Tickets are still available for ICSJ’s Fall fundraiser at The Second City. Don’t miss out on this popular and highly entertaining evening of cocktails & apps, 50/50 raffle, and of course big laughs! Click here for more info and tickets.
Congratulations Tom Slavin, ICSJ's 2019 Christifidelis Award Recipient! Tom is being honored for the great service that he has provided to our parish over the past several years! Read more about Tom and the award here!
Our JOY Youth Ministry teens will be participating in a Habitat for Humanity Build Day on Saturday, October 26th right here in Chicago! The group needs to raise $1500 to cover the cost of building materials. Click here if you can help make this happen! Thank you for your support!
The Fall Food Drive to benefit the ICSJ Food Pantry and our sharing parish, Assumption BVM, kicks off the weekend of October 19- 20 at both church sites. Participation is easy. Simply pick up a brown grocery bag at the back of the church and return it to the back of the church or to the parish office anytime.
Join the ICSJ Scripture Study Group as they embark on The New Testament, a scriptural journey that will breathe new life into words you’ve heard so often! Weekly sessions consist of a DVD viewing followed by lively discussion. Learn more here. Attend one or all, newcomers are always welcome!
All are invited to the Sharing Parish Brunch on Sunday, November 3 after the 11:00am Mass as we host our sharing parish, Assumption BVM, in the ICSJ Hill Street School gymnasium. Due to anticipated high attendance, please RSVP by October 22nd, at (312) 787-7174 x3, to reserve your seats! We need volunteers for baked goods and serving, too. Click here for more information.
September 1st through October 4 is known as the “Season of Creation,” in which Christians around the world will be praying and acting together to protect our common home. It’s a good time to reflect on how we are called to protect every creature in God’s beautifully complex web of creation. If you’d like to celebrate with others, consider attending one of these events in September and October. Learn more about the ICSJ Green Team here.
As of August 1st, ICSJ surpassed the $1.3 million mark for our To Teach Who Christ Is capital campaign and our accumulated debt of $12 million has been officially eliminated! But the news gets better—from here on out, 100% of all remaining campaign contributions will go directly to our parish and school, to be held in reserve for future capital repairs. Click here if you'd still like to be part of this momentous campaign (yes, we’re still accepting new contributions). Thank you ICSJ!
September 22 is Music Sunday where we celebrate our ICSJ Music Ministry Team at our 11am Mass. Afterwards, we will present an organ recital on our newly renovated organ, featuring world-renowned organist Dr. Thomas Gouwens (check out his bio)! We look forward to seeing you at this special event!
From June 2nd through September 1st, our Sunday 12:30pm Mass will be on a much deserved Summer vacation as we switch to our Summer Weekend Mass schedule. If YOU plan to be on vacation during the Summer, please consider enrolling in E-Giving; your weekly offertory donations will be made automatically throughout the summer, even on weekends you can’t attend.
On Thursday 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 celebrated masses at:
7:00 AM – IC Church
8:00 AM – St. Joseph Church
6:00 PM – IC Church
If you haven’t attended one of our Saturday Scripture Study series, consider giving it a try! Come to one or all. Our current series is exploring what makes the Gospel of Mark unique: the “untamed” aspects of this Gospel which embody the traditional symbol for St. Mark: the Lion; his distinctive presentation of Jesus and the disciples; his use of parables; and his symbolic use of geography. Click here for more information.
Deacon Oussoi Victorin will be ordained on Saturday, May 25th as a religious order priest for the Society of Divine Word Missionaries. His first assignment will take him to Germany. We are so proud and happy for him! Deacon Victorin will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, May 26th at our 11:00 a.m. Mass. There will a reception afterwards in the St. Joseph Parish Center.
The month of May marks the anniversary of ordination for many priests who serve in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Fr. Larry McBrady celebrates 48 years of service to the people of God; he was ordained on May 12, 1971. And May 19th marks Fr. Larry Lisowski’s 35th year of service! Bishop Ron Hicks, the Vicar General for the Archdiocese who lives at the St. Joseph’s rectory, celebrates 25 years of priesthood. Please keep them in your prayers and may the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen them in all that they do.
Put your faith into action this Saturday morning at our ICSJ Parish-Wide Service Day. Spend a few hours packaging food for the poor, visiting the elderly, or helping with cleaning around our parish grounds. We need your hands, feet, and generous spirit—bring a friend, or participate as a family. PLEASE REGISTER HERE.
All men of ICSJ are invited to a Craft Beer Tasting & Pizza Social hosted by the Knights of Columbus at Immaculate Conception on Thursday, June 27 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at Immaculate Conception Church. If you have been looking to learn more about the fellowship and service opportunities offered by the Knights, this is chance to do so in an informal setting over pizza and beer. Soft drinks will also be served. Please RSVP to Dan Stolze via email or at 312-622-2293
This weekend’s second collection is solely for the retired priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The retired priests of the Archdiocese receive no funds from the Religious Retirement Collection taken up in December. Those funds go for religious nuns and brothers and religious order priests. The Archdiocese of Chicago is committed to caring for our retired priests, but we need your assistance and generosity. Please consider making a generous contribution to help support the health and well-being of our priests. Let it be a sign of gratitude to them and to the Lord for the priestly ministry which has benefited all of us. MAKE YOUR DONATION HERE
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
LOOM, a branch of Catholic Charities' Refugee Resettlement Program, will be selling its beautiful handmade items after the 8:00 and 11:00 masses at St. Joseph on Sunday, April 28th. Loom enables refugee women to supplement their income thorough creating handmade objects. LOOM has sold products at ICSJ in the past, and has been incredibly touched by the response of our parish. Be sure to stop by their table to see what they have to offer this year!
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.
Calling All Trivia Buffs! Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph School is having their annual trivia night fundraiser—TRIVIESTA—on Saturday, March 30th. This is a great opportunity to support our school AND impress old friends and new with your amazing trivia talents! This is always a fun and entertaining evening. For more information, contact Jodi Thyen.
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.