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Enrollment Now Open for 2021-2022 School Year
Patty Bajek
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Enrollment Now Open for 2021-2022 School Year

Ash Wednesday and Lenten Information from our Sponsoring and Supporting Parishes

As we near Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, February 17, the Catholic Identity and Diversity Committee invite you and your families to discover how our parishes are celebrating this important date in this unusual time. Below please find information for all five parishes.  Please note you may need to register to attend mass and receive ashes.

 

In addition, All Saints Catholic Academy has, for the past several years, offered a daily Chaplet of Mercy in our Chapel.  While we cannot meet in the Chapel this year due to Covid restrictions, we invite you to pray the Chaplet of Mercy daily as part of your Lenten journey.  There are several very good interactive chaplets, rosaries and podcasts available on the Laudate app (available on the app store).  Spend 8-10 minutes daily in prayer (we encourage “car line” Chaplets) as part of a wonderful and meaningful Lenten journey.

 

Holy Spirit Catholic Community

2003 Hassert Boulevard

Naperville, IL 60564

https://www.hscc.us

 

Mass with the Distribution of Ashes 9:00am, 7:00pm
*Both Masses will be live-streamed.

 

Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes 4:00pm, 5:30pm

 

Best Lent Ever 2021 :Beginning on Ash Wednesday through all Forty Days of Lent, Dynamic Catholic is offering daily emails with a short video to help you reconnect with God. This year, don’t just sign up for The Best Lent Ever, have your best Lent ever!

 

Our Lady of Mercy

701 South Eola Road

Aurora, IL 60504

https://olmercy.com

 

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, the Vatican and our Diocese have modified how ashes are to be distributed this year.  Check out “Thoughts on Ashes Being Placed on the Head” from the Desk of the Vicar General of the Diocese of Joliet:
    • You will not receive ashes on your forehead. The minister distributing ashes will come through the pews (as we do for communion) and sprinkle ashes (like a pinch of salt) on top of your head.
    • The customary formula will be said only once, applying it to all in general.
    • Ashes are blessed and distributed after the homily at either Mass or a Scripture Service.

 

Walking to Jerusalem starts 2/17/21:    All parishioners are invited to join a parish-wide health initiative to accumulate physical and spiritual miles from all participants during Lent. It is an opportunity to grow closer to Jesus and improve your health! Join as an individual or a as a family!  It starts Ash Wednesday ending on Holy Saturday, the idea is to accumulate 12,430 miles as a parish to get to Jerusalem and back to Aurora. You will be given information and guides to assist you on your Lenten journey. Register with Jolene LeRoy RN at jolenel@olmercy.com or call 331-707-5380. God bless you on your Lenten journey!

 

St. Elizabeth Seton

2220 Lisson Road

Naperville, IL 60565

https://www.sesnaperville.org/

 

Ash Wednesday - February 17

 

8:15 A.M. - Mass
12:00 P.M. - Prayer Service
4:30 P.M. - Prayer Service
7:00 P.M. – Mass

Ashes will be distributed at all Masses and Prayer Services

 

Following the guidelines from the Congregation of Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published on January 12, 2021:

  • The Priest will say the prayer for blessing the ashes and sprinkle the ashes with holy water, without saying anything.
  • He addresses all those present and ONLY ONCE says the formula as it appears in the Roman Missal applying it to all in general.
  • The Priest/Deacon/Extraordinary Minister takes the ashes and sprinkles them on the head of each one without saying anything.
  • Only a small amount of ash is sprinkled by rubbing the thumb and forefinger together over the head of the recipient.

 

Reservations must be made to attend Masses and Prayer Services.  Sign-up Genius can be accessed through the main page of our website - www.sesnaperville.org or by clicking here. It will be open for reservations beginning at 8:00am on Thursday, February 11 until Noon on Tuesday, February 16.   We ask that you only reserve the number of seats needed so seating is available for as many as possible. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ins.

 

Lenten Giving Project-2021

This year has been difficult for so many.  So, for our Lenten Giving Project this year, we will be donating to various Food Banks in the area.  Following is a list of those Food Banks which will receive donations from St. Elizabeth Seton with the funds collected from our Lenten Giving Project.

 

Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry www.aurorafoodpantry.org
Loaves & Fishes www.loaves-fishes.org
Missionaries of Charity Food Bank at St. Malachy
Quinn Community Center www.quinncenter.org
West Suburban Community Pantry www.wscpantry.org

 

Normally, we would distribute bags on Ash Wednesday and those bags would be returned on Palm Sunday.  Due to the COVID pandemic, we will not be distributing bags for our Lenten Giving Project.  Instead, we are asking you to make your contribution through the Sunday Collection basket, by mail or through WeShare.

 

St. Margaret Mary

1450 Green Trails Drive

Naperville, IL 60540

https://smmp.com

 

Ashes will be distributed during 8:15am & 7:00pm Masses. You may also receive ashes by stopping by the parish between 11:30am – 1:30pm.

 

Ash Wednesday Mass – Church 7:00 pm

 

Ash Wednesday Prayer Service – Church 12:10 pm

 

 

St. Thomas the Apostle

1500 Brookdale Road

Naperville, IL 60563

https://www.stapostle.org/

 

To commence our Lenten journey, we Christians are reminded of from where we come through the distribution of ashes. Listed below are several opportunities to worship as community and receive ashes. We will also distribute ashes throughout the day from 7:30 am–7:00 pm in the circle drive whenever there is not a service happening. Please remain in your car and someone will come out to you.

  • 7:00 am Communion Service
  • 8:30 am Mass
  • 12:00 pm Liturgy of the Word
  • 4:30 pm Liturgy of the Word (with a family oriented focus)
  • 7:00 pm Mass

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, ash distribution will be different this year. To avoid physical contact with recipients, the Vatican has asked that a tiny amount of ashes be sprinkled on the crown of the head, rather than making the cross on the forehead. This is actually an ancient tradition and is the way ashes have continued to be distributed in the Vatican, Italy and much of the world.

 

"Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: Who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life."

- Pope Benedict XVI

 

Please be aware that mitigation strategies impacting much of our state do not apply to schools; and our Diocese continues to monitor our local numbers on a regular basis.   Due to all of our diocesan school efforts with masking, social distancing and maintaining personal hygiene and a clean facility, All Saints and all of our diocesan schools continue to be safe learning places.   The status of face-to-face instruction remains at the decision of the Pastor, Principal, and the Superintendent of Catholic schools for all schools in the Diocese of Joliet

 

Artwork of the Season created by our Saints

ASCA students from preschool through grade 8 enjoy Art as one of their specials.  Our talented art teacher, Mrs. Paula Breunig, shares some of her students'  creations that illustrate and capture this beautiful Season.

8th Grade Nativity Project

 

6th Grade  - Brody Best

 

4th Grade - Amelia Johanneson

 

Kindergarten - Jack Elder

 

Advent Faith and Giving Opportunities

As we journey throughout this season of Advent, we reflect on the blessings in our lives, and seek opportunities to deepen our faith and offer service to others. We are called to “Be the Light”: to practice our faith in new ways during these unusual times; to share our faith with our children, family and those around us, and “Be the Light” to all.

 

As the community of All Saints Catholic Academy, we have been blessed with multiple parishes to deepen our faith, celebrate our traditions and give back to others. Below you will find the links to each of our affiliated parishes Christmas mass schedules, and opportunities to provide Christmas gifts for needy people in our community. We hope that this information will be helpful.

 

Holy Spirit Catholic Community

2003 Hassert Boulevard

Naperville, IL 60564

https://www.hscc.us/index

 

Christmas Mass Schedule

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4eabaf22a4fb6-christmas2

 

Annual Christmas Giving Tree Event

https://www.hscc.us/event.php?id=1373379320&start=&cat=All&pg=1&title=Annual+Christmas+Giving+Tree+Event

 

Our Lady of Mercy

701 South Eola Road

Aurora, IL 60504

https://olmercy.com

 

Christmas Mass Schedule

https://olmercy.com/christmas-mass/

 

Angel Giving Program

https://olmercy.com/service/angel-gift-giving-program/

 

St. Elizabeth Seton

2220 Lisson Road

Naperville, IL 60565

https://www.sesnaperville.org/

 

Christmas Mass Schedule

https://www.sesnaperville.org/92

 

Share Christmas

https://kofc10025.org/

 

St. Margaret Mary

1450 Green Trails Drive

Naperville, IL 60540

https://smmp.com/

 

Christmas Mass Schedule

https://smmp.com/events/

 

Giving Tree Program

https://smmp.com/christmas-giving-tree/

 

St. Thomas the Apostle

1500 Brookdale Road

Naperville, IL 60563

https://www.stapostle.org/

 

Christmas Mass Schedule

https://www.stapostle.org/mass-ticket-sign-up-christmas-eve-and-christmas-day-masses/

 

Haiti Twinning Gift of Education Program

https://www.stapostle.org/haiti-twinning-the-gift-of-education/

 

Saints in Service: Ways You Can Give Back This Holiday Season

The year 2020 has brought so many changes to us all, including how we as a school community can give back to those in need. During past school years, we have come together for our:

 

~ Back-to-School cereal drive for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry

~ Book Drive for Bernie’s Book Bank during the Fall Book Fair

~ Candy Drive for Operation Support Our Troops

~ Fall Coat Drive for Button & Zipper

~ Shoe and Boot Drive for Cradle to Crayons

 

..............not to mention the variety of charities we support throughout the school year that include: West Suburban Community Pantry, St. Patrick’s residence, Feed My Starving Children, Caring Cards ministry, Blessings in a Backpack, Ronald McDonald House and more!

 

Although we are not able to facilitate all of our traditional charitable drives at the school this year, we know that you are missing these important acts of student-led philanthropy. We want to share with you some ways in which your family can give back to the community, this holiday season.  Please see the following information on Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and West Suburban Community Pantry.

 

We wish you all a very blessed holiday season filled with love, peace and kindness. We are so grateful for you!

 

Robin Beck and Anne Soto

ASPA (All Saints Parent Association) Saints in Service Community Outreach Committee

 

Donate Food or Make an Online Donation to a Local Food Pantry

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry

Loaves & Fishes Community Services | Naperville & DuPage County Food Pantry

 

Loaves & Fishes Community Services is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that has served our community since 1984. Their vision is to end hunger and transform lives, with their core mission of providing healthy food and impactful programs to promote self-sufficiency. As a volunteer at the food pantry, you see the variety of healthy options they provide clients. The food pantry is bright, clean and designed as a grocery store, with music playing, and volunteers helping to bag items and load groceries into cars. They believe that:

by working together we can accomplish great things each person possesses inherent dignity the opportunity to serve is a gift and that food is a right and not a privilege.

 

Over the last several months, Loaves & Fishes has adapted to serve the dramatic increase of struggling families in our community and the many challenges brought by the pandemic. In order to provide a safe environment for clients, volunteers and staff, Loaves & Fishes adapted its grocery distribution model to curbside delivery and reduced the number of people in the building by over 80%. They also created the Virtual Food Drive, where donors can purchase food directly through their website, as they were unable to accept physical food donations, due to safety concerns.

 

Ways we can help: Donating food or funds online is a wonderful way to help this impactful organization! Click on this link to learn more about Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and to make a donation: https://www.loaves-fishes.org/ways-to-give/

 

West Suburban Community Pantry

Wscpantry.org

 

“The West Suburban Community Pantry traces its roots to a small pantry dating back to the 1970s. In 1992, the Pantry was incorporated and obtained its 501(c)(3) status in response to the growing need to feed the hungry in DuPage County.

 

The Pantry operates year-round with a goal that each eligible family in DuPage County, Bolingbrook, and Romeoville receives nutritionally balanced food, including meats, dairy, and fresh produce monthly. We are also registered as an emergency food pantry for Illinois.

 

With the help of volunteers and sponsors, our vision is to eradicate hunger within the families and individuals in the DuPage County area. We are dedicated to providing food for the hungry, educating the donor community about existing needs, and supporting advocacy efforts for the hungry. We also work hard to encourage volunteerism and the sharing of resources.”

 

Last year, WSCP distributed 2 million pounds of food in our community! And, over the past seven months, the demand for the Pantry has doubled. One of the best ways you can help them is by giving a monetary donation. Due to their food partnerships, they can secure more food per dollar, making a monetary donation even more valuable. For every $5.00 donation, they can secure the equivalent of 20 meals for those they serve.

 

Ways you can give! Please see WSCP’s website for a list of their most-needed items, drop off location and times or to make an online donation: Food & In-Kind Donations | West Suburban Community Pantry. Thank you in advance for your support of this wonderful organization!

 

Support All Saints Catholic Academy

Thank you for YOUR support of All Saints Catholic Academy.  This year, we celebrate 15 years of academic excellence grounded in faith and tradition with our All Saints family, alumni, friends and benefactors, whom we thank for your constant prayers and financial support. 

Your contribution to our 2020 - 2021 Annual Fund Appeal will be instrumental in:  

  • making a Catholic education more affordable to families in our community 
  • keeping All Saints competitive from a cost perspective
  • generating scholarship assistance for those who are making sacrifices to afford an All Saints education, but need help to bridge the gap. 

To contribute, please click here.  

May God continue to richly bless you during these challenging times.   We are grateful, and thank you for supporting the students of All Saints, and Catholic education.  We are all 'saints in the making'.   

 

All Saints Catholic Academy is OPEN FOR BUSINESS.   We thank you so much for your interest in All Saints.    All Saints Catholic Academy is beyond thrilled to have safely welcomed back our preschool - grade 8 students to school for the 2020-2021 school year!  All Saints' back to school plan was approved by Bishop Pates, and the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Joliet, Dr. Boyle; and we received our reopening certification in July 2020.   Unfortunately, All Saints does not have any openings currently at any grade level.   

  • Click here to view Diocesan FAQ's Regarding Reopening
  • Click here to view Diocesan Quick Facts 
  • Click here to view the Covid Return to School Guidance Flyer

 

Our primary goal in re-opening was to be able to welcome back our students safely.  With the number of students enrolled to date, and the physical space that we have available, we have had to cut off new enrollment at this time.  In an effort to keep our students safe within the building and their cohorts, we also are not currently offering personal tours.  We encourge you to take our virtual tour - click here - (keep in mind that this drone tour was done prior to installing all of the safety protocols for our re-opening this fall).  

 

We truly wish your family and student(s) all the best this current 2020-2021 school year.   

  

At All Saints, our students are well known for their prowess in the area of mathmatics.  To read more about the success of our 'mathletes', and 8th grade student, Michael Budd, please click here.  

 
We invite you to find out more about All Saints Catholic Academy, one of the premier schools in the western suburbs, where academic excellence, and values based character building.  

At All Saints Catholic Academy, lifelong memories and friendships are made and cherished.  The All Saints Catholic Academy Mission is to develop future leaders who are formed by academic excellence, service to others, and respect for all in a Christ-centered community.  ​ALL ARE WELCOME at All Saints.  We celebrate and cherish our diversity.  We hope that you can see your student and family here at All Saints.  

 

All Saints Catholic Academy offers small classroom instruction (with two to three sections at every grade level - K - 8) superior academics, and superb preparation for high school and beyond.  Our Growing Saints Early Childhood Academy preschool program offers parents of three and four year old students flexibility and choice in putting together their child's schedule.

 

 Please click here to hear more about the All Saints Parent Association (ASPA).

 

Every Child Deserves a Great Educational Foundation on Which to Build

 

 

Preschool

Our Growing Saints Early Childhood Academy preschool program offers parents of three and four year old students flexibility and choice in putting together their child's schedule. We offer the following for three and four year olds -  

  • Excellent, challenging academics - Our preschool curriculum includes Everyday Math (University of Chicago), World of Wonders Language Arts (McGraw Hill), Handwriting without Tears
  • A wide variety of activities that include art, Spanish enrichment, music and physical education.
  • Character, virtues building and faith formation in an elementary school setting with degreed and certified educators.
  • End to end education and care that includes full and half days, and extended care.
  • Large, bright and colorful classrooms.  Full playground with padded surface.
  • Opportunities for free and creative play and social-emotional development.

Our preschool offers robust academics in a true school setting, taught by certified teachers, with art, Spanish enrichment, music and physical education, and character/virtues building and faith formation.  Find out more by contacting us TODAY!

 

 

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