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.
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.
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!
On Mother’s Day, we will have the annual second collection for Catholic Charities. Whatever you can do will be greatly appreciated. Last year, our parish raised $3,721 in the second collection. Your donation to Catholic Charities will help the Church’s efforts to restore human dignity, and bring hope to those living with brutal violence and poverty.
Our next “Wine and Cheese” event will take place on Saturday, May 5th at 6:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. We are blessed to have Kenneth Woodward, a parishioner and award-winning author, give a presentation on how American religion, culture and politics influence each other. Learn more here. We hope you can join us!
All parishioners, school families, and family and friends are invited to our Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, April 19th at 6:00pm in the IC Parish Hall. Food will be provided by Orso's and will include spaghetti and meatballs, marinara, salad, garlic bread and tiramisu shooters for desert. Learn more here.
Join Fr. McBrady and other members of ICSJ Parish for a post-Easter Morning of Reflection to reflect on ways we can "do better" when it comes to our faith. All are invited to attend Saturday, April 7th from 9:00am-11:30am in the lower level of St. Joseph Church.
All young adults are encouraged to attend a special "Birthday Party" celebrating the one year anniversary of our Young Adult Ministry. The celebration will be held Friday, April 6th at 7:00pm in the IC Parish Hall. If you haven't attended a YA event before, this is the perfect way to get started. For more info, visit the YA Facebook page at @ICSJYoungAdults.
ICSJ parishioners are asked to offer their insights and feedback regarding two scenarios that are being presented by the members of the Renew My Church Grouping Team. Please take a few minutes to fill-out the survey which you can find here. All of the parishioner responses that are submitted will be reviewed by our Grouping Team on Wednesday night. We thank you for your participation and support.
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, part 2 of our Scripture Study series, Seek First the Kingdom of God: A Spiritual Retreat is for you! We’ll continue exploring the most vital topics about what it means to live a Christian life today and find encouragement for our spiritual journey. All are welcome. Come to one or come to all. Learn more here.
This Lent, ICSJ will be offering small faith-sharing prayer groups that will follow the Good Ground Press resource, “Sunday by Sunday." Several parishioners have graciously offered to host these groups which will meet at various times on weekdays, weekends, in homes and at the parish. If you would like to participate, please sign up in back of each of our churches after Mass on January28, February 4 or February 11. Contact Kim Rak with questions.
Reclaim a sense of balance amid all the distractions of daily life and rediscover how you can live more mindfully and refocus on what really matters. Join author and former ICSJ parishioner Judith Valente for The Art of Pausing: Reclaiming A Sense of Balance in Lent, simple ways we can practice the art of pausing during Lent and still remain active and attentive to our daily lives. Sunday March 4th, 12–1:30 p.m. in the St. Joseph Parish Hall. All are welcome!
Changes to our weekday Mass schedule began on Ash Wednesday with the start of Lent. Masses during the week will be celebrated at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Immaculate Conception Church; 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Joseph Church (Mass for our middle school students; parishioners, parents and guests welcome); and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church. These changes are reflected on our Mass Schedule page and in our bulletin.
Our Young Adult Ministry will be selling $5 Bags to Give at all Masses on February 24th and 25th. These bags contain a water bottle, socks, trail-mix, granola bar and an uplifting message of hope. Keep one or more of these bags handy in your car, gym bag or purse so the next time you see a homeless person or someone in need, you’re not scrambling for leftover food or spare change. Instead, you grab a Bag to Give!
Looking for a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day? The talented ICSJ choir will be giving a special performance tonight, Saturday, February 10th at Immaculate Conception Church at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall (immediately following 5:00 pm Mass). They will be performing a number of popular love songs. This is a great way to enjoy some good music on a Saturday night with your friends. Wine and cheese and other refreshments will be served. Let’s party before Ash Wednesday comes!
All ICSJ parishioners are invite to our first parish Renew My Church session at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28th at Immaculate Conception Church. Our Grouping Team is interested in your input so please make every effort to attend! The session will cover the Renew My Church process, a review of the strengths/challenges of our church grouping, and much Q/A. All are welcome. Learn more here.
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!
Our theme for Lent this year is Repent and Believe in Jesus. Lent is a time to open ourselves to changes of goodness and peace. It is a time to let go of the negatives and embrace the grace of God that is constantly raining down upon us. This is a sacred time in the Church year when we can become more of what the Holy Spirit meant us to be –fully human and fully Christian. View our 2018 Lenten Activities & Resources here.
On Saturday, March 24, “March for Our Lives Chicago” will join with gatherings across the country to urge Congress to pass stricter gun control laws. The Chicago Rally, which will be held at Union Park at 1501 W Randolph Street, at 11:00 will also emphasize the need to address the City’s ongoing violence. The Rally, followed by a march through the neighborhood around the Park, is organized by students from high schools across the Chicago area. More details can be found here and here.
Catholic Charities will host its premier wine tasting event D'Vine Affair on Sunday, January 28th to benefit their Self-Sufficiency Programs. In addition to a "Barrel of Wine" live auction, the event will feature 90 vintners from around the world and over 250 different types of wine available for tasting and to purchase. Reservations are $125. Click here for more information.
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. This year our Parish Operating Budget is affected because Christmas and New Year’s Day landed on a Monday. As of today our Christmas collection has totaled $71,822. We budgeted for $100,000. Thank you to all who have generously supported our parish!
Do you want to work for social justice? Do you see unfairness in the world? Do you want to enact change in the world along with your peers? Then get involved in our growing ICSJ Youth Ministry. Our next get-together is Sunday, January 7th following the 11:00am Mass at St. Joseph. Grab a donut after Mass and join us!
Now through January 21st, our Junior High Religious Education class will be collecting hygiene items for The Night Ministry, which provides housing, health care and human connection to members of the Chicago community who are struggling with poverty or homelessness. Travel sizes of items like shampoo, soap, toothpaste, disposable razors, shaving cream, etc. are most useful and can be dropped in the labeled boxes in each of our churches. Contact Kim Rak with questions.
This Sunday, January 14, at the 11:00 am Mass ICSJ Parish will welcome Kimberly LeDoux into the Catholic Church! Kimberly, already baptized as a child in the Lutheran tradition, and her husband Jason are moving this week to Bangkok for Jason’s work. This lovely couple will welcome their first child in May. Kimberly has been a part of our RCIA group and will miss our Easter Vigil, so we wanted her to receive her sacraments with our faith community. Keep this family in your prayers!
This Lent, ICSJ will be offering small faith-sharing prayer groups that will follow the Good Ground Press resource, “Sunday by Sunday." If you would be open to hosting one of these small groups (at times convenient for you) please sign up after Mass the weekend of January 14th. Your group may meet in your home or at the parish. and training will be provided. Group sign-up will occur after January 28. Contact Kim Rak with questions.
In November, Fr. Larry participated in the Archdiocese's regular review process, Catholic Leadership 360, which helps priests develop their leadership skills by asking for direct feedback from peers and parishioners. In his January 14th "All of Us" column, Fr. Larry shares his insights from the program as well as the areas of leadership development that he is committing to for the future.
Separate funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 27th at St. Joseph Church for Norma Gerbich and Alba Nesti Loverde Wright. Visitation begins at 11:00 a.m. for Ms. Wright followed by Mass at 11:30 a.m.; Ms. Gerbich's visitation begins at 2:00 p.m. followed by a Mass at 3:00 p.m.