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.
2018 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, Nov. 18, Dec. 9, 2018 and Jan. 13, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, Apr. 14, May 19 and June 9, 2019. 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.
SR. BARBARA QUINN UPDATE - Sr. Barbara Quinn who served as a pastoral associate at St. Gregory the Great for 32 years has now returned to her motherhouse in Cincinnati, OH. She is doing well there, adjusting to a new lifestyle and a new daily schedule. Please keep her in your prayers. If you would like to contact Sr. Barbara, you can send her a card or note at Sr. Barbara Quinn, SND, Mt. Notre Dame Healthcare Center, 699 E. Columbia Ave., Cincinnati, OH, 45215. You may call her at 513-821-7448.
ST. GREGORY THE GREAT GRAND RAFFLE - St.Gregory the Great Grand Raffle tickets are now available on the Usher's Tables in the back of Church and at the Parish Center. Please pick up an envelope and return it in the regular collection basket or at the Parish Center before Dec. 8. Raffle tickets cost $5.00. This year's drawing winners will be announced at a Coffee & in the High School Cafeteria on Sunday, Dec. 9 after the 10:30a.m. Mass.
CLERGY SEXUAL MISCONDUCT LINK - There are now two links on our Parish website related to clergy sexual misconduct. They can be found on the About Us pull down menu on the home page. There are two links. The first link entitled Clergy Sexual Conduct - Resources - lists information about how to contact the appropriate authorities to report any instance of sexual misconduct with a minor either by a member of the clergy or by any other person. There is information about places where victims and their families can go to seek healing and counseling. It also lists the various resources of the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth of the Archdiocese of Chicago. There is a second link entitled Clergy Sexual Misconduct - Articles which contains articles that have been published recently that look at different aspects of clergy sexual misconduct and why people have chosen to remain in the Catholic Church in the face of this scandal.
THANKSGIVING DAY FOOD DRIVE - Please bring non-perishable food items to the Thanksgiving Day Mass at St. Gregory on Nov. 22 at 10a.m. Non food items such as bar soap, dish detergent, toilet paper, Kleeex and paper towels are also needed. All donations will be delivered to local families and other charitable organizations in our neighborhood.
DYNAMIC CATHOLIC BEST ADVENT EVER REFLECTIONS - Matthew Kelly and the Dynamic Catholic Institute have prepared a series of daily reflections for Advent. Go to www.BestAdventEver.com and sign up to receive a daily reflection during Advent.
ADVENT GIVING TREE - During the season of Advent, there will be a Giving Tree located in front of the Poor Souls Shrine in the Southwest corner of Church. Parishioners are invited to take one of the cards located on the tree, to purchase the suggested items and to return them to the area surrounding the Giving Tree the weekend of Dec. 15-16. All items will be donated to individuals and families in need as well as to local nursing homes and charitable organizations.
ADVENT COAT/HAT/SCARF/GLOVE COLLECTION - During Advent, we will be hosting a collection of new and gently used Winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves for people in need. Boxes in which they can be placed will be located by the Baptismal Font in the back of Church.
PRE-ADVENT DVD - On Sunday, Nov. 25 beginning at 3p.m. in the basement meeting room of the Parish Center we will be showing a pre-Avdent DVD entitled Advent Conspiracy - Can Christmas Still Change the World? Please consider joining us to watch this important DVD which offers practical suggestions about how to keep Christ in the seasons of Advent and Christmas.
TALK ON THE ANNE FRANK LEGACY - Gillian Walnes Perry, co-founder of The Anne Frank Trust in London and author of the new book The Anne Frank Legacy will speak in St. Gregory the Great Church on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 pm. Ms. Walnes will speak on the life and legacy of Anne Frank, and how her message of love, tolerance, forgiveness and inclusiveness can teach profound lessons in a hostile, divided and unforgiving culture. A freewill offering is suggested, and copies of Ms. Walnes Perry's book will be available for purchase and signing afterwards.
FIRST FRIDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION - On Friday, Dec. 7 there will be Eucharistic Adoration in Church from 9a.m. until 5p.m. ending with Benediction. Please note that we will be ending earlier than usual because of the anticipated Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at 6:30p.m.
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION - Saturday, Dec. 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of obligation. There will be a Mass on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6:30p.m. and Mass on Saturday at 8:30a.m. This is the patronal feast of the United States. Please join us as we honor Mary.
COFFEE & - There will be a Coffee & on Sunday Dec. 9 after the 10:30a.m. Mass in the High School Cafeteria. At this Coffee & the winners of the 2018 St. Gregory the Great Grand Raffle will be announced. All are invited.
TAIZE PRAYER - On Sunday, Dec. 9 we will ber hosting a Taize Prayer service beginning at 4p.m. in Church. Taize prayer involves simple chanting, a scripture reading, time for silent prayer and intercessory prayer. We will pray before an icon of the Holy Family.
SIMBANG GABI - On Saturday, Dec. 15 at a special 6p.m. Mass, we will celebrate Simbang Gabi. Simbang Gabi is a Filipino tradition, a nine day novena in preparation for Christmas that takes place at various Churches throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago. After the Mass, there will be dinner and entertainment in the Gym Social Hall. All are invited.
ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS - On Sunday, Dec. 19 we will celebrate our Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols. The program wil begin at 7p.m. in Church. All are welcome.
ADVENT CONFESSIONS - On Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 6:30p.m. in Church, there will be an Advent Reconciliation Service followed by an opportunity for individual confessions. Please consider joining us for this opportunity to experience God's mercy and forgiveness.
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE - On Christmas eve, the 4:30p.m. Mass will be geared towards children with a blessing of the Christmas creche, scripture readings taken from the children's lectionary and a homily appropriate for children. Midnight Mass will be celebrated at 10p.m. Christmas carols and music will begin at 9:30p.m. On Christmas Day, there will be an 8:30 and a 10:30a.m. Mass.
CHRISTMAS BOOK - This year we are going to be giving away another free book at our Christmas liturgies. The book this year is Thirsting for God by St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. This book offers a short daily reflection for prayer and meditation.
POST CHRISTMAS STORYTELLING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN - Tales of Searching and Light will be told by Two Librarians and a Frog! Diane dos Santos and Reenie Ruckdaeshel return to St. Gregory with a Winter picnic, a party and a reluctant wishing star. It will take place on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 4p.m. in the Chapel of Consolation. Children age 3 and up are invited to attend.