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STATEMENT FROM FATHER CARL

Released on January 7, 2021
On the attack on Democracy at the U.S. Capitol

Dear St. Giles Community:

What we all saw yesterday in our nation’s capital was shocking, and an egregious assault on our country’s democracy. The issues around what happened are complex, for sure.

However, the actions of those who stormed the Capitol building, and seeming lack of clear condemnation from some quarters of our government, were treasonous in their nature, and should never have happened in our country and for the rest of the world to see. Considering what happened yesterday both in Washington, DC and the act of vandalism and racism that we experienced in our own community, I encourage us all to use our voices to speak up and speak out against such actions. And I also encourage all of us to do so in a way that reflects who we are as a people of God, a people of faith, hope, and love. Our actions and speech should reflect God’s desire for equality among all people if we are to be faithful to the Word of God. During a time of such turmoil, may we live and act always as instruments of God’s peace.

Fr. Carl Morello



LIVE-STREAMED MASS FROM ST. GILES

2ND SUNDAY IN OT – JANUARY 17

Mass Live-Streamed on January 16 at 4:30 pm

Use this Worship Aid to participate during Mass

Worship Aid – January 16-17 (PDF)

Act of Spiritual Communion (Pope Francis) – My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.


MASS FOR FATHER TOM DORE

Month’s Mind Mass Sign-Ups for Jan 17 at 4 pm

We will embed this Mass HERE for you to view on January 17

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In Memoriam – Photos from Fr. Tom’s Ministry (PDF)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Thomas M. Dore due to complications from Covid-19. Fr. Dore served St. Giles as Pastor from 1994 until 2009.

Although Fr. Dore’s sister, Alanna Dore, is planning a memorial service for the summer of 2021 at St. Giles, the Parish family will also gather to remember him with what is called a “Month’s Mind” Mass. On the one-month anniversary of his death, Sunday, January 17, at 4 pm, we will offer a special Mass to remember and pray for Fr. Dore. Reservations are required. Please sign-up by using the button / link above or call the Parish Center during business hours at 708-383-3430 if you would like to join us.

There is a Memorial for Fr. Dore displayed in the gathering area of the church. If you would like to leave a card for his sisters, you can do so in the basket that is provided next to his picture. Or, you can drop a card off at the Rev. Thomas Dore Parish Center. We will be sure to collect them and forward them on to his sisters.


PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE

On the eve of the inauguration, during this time of division and strife, let us come together as a family of faith to pray for peace and healing. The church will be open for Adoration and Prayer from 6 PM to 10 PM on Tuesday, January 19.

Let us fill the hours before inauguration day with prayer! If you cannot come to the church, please light a candle at home: we can all pray for peace together from wherever we are!

Sign up for times is required or call the office at 708-383-3430. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

Sign Up HERE for this Prayer Vigil


Parish Bulletin – January 17, 2021 (PDF)

St. Giles YouTube Channel – Masses & Messages

Re-Opening Volunteer Information

Call for Peace & Justice – Cardinal Cupich and Fr. Carl

Parish Spiritual Offerings

Keeping Connected at St. Giles

Ways to Help!


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Messages from Cardinal Cupich & Archdiocese of Chicago

We are a vibrant, engaged Roman Catholic Parish community of the Archdiocese of Chicago first established in 1927 to serve the areas of North Oak Park and the Galewood section of Chicago, but are now enriched by parishioners beyond these geographic borders.  Many families in the parish have roots going back several generations while new parishioners continue to join us, seeking fellowship, service opportunities, sacraments, and religious formation.

Each week we work together to create numerous ways to live our 3 W’s: Worship, Welcoming and Walking the Way, motivated by gratitude for God’s many blessings. Through such a lifestyle the parish community supports 50 plus ministries and organizations for adults, teens and youth, a School (Pre-3 through Grade 8), and Religious Education Program (Pre-3 through Grade 8).

While we hope this site will be helpful and informative, we look forward to seeing you soon to join with our community in service and worship!