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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Di Fiore Scholarship
29 January 2019

Scholarship Opportunity for Area Residents, entries due now!

It has been 3 years since lifetime Taylor Street area resident Antoinette “Toni” Di Fiore (nee Arpino) passed away.  With her husband of 49 years, James “Jimmy”, Mrs. Di Fiore lived two blocks from where she was born, in the same building with cousin Barry Dalesandro, husband of the late Suzanne, and across the street from her sister-in-law Peachie Basile.

“While Toni and Jimmy never had children, Toni was extremely generous to her nieces and nephews and even their children,” said her nephew, Vincent Arpino. “Her generosity carried over to the neighborhood, where many of her close friends became ‘cousins.’

A life-long member of The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, she frequently sat in the back row. “There was nothing she loved more than St. Joseph’s Day, which included her hand-painted St. Joseph statues, coveted items during the fundraising auctions,” Arpino said.

“Toni’s legacy is not so much her personal feats or accomplishments, but it is what she did and contributed to the lives of the people that she came in contact with, making others better,” Arpino said. “May Toni be smiling down upon the neighborhood and resting in peace.

In honor of Toni, her nephew, Vincent Arpino, has started an annual $1,000.00 scholarship to be awarded to a neighborhood resident attending a Catholic high school, in the Chicagoland area, so that Toni’s spirit lives on.

The scholarship winner will be announced at the 12:15 p.m. Mass, Sunday, March 17, the Feast of St. Joseph.

** Scholarship winner is expected to attend this Mass to receive the Di Fiore Scholarship. **

To apply for the scholarship, please write a 500 word essay, double spaced (no more than 2 pages), about “The person who has most influenced you in your life”.

PLEASE include your


Mailing Address, City, State, Zip Code


Cell Phone

School and Grade

and SEND to:

Mary Beth Howard

            The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

1224 W. Lexington Street

Chicago, IL 60607

Essay Deadline is Thursday, February 28, 2019!

Students, Get your essay IN!!

6 August 2018

The Icons of the Shrine of Our Lady Of Pompeii

Please click on the above image to view the Icons. Thank you.

Feast of St. Joseph & The Bountiful Table
1 January 2017

Sunday, March 17th, Feast of St. Joseph & The Bountiful Table

The Shrine has upheld this beloved Italian tradition for well over 20 years, giving honor to St. Joseph by extending warm hospitality and sharing delicious cuisine with everyone.

10% of the net proceeds is  donated to a charity assisting needy families on Chicago’s west side.

3 Mass Times:

8:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

2 Reserved Seatings!

1st Seating:  11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2nd Seating:  1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Please contact The Shrine via email by clicking here or 312.421.3757 with:

1) The Seating Time of your choice and

2) The Names and Number of people in your party.

Reservations are a Must for “The Bountiful Table!”

“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”.