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Mark your calendars for a Pop Up Food Drive hosted by our Confirmation Class of 2021! Support them by dropping off goods this Saturday from 9am – 1pm in our back parking lot.

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Help Catholic schoolteachers and staff get COVID-19 vaccines!

The Archdiocese of Chicago is working with Loyola Healthcare and Agudath Israel Administration to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Catholic and partnering faith-based schoolteachers and staff in the Chicago area. To help get this done as efficiently as possible, volunteers are needed to assist at four vaccine clinics in Chicago and the near-west suburbs. Both clinical and non-clinical volunteers are needed, so if you’re at least 18 years of age and you can share time with basic computer entry, you’re qualified! Interested in helping? Complete the appropriate volunteer interest form for either provider:

Loyola Administration Volunteer Form. Locations include:

  • Loyola Medical Center: 2160 S. First Ave, Maywood
  • Gottlieb Memorial Hospital: 701 W. North Ave., Melrose Park
  • MacNeal Hospital: 3249 S. Oak Park Ave., Berwyn

Agudath Israel Administration Volunteer Form. Location:

  • Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary: 3200 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago

Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity to serve our community. God bless you and yours during this Lenten season!

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.

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Lenten Schedule
Events marked with * require registration. Please register using this link or call the Rectory at 773-777-2666

Tues., March 2: Virtual Novena and Benediction

Fri., March 5:
Virtual Stations of the Cross

Wed. March 17:
9am Eucharistic Adoration
ending with 1pm Benediction

Fri., March 12:
Virtual Stations of the Cross

Fri., March 19:
Virtual Stations of the Cross

Tues., March 23:
Parish Reconciliation Service TBD

Fri., March 26:
Virtual Stations of the Cross

Sun., March 28: Palm Sunday
Masses at 9am and 11:30am*

Thurs., April 1: Holy Thursday
Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm*

Fri., April 2: Good Friday
Virtual Stations of the Cross
The Passion of the Lord at 7pm*

Sat., April 3: Holy Saturday
Blessing of Easter Food at 1pm*
Mass of The Easter Vigil at 7pm*

Sun., April 4: Easter Sunday
Masses at 9am and 11:30am*

Events marked with * require registration. Please register using this link or call the Rectory at 773-777-2666

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Annual Catholic Appeal

“Come, Follow Me … and Bring Hope to the World”

Dear Parishioners,

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3.  Pledge/Donate on-line by going to the Archdiocese Chicago website and follow the instructions on the screen.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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Our very own parishioner Chrissy Zaker preached about last Sunday’s gospel. So personal and relatable–worth a watch.

RCIA

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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 bfrere@srb-chicago.org or at the rectory.

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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!

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An announcement has been made about our Renew My Church Grouping. Read the latest here.

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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!

Welcome to our church

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!


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We are in the beginning stages of Renew My Church. Read up on the latest.


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Dear Parishioners,

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.

Sincerely,
Fr. Neil


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.


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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.

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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.

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Tour the Stations of the Cross from the Holy Land from the safety and comfort of your own home. Click here to view.

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If you or someone you know are running low on groceries and are not able to shop yourself, please contact Deacon Bill at bfrere@srb-chicago.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.

Everyone was Irish at our annual St. Patrick’s Day party! We celebrated with Irish music, dance, and plenty of corned beef and stout.

Area parishes (St. Constance, St. Pascal’s, OLV, and St. Robert’s) gathered together for a Blanket Challenge, making over 40 blankets for people in need.

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SRB now has a Queen of Hearts Raffle! Learn more.

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We host a faith group of young adults who meet once per week to discuss matters of faith in their lives. We will break open the readings from the Sunday liturgy and talk about how these faith topics impact us, share our struggles and triumphs and grow as disciples in Christ. Young Adults include all people age 18- 40. No commitment to the group is required to join.

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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.

Resurrection Choir
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. 

Choir
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
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.
Phone: 773-286-0956
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Online Shop through Amazon to support St. Roberts!

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com for all your purchases.
  2. Select Charity of “St Robert Bellarmine School” or “St Robert Bellarmine Church”
  3. Shop just as you would on Amazon and earn money back for our school and parish! Happy shopping!

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