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Our Ethnic Communities

“Catholic” means Universal

Enriching Our Parish Family:

Communities Within the Larger Community

The Church is called “Catholic” because early Christianity had spread everywhere. “Catholic” means Universal. There is not a part of the world that does not have the Catholic Church. The customs and devotions of the each Culture enrich the Church, and the Church enriches the Culture. In the United States, we were a “Nation of Immigrants” one hundred years ago when most of our grandparents came to this country. The Nation and the Church are still and always will be places of many cultures. Within our Parish Community, we have two Communities that are part of us and enrich our Parish Faith Community. They and their children will blend into the “American Way;” they will become like us and we will become like them. Together we will all become like Christ.


Our Polish Community

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Po-Polsku
 (Our Polish Language Web Site)

This Community, within our larger Parish Community, is made up of people who speak the Polish Language. They celebrate at two weekly Sunday Masses, Holy Days and other celebration Masses in the Polish Language. They are part of our larger community but keep the traditions of the language they grew up in. They have devotions throughout the year in the Polish Language, and Social Activities such as Dances and After Mass Gatherings.

There is also Religious Education in the Polish Language (Polish School) on Sunday morning from 9:00 AM to 12:40 PM. Because this community celebrates the Mass, the Sacrament, and Devotions in the Polish Language at a different time than the larger community, they need many of the same ministries listed in the ministry section for their Community. Speak with Father about the opportunities for serving. For more information, please call the parish office or you may contact Halina Surdyka at 847-854-6460.

Weekend Masses:
Saturday Evening: 6:30 PM in Polish Language
Sunday: 1:00 PM in Polish Language
First Friday: 7:00 PM
Holy Days: 6:30 PM

Times for other Special Feast Day celebrations will be listed in the bulletin.

Reconciliation (Confession):
Saturdays: 10:00 to 11:00 AM; 5:30 to 6:15 PM
First Fridays: 6:00 to 6:45 PM

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Our Filipino Community

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Filipino Community
 (Click here for more information on our Filipino Community)

This Community within our larger Parish Community is made up of people who speak the many Filipino languages. They gather together monthly to support each other. Though they celebrate with the larger community at the English Sunday Mass, they participate in the traditional Simbang Gabi (Christmas Celebrations) and a weekly Mass and Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Filipino Language. The Filipino Community has mass on the 4th Sunday of the Month at Saint Catherine of Siena Church in West Dundee. Because of the necessary Preparation for the Simbang Gabi there will be no monthly mass in November and December. The Celebration of the Simbang Gabi at Saint Margaret Mary Parish is on Thursday, December 16th at 7 PM.

Many in this community serve in the ministries of the larger parish, but they also need help specific to their celebrations. For more information, please contact the parish office or you may contact Arnel Arias at 847-854-6845.

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