News, Bulletin and Upcoming Events
For some people the idea of a ‘merry’ Christmas is beyond imagining. The death of a loved one, brokenness in family relationships, coping with the loss of a job, living with a limiting disease – all these human situations make holiday gatherings painful and not an easy occasion for celebration.
Sunday, December 16th, marks the Winter Solstice - the longest time of darkness during the year. In some ways, the struggle with darkness and grief faced by those living with loss is also a struggle to find a reason to have hope that God can truly be ‘Emmanuel’ and with us still. It is because of this very human truth and reality that our Church will be open and available for prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament that Sunday, December 16th from 1 to 2:00 pm together with a simple prayer service of comfort and consolation.
If this will be an especially ‘blue’ Christmas for you, consider stopping by and creating a time of peace for yourself in the silence, recalled memories, and shared prayer of this community.
Holiday Food Drive
Thank you for your generous donations to our Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Now you'll notice that the food bin is still out...and will remain out until December 23. We ask that you continue to help the needy in our community. Your generous food gifts are very much appreciated, especially at Christmas time.
The items collected will be given to Respond Now. Please remember to check expiration dates! Suggested donations: Canned meats, tuna, rice, cereal,canned fruits and vegetable, toilette paper, pasta, noodles and sauces.
Thank you for your generosity!
We invite you to continue the tradition of the St. Agnes Family Ornament. Each year families and individuals are invited to make an ornament for our family trees in church. In ten, twenty, or thirty years from now, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren can look at the ornaments made by their family members at St. Agnes. The ornament may be as simple or fancy as you wish—please include your family name and the year on your ornament. Please place in basket in the church entrance no later than December 23rd...time to trim the trees!
4:30pm and 10:00pm
Christmas Day: December 25th
7:30am and 11:00am
There will be no midnight mass on Christmas eve. Join us at 9:30pm for caroling before the 10:00pm mass!
Eat a Doughnut to Help the Parish!
Remember to save your Dunkin' Receipts from the two stores in Homewood and the Dunkin' on Route 30 (Mobile gas station) in Chicago Heights. 3% will come back to our school! Just drop your reciepts in the collection basket or turn them in at the school office.
If you have news of an upcoming activity or of general interest to the parish, let us know! We can share your news in the bullletin, on our website, Facebook and the digital sign at the entrance to the church. Please reach out to us at email@example.com.