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 Chzran
PARISH OFFICE UPDATES
Parish Business Office/Facility Buildings of St. Gilbert
Because the parish business office is also the living quarters for our priests, and in an effort to keep them healthy and available for ministry, the parish business office will remain closed to open foot traffic.
Appointments can be made in advance with either of our priests by contacting them via voicemail by calling (847) 223-4731 and following the prompts to leave a message or by email to: Fr John Chrzan - email@example.com or Fr. Christian Shiu - CShiu@stgilbert.org.
When coming to the business office for an appointment, please wear a mask and arrive at the designated door that was assigned at your appointment set up. Persons will only be allowed in the front hallway of the business office or at the back door and in the conference room of the business office. If you have an emergency, please phone the business office and leave a message. This is monitored regularly and will be routed to the correct individual. Our staff is continually working remotely to ensure an efficient management of parish business workload.
At this time, all ministries are asked to continue to conduct any meetings "virtually" in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. We are especially committed to keeping our school facility as clean and germ free as possible. This will allow our students and staff success as they begin to educate our students for the 20/21 school year physically in the classroom.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to keep our priests, students and staff safe and available to minister and educate to the students, parishioners and community of St. Gilbert. God bless.
NEWS & NOTES
St. Gilbert Church has begun Phase 2 of the reopening plan, which allows for the resumption of modified public Masses and increased attendance for baptisms, weddings, funerals, private prayer and Eucharistic adoration. Effective Tuesday, July 7th, our Church will be open for Daily Mass. Going forward, the Daily Mass schedule will be 8AM in the Church, Monday through Saturday. Please view our Parish Reopening Plan for more information regarding our Weekend Mass schedules and reservation information. Daily and 11AM Sunday Mass will continue to be livestreamed on our YouTube Page until traditional Masses resume. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.
Online Alpha starts October 13th and runs through January 19th on Tuesday evenings from 7:00PM – 8:30PM. Find out more and register today. Alpha Fall 2020
CHRISTMAS CASH RAFFLE
Win big during the Christmas Cash Raffle with 12 chances to win! Early Bird Drawing will be held on November 24th. Tickets may be purchased online. Please see our flyer for ticket prices, drawing dates, and prize amounts. 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.
It's that time of year! The annual fundraiser for the Religious Education Program is here.
Orders are due October 19th. Please contact the Religious Education Office with any questions. Thank you for your support!
Saturday Vigil Mass for Sunday: 5:00PM
9:00AM & 11:00AM
Monday through Saturday:
8:00AM in the Church
(11:00AM Sunday and 8:00AM Weekday Masses
simultaneously LIVESTREAMED on YouTube)
Saturdays: 4:00PM-4:45PM (Church)
Appointments available upon request.
Wednesday: 5:00PM-8:00PM (Church)
(Benediction at 7:50PM)
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 Day: 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 11:00AM, & 5:00PM
Thanksgiving Day: 9:00AM
Christmas Eve Vigil: 2:30PM, 4:30PM, 6:30PM & 10:00PM Church (Carols begin 9:30PM)
Christmas Day: 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 11:00AM
New Year's Eve (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God): 5:00PM Vigil Mass
New Year's Day (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God): 9:00AM
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.