As we journey together in faith, especially during these "shelter in place" days, we approach the final weeks of Lent and soon begin Holy Week. We will provide video of up-to-date messages/Mass/services.
Our Roman Catholic Parish is a very large, welcoming southwest suburban community of over 2,200 families. Despite our large size as a community, we do seek to create a small town community feel.
We seek to be a place where people know one another, form a welcoming parish family, and live out
our baptismal call to follow the Lord. Please know you are welcome to join our community.
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Our community has built and enjoys wonderful facilities offering faith formational opportunities for all ages. We have the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Regional Catholic grammar school on our campus. We offer an excellent Children's Religious Education program for students in First through Eighth grades. Our beautiful liturgies are complimented with a dynamic Music Program. As a community, we share a strong commitment to social justice and for assisting those in need.
DAILY MASS FROM HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
ABC7 will air the Mass on Sunday at 9:30am, starting Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 4pm at www.archchicago.org. All Masses are available at YouTube.com/catholicchicago and on the Archdiocese of Chicago Facebook page https:/www.facebook.com/archchicago/
The Archdiocese of Chicago will offer online weekday Masses and Sunday Masses at 10am at www.archchicago.com..For more information, please visit: archicago.org/coronavirus.
UPDATED MESSAGE FROM FATHER BILL CORCORAN
SATURDAY, MARCH 21-2020 [7:45 AM)
SHELTER IN PLACE
SAINT ELIZABETH SETON CHURCH IS CLOSED FOR PRIVATE PRAYER/MASSES/SERVICES/MEETINGS/CLUBS/GROUPS
THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO WILL ALERT US WHEN TO REOPEN
We are living in most difficult times. We have been asked to give up much this Lent. Our regular routines, our regular contacts, our regular lives. This is much more of a sacrifice than giving up candy, Facebook, TV, pop, beer, or meat. It is very strange for me to not have parish staff, parishioners, or family around. All the regular is gone. I have been in Florida since March 15th, but the regular here is also gone. And I have been in phone, text, and e-mail contact with the Parish, Deanery, and Archdiocese for hours each day.
As we enter this uncharted time, I urge everyone to stay informed and in contact by Facebook (Saint Elizabeth Seton Church-Orland Hills) or (https://www.facebook.com/Saint-Elizabeth-Seton-Church-Orland-Hills-1355301064495292)/ and our parish website (www.steseton.com). I will post reliable information there.
WE WILL POST VIDEO MASSES/SERVICES:
Palm Sunday Mass at 10:00 A.M.
Holy Thursday at 7:00 P.M.
Good Friday Stations of the Cross at 12 Noon
Good Friday Reading of the Passion at 3:00 P.M.
Easter Sunday Mass at 10:00 A.M.
AS FOR NOW THE CHURCH IS CLOSED FOR ALL SERVICES
(We can not even distribute blessed palm!)
THE CHURCH IS CLOSED/
All Palm Sunday
All Holy Week (even the Walk of the Cross)
The Archdiocese will announce when we all will reopen.
CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION
It would seem that Confirmation on April 26th will also be canceled. We are not sure about First Holy Communion scheduled for early May. (But things do not look good at the moment.)
ALL PARISH MINISTRIES/CLUBS/GROUPS
All parish meetings and organization gatherings are also cancelled until an all clear is given.
NO FUNERAL MASSES AS OF 4:00 PM, 3-21-20)
NO WEDDINGS [unless determined by the Archdiocese of Chicago]
NO BAPTISMS AND CONFESSIONS
There are no baptisms, and no Confessions. We will reschedule the baptisms and confessions, and canceled events. (As for baptisms, there are always some family members who think that a planned baptism should go on. The mean pastor will take the hit, and take the pressure off of the parents by cancelling all baptisms.)
All employees who work more than 20 hours are being paid. I expect we will run through all our financial reserves. They are there for an emergency, through the parishioners generosity and prudence.
We will get through all of this mess. It is confusing, it is challenging, and we are laying track as the engine runs down the line. Let us all remain prudent. Let us keep safe, and let us pray for each other.
Father Bill Corcoran
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PALM SUNDAY OF THE
PASSION OF THE LORD
APRIL 5, 2020
THIS WEEK'S FOCUS:
HEARING THE STORY AGAIN-
FOR THE FIRST TIME
The Passion reveals the depth to which the Lord will go to show us his love. It is our calling to listen and bear this love story again, in a new and fresh way.
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THE CHURCH IS CLOSED
All parish activities/clubs/groups are canceled until further notice and determined by the Archdiocese of Chicago
St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 9300 W. 167th St., Orland Hills, IL 60487
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Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School is a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon Elementary School since 2008, serving students in 3-year-old Preschool through 8th Grade. CJB is committed to providing an excellent and safe learning environment centered in the Catholic faith and is jointly sponsored by four parishes. Committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and encourages its students to live according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more by visiting www.cjbschool.org.
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