We warmly welcome you to Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish, a Catholic faith community located in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood. Our historic and diverse parish is an inviting “family of families,” blessed with two inspiring worship sites and committed to spreading the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through prayer and worship, spiritual stewardship, and our missionary spirit.
Parish News & Events
Lent 2018: Repent and Believe in Jesus
Our theme for Lent this year is Repent and Believe in Jesus. Lent is a time to open ourselves to changes of goodness and peace. It is a time to let go of the negatives and embrace the grace of God that is constantly raining down upon us. This is a sacred time in the Church year when we can become more of what the Holy Spirit meant us to be –fully human and fully Christian. View our 2018 Lenten Activities & Resources here.
ICSJ Parish will be celebrating all couples married at ICSJ during 2017 with a special Mass of love and commitment on Sunday, February 25th, 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church. All 2017 couples are invited to a reception following the service.
Our Young Adult Ministry will be selling $5 Bags to Give at all Masses on February 24th and 25th. These bags contain a water bottle, socks, trail-mix, granola bar and an uplifting message of hope. Keep one or more of these bags handy in your car, gym bag or purse so the next time you see a homeless person or someone in need, you’re not scrambling for leftover food or spare change. Instead, you grab a Bag to Give!
Changes to our weekday Mass schedule began on Ash Wednesday with the start of Lent. Masses during the week will be celebrated at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Immaculate Conception Church; 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Joseph Church (Mass for our middle school students; parishioners, parents and guests welcome); and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church. These changes are reflected on our Mass Schedule page and in our bulletin.
Reclaim a sense of balance amid all the distractions of daily life and rediscover how you can live more mindfully and refocus on what really matters. Join author and former ICSJ parishioner Judith Valente for The Art of Pausing: Reclaiming A Sense of Balance in Lent, simple ways we can practice the art of pausing during Lent and still remain active and attentive to our daily lives. Sunday March 4th, 12–1:30 p.m. in the St. Joseph Parish Hall. All are welcome!
This Lent, ICSJ will be offering small faith-sharing prayer groups that will follow the Good Ground Press resource, “Sunday by Sunday." Several parishioners have graciously offered to host these groups which will meet at various times on weekdays, weekends, in homes and at the parish. If you would like to participate, please sign up in back of each of our churches after Mass on January28, February 4 or February 11. Contact Kim Rak with questions.
Want to deepen your faith? Do you hunger and thirst for God’s justice and God’s kingdom? Do you want to engage with other parishioners? If so, part 2 of our Scripture Study series, Seek First the Kingdom of God: A Spiritual Retreat is for you! We’ll continue exploring the most vital topics about what it means to live a Christian life today and find encouragement for our spiritual journey. All are welcome. Come to one or come to all. Learn more here.
Congratulation to Deacon Vu, recipient of ICSJ/St. Michael Knights of Columbus Council's annual $500 check to seminarians studying for their vocation. (For more info on KOC, contact ICSJ parishioner Greg Raclaw.)
Kimberly LeDoux from our RCIA program was initiated into the Catholic faith on Sunday, January 14th! Congratulations! (L-R, Deacon Vu; Fr. Larry; Kimberly; Jason LeDoux, her sponsor and husband; and Kim Rak, ICSJ Director of Religious Ed.)
Congratulations to Dalonte William Aaron Durbin, here with Dominic & Modupe Henry, who was baptized December 31st at St. Joseph Church!
During Fr. McBrady's December 9th Advent retreat, parishioners had a chance to pause reflect on the presence of God’s love!
Our 2nd Grade ICSJ School students recently hosted a beautiful prayer service at IC Church and reminded us to practice kindness, gentleness, humility, patience, compassion and love. Great message kids!
Congratulations to Joanna Mokate and Jamie Lyons who were married at St. Joseph Church on August 5th. read more about the photo here.
Not Your Typical “Church Ladies” – We are grateful for the women who host the weekly cake and coffee receptions after the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday. What a happy bunch!
ICSJ parishioners gathered on July 30th for our Taco Fiesta and the blessing of our Memorial Wall recognizing our generous capital campaign donors. See more photos here.
Happy Anniversary! May marks the anniversary of ordination for many priests in the Archdiocese. Fr. McBrady (left) celebrates 46 years of service (ordained May 12,1971) and Fr. Larry (right) celebrates 33 years (ordained May 19, 1984).
ICSJ School children and parents celebrated a May Crowning Mass, praying to the Blessed Virgin Mary to be a helper and guide. May we, like Mary, listen to the many ways that God is calling us to love and serve one another.
Congratulations to our RCIA candidates — Laura Gollehon, Debra Wilson and Jamie Moore — who were confirmed at our Saturday evening Easter Vigil Mass at St. Joseph Church!
This Easter Sunday don’t be surprised if you see Fr. Larry riding up and down Wells Street proclaiming the Good News! “Alleluia! HE IS ALIVE!”