What's happening this week

  • ALPHA 2021 - Alpha New Year’s Resolutions

    Do you make new year’s resolutions? Do you keep them? Some resolutions are good for our health or our relationships or our work. Some might be difficult and demand a lot from us.

    An Alpha new year’s resolution is about faith. Alpha’s whole purpose is to help us discover, rediscover or deepen our faith.

    Alpha is not difficult and requires just a few hours a week. Here are Alpha resolutions for you to consider:

    1. Become an Alpha host or helper. Training will be provided!
    2. Join an Alpha group. Both in-person and online Alphas will begin in January.
    3. Invite a friend to join Alpha with you.
    4. Pray for those who will attend our Alpha groups this year.

    If you have questions or want more information or you are ready to make a resolution, contact Carole Eipers at ceipers@stmaryriverside.org.


    Come Pray the Rosary

    On Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., we continue to virtually to pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.  We are utilizing the Zoom conferencing platform and you can join using your computer, iPad, or calling the number provided on your phone.   We are available beginning at 7:20 p.m. for check in and conversation.  The rosary begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. 

    Join us on this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2505349106

    Or by phone:  312 626 6799
    Meeting ID: 250 534 9106

    If you are not familiar with Zoom, check out this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E



    Catholic Charities (CC) has seen an 300% increase in the use of the food pantry since the pandemic. St. Mary is helping to stock their shelves.  Donations will be collected every other week and delivered the Wednesday following the collection week.  Donations will be collected in bins behind the Parish Office at 40 E. Burlington.  (use the drive through for easy drop off).

    Gift cards should be placed in the Office mailbox and clearly marked for Catholic Charities food drive. 

    The most requested items:  Canned vegetables, canned soup, dry cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, flour/corn flour, cooking oil, tuna and canned fruit and fruit juice, or gift cards (no money at this time).  

    Use the Sign up Genius to volunteer (recommended) or feel free to leave any non-perishables items. Here is the link to the signupgenius, click the tab for the week you want to donate and or help deliver the items collected.