass. This will save time instead of having to sign in. This registration process is required by the Illinois Department of Health.
With the limited amount of weekend Masses and attendees permitted, please remember that the dispensation from Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation continues. Our Mass will continue to be available on the St. Alexander Parish website. Please check the website regularly for the beginning of weekday Masses and changes to the weekend schedule, the more volunteers we have the more liturgies we can offer.
If you wish to attend Mass, you must reserve your spot by clicking on the link in the green box above this letter, it will take you to the Faith Direct website. Once there you will click the orange Event button that will list the Mass times and seats available. Choose the Mass time you would like to attend and register your entire family, there is a drop down arrow to list the number in your family. You will need to provide your name and phone number for each registrant. (This is due to Illinois Department of Public Health and contact tracing.) Registration for Saturday evening and Sunday Masses begins at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday and ends at Noon on Saturday.
Your registration will be recorded on our reservation list and you will be checked in at the door.
Please keep the following guidelines in mind:
If you have a fever or feel ill, please stay home.
Arrive at Mass 15 minutes early. Once Mass begins people will be unable to be admitted.
Strict social distancing will be observed.
Enter and Exit through the Main Doors only.
Only those registered are allowed to enter. No walk up registrations.
You must wear a mask that you provide at all times.
Trained volunteers will greet you, hand sanitizer will be provided as you enter.
You will be directed to specific seating.
Do not move from the assigned seat and follow the directions of the uhser/greeters at all times.
Missalettes and Hymnals have been removed. You must take home any books you bring to assist your prayer.
Pew seat cushions have been removed for sanitation purposes.
Collection baskets will not be passed. Offerings may be left in the boxes at the back of church marked “Church Offering” or you may donate through Faith Direct our online giving provider.
The Priest will give instructions on the new Communion procedures.
At the end of Mass usher/greeters will direct you outside the building. No congregating in the Church or the Narthex please.
We at St. Alexander parish are following the rules and guidelines as set by the State of Illinois and the Archdiocese of Chicago. We follow these procedures because they ensure the safety of all those who attend our liturgies. There are parishes in the Archdiocese who are not following the rules and are putting their parishioners in harms way. We will not do that at St. Alexander church. The Archdiocese has informed all parishes that if they do not follow the rules there will be repercussions.
TIPS FOR ALL WORSHIPERS - WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN THE CHURCH REOPENS
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
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, August 9th
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. The cancellation of Mass has lead to a significant loss of our parish income. This places our operations and our ministries at risk. 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. We'll get through this with everyone's help and prayers. God bless you for your generosity.
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 this link: membership.faithdirect.net/IL910 or go to the "Donate/Support" tab on the top of this page 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.
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.
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 email@example.com. You can also visit us online at www.StAlexanderSchool.com.