ST. GEORGE CHURCH. April 17, Reach. Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter April 17, 2016 ST. GEORGE CHURCH 6707 West 175TH STREET · TINLEY PARK, ILLINOIS 60477 · MISSION STATEMENT...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 17, 2016




We, the faith-filled

“The Lord of the Rings is an epic highfantasy novel written by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. Written in stages between 1937 and 1949, The Lord of the Rings is the best-selling novel ever written, with over 150 million copies sold.” (Wikipedia)

community of St. George, nourished by God’s Word and His Sacraments and renewed by the Holy Spirit, accept the call to continue the mission of Christ by living in, sharing and transforming our world. MASS TIMES 2016 Daily: 7:30 am: Monday thru Friday 8:45 am: Tuesday & Wednesday Saturday: 8:00 am Vigil of Sunday: 4 pm Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am & 6 pm Holy Days: to be announced.

Confessions (Reconciliation) After the 4:00 pm Mass on Saturday and after the 7:30 and 9:30 am Masses on Sunday.


While Tolkien labored over this epic novel for decades beginning in 1917 and having experienced two world wars and the Great Depression, his novel depicts the great struggle of good vs. evil. Much like the epic Gilgamesh and our own Old Testament stories which put the moral struggle of good and evil into a story form that is easy to remember, share and reflect upon as one personally experiences the same struggle of conscience and actions to do good and avoid evil. The two heroes of The Ring Trilogy, in the third book, “The Return of the King.” are Frodo Baggins, and Samwise "Sam" Gamgee. Having overcome severe challenges and dangers with the help of many friends who make up “The Fellowship of the Ring” they finally reach the edge of the river of doom where the ring can be destroyed and evil overcome, but Frodo is tempted one last time to take possession of the ring. Smeagel, a riverfolk person who early in the trilogy takes possession of the ring, is overwhelmed by its evil influence and succumbs to its attraction calling the ring “my precious” and is transformed into a corrupted creature called Gollum. The final struggle for possession of the ring

and its power is between Gollom and Frodo. Gollom bites the ring from Frodo’s finger, but in the struggle falls into the River of Doom where he and the ring are destroyed. In that struggle Frodo slips and is hanging on to the edge of the chasm over the River of Doom and is out of strength to save himself. Sam, his friend, often in the trilogy doubted and rejected, with what little strength he has left extends his hand to Frodo and shouts to him “Reach!” With the last reserves of strength Sam pulls his friend, Frodo, from the edge of destruction. Frodo’s bloodied hand is a reminder of how close he came to succumbing to the evil influence of the ring. In this Year of Mercy we call to mind how often we have been tempted, enticed and sinned, sometimes greatly, yet the love of God calls out to us “Reach!” It was not God himself, but others who struggle alongside us who call us back from the brink of doom. Our gospel today, John 10:27-30, presents us with the victory won for us by Christ which we celebrate at every Mass. The image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd gives us hope; for Christ experienced our humanity. His words give us courage, even though we have sinned, “My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me.” Not only are we called to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, but like Sam, Frodo’s good friend, we too reach out to one another. An old song by Diana Ross captures that spirit, “Reach Out and Touch”. We, who have been touched by the love of God through others, are now responsible to “make this world a better place, if you can.” Fr. Ken Fleck

MONDAY, April 18

THURSDAY, April 21

9:00 am SGS 2nd and 8th Grade Reconciliation-Church 2:00 pm Girl Scouts-Meeting Rm. 1 5:30 pm Acts of Faith-Quiet Rm. 6:30 pm Athletics Meeting-Meeting Rm. 1 7:00 pm High School Study-Teen Rm. 7:00 pm Society of St. Vincent DePaul Meeting-Meeting Rm. 3 7:00 pm Teach Who Christ Is Comm. Mtg.-Meeting Rm. 2 7:30 pm Choral & Guitar Group Rehearsal-Church

6:30 pm Lay Carmelites-Meeting Rm. 3 7:00 pm Teen Choir-Church 8:00 pm Knights of Columbus-O’Connell Hall

TUESDAY, April 19 4:30 pm Girl Scouts-Meeting Rm. 1 7:00 pm Girl Scouts-Meeting Rm. 1 7:00 pm PPC Meeting-Rectory Meeting Rm. 7:00 pm SPRED II-School Classroom WEDNESDAY, April 20 2:20 pm SGS Fitness Fun Exercise Club-Meeting Rms. 2&3 6:00 pm Religious Education Grades 1-8-School Classrooms, Cahill Center, O’Connell Hall, Georgian Rm., Gym 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal-Church 7:00 pm High School Sacrament Preparation-Teen Rm. 7:00 pm School Board Meeting-Board Rm. 7:00 pm SPRED I-School Classroom 8:00 pm Al-Anon-O’Connell Hall THURSDAY, April 21 9:30 am Catholic Women Sharing Faith-Meeting Rm. 4 12:00 pm Band Lessons-Meeting Rms. 1&2 6:00 pm Cub Scout Pack 365-Tiger Den-Georgian Rm. 6:30 pm Confirmation Rehearsal-Church


FRIDAY, April 22 SGS Early Dismissal (1:00 pm) 7:00 pm Bingo-O’Connell Hall, Georgian Rm. 7:00 pm Middle School Teen Night-Teen Rm., Gym, Kitchen 8:00 pm Narcotics Anonymous SATURDAY, April 23 8:30 am TMIY Core Team Meeting-Rectory Meeting Rm. 4:00 pm Feast of St. George Mass & Reception AfterMeeting Rms. 1-3 5:00 pm Reconciliation-Church 7:00 pm Adult Volleyball-Church SUNDAY, April 24 Reconciliation after the 7:30 and 9:30 am Masses 7:00 am To Teach Who Christ Is-Meeting Rm. 2 8:30 am PART-Bride’s Rm. 9:30 am Children’s Liturgy of the Word-Rectory Meeting Rm. 9:30 am Choir-Church 10:00 am Bread & Word-Meeting Rm. 4 11:30 am Choral & Guitar Group-Church 12:30 pm PPC Information Luncheon-Rectory Meeting Rm. 12:45 pm Baptismal Preparation-Meeting Rm. 3 2:00 pm Confirmation-Church 4:00 pm Adult Volleyball-Gym 7:00 pm High School Teen Night-Teen Rm., Board Rm., Meeting Rm. 4, Gym

The Sunday, April 24 calendar was inadvertently put in for the Sunday, April 17 calendar in last weekend’s bulletin. Confirmation is scheduled and will take place on Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 pm. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

Feast of St. George Celebration We invite ALL to join us for a special Mass to honor our Patron, St. George, at the 4:00 pm Mass on Saturday, April 23, 2016. We will be honoring and thanking this year’s recipient’s, Naomi O’Malley and Liz Paller and SPRED I & II, who have made a difference making this world a better place by putting their faith into action. Please join us for this special celebration. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the Mass in the Cahill Parish Life Center, Meeting Rms. 1-3.

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Who Christ Is

A campaign for strong parishes, Catholic education and faith formation in the Archdiocese of Chicago

Join us for a special reception!

On Monday, April 25 at 7:00 pm, our dedicated To Teach Who Christ Is team invites all families to join them in O’Connell Hall for a short presentation. This reception is a great opportunity to learn more about the campaign, our local needs and enjoy parish fellowship. We look forward to seeing you!

Campaign Update

We have raised more than $519,175 thanks to the commitments from 65 families! Thank you for your enthusiasm, generosity, and prayers. The To Teach Who Christ Is team continues to invite more and more families to participate each week. Please accept their invitation and prayerfully consider how you might help. Your gift will ensure a vibrant future for our parish, and Catholic education across Chicago. Parish Goal: $1,395,000 Total Pledged: $ 519,175 Percent of Goal: 37% Number of Pledges: 65 Average Gift: $7,987 Over 5 Years

Learn more from Father Ken and our To Teach Who Christ Is team on

MONDAY, APRIL 25 at 7:00 pm in O’Connell Hall

For more information about To Teach Who Christ Is, please visit You may also contact the parish office at (708) 532-2243 or the To Teach Who Christ Is office at (312) 534-8500. April 17, 2016 • Fourth Sunday of Easter


St. George Catholic School Our Parish School of Excellence Who is eligible to be a Student of St. George School? The children of St. George parishioners who are qualified for Pre-K to grade 8. St. George School also welcomes children baptized as Catholics from other parishes as well as children from other Christian households whose parents are seeking a Christian education. Please share this with your neighbors. What are the requirements for Pre-K and Kindergarten? We offer a 3 yr. old program as well as a 4 yr. old program. Your student must be 3 before September 1 of the year they begin school. Children must be toilet trained. Our 3 day program for the 3 yr. olds is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We have morning programs and all day programs. Our morning hours are 7:45 am until 11:10 am and full days are 7:45 am until 2:20 pm. The 4 yr. old program offers 5 full days or 5 days in the morning. Other options are available upon request. Kindergarten students must be 5 by September 1 of the year they start school. How do I register? Registration information and materials can be picked up in the school office. To register your student you will need their original birth certificate, baptismal certificate and social security card (originals will be returned). Registration fee for Pre-K is $100. Registration for grades 1-8 is $175 per student or $350 for a family of 2 or more. For students entering grades 1 – 8 we also need the last semester report card and all standardized test scores. Call the school office at (708) 532-2626 ext. 230 to schedule a tour or answer any questions.

Archdiocese of Chicago Parishioner Survey Archbishop Cupich would like your input. When Archbishop Cupich announced the “Renew My Church” initiative in January, he invited everyone in the Archdiocese of Chicago to participate in the process of revitalizing our parish communities. Just as Pope Francis asked Catholics across the globe for their input prior to the Synod of Bishops meetings in 2014 and 2015, Archbishop Cupich is asking for your help as the Archdiocese begins a new listening phase of this important effort. Please take time to respond to a survey designed to help Archbishop Cupich and the Archdiocese of Chicago better understand the perspectives of Catholics across Cook and Lake Counties. We encourage you to complete the survey online at Paper copies are available at the exits of church. Please note all responses will be anonymous.

How much is Tuition? Tuition for the 2016-17 will be finalized after budget meetings in March. Full-day in-parish tuition for 2015-16 (Grades K-8) is $4,697, family rates are available. Pre-K3 (3 day - morning sessions is $1,410) Pre-K3 full day is $2,820. Pre-K4 and Kindergarten (5 day- morning sessions) are $2,350. Pre-K and Kindergarten full 5 days is $4,697. Out of parish tuition is $5,592. Is Financial Aid available? All new families are eligible for the Caritas Program. Families must submit all materials to our independent review agency, FACTS, for consideration. This is a confidential process shared only with the admissions and financial aid committee to determine the award. Grants will be designated for three years, as long as the student remains in good standing and continues to demonstrate financial need, based on annual submissions of financial aid forms. Is there a “Before and After School” Program? Yes! The Extended Day Program opens at 6:00 am until school begins; it opens again after school until 6:00 pm. You can call for information for our Extended Day Program at (708) 532-2626 ext. 112. We are currently accepting registration for all grades. Call Tina Hahn at (708) 532-2626, ext. 230 or visit our web page at for more information. 4 Welcome to St. George Catholic Church • Tinley Park, IL 60477

Let us wish Fr. Roberto Mercado all the best as he embarks on his new journey. Join us for his farewell Mass at St. George Church on Sunday, May 15, 2016 11:30 am. Reception following in the Parish Life Center.

Marian Award

At StGeorgeLifeTeen!

us on Facebook at St. George Life Teen!

LifeNights continue….. High school teens are invited to join us each Sunday night after the 6:00 pm Mass as we share faith and fun at LifeNights. Mark your calendars to come to the Cahill Center at 7:00 pm on the following nights: April 17 and 24 We are going on a mission! Mission Milwaukee St. George LifeTeen Youth Summer Mission Trip August 1-6 All incoming 9th graders to college age are invited to attend Shine Catholic Work Camp.

Several Girl Scouts from St. George and nearby parishes were awarded the Marian Medal this past Sunday at Holy Name Cathedral. This prestigious award is designed to help young ladies develop a sense of discipleship through scripture and service following Mary's example. The following young ladies were awarded the Marian medal: Maria Benitez, Annie O'Brien, Robin Hemmerich, Emme Hemmerich, Elise Lettiere, and Namara Swillum. They are pictured with Joanne O'Brien, moderator, and the Very Reverend Ronald Hicks, presider. Congratulations to these young women!

April/May Anniversaries Beloved, let us love one another. 1 John 4: 7 Congratulations to the following faithful servants on their Ordination Anniversaries:

Visit our Website You can check Mass times, the calendar, schedules, staff information, view a slide show and more! Did you know that you can find clerical forms on the website such as check reimbursement forms, cash and carry PART forms and room requests?

April 22 Deacon Joe Panek 27th Ordination Anniversary

May 12 Fr. Kenneth Fleck 40th Ordination Anniversary

April 27 Deacon Pete Manning 25th Ordination Anniversary

May 18 Fr. Roberto Mercado 3rd Ordination Anniversary

April 30 Deacon John Ficker 22nd Ordination Anniversary

May 28 Deacon Greg Bartos 10th Ordination Anniversary

May 5 Fr. Tomy Abraham 15th Ordination Anniversary

Sr. Maria Musto 30th Anniversary of Religious Life

Check it out at:

April 17, 2016 • Fourth Sunday of Easter


St. George Parish Dinner Dance WIN Raffles

A Night At The Races

May 7, 2016 6:30 - 11:00 pm In the school gym.

Show Your Support

$35 ticket includes:

Place Bets

Dinner Drinks Dessert $10 funny money to start your betting! Chance to win a $50 door prize!

All proceeds from the Parish Night at the Races event are used to support the students of St. George School. Those proceeds go directly to the general operating budget.

Tickets available in the school office, church rectory, on the school website and at the door.

For more information contact the school office or visit the St. George School website: (708) 532-2626,

STRIKE IT RICH Strike It Rich raffle tickets are now available through any St. George School family, the school office or rectory during normal business hours. Tickets are $25 each and the winner will be drawn at the St. George Parish Annual Dinner Dance on May 7, 2016. Please contact Lisa McCarty at (708) 289-1103 if you have any questions. Please make checks payable to St. George School.

Saturday, May 7, 2016


Winner announced at the St. George Parish Annual Dinner Dance.

2nd Prize............$5,000 3rd Prize.............$2,500 3 Prizes of..........$1,000 5 Prizes of………..$100

In the event all tickets are not sold, one-half of all monies received will be awarded as prizes. In the event all tickets are not sold, St. George School may assume all unsold tickets.

9 Weekly $25 Winners announced every Friday!

Only 2500 Tickets Will Be Sold

COST $25.00

Profits from the Strike-It-Rich fundraiser help to offset a significant portion of tuition costs for our school families.

Thank you for supporting St. George School.

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Winner need not be present. Must be 18 years or older for ticket purchase. Must claim prize WITHIN 30 days from the drawing.

Catholic Women Sharing Faith A ministry of prayer, communication and education! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Please take time to share your joy in our Lord with others who will appreciate a special "hug from God." Our unique handmade prayer shawls will enfold their wearers in love, and surround them with prayers. To obtain a blessed prayer shawl, please call Maureen Cetera at (708) 253-5592, or Pina Quatrini at (708) 606-0898. We offer sincere thanks to the VERY GENEROUS donors who keep our ministry going. You allow us to provide prayer shawls free of charge - and WE APPRECIATE YOU! May you be richly blessed with the joy of Easter! Thursday Mornings in April: 9:30 - 11:30 am in the Quiet Room 4/21/2016 4/28/2016

April Birthday Party in Meeting Room Prayer Shawl Ministry

"Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2

St. George Men’s Golf League Our first play date will be Friday, April 22 at 5:00 pm, at Palos Hills Golf Club. The golf course is located at 7301 W. 105th Street, Palos Hills, IL. Please bring as many friends as you would like to invite to join us. If you know any men who belong to our neighboring parishes in Oak Forest, Tinley Park, Orland Hills or Frankfort, please extend an invitation to those men to come join us! Please mark your calendars for Monday, May 9. We will have another meeting to discuss having a Golf League through the summer. The league will require a commitment from a minimum of sixteen men. If you have questions about the St. George Men’s Golf League, please contact Jerry Souta, Jr. at (708) 574-6093 - cell phone or email [email protected]

Jubilee Year of Mercy December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016 Mercy Mondays The Second Monday of Every Month at 7:00 pm: To celebrate the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, the parishes of Tinley Park, Orland Park and Lemont are collaboratively working to promote the different facets of mercy in our lives. On the second Monday of each month, our parishes are hosting Mercy Monday events, which include times of prayer, reflection and/or putting mercy into action. In this way, we are responding to Pope Francis’ invitation to bring mercy and compassion into every corner of our world. We are called to be instruments of God’s mercy -which knows no limits and which is needed on so many levels in the world today. There are freewill offerings taken at each event; any contributions received will be set aside for Corporal Works of Mercy outreach & service. Funds may support (but are not limited to) Sole Hope, Port Ministries, Sacred Heart Mission, Tinley/Orland First Responders and local senior living centers. Thank you!

UPCOMING MERCY MONDAY EVENTS Monday, May 9, 2016 John Donahue-Grossman

“The Way of Jesus” with St. Cyril in Lemont, (630) 257-2776, [email protected]

Who was this Jewish Rabbi who changed the world and continues to capture our hearts, souls and imaginations 2,000 years later: What does it mean to follow him? John utilizes biblical texts, commentaries and wisdom of scripture scholars, as he guides us on a journey back in time to rediscover his identity and essential teachings. This presentation uses the four gospels as unique perspectives or paths as ways of being a disciple. John will also incorporate the corporal works of mercy in addition to Mary as a disciple of Jesus and His mercy. John is a gifted speaker who challenges his audiences to use his lessons as a way to reach out in love to the least among us. He is currently the Director of Retreats at LaSalle Manor Retreat Center in Plano and a board member of Outside da Box. Sat – Mon, June 11 - 13, 2016

Corporal Works of Mercy Weekend

Parishioners will be challenged to participate in Corporal Works of Mercy, either as a family or as individuals working together. From spending time cleaning up area parks to providing home-baked cookies to area first responders or seniors, from giving a day of service in Hopkins Park, IL, to providing lunches to Port Ministries or turning old jeans into foot coverings for people in Uganda through Sole Hope, we will show God’s love in action.

April 17, 2016 • Fourth Sunday of Easter


First Communion Retreat PRO-LIFE ++++++++++++++++++

YOUR ADOPTED BABY AT TWO MONTHS Very soon the baby you spiritually adopted will have two full months of development toward birth. During this second month your adopted baby has been developing external features and internal organs. The brain is functioning at forty days. The baby's heartbeat can be heard on an ultrasonic stethoscope. Ultrasound images have discovered babies already sucking their thumbs at two months. Everything the baby needs to survive at birth is already present by the end of the eighth week, but just needs time to fully develop and grow in size. Please continue praying for your adopted baby each day.

St. George School and Religious Education students who are preparing for their First Communion attended a retreat last Sunday. The retreat reinforced what they have been learning about the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist and the connection of the Sacraments of Initiation. They made blankets to be given to infants who will be baptized at St. George Parish in the future. Please continue to pray for these students and their families.

PROTEST OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN ORLAND PARK On April 23, pro-lifers across the nation will conduct the first annual protest at Planned Parenthood locations nationwide, to be held on the fourth Saturday of April every year until the abortion chain no longer preys upon our communities. We’ll call on Congress and the States to cut off all government funding to Planned Parenthood and bring charges against all those responsible for the horrific harvesting and selling of baby parts. And we’ll demand that all charges against undercover journalist David Daleiden be dropped. Help us expose the horror of abortion and bring an end to Planned Parenthood in our nation. Event: National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood When: Saturday, April 23, 10:00 am - noon Where: Orland Park Planned Parenthood -- We will gather along the public right-of-way extending from 14470 LaGrange Road in Orland Park. Parking is available in the Orland Chateau lot (14500 S. LaGrange Road), but please park in the back. More Info: Email Bill Beckman at [email protected] UPDATE ON 40 DAYS FOR LIFE The international 40 Days for Life vigil at abortion facilities ran from February 10 through March 20 at 273 locations throughout the USA and in another 22 nations. Three vigils took place in Illinois, including one in Downers Grove. After final reports have been received from most vigil locations, 598 babies and their mothers are known to be saved from abortion. You can be certain that many more mothers had a change of heart that was not made known to vigil participants. These prayer vigils also led to some additional employees leaving the abortion industry and four more facilities closing forever.

With summer beckoning, we all want to shed our winter wardrobes and freshen up our fashion for a warmer season! You can use PART to get everyone ready for the outdoors...Macy’s (10%), Carson Pirie Scott (8%), and JCPenney (5%) just to name a few. Use PART cards to make home improvements or to help with that spring-cleaning...Menards (3%) and The Home Depot (4%). Get ahead of the game and find a Mother’s Day present early! Why not take mom out for a nice lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day?! We carry Lettuce Entertain You (12%), Gattos (10%), Cheesecake Factory (5%) and many other great restaurants. Or why not buy her some shower gels or lotions with a gift card from Bath and Body Works (13%) or give her a day of beauty with a Mario Tricoci (5%) gift card. Part is sold in the rectory office Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm and on Thursdays until 7:30 pm. It is also sold on Sundays in the Bride’s Room from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.

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Immigration Detention Center Prayer Service Friday, April 22, 2016 Depart from the north end St. George Parking Lot at 6:15 am Return 8:30-8:45 am In Need of Your Prayers Please pray for the following members of your parish community: Baby Brody Anderson, Jim Burton, Jo Bujan, Carmella and Loretta Canino, Sheryl Casey, Don Christie, Margaret Dolan, Betty Duggan, Johanna Dvaronis, Deacon John Ficker, Marirose Grosschadl, Emma Haas, Eileen Hallahan, Elfriede Hays, Dennis Hearne, Jr., Dennis Hearne, Sr., Baby Sloan Hernandez, Jace Hettinger, Albert and Evelyn Holup, Jackie Koppers, Richard and Joan Kukula, Dawn Leslie, Jeanne Long, Theresa Lynn, Christine Madsen, Carmela Marasovich, Joan Murphy, Mark Oboikovitz, Marguerite Orrico, Mary Jane Reilly, James and Geri Rovano, Marek Rudzki, Gary Rycyzyn, Lisa Schlueter, Mary Lou Seery, Robert Seery, Justin Souta, Matt Taylor, Tammy Thomas, Mary Lou Walztoni, Sandra Wickeham

Called Home to the Lord Please remember in your prayers those who have died in the past weeks: Marian Maher, Mark Tropp, George P. Witts

Acts of Faith Meeting Monday, April 18, 2016 5:30 pm, Quiet Room Have you ever thought about how you can make a difference in this crazy world? Have you considered how you might respond to the teachings of Jesus and how you might bring Catholic social teachings into your daily life? Stop in at the next Acts of Faith meeting and check it out. You can make a difference by your actions. Please join us to consider what we can do to make that difference. All are always welcome to join us and bring your ideas and passions. For information call Angie Brady at (708) 532-3644.

BROADVIEW DEPORTATION CENTER Every Friday morning at 7:15 am, people of faith join together in a prayer vigil at Broadview Immigration Processing Center (1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL) to support those who are in the immigration deportation process, the families of those being deported and to be a public witness to the injustices of our immigration system. An interfaith prayer service is held on the first Friday of every month. The rosary is prayed on the remaining Fridays. All are welcome every Friday. No special training or advance notice is needed to participate in the prayer vigil. Every Friday morning, buses filled with men and women shackled by their hands, feet and waists leave for local airports to be deported. Clergy, lay leaders and people of faith offer prayers on the buses to accompany them in their difficult journey and to let them know that people of faith stand with them and are working to change these unjust policies. Teams of clergy and lay leaders go inside Broadview Immigration Processing Center on Friday mornings to pray with and visit with people who are being deported that day. Volunteers also support families as they come to say goodbye to their loved ones. To find out how you can volunteer, call (773) 779-6011, ext. 3846. For information call Angie Brady (708) 532-3644. We would love to have you with us. Dear St. George Church, Because of you, our Bread Truck is feeding the hungry, our FREE Health Clinic is caring for the sick, our After School Program is tutoring students, our Open Gym is engaging at-risk teens and our Adult Life Skills Workshop is educating community members. We are truly humbled by the support we receive. By responding to our need, you have empowered the Port Ministries to continue to be a place of prayer, hope and love. St. George Church, we would like to invite you to our upcoming Open House, Saturday, May 7 from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Our staff and volunteers are excited to open the doors to the community and introduce new programming, such as the free art workshops, studio space and the expansion of our Open Gym program. If possible, we would love to see you there and thank you in person. Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan Charism, our mission is to provide the fundamental needs of mind, body and spirit. We do this by offering free services and resources to south side Chicago residents so they can better themselves, their families and strengthen our community. Thank you for coming to our aid and supporting The Port Ministries. We hope you and yours had a wonderful and happy Easter! Inspired by St. Francis, David H. Gonzalez Executive Director

April 17, 2016 • Fourth Sunday of Easter


Liturgical Ministers April 23 & 24

4:00 pm

7:30 am

9:30 am


Fr. K. Fleck

Fr. K. Fleck

Fr. Tomy


P. Manning

G. Bartos

G. Bartos

P. Bohacik

R. Rzeszutko

M. Abete


Eucharistic Ministers

Fr. Tomy

M. Spengler

M. Olson

L. Manta

T. Bria

K. Rodriguez

D. Wawzenek

N. O’Malley

M. Hagan

M. Foss

D. Budny

K. Banasiak

P. Manta

D. Laveck

A. Graff

T. Kavanaugh

B. Beckman

T. McCabe

R. Strugala

L. Kaminski

P. Quatrini

F. Fancsali

M. Bonnamy

D. Triolo

K. Kiner

V. Quatrini

J. Schutzius

P. Galassini

E. Zielinski

J. Newtoff

S. Sharp

E. Susnis

M. McLaughlin

F. Clark

T. German

D. Bartos

E. Buczkiewicz

D. Clark

Sr. M. Musto

K. Bartos

T. Doyle

C. Ferkula

S. Rogina

R. Karasek

W. Wawzenek

N. Gayeski

T. Rycyzyn

D. Karasek

S. Stanton

P. Windish

M. Kavanaugh K. Murray

M. Esposito

J. Newtoff

J. Blomberg

N. Miller

C. Moriarty

A. Fortson

J. Roth

S. Hummitsch

P. Sullivan

P. Sullivan

A. O’Brien

Cantors Sacristans

6:00 pm

Fr. R. Mercado

L. Vaicik

Altar Servers

11:30 am

M. Thornton

M. Guzaitis C. Rowland

L. O’Brien L. Vaicik

C. Shapkauski

Choral & Guitar Group

G. Smith

P. Quatrini

D. Budny

2 pm Choir 6 pm T. Cetera

Schedule also available online at: and is subject to change.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: Acts 11:1-18; Ps 42:2-3; 43:3, 4; Jn 10:11-18 Tuesday: Acts 11:19-26; Ps 87:1b-7; Jn 10:22-30 Wednesday: Acts 12:24 -- 13:5a; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Jn 12:44-50 Thursday: Acts 13:13-25; Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25, 27; Jn 13:16-20 Friday: Acts 13:26-33; Ps 2:6-11ab; Jn 14:1-6 Saturday: Acts 13:44-52; Ps 98:1-4; Jn 14:7-14 Sunday: Acts 14:21-27; Ps 145:8-13; Rv 21:1-5a; Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35

The rosary is prayed at St. George following these masses: 8:45 am - Tuesday and Wednesday 7:30 am - Monday thru Friday 8:00 am - Saturday (includes Divine Mercy) (first Saturday includes Fatima prayers) We always include the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel for protection. Please join us.

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Working Bikes Cooperative Bike Collection and St. George School Donation Drive Despite the cold, rain, sleet and snow the two donation drives this past weekend were supported with an overwhelming response! Thank you to all who donated bicycles to the Working Bikes Cooperative Bike Collection. We were able to supply 58 bicycles to this wonderful cause! Thank you to Angie Brady, Diana Karasek, Carol Ferkula, Arlene Astrowski and 7th grader Devin Peters for braving the weather and collecting those donations. Thank you to everyone who donated your used goods to the St. George School Donation Drive. We collected 5,185 pounds of clothing and shoes, 944 pounds of books and 3,028 pounds of housewares, toys and other miscellaneous items. Our school will receive a check from Savers Thrift Store in Orland Park in the amount of $1,235.60 which will be used to purchase a new laminating machine for our staff. A special thank you goes out to Lisa Karlstedt, PTL treasurer, for organizing this wonderful fundraiser and to Stacey Yock, Erika House, Larry Tucker, Jaclyn Tucker, Lauren Tucker, Martin Tuohy, Jody Garg, Angela Patrick and Ethan Patrick for volunteering your time to collect the donations. These two drives will touch the lives of many, many people in our own community and across the world. Because of the kind hearts of our school families and parishioners, your donations will change the lives of many people. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. God bless you. BOTH of these drives will be back next spring so hold onto those bikes and used goods to donate next year!

St. George Parish Pastoral Council Corner REMINDER: On Sunday, April 24, the Parish Pastoral Council will be hosting an informational luncheon in the Rectory Meeting Room at 12:30 pm for parishioners who are interested in becoming a Parish Council member. This luncheon meeting will highlight important information you need to consider while making the decision if this ministry is right for you. What a better place to share your ideas and concerns with other parishioners, staff and priests of our Parish. We would like to thank you in advance for considering joining the Parish Council.

April 17, 2016 • Fourth Sunday of Easter


The Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:45 pm, at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois. Couples married in 1966 interested in attending this celebration should contact the St. George rectory office at (708) 532-2243. Please respond by June 5 so we may have a timely response to the Archdiocese.

Women Enrich Lives A group recognizing women who enrich the lives of those around them

The ABC’s of Planning Your Life - Lynn McLaughlin, Author, Presenter An inspirational book and an amazing story by the author of how the book was written in an evening and published in nine days!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 11:30 am

For further information call the Family Ministries Office at (312) 534-8351 or visit the web-site:

RSVP: (708) 429-6086

Seating is limited.

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$11.00 lunch includes soup, 1/2 sandwich, beverage and gratuity. Cash at door, $12.00 if no RSVP. RSVP with choice of lunch: [email protected] Join the Women Enrich Lives group on Facebook.

Seeing Rightly

A series of lunch, learning and networking for women.

Someone once told me they didn’t know how to pray in the Holy Family Chapel. They were tired of reciting the same old prayers in the books. I told them I think they really didn’t need to say formal prayers all the time. When you come to spend time with the Blessed Sacrament, just say “thanks” for the graces you received and for the prayers answered, and tell Him about your needs. You don’t have to say much more. Just spend the time looking at the Blessed Sacrament and give Jesus a chance to talk to you. But, when you look at the Blessed Sacrament, look with your heart as well as with your eyes. As the author Antoine De Saint-Exupery wrote in one of his books: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is really important is invisible to the eyes.” Try it and you’ll see. Then, if you haven’t yet, call Bill Beckman at (708) 429-2762 and sign up to spend an hour every week with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. You will then see rightly every week.

CHURCH SUPPORT April 9 & 10, 2016 Offertory Envelopes…………………...$15,269.00 Sharing Parish St. Gerard Majella………………………...$316.00 Children: 99 envelopes…………………...$132.71 Thank you for your continued generosity to St. George Parish!

Terry Dorencz

Our Parish uses GiveCentral for online donations. Sign up at:

I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Moments after receiving a call on the mobile outreach hotline, Catholic Charities dispatches a van to meet a young adult on the street and provide free transportation - with no strings attached - to a safe shelter. When others may just walk by, we act. Multiply this act at our 164 locations which are open to all. Every 30 seconds someone counts on us for help. Give to Catholic Charities on Mother’s Day so people are fed, comforted, sheltered and cared for at any stage in life. Learn more at

There are sign up forms at the exits of church. For more information, please contact Darlene Georges at (708) 532-2243.

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A PRAYER FOR THOSE SERVING IN THE MILITARY Almighty God, send your blessing upon all who serve in our armed forces. Shield them from all harm. Let peace be the sentry that stands guard over them. Put an end to wars all over the earth, and hasten lasting peace. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, now and forever. Amen

PO3 Mary Balkas, Coast Guard Sgt. Jacob Berry, Army Lt. Timothy Berryhill, Army LCpl. Phillip Bosco, Marines LCpl. Mark Bradley, Marines Sgt. Amanda Brennan, Army Staff Sgt. Robert Brennan, Army Capt.. Michael Caddigan, Army A1C Brad Clemmer, Air Force SSgt. Heidi Currie, Air Force LtCol. Kevin Currie, Air Force Maj. Patrick Currie, Air Force Pvt. Matthew Daliege, Army Pvt. Maximilian Daniel, Army Sgt. James Dewey, Army Capt. Christopher Doering, Army PO2 James J. Guerino, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Hollendoner, Navy Spc. Ryan Hollendoner, Army Randy Hrdlicka, Navy-ABE Aviation E3 LCpl. Jonathan Idrovo, Marines Lt. Erin Janofski, Navy

Becky Johnston, Air Force Monday, April 18 LCpl. Bryan Johnston, Marines 7:30 - Mass for Parishioners L.Cpl. Ashton Kahne, Marines L.Cpl. Thomas Kavanaugh, Marines Tuesday, April 19 Spc. Martin McCarthy, Army Lt. Cmdr. Sean Miner, Navy 7:30 - Mass for Parishioners 8:45 - Ed Ciz † Spc. Joshua S. Mitchell, Army John Rattigan † Spc. William Nelson, Army Alexandra Novak Wednesday, April 20 Lt. Charles W. Novak, Marines HM3 Elizabeth O’Neill, Navy Corpsman 7:30 - Mildred Marple † Lt. Thomas I. Ohl, Marines 8:45 - Christopher Conway † Marion Crambaugh † AA Tabitha Tikalsky, Navy Amn. Michael Sarniak, Jr., Coast Guard Thursday, April 21 Bo Shipman, Marines, LCPI SSgt. Alison Smallwood, Air Force 7:30 - Rudy & Gloria Poseka † SSgt. Chaise Smallwood, Air Force Linda Weston † Lt. David F. Steinberger III, Navy Patrick Brennan † PFC Ryan Swiecicki, Marines Friday, April 22 Col. Donald Tomich, Marines Spc. Alexander Waters, Army 7:30 - Eric & Arel Ondoy (Intentions Of)

If there are parishioners currently serving in the United States military, we would like to know. Please call the Rectory and tell us the name of your dear one and he/she will be remembered in the prayers of our community and the name posted in the bulletin. Please indicate branch of service and rank. Come join us on our first pilgrimage of the year on Wednesday, May 4 to the Shrine of St. Theresa in Darian. The bus will leave St. George parking lot at 8:15 am and will return at approximately 4:00 pm. The cost is $20.00. Please register by calling the rectory office at (708) 532-2243, Theresa Hughes at (708) 429-9089 or Judy Graves at (708) 822-4470 by April 27. We are also in need of volunteer drivers for the June outing to Munster, Indiana: riders will give a free will donation to the drivers for gas. If there aren’t enough volunteers, we will need to rent a bus. Please call one of the above phone numbers if you are willing to pay $20 for a bus for Wednesday, June 8. We need your input to decide on travel arrangements as well as new outings.

FREE AMPLIFIED PHONES The Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC) offers free amplified telephones for qualified Illinois residents with a certified hearing loss. There are five phones to choose from and every four years you are eligible for an additional free amplified phone. For information please call (800) 841-6167 or visit

Saturday, April 23 8:00 - Mass for Parishioners 4:00 - Mass for Parishioners Shawn Kewitz † Chuck Quinn † Sunday, April 24 7:30 - Dorothy Benda † Dorothy Holdsworth † Henry Jakala † 9:30 - Martin and Mary Laarakkers † Kitty Harpur † Ray Szara † 11:30 - Deceased Members of the Knights of Columbus † Rev. Robert Wisnewski † 6:00 - Mass for Parishioners †Deceased

Thank you for your interest and participation. April 17, 2016 • Fourth Sunday of Easter


ST. GEORGE PARISH INFORMATION ▪Anointing of the Sick/Reconciliation can be arranged by contacting the Rectory to have a priest celebrate the sacraments with the person who is seriously ill or homebound. ▪Baptisms will take place on the first and third Sunday of every month at 1 pm. The family must be registered. A baptismal preparation program is obligatory in ADVANCE; call the Rectory to register. ▪Christian Initiation of Adults is a program for anyone inquiring and seeking information about entering the Catholic faith. Contact the Rectory. ▪Holy Hour with Benediction takes place on the First Friday of the month at 7 pm in the church. ▪Hospital Visits can be made by our priests or deacons, if notified by family members or friends. Although sacramental needs of patients are administered by the hospital chaplain or by a local priest, in an emergency, St. George clergy will respond to sacramental needs. ▪Ministry of Care Mandated Agape Ministers of Care are available to visit, pray with, and bring Holy Communion to those who are sick and unable to attend Mass. Notify the Rectory when this service is needed. ▪Perpetual Adoration takes place in the Holy Family Chapel located southwest of the church.

PARISH STAFF Pastor ……………………………………..Rev. Kenneth Fleck Associate.............................................Rev. Tomy Abraham Associate.....................................Rev. Roberto Mercado, Jr. Deacons………………….Gregory Bartos, Peter Manning, Joe Panek, John Ficker (Retired) Business Manager………………………..Darlene Georges Music Director …………………………….Robert Mockus


RECTORY 6707 West 175th St., Tinley Park, IL 60477 Monday-Friday: 8 am-noon, 1-8 pm Office closed 12-1 pm Monday-Friday Saturday: 9 am-6 pm (708) 532-2243 Fax: (708) 532-2055 Parish Website:

▪Registration We welcome new members with open arms. We set the table to welcome you after the 9:30 am Mass on the third Sunday of the month in the Cahill Center or by appointment with one of the priests in the rectory. ▪Stewardship involves your time, talent and treasure. Contact the Rectory for assistance in getting started in any of the Parish’s ministries and organizations. Please remember St. George Parish when planning your estate or preparing your will. ▪Wedding arrangements must be made four months in advance of the wedding date. You must be a registered parishioner for six months prior to making arrangements. Please schedule your church date before reserving your hall. ▪Bulletin information provides updates on parish and Archdiocesan events. Please submit articles or recommendations to [email protected] by Monday noon before publication date. Because of space limitations, articles will be limited to St. George activities and information, as well as Archdiocesan events and news. All articles are subject to editing and will be published at the discretion of the Pastor. No guarantees can be made as to size or placement of the articles.


CHARLOTTE PRATL - PRINCIPAL 6700 West 176th St. (708) 532-2626 Fax: (708) 532-2025 School Website:


MARGARET MARY O’CONNOR - YOUTH MINISTER 6700 West 176th St., (In the Fr. Don Cahill Center) (708) 532-8234


ANGELA KVASNICA - COORDINATOR OF RELIGIOUS ED. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Wednesday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm / 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Closed 6670 West 176th St., (In the Fr. Don Cahill Center) (708) 532-8211 Fax: (708) 532-3372 E-mail: [email protected]

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