All Advent: Giving Tree
Starting with the first weekend of Advent (November 29-30) we encourage all parishioners to take an ornament from the Giving Tree and return the gift unwrapped by Sunday, December 21st. Your gift can be the item listed on the back of the ornament, or any other item of your choice: canned food, nonperishable, and personal hygiene items are needed.
December 21: “Opłatek” Dinner
The traditional Christmas “Opłatek” Dinner will be celebrated in the Polish Heritage Center following the 9:00 a.m. Mass (the only Mass that Sunday). We invite you all to join us as we cultivate this beautiful Polish custom when family members and friends break off a small piece of the opłatek wafer and give it to one another along with a blessing or a wish. Breaking off and exchanging part of opłatek with someone, is a symbol of forgiveness between two people and is meant to remind participants of the importance of Christmas, God, and family. Fr. Marek’s 40th birthday will be celebrated that day as well.
December 24 & 25: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
On Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th, we will start caroling in English and Polish at 9:30 p.m. and at 10:00 p.m. the “Midnight Mass” will be offered. On Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25th, solemn Masses of the Nativity of Our Lord will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. (English) and 11:00 a.m. (Polish). Invite your friends, neighbors, and family to experience the spirit of Christmas in our beautiful church!
January 2: Way of Lights
We continue our beautiful, six years old, tradition of a communal tour of the “way of Lights” at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville, Illinois. We invite you all to meet with us on Friday, January 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at the parking lot of the Shrine. We will have supper together at the Shrine’s restaurant and then we will enjoy the beautiful drive through the “Way of Lights”. Please contact Janice Merzweiler with any questions.
January 3 & 4: Epiphany, blessing of the chalk
During all Masses on Epiphany (Wise Magi) weekend we will bless small pieces of chalk. According to the Polish custom we encourage all Parishioners to mark the doors of their homes with that blessed chalk, signing them with C+M+B 2014 symbols. In doing so we ask God’s protection and blessing upon those who live, work or visit throughout the coming year. It is also a visible sign that we have invited God’s presence into our homes.
January 4: Christmas Pageant
On Epiphany Sunday, children and youth from the Parish School of Religion will present a Christmas Pageant immediately after 9:00 am Mass. We invite all Parishioners and Friends to join us for this heart-warming Christmas experience.
January 11: Sodality’s Holiday Brunch
Our Lady of Częstochowa Rosary Sodality will be hosting their annual Holiday Brunch on Sunday, January 11th at 10:00 a.m. All parishioners are invited; the event will be catered. Cost is $10.00 per person. RSVP by January 4th to Susan Kaminski at 314-487-3075. Our Lady of Częstochowa Rosary Sodality will be hosting their annual BBQ and Raffle on Sunday, March 8th. Details to follow.
January 18: Wine Tasting Party
We will be hosting another wine tasting event on Sunday, January 18th in the small room of the Polish Heritage Center at 12:15 p.m. This year's theme will be "Wine (Not Whine) Around the World." Please bring your favorite bottle’s of wine and appetizer to share as well as a wine glass. Prizes will be awarded to the top three wines to be voted on by the participants.
February 1: Blessing of Throats
In honor of Saint Blaise, the patron saint of people with throat illnesses, we will hold a special blessing of throats at all three Masses on the weekend of January 31-February 1. Those with throat ilness(es), or anyone who wishes to avoid getting such a malady, are invited to participate in this rite, whereby the priest touches the throats of the faithful with two crossed candles while invoking the prayer of Saint Blaise and imparts God’s blessing.