We warmly welcome you to Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish, a Catholic faith community located in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood. Our historic and diverse parish is an inviting “family of families,” blessed with two inspiring worship sites and committed to spreading the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through prayer and worship, spiritual stewardship, and our missionary spirit.
Parish News & Events
All ICSJ parishioners are encouraged to attend a community meeting where parishioners from across our grouping—ICSJ, St. Michael’s in Old Town, St. Vincent De Paul, St. Josaphat, and St. Teresa—will gather together to learn of the Archdiocese’s decisions and next steps for the future structure for our parish grouping. The meeting will take place Friday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 1037 W Armitage Avenue. For more information on the background for this meeting, please see Fr. Larry’s September 16th All of Us column.
Our friends at Assumption BVM, our Sharing Parish, have invited all ICSJ parishioners to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving—and Celebration of the ordination of new auxiliary bishop Mark Bartosic—on Saturday, September 22nd at 5:00 p.m. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Bartosic and will be followed by dinner and dancing. Please RSVP to Angela Gore via email or at 312-787-7174 ext. 8.
Tickets are on sale now for our October 17th parish fundraiser "Save our Souls 2” at The Second City! Join us for an evening of food, fun, and a whole lotta laughs. Last year's event was a big hit, so don't miss it! Click here for more info and to purchase admission and raffle tickets.
Flipping through the pages of his personal calendar recently, Fr. Larry realized September is packed with a lot of “stuff!” So he decided to draw up a list of what you will encounter at ICSJ over the next four weeks. This is an exciting time for our parish because there are plenty of opportunities for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. May we be open to the Spirit that can take us to places we have never been before.
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.
On Sunday, September 9th we will return to our regular Sunday Mass schedule with the resumption of our 12:30 p.m. Sunday Mass at Immaculate Conception Church.
All ICSJ parishioners are invited to join the ICSJ Young Adults and parish Green Team October 4th, 6:30.p.m. in the IC Joy Room, for an evening of learning and discussion about the interconnections between immigration, refugees, and climate change. We’ll also be problem-solving how to respond to the needs of vulnerable communities displaced by extreme weather and climate change. Click here for more information.
A "Morning of Renewal and Reflection" for all ICSJ Liturgical Ministers will be held Saturday, October 6th from 8:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting. All attendees are required to complete this Liturgical Ministry Intake Form prior to the meeting. If you are not a Liturgical Minister, but are interested in becoming one, please contact the parish office.
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.
Volunteer tutors are needed to help in classrooms at George Manierre Elementary School (1420 N. Hudson, near Immaculate Conception Church) for the 2018/19 school year. Tutors would assist students with elementary math and reading skills. Scheduling is flexible but support must be completed during classroom hours on Monday through Friday. Please contact Jeanne via email for more information.
Our Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive raised over $800 to support our parish SPRED program that provides religious education for those with disabilities. SPRED catechists Greg Racklaw (also a KOC) and Anita Holmes are joined by John Cadogan from the Old Town Knights of Columbus chapter.
ICSJ families gathered on August 12th at Seward Park to meet our refugee families. Click here to read more and for more photos.
Children in our Early Childhood classes enjoyed an End-of-the-Year Prayer Service at Immaculate Conception Church earlier this month.
Congratulations to our ICSJ School 2nd-grade friends on receiving their First Holy Communion. May you feel the warmth and comfort of the Lord's love every day. God Bless!
ICSJ is excited to introduce our new SPRED Ministry space at Immaculate Conception. The SPRED Ministry serves adults, 22 and over, with learning disabilities. Read more here.
Fr. Larry McBrady recently took our ICSJ Young Adults on a historical tour of Chicago. “Professor McBrady" has been studying the interesting history of our city for many years as a personal hobby.
Patricia Shannon Turner (left, with Kim Rak) recently received the St. Pedro Calungsod Catechist Award for her 30+ years of Religious Education service to the children of ICSJ!
Congratulation to Deacon Vu, recipient of ICSJ/St. Michael Knights of Columbus Council's annual $500 check to seminarians studying for their vocation. (For more info on KOC, contact ICSJ parishioner Greg Raclaw.)
Kimberly LeDoux from our RCIA program was initiated into the Catholic faith on Sunday, January 14th! Congratulations! (L-R, Deacon Vu; Fr. Larry; Kimberly; Jason LeDoux, her sponsor and husband; and Kim Rak, ICSJ Director of Religious Ed.)
During Fr. McBrady's December 9th Advent retreat, parishioners had a chance to pause reflect on the presence of God’s love!
Our 2nd Grade ICSJ School students recently hosted a beautiful prayer service at IC Church and reminded us to practice kindness, gentleness, humility, patience, compassion and love. Great message kids!
Congratulations to Joanna Mokate and Jamie Lyons who were married at St. Joseph Church on August 5th. read more about the photo here.
Not Your Typical “Church Ladies” – We are grateful for the women who host the weekly cake and coffee receptions after the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday. What a happy bunch!
ICSJ parishioners gathered on July 30th for our Taco Fiesta and the blessing of our Memorial Wall recognizing our generous capital campaign donors. See more photos here.
Happy Anniversary! May marks the anniversary of ordination for many priests in the Archdiocese. Fr. McBrady (left) celebrates 46 years of service (ordained May 12,1971) and Fr. Larry (right) celebrates 33 years (ordained May 19, 1984).