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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Ash Wednesday
4 February 2017

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018  Ashes distributed at masses and Liturgy of the Word services.

7:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon Liturgy of the Word,

6:00 pm Mass, Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D., Presiding

Winter Spirituality 2018 – Deep Listening: Being a Loving and Healing Presence
18 January 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

8:30 a.m. check-in, coffee

“Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference.” (D. Augsburger)

Listening is an art.  Deep listening happens in the heart.  Beyond our logical minds there is a ground of knowing where we encounter Divine grace and compassion that heals and transforms us.  Come and learn practices in deep listening where our inner and outer landscapes meet. We’ll experience Centering Prayer (Christian tradition) and the secular aspects of Mindfulness Meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

Cultivating silence, noticing and not judging our thoughts opens our hearts to receiving God’s abundant grace and mercyas we know our basic goodness.

Co-Leaders:           

Aarti Lentz Tejuja 

Director of Social Engagement, Shambhala International, creates safe spaces for young people in Chicago teaching how to live mindfully and give back to society.

Susan M. Pudelek, M.Div.

Coordinator of Interreligious Relations, Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Archdiocese of Chicago, builds relationships with people of many religious traditions. Susan was the Shrine’s Director of Pilgrimage Ministry for more than 12 years.

Susan and Aarti were delegates with the Buddhist Catholic Vatican Dialogue and met Pope Francis in June 2015.

$25.00 Paid Registration is due by

Wednesday, February 21.

Lunch included.

3 Ways to Register:

  1. Call:312.421.3757 (V/MC) or
  2. Online: Please click here.
  3. Mail Check or Credit Card information to:

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

Attn: Deep Listening

1224 W. Lexington Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Christmas Decorations – Thank you!
5 January 2018

Through the Nativity of Our Lord, we welcomed into the world, Jesus, the light of all nations, the light of all generations, the light that overcomes all darkness.

We were able to celebrate our Christmas masses in a wonderfully  decorated and brilliantly illuminated church.

A big ‘Thank you’ to the volunteers who gave up their time and worked so hard to put up and arrange the beautiful decorations.

Chris & Joey Butz
Rich Panico
Pete Cesaroni
Jim Parenti
Gina Battaglia
Andrew Lisowski
Mike Johannsen
Mario Leggero
Debbie & Frank Madda
Joe Cini
Josephin & Sam Rizzo
Anna & Catarina Novotny
Nancy & Charlie Cunov
Jan Gemino
Colin Colette
Kathy Murr
Gina & Lionel Battari

Flower Donations
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Christmas flower fund!  Those funds helped to provide the lovely floral arrangements and poinsettias which wonderfully decorated our church.

Mille Grazie‘ to all!

“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”.