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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Sundays in Advent
27 November 2017

“Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man.”, Pope Francis, December 2013

Please join us for Sundays in Advent as we journey towards Bethlehem.  Masses at 8:30 a,m. and 11:00 a.m. on December 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2017.


Advent Day of Reflection and Reconciliation
2 November 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9 am – 3 pm

Birthing God, Franciscan and Dominican Insights on Creation and the Incarnation

How do we bring forth Christ in our world today?

How is God’s solidarity with all of creation expressed through Sts. Francis, Dominic, and the mystical insights of Bonaventure and Meister Eckhart?

A morning retreat on how our image of God affects how we live and relate to others as we prepare a place for the Lord this Advent.


Br. MJ Groark, Capuchin Franciscan friar of the Province of St. Joseph, entered the order in 2008 and made his perpetual vows in 2014. Serving in numerous capacities within the order, he has ministered in Milwaukee, Detroit, on Native American reservations in Montana and is currently stationed on Chicago’s Southside. A graduate of St. Xavier University he has degrees in philosophy and anthropology. Br. MJ is currently in the Master of Divinity program at Catholic Theological Union preparing for the priesthood.


Br. Nicholas Reynolds, O.P. is a Dominican friar and member of the Province of St. Martin de Porres. He holds a BS degree in Physics from Furman University and is currently a 5th year student studying theology and philosophy at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. Bro. Nicholas enjoys topics on spirituality and likes to take walks for contemplation. He is a lover of food and cultural cuisines.



Mid-Morning Prayer


Silence or Small Group Reflection

Examination of Conscience

Reconciliation Service with individual confession

3 Easy Ways to Register:

$25 Paid Registration is due by Wednesday, December 6.

Lunch included.

Walk-Ins are Welcome!

Online:  Click here to register online via Give Central.

Call:  312.421.3757 with V/MC information

Mail: Click here for registration Form.  Please print, complete and mail in with Check or V/MC information payable to:

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

Attn: Advent Day

1224 W. Lexington Street, Chicago, IL 60607



Santa Lucia
15 November 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the 11:00 a.m. Mass, Feast of Santa Lucia 


Reception follows in Hall.

Sicilian Cuccina tradizionale:

Ravioli al sugo

Risotto alle erbe e funghi (vegetables or mushrooms)

Salsiccia di casa al pomodoro

(sausage with tomatoes) * Insalata mista, (mix salad)

Patate arrosto (oven cooked potatoes)

Arancine * Caffè * Dolci vari (sweets)

Vino, acqua e bibite gassate (wine, water, and drinks)

For Reservations: Contact Lucio or Pina: 312.933.3913 or

by Wednesday, December 6 so we can prepare!

$20.00 Donation * $150.00 to Reserve a Full Table of 8.

% of the proceeds donated to Charity.

Food Drive
7 January 2017

Sunday, December 10, 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.

“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”.