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Mass Reservation Weekend & Weekday click image below

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WEEKEND Mass Reservations
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WEEKDAY Mass Reservations

St. Kieran is opening for Mass starting the weekend of July 11 and 12th

Our Mass schedule will be 5:pm Saturdays and 10:am Sundays. Since we are limited by the Archdiocese and the State as to how many may be at any gathering for Mass, we are implementing a reservation system. Reservations will be taken either through our website or by calling the Parish house, starting Monday July 6th.  St. Kieran will also open for Weekday Mass at 8:am Tuesday through Friday starting January 14th. Registration will also be required.

Please come 15 minutes before Mass to be “checked in”, only those with a reservation will be allowed. You will be asked a few questions to insure you are not vulnerable to infection. For your protection the pews have been marked where seating is allowed, an usher will show you to the next available seat. Those who currently shelter In-place will be allowed to sit together.

This is the new reality let’s make it work, and let us pray that the day will come where restrictions will be lifted and we can worship together again.

Parish Reopening volunteer signup sheet

If you are interested in helping with the reopening of the parish as a Greeter, Usher, Cleaner, or Set-up volunteer. It is suggested that those 65-years of age and older or with underlying health condition be excluded from performing any volunteer ministries However, the Cardinal has announced that if those people are comfortable with their decision to volunteer it would now be permitted. Click here to see what is involved. After you have read the form and if want to help, email your name, phone number and which team(s) you want to sign up for to:



re-opening plan

Letter from Cardinal Cupich outlining the Archdiocese reopening plan Click here to view The Cardinal’s Plan

If you are interested and meet the criteria to volunteer, see the webinar outlining the procedures


St. Irenaeus food pantry

Catholic Charities appeal for the St. Irenaeus food pantry To see the letter from Catholic Charities Click Here

Parish Financial Update click below to read a letter from Fr. John

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New page added to include your prayer intentions to our Sunday Masses.

Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Evangelization – Alpha online

 Alpha is designed to help bring us closer to God in a fun, safe, friendly, judgement-free environment. There is no commitment. It is free. Click here for more information

Decree from Cardinal Cupich regarding Easter Obligation

Click Here

Job Posting

Click here for Chicago Archdiocese postings

Click here to see the latest Job Posting for Events

Click here for Landscaping Job Posting

What does it mean to be Catholic and how do I get there?

Find out if the RCIA program is right for you

Check out this Website then if you would like to know more call the Parish House or email me at

A Guide to Sharing Your Faith on Social Media

Go and Make Disciples – Click here

How Saint Anthony Helped me find my way to the Saints

Copied From the Web Site

Catholic Sites to visit on Vacation or anytime

Found this on Busted Halo Web site – check it out

Catholic Sites to visit on summer vacation

Visit their website for other interesting topics


How to Celebrate Mass Like Your Team Won the Super Bowl

I just had to share click below

Here is the most Recent Bulletin

Click Here to see the most current Bulletin

Religious Education registration Grades 1-8

It’s time to start thinking about Next Year.  The RE registration form is now available for download.

Go to Forms and select the appropriate form. Looking forward to our next session together.




I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.

Father with Vivian

Who is St. Kieran of Clonmacnoise

In Honor of ST. Kieran I am publishing this web page exploring his life.
His Feast day is September 9th. He was born in 516 and died in 546

compiled by Bridget Haggerty

St. Kieran or Ciarán of Clonmacnoise, also known as St. Kieran the Younger, was born around 512 AD in Connacht, a town located in the northern part of Co. Roscommon. The son of Beoit, a carpenter and chariot-builder, Kieran inherited a love of learning from his mother’s side of the family, as his maternal grandfather had been a bard, poet, and historian.

Baptized by deacon Justus (“the righteous one”), who also served as his first tutor, the boy Kieran worked as a cattle herder. Even this early in his life, stories testifying to Kieran’s holiness are told. Some later believed that his work as a herdsman foreshadowed the care he would offer the many who sought his wisdom.

Kieran continued his education at the monastery of Clonard, which was led by St. Finnian. Yet another story, that of the “Dun-Cow of Kieran,” is associated with his move to this abbey. What is quite certain is that Kieran quickly gained the reputation of being the most learned monk at Clonard, and was asked to serve as tutor to the daughter of the King of Cuala, even as he continued his own studies. His friend and fellow student, Columcille of Iona, testified to Kieran’s brilliance by saying, “He was a lamp, blazing with the light of wisdom.” Besides being renowned for his brilliance, Kieran also had a great capacity for friendship with other leaders of the early Irish church. In addition to Justus, Columcille, and Finnian, Kieran counted Enda of the Aran Islands as his mentor, and both Senan of Scattery Island and Kevin of Glendalough as friends and colleagues. Kieran’s years of residence at Clonard were also marked by miraculous events that benefited the entire monastery.

After completing his studies under Finnian, Kieran left Clonard and moved to the monastery of Inishmore in the Aran Isles, which was directed by St. Enda. While a member of this monastic community, Kieran was blessed with the vision of a great tree, which anticipated his own foundation of a renowned monastery. From Inishmore, Kieran went to visit his religious brothers at Isel in central Ireland. His stay here was brief, as the other monks envied his fame as a scholar, and resented what they considered his excessive charity to the poor. Asked to leave Isel, Kieran was led by a stag to Inis Aingin, or Hare Island. While he lived here for 3 years and 3 months, brothers from all over Ireland came to study under Kieran, and more miracles attested to his holiness.

Kieran departed Hare Island with eight monastic brothers, and eventually settled at a location in the center of Ireland, on the east bank of the River Shannon. Here, in the year 544, he founded the great monastery of Clonmacnoise. Students by the thousands came to study there, not only from Ireland, but also from England and France. Clonmacnoise became Ireland’s center of study, art, and literature. To this day, tourists and pilgrims visit the site of Kieran’s monastery to see some of the finest monastic ruins and high crosses in all of Ireland.

A mere 7 months after establishing Clonmacnoise, Kieran died, perhaps of the plague. Because of his prominence in the early Irish church, St. Kieran is known as one of the “Twelve Apostles of Ireland.” The Feast of St. Kieran is celebrated on September 9th.

Stories & Legends of St. Kieran
Kieran & A Fortunate Fox
One day as Kieran was watching the cattle some distance from the home of deacon Justus, Kieran realized he was able to hear his tutor’s instruction as closely as if he were in Justus’ house. On another occasion, while Kieran was out in the cattle pasture, a fox emerged from the forest and approached him. He treated the animal gently, so that it returned quite often. Kieran asked the fox to do him the favor of carrying his text of the Psalms back and forth between him and Justus. One day, however, the fox was overcome by hunger, and began to eat the leather straps that covered the book. While the fox was eating, a hunting party with a pack of hounds attacked him. The dogs were relentless in their pursuit, and the fox could not find shelter in any place except the cowl of Kieran’s robe. God was thus glorified twice – by the book being saved from the fox, and by the fox being saved from the hounds.

The Dun-Cow of Kieran
When it was time for Kieran to leave home for the monastery of Clonard, he asked his parents for a cow to take with him as a contribution to the community. His mother refused this request, so Kieran blessed a cow of the herd, and the cow followed him to Clonard, accompanied by her calf. Not wishing to take both the cow and the calf, Kieran used his staff to draw a line on the ground between the animals. After that, neither the cow nor the calf would cross this line, and the calf returned home. The milk provided by Kieran’s cow was reputed to amply supply all in the monastery, as well as their guests.

Kieran Helps in a Time of Famine
During a time of famine, when it was Kieran’s turn to carry a sack of oats to the mill in order to provide a little food for the monks, he prayed that the oats would become fine wheat. While Kieran was singing the Psalms with pure heart and mind, the single sack of oats was miraculously transformed into four sacks of the best wheat. Kieran returned home and baked bread with this wheat, which the older monks said was the best they had ever tasted. These loaves not only satisfied their hunger, they were said to heal every sick person in the monastery who ate them.

The Vision of the Great Tree
While in the Aran Islands with St. Enda, both monks saw the same vision of a great and fruitful tree growing on the banks of a stream in central Ireland. This tree sheltered the entire island, its fruit crossed the sea surrounding Ireland, and birds came to carry off some of that fruit to the rest of the world. Enda interpreted this vision for his friend by saying, “The great tree is you, Kieran, for you are great in the eyes of God and all people. All of Ireland will be sheltered by the grace in you, and many will be nourished by your fasting and prayers. Go to the center of Ireland, and found your church on the banks of a stream.”

A Cow Comes to Kieran’s Aid
A careless monk dropped Kieran’s text of the Gospels into the lake surrounding Hare Island, where it remained underwater for a long time. On a summer day when the cattle went into the lake, the strap of Kieran’s book stuck to the foot of one of the cows. When the book was retrieved, it was dry, with not a letter blurred or a page destroyed.

See More of Clonmacnoise

For a Virtual Tour of Clonmacnois Abbey, please click Clonmacnoise.

St. Kieran Subsidy Payments For Education

St. Kieran is prepared to offer subsidy payments for families of the parish who wish to have their
children attend  a Catholic school within the Archdiocese of Chicago.


Subsidy payments are equal to the difference between non-parishioner and parishioner tuition costs at the school of your choice.

To qualify for these subsidy payments, you must be an active parishioner of St. Kieran Catholic Church, which means you must,

(1) Attend Mass on a regular basis,

(2) Support the parish through your stewardship of time, talent and treasure

Subsidies are paid directly to the school of your choice.


St. Kieran needs the following documentation:

(1) Copy of the completed registration form from the school,

(2) Copy of your tuition statement indicating annual payment required,

(3) Copy of the school tuition schedule showing difference between parishioner and non-parishioner status.


If you would like further information on this opportunity, please call the Rectory Office and talk to Sandy Vasek