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The oldest continuing Italian American church in the city of Chicago, located on the west side in the heart of historic “Little Italy.”

As a Shrine we offer healing and hope, we ask for mercy and grace, and we preach the love of Jesus Christ to all like family, proudly celebrating our heritage and tradition.  Here the restless seeking of the soul finds a safe place to explore its sacred journey.


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Just One Little Candle
26 August 2020

We invite you to let us light – Just One Little Candle – in The Shrine!

We ask you to kindly start by by making a candle donation by clicking here.

You will be asked to provide the intention or memorial for the candle as part of the donation process.  Candles will be lit immediately before the 8:30 A.M. Sunday Mass; for Intentions and Memorials received by Friday 3:00 P.M.  The intentions or memorial will be included as part of the Prayers of the Faithful Intercessions.  The candle will remain lit in the Shrine’s sanctuary for approximately seven days.

Thank you.

Lost Child Pilgrimage, A Father/Widower’s Personal Story of Loss and Grief
23 July 2018

21st annual Lost Child Pilgrimage (in person) Saturday, October 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Are you, or is someone you know Grieving the Death of a Child?

We invite men and women who have lost a child to explore the sacred journey of loss, healing and hope.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii stands with and for men and women who carry the burden of grieving the death of a child. We of Mary’s House open our doors and our hearts to you, standing with you, for Mary’s Bethlehem joy was Mary’s Calvary vigil of sorrow as well. We have faith in the power of prayer to heal the soul and faith in the comfort and support of a community coming together in solidarity.

Speaker: Brian Roman, PhD is a molecular imaging scientist at the University of Chicago and is on the Executive Board of The Shrine of Pompeii.

Before adopting their son, Joseph, from Kazakhstan, Brian and his wife Laura suffered multiple in utero losses. His wife Laura was diagnosed with brain cancer following the last loss and Laura died in 2018. Brian and Laura presented as a couple at one of the first “Lost Child” pilgrimages. Brian will share their story of child loss, especially as a man/husband, as well as some family insight about the loss of Laura as a daughter and sister.

PROGRAM: Welcoming Remarks, Prayer of Lamentation, Speaker Presentation & Prayer of Hope.

Facilitated Breakout Sessions:

1: “Precious Babies, Regaining Life and Hope” Miscarriage and Infant Loss

2: “Milestones Celebrated and Mourned: The Death of a Child or Adolescent”

3: “When Your Adult Child Predeceases You”

4: “Torn from Our Arms: Traumatic and Sudden Loss of a Child of Any Age”

Freewill Donations will be gratefully received.

Masks will be required and we will follow current Covid-19 restrictions for Chicago and Illinois.

In the event of restriction changes, this program may become virtual.

All are welcome.

Please click here to make a freewill donation which are gratefully received.  Thank you.

Please click here to register via Event Brite.  Registration closes on October 22, 2021 at 9:00 AM.

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“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”.