Scenes from Fr. Neil’s Final Mass and Farewell Reception.
God bless and congratulations to these children celebrating their First Communion with us!
Common Threads is back! We meet every first Thursday of the month in the convent dining room from 7-9pm. Come join us and make prayer blankets for parishioners and community members who need healing.
Soul Food is back for select Thursdays this summer! Join us 6/3, 6/17, 7/1, 7/22, 8/5, and 8/22 at 9am in the convent and reflect on the following week’s Sunday scriptures with Deacon Bill.
HOW & WHERE WILL YOU USE YOUR GIFTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD? Teens and parents of teens! Our youth ministry has been dormant and is in need of your gifts and talents! Not sure what gifts you have to share? Let’s dream together and find out! Contact us here.
Congrats to Natalie, Melanie, Eunice, and Arianna who were initiated and continued their conversion journey on Easter Vigil. Welcome to our faith community!
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Confirmation Class Food Drive this past Saturday. We received 27 boxes and 16 brown bags of food and paper products and dropped it off with the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels. Well done, class of 2021!
Thank you SRB! You met the Common Threads Blanket Challenge! Thanks to your hard work and generosity, 85 blankets were delivered to the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels.
RCIA Candidates continue their Call to Conversion! Here they are celebrating the Rite of Acceptance by signing the Book of the Elect at a recent Mass, moving closer to receiving the Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
Many thanks to Fr. Neil Fackler, Fr. Andrew Izyk from St. Constance, MaryEllen Casselman, Cattie Tenzillo, Mary Brand, and Myrna Lopez for all their work in preparing and celebrating First Reconciliation with our young people and their families.
Annual Catholic Appeal
“Come, Follow Me … and Bring Hope to the World”
This year our parish, along with all the other parishes, will again conduct the Annual Catholic Appeal to support the work of the Archdiocese. Our goal for 2021 is $34,552.
The 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal is underway. The theme, Come Follow Me, is an invitation to continue the work of Jesus, taking care of one another by using God’s gifts to help build his kingdom on earth. Those who have contributed in the past should have received a letter from Archbishop Blase Cupich. As you review the mailing and parish materials from Archbishop Cupich, please note the ministries and services funded by the Annual Catholic Appeal. Some of those funds directly support the work of our parish.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us. Many families are struggling and are not able to make financial donations. While the parish financial support is also down significantly, and I believe or first responsibility is to our parish, nevertheless, I ask you all to please give whatever you can.
How to Pledge:
- For those who have supported the Appeal in the past and have received a mailing from the Cardinal, simply fill out the pledge card included with your materials and mail it to the Annual Catholic Appeal Office.
- Pick up a pledge envelope at the rectory or as you leave the church, complete the pledge card and mail it to the Appeal Office.
- Pledge/Donate on-line by going to the Archdiocese Chicago website and follow the instructions on the screen.
- Text-to-Give Instructions: On your mobile device, open your the text message application. Enter the phone number 345345 in the “To:” section. Type the keyword ACA2021 (not case sensitive) in the message of your text application. Hit the send button. A text reply to your phone will give you a hyperlink to a secure online giving form. Complete your pledge/gift by filling out the form and submitting.
- To Make a One-Time Gift simply write a check to “Annual Catholic Appeal”, note St. Robert Bellarmine as your parish on the memo line and mail to the Annual Appeal Office or to the rectory. The address of the Annual Appeal Office for pledge/donation mailings is:
Letter Concepts, Inc.
33 Massirio Drive
Kensington, CT 06037
AOC Processing Manager Carolyn Drew
Our very own parishioner Chrissy Zaker preached about last Sunday’s gospel. So personal and relatable–worth a watch.
We welcome new RCIA candidates into our church as part of the Rite of Initiation.
5th Annual Blanket Challenge 2021
The Common Threads Blanket Ministry once again challenges you and your family to work together in the spirit of Lenten almsgiving. All are welcome to participate! This year there are three ways to participate from the comfort and safety of your home.
- Make no-sew fleece Prayer Blankets for the homeless. An instruction packet with templates and information on purchasing the fleece will be provided. There will be a limited number containing fleece for those unable to purchase the material on their own. You can also find instructions online here.
- Make smaller no-sew fleece Baptismal Blankets. These blankets are given to every child baptised at St. Roberts. We’ll provide a kit containing the fleece and instructions. You can also find instructions online here.
- Donate gently used blankets. Please, clean blankets only
Materials can be picked up on Saturday, February 13th between 9 – 11am. Drive through the SRB school – convent driveway entering from Eastwood and a volunteer will assist you. No need to get out of your car!
Completed fleece and used blankets can be dropped off the same way on Saturday, March 6th between 9-11am. Blankets can also be left at the SRB rectory (call to verify hours). Prayer Blankets for the homeless and the donated blankets will be delivered to the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels. If you have any questions, contact Deacon Bill at email@example.com or at the rectory.
Did you know we have a livestream running nearly every weekend during our 5pm Saturday evening Mass? Subscribe to our Mass YouTube channel and set notifications so you don’t miss us!
An announcement has been made about our Renew My Church Grouping. Read the latest here.
The SRB Community Spirit Garden donated 838 pounds of food to St. Cornelius Food Pantry this year! A huge thank you to the dedicated group of volunteers who tend the garden every Saturday morning May-November. Here Jan Parker Scalzitti and Mario Villan spread hay to protect the beds for the winter.
We were honored to have Cardinal Cupich join us for the Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine and help us ring in our 90th anniversary!
Congrats to Angelito Javier, Bernice Javier, and Brian Johnson who completed their full initiation into the church. Welcome to our parish community!
Congrats to our young people who celebrated their First Communion!
This pandemic has affected all of us. The cancellation of Masses has led to significant losses in our offertory income, which is placing all our ministries and operations at significant risk. Many people in our parish and community depend upon your regular, weekly offertory contributions and, during this current challenge, we need your contributions more than ever.
Please consider giving online, where you can make regular weekly offertory contributions to Saint Robert Bellarmine and keep our vital ministries and services going. Alternately, you can also text-to-give by texting the word “Sunday” from a smartphone to 847-243-6058. This provides a link directly to the Sunday offerings pages in Give Central.
I am asking you to also maintaining your regular weekly donations level or even increasing it, if possible, during these difficult times. Thank you for your support of our parish.
We had a great time at our first all-parish ice cream social! Thanks to our volunteers for making it happen for everyone who came out for a sweet treat.
Bulletins and Seasonal Missalettes Now Available
Although the church and rectory are still closed, you can now pick up hard copies of some of our resources: Bulletins, Missalettes, Chicago Catholic Newspapers and the Little White Book of Easter Reflections have been placed in the Red “Lending Library” Box, outside of church. We will replenish and update them as needed. If you have a neighbor who is homebound or not receiving any of our communications, please take them a copy! We also have bulletins online.
During this challenging time, our D.O.V.E. Ministry is here to help. Connect for resources or see how you can help this great organization.
Tour the Stations of the Cross from the Holy Land from the safety and comfort of your own home. Click here to view.
If you or someone you know are running low on groceries and are not able to shop yourself, please contact Deacon Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-458-8296.
Faith formation students write cards to residents of a local retirement home to remind them that we’re all in this together.
Music Ministry Opportunities
Love to sing or do you know of someone who does? Invite your friends or family to join in on our music ministries! We have multiple choirs with varying levels of commitment–there’s room for everyone.
The Resurrection Choir sings for funerals on weekdays and Saturday mornings. It is an informal style – come when you are able to sing, dressed however comfortable you choose as the choir wears robes.
The Choir rehearses Thursday nights from 7-9PM in the hall. The choir sings at the 10 AM mass from September-May and sings at Holy Days – Christmas Eve, Easter, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, etc. This group sings in harmony. We could use a couple tenors and basses to support the men’s harmony parts. Perhaps you know someone you could suggest join the choir?
For those who can’t make it every single week, that is OK. Come to the rehearsals and sing when you are able. It’s not an “absolute” commitment of every single Thursday and Sunday. Our choir is a fun group and enjoy each other’s company. Members often bring refreshments to the Thursday practices to share with each other.
5:30 PM Mass Choir
Rehearse Sunday at 5PM and sing for the 5:30 PM Mass. There are no evening rehearsals during the week for this choir.
Cantors lead the singing at mass. Qualities of a cantor include being a person of faith, reliable for practices and mass times and a willingness to stand up and sing in front of the congregation.
To get involved, please contact our Music Ministry Director, Dennis Costanzo.
Online Shop through Amazon to support St. Roberts!
- Go to smile.amazon.com for all your purchases.
- Select Charity of “St Robert Bellarmine School” or “St Robert Bellarmine Church”
- Shop just as you would on Amazon and earn money back for our school and parish! Happy shopping!