May
4
to May 26

Can You Help?

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.  

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May
4
to May 27

May 26/27: Deacon Vu's Ordination & Thanksgiving Mass

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.

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May
6
to Jun 24

Married in 1968?

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!

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May
4
to May 13

May 13: Second Collection for Catholic Charities

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.  

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Mar
26
to Apr 6

April 6: ICSJ's Young Adult Ministry Turns 1!

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.

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Mar
14
to Apr 18

Renew My Church Survey

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. 

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Feb
10
to Mar 29

Try Out Our Scripture Study Series

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.

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Feb
10
to Mar 23

Join One of Our Lenten Prayer Groups

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.

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Feb
10
to Mar 4

March 4: Lenten Mini-Retreat with Judy Valente

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!

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Feb
10
to Mar 10

Make a Note: New Weekday Mass Schedule

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

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Feb
10
to Feb 25

February 25: Buy a Bag, Give a Bag

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!

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Feb
10
10:30 AM10:30

TONIGHT: Love and Music Is In the Air!

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!

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Feb
9
to Feb 28

February 28: Renew My Church Session

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.

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Feb
9
to Mar 18

March 18: Come to the Feast!

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!

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Feb
8
to Mar 31

Lent 2018: Repent and Believe in Jesus

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.

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Feb
7
to Mar 24

March 24: March For Our Lives Chicago

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.

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Jan
8
to Jan 28

January 28: Catholic Charities' D'Vine Affair

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.

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Jan
1
to Jan 21

Still Time to Make Your Christmas Gift to ICSJ

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!

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Jan
1
to Jan 7

Calling all High School Teens!

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!

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Jan
1
to Jan 21

Hygiene Items Needed

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.

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Jan
1
to Jan 14

Welcome Kimberly LeDoux!

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!

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Jan
1
to Jan 14

January 14th: Prayer Group Hosts/Leaders Needed

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.

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Dec
31
to Jan 31

Always Room for Improvement!

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.

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