The Lenten season, beginning as we trace the sign of the cross on our foreheads with black ashes, offers us the opportunity to deepen our spirituality through the common practices of prayer, fasting, and charitable giving. Please review and reflect on the many activities and resources offered through ICSJ and its neighboring parishes during the season of Lent.
Join ICSJ parishioner Shawn Sorrentino as she leads this engaging series from Word on Fire’s Bishop Robert Barron that will explain the nature of Dante’s Seven Deadly Sins—patterns of dysfunction within us that separate us from God and lead to unhappiness—and offer a corresponding “Lively Virtue” for each one, setting us on the right path to healing and happiness. Learn more here.
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.
Tax statements have been mailed to those families that made $200 or more in charitable contribution to ICSJ Parish during 2018. If you did not receive a statement, and would like one, please contact our Business Manager, Mark Besztery.
The ICSJ Parish Council is a group of parishioners that represent the diverse population of our parish community. With our Pastor Larry Lisowski, they serve in a leadership role to promote and support the Parish Mission Statement, the gospel message, Christian values and the Mission of the Church. Click here to read about each of these Council members.
Please note that Fr. Larry McBrady will be on vacation in Florida during the whole month of February. While he is away, we welcome Fr. Tom Byrne, who serves on the faculty of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois, will be celebrating some of our weekend Masses. Welcome Fr. Byrne!
Don't miss our annual St. Joseph Table celebration where we honor the patron saint of St. Joseph Church. This lunchtime feast takes place Sunday, March 18th at 12:00 P.M. at ICSJ School-Hill Street, across the street from St. Joseph Church. The event will feature menu items from many of the area's most popular restaurants, as well as pot-luck items from our parishioners. All ICSJ families and friends are invited. This is a great opportunity for feasting and fellowship!
Author and ICSJ Parishioner Joy Loverde will speak at the Union League Club on Friday, March 1st at 12:00pm on the topic, Caring for Aging Parents and Loved Ones While Planning for Your Future Self: Are You Ready? Joy will discuss the fragile balancing act of being a family caregiver—managing care for loved ones while anticipating your own needs as you age, and trying to answer the question, "Who will take care of me and be my advocate when I’m old?" Make your reservation for this important and timely event today.
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.
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!
If you traveled out of town for the holidays, there's time to share your Christmas gift with Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish by clicking here. Please consider your many blessings and determine how you can best contribute. For other year-end giving ideas, click here. Remember, many gifts made on or before December 31st may be tax deductible for this tax year.
ICSJ and St Michael’s Knights of Columbus Council will be having a social gathering for prospective members Thursday January 31st at La Roccia, 1909 N Lincoln, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information please contact Greg Raclaw or visit the Council’s Facebook page.
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.
The planet is our common home, and we are called to be good stewards of it. ICSJ Parish now has a Green Team to promote this stewardship and help the parish and discover and adopt changes that will aid us all in living more sustainably and taking better care of God’s creation. Look for the blue recycling bins at church, and please use them for your cans, bottles (without caps), and paper (unshredded). Watch the bulletin for upcoming Green Team events! For more info or to get involved, contact Lisa Feriend.
Relax, refresh and rejuvenate on Saturday mornings (now through November) with Saturday Yoga in the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall. Gentle stretches and deep breathing, led by Jennifer Kim of The Peace School, will help you start your weekend in a healthy, calming way. For more information, see page 10 of our September 9th Bulletin.
Slow down for a bit this Advent and join Fr. Larry McBrady and other parishioners for an inspirational morning of reflection on Saturday, December 15th. Take an opportunity to relax and reflect this holiday—just for a while! Click here for more information.
The ICSJ 2017-18 Annual Report is available for viewing here. The report reflects the current financial status of our parish. Our Parish Finance Council has prepared this Annual Report to help parishioners see the income that is needed to cover the actual expenses of running a parish. The good news is that for the 2017-2018 fiscal year the parish and the school once again ended up “in the black” by $42,978.
Our 2018 Christmas Giving Tree Program begins November 17. We will again be reaching out to provide Christmas gifts to families in our Sharing Parish, Assumption B.V.M.; our adopted refugee families; as well as senior citizens who frequent our Parish Food Pantry and residents of the Flannery Apartments, a CHA Building for seniors and disabled individuals. Please click here for more information.
Love to sing? Play a musical instrument? Christmas is coming and the ICSJ Music Ministry Team invites parishioners age 7 and up to join us in performing at the Christmas Eve Family Mass on Sunday, December 24th, a celebration where musicians of all ages join in song! Click here for more information.
Throughout November, we remember and pray for our loved ones who have died. Feel free to bring to church a picture, funeral program or a holy card of a loved one who has gone before us in faith and place it on the memorial table. A Mass offered in their memory can be a comforting gesture of support and sympathy. A Mass intention can also be designated on the occasion of a birthday, anniversary or special need. Mass intentions can be arranged here or by contacting Clair Martin at our Parish Office, 312-787-7174.
On Saturday, December 8th we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, which is a holy day of obligation. Mass will be celebrated in our parish, as well as several of our neighboring Catholic parishes. Click here for the schedule. Feel free to attend any one of them.
Our Holiday Schedule of Services is now available here. This Christmas, join us at either of our two parish worship sites to celebrate the Christmas season. We hope you and your family will be able to celebrate and worship with us this Christmas season. Also — consider extending an invitation to someone who has been away from the church for a while. Ask them to come, see and pray with you. Their presence at Mass would be a special gift!
Volunteers are needed to help decorate both Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph churches for Christmas. If you have an hour to spare, we need help setting up Christmas trees, hanging lights and ornaments, moving poinsettias, dusting off the camels and cows and putting our nativity scene on display.
Immaculate Conception Church: Friday, December 21st at 9:00 a.m. Please contact Julie Viancourt if you can help.
St. Joseph’s Church: Sunday, December 23rd after 11:00 a.m. Mass. Please contact Toni Gable if you can help
Volunteer tutors are needed to help in classrooms at George Manierre Elementary School (1420 N. Hudson, near Immaculate Conception Church) for the 2018/19 school year. Tutors would assist students with elementary math and reading skills. Scheduling is flexible but support must be completed during classroom hours on Monday through Friday. Please contact Jeanne via email for more information.
A "Morning of Renewal and Reflection" for all ICSJ Liturgical Ministers will be held Saturday, October 6th from 8:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting. All attendees are required to complete this Liturgical Ministry Intake Form prior to the meeting. If you are not a Liturgical Minister, but are interested in becoming one, please contact the parish office.
All ICSJ parishioners are invited to join the ICSJ Young Adults and parish Green Team October 4th, 6:30.p.m. in the IC Joy Room, for an evening of learning and discussion about the interconnections between immigration, refugees, and climate change. We’ll also be problem-solving how to respond to the needs of vulnerable communities displaced by extreme weather and climate change. Click here for more information.
For many years the Archdiocese has provided a televised Sunday Mass for those who physically cannot attend church. ICSJ parishioners have been invited to participate in the taping of one of these Masses on Sunday, December 10th. If you would like to attend this neat and rewarding experience, there's more info in the December 3rd bulletin, or you can contact Kim Rak, our Director of Religious Education.