Dear St. Gregory the Great Parishioners,
I pray that you and your loved ones are healthy and have the resources you need amidst the current restrictions. We know these measures are designed to protect our wellbeing and that of the of our broader community and world. If you know anyone in our parish who is in need of financial assistance or help with grocery shopping, please call the Parish Center at 773-561-3546 and leave a message for me, Fr. Paul at ex. 204.
For many of us, particularly when we’re now told to stay home for weeks at a time, our initial reaction is to gather all we can and hunker down to weather the storm. As a Christian family of faith, this is also a time – perhaps the most important time – to consider our need for spiritual unity and the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Though our family of families at St. Gregory the Great may be physically separated from one another right now, we are blessed with several ways we can unite in prayer and devotion. I encourage you to consider any number of the following to join as a St. Gregory the Great Parish family:
Livestream Masses: Sunday Mass from Holy Name Cathedral is available in English, Polish and Spanish at https://radiotv.archchicago.org/television/broadcast-masses. All Masses are also available at www.YouTube.com/catholicchicago and on the Archdiocese of Chicago Facebook page. The Mercy Home Mass for shut-ins is available every Sunday at 9:30a.m. on WGN, channel 9. Bishop Robert Barron is livestreaming daily and Sunday Mass at https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/.
Cardinal Cupich has asked all Churches who have bells to ring them daily at 9a.m., noon, 3p.m., 6p.m. and 9p.m. At these times we are invited to pause for a moment of prayer. The 9a.m. prayer time is for those infected with the virus and all who are ill. The noon prayer time is for health care workers and those attending the sick. The 3p.m. prayer time is for first responders and essential workers. The 6p.m. prayer time is for people of every nation and their leaders. The 9p.m. prayer time is for all those who have died today from the coronavirus or from other medical conditions.
Visit the www.archchicago.org/coronavirus web page to enrich your personal prayer life and deepen our solidarity with one another as we experience the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cancellation of Mass is leading to significant losses in our offertory income, which is placing all our ministries and operations at significant risk. Many people in our parish and community depend upon your regular, weekly offertory contributions and, during this current challenge, they are needed more than ever. Please consider using one of the options listed below to support our Church with your Easter donation and with your weekly Sunday donation.
Please consider giving online at https://www.givecentral.org/ where you can make a weekly offertory contribution, an Easter contribution or a one-time contribution to our St. Gregory the Great family and keep the vital ministries and services we provide going. We ask you to prayerfully consider maintaining your regular weekly donation level or even increasing it during these times.
Please consider giving online at www.archchicago.org/offertory were you can make an offertory donation to our St. Gregory the Great family and keep the vital ministries and services we provide going. Please make sure to select St. Gregory the Great Church from the drop-down menu on the form.
If you want to make a Sunday offertory donation, you can mail it to St. Gregory the Great Church, 5545 N. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60640. Although the Parish Center will be closed until further notice, you can drop your offertory envelope or donation through the mail slot at the main door of the Parish Center on Paulina St. I will be checking it on a regular basis.
May God grant you peace during this difficult time and may He manifest His love and presence to you in abundant ways. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Parish Center at 773-561-3546. You can leave a message for me at ex. 204. I will be monitoring voicemail messages on a regular basis.
Thank you for your continued support of St. Gregory the Great Church. Know that you are daily in my personal prayer, especially in the difficult days and weeks to come.
Sincerely yours in Christ,