Mary and Christmas Concert Celebration (in person or live-streamed)

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Please join The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in person or live streamed for our 21st Anniversary Mary and Christmas Concert Celebration, on Saturday December 4, 2021 at 7:45 PM sharp, (Doors open at 7:15 PM).  

After a year in which the beloved Mary & Christmas concert was held virtually, we are pleased to announce that this year’s concert will be a live event! The sonic splendor of this annual concert will resonate throughout the acoustical jewel that is the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii as we welcome back the incomparable William Ferris Chorale, under the direction of Maestro Paul French, in a program of familiar and glorious Christmas favorites. Echoes of Christmases past, the timeless melodies of the season, Neapolitan songs, and favorites of beloved film composer Ennio Morricone will help to ring in the season! Joining in the musical banquet will be harp virtuoso, Lauren Hayes, the incomparable sopranos Carol LoVerde and Josie Falbo, baritone Anthony Rago and our beloved rector, Rev. Richard Fragomeni, accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Join us for what promises to be an exuberant and heartwarming evening of holiday music making.

You are cordially invited to attend by Co-Chairs:
Lydia and David Allen
Tara and Robert Cesario
Patricia and Joseph Perillo
Marietta and Louis Pullano
Louis H. Rago

The event will be live at The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 West Lexington Street, Chicago, and will be live streamed at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Please click here for Archangel level – $800, which includes;
Includes Admission for Eight
A Reserved Pew for Eight at the Concert in the Shrine
Recognition in the Program Book
Complimentary Valet Parking

Please click her for Seraphim level – $600, which includes;
Includes Admission for Six
A Reserved Pew for Six at the Concert in the Shrine
Recognition in the Program Book
Complimentary Valet Parking

Please click here for Cherubim level – $100, which includes;
Admission for One
Complimentary Valet Parking

Please click here for Angel level -$100, which includes;
Live Stream Concert – from the comfort of your home!
You will receive access instructions to the live streamed concert Friday, December 3rd.

Please click here, If you are unable to attend either the live event or view via streaming, and wish to make a contribution.


Please click here to print the reply card.  Please return the reply card to the Shrine Office.  Thank you.


Coming in November

Categories: Homepage Feature

Mass of Remembrance, Sunday November 7, 11:00 AM

“The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.” ~ Wis 3:1

Please join the Shrine prayer community In-Person or via Live Stream on Facebook Sunday, November 7, 2021 for our Annual Mass of Remembrance at the 11 a.m. Mass honoring our recently deceased, in the peace of Christ Jesus.  You are invited to bring a framed photo, no larger than 8” x 10” & the name of your loved one, to be included during the Liturgy.

You may also email the names of your loved ones to be read at Mass to: by Wednesday, November 4.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.  And let the perpetual light shine upon them.  May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


First responder’s Mass, Sunday November 21, 11:00 AM

Bake Sale, Sunday November 21, after 8:30 and 11:00 am masses, until 1:00 pm 

Auxiliary Bake Sale Share your Favorite Holiday Treats!  Drop off your Homemade Baked Goods…     cupcakes, pies, breads, cakes, cookies, etc.,Saturday, November 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.! 

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

Categories: Homepage Feature, Pilgrimage Event

****Update October 20, 2021 – Lost Child Pilgrimage postponed. *******

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.

Thank you.