Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope you’re having a good week and that this communication finds you in good health!  Below, I share with you information about our weekly prayer service as well as other information and reminders.  Please be attentive to the information.
Please join me tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12, at 6:45 p.m., for our Midweek Prayer and Praise Service via teleconference as we prepare to celebrate the liturgy for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The Scripture readings are found in the text, At Home with the Word, on pages 112-113.  If you do not have the text, the Scriptures are:  Isaiah 56: 1, 6-7; Romans 11: 13-15, 29-32; and Matthew 15: 21-28.  Please read the Scriptures in advance if you have a chance.
The dial-in number is:  1 (978) 990-5000.  The access code is:  883420.
I look forward to your participation in our service!
After submission of paperwork to reopen the church for Phase 1, we have been certified to reopen.  This means that funerals, weddings and baptisms may now be celebrated in the church for a limited number of attendees.  At the present time, there are no baptisms or weddings scheduled, but funerals of parishioners may now take place.  Please remember to call the church first before making arrangements with a funeral home, especially if you intend the service to be held in the church.  Parishioners will be informed when we are certified for Phase 2 which allows for attendance at Mass on Sundays and weekdays.
St. Ailbe School is now registering students for the 2020/21 academic year.  As of this writing, the year begins with in-person classes.  Parents may also opt for remote learning.  The school office is open Monday-Friday from 9 am – 12 noon if you wish to speak with a school representative.  The academic year begins on Tuesday, September 8.  Please call (773) 734-1386 for further information.
Also, the school roof will be replaced in the next few weeks.  After several years of water entering the building, the Archdiocese and Big Shoulders are footing the bill to cover the bulk of the masonry and roofing expenses.  I am happy to say that SKD Parish was able to contribute $25,000 to this project.  I thank God that we were able to assist in some small way!  By the way, the church roof will receive an aluminum coating seal designed to prevent the minor leaks that we have in our building.  This will take place after the school roof is completed.
Dr. Richard Watson and the EmergeMed Team will conduct Covid-19 antibody screenings in the church parking lot on Friday, Aug. 14 from 1-5 pm and on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 9 am-1 pm.  For further information, please contact Dr. Watson at (312) 206-1064.  I will attach a separate flyer as Dr. Watson will be speaking live on the parish’s Facebook page on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 pm.  You are welcome to tune in.
Finally, I have two public service announcements.  Make sure you complete the 2020 Census and if you are not registered to vote, please do so!  Both of these issues are important to our community.  Please make sure that you are counted and that your voice is heard!
Enough said for now!  Have a wonderful evening!

Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P.