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Patty Bajek
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Welcome to All Saints Catholic Academy

Holy Week and Easter Information from our Sponsoring and Supporting Parishes

All Saints is a blessed to have five amazing parishes that invite us all to celebrate Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter with many dynamic options.  From outdoor stations of the cross to communal and in-person reconciliation to virtual mass offerings at every parish, there is a way for you and your family to celebrate this special time.  We all have pressures and stressors in this time of covid.  There is no better time than now to offer up your suffering and find healing and strength in Christ’s passion.  We hope you find this collection of information from our affiliated parishes helpful for your Easter observance, and in these days leading up to it. The Catholic Identity and Diversity Committee would like to wish you and yours a blessed and beautiful Easter season

 

A PRAYER TO BEGIN HOLY WEEK

Lord Jesus, as we enter into Holy Week once again, I come before you to renew my love and gratitude, and to ask you to open my heart to all the special graces that this week contains.

I know that everything that took place during this week two thousand years ago was done for the salvation of the world, and yet as if for me alone. As you carried your cross, you thought of each man, woman, and child you would redeem. As you suffered betrayal, denial, and the fleeing of your disciples, as you experienced the mockery and scorn of the crowds, you knew of every human betrayal and denial that would ever take place, and you knew of all the sufferings and humiliations every person would ever undergo in every corner of the world. You saw my whole life, every moment of my existence.

Lord Jesus, I want to live this week in union with you. I want the mysteries of your Passion, Death, and Resurrection to continue to transform my life. Though I do not know the hour of my physical death, I do know that at each moment of my life, lived in union with you, you can put to death all that separates me from you. By your grace, I have already been raised with you, and the life I now live is not my own, but yours.

In the Sacrifice of the Mass today and every day, I unite myself to you. I offer you my whole heart, my whole life. Through the Immaculate Heart of Mary I offer you all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings—holding nothing back. I want to be entirely clothed in you, to be conformed to you, and I trust that as you look upon me from heaven, you hold nothing back. You love me with the entirety of your Sacred Heart.  Lord Jesus, I trust in you. Lord Jesus, I love you.

 

Holy Spirit Catholic Community

2003 Hassert Boulevard

Naperville, IL 60564

https://www.hscc.us

Outdoor Stations of the Cross

 

  • How will this work?  The Stations will be open daily from sunrise to sunset beginning Fri, Mar 12 through Good Friday, Apr 2. 
  • Where do I go? The stations will begin at the west end of the sidewalk where the garage is located.
  • Will all the stations be outside? YES, dress for the weather.  There is a gravel pathway, then grass, then the gravel pathway picks up again all the way around the church. The last station will end on the east side of the church.
  • Who are the stations for? EVERYONE!  People who have never prayed them, people who have always prayed them, young and old.
  • What prayers will I say? Everyone will be sent a link to use on their phone.

 

Lenten confessions

Saturday, March 27th 3:00pm -4:00pm

Two priests will be available.

 

Palm Sunday Schedule

Mass times: 4:30pm Vigil Mass, 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm
*All Masses live-streamed

 

Holy Thursday Schedule

7:00pm Mass of the Lord's Supper (live-streamed) followed by Adoration

 

Good Friday Schedule

3:00pm Stations of the Cross
7:00pm Commemoration of the Lord's Passion (live-streamed)

 

Holy Saturday Schedule

7:00pm Easter Vigil (live-streamed)

 

Easter Sunday, April 4 

8:00 AM

10:00 AM

12:00 Noon

 

To make a reservation go to our website : https://www.hscc.us  All Masses will be live streamed.

 

Our Lady of Mercy

701 South Eola Road

Aurora, IL 60504

https://olmercy.com

 

Confession

The last confessions before Easter are: 

Tuesday, March 23 – 7pm to 8pm;

Saturday, March 27 – 9am to 10am and 1:30pm to 2:30pm;

Sunday, March 28 – 4pm to 5:30pm;

Tuesday, March 30 – 8:30am to 10am and 7pm to 9pm.

 

St. Elizabeth Seton

2220 Lisson Road

Naperville, IL 60565

https://www.sesnaperville.org/

 

Stations and Way of the Cross

Every Friday During Lent at 5:00pm

(We will have a different time on Good Friday)

No sign up needed.  An app rather than books or handouts will be used. 
To follow along, please download this app: “Stations and Way of the Cross”
Contact Deacon Gerard with questions: FunDeacon@yahoo.com

 

Holy Week/Easter

We look forward to celebrating the Lord's Resurrection with our Parish Community this year!  Unfortunately, the Triduum and Easter Liturgies will not be able to accommodate everyone.  To allow for additional attendance, we have added a 7:30am Mass on Easter Sunday which will not have music.  The schedule for Holy Week and Easter is as follows:

Palm Sunday - March 28
Saturday:  5:00pm
Sunday:  8:30am ~ 10:00am ~ 11:30am
Reservations required through Sign-up Genius beginning at 8:00am on Tuesday, March 23.

Holy Thursday - April 1
Morning Prayer:  8:15am
Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper:  7:00pm
(Adoration of the Eucharist will follow in the Church)
Night Prayer:  11:45pm

Good Friday - April 2
Morning Prayer:  8:15am
Stations of the Cross:  3:00pm
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion:  7:00pm

Holy Saturday - April 3
Morning Prayer:  8:15am
Blessing of Easter Food:  1:00pm
Easter Vigil Mass:  7:30pm

Easter Sunday - April 4
7:30am (No Music) ~ 8:30am ~ 10:00am ~ 11:30am

 

An online interactive Prayer Service and a livestream of the
8:30am Easter Sunday Mass will be available to view on www.sespastor.org.

 

We still have capacity limits in the church - reservations are required to attend evening liturgies during Holy Week, Stations of the Cross on Good Friday and Easter Sunday Mass.  Reservations can be made through Sign-up Genius beginning at 8:00am on Thursday, March 25 through Noon on Wednesday, March 31.  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 as we expect to be at capacity.

 

All Parish Offices will be closed on Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5. 

 

St. Margaret Mary

1450 Green Trails Drive

Naperville, IL 60540

https://smmp.com

 

Stations of the Cross

Join us in the church for Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm Fridays during Lent. Attend in person or watch the live-stream.

 

Communal Celebration of Reconciliation – March 22

You are invited to a communal celebration of Reconciliation on Monday, March 22 at 7:00pm. Attend this communal celebration in church or participate at home by live stream. Although private confession will not be available, this 30-minute service will include an examination of conscience, and a prayer of healing and reconciliation. Please join our parish community for this Lenten prayer and humbly place yourself in the arms of God’s mercy.

 

Palm Sunday

 

Holy Thursday

 

Good Friday

 

Easter

 

St. Thomas the Apostle

1500 Brookdale Road

Naperville, IL 60563

https://www.stapostle.org/

 

Lent Reconciliation

The St. Thomas community will celebrate a Lenten communal reconciliation service this Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 7:00 pm. Liturgy of the Word will be followed by the opportunity for individual confession with a priest. Preregistration is not required but you will need to fill out a contract tracing form. You may fill it out upon arrival at St. Thomas or save time and download it from our website at stapostle.org and bring it with you. Maximum occupancy is 125.

 

Stations of the Cross

Fridays of Lent , 7:00 pm in the Church

The Way of the Cross has always been a powerful and popular part of the faith tradition and devotional life for Catholics throughout the ages. The early practice of Christians attempting to retrace and walk the path of Jesus has always been a treasured way to commemorate the Passion and Death of Christ.To maintain safety guidelines for our community members, Stations of the Cross will take on a different form this year. While all are invited to pray in the church space, there will not be a procession to each station. All gathered will remain socially distanced in their pew, with projections assisting the faithful in going through each station and providing verbal responses. Music will not be included. Preregistration is not required but you will need to fill out a contract tracing form. You may fill it out upon arrival at St. Thomas or save time and download it from our website at stapostle.org and bring it with you. Maximum occupancy is 125.March 26. The Scriptural Stations of the Cross are based on those celebrated by Saint Pope John Paul II on Good Friday in 1991. They are an alternative to the traditional stations as a way of more deeply reflecting on the Scriptural accounts of Christ’ Passion.

 

Palm Sunday Distribution of Palms

Palm Sunday is next weekend. For those of you joining us from home or the parking lot, please feel welcome to come pick up a blessed palm from the Gathering Area doors — Saturday until 6:30 pm and Sunday until 1:00 pm. You may also pick up palms from the Reception Desk Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of next week (March 29, 30 and 31).

 

Mass Ticket Sign-up for Easter

How to Safely Attend Mass at St. Thomas. Your health and safety are the highest priority while attending mass at St. Thomas.

Please consider your own health vulnerabilities before signing up for Mass attendance. We will continue to offer a Mass online for all parishioners. If you have recently been in contact with someone who is ill, please consider returning to Mass at a later date and use the online mass option.

Things will look different when you return to St. Thomas. For more information on the procedures, please take a few moments to read through the content on the link below.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON REOPENING PROCEDURES.

1) For the comfort and safety of everyone at Mass, we are asking if you are feeling unwell or have a temperature on the day of Mass (over 100.0) to watch the livestream and come back in the future when you are well.

2) Use the bathroom and wash your hands thoroughly before leaving for Mass, as it is very difficult to maintain social distancing in our restrooms.

3) Arrive at least 15 minutes before Mass time to check in. Doors open 30 minutes before Mass.

4) Wear a mask upon approaching the church and leave it on throughout Mass. Bring your own mask as a mask is required.

5) Have your temperature taken by the greeter with a contactless thermometer.

6) Keep social distance of 6 feet from those not living in your household. The only exception is for receiving Eucharist.

7) Use the provided hand sanitizer upon entering the church and again before receiving Eucharist.

8) Exit the church as directed by ushers, using social distance of 6 feet.

9) Be gracious and patient with the processes designed to safeguard the health of everyone attending Mass. We Are St. Thomas!

IF YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE SAFETY PROCESS REQUIRED FOR ATTENDING MASS AT ST. THOMAS, CLICK ON THE SUNDAY, APRIL 4 EASTER MASS BELOW THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND.

 

Registration closes Wednesday, March 31 at 5:00 pm. Maximum capacity is 125 in the Church and 60 in the Gym.

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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