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St. Petronille Parish

420 Glenwood Avenue, Glen Ellyn IL 60137 (630) 469-0404

Seek God's will in all that you do

and He will direct your path

Proverbs 3:6



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November 30, 2021

Dear Parishioners of Saint Petronille,

Tradition of the Feast of Saint Nicholas – December 6th

Did you know that, still today, there are areas of the world and homes in our own country in which gifts are not given on December 25th but on December 6th? I know a couple of families in our own parish that exchange presents on December 6th and not December 25th. This is the Feast of Saint Nicholas who, still today, is one of the most revered saints of Russia and Greece. His image is nearly as common in Greek Churches as the image of the Theotokos, Mary, the Mother of God. He was a 4th century bishop of Myra in present day Turkey known for his selflessness and generosity. Britannica explains the following:

In parts of northern Europe, particularly the Low Countries and some German-speaking areas, St. Nicholas Day has remained a time when children are given special cookies, candies, and gifts. In many places, children leave letters for St. Nicholas and carrots or grass for his donkey or horse. In the morning, they find small presents under their pillows or in the shoes, stockings, or plates they have set out for him. Oranges and chocolate coins are common treats that represent St. Nicholas’s legendary rescue of three impoverished girls by paying their marriage dowries with gold. Candy canes, which have the shape of a bishop’s crosier, are also given.

Saint Petronille Looking to the Future

Even in the midst of all that is happening within our world, Saint Petronille Parish has been an integral member of the Glen Ellyn Community for nearly a century and so we do not stop looking toward the future and the future needs of our people even in difficult times…perhaps because we are living in difficult times.

We continue to invite parishioners back to Mass and the reception of Holy Communion. Saint Petronille has a long tradition of caring for those in need and this has only increased in recent years. Our parish school flourishes with its highest enrollment in nearly a decade. We have much for which to be thankful and, at least one, eternal reason for which to hope.

Church Work

Many are familiar with the replacement of our windows and the need for new pews. Did you ever notice the crack running down the southwest corner of the sanctuary…how about the dirt accumulating around the vents in the ceiling? Did you know the crank broke that raises and lowers the chandeliers? The outdoor Shrine to Saint Petronille requires some tender loving care as well. Shortly after my arrival we had an engineering firm come out to assess the entire parish grounds including the church. You can find the complete report on our parish webpage if you would like to see pictures, explanations, and estimated costs.

Since we were going to need a great deal of work done on our parish facilities, we thought we might take a fresh look at the church in general. As you know more than a year and half ago, we formed a committee of parishioners to put together some thoughts with the priorities of respecting the present architecture, the Catholic identity of our worship and aesthetic sense of our parishioners.

To this end, we would like to show you the draft ideas that the committee put together and get your feedback. We will be having a presentation and parish meeting at 7 pm on December 16th in the parish church. Please join us.

Parish/School/Religious Education Work

We also have parishioners working on several other committees to evaluate the needs on the broader parish campus and parish school. One committee has received input from stakeholders in the parish school, including all of our teachers, to take a fresh look at our school facilities so that we can meet the contemporary school and religious education needs. Our buildings and grounds committee was instrumental in completing the church windows project, the build out of our new preschool classroom and are reviewing the engineering report for maintenance needs throughout the campus. I am confident we will be making future presentations to our parish community regarding each of these aspects.

Feasibility Study

Another committee of parishioners evaluated and directed the parish to hire a professional firm that has worked with many parishes and school to begin a feasibility study this Spring to obtain input from parishioners and assess our ability to accomplish these projects. More information will be forthcoming including the way you can participate.

Communion to the Homebound and Sick Calls

Did you know that Saint Petronille parish volunteers will bring Communion to the homebound? If you are elderly, sick or unable to leave your home, please contact Tanya Singh at the parish office (630-469-0404, ext. 2108) and we will arrange to have Communion brought to your home weekly. If you would like to have your confession heard or require anointing, please contact the parish office at (630-469-0404) and a priest will arrange to visit your home. We have an emergency line at Saint Petronille which is answered by a human being 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you or a loved one is near death, please phone the main parish number and press ‘1’ after the phone picks up. They will take the name and information and a priest will be on his way.

Christian Service at St Petronille

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:34–40).

Did you know that St Petronille provides community outreach to those in need through various ministries? The community-based ministries at St. Petronille parish reach out to the poor, the ill, the grieving, the elderly, the homeless, new and experienced mothers, and the local immigrant community through our many wonderful parish volunteers. The available services are offered to all persons no matter their chosen personal faith path. Through these ministries parish representatives and volunteers serve as ambassadors of St Petronille and spread the message of Christian service to the larger Glen Ellyn community.

The Christian Services Commission provides a way for ministry representatives to communicate and coordinate the support provided by St. Petronille to the community at large. The Commission reports to the Parish Council and closely works with the parish Coordinator of Christian Service to provide many outreach opportunities for parish members looking to make a difference in our local community.

Permanent members of the Commission include parish representatives to the following organization and groups:

Grace of Motherhood, CCW, Glen Ellyn Walk in Ministry, PADS, Communion Calls to the Homebound/Ministry of Care, St. Vincent DePaul, Funeral Luncheon Ministry, Bridge Community Transition Program, Sudanese Community, ESSE Ecumenical Support Services for the Elderly, and GE Food Pantry

The Commission provides a way for the parish representatives to help each other solicit donations and volunteer help for many community groups and activities. The Commission also assists the parish coordinator to develop new outreach opportunities as additional needs are identified. This outreach is being extended through partnership with the school, the parish buddy program, and a new family resource center, Mary’s Closet, that will be introduced soon.

The Commission meets once a month to keep all apprised of activities and needs and works through the Christian Service office and coordinator, Tanya Singh. For more information about the work of the Commission or the various ministries, feel free to contact Tanya Singh or 630-469-0404 ext. 2108.

A Festival of Carols

Please join us for a Festival of Carols, presented by Eclectic Choral Artists in our church this Saturday, December 4, at 7PM. ECA is an auditioned semi-professional chamber ensemble and the group will sound marvelous in the warm acoustics of our church. The program will consist of traditional and modern music for the Christmas season. The choir will be singing in masks and appropriate COVID precautions will be taken. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students/seniors and are available on ECA’s website or at the door.

May Almighty God bless you and keep you.


In Christ,

Fr. Thomas Milota




Christmas Luminary Sale

CCW is once again organizing a Christmas Luminary Sale this holiday season. All proceeds will benefit ministries of St. Petronille’s CCW Christmas Eve Church Display: $5 each     Purchase a luminary to be displayed outside the Church on Christmas Eve.  Luminaries may be purchased in memory of  OR  in honor of a loved one. These memorials and honorariums will be identified in the bulletin. This is a pre-order sale and all order forms must be received by December 10th.   Home Luminary Kits: $20 each ($25 with sand)  Each kit includes 12 candles and bags.  The kits are bundled in holiday ribbon making them suitable for gift giving and will provide a lovely lighted path to ones’ home.  New this year! If you would like sand included for an additional $5 - kits $25 total.

 Click here to order online: CCW Luminary Sales 2021

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Sunday, October 31, 2021 marks the beginning of the St. Petronille Parish School Trust Fund,
(also known as L.I.F.E Fund, for Lifetime Investment in Faith and Education).  This annual campaign depends on the generosity of parishioners to support the current and future needs of Catholic education
at St. Petronille School. Our school is fortunate to have had this fund for over 30 years; there is only one other like it in the Diocese.

L*I*F*E is...
Tuition Assistance: Since 2005, over $600,000 in tuition assistance has been given by the L.I.F.E Fund.

School Endowment: Contributions are used to assist families in need. Should contributions exceed the
need, they are invested in the L.I.F.E. endowment fund whose interest income is used for the support of
St. Petronille School.

Volunteer Effort: The L*I*F*E committee directs the appeal and is made up of volunteers - school parents, parishioners, school board members, and parish staff members.

Your Gift: Contributions, whatever the size, are important and greatly appreciated. Your gift helps make Catholic education more available to students and supports the current and future needs of St. Petronille School.

Please help us pass on the gift of a Catholic education for future generations of
St. Petronille Parish.  Donations can be made by visiting HERE.

Questions? Please contact Lauren Kerwin at 



I am Lauren Cassidy and I am a Rosary Rally Captain with an organization called America Needs Fatima.  This Public Square Rosary Rally will be one of over 20,000 rallies that will take place all across the US.

              Please join us in offering reparation for the sins and offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to fervently pray for the conversion of the United States.   

We will meet at NOON on the SW corner of Main St GE and St. Charles Rd (“5 Corners”) on the first Saturday of each month during 2021 beginning on March 6.

Call 630-673-0052 or email: for additional information.


















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