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!
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.
Looking for a good summer read? Fr. McBrady suggests The Beautiful Mystery by acclaimed mystery writer, Louise Penny. A winner of countless mystery/crime fiction awards, The Beautiful Mystery treats the reader to monks, Gregorian chants, mystery and murder. "A remarkably courageous—and very beautiful—book that leaps the abyss between faith and despair.” Read it over the summer then participate in Fr. McBrady's book discussion in September.
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.
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 30th following our 11:00am Mass. Tacos, fajitas, margaritas, kids’ slushies, chips and guac, and more, will be on the menu! Please RSVP here by Monday, July 24th or by contacting Clair by email or at 312-787-7174, ext 3.
What do young adults have in common with Pope Francis? Join us on July 10, from 7pm-10pm, for a discussion hosted by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich featuring Father Tom Rosica, media attaché of the Holy See, organizer of World Youth Day and the CEO of Salt and Light TV, and Michael O’Loughlin, author of Tweetable Pope and National Correspondent for America Magazine. Click here for more info and registration.
Father Larry McBrady will be leading us in a night of faith formation, giving us a chance to reflect on the spiritual dimension of our lives as a group and discuss the ways in which we understand and communicate our faith by relating it to our life experiences. Please arrive at St. Jospeh Church at 6:30 for a half hour social, followed by time with Father, and then we'll see where the night takes us! He suggested drinks at Glunz's after! Who knows!
Our KnitWits knitting club will meet Thursday, June 29, from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the St. Joseph Parish Center to make blankets for newborns in need at the Children’s Place Association. Come for as long as it fits your schedule or make a blanket at home and drop it at the Parish Office. For more info, email Sally Streeter or leave her a message at the Parish Office.
The ICSJ Young Adult Group will be hosting another Brunch Club on Sunday, June 25th at SteakBar on Wells Streets, following the 11:00am Mass at St. Joseph. All interested 19- to 39-year-olds are welcome to join us for an afternoon of food, fun and brunch-worthy beverages! To RSVP and for further details, please head to the event on our ICSJ Young Adult Facebook page.
All are urged to participate in our Father’s Day Food Drive to support our Parish Food Pantry. Just take a grocery bag from the back of each church, fill with non-perishable items, and return on Father’s Day. On the flyer attached to the bag is a space to write-in the name of your dad, and we will pray for them at all the Masses on Father’s Day.
On Sunday, June 18th, the annual collection for the Retired Priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago will take place at all of our parish Masses. Funds benefit the Priests’ Retirement and Mutual Aid Association (PRMAA), which cares for our retired priests amid the challenge of the rising costs for health care, prescription drugs and nursing home care. Thank you for your generosity to this collection. Read more here.
ICSJ parishioners are invited to a Trivia Night at the St Michael’s Parish Center on June, 17th, at 7:00 PM! Cover charge is $10.00. While the event is BYOB, drinks and food will be available. Teams of up to 6 people are allowed. Bring some friends and a few brewskies, and enjoy a night of laughs, friends, and fun! All are welcome! To RSVP, or for more info, contact James Colaianni at 312-642-2498 (ext. 239) or via email.
Grab your blankets and drinks and snacks for opening night at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on June 14th! The ICSJ Young Adult Group will be meeting at the Chase Promenade South in Millenium Park by 6:00pm, then making their way to the lawn to enjoy the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. For further details, please head to the YA Facebook Page.
ICSJ Parish will be changing to a Summer Mass Schedule. Note that starting June 11th, there will not be a 12:30 PM Mass on Sunday afternoon at Immaculate Conception Church. You can read more about the thinking behind the Summer Schedule in Fr. Larry's “All of Us- #201” column.
Longtime ICSJ parishioners George and Donna Miles, who are planning to move to Ohio to be closer to family, will be honored at an Farewell Open House on Sunday, June 4th at 1:30pm in the I.C. Parish Hall. To RSVP, and if you have any questions or would like to help with the event, please contact Angela Gore in the parish office at (312) 787-7174, ext 8 or email@example.com.
The First Saturday Wine and Cheese gathering will not take place on June 3rd due to the going away party for George and Donna the following day. We will resume the First Saturday Wine and Cheese event on August 5th after the 5:00pm Mass at I.C.
Young adults of all ages are welcome to join our Young Adult Ministry on Sunday, May 21st for our first post-mass event, a brunch gathering at Glunz Tavern, 1202 North Wells. The group will meet in the back of the church immediately following the 11:00 am mass at St. Joseph Church. For those attending other masses, please plan to meet at Glunz by 12:30pm. We look forward to meeting you!
Our new ICSJ Youth Ministry will be hosting a Mother’s Day Flower Sale on May 14th after the 9:30am Mass at I.C. and the 11:00am Mass at St. Joseph. Carnations will be available for a $5 — along with $5 "50/50 raffle tickets" (or 3 for $10) with half the pot going to one lucky winner! Proceeds will help send four of our ICSJ parish high school girls to the National Catholic Youth Conference in November. This conference will serve as the initiating factor for youth ministry at our parish!
On Tuesday, May 9, ICSJ Parish will host a Creating a Will workshop at 6:30 p.m. in the Joy Room at IC Church. The evening will feature a discussion with estate planning experts on how to establish your legacy. If you have yet to prepare a will, need to update an existing will, or are caring for elderly parents, this workshop is for you! Please RSVP before May 7 by contacting Clair Martin in the Parish Office at 312-787-7174 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next SPRED meeting will be Monday, May 8, at 6:30pm in the Joy Room at IC Church. SPRED assists persons with developmental disabilities to become integrated into parish assemblies of worship through religious education. All are welcome to come learn more about this program we hope to get off the ground at ICSJ this Fall. Click here for more information on SPRED or email Lisa Feriend.
ICSJ parents, next Sunday, May 7th, we will celebrate the Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 9:30 a.m. Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. Young children attending Mass will be dismissed to hear the scripture stories and receive a special lesson that is prepared for them by a catechist. LikeJesus on the road to Emmaus, we try to break open the scriptures to them so that their young minds can grasp and enjoy the good news. Please try to attend!
A memorial service will be celebrated for ICSJ parishioner George Lawrence Plamondon, Jr., on Saturday, May 20th at 6:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church following the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Mr. Plamondon passed away peacefully on May 1. You may read his obituary here.
Join members of the ICSJ community for an evening of fellowship at our Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 29th at Immaculate Conception Church immediately following 5:00pm Mass. Food will be provided by Orso’s in Old Town. For more information, and to RSVP (by April21st!), click here. YUM!
Our newly-formed ICSJ Young Adult Ministry is excited to announce their first event this Thursday, April 27th! The evening will kick off at 6:00pm at Immaculate Conception Church with an hour of Taize prayer, followed by drinks and fellowship at Old Town Pour House around 7:00pm. All young adults in their 20's and 30's are welcome. We hope to see you there for all or even just part of the night! For more info, contact Allie Salamone.
Two of our longtime parishioners passed away last week, Daniel Aljinovic and Jeanne Hartnett. Their funerals will take place Monday and Tuesday at the times listed below.
A Memorial Mass for Daniel Aljinovic will be held on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 10:00am at St. Joseph Church. The visitation will begin at 9:30am. (Obituary)
A Memorial Mass for Jeanne Hartnett will be held on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at 11:00am at St. Joseph Church. The visitation will begin at 10:00am. (Obituary)
Journey through the Garden of Eden, the reigns of King David and King Solomon, beautiful poetry and the wisdom of the prophets in our exciting Winter/Spring 2017 Scripture Study Series, The Old Testament. Book-by-book, you'll explore its fascinating historical and societal milieu, and how it prefigures and lends so much meaning to the New Testament. All parishioners are welcome; try one session, or come to all! Click here for more information.
Chicago Young Catholic Professionals — an organization dedicated to helping young professionals connect with one another and grow in their Catholic faith while pursuing demanding careers — will be hosting another Executive Speaker Series event on Tuesday, April 4th featuring John Calk, Vice Chairman of The Federal Savings Bank. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to network and learn more about FSB, recognized as the most profitable bank in the United States. Learn more here.
Throughout the season of Lent we will be collecting food for our Parish Food Pantry and for our Sharing Parish, Assumption, BVM. Much of what we collected before Christmas has been distributed, so our shelves are running low. You can fill one of our special grocery bags – found at the back of each church – with non-perishable grocery items, then return it to church any time during Lent. We grateful for your donation!
Join our own Fr. Larry McBrady for an Easter "Morning of Reflection" on Saturday, April 22nd, 8:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church. The morning will focus on the many powerful post-resurrection stories that invite us to a new and better understanding of our present relationship with Jesus Christ. Hope you can join us!