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
A Message from Fr. McBrady:
The crisis that continues to shake our Church has set loose a wide range of emotions. We are living through very difficult days. It is important to both Fr. Larry and me that you feel able to share with us whatever is on your mind and in your heart as this entire situation grows more distressing by the day. To that end, I invite each of you to consider participating in one of these listening sessions at our parish:
• Saturday, January 19th after the 5 pm Mass at IC
• Sunday, January 20th after the 9:30 am Mass at IC
• Sunday, January 20th after the 11 am Mass at IC
In particular, I ask that any of our members who may be considering giving up on our Church seriously consider attending one of these listening sessions. Fr. Larry and I are keeping all of you in our prayers and, in turn, we ask you to keep us in yours.
If the Beatitudes, Golden Rule and Lord’s Prayer are all that come to mind, join us for our new Saturday Morning Scripture Study series, Understanding Jesus’ Greatest Sermon and learn about this powerful part of the New Testament as a profound whole. The 12-part series begins January 19th and runs through April. Join us for one or all of these interesting and lively discussions! Click here for more info.
The ICSJ Choir will be performing love songs at the parish Wine & Cheese event following 5:00pm Mass at Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, February 9th. Join us for this fun February event!
Our JOY Youth Ministry will be collecting hygiene items for The Night Ministry now through February 1st. The items will be distributed to Chicago’s homeless population. Travel/sample sizes of shampoo, soap, body lotion, toothpaste & toothbrushes, deodorant, lip balm, disposable razors, combs & brushes, shaving cream, wash cloths, moist towelettes, etc. should be dropped in the labeled boxes at both churches. Contact Madison for more info.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from ICSJ! Pictured here are attendees at our 8:00am Christmas Day Mass.
James Tieken and Katie Nierzwicki (one of our 2nd grade teachers at Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph School!) were married Saturday, November 3rd at St. Joseph Church. The happy couple is pictured here with a few ICSJ students!
Our Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive raised over $800 to support our parish SPRED program that provides religious education for those with disabilities. SPRED catechists Greg Racklaw (also a KOC) and Anita Holmes are joined by John Cadogan from the Old Town Knights of Columbus chapter.
ICSJ families gathered on August 12th at Seward Park to meet our refugee families. Click here to read more and for more photos.
Children in our Early Childhood classes enjoyed an End-of-the-Year Prayer Service at Immaculate Conception Church earlier this month.
Congratulations to our ICSJ School 2nd-grade friends on receiving their First Holy Communion. May you feel the warmth and comfort of the Lord's love every day. God Bless!
ICSJ is excited to introduce our new SPRED Ministry space at Immaculate Conception. The SPRED Ministry serves adults, 22 and over, with learning disabilities. Read more here.
Fr. Larry McBrady recently took our ICSJ Young Adults on a historical tour of Chicago. “Professor McBrady" has been studying the interesting history of our city for many years as a personal hobby.
Patricia Shannon Turner (left, with Kim Rak) recently received the St. Pedro Calungsod Catechist Award for her 30+ years of Religious Education service to the children of ICSJ!
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.)
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!
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 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.