Advent and Christmas Schedule – December 2023
- Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Holy Day of Obligation – Friday, December 8 – Masses at 8 AM (St. Celestine Church), 1:45 PM (School Mass at St. Celestine Church) and 7 PM (St. Cyprian Church) – This is the patronal Feast Day of the United States of America – Please come to celebrate one of the most important Feast Days in honor of Mary, our Blessed Mother and ask her to intercede for us and for our country.
- Advent Book of Reflections – During this Advent season, we invite you to read the book “This Is My Body: A Call to Eucharistic Revival” by Bishop Robert Barron – Please get your copy at both of our churches – This is a very good book for us to reflect on the Eucharist as the real presence of Christ under the appearance of both bread and wine. We encourage you to please take this book home and read it during this Advent season in order to appreciate the love of God in our lives, especially in the Eucharist. Let us open our hearts and minds to let the Lord enter into our lives and let us use this season of Advent as the opportunity for us to prepare well for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.
- Individual Confessions – Saturdays – 3:30 PM (Cyprian) and 4 PM (Celestine)
- Parish “Giving Tree” – Return by December 10
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration – Rosary and Masses – December 3-12 at St. Celestine Chapel and Church
- Toys for Tots Breakfast – Sunday, December 10 at 9 AM in St. Celestine’s Gym
- Christmas Choir Concert – Sunday, December 10 at 3 PM at St. Celestine Church
- Jingle Bell Run – Sunday, December 10 at 4:30 PM in front of St. Celestine School
- Rosary Prayer – Wednesday, December 13 at 7 PM at St. Celestine Chapel
- Simbang Gabi – Saturday, December 16 at 5 PM at St. Celestine Church
- Advent Reconciliation Service – Monday, December 18 at 7 PM at St. Cyprian Church
CHRISTMAS EVE MASS SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24
- Family Mass – 4 PM at St. Celestine Church
- Carol Singing – 8:45 PM at St. Cyprian Church
- Mass – 9 PM at St. Cyprian Church
- Carol Singing – 10:30 PM at St. Celestine Church
- Midnight Mass – 11 PM at St. Celestine Church
CHRISTMAS DAY MASS SCHEDULE – MONDAY, DECEMBER 25
- Christmas Mass – 7:30 AM at St. Celestine Church
- Christmas Mass – 9 AM at St. Cyprian Church
- Christmas Mass – 11 AM at St. Celestine Church
MARY, HOLY MOTHER OF GOD – NEW YEAR’S DAY – MONDAY, JANUARY 1
- New Year’s Day Mass – 9 AM at St. Celestine Church
Regular Parish Mass / Reconciliation Schedule – Two Worship Sites
St. Mother Theodore Guerin is one parish with two worship sites: St. Cyprian Church and St. Celestine Church. The parish school is St. Celestine school.
St. Celestine Church
3020 North 76th Court in Elmwood Park, Illinois 60707
- Saturday at 5 PM
- Sunday at 7:30 AM and 11 AM
- Weekdays – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8 AM
- Reconciliation / Confessions on Saturday from 4 to 4:45 PM
St. Cyprian Church
2601 Clinton Street in River Grove, Illinois 60171
- Saturday at 4 PM
- Sunday at 9 AM
- Weekdays – Tuesday and Thursday 8 AM
- Reconciliation / Confessions on Saturday from 3:30 to 3:50 PM
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.
Holy Day Schedule
Please check the current Bulletin for specific Mass times for Holy Days.
St. Celestine School Mass Schedule
During the school year, our parish school children attend the 8 AM weekday Masses at St. Celestine Church according to this schedule:
Mondays – Grades 1, 4 and 5
Wednesdays – Grades 2 and 3
Fridays – Grades 6, 7 and 8
The students are seated in the sections of pews immediately to the left and to the right of the main sections of pews off of the center aisle.
We have an all-school Mass once a month, usually on a Tuesday at 1:45 PM. Check the school schedule for the all-school Mass schedule.