NOTICE:   Fr. John, our 6th pastor, went to his eternal reward on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  In  lieu of flowers, Fr. John requested donations to one's parish; St. Alexander Parish has set up a Memorial Fund:
 
"In Memory of Fr. John Barrett" 
for those who wish to honor him in this way.  Read his obituary here.
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St. Alexander Church at 300 S Cornell, Villa Park, IL 60181 US - Home

Welcome to St. Alexander's!                        St. Alexander's School 

300 S Cornell Avenue, Villa Park, IL  60181 Online Map             Faith Formation Program
630-833-7730  Contestador telelphónico Español: 630-7730, ext 329

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 Friends,
    
I would like to take some time this week to focus in on the importance of our stewardship of time and talent. At St. Alexander, we are very blessed to have very dedicated volunteers, both in our Church, as well as our school, who form the very fabric of who we are as parish. First and foremost, I would like to thank our volunteers for all that they do. Many of you have made your ministry at St. Alexander one of the top priorities of your life, and I also know that the reason you do so, is because of the joy we all receive from being active in the Lord’s vineyard.
    
There are many vibrant ministries that you can be a part of, whether it be in one of our many liturgical ministries, including Music! You could consider becoming a Catechist to help our young people grow in their faith. The School has many opportunities throughout the year; whether you are a parent, alumni or just share with us your love of Catholic schools. There are many fine groups to participate in such as our Knights of Columbus for our men, our CCW for our women, Youth Ministry for our teens, as well as the Young Adult Ministry for those in their 20’s and 30’s. We have a vibrant community of Adorers at our Chapel, and we are always looking for new people to join in this ministry of prayer. We have many opportunities throughout the year for Adult Faith through Bible Studies, R. C. I. A., Christ Renews His Parish retreats, ALPHA (a ministry for those investigating a relationship with Jesus), or a host of other opportunities that come up. We have active ministry in the Pro-Life Movement, Vocations, and Social Justice. 
    
There really are too many things that I could list in one bulletin article. There is something for everyone! My encouragement is to consider joining an active parish ministry this year. We are One Community, Many Hearts at St. Alexander, and it is through your saying “yes” to the Lord, through offering your gift of Time and Talent, that truly helps the Church nurture its call to the New Evangelization. If you have questions about a particular ministry, please ask us. Give us a call or drop in and visit; we would love to talk to you!

St. Alexander… pray for us
                                 God Bless,
                                               Fr. Mark
Fr. Mark's Recommended Readings
 Pope Francis' Exhortation: Joy of the Gospel  English .pdf   Spanish .pdf
"Made for More", book on which Fr. Burke's Mission was based, available in the parish
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