People You Should Know
This link seeks to provide news about people from our Parish who are making a difference in our Parish, in our neighborhood, in the Archdiocese of Chicago or in the Church in the United States or in our larger world.
Meet Chris Ott, Lidia Junsay and James Downey who on Saturday, July 18 were welcomed into the Catholic Church and into the parish family of St. Gregory the Great. They also received Confirmation and First Communion. In the picture from left to right is Maura Ott, the wife of Chris Ott, Chris Ott, Jeremiah Junsay, the husband of Lidia Junsay and James Downey and his wife Maria Rosalie Downey. Please keep them in your prayers.
Meet Chris Ott and James Downey. They attended a special service at Holy Name Cathedral with Bishop John Manz on March 1 to announce their intention to become members of the Catholic Church on Holy Saturday of this year. In the picture from left to right is Maura Ott, the wife of Chris Ott, Chris Ott, Sr. Regina De Vitto who has prepared them through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, James Downey and his wife Maria Rosalie Downey.
CHRISTIFIDELES AWARD OCTOBER 13, 2019 - THE SIAPNO FAMILY
Meet the Siapno family - from left to right - Joseph, Kristine, Lauren, Riza and Alex. They are the recepients of the 2019 Archdiocese of Chicago Christifideles Award which honors individuals who have demonstrated by participation in parish life the personal and ministerial renewal called for by the Papal Exhortation, Christifideles Laici, calling the laity to the vocation of responsibility for the Church's life springing from the gift and mission of their baptism. The Siapno family is one of our parish treasures. Alex and Riza and their three children – Kristine, Joseph and Lauren have been actively involved in the life of our Parish in many different ways. Different members of their family have served as an usher, a Eucharistic minister, a lector, an altar server, a teacher in our Saturday School of Religion program, a Parish Center receptionist, as officers and leaders of the Filipinos of St. Gregory which include helping to organize Simbang Gabi, Santa Cruzan and our Parish picnic, a member of the Finance Council, organizers and facilitators our Thanksgiving Dinner Dance and our Chicago Bear viewing party. As a family, they have always been willing to help promote in any way possible the mission and the ministry of our parish with their time, talent and treasure. They have been a great blessing to our parish.
NEW DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AT ST. GREGORY
We are happy to announce that Cheri Dahlen will be the new Director of Music at St. Gregory the Great. Cheri has served our parish in the past as a cantor, as a member of the choir and as a keyboardist when Patrick Godon was away. She served as the interim Director of Music after the departure of Patrick Godon. Now we welcome her as our new full time Director of Music, and we look forward to the new possibilities that she will bring to this position. When you meet her, please offer her a warm St. Gregory the Great greeting.
ACCW - WOMAN OF THE YEAR - 2018
Each year the St. Gregory the Great Council of Catholic Women honors one of its members at the Archdiocese of Chicago Council of Catholic Women luncheon. This year our honoree is Terri Barker.Terri has been involved in different ministries of St. Gregory the Great Parish and is always ready to volunteer her time and talent to help St. Gregory the Great in whatever way she can. We congratulate Terri and thank her for the many ways in which she supports and promotes the mission and the ministries of our parish.
Meet Amy Alznauer our newest artist in residence. Amy, along with her husband Mark and her children John and Meg, is a parishioner of St. Gregory the Great. She is an author who has had two books published – Love and Salt and 2017: A Book of Grace-Filled Days. As an artist in residence, Amy has been given a space in the Parish Center where she will do creative writing. We welcome Amy to our team of artists in residence. She will be joining us in writing one of our bimonthly spiritual reflections, and we look forward to other ways in which she can contribute her time and talent to supporting the mission and ministry of St. Gregory the Great Church.
Meet Pat Sullivan. Pat is a long time parishioner of St. Gregory the Great Church. On Thursday, June 9, Archbishop Blase Cupich awarded her a certificate in Biblical Studies from the Chicago Catholic Scripture School of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Our congratulations to Pat Sullivan. We look forward to ways in which she can use her expertise to help us grow in our love for the Scriptures.
Meet your Parish Pastoral Council. Back row left to right: Eric Heath, Don Haider, Robert Krug, James LaForest, Mary Ann Harrington, Mike Peck. Front row left to right: Kerry Reed, Judy Nocek, and Remedios Ryan.
Meet your Parish Finance Council. From left to right: John Miaso, Gerry Malone, Eva Niewiamdowski, Jim Muss, Dan Creed, and Andrew Welling. Not pictured - Geralyn Fallon, Carol Hanson and Mark Soehn.