Dear friends of St. Terrence, 


We have  resumed back to our normal Mass schedule of (Saturdays 5:00 PM, Sundays 9:00 and 11:00 AM).

The return to our normal schedule is made keeping in mind the health and safety of all parishioners attending Sunday liturgies. We will continue to maintain our social distanced seating arrangement. The changes are recommendations from the reopening team and other parishioners. Mass reservations for Sundays are still required on the website or by contacting the Rectory.

May the intercession of our patron St. Terrence watch over us and protect us all. 


Father Tomy Abraham


The Sunday  Mass dispensation to attend Mass has not been lifted.  Daily Masses (Monday through Friday) have began at our usual time. Baptisms allowed with a maximum  of 25 people. Weddings with a maximum of 100 people and funerals with a maximum of 100 people in attendance.  Please call the rectory for more details.

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate through the reopening Phases. 


While our parish staff/volunteers will attempt to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners and guests should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 any time they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection


Please sign up for Oct 31-Nov 1st Masses using the link below or call the Rectory




Sunday Mass from Holy Name

Beatification of Blessed Carlo Acutis





We have great news! Sister Joy will be taking over the St. Terrence Ministry of Praise. Due to the Pandemic, we have not been able to keep the sign-up sheet in the back of Church for those parishioners who wish to have prayers said for the sick, hospitalized, homebound, etc.

Please note the new changes:

In order to add someone to the sick list, please call the Rectory at (708) 597-0970 or email us at stterrence@comcast.net by the 3rd Monday of every month in order to be placed on the following month. There will be no sign-up sheet in Church. This new process will begin for the month of November. We will begin taking names effective immediately. We hope this is an easier process that will limit exposure and keep everyone healthy!


The new sick list will be placed in the back of Church at the first of every month beginning in November for viewing. We appreciate all the understanding and patience, and are very excited to get this Ministry back up and running for our Parishioners. Any questions, please call the Rectory 


St. Terrence Annual Pet Blessing was held


Sunday, October 4th, 2020,1:00 PM on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi

World Mission Sunday 2020


Next weekend, we celebrate World Mission Sunday. Through this fund, missionaries are able to meet the spiritual and material needs of people throughout the world. You can make a donation online at WeAreMissionary.org/wms. Your gener- osity is greatly appreciated.

White Branch

Children's Faith formation (RE) 2020-2021

Registration for the 2020-2021 Faith Formation (Religious Education) year has come to an end. 


October 14th: Grades 2 and 7
Drop off and pick-up materials in

RE Center between 1-7:30pm


October 21st: Grades Kdg, 1st, 3rd & 4th

Drop off and pick-up materials in

RE Center between 1-7:30pm


October 28th: Grades 5th & 6th
Drop off and pick-up materials in

RE Center between 1-7:30pm


As we begin this new Faith Formation year please note, all Church sessions will be with at least one parent or guardian and all social distance guidelines must be followed and masks worn


Faith formation details for 2020-21 and the schedule are available at the Faith formation page on this site. Please see details

St. Terrence Food Pantry 

Our food pantry is in need of donations, as we help serve the community during these hard times. Donations can be brought with you to mass, and left in the back of Church or you can contact the Rectory to arrange a time for drop off. We are there most mornings.  We are very grateful for the generosity of our Parishioners.

Remembering our Beloved Dead

Our family and friends who have died are always in our

thoughts and prayers, but during the month of November we remember them in a special way. We will remember them Sunday, November 1st, 2020 at 11:00am. At that mass, the names of all those buried from St. Terrence Church between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020 will be read out loud.


All who lost someone this past year, or any year, are invited to join us for the Mass of Re- membrance. You are invited to bring a picture of your loved one, no larger than 4X6, that will be part of a Remembering Shrine in the entry way of the Church.


The pictures will remain there through the weekend of November 30th- December 1st. You are also invited to bring a flowering plant to remember your loved one, and decorate this shrine in the entry way.

The pictures will be taken down the weekend of November 30-December 1, 2020, and placed in the Usher’s Room at the back of Church for you to pick-up.
The St. Terrence Bereavement Committee





Adoration with Rosary will be held on Fridays from 6.00-7.00 PM for an end to the Pandemic. All are welcome to join, please wear masks

From the Pastor's Desk


Dear Parishioners of St. Terrence,

We are still in the midst of the Pandemic and yet hopefully can find away to count our blessings. Many of us were able to spend more time at home with family. The beautiful summer weather we had is continuing into October. As I look out the window, I can still see many green leaves.  In a couple of weeks, the colors will change and before we know it there will be snow on the ground and the long stretch of winter will begin. None of us really knows how this winter is going to play out especially with the Pandemic. But we all have learned over the last seven months is to be able to adjust our lives as needed. We hope this too will soon pass and we will be back to normal eventually. Now more than ever we need to look harder for the “silver linings” as we move forward.


This weekend we will share the annual report with the Parish community. The finance council reviewed and approved the report then submitted it to the Archdiocese for their review. The report shows this year we are in the red. Many of you continued giving to the Church even when it was closed to public worship. Thank you again.  Even with the decline of revenue over the previous years, Father Ed Barrent left us with a foundation that aided us to weather the storm at the beginning of the Pandemic. This helped, but as we were not operating at 100% capacity, and compounded by other Pandemic related issues our parish finances are strained. The uncertainty, most people have concerning jobs and what the future holds provides a struggle to continue to provide normal donations. I continue to pray we will overcome this challenge soon and our parish will be better in its outreach and in its financial shape. I want to thank all of you for your continued generosity.


The Alsip community is continuing to change. We are looking at how we can welcome these changes. We have a growing demand for a Spanish ministry in our Parish. We discussed this need in the last Parish Finance and Pastoral council meetings. If all our plans fall in place and if we can meet all necessary needs we will move forward with this additional ministry in the near future.  As part of building up St. Terrence Parish, we are also planning to begin the Neo catechumenate program in the Parish starting this January. The leaders of this program within the Archdiocese attended and presented at the last Pastoral Council meeting. The goal of this program is to build stronger catholic families aimed at strengthening Parishes. More details will follow soon.


There are a few necessary capital improvements for the Parish, along with the spiritual renewal and evangelization plans. I will discuss these plans with the Finance and the Pastoral councils and will present our findings to the Parish community before July 2022. With everyone cooperation and support, I hope to see the projects completed in a timely manner. 

I will be away from the Parish for my annual retreat and vacation, from October 19th through October 30th. Please call the rectory office for any sacramental needs or if there is an immediate need for a priest.

God Bless you all


 Father Tomy Abraham 











Saturday  5:00 PM

Sunday     9:00 AM

Sunday    11:00 AM




Monday - Friday

 8:45 AM

"Go, make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey all that I commanded you and know that I will be with you until the end of the age". 

Matthew  28:29


Welcome to St. Terrence Website. We are glad you have visited  us. The Parish community of St. Terrence comprises of 2150 Catholic families in Alsip, a west suburb of Chicago. Even though the size seems quite large, it’s a close knit community. We seek to be a place where we know one another, form a welcoming parish family, and live out our baptismal call to follow our Master and Lord. We wish that you join our Parish family.


In addition to our weekend and daily Masses, we pray  Rosary after Morning Masses. We have  Eucharistic adoration on Fridays in Lent and Advent from 9:15 am to 7:00 pm concluding with a Benediction. Confessions are heard from 4:00 PM to 4: 40 PM on Saturdays. In Lent we do a 3 day parish mission a time to listen and reflect on God’s word. 

Every baptized Catholic is called to the mission of Jesus. Ministries enrich St. Terrence  Parish. It gives every parishioner an opportunity to do what Jesus commanded us to do, to follow his path and  love everyone. Parishioners volunteer their time for  various ministries in the parish.  Please check the website for a list of ministries.

St. Terrence is an active parish community of dedicated parishioners who strive to live out their call to discipleship. Our weekend liturgies are well attended with uplifting music and focus given to prayer and reflection. Our  parishioners give their time and talent to make a difference in this world.  As disciples of Jesus we seek to live our lives for him who was crucified for our salvation.

Mother Teresa's Prayer

 People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

            If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

            If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

           If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

            What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

            If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

            The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

         Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

         In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.


-this version is credited to Mother Teresa


A Prayer of Oscar Romero

 Composed by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw,


It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete,
which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything,
and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future that is not our own. Amen

Saint Terrence Church

4300 West 119th Place

Alsip, IL, 60803


Mondays 9:00-1:00 PM

Tuesdays 9:00-1:00 PM

Wednesdays 9:00-1:00 PM

Thursdays 9:00-1:00 PM

Fridays 9:00-1:00 PM




Mondays 1:00 PM-7:30 PM

 Tuesdays 1:00 PM-7:30 PM

 Wednesdays 1:00 PM-7:30 PM

Thursdays 1:00 PM-7:30 PM

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