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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flipping through the pages of his personal calendar recently, Fr. Larry realized September is packed with a lot of “stuff!” So he decided to draw up a list of what you will encounter at ICSJ over the next four weeks. This is an exciting time for our parish because there are plenty of opportunities for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. May we be open to the Spirit that can take us to places we have never been before.
This week, the Catholic Church will celebrate two very important feast days that allow us to remember and reverence those who have gone before us in faith. The Feast of All Saints is on Thursday, which is a holy day of obligation. Click here for the Mass Schedule. Also note that St. Michael’s parish in Old Town will be celebrating Masses on November 1st at 8:00 a.m.,12:00 noon, and 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now for our October 17th parish fundraiser "Save our Souls 2” at The Second City! Join us for an evening of food, fun, and a whole lotta laughs. Last year's event was a big hit, so don't miss it! Click here for more info and to purchase admission and raffle tickets.
This Sunday is Music Sunday at ICSJ when members of our choir help explain the role music plays in our Mass in order to help us better understand the liturgy. As part of Music Sunday, our Parish Bulletin will feature profiles of each our talented choir members. If you can't make it to Music Sunday, make sure you "meet the Music Team" here.
Our friends at Assumption BVM, our Sharing Parish, have invited all ICSJ parishioners to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving—and Celebration of the ordination of new auxiliary bishop Mark Bartosic—on Saturday, September 22nd at 5:00 p.m. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Bartosic and will be followed by dinner and dancing. Please RSVP to Angela Gore via email or at 312-787-7174 ext. 8.
Please note, this Sunday is the Chicago Marathon which will make it challenging to get to either of our two worship sites because of crowds and street closures. Please consider alternative routes or attending our 12:30 p.m. Mass at IC Church. Another option is our 5:00 PM Mass on Saturday night at IC Church which will feature a Wine & Cheese reception afterwards with live folk music!
All ICSJ parishioners are encouraged to attend a community meeting where parishioners from across our grouping—ICSJ, St. Michael’s in Old Town, St. Vincent De Paul, St. Josaphat, and St. Teresa—will gather together to learn of the Archdiocese’s decisions and next steps for the future structure for our parish grouping. The meeting will take place Friday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 1037 W Armitage Avenue. For more information on the background for this meeting, please see Fr. Larry’s September 16th All of Us column.
Couples in the Archdiocese of Chicago who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary are invited to gather together for the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass that will be celebrated by Cardinal Cupich on Sunday, September 16, 2018 (location will be announced soon). To register, click here. Oh, and congratulations!
Our good friends at our Sharing Parish, Assumption B.V.M. have invited us to worship with them on Sunday, August 12th as they celebrate the feast day for their parish. A picnic will follow afterwards so that we can share in some good food and fellowship. There are more details included in our August 5th bulletin. ICSJ will provide transportation to and from Assumption (located near 26th Street and California). Our bus will depart from the Hill Street school parking lot at 10:30 a.m. and will return around 2:00 p.m. Please call our Parish Office to reserve a seat on the bus.
Join the ICSJ Refugee Committee on Sunday, August 12th in Seward Park for an afternoon of fun and pizza as we host a “field day” for the kids—age 3 to 12—of our refugee families. The day will including soccer, frisbee and other games, followed by a pizza party! All ICSJ children, families and friends are encouraged to attend! Click here for more info and to RSVP.
This Wednesday, August 15th, we will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven, which is a holy day of obligation. This is a special day to remember Mary’s faithfulness to God and the gift of her heavenly reward. Come and let us celebrate the patron of our parish. Fr. Larry Lisowski will preside over Masses to be celebrated at 7:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 8:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church and 6:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church.
This Friday, August 3, from 12:15–1:15 p.m., be sure to head to Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library to hear award-winning gospel recording artists Sylvia Fedrick and Shunice Hill-Sullivan, along with critically-acclaimed lyric baritone and concert artist (and ICSJ choir member!) Bryant Young, perform a lunchtime concert of spiritual selections. A performance not to be missed!
Like to knit and crochet? Then join our parish knitting group, the Knit Wits, on Thursday, August 23 from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph parish center to create baby blankets for Children's Place Association and help newborns whose parents cannot care for them. Can't make it on the 23rd? The group meets every month, or you can make a blanket on your own and drop it off at the parish office! For more info, email Sally Streeter or call the parish office.
On Sunday, September 9th, Fr. Larry McBrady will host two listening sessions/forums for ICSJ parishioners to discuss the ongoing sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. (Fr. McBrady previously served as Vicar for Priests and was a part of the implementation of the strict guidelines that govern any incidents of priest misconduct here in our Archdiocese.) This is an opportunity to share your thoughts and to ask questions. The sessions will be held following our 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.
The Knights of Columbus Council # 15771 (the council for ICSJ & St Michael’s) is growing and is always interested in talking to prospective new members. All men are invited to visit Marge’s Still , 1758 N Sedgwick St, on Wednesday, August 29th at 6:00 PM for the Knight’s monthly social. For more information please contact Paul Laliberte at or visit the group's Facebook page.
ICSJ’s Saturday Scripture Study resumes June 16th with The Apostle Paul’s Letters. As we explore the 13 letters of Paul we will enter into Paul’s world and observe how his soul shines through each letter and gives us new insights into Paul and the art of letter writing itself. Click here for more info.
Our Young Adult Ministry will be selling $5 "Bags to Give" at all masses the weekend of July 29th. Containing a water bottle, socks, trail-mix, granola bar and an uplifting message of hope, "Bags to Give" are a handy way to help a homeless person or someone in need. For more information, visit see the "Bags to Give" post on our Facebook page.
The faith and life of William Johnson will take place at St. Joseph Church on Saturday, July 14th at 11:00 a.m. Mass. Bill graduated from St. Joseph School and then attended St. Michael’s High School in Old Town. His family lived in the Cabrini Green neighborhood until the 1980’s. We worked for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a talented musician who was generous and kind to his family and friends.
ICSJ will hosting Theology on Tap, a summer speaker series for Young Adults, on Thursday, July 26th, 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Church. The evening will feature Wayne Smith on the topic, Do You Really Believe in God? See the complete Theology on Tap summer series schedule here.
All ICSJ parishioners, friends and family are invited to a Taco Fiesta at our school's Hill St. campus (365 W. Hill Street) on Sunday, July 22nd following our 11:00am Mass. Tacos, fajitas, margaritas, kids’ slushies, chips and guac, and more, will be on the menu! For more information, and to RSVP, please click here.
In case you missed it, ICSJ recently welcomed Rev. Jean-Marie Mvumbi, representing the diocese of Boma in western Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of the Archdiocese's summer Missionary Appeal. The effort invites missionaries from around the world to share their reflections and experiences and help us to be aware of the good work that is being accomplished in the name of Jesus. You can still donate to this wonderful cause by visiting the ICSJ GiveCentral page. Your prayers and generosity will bring great relief to the priests and people of Boma! Read more about Boma on our Facebook page.
Longtime ICSJ parishioner Philip Rashid, Sr., passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, July 19th. The family will receive friends at Theis-Gorski Funeral Home at 3517 N. Pulaski Road on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will take place Friday, July 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Melkite Church, 200 E. North Avenue, Northlake, IL. View Philip's obituary here
ICSJ's Deacon Vu will be ordained on Saturday, May 26th at 2:00pm at the Holy Spirit Chapel in Northbrook. A Thanksgiving Mass in his honor will take place the following day at 9:30am at Immaculate Conception Church. If you'd like to attend the ordination, please RSVP by May 13th either by email or by completing the information in the RSVP books at the entrance of each of our churches.
We're trying to gather a group of parishioners who can help our Parish Council make a concerted effort to reach out to those who are not practicing their faith. Are you good at gathering demographic information? Do you have experience in marketing or social media? If so, please contact Fr. Larry here to meet and strategize about the future. We have a great opportunity before us to welcome our brothers and sisters back to their faith.