Immaculate Conception of Mary – December 9

Monday, December 9, is the Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America, the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since this year, the feast falls on the day after our Sunday obligation for the Second Sunday of Advent, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation. However, all are invited to attend our regular morning Mass at 8 AM or our All School Mass at 1:45 PM.

To be sure you are not confused about what this day celebrates, we recall that Saints Anne and Joachim, Mary’s parents, conceived her without original sin. Mary, chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus, was perfect from the moment of her conception. Pope Pius IX declared this a dogma of the Church in 1854. Nine months from now, we will celebrate the birth of Mary on September 8. This feast, however, is a reminder to us why Mary is so special in God’s plan of salvation.

Advent Reconciliation / Confessions

  • Communal Parish Reconciliation Service on Monday, December 16 at 7 PM at St. Celestine Church.
  • Confessions on Saturday, December 21 from 8:30 to 9 AM at St. Cyprian Church and from 4 to 5 PM at St. Celestine Church. Confessions in Polish available at the same time.

Christmas Mass Schedule – December 24-25

  • December 24 – Masses at 4 PM and 10 PM at St. Cyprian
  • December 24 – Masses at 4 PM and 12 Midnight at St. Celestine
  • December 25 – Masses at 9 AM and 11:30 AM at St. Cyprian
  • December 25 – Masses at 7:30 AM, 9 AM and 10:30 AM at St. Celestine

Parish Mass 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 5:30 PM
  • Sunday at 7:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 4:30 PM
  • Weekdays – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8 AM
  • Reconciliation / Confessions on Saturday from 4:45 to 5:15 PM
  • Need a ride to the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass?  – Volunteer drivers are happy to pick you up in the St. Celestine van.  Just call the Pastoral Center during the week at 708–453–2555 and we’ll see you on Sunday!

St. Cyprian Church
2601 Clinton Street in River Grove, Illinois 60171

  • Saturday at 4 PM
  • Sunday at 9 AM and 11:30 AM
  • Weekdays – Tuesday and Saturday at 8 AM (Mass) and Thursday 8 AM (Communion Service)
  • Reconciliation / Confessions on Saturday from 8:30 to 9 AM

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 according to this schedule:

Mondays – Grades 1 and 5
Wednesdays – Grades 2 and 6
Thursdays – Grades 3 and 7
Fridays – Grades 4 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.