UPDATE 4/1: AS THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 30TH, ALL MASSES ARE POSTPONED. CHURCH, SCHOOL, AND PARISH OFFICES ARE ALSO CLOSED.
I hope and pray that your families are healthy and safe and that you are spending this time reconnecting with God, family, and what is important in life. As you know by now the Governor of Illinois has extended the stay-at-home order until April 30th. This means our school children will not return to our campus and Masses and other religious services will not be held in our church. In the meantime let us all pray for one another, for those who have died or are ill, and a cure for the virus.
God Bless, Father Marty
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.
HOLY WEEK MASSES BROADCAST FROM ST. ALEXANDER CHURCH
Passion Palm Sunday 4:00pm Saturday, Holy Thursday 7:00pm,
Good Friday Veneration 3:00pm, Holy Saturday Easter Vigil 8:00pm, Easter Sunday 7:00am
MASSES AFTER EASTER WILL BE POSTED ON SATURDAYS AT 4:00PM
PALM SUNDAY MASS (please rewind to the beginning)
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.
Please pray for our parishioners who have passed from death to new life in the Heavenly Kingdom.
Joseph Augustine, father of JoEllyn Paolicchi and Jacqueline Adducci
William J. O'Mara, husband of the late Mary Fran
Doris Tortorici, wife of Phillip
May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK: April 4/5 5:00: John Janik, Dorothy Kern 7:30: Anna Leyden, Vincent & Mary Hoban, James Patton, Cynthia (Jean) Plescher 9:30: Mary Weiland, Kevin Reynolds Jr., Frank & Jean Hofrichter, Casey Lens, Dr. Loren Feldner, Donna Marie & Joseph A. Feldner SGM, Bob Felekey, Angela Broholm, Judy Cardamone 11:30: For the Parishioners, Bielawski Family, George Lombard, Joseph Donovan 6:00: Sr. Hughes April 6 Helen Cieplak, Jessie Dennis, Anthony Levigne April 7 Toni Johnson, Marie Shilt, Fred Schafer, William Gibbons April 8 Larry Hopkins, Toni Johnson, John Czech, Kate McGrath, Dorothy Siroky April 9 Holy Thursday For the Parishioners April 11 Holy Saturday Easter Vigil For the Parishioners
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.
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.