New Dates for First Communion and Confirmation Celebrations

Dear Parents of First Communion and Confirmation Candidates:

After so many months of uncertainty, I am happy to inform you that we have already approved the new dates for the celebrations of the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.
To respect the guidelines of health and physical distance, we will have several days assigned for these celebrations. Each group must attend a church meeting at 6:00 pm on the Saturday before the date that corresponds. Please, check carefully which group your child belongs to.

  • Sunday, August 16, 2020, 4:30 pm: RCIA (bilingual)
  • Sunday, August 23, 2020, 4:30 pm: Confirmation (group A; Ms. Irene Regalado)
  • Sunday, August 30, 2020, 4:30 pm: Confirmation (group B; Ms. Mary Andino)
  • Sunday, September 6, 2020, 4:30 pm: First Communion (younger grades in English; Ms. Nelly Jiménez, Ms. Verónica Román and Ms.Nancy Aburto)
  • Sunday, September 13, 2020, 4:30 pm: First Communion (older grades in English; Ms. Elisa Peña, Ms. Prisciliana Aburto and Ms. Carmelita Frias)
  • Sunday, September 20, 2020, 4:30 pm: First Communion (younger grades in Spanish; Ms. Clemencia Calderón, Ms. Maritza López and Ms. María Hernández)
  • Sunday, September 27, 2020, 4:30 pm: First Communion (older grades in Spanish; Ms. Sylvia García, Ms. Rosa Calero and Ms. Maricela Jiménez)

Please, remember that to celebrate these sacraments on the dates indicated above, the participants will have to have completed the requirements requested from the beginning.

Later, I will send a new email with more details about the First Communion. And as soon as I know the dates for the fall registration and courses, I will let you know.

Best regards and blessings,

Ely Segura
Religious Education,
Saint Pius V Parish

First Communion: Frequently Asked Questions

I share with you the answers to the most frequently asked questions about First Communion for this year in its new date (September 2020). Feel free to ask more questions. We will gladly try to answer them as soon as possible.

1. When will my child’s First Communion be?

A. God willing, the celebrations will be on Sundays in September this year at 4:30 pm. Please see above where we indicate the date that corresponds to each group.

2. Should sponsors attend the meeting on the Saturday before my child’s First Communion?

A. Not necessarily. With this new normal, we are avoiding that there are many people during the parish meetings, for the health of all. However, if the sponsors want to attend they will be welcome.

3. I still have to carry documents and make payments for my child, what should I do?

A. Call the offices during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm or Saturday morning) so that you can schedule an appointment and can complete these procedures.

 4. At the beginning of the pandemic, you, Ely, sent us some projects to carry out with our children. What do we do with them?

A. You must turn in these assignments to your children’s catechists on the Saturday that you have to attend. If the task has been learning prayers, make sure that your child has them learned for that day.

5. My children are siblings and they were in different groups. How can I make them have their First Communion together? Could it be?

A. Yes you can. You must contact Ely, the coordinator, so she can notify your children’s catechists. 

6. How should my child be dressed on the day of his First Communion?

A. It is recommended that children attend in white, which is the color that symbolizes the dignity of the children of God, received at their baptism. Please keep them simple, to prevent children from being distracted by issues that are not relevant. (The first 1st Communion in history – the Last Supper – was quite simple, the gospels tell us). So, girls in plain white dresses, and boys in white shirts and dark pants (black or navy), optional tie.

As a measure of sanitation, EVERYONE must wear face masks for both the Saturday meeting and the celebration of First Communion.

 7. Does my child need to bring a candle, a bible and a rosary for the First Communion ceremony?

A. No, your child does not need a candle, a Bible, or a rosary during the ceremony. However, we understand that perhaps you as parents want a photo of your children with these objects. If so, you would bring these things with you so that in the end you can use them for your photos. We reiterate: We want your children to focus on celebration and be free from distractions.

8. Our children were learning a song for First Communion, what will happen now that they have not rehearsed?

A. The time when children gather to sing in chorus will be suspended. However, the church music ministry will sing the songs at the usual distance.

9. When can I enroll my other children for the catechism?

A. Both that date and the start date of classes have yet to be approved.

10. When can we collect our children’s First Communion certificates?

A. These certificates will be delivered at the end of the ceremony.

Nuevo horario de la oficina parroquial / New temporary schedule for the parish office.

We are slowly beginning to re-open the parish office for business but working hard to protect the health and safety of our visitors and our staff. For that reason, we will be welcoming only those with an appointment into the office during the times listed here. Please call to make an appointment during regular office hours: 312.226.6161.

We ask all visitors to wear face masks and practice social distancing of six feet or more.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Horario de la oficina parroquial del 1ro al 12 de julio:

Las visitas a la oficina serán solamente con cita según este horario:

1 y 2 de julio: miércoles-jueves de 9:00 am a 2:00 pm
3-5 de julio: viernes-domingo cerrada
6-10 de julio: lunes-viernes de 9:00 am a 4:00 pm
11 de julio: sábado de 9:00 am a 12:00 pm
12 de julio: domingo cerrado

New Parish Office Hours July 1-12:

Office visits will be by appointment only (no walk-ins) at the following times:

July 1-2: Wednesday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
July 3-5: Friday-Sunday Closed
July 6-10: Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
July 11: Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
July 12: Sunday Closed

Sunday Offertory during the Coronavirus Closing / Ofrenda dominical durante el cierre de coronavirus

Your donations to the church at Mass on Sunday are very important to the life of St. Pius V parish. Our church cannot continue without the Sunday collection that keeps our buildings clean and well-maintained, pays our staff, supports programs like religious education and the food pantry, and more.
We know these are difficult times for many families. If you are able, we ask you to strongly consider continuing your weekly donation to the Sunday offertory. You can click on the box below to safely and securely make your donation to St. Pius V parish through GiveCentral. Please consider a recurring gift that automatically repeats every week or month!
Thank you for continuing to support your parish!

Su ofrenda en la misa dominical es muy importante en la vida de la parroquia de San Pío V. Nuestra parroquia no puede continuar sin la colecta dominical que mantiene nuestros edificios limpios y bien mantenidos, paga a nuestro personal, apoya programas como la educación religiosa y la despensa, y mucho más.

Sabemos que estos son tiempos difíciles para muchas familias. Si puede, le pedimos que considere su donación semanal al ofertorio dominical. Por favor haga clic en el cuadro a continuación para realizar su donación de manera segura a través de GiveCentral.

¡Gracias por su apoyo a su parroquia!

Video Series: The Eucharist – Sacrament of Christ’s Incredible Love for Us

Dear Friends,

The amazing Catholic Faith that God has so generously given us contains inexhaustible mysteries that can be explored with great profit. We do well always to deepen our knowledge and love of these sacred mysteries. As the shutdown continues, we are excited to offer you an opportunity to explore the Faith more deeply together as a group ​via​ social media.

Our topic will be the Eucharist – the Sacrament of Christ’s incredible Love for us, and we will use a four-part video series that will form the basis of our discussions: once per week for four weeks. The Blessed Sacrament is the greatest Gift God has ever given us, and the more we unlock its treasures, the more our hearts can drink from the streams of grace that are hidden therein.

In order to access the video series, sign up for an account at ​FORMED.org​. (You will have free access for seven days; if you wish, you can continue for $10/month. A subscription gives you access to an incredible volume of Catholic material – bible studies, documentaries, movies, audio-dramas, e-books, ​etc.)​ The series we will study together is available in both English and Spanish. For English, click on ‘Programs’ then ‘Sacraments,’ and then select ​Presence: the Mystery of the Eucharis​t. For Spanish, click on ‘Español’ then ‘Programas,’ and then select ​Presencia: El Misterio de la Eucaristía​.

We will follow this schedule:

  • On ​Tuesday evening, May 26th, 8 – 9 pm​, we will have a group discussion of ​Session 1: God is With Us​. Please watch the video sometime ​before​ the discussion. Fr. Timothy will lead the discussion, and participants can ask questions or offer comments. The conversation will be bi-lingual. In order to join the discussion, use Whats-App and click on this link: ​https://chat.whatsapp.com/LrI6ntuEbrNExXhRHT5dAW​ (It might be easier to do so from the Whats-App website on your computer.)
  • On ​Tuesday, June 2nd​, 8 – 9 pm, we will discuss ​Session 2: The Story of the Eucharist​. (Again, please watch the video before the discussion. We will use the same conversation site in Whats-App from the previous week.)
  • On ​Tuesday, June 9th​, 8 – 9 pm, we will discuss ​Session 3: Bread for the Journey​. (Please watch the video before the discussion.)
  • On ​Tuesday, June 16th​, 8 – 9 pm, we will discuss ​Biblical Foundations with Dr. Tim Gray.​ (Please watch the video before the discussion.)

If you wish, you can also download the study guide. Those who do not wish to purchase a one-month subscription to FORMED can watch all four episodes in the free seven-day trial period. However, it would be advantageous to watch each episode the day before the discussion so that it is fresh in your memory. This is up to each individual.

As we continue to await the day when the Church can re-open, this study will give us an even greater appreciation for the treasure Christ has given us in the Blessed Sacrament; this way, when it is once again possible to attend Holy Mass, our hearts will receive the Eucharistic King with longing, love and joy.

God bless you, and know that you are in our prayers!

— The St. Pius Team