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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION – My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.


Released on January 6, 2021 on the attack on Democracy at the U.S. Capitol

What has been unfolding at the Capitol today should shock the conscience of any patriotic American and any faithful Catholic. The eyes of the world look on in horror as we suffer this national disgrace. For many months we have witnessed the deliberate erosion of the norms of our system of government. Peaceful protest is a sacred right. It has been an essential component of much social progress over the course of human history.

But violence is its opposite. Violence in the service of a falsehood is worse. Please join me in praying for the woman who was shot during the rioting, and who has died, and for law enforcement who protect us against mob rule.

We pray for peace at this bracing moment in U.S. history, a history that has been marked by one of democracy’s greatest virtues—the peaceful and orderly transition of power. May our elected officials heed the counsel of their better angels to stand up for the Constitution they swore to defend, to speak the truth, and to recognize threats to democracy, no matter their source.

May God’s love suffuse our political life together, reminding all Americans that politics is the peaceful resolution of conflicting points of view. This is our tradition as a democratic nation - and we undermine it at our own peril.


Great God, who has told us “Vengeance is mine,” save us from ourselves, save us from the vengeance in our hearts and the acid in our souls.

Save us from our desire to hurt as we have been hurt, to punish as we have been punished, to terrorize as we have been terrorized.

Give us the strength it takes to listen rather than to judge, to trust rather than to fear, to try again and again to make peace even when peace eludes us.

We ask, O God, for the grace to be our best selves. We ask for the vision to be builders of the human community rather than its destroyers. We ask for the humility as a people to understand the fears and hopes of other peoples.

We ask for the love it takes to bequeath to the children of the world to come more than the failures of our own making. We ask for the heart it takes to care for all the people, as well as for ourselves.

Give us the depth of soul, O God, to constrain our might, to resist the temptations of power to refuse to attack the attackable, to understand that vengeance begets violence, and to bring peace – not war – wherever we go.

For You, O God, have been merciful to us. For You, O God, have been patient with us. For You, O God, have been gracious to us.

And so may we be merciful and patient and gracious and trusting with these others whom you also love.

This we ask through Jesus, the one without vengeance in his heart. This we ask forever and ever. Amen.

- Adapted from Sister Joan Chittister, Benedictine Sisters of Erie


Confessions from 4 to 4:45 PM at St. Celestine
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Public Mass at 5 PM at St. Celestine

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7:30 AM and 10:30 AM at St. Celestine
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We will have a special Mass on Friday, January 22 at 8 AM at St. Celestine for the National Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, when the Catholic Church remembers the 47th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. No reservation is needed to attend this Mass; however, every person will have to sign-in at the entrance of the church. Masks and social distancing will be required.

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BELL CALLS FOR PRAYER - With the closing of our Churches, Cardinal Cupich has asked that we have the experience of being united in prayer, even when we are isolated.  By pausing and lifting up in prayer all those affected by the pandemic, we can offer our support to those in need and let them know that they are not alone.  The Cardinal is asking us to pray five times a day with the prayer being dedicated to a specific group particularly impacted by the pandemic. Our church bells will ring at those hours to remind us to show our solidarity in prayer.

The prayer intentions for each hour of prayer follow:

9 AM – Prayer for those infected with the virus and all who are ill.

Lord, place your healing hand on those who suffer illness. Bring them to full health and ease their anxious hearts. May our prayer and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary encourage them that they are not alone. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!

Noon – Prayer for health care workers and those attending to the sick.

Lord, we are ennobled by those who put their lives at risk in caring for the sick. Keep them safe and embolden them when they are weary.  We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!

3 PM – Prayer for first responders and essential workers.

Lord, we pray for those who run to danger and keep us safe and those who serve the common good. Embrace them with your mantle of protection and comfort the fears of their families. We ask this in Jesus’ name. AMEN!

6 PM – Prayer for people of every nation and their leaders.

Lord, the pandemic opens our eyes to each other as brother and sisters in one human family. We pray for people of every nation and their leaders, asking that they be inspired to seek the good of all and quell the voices of division. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!

9  PM – Prayer for those who have died today.

Lord, we grieve the passing of our sisters and brothers who have died this day. We commend them to your tender mercy, confident that nothing, not even death, will separate us from your love. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!

The parish staff and I will uplift you in prayer each and every day. Pray for each other. United in faith, with our eyes fixed on the Cross, we can overcome this time of peril and be stronger in our faith and love for each other.

In prayer,
Father Paul Cao
Pastor, St. Mother Guerin Parish


Saturday (Vigil)
5 PM - St. Celestine

7:30 AM - St. Celestine
9 AM - St. Cyprian
10:30 AM - St. Celestine

Weekdays 8 AM Mass
Tuesday - St. Cyprian
Wednesday - St. Celestine

Reconciliation Saturday
4 to 4:45 PM - St. Celestine

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St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish is a new parish formed in July of 2018 by combining St. Cyprian and St. Celestine. The two churches are open as worship sites and St. Celestine School is the parish school.

Our working mission statement is, "To do God's will as a unified, vibrant parish, and to foster an intentional relationship with Jesus through worship, witness, service, discipleship, and community."

If you would like to become a parishioner, please register at the Pastoral Center, 3020 North 76th Court in Elmwood Park, Illinois 60707 (708-453-2555) or at the Rectory, 2601 North Clinton Street, River Grove, Illinois (708-453-4800).

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