HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

HOLY THURSDAY | APRIL 18TH

7PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper

GOOD FRIDAY | APRIL 19TH

NOON Stations of the Cross | 3PM Mid-Day Prayer

7PM Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

HOLY SATURDAY | APRIL 20TH

NOON Basket Blessing

7PM The Great Easter Vigil

EASTER SUNDAY | APRIL 21ST

7:30AM | 9AM | 10:30AM | NOON | Special Children’s Masses at 9:15AM & 10:45AM in the gym

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Join us as we commemorate Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem. Each Mass will begin with a solemn procession with palms, beginning outdoors on Irving Park (weather permitting). During Mass, we will read the Passion of Jesus according to Luke. This Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most solemn part of the Church Year…

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Good Friday

Good Friday

It can be easy to look at this liturgy as being sorrowful, but it is important to remember that it is only the second of a three part celebration. Because of this, we should approach Good Friday with solemnity, but also hope and anticipation for the joy of Easter that is almost upon us…

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The Great Easter Vigil

The Great Easter Vigil

We hear the Exultet, the great hymn of praise, and the liturgy of the Word is extended to include many readings from Genesis through the New Testament, which tell us the history of our salvation. Before the Epistle, the Gloria is sung to ringing bells and the church is illuminated. After the Epistle we sing “Alleluia” for the first time in over 40 days, symbolizing the end of our Lenten fast…

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SOLD OUT: Holy Thursday Pilgrimage

SOLD OUT: Holy Thursday Pilgrimage

The tour leaves immediately after the Holy Thursday Mass on April 18th (approximately 8:30pm) and will return to St. Benedict for Benediction at midnight. AS OF MONDAY, APRIL 15TH THE PILGRIMAGE IS SOLD OUT. Any open seats due to last minute cancellations will be filled on a first-come-first serve basis.

Join us on our annual Holy Thursday Pilgrimage of 7 Chicago churches. This year we will visit churches administered by religious orders. Commentary will include the history of each religious order, as well as the history of the churches we visit…

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The Liturgical Writing Ministry Needs You

The Liturgical Writing Ministry Needs You

Being involved in this ministry requires each minister to write prayers once every 6-8 weeks throughout the year after prayerfully reflecting on the scripture readings and our world, church and community needs. There are no meetings, there is no requirement to read in front of church at mass and no experience or special knowledge is required…

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Family Centered Mass

Family Centered Mass

This Sunday at 10:30am

You are invited to gather with our community in a special way. Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLW) will be offered, and all children present will be invited to pray together around the altar. No matter what the size or configuration of your family, we hope you consider joining us for this celebration!


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CHRISTMAS CONCERT 12.14.18

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 12.14.18

I am excited to invite you to our sixth annual Christmas Concert on Friday, December 14th at 7pm. This year, the choir and orchestra will present John Rutter’s Mass of the Children as our featured work. Mass of the Children, published in 2003, is unlike anything we’ve undertaken before. We will enlist the musical forces of a 70+ voice children’s choir, 60+ adult chorus, and full symphonic orchestra…

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Christifideles Laici (Part 2)

Christifideles Laici (Part 2)

Last week in my article I had written about the 1988 document Christifideles Laici. This was an exhortation written by Pope John Paul II. It was his follow-up to the 1987 synod of bishops. That synod took place during the whole month of October, and it gathered lay people from around the world to discuss with the bishops the role of lay leadership in the Church. That synod followed the lead of Vatican II, which had occurred 20 years earlier, in encouraging the need for active lay participation. It encouraged people to understand and appreciate their dignity and call to be missionaries for Christ…

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Listen with the Ears of Your Heart

Listen with the Ears of Your Heart

Nine years ago, Brian Sieve, a new theology teacher at St. Benedict Prep, thought to revamp how we began our prayer each day in the Secondary School. He added an introductory line before the sign of the cross coming from the opening page of the Rule of St. Benedict: "Listen with the ears of your heart." This short phrase describes the disposition that we need to be in before coming to God in prayer. It is this characteristic of Benedictine spirituality that being receptive or open is emphasized before the mention of being active. For St. Benedict each of us is essentially a "hearer of the Word." Listening, as St. Benedict would later elaborate in his Rule, is the fundamental attitude from which all other attitudes flow...

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Spiritual Dream Group 9.17.18

Spiritual Dream Group 9.17.18

All dreamers are welcome and there is no experience necessary. We encourage anyone who has been interested in their dreams, but has not had the opportunity to share and explore them further to attend. This ongoing group will meet on the third Monday of each month at 7 pm until 9 pm in the basement of the rectory…

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