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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Childrens May Crowning 2018
10 May 2018

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii’s May Crowning 2018

May, the month of Mary, was celebrated in a special way at the Shrine. Many years ago when the Shrine was a parish, the school children celebrated May by Crowning Mary. It was an exciting and happy event and the Alumni Committee of Our Lady of Pompeii is proud to continue this tradition.

The Alumni Committee was pleased to host the May Crowning once again this year on May 6, 2018 at the 11 o’clock Mass. The Alumni is made up of graduates of Our Lady of Pompeii School, past parishioners and those who love the Shrine.

Twenty children, decked in their Sunday best, were there to honor our Blessed Mother by placing beautiful flowers in vases in front of Mary and participating in Mass led by our Rector, Father Richard Fragomeni.

Joseph Roman read the 1st Reading and Janelle Uribe, dressed in white, placed the beautiful crown of flowers on Mary. The children sang songs led by Josie Falbo and Alumni, with Dr. Rick Selva and accompanied by James Janossy.

The children were given medals of Mary, donated by a generous anonymous donor, to remember this special day. The Alumni is looking forward to the next tribute to Mary on May 5, 2019. All children are welcome. Please come and be blessed.

Grace DeVito, Alumni Graduate of OLP
Tomasina Perry, Alumni Graduate of OLP
And the Alumni Committee

Blood Drive
10 May 2018

Blood Drive – June 1st, 2018 – Shrine Hall 8:00 am to 2:00 PM

Moving on With Grace: A Spiritual Journey for Men and Women Grieving the Death of a Spouse
1 January 2017

Saturday, June 2 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (8:30 a.m. Check-In, Coffee)

After the unthinkable has happened, how do you go on? Finding peace and healing after the death of a spouse can seem impossible. Come learn what this kind of grief looks like, explore where to find God in the midst of it, and gain tips and skills for coping, healing, and embracing new life. It is possible to once again know happiness and live with a full heart.

Speaker: Amy Florian is a nationally known speaker, author, teacher and retreat director. She is a Fellow in Thanatology, the past executive director of Stauros, U.S.A., and founder of Corgenius, Inc. Amy has authored over 150 articles, four books, and taught classes at St. Xavier University, Dominican University and for Loyola University’s graduate ministry department.

A morning of spiritual comfort, engaging community and hope through prayer, presentation & discussion.


Liturgy of Lamentation

Presentation and Discussion with Amy Florian

Quiet Time Reflection

Liturgy of Hope

$25 Paid Registration is due by Wed., May 30.

(Lunch included)

3 Ways to Register:

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

Attn: MOWG

1224 W. Lexington Street

Chicago, IL 60607

2018 Festa della Repubblica
26 April 2018


Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the 11 a.m. Mass

Once again, we welcome Honorable Roberto Menia,
former Italian Under-Secretary of State, to our Mass and celebration.
Please introduce yourself and say “Hello.”

Honoring U.S. Army Sgt. Thomas Davino,
from our Little Italy neighborhood,
killed in Viet Nam, July 3, 1968.

Please bring family and friends!
You are invited to also bring your club,
organization and association banners and flags
for the Mass and Procession.

For details, call Carlo: 708.217.1004

Chicago’s Only Traditional Procession through the Streets of Little Italy

After Mass, we will proceed to Garibaldi Park for a
wreath-laying ceremony & speech at the Garibaldi statue,
then returning to the Shrine for entertainment
by DJ Alex, weather permitting.

The Shrine Gift Shop will be open for assorted purchases,
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase
and, throughout the day, be sure to enjoy
the classic Italian auto display.



“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”.