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

Plans to Re-Open Our Churches / Proceso para reabrir nuestras iglesias

Cardinal Cupich and the Archdiocese have issued guidelines for the re-opening of our churches. The priests of St. Pius V are developing a plan for our parish and will be releasing it very soon.

El Cardenal Cupich y la Arquidiócesis han promulgado instrucciones para la reapertura de nuestras iglesias. Los sacerdotes de San Pío V están preparando un plan para nuestra parroquia y lo publicaremos muy pronto.

The Cardinal’s letter is available here in English.

La carta del Cardenal se puede leer aquí en español.

The Cardinal also shares his message in this video:

Reflexión de P. Timothy para el Domingo de la Misericordia Divina / Reflection from Fr. Timothy for Divine Mercy Sunday

[This message is repeated below in English]

Una reflexión de P. Timothy Combs, OP, para el Domingo de la Divina Misericordia:

¡Bendita Pascua, queridos amigos!

Sí, durante ocho días completos ha permanecido la Pascua, y hoy es el último día de la Octava celebrando la resurrección de Cristo. En respuesta a una solicitud especial del Señor dada a Santa Faustina, este octavo día de Pascua también se conoce como el Domingo de la Divina Misericordia. De acuerdo con la sabiduría suprema de Cristo, hay una maravillosa congruencia entre el mensaje de la misericordia de Dios dado a través de Santa Faustina y el Evangelio para el segundo domingo de Pascua.

Cuando Jesús dio por primera vez el Sacramento de su cuerpo y sangre a los discípulos en la Última Cena, explicó que la razón por la que derramaría su Sangre era “para el perdón de los pecados”. En el Evangelio de hoy, cuando Cristo Resucitado se revela a los Apóstoles en esa primera tarde de Pascua, habiendo finalmente cumplido la misión de hacer posible el perdón de los pecados, ahora extiende a los Apóstoles la autoridad que acaba de comprar con su propia Sangre Preciosa: “Los pecados que perdonas son perdonados, y los pecados que retienes son retenidos”. Al levantarse de la tumba, la primera orden del día de Jesús fue instituir el Sacramento de la Reconciliación, para que la misión de la misericordia se pueda cumplir en y a través de la Iglesia. La razón por la que Jesús dio su vida y luego salió victorioso fue para que pudiéramos ser reconciliados por el poder de su Sangre en el Sacramento de la Confesión.

Mientras este sacramento no está disponible durante el cierre debido al virus, podemos preguntarnos: ¿he apreciado adecuadamente el precioso regalo que Jesús me ofrece en el sacramento de la reconciliación? ¿Le he mostrado gratitud a Jesús al aceptar este regalo, o lo he rechazado por alguna razón? Cuando el Sacramento vuelva a estar disponible, ¿le daré más importancia a aceptar este regalo regularmente? Al principio, Pedro se había negado a permitir que Jesús le lavara los pies, pero luego Jesús le dijo: “a menos que te lave, no puedes participar en mí”. Si deseamos compartir una profunda amistad con Cristo, debemos permitirle que lave regularmente nuestras almas sacramentalmente con el poder de limpieza y curación de su Preciosa Sangre.

Lo único más intenso que la necesidad del mundo de la Misericordia de Dios es el deseo de Cristo de otorgar esa Misericordia a todos los que la acepten. Los invito a buscar y leer más sobre las promesas que hizo Jesús a los que celebren el Domingo de la Divina Misericordia. Durante estos tiempos difíciles, el mensaje de la Divina Misericordia, el mensaje del Evangelio, es nuestra mayor fuente de esperanza y dicha.

 – p. Timoteo

A reflection from Fr. Timothy Combs, OP for the Sunday of Divine Mercy:

Blessed Easter, Dear Friends!

Yes, for a whole eight days it has remained Easter, today being the final day of the Octave celebrating Christ’s Resurrection.  In response to a special request from the Lord given to St. Faustina, this eighth day of Easter is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.  In keeping with Christ’s supreme wisdom, there is a marvelous congruence between the message of God’s mercy given through St. Faustina and the Gospel for the 2nd Sunday of Easter.

When Jesus had first given the Sacrament of His Body & Blood to the disciples at the Last Supper, he explained that the reason his Blood would be shed was “so that sins may be forgiven.”  In today’s Gospel, when the Risen Christ reveals himself to the Apostles on that first Easter evening, having finally accomplished the mission to make possible the forgiveness of sins, He now extends to the Apostles the authority he has just purchased with his own Precious Blood:  “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven, and whose sins you retain are retained.” Upon rising from the grave, Jesus’ first order of business is to institute the Sacrament of Reconciliation, so that the mission of mercy can be fulfilled in and through the Church. The reason Jesus laid down his life and then rose victorious was so that we could be reconciled by the power of his Blood in the Sacrament of Confession.

Now that this Sacrament is unavailable during the shutdown due to the virus, we can ask ourselves:  Have I properly appreciated the unfathomable gift Jesus offers me in the Sacrament of Reconciliation?  Have I shown Jesus gratitude by accepting this gift, or have I refused it for some reason? When the Sacrament does become available again, will I make it more of a priority to accept this gift on a regular basis?  Peter at first had refused to allow Jesus to wash his feet, but then Jesus told him, “unless I wash you, you can have no part in me.” If we wish to share deep friendship with Christ, we must allow him regularly to wash our souls Sacramentally by the cleansing and healing power of his Precious Blood.

The only thing more intense than the world’s need for God’s Mercy is Christ’s desire to bestow that Mercy upon everyone who will accept it.  I invite you to look up and read more about the promises Jesus gave to those who will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. During these difficult times, the message of Divine Mercy – the message of the Gospel – is our greatest cause for hope & rejoicing.

Fr. Timothy