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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Easter Triduum and Easter Sunday 2019
10 January 2017

Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019, Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 pm.

Good Friday, April 19, 2019, Stations of the Cross, 12:00 pm noon

Good Friday, April 19, 2019, The Passion of the Lord, 7:00 pm

Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019, Easter Vigil, 9:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019,Masses, 8:30 & 11:00 am

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:

  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper 
  • Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
  • Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

(Source: US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Website)

Stations of the Cross – Fridays in Lent
7 March 2017

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Friday, March 8, 2019 to Friday, April 19, 2019, Stations of the Cross will be held in the Church from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.  Please join us on our Lenten journey every Friday.

Why Are Statues Covered in Purple
5 March 2017

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Sunday, April 7, Fifth Sunday of Lent.  As you enter The Shrine on the Fifth Sunday of Lent you will see that all statues and images are covered or veiled in purple cloth.

It is an ancient custom of the Church to veil images during the time of the Lord’s Passion. Many Churches in the world continue this custom today.

It is an act of fasting – not from food or meat, but an act of fasting for our eyes. Our eyes are not given the pleasure of the sacred images for two weeks. At Easter, we again will feast our eyes on the beauty of the art that enhances the Shrine.

It calls all who enter the Shrine to enter inward to the heart, contemplating the great gift of the Lord’s Death and Resurrection. Without any other focus, we are called to remember the central mysteries of our redemption during this holy time.

It creates an environment of penance and royal hope as we anticipate the reawakening of the Alleluia at the Easter Vigil.

It can be a reminder that our lives are to be hidden in Christ, and find their only meaning in His Cross.

“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”.