THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SAINT TERRENCE
Parish Reopening Progress
Good News Parishioners
Saint Terrence has been certiﬁed for Phase 1 and Phase 1A of reopening. This phase established by the Archdiocese of Chicago allows us to have Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with a maximum of 10 people and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. starting this Saturday, May 30th. Confessions will not be held in the traditional confessional. A waiting line will be formed in the parking lot, with everyone remaining in their cars. Volunteers will be on hand by the entrance to guide everyone through the process. We are required to have all people entering the Church to wear face masks and practice social distancing. Prayers of Penance cannot be done in the Church at this time.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
Starting this Sunday May 31st, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. we will have Holy Hour. Each person is allowed a maximum of 20 minutes inside the Church building. We will have three time slots:
10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.,
10:20 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.,
10:40 a.m. to 11:00 am.
Ten people at each time slot above, for a maximum of 30 people in total on Sunday. All persons entering the Church building must wear a face mask and practice social distancing. Volunteers will be on hand to guide you in the process. Ushers will also direct you to pews with markings on where to sit. In order to attend Holy Hour, you must make reservations by calling the Rectory at 708-597-0970 by 4.00 pm Friday. Places will be allotted on a ﬁrst come ﬁrst served basis, please book your time soon. No walk-ins are allowed at this time.
While our reopening team 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 anytime they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.
Thank you to all who have trained to help us achieve this goal.
This reopening phase is limited and we are unable to have daily or Sunday Mass other than virtual Masses. When the Archdiocese permits Masses I shall let you know.
God bless you all
Father Tomy Abraham
Mass: Pentecost Sunday
Rosary from Saint Terrence
Videos from Archdiocese
From the Pastor's Desk
In some ways the ﬁrst Good Friday, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost is similar to our situation created by the Pandemic ravaging the globe instilling fear and bringing sadness to all of us. The Gospel for the feast of Pentecost says, “On the evening of that ﬁrst day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” The disciples as well as Jesus family and friends were frightened for their lives too. They did not appear in public. All stayed hidden out of sight from others, fearing for their lives. The Jews and Romans were the cause of their fear, but in our time it’s the Corona Virus. The Bible tell us for 50 days, until the Pentecost the disciples along with Jesus Mother were all hiding. Today, we live similar lives, limited for over 50 days now due to this Virus. Reflecting on this Gospel passage brings me peace. “Peace be with you”. By now we are all thirsting for peace in our hearts. Peace is not just the absence of war or a conﬂict but an inner condition of our souls. Peace comes with fully embracing the unknown. For us as people of faith it’s an unconditional trust in our Lord.
The Apostles ﬁlled with the power of the Holy Spirit on the Pentecost, began to preach and teach of Christ. They were not scared to preach even in Jerusalem knowing their end will be soon. Eventually the Apostles expanded their travel to unknown lands to bring the good news of Jesus. It was good news the Apostle preached. They preached hope and joy, which was against what the world oﬀered. It extended beyond what their eyes could see, ears could hear or heart could ever conceive. It did not make much sense to many who heard the Apostles speak, only those who acknowledged Jesus as their Savior. Most of us fall into that category of disciples. We know even in these tough times, what Jesus means when He says, Peace be with you. We are beginning to see glimmer of hope around us. As the Apostles were ﬁlled with the power of the Holy Spirit and began the work of spreading the Gospel, we too must utilize our talents to follow and preach Christ.
Good News to share! As I write this, we are preparing to partially re-open the Church for Confessions, Holy Hour, Funerals and Weddings. Each with a limit of 10 people or less.
Many parishioners continue to call the rectory to see when they can attend Mass. At this time, we are not able to have public Masses, other than virtual Masses. I will update the Parish website and Facebook page, once we receive information on the next phase of celebrating Mass in Church. Your deep faith and perseverance continue to encourage me during this difficult time. We all miss sharing from the Eucharistic table and the community of St. Terrence. I strongly believe the time is not far away when we will come back again to break the bread together and to sing His praises. “Peace be with you”.
God bless all of you with His peace
ALL MASSES SUSPENDED TEMPORARILY
MASSES FOR SUNDAY
Saturday at 5:00 PM
Sunday at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
Monday through Friday
at 8:45 AM
This Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost, sometimes called the birthday of the Church, when the Apostles gather in a room and receive the Holy Spirit. Many people have asked me over the years what this “Holy Spirit” is and what does He do. Those of us who are baptized receive the Holy Spirit at our Baptism, the priest or deacon places his hands on the person to be baptized, and asks the Holy Spirit to be with them throughout their lives. At Confirmation the bishop and priest extend their arms and ask the Spirit to strengthen the young men and women in their faith. This same Spirit is asked to do the same for bishops, priests, and deacons at Ordination. The Holy Spirit doesn’t just arrive! We have to be aware of his presence and ask for his help. I have a story to share with you that happened to me some years ago. There was a Charismatic priest that came to a parish we were living in. This priest would lay hands on people and they would be slain in the Spirit. Everyone was going forward like a line for Communion to have the experience. He would place his hands on your head while you were standing, say some prayers and the people would fall back, and be caught by others behind them, and then they would lay on the ground for a few seconds they were“slain in the Spirit”. With some people nothing happened, and others were “slain in the Spirit.” When my turn came I was one of the people “slain in the Spirit”. I never expected this to happen to me, but the feeling was one of complete peace that I had never felt before in my life. So when I am asked by someone what the Holy Spirit is, I tell them that it is God’s Spirit in each of us, that brings God’s peace and hope to our lives, and others. Jesus breathed on his followers, and said “Receive the Holy Spirit,” But do we hear the other words that Jesus spoke to his followers “ As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
On Pentecost the Spirit enabled the apostles to be understood by a variety of communities. These people were amazed that the apostles could connect with them. This gospel account by Luke should inspire us to connect with others. This might make us rethink, how we see other people. The Holy Spirit comforts, sustains, inspires and empowers Christians. As we live through these difficult times, may we pray for guidance and support from the Holy Spirit.
Deacon Rich & Irene Miska
From the Parish Council
Hello St. Terrence Family
I hope you are doing well, living your life, and are healthy. I realize this is indeed a difficult and confusing time for all of us but let me tell you what I have discovered; or should I say rediscovered. It is praying the Rosary.
Every day since we have been in this "shelter in place" I have been praying the Rosary. Now as a catechist, I have taught the Rosary, said a decade with my class and even have attended a Rosary, but I have not prayed the Rosary by myself. I say prayers at night, or even throughout the day, but by dedicating time to pray the Rosary, this has helped me tremendously. I found on YouTube, "Saying the Rosary with Jack Soriano" and find it to be prayerful and fulfilling. I set aside the 30 minutes or so, find a quiet place in my home, set my difusser with a nice calming oil, and pray the Rosary. It gives me such peace, joy, and quiet time with myself, our Mother Mary and our Lord. This gives me what I was looking for since we can not be with each other in our church building, but be with each other saying a Rosary, knowing that others are with me, what a sense of community, a sense of belonging, a sense of peaceful prayer.
Now I know that some may find this a bit difficult, with other busy things going on in our lives, but really if you stop, take a breath and take the time it will truly give you peace. If you have small children, or
school age children and are looking for quiet time with them, give this a try. Maybe you can do a decade to start with and have conversation about prayer. It is a win win, they go over their prayers, see you practicing your faith with them, and perhaps a quiet moment is fulfilled in this loud and difficult time.
As people of faith, we sometimes need a reminder of prayer, quiet time with our Father. Praying the Rosary gives me that quiet time, that calmness, that peace and love. Maybe it will give that to you as well. Try it, take a moment and pray. Pull out your Rosary, or if you don't have one keep track on your fingers. Share with your family, your children, your spouse or anyone you are spending this time with. Maybe do a virtual Rosary, think a bit out of the box during this time. We have to rely on our faith, our family and friends, our church and our Father. What better way to do this, then in prayer. So remember to be comfortable in our faith, be calm, caring , confident and compassionate. That is what Jesus taught us, let us spread the Good News and pray.
Dear St. Terrence Parishioners:
We are all going through a very difficult time. Our church is closed and we are unable to worship together as a faith community and then to have that compounded by the death of a loved one is heart breaking. The Bereavement Ministry of St. Terrence expresses their deepest sympathy. If you had a family member who has died and would have been buried from St. Terrence if the church was open, please call the rectory (708-597-0979) and leave a message directed to the Bereavement Ministry. Please leave your name and phone number and we will return your call to obtain information to add your loved one on our prayer list. Until this pandemic is under control and we can once again worship together know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
The St. Terrence Bereavement Ministry
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
In addition to our weekend and daily Masses, we have Rosary after Morning Mass. 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 4:00pm to 4:40 pm on Saturdays. In Lent we have a 3 day parish mission, we spend 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. We have lot of ministries where 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.