During this time of isolation, uncertainty and fear, I am extremely grateful for the great and tireless work of all of you. I know that you continue to nurture the Christian-Catholic faith in our children. As we enter into the most Sacred and Holy Days of our Church Year - the Easter Triduum, take time to pray together as a family. During Holy Week there will be many moments of grace for you and your family to celebrate Holy Week.
The Religious Education office, our pastor - father Joseph Tito-, the coordinator, Juanita Tamayo, and all members of the pastoral team of Saint Nicholas parish, want to let you know that we are here for you during this time of crisis. The St. Nicholas Pastoral Team is within reach via telephone or email. We are here to listen to what your needs are, both spiritual and social, and offer the necessary support.
Please note that St. Nicholas parish adheres to directives of the Archdiocese of Chicago, who, in coordination with the local and federal governments, follow the recommendations of the medical and scientific advisers who determine the guidelines of social distancing, which will remain in effect until further notice, at least until April 30, 2020.
Therefore, we want to inform you that:
Please share this information with the families you know and who probably have not received emails or don't review our website.
Pope asks for all to join in Lord's Prayer March 25, announces extraordinary ‘urbi et orbi’ blessing March 27
Full information here
Due to the Governor's mandatory shelter-in-place St. Nicholas will be following the recommended guidelines that follow:
This message is for all clergy and parish staff in the archdiocese.
Governor Pritzker has just announced a mandatory shelter-in-place order for the State of Illinois. What this means for our parishes is that effective 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21 through Tuesday, April 7:
These circumstances require all of us to pastor and lead our people in new ways. Further liturgical and pastoral guidance will be provided over the course of the next few days. As always, all current guidelines can be found on our dedicated https://www.archchicago.org/coronavirus
The Archdiocese of Chicago Distributed the Following Guidelines and Policies to Clergy and Parish StaffMarch 19, 2020The Chrism Mass will NOT be celebrated publicly, nor will we hold our annual Day of Reflection. Cardinal Cupich and the auxiliary bishops will celebrate the Mass in Holy Name Cathedral, which will be livestreamed for the benefit of the faithful to view in their homes.
Holy oils will not be distributed until the current health crisis has abated.
Palm Sunday and Holy Week Liturgies will not be celebrated publicly in our parishes.
Full statement in English is found here: statement
Be informed about the Coronavirus (COVID 19):
CDC (The Center for Disease Control)
Illinois Department of Public Health has daily press briefings
City of Evanston
Village of Skokie
Be aware of others in your circle:
Your daily routines matter. Stay home except for essential activities.
This virus is a serious threat and it’s important to take the advice of our Illinois public officials literally. Never before have we had such a clear understanding of how every daily interaction directly impacts others.
Check on your neighbors’ and fellow parishioners’ physical and mental well-being. Make a personal connection with phone calls or old-fashion style notes.
Nature, solitude, prayer, reflection…some paint and some write.
These are the advantages of visiting Christ in the Wildernes
Updates from Youth and Young Adult Ministry
The following events and programs are CANCELED
- Friday March 13th's Lenten Friday "Knight" Fish Fry has been canceled.
- Sundays Adult Faith Enrichment WILL HAPPEN.
- As of TODAY: St. Joseph's Table – is taking place as planned!
- Religious Education will continue as planned. It is up to you to decide if you feel the need to keep your child home.
We do ask that anyone showing any symptoms of the flu or Covid-19 please stay home.
We will keep you updated of any changes to this.
CANCELED - Adult Faith Enrichment - "Give Me One Reason: Fueling the Lenten Practice with Gratitude"
Adult Faith Enrichment
“Give Me One Good Reason: Fueling Your Lenten Practice With Gratitude”
with Claire Noonan, March 15th.
Join us in Oldershaw Hall after the 9:00 am Masses on March 15 for a fresh perspective on how we might deepen our experience of Lent.
Claire Noonan, DMin, a practical theologian and speaker who brings more than two decades of experience in university ministry, adult faith formation, and social
justice education to her work as Vice President for Mission and Ministry at
Dominican University. She is author of Full of Grace, a book of spiritual essays and exercises for women; Together We Share, Grow and Rejoice! Daily Reflections, Prayers and Actions; and most recently, Sharing the Bread of God’s Love.
Claire and her husband were married and their elder daughter baptized at
We are honored to welcome her back!