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July 29th and March 8th & 15th

On Wednesday, July 29th, at 7:00 PM, I will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for 19 candidates and one Catechumen at OLC. I thank deacon Juan Diego Valencia and his wife for their willingness to accompany the candidates through their preparation to receive the sacrament. Please pray for these candidates.

On Thursday, July 30th, and Friday, July 31st, at 6 PM, I will hear the Confessions of 55 boys and girls. They will receive the Eucharist for the first time during ceremonies in our Parking Lot on Saturday, August 8th, and Saturday, August 15th, at 8:30 AM. Please keep them in your prayers.

A second celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for our children will occur on Friday, September 11th, at 6 PM, at a bilingual ceremony in our the Parking Lot. Please keep them in your prayers.

I have invited the members of the OLC Youth Group to a Holy Hour on Friday, July 31st, at 7:00 PM. After the Holy Hour, we will remain in the Church to discuss topics of interest to our youth. Thanks to the members of Iskali.

Mr. and Mrs. Franco, the candidates for the Permanent Diaconate, have requested a "Pastoral Year" to attend to some work matters and take courses in English as a second language. I have asked them to come up with a program under the supervision of the Diocesan Institute of the Diaconate, their spiritual director, and myself, their pastor. I will keep you updated. Please pray for them.

Preparations have begun for the Patronal Feast of Our Lady of Charity, which will take place on Saturday, September 12th, during a special celebration at 4 PM. Auxiliary Bishop Mark Bartosic will be present with us. More details are coming in the following weeks. Please, stay tuned.

Despite the Covid-19 Pandemic, we continue to work inside the Church. Projects include the renovation of the Baptismal Font, the renewal of the Altar upon which we celebrate the Eucharist, and the restoration of the choir loft. I welcome any contributions you wish to make toward these projects. If you would like to donate, please talk to Fr. Sergio.

RE-OPENING OF THE CHURCH

I. I AM PLEASED TO INFORM YOU THAT THE MASS SCHEDULE WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

•         Saturday 4:00 P.M. English Mass: Only for our Seniors (in the Church), and the Church’s capacity is 60 people. You need to register by sending an email to: office@olc-church.org or by phone at (708)863-1207

THE FOLLOWING MASSES ARE GOING TO BE IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT
AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER

•         Saturday 7:00 P.M. Spanish Mass

•         Sunday 8:00 A.M. English Mass

•         Sunday 9:15 A.M. Spanish Mass 

MASS GUIDELINES

II. THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES APPLY ONLY FOR THE SATURDAY 4 PM MASS INSIDE THE CHURCH.

  • Please watch the instructional video, available in English and Spanish, on our Facebook page. It will only take a few minutes of your time. During July, we will show the video in Church before the celebration of the Eucharist.
  • Given the capacity of our Church building, we can only accommodate 50 people inside. If you wish to participate in the Celebration of the Eucharist, please register to attend at the following phone number 708-863-1207 or by sending an email at:  office@olc-church.org
  • Please plan to arrive about 20 minutes before the Mass and kindly remain patient. An usher will verify your name on the list of attendees. The state requires that someone will take your temperature with a handheld device from a distance.
  • All attendees must apply hand sanitizer provided. For your safety, no Holy Water is in the fonts. Nevertheless, even in the absence of Holy Water, do make the sign of the Cross when entering the Church.
  • Upon entering the Church, you will see the collection basket. Please deposit your donation there.
  • A parishioner will escort you to a pew to ensure that everyone adheres to the protocols of social distancing and good health. Please follow the instructions of our ushers at all times.
  • You must wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose at all times.
  • No missalettes or hymnals, other than what you bring along, will be made available.
  • If you are sick, vulnerable to infection, have a chronic illness, or care for someone who may be susceptible, please stay home. You can follow the Celebration of the Eucharist via Facebook at Our Lady of Charity Catholic Parish:in English on Saturdays at 4 P.M., 
  • During the 'sign of peace,' please nod your head to your neighbors or make a slight bow.
  • If you wish to receive Communion, please pay attention to the segment of the instructional video on receiving Communion. Remove your face mask only to consume the Host. Kindly note that until further notice, the consecrated Host will be distributed IN THE HAND ONLY.
  • As you exit, please follow the instructions of the ushers.
  • For the protection of the very young, please do not bring baby strollers into the Church.
  • The Church will be sanitized and disinfected after each Mass.
  • Please do not congregate at the entrance, on the stairway, in the breezeway, or in the back of the Church before or after Mass.

III. THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES APPLY ONLY FOR THE SUNDAY MASSES IN THE PARKING LOT:

  • You DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER to participate in the Eucharist.
  • Please arrive 20 minutes before the start of the Mass.
  • Please follow the directions of our ushers.
  • No missalettes or hymnals, other than what you bring along, will be made available.
  • Remain in your car at all times, unless you are receiving Holy Communion.
  • During the 'sign of peace,' greet those within your car as usual. Please nod your head or wave your hand to acknowledge others in nearby vehicles.
  • At Communion time, if you intend to receive the Body of Christ, please follow the instructions of our Eucharistic ministers. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Please rub your hands together briskly until the gel has dried. Wear your face mask as you approach the Eucharistic minister to receive the Consecrated Host. Remove your face mask only to consume the Host, and replace it as you return to your car. Kindly note that until further notice, the Consecrated Host will be distributed IN THE HAND ONLY.
  • Please do not congregate in groups outside your car in the parking lot before or after Mass.

I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this time of quarantine.

Our Lady of Charity, Comfort of the afflicted, pray for us.

Warm Regards,

Fr. Sergio Mena
Pastor 

 

Now More than Ever,
We Depend on your Generous Support 


Dear members and friends of OLC during these dificult times we are not able to accept collections in the usual way. Yet, we still have bills and payroll for those employees who are diligently working from home. I urge you to continue your generous support to us.

You can give in one of 3 ways, although electronic giving is the best way: 

1. Write a check and mail it to:
Our Lady of Charity Parish
3620 S 57th Court
Cicero, IL  60804 

2. Electronic Giving:
Give Central: www.givecentral.org

3. Or use our Text to give option. Text Envelope and the amount to 708-505-882 and use your debit/credit card or checking account

You are all in my prayers during this difficult time of uncertainty and I ask that you pray for me as well Our Lady of Charity Parish. May God Bless you all! 

Yours In Christ, 

Fr. Sergio Mena 
Pastor

 

 

 

 


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