Join us for upcoming events
Throughout the year, St. Gregory the Great parish offers a variety of events for people of all ages, both newcomers and seasoned parishioners, with the goal of strengthening ties, deepening personal faith, and building a sense of community. In addition to parish related events, St. Gregory's vision and goal also includes offering the greater community a program of liturgical and artistic events throughout the calendar year. Whether it is an International Chamber Artists music program, a Quest Theatre performance, an icon exhibition or a Christmas Lessons, Lights and Carols celebration, St. Gregory the Great seeks to provide unique and enriching ways to spend an afternoon or evening in an aesthetically uplifting setting.
2017 Upcoming Events
For information about Young Adults and Mom's and Tots events, see the links under the Education and Ministries pull down menu.
TAIZE PRAYER - Once a month, St. Gregory the Great hosts a Taize Prayer Service in Church beginning on Sunday at 4p.m. The service generally lasts between 35 to 40 minutes. Taize prayer consists of gentle chanting in the Taize style, a reading from Scripture, general intercessions and time for quiet prayer in the presence of an icon. Taize Prayer Services will take place on Sunday, Apr. 9, May 21, and June 11, 2017. All are welcome. If you have never experienced this form of prayer, please consider joining us.
FIRST FRIDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place the first Friday of every month beginning at 9a.m. and ending at 7p.m. with Benediction. If you are able, come and pay a visit. Please enter and leave Church through the North Courtyard ramp entrance.
ST. GREGORY THE GREAT YOUNG ADULT SUMMIT - Calling all Young Adults! The purpose of this summit is to engage new and already active young adults in our community with the hopes of planning for further events and revitalizing this community. In the past we have taken part in various faith formation and social activities at St. Gregory and around the community of Andersonville such as Theology on Tap, softball, fundraisers and more. We would like to see this ministry of future parish leaders continue to grow and thrive. All are welcome to join this informal and lively discussion. It will take place on Tuesday, March 28 at 7p.m. in the basement meeting room of the Parish Center. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Boyle at email@example.com.
YOUNG ADULTS SOFTBALL REGISTRATION - Young Adults softball registration for the upcoming season is underway. You can find the link by searching Eventbrite “RCYA Softball” or by visiting “St. Gregory the Great Social Club” on Facebook.
LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES – 2017 - This Lent, St. Gregory the Great Church will be offering various opportunities for prayer, almsgiving and spiritual growth. PLEASE KEEP THIS INSERT, AND PUT IT ON YOUR REFRIGERATOR DOOR.
WEEKDAY MASS- Consider coming to our 8:30a.m. weekday Mass whenever you can as a way to help you enter more prayerfully into the Season of Lent.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS - Every Friday during Lent, the Stations of the Cross will be offered after the 8:30a.m. Mass in the Church. The Stations of the Cross will also be offered on Good Friday, April 14 at 3p.m.
KOLBE HOUSE JAIL MINISTRY - One of the corporal works of mercy calls us to reach out to those who are in prison. Kolbe House, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, provides pastoral care to those imprisoned in Cook County Jail. To support the ministry of Kolbe House, we will be collecting items that can be given to prisoners in Cook County Jail. They need the following travel size toiletries: tooth brushes, toothpaste, shampoo, mouthwash and liquid body wash. There will be a box in the area near the baptismal font where you can leave these items.
FIRST FRIDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION - On Friday, April 7, there will be Eucharistic Adoration in Church beginning at 9a.m. On April 7 we will end with Benediction at 6p.m. Please consider spending time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament as a way of entering more deeply into the Lenten discipline of prayer.
CRS RICE BOWL - On the first weekend of Lent, Mar. 4-5, cardboard banks will be made available in Church to support CRS Rice Bowl. Participants are invited to fill their banks with spare change to support Catholic Relief Services which provides emergency relief services to people in need around the world. The banks should be returned on Palm Sunday weekend, Apr. 8-9. This offers a good way to practice Lenten almsgiving.
PARISH MISSION - Our Parish Lenten Mission this year will take place on four consecutive Sundays beginning at 7p.m. Fr. Paul will lead the first session on March 12 with a presentation that will look at two different understandings of prayer and what should motivate us to pray. Fr. Brian will lead the second session on March 19 with a presentation on how to pray Mass and not just attend Mass. Sr. Regina will lead the session on Sunday, March 26 entitled everyday discernment. Joseph Malham, one of our artists in residence, will lead the session on April 2 with a presentation entitled Drawing closer to Christ: prayerfully entering into the mystery of sacred art.. There will be a reception in the basement of the Parish Center after the session on Sunday, April 2.
CONFESSIONS - On Wednesday, March 29, at 7:00p.m., there will be a Lenten Reconciliation Service in Church followed by an opportunity for individual confessions.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT RENEWAL DAY - The Charismatic Prayer Community of St. Gregory the Great Parish will be sponsoring a Life in the Spirit Renewal Day on Saturday, April 8 from 8:30a.m. until 4:30p.m. in the Social Hall of the Gym Building (1609 W. Gregory). There will be special speakers and a complimentary lunch.
TAIZE PRAYER - On Sunday, April 9, we will be hosting a Lenten Taize Prayer service beginning at 4p.m. in Church. Taize prayer involves simple, meditative chanting, a reading from scripture, silent time to venerate an icon and intercessory prayer.
HOLY THURSDAY POT LUCK SUPPER - On Holy Thursday, April 13, we will be hosting a pot luck supper at 5:30p.m. in the High School Cafeteria before our Holy Thursday evening liturgy. Parishioners are asked to bring a dish to pass or a dessert for this meal. We will provide beverages.
EASTER BOOKLET – This Easter we will be distributing to all who attend our Easter weekend liturgies a free booklet entitled: A Minute in the Church – the Mass: One Minute Explanations About the Catholic Mass by Gus Lloyd. The booklet explains in a simple format the meaning of all the different parts of the Mass and all the liturgical objects that you see at Mass. It is meant to help you not just attend Mass but also appreciate in greater depth what the Mass is all about.