Italian Festa Under the Stars 

Categories: Executive Council, Homepage Feature, Other

Dear Shrine Friends,

One of the best things about Chicago is summertime, It’s a great time to celebrate so many things we are grateful for – our health, happiness and the fact that our Shrine family is back together. Let’s “unWINE” together!

Please join us for an extraordinary evening, “Shrine Style!” I hope you will come celebrate as our Shrine continues to Shine On!

Wishing you God’s Blessings,

Sincerely yours, Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, PhD, Rector

We invite you to join us for Italian Festa to “unWINE Under the Stars” with us

Saturday, August 28, 2021 * 6:30 p.m.

Hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and dessert, a complimentary bottle of red and white wine at each table.  Entertainment and cash bar.

CineCity Studios… in collaboration with CineSpace Studios

2429 West 14th Street * Chicago, IL 60608

* Complimentary Valet Parking *

If you wish to attend, please select an appropriate donation level by August 23, 2021.  We have the following levels; Big Dipper, Venus, Mars or Can’t attend General Donation.

Please click here for the Big Dipper level – $1,500

  • Admission for 10 people: A reserved SELECT table for 10.
  • A bottle of Red and White wine and Buffet dinner for 10.

Please click here for the Venus level – $1,250

  • Admission for 10 people: A reserved table for 10.
  • A bottle of Red and White wine and Buffet dinner for 10.

Please click here for the Mars level – $125 Buffet dinner for 1 (single ticket)

  • Admission for One: buffet dinner for one.
  • A bottle of Red and White wine at the table.

Please click here if you are unable to attend, but wish to make an event donation.

If you wish to print the reservation / donation form, please click here.  Please print the form and mail to the Shrine office or drop in the Sunday collection box with your check.

Please contact Marcia Piemonte at 312.421.3757 or with any questions.

Thank you.

Covid-19 Restrictions Lifted Effective June 14, 2021

Categories: Other

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.


  • Masks are NOT required for vaccinated persons.  The only exception is the priest or deacon celebrating infant baptism – he should continue to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status when he is close to the infant’s nose and mouth to best protect the health of the infant. The priest or deacon need not wear a mask during the rest of the service.
  • Masks are recommended by public health authorities for unvaccinated indoors, particularly in crowded venues.

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.

Servant of God, Thea Bowman Prayer

Categories: Other, Pilgrimage Event

Prayer by Servant of God Sr. Thea Bowman
Creator God, Sr. Thea told us that, “if we walk on, and talk on, and work on, and pray on, and hold on, and love on in faith, we shall overcome. Overcome weakness, overcome fatigue, overcome exhaustion, overcome pain and loneliness, overcome frustration, overcome the prejudices and the stereotypes, the anxieties, the grief, the fear, the negative attitudes–all those barriers and boundaries that keep us apart, overcome racism and classism and sexism and materialism, all those ‘isms’ that keep us apart.” We ask you this, through your Son, the Prince of Peace, and in the Spirit of Hope, One God for ever and ever. Amen.