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.
18th Annual Lost Child Pilgrimage – Seeking the One Who is Lost- Saturday, October 13
Are you grieving the death of a child?
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii invites Men and Women to join us for this very special day of reflection, healing and hope. We welcome you, or someone you know, in the peace of Christ Jesus to attend.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii stands with and for those who carry the burden of the Lost 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.
Explore the Sacred Journey of Loss, Healing and Hope
Director of Meridian Counseling for Grief and Loss, Bereavement Coordinator for Heartland Hospice, Julie has enjoyed over 30 years’ experience as an educator and grief counselor, specializing in pediatric grief and serving schools, hospitals, hospices, funeral homes and parishes through retreats, workshops, small groups and individual counseling.
This Pilgrimage to Mary’s House is a pilgrimage of solidarity. For Mary, too, has lost a child, but nevertheless, continues to hope in the promise of God.
Facilitated Breakout Sessions
ONE: Precious Babies, Regaining Life and Hope – Julie Berggren, M.A.
TWO: Milestones Celebrated and Mourned: The Death of a Child or Adolescent – Mary Ellen O’Donnell, M.A.
THREE: When Your Adult Child Predeceases You – Julie Raino, M.Div., M.Ed., GC-C
Wall of Remembrance We invite you to bring a photo of your beloved child for a special display on Saturday, October 13.