REACHING OUT WITH SERVANT HEARTS
FROM OUR PASTOR
On behalf of our entire community, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Saint Gilbert Parish! We regard ourselves not just as a warm and welcoming Catholic congregation, but as a family of committed disciples of Jesus Christ, broad and diverse, yet reflective of our small-town heritage.
The life and mission of our parish expresses itself in three areas of endeavor - liturgy and prayer, faith formation, and community-building and service. This statement of mission can be summarized in three simple words - prayer, learning, and service - because that’s what we believe the Gospel and the Church call us to as intentional followers of Christ.
I am partial, of course, but I believe we at Saint Gilbert do these three things effectively, and that is attributable to the commitment and efforts of many dedicated volunteers, members of parish ministries, and staff who carefully plan, organize, and direct the work of building Christ’s Kingdom in our midst. We are privileged to serve you in the name of Christ, and we invite you to join with us by offering your talents and what time you are able to the service of others.
Fr. John Chrzan
Access daily reflections and prayers to explore throughout the Advent Season. Links will be active weekly.
Fourth Sunday of Advent: 12-18-22
Nativity of the Lord: 12-25-22
Mary, Holy Mother of God: 1-1-23
Epiphany of the Lord: 1-8-23
We are called, transformed, blessed and sent into the world to share good news of what God has done for us in Christ our Savior, and the magnitude of this mystery fills our hearts with gratitude and joy. - Fr. John
Additional reflections, parish events, schedules, and news can be found in the Saint Gilbert Parish weekly Bulletin.
NEWS & NOTES
Effective February 10th, a mask-optional policy was instituted in the Archdiocese of Chicago for those participating in Church Liturgies (Mass and Sacraments) & School and Religious Education Classes.
Join us for Mass on our YouTube Channel.
Win big during the Christmas Cash Raffle with 12 chances to win! Early Bird drawing will be held on November 25th. Tickets may be purchased online and a ticket will be prepared for you. Please see our flyer for ticket prices, drawing dates, and prize amounts. Thank you for your continued support!
"We are in a new moment. With vaccinations and boosters, restrictions on public gatherings have eased up." As we begin a new Church year on the First Sunday of Advent, November 26-27, Cardinal Cupich is officially lifting the general dispensation from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass (with an excusing cause of exception for elderly and immuno-compromised persons not ready to return). Please read the Cardinal's full announcement here.
RESOURCES AND LINKS
Discover additional information regarding Masses as well as opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship in the links below.
Please support our Youth Ministry Program by purchasing your holiday poinsettias through our Youth Ministry Program. Orders are due by Sunday, December 4 and orders may be picked up on Thursday, December 8 from 2:30PM-6:00PM at the Parish Center entrance. Thank you for your continued support!
FOOD PANTRY NEWS
For local food pantry inquiries, please contact Avon Township at (847) 546-1446.
For all other basic essentials of living inquiries, please contact the St. Vincent de Paul Society at (224) 360-9161.
All help is confidential.
Saturday Vigil Mass for Sunday: 5:00PM
7:30AM (Missa Brevis)
9:00AM & 11:00AM
Monday through Saturday:
(11:00AM Sunday and 8:00AM Weekday Masses
simultaneously LIVESTREAMED on YouTube)
Saturdays: 4:00PM-4:45PM (Church)
Appointments available upon request.
Wednesday: 9:00AM-9:00PM (Chapel)
(Benediction at 8:50PM)
HOLY DAYS & SPECIAL LITURGIES
Ash Wednesday Masses with Ash Distribution:
6:30AM, 8:00AM, 12:00PM, 4:00PM, & 7:00PM (all in Church)
Easter Vigil: 7:30 PM
Easter Sunday: 7:30AM, 9:00AM, & 11:00AM
All Saints: November 1
6:30AM (Chapel), 8:00AM & 7:00PM (Church)
All Souls' Remembrance Mass: November 2
Thanksgiving Day: 9:00AM
Immaculate Conception: December 8
6:30AM (Chapel), 8:00AM & 7:00PM (Church)
Christmas Eve Vigil: 4:00PM & 10:00PM
(4:00PM Mass simultaneously LIVESTREAMED on YouTube)
Christmas Day: 9:00AM & 11:00AM
(11:00AM Mass simultaneously LIVESTREAMED on YouTube)
New Year's Eve (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God): 5:00PM Vigil Mass
New Year's Day (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God):
7:30AM, 9:00AM, 11:00AM (all in Church)
Please note: We offer a Hearing Loop for those members that are hearing impaired. Switch hearing aid to T-Coil.
We invite you to visit our school and discover what our Saint Gilbert community has to offer your family. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about our 2017 Nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School.
Visit our Religious Education page for registration information, class schedules, and important dates. We look forward to supporting and guiding families as they strengthen their relationship with God.
ENJOY MUSIC FROM OUR GGB,
Courtesy of Mark Meyer
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL
The Annual Catholic Appeal is an invitation for every Catholic family to respond with a generous heart. Your gift will provide inspiration, education and services to the less fortunate in our Archdiocese and throughout the world. As always, we are eternally grateful for the continued support of our faith community as we work collaboratively to carry out the work of Christ here at Saint Gilbert Parish. Please visit the Annual Catholic Appeal website for additional information. This effort does so much to help our parish, our community and ministries that are vital to the archdiocese. Please consider making a gift to support the Annual Catholic Appeal this year and join us in “Making all things new."