ICSJ Parish will be changing to a Summer Mass Schedule. Note that starting June 11th, there will not be a 12:30 PM Mass on Sunday afternoon at Immaculate Conception Church. You can read more about the thinking behind the Summer Schedule in Fr. Larry's “All of Us- #201” column.
Our KnitWits knitting club will meet Thursday, June 29, from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the St. Joseph Parish Center to make blankets for newborns in need at the Children’s Place Association. Come for as long as it fits your schedule or make a blanket at home and drop it at the Parish Office. For more info, email Sally Streeter or leave her a message at the Parish Office.
The ICSJ Young Adult Group will be hosting another Brunch Club on Sunday, June 25th at SteakBar on Wells Streets, following the 11:00am Mass at St. Joseph. All interested 19- to 39-year-olds are welcome to join us for an afternoon of food, fun and brunch-worthy beverages! To RSVP and for further details, please head to the event on our ICSJ Young Adult Facebook page.
All are urged to participate in our Father’s Day Food Drive to support our Parish Food Pantry. Just take a grocery bag from the back of each church, fill with non-perishable items, and return on Father’s Day. On the flyer attached to the bag is a space to write-in the name of your dad, and we will pray for them at all the Masses on Father’s Day.
On Sunday, June 18th, the annual collection for the Retired Priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago will take place at all of our parish Masses. Funds benefit the Priests’ Retirement and Mutual Aid Association (PRMAA), which cares for our retired priests amid the challenge of the rising costs for health care, prescription drugs and nursing home care. Thank you for your generosity to this collection. Read more here.
ICSJ parishioners are invited to a Trivia Night at the St Michael’s Parish Center on June, 17th, at 7:00 PM! Cover charge is $10.00. While the event is BYOB, drinks and food will be available. Teams of up to 6 people are allowed. Bring some friends and a few brewskies, and enjoy a night of laughs, friends, and fun! All are welcome! To RSVP, or for more info, contact James Colaianni at 312-642-2498 (ext. 239) or via email.
Grab your blankets and drinks and snacks for opening night at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on June 14th! The ICSJ Young Adult Group will be meeting at the Chase Promenade South in Millenium Park by 6:00pm, then making their way to the lawn to enjoy the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. For further details, please head to the YA Facebook Page.
Funeral services for Willie Larry Smith, Jr., son of the late ICSJ parishioner Daisy Smith, will be held at 1:00pm this Saturday, June 10th at St. Joseph Church. Visitation will begin prior to the service at 12:00pm. Obituary to follow.
Longtime ICSJ parishioners George and Donna Miles, who are planning to move to Ohio to be closer to family, will be honored at an Farewell Open House on Sunday, June 4th at 1:30pm in the I.C. Parish Hall. To RSVP, and if you have any questions or would like to help with the event, please contact Angela Gore in the parish office at (312) 787-7174, ext 8 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The First Saturday Wine and Cheese gathering will not take place on June 3rd due to the going away party for George and Donna the following day. We will resume the First Saturday Wine and Cheese event on August 5th after the 5:00pm Mass at I.C.
Young adults of all ages are welcome to join our Young Adult Ministry on Sunday, May 21st for our first post-mass event, a brunch gathering at Glunz Tavern, 1202 North Wells. The group will meet in the back of the church immediately following the 11:00 am mass at St. Joseph Church. For those attending other masses, please plan to meet at Glunz by 12:30pm. We look forward to meeting you!
Our new ICSJ Youth Ministry will be hosting a Mother’s Day Flower Sale on May 14th after the 9:30am Mass at I.C. and the 11:00am Mass at St. Joseph. Carnations will be available for a $5 — along with $5 "50/50 raffle tickets" (or 3 for $10) with half the pot going to one lucky winner! Proceeds will help send four of our ICSJ parish high school girls to the National Catholic Youth Conference in November. This conference will serve as the initiating factor for youth ministry at our parish!
On Tuesday, May 9, ICSJ Parish will host a Creating a Will workshop at 6:30 p.m. in the Joy Room at IC Church. The evening will feature a discussion with estate planning experts on how to establish your legacy. If you have yet to prepare a will, need to update an existing will, or are caring for elderly parents, this workshop is for you! Please RSVP before May 7 by contacting Clair Martin in the Parish Office at 312-787-7174 or email@example.com.
The next SPRED meeting will be Monday, May 8, at 6:30pm in the Joy Room at IC Church. SPRED assists persons with developmental disabilities to become integrated into parish assemblies of worship through religious education. All are welcome to come learn more about this program we hope to get off the ground at ICSJ this Fall. Click here for more information on SPRED or email Lisa Feriend.
ICSJ parents, next Sunday, May 7th, we will celebrate the Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 9:30 a.m. Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. Young children attending Mass will be dismissed to hear the scripture stories and receive a special lesson that is prepared for them by a catechist. LikeJesus on the road to Emmaus, we try to break open the scriptures to them so that their young minds can grasp and enjoy the good news. Please try to attend!
A memorial service will be celebrated for ICSJ parishioner George Lawrence Plamondon, Jr., on Saturday, May 20th at 6:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church following the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Mr. Plamondon passed away peacefully on May 1. You may read his obituary here.
Join members of the ICSJ community for an evening of fellowship at our Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 29th at Immaculate Conception Church immediately following 5:00pm Mass. Food will be provided by Orso’s in Old Town. For more information, and to RSVP (by April21st!), click here. YUM!
Our newly-formed ICSJ Young Adult Ministry is excited to announce their first event this Thursday, April 27th! The evening will kick off at 6:00pm at Immaculate Conception Church with an hour of Taize prayer, followed by drinks and fellowship at Old Town Pour House around 7:00pm. All young adults in their 20's and 30's are welcome. We hope to see you there for all or even just part of the night! For more info, contact Allie Salamone.
Two of our longtime parishioners passed away last week, Daniel Aljinovic and Jeanne Hartnett. Their funerals will take place Monday and Tuesday at the times listed below.
A Memorial Mass for Daniel Aljinovic will be held on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 10:00am at St. Joseph Church. The visitation will begin at 9:30am. (Obituary)
A Memorial Mass for Jeanne Hartnett will be held on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at 11:00am at St. Joseph Church. The visitation will begin at 10:00am. (Obituary)
Journey through the Garden of Eden, the reigns of King David and King Solomon, beautiful poetry and the wisdom of the prophets in our exciting Winter/Spring 2017 Scripture Study Series, The Old Testament. Book-by-book, you'll explore its fascinating historical and societal milieu, and how it prefigures and lends so much meaning to the New Testament. All parishioners are welcome; try one session, or come to all! Click here for more information.
Chicago Young Catholic Professionals — an organization dedicated to helping young professionals connect with one another and grow in their Catholic faith while pursuing demanding careers — will be hosting another Executive Speaker Series event on Tuesday, April 4th featuring John Calk, Vice Chairman of The Federal Savings Bank. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to network and learn more about FSB, recognized as the most profitable bank in the United States. Learn more here.
Throughout the season of Lent we will be collecting food for our Parish Food Pantry and for our Sharing Parish, Assumption, BVM. Much of what we collected before Christmas has been distributed, so our shelves are running low. You can fill one of our special grocery bags – found at the back of each church – with non-perishable grocery items, then return it to church any time during Lent. We grateful for your donation!
Join our own Fr. Larry McBrady for an Easter "Morning of Reflection" on Saturday, April 22nd, 8:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church. The morning will focus on the many powerful post-resurrection stories that invite us to a new and better understanding of our present relationship with Jesus Christ. Hope you can join us!
Please join us and learn more about the ICSJ School Tot Program during a morning of play this Friday, March 31st from 9:00-11:00 a.m at ICSJ School's Hill Street Campus (363 W. Hill St.). The ICSJ Tot Program is a caregiver/tot program open to children who will be 2 years old by September 1, 2017. The class will meet twice per week from 8:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m. on the ICSJ Hill Street Campus. The class is led by a seasoned ICSJ School early childhood teacher and is the ideal transition toddlers need to begin their evolution from a home-concentrated environment to a school-based setting.
A Funeral Mass and celebration of the life of long-time St. Joseph Church parishioner Joe Weber will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at 12:00pm. All ICSJ parishioners are encouraged to attend.
On Sunday, March 19th we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph with our annual St. Joseph Table. This pot-luck lunch, with additional items provided by area restaurants, is a great opportunity to celebrate our patron saint with good food and fellowship. More info coming soon! (WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! If you have time to helpt, even a few hours, please call the Parish Office at 312-787-7174. Thank you!)
The next meeting of SPRED (Special Religious Education) volunteers will be Monday, Feb. 27, at 7pm in the Joy Room at IC Church. All are welcome as we continue our hunt for 8 volunteers to get this program started at ICSJ. If you would like more information about this ministry (with a promise of no pressure to join), email Lisa Feriend.
Planning to baptize your baby in 2017? Our Baptism Prep Classes will be held throughout the year on January 23rd (February-April Baptisms), April 24th at 6pm (May-July Baptisms), July 24th (August-October Baptisms) and October 23rd (November-January Baptisms). To RSVP contact Samantha Stephens or call the Parish Office.
The next Nightfever event at Holy Name Cathedral will be held Saturday evening, February 18th beginning at 7:30 p.m. The celebrant and Homilist for the evening will be Cardinal Blase Cupich. The idea behind Nightfever is simple: Open the church, invite people in, and let Christ work. And the effect is remarkable. For more information visit the Nightfever website here.
The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago is hosting its Annual Day of Reflection 8:30-4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 18, at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, River Forest. The theme of the 2017 Retreat is “The Name of God is Mercy” and will be led by Sr. Diane Kennedy, O.P. All lawyers and law students are invited. To more info and to register, visit the Catholic Lawyers Guild website.