Our mission at St. Celestine is to foster by word and sacrament an environment for spiritual growth, to inspire commitment to the values of God’s Kingdom, and to reach out to all God’s People.
St. Celestine offers many services to its parishioners, school families, and the greater surrounding community. Your participation is valued, encouraged, rewarding, and needed.
If you would like to become a parishioner, please register at the Pastoral Center, 3020 N. 76th Court in Elmwood Park, Illinois. You can also call us at 708-453-2555.
The Mass, also called Eucharist, is the center of life for the Catholic Church. This is where Catholics meet together as a community to receive the actual Body and Blood of Jesus who saved us. It is a place to worship and thank God who made us and to praise and thank God for all he has done for us.
As a parish community we rejoice that you are joining us in our journey of faith. We invite you to become involved in the spiritual life of our parish through your presence at Mass and your participation in the many liturgical ministries and prayer services we offer.
St. Celestine provides opportunities to learn more about our faith, seeking to instill Gospel values and promote spiritual growth.
Our elementary school provides a quality academic foundation fostering opportunities for academic, physical, and spiritual development in an atmosphere of peace, safety, hope, and love.
The Religious Education program is for students in grades 1 through 8 who attend public school or are home schooled. The Special Religious Education program is for children and adults with special needs.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for adults interested in becoming Catholic. RCIA for Teens is for high schoolers.
Ongoing Adult Formation is provided through programs like “Hot Topics” in conjunction with St. Cyprian and St. William parishes.
As we prepare for a sacrament, we are blessed with a period of learning through grace and of growth in faith. With the support and prayers of the St. Celestine faith family, sacramental candidates learn about our Catholic faith, relationship with the Trinitarian God, and what it means to be both a disciple and an apostle.
Whether it is a sacrament of initiation – Baptism, Eucharist or Confirmation; sacrament of healing – Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick; or sacrament of vocation – Marriage, we all grow stronger in faith as companions on the journey.
There are many ways to be of service to the people of our parish. Some ministries need occasional participation, and others have the need of more regular service. By becoming involved you will find our community will be more vitalized, as will your own life.
We all celebrate together at Mass, and there are many ways to participate more fully in our celebration, on the weekends, during the week, and on special occasions. Many of our parishioners currently serve the St. Celestine faith family in different liturgical ministries, and you are invited to explore how you can best use your gifts to enhance our worship.
We also reach out to serve our parish and community through a variety of programs: working with our sharing parish, hosting a food pantry, serving a weekly hot meal to those in need, having a blood drive and other outreach participation. In our parish, we have a Ministry of Care, Respect Life, Caregiver Support, Sunday Transportation to Mass, and Prayer Ministry.
Enrich your own life as well as our parish community by joining one of our organizations: Men’s Club, Women’s Club, Knights of Columbus, Italian Catholic Federation, Hospitality Committee, Parent’s Club, Athletic Committee, and Scouts.