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, Nov. 19 and Dec. 10, 2017 and Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Apr. 22, May 20, and June 10, 2018. 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.
MOMS, POPS AND TOTS - Go to the Education & Ministries drop down menu on the home page, and click on the Moms and Tots link to see the current listing of their new calendar of events.
OCTOBER COUNT - Every year the Archdiocese of Chicago takes what is called an October count. Every parish is asked to count of the number of people who attend Mass during the month of October. Next weekend, Oct. 7-8, through the end of October, our ushers will be taking a count of attendance at our three weekend Masses. The October count is very important in terms of Renew My Church. One of the criteria the Archdiocese will be using to determine the future of each of the parishes of the Archdiocese is the number of people who attend Church every weekend – is that number going up, staying the same or decreasing. Last year our October count averaged 520 people. Can I encourage you to attend Mass during October and to invite family, friends, neighbors to join us during October to make sure that our October count either increases or stays the same. – Fr. Paul
MASS AT ST. GREGORY FOR PARENTS WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD - On Monday, Oct. 30 beginning at 7p.m. in Church, St. Gregory will be hosting a Mass for parents who have lost a child for any reason before or after birth. The Mass hopes to provide prayerful remembrance and support to parents who have lost a child as well as an opportunity to visit our recently dedicated Chapel of Consolation.
THANKSGIVING DINNER DANCE - St. Gregory will be hosting its 9th annual Thanksgiving Dinner Dance on Saturday, Nov. 4 starting at 6p.m. in the Social Hall of the Gym building (1609 W. Gregory). The cost of a ticket is $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Tickets will be sold at the door, at the Parish Center and after all the parish weekend Masses Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29.
COMMUNAL ANOINTING OF THE SICK - On Sunday, Nov. 26, there will be a communal Anointing of the Sick at the 10:30a.m. Mass.
A NEW PARISH EVENT WILL REPLACE BEAR DOWN/CHOW DOWN - For the ten years that I have been the pastor of St. Gregory the Great, we have hosted an event called Bear Down/Chow Down in the High School Cafeteria at the beginning of December. Over these ten years, the Bears have never won on the day of Bear Down/Chow Down. One of our parishioners told me that she was going to write to Cardinal Cupich and ask for a new pastor because I was bad luck. Given the fact that the Bears are not doing well again this year, our Parish Finance Council has decided to try something new in an attempt to avoid people feeling frustrated and depressed as they leave Bear Down/Chow Down. This year we are going to replace Bear Down/Chow Down with a Coffee & on Sunday, Dec. 10 hosted by our Parish Finance Council. At the Coffee & after 10:30a.m. Mass, we will announce the winners of the Grand Raffle. Then on Sunday, Jan. 7, after the 10:30a.m. Mass, we will gather in the High School Cafeteria to watch the Chicago Blackhawks play the Edmonton Oilers. We are hoping that the Blackhawks can break our streak of bad luck by actually winning this game. Further details about our new event will appear in a future bulletin. Mark your calendars for Dec. 10 and Jan. 7. – Fr. Paul