Our Young Adult Group has two events coming up so now's the perfect time to get involved. The group will hold their first Bible Study gathering (BYOB!) on Thursday, November 30th at 7:00pm and will also be forming a coed Tuesday night volleyball team. For more info contact Allie or check out their Facebook page.
Love to sing or play a musical instrument? Christmas is coming and the ICSJ Music Ministry Team invites all parishioners—adults and children 4 years old and up—to join in song at our Christmas Eve Family Mass on Sunday, December 24th at 3:15 pm. Interested? Visit our webpage submit the online sign-up form.
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, our new Scripture Study series, "Seek First the Kingdom of God: A Spiritual Retreat" is for you! We’ll cover the most vital topics about what it means to live a Christian life today and find encouragement for our spiritual journey. Learn more here.
Throughout the month of November, the parish register, Book of the Dead, will be displayed in both churches. It lists the parishioners that celebrated their life-long journey of faith with the Mass of Christian Burial. Parishioners are invited to bring pictures of their loved ones who have died and place them on the memorial table, next to the Easter candle in church. The pictures will be on display during the month of November.
Do you say to yourself, "Lord, you've been on my mind and I wanted to respond, but. . . right now things are so busy at work and at home. I just can’t seem to find the time..." If so, here’s an easy way to make a little time for the Lord in your life: join Fr. Larry McBrady and other parishioners for an inspirational morning of reflection on Saturday, December 9th from 9:00am–11:30am at Immaculate Conception Church. Take an opportunity to slow down a little, just for a while.
Now through November 10th, the Refugee Effort Committee will be collecting coats, snowsuits, boots, gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters, turtlenecks, jeans etc. for our three refugee families. All of them come from a much warmer climate so when it comes to clothing, none of them are prepared for our Chicago winters. For more information on sizes and where to drop off, click here.
Please join us at our next Family Mass this Sunday, November 12 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church as we honor our ICSJ School 8th grade Confirmation candidates! Congratulations to the candidates and parents and their commitment to the Catholic faith. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Fr. Larry recently wrote about the various challenges that many Catholic parishes face today, and how the Archdiocese is planning to address these issues with an effort called Renew My Church. Please take a moment to read Fr. Larry's comments here.
Can you serve both your country and God? Some say you have to choose. Join Fr. Ron Hicks on Saturday, November 4th at 6:00pm (at our Wine & Cheese reception following our 5:00pm IC Church Mass) as he hosts a discussion on Archbishop Oscar Romero who BOTH worked tirelessly for justice in his country of El Salvador AND served God and His Church. Hicks will illustrate how God called this humble man to become the voice of the poor and the marginalized without counting the price which was his martyrdom. All are welcome.
Our Saturday morning Scripture Study Series resumes October 7th, continuing with the Old Testament. This is a great way to learn more about the powerful Word of God, deepen your faith, and meet new friends. All are welcome, so come and check it out! Click here for more information.
We're looking for a few more families to help once a month with setting and cleaning up for the Coffee & Donuts that are offered after the 9:30 AM Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish. Please e-mail Margie Marino at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available or interested. Thank you!
We are blessed to welcome Deacon Vu Nguyen Do who will be serving at ICSJ through next May as part of his final preparation for priesthood. Deacon Vu is a real nice guy and you'll enjoy his genuine holiness! Please offer him a warm welcome by extending your love and support as he begins his deaconate ministry in our parish. Read more about Deacon Vu here.
Calling all ICSJ Parish High School youth! On Sunday October 22nd, we'll be gathering to discuss what you’d like to see for our Youth Ministry as we begin the year. The meeting will begin at 12:30pm, after the Family Mass coffee & donuts, at ICSJ School’s Hill Street campus library. Parents are also welcome. Questions? Email Director of Religious Education Kim Rak.
The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated next weekend at the 5:00 p.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. A big misconception is that this is reserved exclusively for the terminally ill. Not so. It is a sacrament for the living, like the other sacraments. It is administered to children, young adults and the elderly as well as those in recovery back to full health.
Fr. Larry is happy to announce that ICSJ parishioner Maureen Wilson will receive the distinguished Christifidelis Award from Cardinal Blase Cupich on Sunday, October 29th at Holy Name Cathedral. Maureen is being recognized for the great service that she has provided to our parish community and beyond. Read more here.
Our second Family Mass of the 2017-18 school year will take place at the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church on Sunday, October 22. October is the month of the Holy Rosary and in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary our 3rd, 6th, and early childhood children will be participating in the mass. We hope you are able to join us in jubilee!
On Friday, October 20, join together with thousands of fellow young adults at UIC Pavilion for an event that will remind you that you are not alone in your faith and you can live your dream and have an active faith life. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will be hosting a number of special guests at (re)ENCOUNTER including actor Mark Wahlberg. Click here to purchase tickets.
Personalized bricks were recently installed on our capital campaign memorial wall in appreciation to all the parishioners and school families who supported our To Teach Who Christ Is capital campaign (see photos here). There are still about 25 bricks still available for those who would like to make a pledge. Click here for more information.
If you've been traveling over summer and unable to financially support our parish, please prayerfully consider, as an act of stewardship, making a donation to help cover the Sundays that you may have been absent. Remember, our Parish Operating Budget is based on the 52 weeks of Sunday collections throughout the year. Also consider our Electronic-Giving Program, where your donations can be made on a regular basis, even when you can't be at ICSJ. Thank you for whatever ways you can financially support the ministries of our parish!
Please join the Parish Refugee Effort volunteers for a drop-in baby shower on Saturday, September 9th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Meet our Burmese refugee family, and enjoy a snack and piece of cake as we help them prepare for the arrival of a baby girl! Click here to RSVP and for a list of ideas if you would like to bring a shower gift for the family. If you can’t make it, welcome the baby by signing one of the shower cards that will be in the back of our two churches.
On Thursday, September 28th at 6:00pm, ISCJ Parish will be hosting its New Parishioner Welcome Dinner at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall. All those who are new to ISCJ in the last year are welcome to join us for a casual night of food, socializing, and information presented by Father Larry and fellow parishioners. Please mark September 28th on your calendars and RSVP to the parish office at 312-787-7174.
Children's Religious Education for K-8th graders begin Sunday, September 24th. Classes are from 9:30-10:45 a.m every Sunday at ICSJ School's Hill Street campus. To register and learn more, visit our Children's Religious Education page or contact Kim Rak, Religious Education Director.
You may remember that we took a break from the Sunday 12:30 P.M. Mass during the summer. There will be a meeting on Saturday, September 9th at 10:00 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church to discuss and discern the future of this Sunday Mass. If you are interested in this particular Mass, we recommend that you attend the meeting. We are curious to see what the level of interest, support and ownership is among our parishioners.
During the weekend of September 9-10, parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago will take up a second collection to support Catholic Charities's Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Please pray and consider donating generously to help strengthen CC's response to the loss and devastation in Texas. If you're unable to attend mass this weekend, you can donate here. Thank you and God bless!
There will a special meeting for all of our Liturgical Ministers (Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Greeters, Usher, Sacristans and Ministers of Care) on Saturday, September 9th at 8:30 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church. Fr. Larry and Fr. McBrady will provide important instructions and helpful formation and reflect and review what we have been called to do in our ministry. Please make every effort to attend this special meeting!
Please join us for our first Family Mass of the new school year this Sunday, September 17th, at our our 11:00am St. Joe's Mass. The Mass will honor and celebrate our ICSJ teachers and catechists. Kate Ryan, our Director of Music, has selected a beautiful liturgical theme song, A Rightful Place. September 17th is also Catechetical Sunday, a national holiday celebrated by the US Catholic Church in all dioceses. The theme of this year's celebration is Living As Missionary Disciples.
July 16-22, the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein is offering a silent, directed retreat open to priests, deacons, lay people, and all religious men and women. Retreat leaders include Msgr. John Canary, Rev. Kurt Boras, Rev. Thomas Hickey, and Sr. Georgene Wilson. All meals are included in this 7-day, 6-night retreat. For more information, call Jennifer Cummings at 847-566-6060.
If you missed the July 30th Second Collection for the Sapatè Mission, you can still donate by clicking here. Fr. Rodlin Rodrigue, who spoke at ICSJ on behalf of the annual Summer Missionary Co-Op Appeal sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago, shared his experiences about his work at the Mission, which is located near Hinche in central Haiti. The mission is in need of our prayers and financial support. Thank you for your generosity!
Save the date – Sunday, August 13th – and join us for a great opportunity to deepen the relationship we share with our Sharing Parish. Fr. Mark Bartosic, and our good friends from Assumption BVM, have invited us to pray and celebrate their Parish Feast Day at their 12:00 noon Outdoor Mass. A picnic will follow. ICSJ will provide transportation. To reserve a seat, please call the Parish Office.
The father of the Afghan family we're sponsoring, who worked as a US military interpreter for 13 years in Kabul, is facing some challenges with his job due to commute time and reduced hours. Everyone who comes into contact with him is impressed: his quickness in learning new skills, his fluency in three languages (including English) and his warmth and consideration. We welcome ANY ideas about possible new job options for him. You can email Betty Woodward at or Louise Nora with any leads. And we thank you in advance!