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CORCORAN’S CORNER Bishop Ron Hicks Installation in Joliet… This is the week! We will livestream the Installation of Bishop Ron Hicks as the Bishop of Joliet, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 10:00 AM, in our church. Please sign-up via our parish website and scroll down the homepage to click on the image of Bishop Hicks to register. Space is limited to 100 attendees. It should be a great “streaming party”! Bish-op Hicks served as an Associate Pastor in our parish and his parents, Ron and Roselee Hicks currently belong to our par-ish. It is always wonderful for him “to come home.” We wish him well in his new responsibilities as the Bishop of Joliet. Pet Blessing… We will hold our Annual Pet Blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals, on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1:00 PM, in the parking lot of the Gubbins Center for Faith Formation (NE corner of 94th Avenue and 167th Street). Religious Education Program… In the era of St. Last Minute, we now have 191 students attending our Religious Education Program. That is up from 160 students about two weeks ago. It is a heck of a way to run a program, but we continue to try to accommodate situations. But it is hard to order books and supplies, and to recruit the proper amount of catechists, when numbers jump over 10% in the last two weeks as we begin the program. Future Plans… From now until Thanksgiving I am including a new “parish census sheet” in this bulletin (page 18), on our website, and in a letter to be mailed to every parish home. In late March we called every parish household for whom we had a phone num-ber [4,500 families]. Some families had not brightened our church doors in years. We also discovered that about 1/3 of our listed phone numbers had changed with many dropping their “land lines” they used at the time of their registration. We want to update our parish census, so if we ever need to con-tact families again—we will have a more accurate list. You can return the completed census sheet by US mail, place it in the collection box, or return it to the parish office. Through this census we want to establish a current serve-list of email ad-dresses. Again, I really think that some time in the future we may have to be closed down again. Forewarned is forearmed. I never believed I would have promoted this, but I am encouraging everyone to sign-up for electronic giving through GiveCentral. Information on this will be mailed out with the new census material. (Information also on page 4 in this bulletin.) Personally, I like what we do here at Thanksgiving: we bring our gift to the altar. I really like that gesture. Now we do not even “pass the basket.” I am asking all to consider electronic giving. That way it is an easy and regular way for you to be financially supporting the parish. I do not like this, but it has to be done. RCIA Candidates and Communion Services… We will begin the 2020-21 RCIA [Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults] on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:00 PM, in the Great Room. Thanks to your good work in passing on the word. Happily, we have a candidate. Later in this bulletin on page 7, I have listed the dates, topics, and instructors. We will provide a wide array of voices from our parish staff and congregation to help pass on the faith. Blessing of School Teachers… This weekend we will offer a special blessing, and remember in our prayers all school teachers. We have many school teachers in our congregation. They teach at all levels

of education, from pre-school through university. With the ad-vent of Covid-19 in March, and the shut down of our school, I know we all have become more aware of the importance of educators, and the difficulties of their vocation to teach. We are very blessed in our geographic area to have wonderful schools, and they are great schools, directly because they have strong and dedicated faculties. On top of their already awesome and difficult task, new challenges of teaching virtual-ly, and remotely have been added. Similarly, parents have been thrown a new task as teachers in the home as they guide their children through virtual lessons. None of this was expected, and all of it is challenging. We wish all teachers well in the coming academic year, and this weekend, we give them God’s blessing. Blessing of Young Children… Next weekend, Oct. 3/4, at all Masses, we will bless chil-dren under the age of six. We do this to celebrate the October 2nd, Feast of the Guardian Angels. Since COVID-19, very few little ones are at Mass with their families. On this weekend we remember them, the preciousness of their lives, and the im-portance of their families. We also do this because October is Pro-Life Month, and like the Blessing of Pets, our parish is mindful and caring of life at all stages, and of all kinds. 2020 Census… I have heard that our wider geographic area has been very good at filling out the 2020 U.S. Census Forms. This is very happy news. The Census is how the government allocates our hard earned tax money that we send to Washington to back our own area. The ongoing life of our area is bettered the more accurate our census count is. If you have not done so, these are the waning days of the census count. Please note that for all those who procrastinate, this is your moment! VOTE… It is our civic duty, a privilege, and an honor to be able to vote in elections. Do not let this voting season go by without voting. Voting by ballot, early in-person, or on Election Day, November 3, are all creeping up on us. Be sure to vote. A Happy Problem… At last Sunday’s 9:30 AM Mass, we “sold out”—we had 200 people register for Mass! We cannot allow over 200 peo-ple in church. At this point you definitely need to sign up for Mass prior to arriving. Otherwise, “There is no room in the inn!” Last weekend we still offered available space at all other Masses. More No-Goodnicks... Once again some no goodnick has set up false e-mail accounts in the name of priests, and then emails unsuspecting staff and parishioners asking for gift cards. Again, we do not reach out to others via email for contributions. Thankfully, we have a pretty savvy and suspicious staff who quickly picked up on the false requests. A word of forewarning. [I always encourage our staff to reply to such no-goodnicks telling them that to get money they should “Go to Helen Hunt.” I know it is rude, but they are no-goodnicks! [To get money go to “hell and hunt.” Apologies to all Helen Hunts out there.]

Keep Smiling,

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For the past 50 years our KC Fr. CC Boyle Council #4698 has been collecting funds through the sale of candy and distributing the money to those in need. At St Elizabeth Seton Church, our Tootsie Roll Bank sales help fund the Special Religious Education Program. With the existing pandemic, our traditional fundraising is not available to us. We are asking for your support so we can continue with our mission. We can only give you a virtual Tootsie Roll but we pray that in the future things will return to normal. KC envelopes are available in the Narthex for your donation for the second collection this weekend, Sept. 26/27. Drop off your envelope in the collection box. Please visit our website to learn more at


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PLEASE NOTE: CHANGES FOR NEW MASS TIMES Sat., Sept. 26 (5pm) Edward M. Gorski; Tim Clark Sun., Sept. 27 (7:30am) Antonio M. Espina, Jr.; Felix and Maxine Tomasiewicz (9:30am) Florine Lamastus; Casimir Wilczynski (11:30am) Steven Cardamone; Ryan Boden Mon., Sept. 28 (9am) William and Nora Corcoran; Robert Whitlock Tues., Sept. 29 (9am) Carol Kelly; Diane Neary Wed., Sept. 30 (9am) Margaret Mulkeen; James E. Deignan Thurs., Oct. 1 (9am) Nellie and Andy Kelly; Jim Duffy Fri., Oct. 2 (9am) Jim Duffy; Thomas Hayes Sat., Oct. 3 (5pm) Grace E. Beissel; Betty McSwain Sun., Oct. 4 (7:30am) For All Parishioners; Bernadine and Andrew Harmata (9:30am) Esther O’Connor; Edward Senece (11:30am) Jose Blanco; Dominic Roti

Duetoprivacyissuesweonlyhonorprayerrequests(byyouorafamilymemberonly)fortwoweeks.Pleasecalltheparishof icetoaddname/havenamecontinuedfortwoweeks.

We remember the sick, infirm, and those recommended to our prayers, that they may experience the healing power of Christ: Cecilia Matul Kevin Fonte Florence Ladik Kathy Kocher Sharon Arnett Lila Heskin Joseph Mannion Therese Rabiega Patricia Quade Richard Tropp

And for our deceased: Tom Hynes

“Heavenly Father, accept the prayers which we offer for them.”



September 27, 2020

Carlos and Leticia Lamas (Children: Camilah and Aaron Lamas)


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Congratulations to these parents on the baptism of their child on 9-20-20: Camila Christine, daughter of Marco and Carolyn Castro


Please pray for Rebecca Weinberger and Sean Connelly as they prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony on Oct. 10, 2020. Please pray for Sara Krusenowski and Andrew Hockingsworth as they prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony on Oct. 10, 2020. Please pray for Maria Muñoz and Brian Whittle as they prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony on Oct. 17, 2020.


COLLECTION FOR 9-20-2020: $21,201.00

Thank you for your generosity.

It is with heartfelt joy that we will gather together as a parish family to witness Bishop Ronald Hicks installed as the Sixth Bishop of Joliet by the Apostolic Nuncio of the United States, Most Rev. Archbishop Christopher Pierre, at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, Joliet. Due to extreme gathering limitations from COVID-19, participation at St. Raymond Nonnatus Church, Joliet, is by invitation only.


(Scroll down website homepage to “Bishop Ronald Hicks Livestream Mass” section, click the image, and you will be directed to registration sign up. Limited seating in St. Elizabeth Seton Church. All COVID-19 re-quirements: masks, six-foot social distancing, temperatures taken, sitting at green-ribbon pews only. If you need assistance registering online call the parish office at 708-403-0101. On the eve of the Installation, Bishop Hicks will join with priests for a Vespers Service of Welcome at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7pm. You can view both events virtually from your own location at: or

You are invited to gather with St. Elizabeth Seton parishioners for the “Livestream” Installation Mass of Bishop Ronald Hicks as the Sixth Bishop of Joliet on Tuesday, Sept. 29, live- streaming at 10am in St. Elizabeth Seton Church (Registration is required)


M any things divide us: lan-guage, race, ethnicity, gen-der, religion, politics, ideol-

ogy, culture, personal history, tem-perament, private wounds, moral judgments. It is hard, in the face of all this, to see people as brothers and sisters, who are different from us, as equally important citizens of this world, and as loved and valued by God in the same way we are. And so we often live in a certain distrust of each other. Sadly too we often demonize each other, seeing danger where there is only differ-ence. We then either actively op-pose someone or simply steer clear of him or her and caution our loved ones to stay clear as well. Consequently we live in a world in which various groups stay away from each other: liberals and con-servatives, Protestants and Catho-lics, Jews and Arabs, Arabs and Christians, Muslims and Buddhists, black and white races, pro-life and pro-choice groups, feminists and traditionalists, among others. What we fail to realize is that these differences are really our out-er garments, things that in the end are accidental and incidental to our real selves. What is the meaning of this? We wear more than physical clothing to cover our naked selves; we cover our nakedness too with a specific ethnicity, language, religious identity, culture, political affiliation, ideology, set of moral judgments, and a whole gamut of private wounds and indignation. These are in essence our outer garments.

W e also possess a deeper inner garment. Our real substance, identity, and capacity to act with larger hearts, lies underneath. What lies

beneath our outer garments? In the Gospel of John, at the Last Supper (John 13:2-5) when he is describing Jesus washing the feet of his disciples (in a carefully worded passage), John uses these words: Jesus knowing that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, got up from the table, took off his outer garments and, taking a towel, wrapped it around his waist; he then poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing. When John is describing Jesus “taking off his outer garment” he means more than just the stripping off of some physical clothing, some outer sash that might have gotten in the way of his stooping down and wash-ing someone’s feet. In order to let go of the pride that blocks all human beings from stooping down to wash

the feet of someone different than oneself, Jesus had to strip off a lot of outer things (pride, moral judg-ments, superiority, ideology, and personal dignity) so as to wear only his inner garment. What was his inner garment? As John describes it, his inner garment was precisely his knowledge that he had come from God, was going back to God, and that therefore all things were possible for him, includ-ing his washing the feet of someone whom he already knew would be-tray him.

T hat is also our true inner gar-ment, the reality that lies deep-er beneath our race, gender,

religion, language, politics, ideology, and personal history (with all its wounds/false pride). What is most real is the fact that deep down, be-neath these other outer things we nurse the dark memory, the imprint, the brand of love and truth, the in-choate knowledge that, like Jesus, we too have come from God, are returning to God, and are capable of doing anything, including loving and washing the feet of someone very

different from ourselves. Our inner garment is the image and likeness of God inside of us. It is only if we realize this that our world can really change because it is only then that we can begin to stop demonizing each other, liberals and conservatives, pro-life and pro-choice, Catholics and Protestants, Jews and Arabs, Arabs and Christians, black people and white people, men and women, and people wounded in differ-ent ways, can begin to reach across to each other, begin to feel sympathy for each other, and begin, to-gether, to build for a common good beyond our wounds and differences. Sometimes in our better moments we already do that. Unfortunately, generally to have one of our better moments it usually takes a great sadness, a tragedy, or a death. Mostly it is only in the face of mutual helpless-ness and sorrow, at a funeral for instance, that we are capable of forgetting our differences, putting away our outer garments, and seeing each other as brothers and sisters. It seems it has never been much different. In the bib-lical story of Job, we see that it is only when Job is com-pletely down and out, when he is shorn of every outer thing that he can cling to, that he finally sheds his outer garment and utters the timeless line: “Naked I came from mother’s womb, and naked I go back!”

We need to be careful what kind of clothing we put on so that the pain of Job

is not required to remove it.

OUR INNER GARMENT By Rev. Ronald Rolheiser

September 27, 2020 Page Six

Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus, who,

though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God

something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave.

— PHIL 2:5-7AB


2020-21 Year: Thursdays, 7pm, Great Room (enter through Cardinal Bernardin School doors)


Oct 1 Welcome-(Fr. Corcoran)

Oct 8 Jesus, God, and the Trinity (Fr. Corcoran) Oct 15 Scripture/Bible (Fr. Gubbins) Oct 22 Baptism and Confirmation (Fr. Zurek)

Oct 29 Eucharist (Fr. Zurek)

Nov 5 Reconciliation/Penance/Anointing (Fr. Corcoran) Nov 12 Conscience/Morality (Fr. Corcoran) Nov 19 Marriage/Holy Orders (Bob Velcich and John Sobol) Nov 26 Thanksgiving! Dec 3 Advent (Carlos Bautista and Linda McKeague) Dec 10 Commandments (Fr. Corcoran)

2021 Jan 7 Church Year (Diana Barracca and Mary Vlaming) Jan 14 Mary and the Saints (Carlos Bautista) Jan 21 Peace and Justice (Darlene Raila) Jan 28 Church History (Randy Coe) Feb 4 Lent (Carlos Bautista) Feb 11 Our Church Building (Sue Rosinski) Feb 18 The Mass (Fr. Zurek) Feb 25 Our Creed (Fr. Zurek) Mar 4 Catholic Prayer and Practices (Carlos Bautista and Linda McKeague) Mar 7 First Scrutiny in Church

Mar 11 Holy Week (Fr. Zurek) Mar 14 Second Scrutiny in Church. Mar 18 Stations of the Cross (Diana Barracca and Mary Vlaming) Mar 21 Third Scrutiny in Church Mar 25 Last Class/Wrap-up (Fr. Corcoran)


PREVENT THE FLU: GET VACCINATED EVERY YEAR Letter from Cardinal Cupich September 2020 Dear Archdiocese Community, We have faced unprecedented challenges this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Loved ones have sickened and, in some cases died. We have had to adjust to drastic changes in the way we live our lives. As Catholics committed to defending life, we are called to take responsibility for the welfare and safety of our community. This year, that means wearing a mask, washing our hands and taking other precautions to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. Archdiocese of Chicago personnel have worked hard these past few months to plan and execute preventive measures so we could open our churches and schools safely. All our hard work might have less impact though, if we don’t take one more step and get our influenza immunizations as soon as possible. While it’s known as the common flu, there’s really nothing common about influenza in 2020. Without a doubt, this will be the most important flu shot you will ever receive. In the coming weeks, we will witness a convergence of both viruses; influenza and COVID-19. Common flu symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and extreme fatigue are similar to COVID-19 symptoms. Health care providers can become overwhelmed by patients mistaking one infection for the other. Influenza can be, in itself a serious illness. More than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized each year with the flu. While most people recover completely in one to two weeks, some develop very serious and potentially life-threatening complications such as pneumonia. Over the past decade, influenza and pneumonia have been linked to an annual average of 3,500 deaths in Illinois, alone. Nobody likes getting shots. I certainly don’t, but I got mine this month. Getting a flu shot is easy and inexpensive and it is recommended for just about everyone, even children over the age of six months. It’s available free through most insurance plans and public health clinics. You can find a vaccine provider near you by visiting Let’s roll up our sleeves and take this simple step. You may save a life. You will certainly help make this unprecedented year less deadly for our community. My prayers are with all of you and particularly with those who have suffered illness and loss. And I ask that you pray for me. . Yours in Christ, Blase Cardinal Cupich

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get your flu shot here

SEPT. 27

Due to COVID-19 precautions, appointments are strongly recommended, however walk-ins are accepted.

Masks and six-foot social distancing are required.

Walgreens pharmacists will be on hand to administer flu shots*

Saint Elizabeth Seton Church Sunday, Sept. 27, 8am-1pm, McBrady Center

Free flu shots for most health plans Cash Price: $40.99 (no insurance)

Register online at (scroll to flu shot section) (10 registrants per 15 minute segment)

Vaccination Form must be filled out prior to visit. Forms available on a counter in the Narthex, or download from our website.

Questions? TEXT ONLY, 708-212-1812 Registration help call 708-403-0101.

Must bring ID Insurance Card Medicare Card

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Keeping up with Rev. William O’Mara, our founding pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Church. “Fr. O’” con nues to serve as Chaplain at Marian Catholic High School (Chicago Heights) since re ring

in 2003 as well as assist at weekend Masses at St. Agnes/St. Kieran Churches in “The Heights.” His recent ar cle from Marian Ma ers, helps shed light on our recent “interrupted” pandemic days.

Ar cle from Marian Ma ers, a magazine for Marian Catholic Alumni, friends, and Family/SUMMER 2020

Learn more at



TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME September 27, 2020 Page Thirteen

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin School Re-Opens with In-Person Instruc on

C ardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School (CJB) students returned to school on Thursday, Aug. 20, for the start of their 20th school year. Students had not been back on campus since March 13th, when schools were closed and transitioned to virtual learning due to the coronavirus.

Not only did CJB welcome back students, but they also welcomed Ms. Kelly Bourrell as the new Principal and Mrs. Jeannie Pagliaro as the new Assistant Principal. Administrators, faculty and staff have helped CJB students transition to the new “norm,” so they can attend school in-person. CJB students also had the option to enroll in virtual learning options led by CJB teachers, Mrs. Penny Drown and Mrs. Kathleen Bienick.

CJB students' health is monitored before students enter school each day through temperature checks and parent verification that they are symptom-free. Once they enter the building, they are immediately provided with hand sanitizer, are required to wear masks, and maintain social distance. “Our teachers and students are so grateful to be back to in-person instruction,” Ms. Bourrell said. “Students and teachers have done an exceptional job with adhering to the precautions set forth by the Office of Catholic Schools/Archdiocese of Chicago.” CJB introduced several new safety measures, including intense daily cleaning strategies, separate grade level entrances, socially-distanced classroom desks, and one-way hallways, to name a few. These safety measures allow students to be back in-person experiencing CJB’s

Christ-centered and twice-recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award winning education. “I couldn’t be prouder of the way the CJB school year has started. My son looks forward to going to school every day and being in class with his teachers and friends,” said CJB parent, Mrs. Jenny Czerwonka.

CJB is YOUR PARISH SCHOOL! A Catholic elementary school located in Orland Hills, CJB offers instruction in 3-year old Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. CJB is a twice-recognized National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2008 and 2018. For more information about Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School and the academic programs available, contact Mrs. Cindy Devlin at 403-6525 x. 127 or visit

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We will accept any and all bicycles of any size, style, or condition, bicycle parts and

accessories, walkers, and non-electric wheel chairs. All donated items will be

sanitized before loading into delivery truck. Questions?

Contact Doug Benker, 708-429-4518.

St. Elizabeth Seton Social Action Ministry

USED BIKE DRIVE Saturday, Oct. 17

9am-12 Noon Church Parking Lot

Contactless Curbside Dropoff due to COVID-19

precautions. Masks required. Donors must remove item(s)

from vehicle and place at outdoor donation site.

Visit Storefront Location: 2454 S. Western Ave, Chicago

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Monday Jb 1:6-22 Lk 9:46-50

Tuesday Dn 7:9-10,

13-14 Jn 1:47-51

Wednesday Jb 9:1-12, 14-16

Lk 9:57-62

Thursday Jb 19:21-27 Lk 10:1-12

Friday Jb 38:1, 12-21;

40:3-5 Mt 18:1-10

Saturday Jb 42:1-3, 5-6,

12-17 Lk 10:17-24

Sunday Is 5:1-7

Phil 4:6-9 Mt 21:33-43







Eveninourlargelynon-agrariansociety,theimag-esofplanting,tending,andreapingthebene itsofwhatwe’vegrownissomethingweunderstand.AllGodwantsistoreapfromus,thevineyardoftheLord. FIRST READING ThevineyardoftheLORDisthehouseofIsrael(Is5:1-7).The song of the vineyard is one of the irst of Isaiah’s prophecies. He uses an agricultural image to speak of Is-rael’s in idelity to the call of the Lord. When people made a covenant, they would call upon themselves a series of blessings and curses. The blessings are what one would receive if that person were faithful, but the curses are what would happen if that party were unfaithful. God had promised Israel great fertility. He promised Israel that he would be their God and they would be his people. Since they had broken the covenant, they would suffer the de-served punishment, losing the fertility of their land and protection. They would be like a vineyard whose fence was broken and which was neither hoed, pruned and received no rain. They would receive only desolation. SECOND READING God’speacewillguardyourheartsandminds(Phil4:6-9).This letter is taken from the end of the letter from Saint Paul to the Philippians. Paul exhorts the community to pray for what they need from God and also to be illed with a spirit of gratitude. Paul was always concerned that others be able to see the good example that Christians gave by their lifestyle. But in this letter he is asking them to live up to the dignity to which God had called them. Finally, he presents himself as an example of how they should live. This is typical of Paul who often tells them to imitate him and all the apostles in order to live like Christ.

GOSPEL ThekingdomofGodwillbegiventothosewhowillproduceitsfruit(Mt21:33-43).Jesus used the vineyard theme to speak of his coming death. He speaks of how the landowner lent out the vine-yard to tenants. They refused to uphold their part of the bargain, for when it was time to pay their rent, they irst abused the servants sent to receive it and then killed them. When the landowner sent his son to collect the rent, they decided to kill him too. This story is an obvious parallel to what the Jewish leaders did to Jesus. God had entrusted the Jewish people with the covenant. They had abused and killed the prophets whom God sent. Then, when in the fullness of time God sent his only Son, they killed him. They would be punished for rejecting God’s only-begotten Son, and others would be invited to take their place as the chosen people (e.g., the Gentiles). The story is based on what actually happened to Jesus. Jesus predicted his passion. Jesus knew that he would die for us long before it actually happened. Yet he embraced his suffering and death for our sake. REFLECTION Next week is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The prophet Isaiah describes how much God the Gardener cherishes the vineyard—such care, such choice vines the divine hand has planted! That image naturally turns our thoughts to our relationship with our garden. We can get too attached to our plants! We start them from seed, plac-ing them in the soil, tending and fertilizing as they grow. This attachment is only a semblance of the devotion that God has for the human vineyard. But our vineyard is ex-posed to many elements. Bunnies and deer can chomp off stems or eat them to ground level. Imagine the angst when a stone fence around your vineyard can crumble so wild beasts can trample and eat away at your toil. When you deeply care about something, you are more deeply hurt when it is not cared for. Jesus’ parable mirrors the Old Testament prophets’ solemn warnings to the leaders of Israel. The “Great-I-Am” is looking for fruit. But there is not fruit. God’s distress is with caregivers who do not give care. Leadership means to cherish and tend the vineyard, to do everything necessary to bring it to fruition. As we read the series of vineyard parables in Matthew, we might question whether God is very “nice.” We hear death and destruction, Jesus’ ending is not “nice.” Though Amer-ican culture places a high value on “niceness”, there is no “nice” in the Bible. God is merciful. God is kind, God also wants justice. God intends for this vineyard to be treated right. Woe to those who do not.

OCTOBER 4, 2020

Scripture Reflections for




AT ST. ELIZABETH SETON CHURCH Thursdays, 7:30pm, O’Mara Hall

If you have a problem with alcohol and feel a sincere desire to stop drinking, you are welcome to attend a meet-ing of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in the O’Mara Hall, Thursdays, 7:30-8:45pm. AA is a fellowship of men and women sharing their experience, strength, and hope so that they may solve their common problem and help oth-ers to recover. The only requirement is a sincere desire to stop drinking.

Pray the Rosary with the

St. Elizabeth Seton Rosary Prayer Group

The Rosary Prayer Group gathers in the church

after 9am Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays by our statue,

MARY, SEAT OF WISDOM, to offer intentions with the

intercession of Mary, and pray the decades of the rosary while

contemplating the scenes of our Lord’s life, death and resurrection.


Helpful Outreach for People seeking Employment (HOPE) Ministry The HOPE Ministry provides job search guidance for the unemployed and those in career transition. Each attendee will have the opportunity to identify their job search status, issues & questions. The Ministry will pro-vide feedback to attendees and job search tips. Meetings are free and open to the public. HOPE Employment is open to everyone. All of our services, to both job seekers and employers, are free.

Next Meeting: October 6, 2020 at 7:00 PM Note: Meetings will follow new safety guidelines and attendance now requires on-line pre-registration at: New Location: The meeting location has been changed and now will be held in the McBrady Center at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Orland Hills (Enter through the Cardinal Joseph Bernadin School doors by the circle drive and south parking lot). Employers: We would appreciate if you would share your job openings with the ministry. HOPE EMPLOYMENT MINISTRY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS The St. Elizabeth Seton HOPE Employment Ministry will resume monthly meetings, starting this Oct. 6, 2020. We are seeking volunteers to assist with the coordination of the meetings and/or attendees with their job search needs. Future meeting attendance will require on-line registration and the incorporation of numerous safety guidelines. Please consider volunteering in this important ministry. To volunteer or if you have questions, contact Arnie Skibinski at [email protected].

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c. 907-929 More than just a name in a Christmas carol, Wences-laus managed to rule with a clear vision of what a Chris-tian leader should be. Many opposed him during his reign, and his brother even-tually betrayed and killed him, but he continued to hold the faith and is hailed today as an outstanding king in Eastern Europe.

IF SAINTS HAVE BEEN FALSELY CHARACTERIZED as “other worldly,” the life of Wenceslaus stands as an example to the contrary: He stood for Christian values in the midst of the political intrigues which characterized 10th-century Bohemia. Wenceslaus was born in 907 near Prague, son of the Duke of Bohemia. His saintly grandmother, Ludmilla, raised him and sought to promote him as ruler of Bohemia in place of his mother, who favored the anti-Christian factions. Ludmilla was eventually murdered, but rival Christian forces enabled Wences-laus to assume leadership of the government. His rule was marked by efforts toward unification within Bohemia, support of the Church, and peace-making negotiations with Germany, a policy which caused him trouble with the anti-Christian opposition. His brother Boleslav joined in the plotting, and in September of 929 invited Wenceslaus to Alt Bunglou for the celebration of the feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian. On the way to Mass, Boleslav attacked his brother, and in the struggle, Wenceslaus was killed by supporters of Boleslav. Although his death resulted primarily from political upheaval, Wenceslaus was hailed as a martyr for the faith, and his tomb became a pilgrimage shrine. He is hailed as the patron of the Bohemian people and of the former Czechoslovakia.

COMMENT “Good King Wenceslaus” was able to incarnate his Christianity in a world filled with political unrest. While we are often victims of violence of a different sort, we can easily identify with his struggle to bring harmony to society. The call to become involved in social change and in political activity is addressed to Christians; the values of the gospel are sorely needed today.



The health and safety of our members is our highest priority. Therefore, after careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing Coronavirus developments… ALL MEETINGS, TRIPS, AND ACTIVITIES ARE-POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

A letter with additional information will be mailed to all current members.

All updates or changes will be posted in the parish bulletin.



New Parishioners We welcome new members. All are invited to participate in the life and mission of the parish. A complete listing of parish services and organizations is available in the parish office and on our parish website. Please visit the parish office to register or obtain the registration form on the parish website. NEW HOURS Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on Saturday, between 4:00-4:30pm. Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated twice monthly at 1pm. Reserve your time by calling the parish office early. Limit of two children per Sunday. Baptismal Preparation Couples preparing for the birth of their child should contact the Pastoral Center to register for a one night seminar, focusing on a parent’s role in faith development. This session is mandatory prior to the Baptism. Anointing of the Sick is available in the Church every Monday after the 9am Mass. For those who are ill or facing hospitalization, it is appropriate to receive the sacrament once every six months. Call 708-403-0101 for information. Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Adults, 18 and older, who wish to become Catholic are enrolled in a formation process (RCIA) that includes prayer, dialogue, instruction, and introduction to the Church’s life and values, rituals and traditions. For in-formation call the parish office 708-403-0101. Ministry of Care is available to give Communion to the housebound, to visit and pray for hospitalized and/or to arrange for the Anointing of the Sick. Please call the Pastoral Center for assistance. In the Hospital? Because of HIPAA Privacy regu-lations hospitals can no longer contact the parish re-garding your hospitalization. It is the responsibility of you or a family member to notify our parish. We desire to offer whatever spiritual support we can. Please call the Pastoral Center. Sacrament of Marriage Couples planning to marry are asked to make arrangements six months in advance. Wedding Workshops are offered throughout the year. They provide engaged couples with guidelines and suggestions for the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage. The workshop covers topics ranging from readings and music to flowers and video taping. Adult Choir sings at all 10am Sunday Masses, as well as at a number of special liturgies. Teen Choir sings at the 11:30am Sunday Masses. Moving? Please call the office at 708-403-0101.

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Social Action Ministry

How we serve: Soup Kitchen in Joliet; Sharing Parish with St. Procopius Church; Pro Life Ministry: COURAGE Program, Mother’s Day Flowers For Life, Life Chain Sunday, Diaper Drive; Respond Now Outreach; SWIFT (South West Interfaith Team); Environmental Ministry; Speaker nights.

Seton Rosary Group All are invited to pray the Rosary each Tuesday/Thursday in the church, by our statue of the Mary, after 9am Mass.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy Divine Mercy Chaplet each Wednesday following the 9am Mass.

Creation Care Team Ministry A cross-parish Renew My Church initiative taking action to promote positive environmental change through education, individual action and community outreach in the spirit of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si. The group meets the third Monday each month in the Gubbins Center, 7pm. Call Andy Panelli, 708-301-8038.

Heart Warmers Meal Ministry Heart Warmers is an outreach program where Seton volunteers deliver homemade meals to people of our parish community when they are experiencing times with medical, health, new baby, recovery, or grief issues. To schedule receiving a meal or to become a meal provider contact Leslie Skrzypiec at 708-349-4153 or [email protected].

Prayer Shawl Ministry Shawls are prayerfully created, blessed, and distributed to those who have a need for the spiritual, physical or emotional comfort. Knit or crochet in your home and/or at the twice-monthly meet-ings. To become a knitter or to obtain a shawl, call the parish office at 708-403-0101.

Seton Sowers-Newborns in Need If you knit/crochet/sew, your skills to make clothing/blankets for premature newborn babies at the University of Illinois Hospital. We meet monthly in the O’Mara Hall. Donations of yarn/fabric/baby toiletries/supplies accepted. For information/meeting dates, contact Carol Dimer at 708-479-6994.

HOPE Employment Ministry HOPE is open to everyone. All of our services, to both job seek-ers and employers, are free. We meet the first Tuesday of each month in O’Mara Hall at 7pm. Our meetings consist of network-ing, resume review, guest speakers and open forums. Contact Arnie Skibinski at [email protected].

Alcoholics Anonymous If you have a problem with alcohol and feel a sincere desire to stop drinking, you are welcome to attend a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in the O’Mara Hall, Thursdays, 7:30-8:45pm. AA is a fellowship of men and women sharing their experience, strength, and hope so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover. The only require-ment is a sincere desire to stop drinking.

Families Anonymous If your life has gone astray due to living with someone who has a substance abuse problem, attend a Families Anonymous on Mondays from 7-8:30pm at Palos Hospital, 123rd and 80th Ave., Palos Heights (Ambulatory Care Center, Rm. 1). Call 708-429-2507 or 708-269-9853.

St. Vincent de Paul Society Anyone within parish boundaries in need of assistance from SVDP, may call the parish office at 708-403-0101.




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Pastoral Staff Rev. William T. Corcoran, Ph.D., Pastor Rev. John Zurek, Associate Pastor Rev. William Gubbins, Resident Priest Rev. William T. O’Mara, Pastor Emeritus Deacon: Frank Gildea Deacon: Dennis (Barb) Cristofaro

Carlos Bautista, Director of Liturgy

Linda McKeague, Director of Music

Parish Office Staff Donna Stolinski, Business Manager Darlene Raila, Communications Director Joan Nemec, Receptionist Karen Mirecki, Receptionist Karen Opyd, Receptionist

Religious Education Staff Diana Barracca, Catechesis Mary Vlaming, Catechesis

Youth/Young Adult Ministry Bruce Hall, Coordinator

Athletics Bob Myjak, Director

Maintenance Staff Raymond Yanowsky, Director of Maintenance Laurie De Mik-Renn, CJB Day Maintenance Supervisor Marie Makuch, Staff Joseph Shake, Staff Dan Kosty, Staff

REGULAR MASS SCHEDULE Monday-Friday: 9:00 am

Saturday: 5:00 pm Sunday:

7:30, 9:30, 11:30am

St. Elizabeth Seton Church 9300 W. 167th Street Orland Hills, IL 60487

Parish Office: 708-403-0101 Religious Education: 708-403-0137


Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School WEBSITE: WWW.CJBSCHOOL.ORG 708-403-6525 Principal: Kelly Bourrell Vice Principal: Jennie Pagliaro Administrative Assistant: Cindy Labriola Devlin

5:00PM 7:15AM 8:30AM 19:00AM 11:30AM GREETERS






Liturgical ministries will be serving on a limited basis.

Currently, Mass Captains are serving at each Mass time to ensure safety restrictions are implemented.

When the parish returns to 100% capacity, we will list the Liturgical Ministry schedule in full.

Due to the Archdiocesan guidelines

for CORONAVIRUS concerns, we will refrain from the

distribution of Holy Communion to the faithful via the chalice.

All Liturgical Minister inquiries

should be directed to Carlos Bautista, Director of Liturgy,

[email protected] 708-403-0101, ext. 102.