for the Faithful
by St. Patrick
May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
Against the snares of the evil one.
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours, This day, O Lord,
and forevermore. Amen.
- Asks that we help each other recognize the gifts and talents with which God has blessed us and the ways in which we have been blessed through the gifts and talents of others;
- Invites us to help discern, call forth, and continually encourage one another to use the gifts and talents with which God has blessed us according to God’s will; and
- Challenges us to share our time, talent and treasure beyond what we believe we can do or give so we can grow, individually and collectively, as God desires.
To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.
is a gift.
The Gift of Time
What time do you give to your relationship with God?
How do you care for your family, friends and community?
How do you care for your physical health?
Do you eat properly, exercise, and allow time for leisure?
Are you an informed citizen?
Do you assume appropriate responsibility for the common good?
How well do you attend to the needs of the earth?
Do you properly use water, air, soil and other natural resources?
Do you support the arts?
Do you read literature?
Do you properly use the gifts of technology, computers and mass media to make the world a healthier and safer place?
Many people are not quite sure about what an appropriate amount is to give to their church or to charity. Traditionally, to tithe (giving 10% to your church) was the guideline. However, each of us must determine what we are able to give. Many people still tithe - they give 10%. For most people who tithe - a percentage is allotted to their church and a percentage is allotted to charity.
The Weekly Pledge Guideline Chart and the Tithing Calculator below are tools to help you determine your level of giving. Being a good steward is using your resources wisely.
RCLPC Tithe Calculator
If you'd like some assistance in calculating proportional giving,
here are two valuable tools. Either or both may be helpful in considering the
financial commitment you believe is appropriate.
TO FIND OUT WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR INCOME YOU ARE
The first calculates
percentages of your total income, making it easy to figure how much to
contribute on a regular basis
The second makes it possible to determine what
proportion/percentage of total income you are currently contributing through the
enter your annual income, your annual giving and
your giving goal
and press the 'Calculate' button
St. Patrick Parish Life, Organizations & Opportunities
There is a place for you to serve and share your gifts at St. Patrick Church. Contact Mrs. Sue Raymond or Fr. Kurt Boras at 630-257-4640, if you are interested in serving the Parish or becoming involved in one of its active ministries.
Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist/Ministry of Care
- Willingness to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at Mass or to bring the Eucharist to the homebound, reflects not only our response to our Baptismal call to serve the people of God, but shows a commitment to Christ as we share in the preaching, teaching and service of the church.
Youth Choir & Adult Choir
- The purpose of the Music Ministry is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through song, lead the faithful in worship and provide a way for the faithful to participate fully in the Liturgy. Youth Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings prior to Christmas and Easter. Adult Choir rehearses every Tuesday evening in the Parish Hall at 7pm. Contact our Director of Music if you are interested in being a part of this ministry.
Lector/Proclaimer of the Word
- Proclaimers of the Word, commonly known as Lectors, proclaim the Word of God at Mass. Lectors should be practicing Catholics who have the ability to read the Word of God in a clear, articulate voice so that the Word of God is able to be heard and easily understood.
- The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the Mass. This is done through specific actions and by setting an example to the congregation by active participation in the Liturgy by their actions, singing of hymns, responses of the people, looking alert and sitting or standing at the appropriate times. Servers generally range in age from 3rd grade (depending upon individual maturity level) to adult. Click here for an altar server registration form.
- Willingness to respond to your Baptismal call to serve the people of God, in the capacity of an Usher, reflects a commitment to Christ. Willingness to commit to a schedule; to arrive on time/early and to be a friendly, welcoming presence to those coming to worship at St. Patrick is a further reflection of your willingness to respond fully to your Baptismal call. Both men and women of all ages are encouraged to become an Usher/Greeter. All are welcome!
Religious Education Catechist
- If you are interested in becoming a catechist (training is provided) or would like information about St.Patrick's Religious Education Program, contact Ms. Linda O’Connor, our Director of Religious Education: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (630)257-8012.
Worship Space - Art and Environment
- The Art and Enviroment Committee at St. Patrick is comprised of numerous sub-committees and individuals who prepare our worship and prayer spaces each week, care for plants, replace candles and maintain linens as well as decorate the Church for special occasions and holidays. All hands are needed!
Men's and Women's Clubs
- Through social, educational and service oriented activities, St. Patrick Men's and Women's Clubs not only offer opportunities to have a good time, the organizations also raise money, social awareness and fellowship within the parish and throughout the Lemont community.
- Watch the weekly parish bulletin for volunteer opportunities. Don't hestitate to offer your time and talent! "Many hands make happy and light work!"
- Throughout the year, St. Patrick's organizations support programs focusing on various Community Social Concerns. From sponsoring food drives, to assisting with our Christmas Giving Tree, volunteers are responding to those in need. Work is often accomplished in conjunction with the Men's and Women's Clubs as well as through the Hope and Friendship Foundation of Lemont (see link in menu above-right).
Lemont's Knights of Columbus
- A Catholic Service organization. For information about the Knights of Columbus, visit the Knights of Columbus website: at www.kofc.org/un/findCouncil.
See Menu (above-right) for More Ministries and Organizations
I give thanks to you
for the gifts you have given me
my life, my family, my friends,
my time, talents, and possessions.
All that I have comes from you.
Help me to remember this
and rejoice in your goodness.
Walk with me, my God.
Help me on my spiritual journey,
so that I may constantly renew my relationship with you.
Renew in me your Spirit.
Give me the strength
and courage to become
a better follower of Jesus,
to be a disciple.
Help me hear the call to
"Come, Follow Me."
I give glory to you, my God,
as I make stewardship
a way of life. Amen.
When God gives us life,
we don't know how much time
we have to use that life.
But, whatever time we have,
is a gift from God
and we are called to use it wisely
in every activity throughout the day.
God gives all of us potential talents, skills and abilities when we are born. Each of us makes choices whether or not to develop and use these gifts according to God’s plan. Consider more the quality of your gifts, than the quantity of your faults.
Sharing ourselves in the way God has shared multiple blessings with us builds community and strengthens our relationship with God and each other. In what concrete ways can you witness to God’s love and generosity by sharing of yourself at home, at work, at church, in your community?