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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Throughout the month of November, the parish register, Book of the Dead, will be displayed in both churches. It lists the parishioners that celebrated their life-long journey of faith with the Mass of Christian Burial. Parishioners are invited to bring pictures of their loved ones who have died and place them on the memorial table, next to the Easter candle in church. The pictures will be on display during the month of November.
ICSJ Parish's Christmas Giving Program is going on now through December 15th. This wonderful program provides gifts to families in our Sharing Parish, senior citizens who frequent our Food Pantry, and residents of Flannery Apartments, a CHA building for seniors and disabled individuals. It's as easy as taking a name tag off one of the trees at the back of our churches and returning a gift by December 15th. Click here for more info.
Love to sing or play a musical instrument? Christmas is coming and the ICSJ Music Ministry Team invites all parishioners—adults and children 4 years old and up—to join in song at our Christmas Eve Family Mass on Sunday, December 24th at 3:15 pm. Interested? Visit our webpage submit the online sign-up form.
Our Young Adult Group has two events coming up so now's the perfect time to get involved. The group will hold their first Bible Study gathering (BYOB!) on Thursday, November 30th at 7:00pm and will also be forming a coed Tuesday night volleyball team. For more info contact Allie or check out their Facebook page.
ICSJ Parish teens are joining with teens from St. Michaels Church in creating a new Youth Ministry in our Old Town neighborhood. The group's next meeting—at which they'll plan their 2018 Big Bang Kick-Off event featuring dodge ball & pizza—will be Sunday, December 3rd at 12:15pm in the ICSJ School/Hill Street library. Email Kim Rak here for more information.
Loom, a Catholic Charities' effort that encourages refugee women artisans to create beautiful, handmade products to supplement their income, is having a Holiday Market on Sunday, December 10 at their Lillstreet Loft location. (You may recall representatives from Loom sold products at ICSJ last Easter.) This is a great way to benefit refugees and finish up your Christmas shopping! Click here for more information.
For many years the Archdiocese has provided a televised Sunday Mass for those who physically cannot attend church. ICSJ parishioners have been invited to participate in the taping of one of these Masses on Sunday, December 10th. If you would like to attend this neat and rewarding experience, there's more info in the December 3rd bulletin, or you can contact Kim Rak, our Director of Religious Education.
Do you say to yourself, "Lord, you've been on my mind and I wanted to respond, but. . . right now things are so busy at work and at home. I just can’t seem to find the time..." If so, here’s an easy way to make a little time for the Lord in your life: join Fr. Larry McBrady and other parishioners for an inspirational morning of reflection on Saturday, December 9th from 9:00am–11:30am at Immaculate Conception Church. Take an opportunity to slow down a little, just for a while.
On Friday, December 8th, we will celebrate the The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, which is a holy day of obligation. There will be four Masses celebrated in our parish (see schedule here). Feel free to attend any one of them. All are invited to a reception in the IC Parish Hall after the 6:00 PM Mass to celebrate the feast day of our parish
Now through November 10th, the Refugee Effort Committee will be collecting coats, snowsuits, boots, gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters, turtlenecks, jeans etc. for our three refugee families. All of them come from a much warmer climate so when it comes to clothing, none of them are prepared for our Chicago winters. For more information on sizes and where to drop off, click here.
Please join us at our next Family Mass this Sunday, November 12 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church as we honor our ICSJ School 8th grade Confirmation candidates! Congratulations to the candidates and parents and their commitment to the Catholic faith. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Fr. Larry recently wrote about the various challenges that many Catholic parishes face today, and how the Archdiocese is planning to address these issues with an effort called Renew My Church. Please take a moment to read Fr. Larry's comments here.
Can you serve both your country and God? Some say you have to choose. Join Fr. Ron Hicks on Saturday, November 4th at 6:00pm (at our Wine & Cheese reception following our 5:00pm IC Church Mass) as he hosts a discussion on Archbishop Oscar Romero who BOTH worked tirelessly for justice in his country of El Salvador AND served God and His Church. Hicks will illustrate how God called this humble man to become the voice of the poor and the marginalized without counting the price which was his martyrdom. All are welcome.
Our Saturday morning Scripture Study Series resumes October 7th, continuing with the Old Testament. This is a great way to learn more about the powerful Word of God, deepen your faith, and meet new friends. All are welcome, so come and check it out! Click here for more information.
We're looking for a few more families to help once a month with setting and cleaning up for the Coffee & Donuts that are offered after the 9:30 AM Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish. Please e-mail Margie Marino at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available or interested. Thank you!
We are blessed to welcome Deacon Vu Nguyen Do who will be serving at ICSJ through next May as part of his final preparation for priesthood. Deacon Vu is a real nice guy and you'll enjoy his genuine holiness! Please offer him a warm welcome by extending your love and support as he begins his deaconate ministry in our parish. Read more about Deacon Vu here.
Calling all ICSJ Parish High School youth! On Sunday October 22nd, we'll be gathering to discuss what you’d like to see for our Youth Ministry as we begin the year. The meeting will begin at 12:30pm, after the Family Mass coffee & donuts, at ICSJ School’s Hill Street campus library. Parents are also welcome. Questions? Email Director of Religious Education Kim Rak.
The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated next weekend at the 5:00 p.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. A big misconception is that this is reserved exclusively for the terminally ill. Not so. It is a sacrament for the living, like the other sacraments. It is administered to children, young adults and the elderly as well as those in recovery back to full health.
Fr. Larry is happy to announce that ICSJ parishioner Maureen Wilson will receive the distinguished Christifidelis Award from Cardinal Blase Cupich on Sunday, October 29th at Holy Name Cathedral. Maureen is being recognized for the great service that she has provided to our parish community and beyond. Read more here.
Our second Family Mass of the 2017-18 school year will take place at the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church on Sunday, October 22. October is the month of the Holy Rosary and in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary our 3rd, 6th, and early childhood children will be participating in the mass. We hope you are able to join us in jubilee!
On Friday, October 20, join together with thousands of fellow young adults at UIC Pavilion for an event that will remind you that you are not alone in your faith and you can live your dream and have an active faith life. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will be hosting a number of special guests at (re)ENCOUNTER including actor Mark Wahlberg. Click here to purchase tickets.
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.