The oldest continuing Italian American Church in the City of Chicago, located on the west side in the heart of historic “Little Italy”. We are a Catholic community, with Christ as our foundation, that welcomes all like family, that proudly celebrates its heritage and tradition.  Here the restless seeking of the soul finds a safe place to explore its sacred journey.

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Thank You Susan Pudelek for 12 years of service to The Shrine!
19 March 2018

The Shrine of Our Lady Pompeii would like to acknowledge and thank Susan Pudelek, M.Div., for her faithful efforts over the past 12 years of service as our Director of Pilgrimage Ministry.  During the past 12 years, Susan developed and conducted countless retreats, workshops, pilgrimage events, and spiritual nourishment programs such as The Compassionate Heart and the Lost Child Pilgrimage.

Susan’s faithful, warm, and spiritual presence will be missed by those who have worked with her over those 12 years.

In January 2018 Susan joined the Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs staff as Coordinator of Interreligious Relations.   God’s grace keeps her near as she will still occasionally conduct programs at the Shrine as part of her new role with the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Susan, with Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima, being greeted by Pope Francis as delegates to the Buddhist Catholic Vatican Dialogue, June 2015.

Susan at the CrossWalk Rally in downtown Chicago.

Photo of Participants from The Compassionate Heart 2016 (Photo Credit John D’Anca)

Again, Thank You Susan for all of your efforts and presence at The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii.


Food Drive
7 January 2017

Sunday, April 8, 2018 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (at both the 8:30 am and 11:00 am masses)

Drop off food pantry items for Holy Family Church food pantry prior to both Sunday masses.  Thank you!

Low sugar & regular cereal
Low salt & regular canned vegetables
Canned soup,
Crackers (Saltines, wheat, etc.)
Canned tomatoes,
Canned tomato paste
Macaroni & Cheese,
Pasta sauce
Boxed instant potatoes,
Canned Chicken, Turkey, Tuna, Ham
Canned fruit,
Juice (small cans or individual boxes)
Hard candy (sugar free & regular)
Oatmeal – instant and regular
Chunky or Creamy peanut butter
Pudding, Jello, Apple Sauce, or Fruit Cocktail
Snack Foods: crackers, cookies, trail mix, chips, nuts, or granola bars

There are times that the Food Pantry does not have enough to last the month.
Thank You for supporting our monthly Food Drive for Feeding God’s Holy Family.



6th Annual Cook Off
2 August 2017

Sunday, April 29, 2018 

The Shrine’s 6th Annual Cook Off!  Sunday Dinner Signature Dish             

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

1224 W. Lexington Street, Chicago, IL

Starts promptly at 12:30 p.m., immediately following the 11 a.m. Mass.

$30 per person

You will sample each Team’s Sunday Dinner Signature Dish!!

(includes Wine, Antipasto Salad and Dessert.)

Teams compete for your vote.  You be the judge!

People’s Choice Winner

Reservations only,

Limited seating.

Sorry NO Walk-Ins.

To make your reservation:

Please click here for: Shrine Cook Off mail in form. Please print, complete and send in to The Shrine

Please click here to pay reserve and pay via Give Central.

Or  – Call: 312.421.3757



“Shrine homilies speak to me, shrine liturgies touch my heart, the Shrine brings me closer to God.  My only response is to be generous in my giving”.