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 email@example.com.
Annual Parish Report 2018-2019 – 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 Church and St. Cyprian Church participated in To Teach Who Christ Is, a capital campaign to benefit important ministries in the Archdiocese of Chicago and parishes, before the two parishes combined. Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago made a commitment through financial pledges to ensure our churches would remain strong and vibrant. Below is an update of this campaign.
ST. CELESTINE SITE – The 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. As of July 16, 2019, we have collected 69% of the pledged donations at St. Celestine. With the funds raised, a new enclosed hallway connecting St. Celestine Church with the gym at St. Celestine School was built, a handicapped–accessible ramp has been installed at the Wellington entrance, concrete was replaced, and memorial bricks installed at both church entrances. The next capital project will be the repairing or replacing of the roof of St. Celestine Church. Phase One has been approved for this project and will begin soon. The campaign pledges should be paid in full by December 2020.
ST. CYPRIAN SITE – As of July 16, 2019, we have collected 70% of the pledged donations at St. Cyprian. The capital projects that have already been completed are the resurfacing of the church parking lot, replacing of the church roof, and re–siding of the church steeple.
As you can see, we are heading closer and closer to fulfilling our pledges for TTWCI, but we’re not there yet and funds are still needed to complete those items still on the Case Statements. Those additional projects include expanding church restrooms (St. Celestine), repairing or replacing boilers (St. Cyprian), reconfiguring the confessionals (St. Celestine), converting the Annex into a multi–media meeting space (St. Celestine), and funding for other capital improvements for the church (St. Cyprian). All funds raised for the St. Celestine site will be used only for that site, and all funds raised for the St. Cyprian site will be used only for that site.
Your generosity has been used to improve our worship sites, but we’re not finished yet as we need to reach 100% of the pledged amount. Thank you so much for your generosity and we ask you to continue with your pledges.