Welcome to 2021 at Old St. Mary’s in the South Loop of Chicago!
On behalf of the entire parish, its staff and the Paulist Fathers I welcome you to oldstmarys.com. These days as the world pursues the defeat of the virus that has diverted us from what used to be “normal,” as the country changes leadership, and we as a people continue to make justice, fairness and civility part of who we are, and as we seek pathways to overcome violence in our city – we at Old St. Mary’s continue to say, “God must come first.”
As you enter our website, safely socially distancing, feel free to challenge yourself and others with the exploration of the faith. All of our Masses are livestreamed (and recorded – links abound), various offerings in our Faith Formation programming – families, children, adults, and Old St. Mary’s School – from catechetical to social justice activities, faith sharing, and social interaction are present.
There are also resources on our website for those of you needing help, food, resources for dealing with loss, mental health, and the regular sacramental needs. Please know that the diversity of our parish also includes our connection with other Churches around us, where there is a wide range of services available to everyone in need.
Please take a look around, and if you have ideas for other activities and ministries we can take on, make a suggestion. We hope as the new year progresses, we will all be able to be back in person soon. When we see each other again, face to face, we will be able to build on the struggles of these many months.
God Bless you as we begin the New Year, keep you well and safe, and touch your minds and hearts with his presence.
Fr. Brad Schoeberle, CSP