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
In keeping with our Lord’s command to “love one another as I have loved you”, we wanted to help you protect yourself during these trying times by making sure you had the information about how to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.
You can “Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine” at: http://allvax.lakecohealth.org to create an account for you and for your entire household.
We are praying for your health and safety!
PARISH OFFICE UPDATES
Parish Business Office/Facility Buildings of St. Gilbert
The parish business office is also the living quarters for Fr. John. In an effort to keep him healthy and available for ministry, the parish business office remains closed to open foot traffic. Appointments can be made in advance by leaving a message for Fr. John at (847) 223-4731, ext. 0 or by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When coming to the business office for an appointment, masks are not required unless Covid vaccination is not complete as advised by the CDC. In that case, we ask that you please do wear a mask. Visitors 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. Our phones are monitored regularly and messages will be routed to the correct individual. Our staff continues working both onsite and 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 teachers and staff success as they begin to educate our students for the 21/22 school year physically in the classroom.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to keep our priests, teachers and staff safe and available to minister and educate the students, parishioners and community of St. Gilbert. God bless.
NEWS & NOTES
IN-PERSON MASS ATTENDANCE INFORMATION FROM OUR RE-OPENING PARISH LEADERSHIP TEAM:
Attendance at ALL WEEKEND Masses in the Church NO LONGER REQUIRES A RESERVATION!
THANK YOU to everyone for your cooperation as we navigated the necessary steps to help ensure the safety and well-being of all attending Saint Gilbert liturgies during this past year.
Restore Illinois is moving into Phase 5 of
reopening which means all COVID related restrictions placed on parishes and schools in the archdiocese are lifted, effective immediately. Normal activities can resume at our parish and school without hindrance or reservation. Please review Fr. John's announcement regarding reopening at St Gilbert Parish.
RESOURCES AND LINKS
Discover additional information regarding Masses as well as opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship in the links below.
Support SGS by participating in these community fundraisers!
The Sunday 7:30AM Mass has resumed in Church.
REP FANNIE MAY
It's that time of year! The annual Fannie May fundraiser for the Religious Education Program is here. Orders are due October 31. Please see our catalog and order form for additional information. Thank you for your continued support!
Be assured that neither Fr. John nor any member of our staff will ever contact parishioners or ministry leaders by personal e-mail OR text to request monetary assistance. Please report any such activity as PHISHING/SPAM to http://consumer.ftc.gov.
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.
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.
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
Thanksgiving Day: 9:00AM
Christmas Eve Vigil: 2:30PM, 4:30PM, & 10:00PM
(2:30PM 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): 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.