176 W. Union Street, Seneca, IL 61360 SMA - Father Ghislain Inai - Pastor SMA - Father Augustin Kassa - Curate Founded in 1856
Diocese of Peoria
Message from CCD Coordinator, Jennifer Doloski
After consulting with Father G, several families, and several of our volunteer teachers, I have made the difficult decision not to hold in-person classes for our CCD program for the upcoming school year. The Diocese released its guidelines for the re-opening of Catholic schools and informed parishes that CCD programs must follow the same guidelines. This would require students and teachers to be masked, all attendees to sign liability waivers, and increased cleaning and disinfection of the Parish Center. As students are already being asked to adapt to wearing masks in school Monday-Friday, I feel very strongly - as a teacher and a parent - that they don't need one more classroom setting in which they must be masked. Further, in several of our classrooms, I simply do not have the ability to create the appropriate distance between students that is required. I know, too, that some of my volunteers are unable to teach their classes in the current environment for a variety of reasons.
I am currently talking to other parishes and have a meeting scheduled this week with the publisher of the textbooks we have been using. I am in the process of deciding which materials are best suited for each class, whether classes will be online, text only, or some hybrid of the two. Class "attendance" will be measured by work completed, and those details are still fluid. It is possible that we might have limited class meetings for students preparing for First Holy Communion and Confirmation to supplement at-home lessons. As soon as the details are finalized, registration materials will be released through the parish's Facebook page, website, and at Masses.
I appreciate your understanding and patience.
A message from St. Patrick's Parish Council: We want everyone to know that our parishioners with health issues, and those who do not feel comfortable in the church, you can stay in your car, and please tune in on 106.7FM, to hear the complete Mass. Both on Saturdays and Sundays, prior to the final blessing, our ushers will check outside to see if there are any parishioners in their vehicles wishing to receive Communion. We ask that you please put on your flashers so that we don't miss you. Once someone becomes available they will come out to your cars.
Please continue to watch the Website and Facebook and we will do our best to email information as it becomes available with any new updates and/or changes.
Diocesan 25th & 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration On September 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm Bishop Jenky will celebrate a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary for couples who are celebrating either their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2020 Please complete the attached form designating the living couples from your parish who are celebrating 25 and 50 years of marriage this year. Double-check the spelling of names and current addresses and return the form by August 28, 2020. These couples will receive a personal invitation from the Bishop.
For those interested in signing up to give your weekly/monthly/special collection donations on-line, please click on the link below. If you have any questions please contact Nadine Maierhofer @ 815-252-0034. We thank you for your generosity.
Below is the link to our new St. Patrick's once a month bulletin. Please look it over as there will be new updated information at the beginning of each month. If you would like something put in the monthly bulletin we ask that you email it to email@example.com by the 25th of the current month. Once approved by Father G our monthly bulletin will be printed and ready to go the first weekend of every month. If you would like to sponsor this monthly bulletin please place your donation into the collection basket at either of our weekend masses. Thank you and may God bless you!
Altar & Rosary Our Altar & Rosary would like everyone to know that due to COVID-19 and the size of our Parish Center they will not be able to host funeral dinners for the remainder of 2020. They will definitely take a look at the possibility of reopening this idea come January 2021.
St. Joseph's and St. Mary's parishioners wanting to set up their on-line giving please go to the top right corner and find your Church's name and click on it. This is still under construction - we are waiting for Father's direction. You will be directed to your Church's page and it will have directions and/or the link you will need to set up your on-line giving.
Please be sure to check out ALL of the upcoming events on the "schedules" tab of this website!
Click the SUNDAY BULLETIN button below to see the Weekly Bulletin printed for St. Patrick's, St. Mary's of the Field, and St. Theresa. Once the screen advances it will ask you for the Church's name OR the city and state you are looking for, enter information and click "submit." Several options could be listed depending on how you did your search. Find "St. Patrick's" of Seneca and click on it. The screen will advance to an informational page of St. Patrick's, with a blue "view latest bulletin" button. Click on that blue button and it will take you to the newest, up-to-date, weekly bulletin.