Pastor’s Message

May the Leaves Fall Gently on You!

Welcome to oldstmarys.com & Autumn in the South Loop

Paulist, Parish, and School Ministry Continues.

With the arrival of Autumn, Black Lives still Matter – and the quest for justice matters. Around the parish website you will find links to the racial justice discussion, links to the Catholic Conscience and the importance of voting, and you will find the Catholic Discipleship Survey that we encourage you to take.

We are still dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic. Our partial reopening of the parish for sacraments continues. Caring for one another is our main motivation. Faith still matters! Faith probably matters more with the social distancing going on. We hope you will join us in person for celebrations as soon as you are comfortable – until then, you can still join us online.

Old St. Mary’s School remains a happening place, jostling between the regulations to avoid Covid-19 school is in session with both in person and online classes. The weekend of September 25-27 we still have our annual Oktoberfest, check it out for food, fun and festivity by following the link and invitations.

As we enter October, we will happily welcome newly ordained Franciscan Deacon Marc Sheckells, OFM, who will be helping out with various pastoral duties.

On October 17, we invite you to join with the Paulist Community nationwide as we celebrate Hope – Coast to Coast, a night for virtual ground breaking of the national Paulist House of Mission and Studies where our students and collaborators will study and create the next generation of missionary disciples. While you can join the celebration directly, we will also have a socially distanced gathering in Old St. Mary’s Commons.

We hope you can join us for some of these activities!

Be well!  Be Safe!  Many Blessings!

Fr. Brad