If you have any questions about stewardship or ways to contribute to St. Celestine, please contact our Operation Director, Jay Castrogiovanni, who is happy to hear from you. Call him at 708-453-2555 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Parish Report 2017-2018 – pdf Document
Information on How to Donate by Check
St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish was established July 1, 2018 with two worship sites: St. Celestine Church, 3020 North 76th Court, Elmwood Park, IL 60707, 708–453–2555 and St. Cyprian Church, 2601 Clinton Avenue, River Grove, IL 60171, 708–453–4800.
With the merging of our two present churches to become the new parish listed above, all checks payable to the parish for any donations, services, fees, including Religious Education and RCIA, etc., must be made payable to the newly combined parish name in order to be processed by the bank.
A sample check is printed above for your reference. You should receive envelopes for the newly combined parish in September 2018. In the meantime, please use your current preprinted envelopes; however, checks should not be made payable to the previous church names preprinted on those envelopes. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jay Castrogiovanni at 708–453–2555. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this transition.
At this time, our parish is using WeShare as a contribution online tool. Current online giving donors could validate their account login information and then have access to their current WeShare online giving accounts through the following link: https://www.churchgiving.com/?pc=qyi66k59.
We are currently searching for the best web-based donation tool to help parishioners contribute online to our Sunday Offertory and special collections. This tool will allow you the option of donating through your checking, savings, or credit card account and the funds will be directly transferred to the parish each month or as you specify. We will have more information in the future…
Ongoing and Seasonal Fundraisers / Appeals
“To Teach Who Christ Is” – Campaign in Progress
St. Celestine is participating in To Teach Who Christ Is, a capital campaign to benefit important ministries in the Archdiocese of Chicago and parishes, including ours. We join with faithful from across the Archdiocese who are also pledging their commitment to ensure our local Church is strong and vibrant for generations to come. Our goal set by the Archdiocese of Chicago was to raise $815,000 in pledges of which $489,000 will remain at our parish to meet local needs, at our discretion.
The parish is extremely grateful that as of January 2018, the pledges received from nearly 400 parishioners totaled $908,608. Of that amount, $406,420 has been collected, with the parish receiving $243,852 (60%) and the Archdiocese of Chicago receiving $162,568 (40%). The campaign pledges should be paid in full by December 2020.
If all pledged amounts are received, the funds raised through our campaign will be used to build an enclosed hallway connecting the church to the gym, replace concrete and install memorial bricks at both church entrances, install a handicapped-accessible ramp at the Wellington entrance, expand the church restrooms, reconfigure the confessionals, convert the annex into a multi-media meeting space, and replace the tar and gravel church roof.