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).  

Purchase an early gift of Christmas music for family and friends – “In Person” ticket(s) or a “Live Stream” link to this year’s Mary and Christmas concert, good for Saturday, December 4 only.

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.


Covid 19 Masking Policy Update, August 18, 2021

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The City of Chicago announced yesterday afternoon that face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces for all people over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status. Therefore, masks are now required indoors for all clergy, staff, volunteers and parishioners inside archdiocesan facilities in the City of Chicago, including Masses, liturgies and all activities/events within our parishes.


Though not required at this time in Suburban Cook County or Lake County, it is possible that masks will be required soon unless there is a significant and swift change in the direction of infection rates in these regions. Masks remain strongly recommended for all clergy and parishioners attending Masses and liturgies throughout all archdiocesan churches. As such, we once again ask that all pastors, priests, deacons and lay ministers throughout the archdiocese wear masks for all liturgical services regardless of their vaccination status. As previously noted, this is a safe practice and models charitable behavior.


Please remember that masks are required of everyone inside all archdiocesan school buildings, regardless of the individual’s vaccination status and regardless of school location. And masks are to be worn, regardless of vaccination status, in all parish and agency offices, campus ministry facilities, and Pastoral Center offices (when in common hallways, kitchens/lunchrooms, restrooms, copy areas, offices or conference rooms).


Our priority remains the safety of all God’s People, which is why we align our guidelines with the current guidance of our public health authorities. As their guidance changes, so must ours.


Again, thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we take the necessary measures to protect human life in every way possible – including the use of masks.


Yours in Christ,


Bishop Robert Casey

Vicar General

Covid 19 Masking Policy Update August 2, 2021

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The following message was sent by the Archdiocese of Chicago on August 2, 2021.  The message indicates

Beginning now, it is strongly recommended that all persons entering Archdiocesan facilities be masked regardless of their vaccination status.”  Please see the entire message below.  Thank You.

This message is going to all clergy, employees, volunteers and members of the Archdiocese of Chicago community.

We are grateful for the heroic work done these past months by our clergy, school staff and other employees to keep our places of worship, education and work safe for all we serve. As we continue to monitor guidance of public health authorities and respect the input of our employees and school families, we must remain flexible in our policies. Only by doing so can we maintain safety so all feel protected in our facilities.

The rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations attributable to the highly transmissible delta variant understandably has caused a shift in the guidance of public health authorities.

Cook and Lake Counties and the City of Chicago have reached the threshold for “Substantial Transmission” of the virus. Therefore, the Counties’ and Chicago’s Departments of Public Health, consistent with IDPH and the CDC have issued guidelines strongly recommending that all persons, vaccinated or unvaccinated mask in all indoor public spaces.

We will follow this new guidance. Beginning now, it is strongly recommended that all persons entering Archdiocesan facilities be masked regardless of their vaccination status. This applies to parish offices, schools, churches and other public spaces. Observance of this policy aligns us with public health officials layered mitigation strategies. Further guidance on mask usage during liturgies will be forthcoming for clergy and lay ministers. We will release student and staff mask guidelines for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year shortly.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will reevaluate our policy if conditions and public health guidance warrants it. It is our hope and our prayer that measures taken now and scrupulously applied will enable us to adopt a mask-optional policy for vaccinated persons in the future. Certainly we are disappointed and saddened that infection and serious illness rates have again surged. We must do our part to bring the pandemic under control and the suffering to an end. This is both our civic and Christian duty. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to keep each other and the people we serve safe and well.


Covid-19 Restrictions Lifted Effective June 14, 2021

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In accordance with Restore Illinois Phase 5 local and state guidance, the Archdiocese of Chicago will update its COVID-19 mitigation protocols as noted below effective June 11, 2021.


  • All capacity restrictions are lifted.
  • Masses, liturgies, sacramental celebrations, parish/school events and all offices may resume 100% capacity.

Physical Distancing

  • Physical distancing is NOT required for vaccinated persons.
  • Physical distancing is recommended by public health authorities, when possible, for unvaccinated persons if conditions allow up to 6 ft. of separation.


  • Effective August 2, 2021 – it is strongly recommended that all persons entering Archdiocesan facilities be masked regardless of their vaccination status. This applies to parish offices, schools, churches and other public spaces. Observance of this policy aligns us with public health officials layered mitigation strategies.

Hand Sanitizing

  • Hand sanitizer should remain prominently available in churches, schools and offices.

Masses and Liturgies

  • All forms of sacramental and liturgical ministry may resume normal practice with a few minor exceptions noted below.
  • Registration is no longer required.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required for attendance at any liturgies or services.
  • Holy Water fonts may be filled and used.
  • Ushers may resume their pre-pandemic routine; registration greeters can be re-directed to support the hospitality team in welcoming everyone returning to in-person worship and into the parish community.
  • Choirs, congregational signing, oral responses, use of worship aids, envelopes and bulletins may be fully resumed if not already done.
  • The Sign of Peace may be restored. Pastoral care and prudence are needed here to ensure everyone at Mass feels cared for and is sensitive to the limits and comfort of each other in exchanging the Sign of Peace.
  • Reception of Holy Communion:
    • Receiving Holy Communion in the hand no longer requires extra hand sanitizing on the part of the Communicant. However, the priest and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should continue to sanitize their hands prior to distributing Communion.
    • Receiving Holy Communion on the tongue may resume; however, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must have hand sanitizer nearby and use it immediately in the event of contact with saliva (which is good practice in all circumstances).
    • Distributing/receiving Holy Communion from the cup remains suspended at this time; concelebrants should proceed with the practice of intinction. The archdiocese will communicate once sharing of the cup may resume.

Please contact the Shrine Office, at 312.421.3757 if you have any questions regarding the lifting of restrictions.  Thank you.