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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ICSJ Choir will be performing love songs at the parish Wine & Cheese event following 5:00pm Mass at Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, February 9th. Join us for this fun February event!
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. Please consider your many blessings and determine how you can best contribute. For other year-end giving ideas, click here. Remember, many gifts made on or before December 31st may be tax deductible for this tax year.
ICSJ and St Michael’s Knights of Columbus Council will be having a social gathering for prospective members Thursday January 31st at La Roccia, 1909 N Lincoln, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information please contact Greg Raclaw or visit the Council’s Facebook page.
A Message from Fr. McBrady:
The crisis that continues to shake our Church has set loose a wide range of emotions. We are living through very difficult days. It is important to both Fr. Larry and me that you feel able to share with us whatever is on your mind and in your heart as this entire situation grows more distressing by the day. To that end, I invite each of you to consider participating in one of these listening sessions at our parish:
• Saturday, January 19th after the 5 pm Mass at IC
• Sunday, January 20th after the 9:30 am Mass at IC
• Sunday, January 20th after the 11 am Mass at IC
In particular, I ask that any of our members who may be considering giving up on our Church seriously consider attending one of these listening sessions. Fr. Larry and I are keeping all of you in our prayers and, in turn, we ask you to keep us in yours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our 2018 Christmas Giving Tree Program begins November 17. We will again be reaching out to provide Christmas gifts to families in our Sharing Parish, Assumption B.V.M.; our adopted refugee families; as well as senior citizens who frequent our Parish Food Pantry and residents of the Flannery Apartments, a CHA Building for seniors and disabled individuals. Please click here for more information.
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.
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.
On Saturday, December 8th we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, which is a holy day of obligation. Mass will be celebrated in our parish, as well as several of our neighboring Catholic parishes. Click here for the schedule. Feel free to attend any one of them.