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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Renew My Church
13 June 2017

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is participating in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Renew My Church initiative.  This Archdiocesan wide initiative ‘will chart the course for greater vibrancy and vitality’ in the Archdiocese of Chicago ‘for generations to come’.  (Above is a photo of The Shrine’s Cross of San Damiano).

Please click here to Link to The Shrine’s  Renew My Church web page.

Food Drive
7 January 2017

Sunday, July 9, 2017 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.

Praying with St. Mary Magdalene
6 June 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Praying with St. Mary Magdalene 

‘Apostle to the Apostles’

A Morning Retreat

Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

Led by

Julie Berggren, M.A., Spirituality

Director of Pastoral Care, Holy Name Cathedral

* When were you surprised by God?

* How is God calling you to witness to Jesus Christ?

* Discover what Mary Magdalene’s story means for us today.

A morning of prayer and reflection on Gospel witness in our time.

Julie Berggren is a spiritual director, Secular Franciscan, grief group facilitator and retreat leader. She enjoys weaving Franciscan and Ignatian spirituality both in life and work. Julie is Director of Pastoral Care at Holy Name Cathedral, MA in Spirituality, Loyola University Chicago.

 Freewill donations gratefully received.

Please register with

Name and Phone

by Monday, July 17.

or call 312.421.3757

Comments from last year’s session:

This was a beautiful Mary Magdalene morning.  Great mix of Scripture, history, myth, debunking, time for reflection and sharing and prayer. Thank you! – Marilyn Antonik

I very much appreciate the careful analysis of Scripture in discerning the true biblical Mary Magdalene.  Also the source information throughout our tradition that contributed to our images of M.M. that have come down to us. – Maureen Schuneman

Excellent presentation. Gave me a different insight into M of M.  I’d recommend the program to others.              – Dave French

Mind-opening material.  Inspiration to pursue Mary of Magdala. – Pat Hamill

Filipino Community Celebration
6 January 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 11:00 am mass

11:00 am Mass, followed by Procession & Reception with traditional Filipino Cuisine 

Our Lady of Manaoag has a permanent home at the Shrine

Folk tradition has it that the Blessed Mother showed herself to a middle aged farmer and gave him the message on where she wanted her church to be located, She showed herself on a low tree amidst the glow of heavenly light. Manaoag is known more as a pilgrimage town than anything else.

This feast has been celebrated at the Shrine since 2003.   The Shrine’s Filipino community celebrates our Blessed Mother Mary with their gift of song, worship and tradition.   Much like the Italian custom, you depart full of the Holy Spirit and good food.

“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”.