Mass Times

    Weekend Mass Times

  • Saturday
  • Sunday
    7:45am, 10:30am, 5:00pm
    12:15pm (Spanish)
    9:15am (German, first Sunday of the month)

    Daily Mass Times

  • Monday through Saturday
  • Wednesday6:00pm


  • Wednesday Evening
    6:30pm – 7:15pm
  • Saturday Morning
    9:00am – 9:30am
Interior of St. Alphonsus Church
Easter Baptism at St. Alphonsus Church
Fish Fry in the Festival Hall- St. Alphonsus Church
Church Interior - St. Alphonsus Church
The organ at St. Alphonsus Church
Church Interior


Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass Times on December 7 and 8

The Mass schedule for the Immaculate Conception, which is a Holy Day of Obligation, will be as follows:
Wednesday, December 7
         6 PM English
         7 PM Spanish (with Guadalupe Novena)
Thursday, December 8
          7 AM English
          8:30 AM English (with School kids)
          7 PM English (Guadalupe Novena follows).
St. Alphonsus Giving Tree

St. Alphonsus Giving Tree

Please give back to those in need!

The Giving Tree is now up in the narthex. This great project involves our whole parish and ‘makes Christmas’ for hundreds of people. We give gifts to about a hundred individuals through Catholic Charities, as well as clients of the Lakeview Pantry, Night Ministry, Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly and the clients of Deborah’s Place. Please make sure to bring all gifts by December 4!

We can use volunteers to help ‘staff’ the tree as well as sort the gifts. You can sign up here.

Contact Jackson for more information/questions.


Youth Free Throw Shooting Contest

Youth Free Throw Shooting Contest

Saturday December 3- Sponsored by Knights of Columbus

All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level for the 2nd annual Free Throw Championship sponsored by the St. Alphonsus Knights of Columbus. The local competition will be held on Saturday, December 3 in the St. Alphonsus parish gym starting at 9:00 AM. Space is limited so reserve your spot today at


Trivia Night: Battle of the Brains

Trivia Night: Battle of the Brains

Saturday January 28 at 6:30 PM

Trivia Night pits teams of 8-10 people against each other in a battle of know-how, with multiple rounds of questions covering possible topics like pop culture, history, Chicago, and sports.

Join the fun by putting together a team of 8 to 10 friends, sign up with a couple folks, or sign up individually and meet new people. Regardless of your trivia talents, Trivia Night is about having a good time. Adults of all ages are welcome!

The cost is $25 per person, which includes beer, wine, and food, as well as an entry into drawings for gift certificates, sports team swag, and other fun things. Prizes are also awarded to the winning teams. Doors open at 6:30 PM in the Festival Hall and the First Round will begin at 7:00 PM.  Space is limited, so sign up soon!  You can sign up here!


2016-2017 Benefactors’ Club Drawings

2016-2017 Benefactors’ Club Drawings

The Benefactors’ Club is a fun way to try your chances, as well as raise money for the parish. Memberships are only $100 (and $75 for each additional one). There is an Early Bird Drawing of $1000 on December 8 and a Grand Prize Drawing of $4000 on June 22, 2017. Register here for the Benefactors’ Drawings. Contact Mario Serrano at for more information.

2016 St. Alphonsus Christmas Ornaments Now on Sale

2016 St. Alphonsus Christmas Ornaments Now on Sale

Available for Purchase Now!

Back by popular demand, our new beautiful Christmas ornament depicts our wonderful Nativity window in our Church. This special 2016 ornament will make a wonderful gift, as well as a beautiful addition to your own tree. They will be available for sale after Masses and in the rectory for $20 and online here for $25. The 2015 ornament is also available for $10 after Masses and in the rectory and is $15 online. If you buy both 2016 and 2015 ornaments, you will also receive a free gift as well!

St. Alphonsus Family Mass and Fellowship

St. Alphonsus Family Mass and Fellowship

Sunday December 4 at 10:30 AM

As part of the Parish Transformation, a Family Mass Ministry committee was established. Our goal is to be a parish community that actively supports, engages, and unifies the families in our school and parish in a sense of shared mission.


Click here for more information about our new children’s choir.

Click here to sign up to be a reader, greeter, usher, or to sign your child up to be in the children’s choir.

Share the Gift of Faith

Share the Gift of Faith

Our Tuesday evening Religious Education program has begun. We are still looking for a few more catechists, aides and hall monitors. Contact Connie Mottley
Children’s Liturgy of the Word and Iglesia Infantil are one of the most rewarding ways to volunteer. The leaders help the youngest in our parish understand the Scriptures and participate fully in the Mass. Click here to fill out our interest form.
Men and Women’s Faith Sharing Small Groups

Men and Women’s Faith Sharing Small Groups

Looking to deepen your faith and grow in community? Building off of the 6 groups already active, we will launch additional faith sharing small groups that will meet regularly to pray together, read Scripture, share faith, and discuss what is happening in our lives and in the world around us.  Please fill out the availability form and we will do our best to join you with others and start a group!

Men’s group availability 
Women’s group availability




Baptism of Infants and Children

Baptism of Infants and Children

Baptisms for infants and children up to the age of seven are celebrated on most Sundays at 1:30 PM. (Some celebrations are scheduled at 2:30 PM as well.)

We ask for first time Catholic parents & godparents to attend a baptism preparation class. Preparation classes are normally held twice a month. Godparents can attend their local home town parish and/or come to our class here at St. Alphonsus. Contact Linda Herrera in the parish office at 773-525-0709, ext.101 for scheduling purposes.

It is required to have at least one Catholic godparent (who is confirmed and over the age of 16.) A non-Catholic, baptized Christian may share in the responsibilities with a Catholic godparent and is considered a Christian witness. In keeping with our faith tradition, godparents are one male and one female. If considering two godparents of the same gender, we ask you to ask permission.

To register your infant for a baptism, use this form. For further information, contact Linda Herrera in the parish office at 773-525-0709, ext.101.

If the child is older than seven years old, contact Connie Mottley for more information. Once a child has reached school age, the process is different than for an infant.


First Eucharist and First Penance

First Eucharist and First Penance

Students in the second grade (who have completed the first year program) are prepared for the sacraments of penance (reconciliation) and Eucharist as part of their class sessions.

These class sessions are in conjunction with the formation which they receive with their families. The most important preparation children can receive for the Eucharist is to be regular participants at Sunday mass.

In addition to Sunday mass and classes, there is a Reconciliation Family Night in January and a Family First Eucharist retreat in the spring.

View the Religious Education/Sacrament Program Calendar.




Confirmation is celebrated in the spring. Most students will be confirmed in eighth grade, having completed the three year confirmation preparation sequence. (Students beginning the preparation after sixth grade begin with Confirmation I and complete all three years.)

Candidates are expected to be part of the worshipping community, coming to mass each Sunday. As Confirmation marks one’s full initiation into the Church, it is expected that anyone wishing this is a practicing Catholic.

During all three years, students keep a journal chronicling their practice of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.


Becoming Catholic or Being Confirmed

Becoming Catholic or Being Confirmed

Some begin this process as inquirers, trying to determine if they will indeed decide to be Catholic. Others have already decided. Our goal is to help everyone come to a clear decision, with the hope that they will discover their call to be a disciple of Christ in the Church.

To begin the process, use this form to contact Rev. Andrew Wawrzyn on the parish staff and we will determine how we can best help you.



Every year, about 150 couples prepare for marriage at St. Alphonsus. About half are married here, and the others prepare here and celebrate their marriages in other parishes.

If you are interested in getting married at St. Alphonsus, please read our wedding package information, then  fill out our marriage request form.  We will schedule an initial meeting with you soon after registering, which will give you all the information you need.  After registering, you can use our marriage checklist to track your progress in preparing for your wedding.


  • For Adults
  • For Children
  • Preparing for the Sacraments
  • ADULTSWe offer a variety of programs, ongoing, seasonal and special events, to help the members of the parish grow in their faith and their spiritual lives. Besides the regular programs detailed here, check the web site and bulletin regularly for more opportunities. Click here for more information on adult religious education.
  • CHILDRENOne of the largest responsibilities and also greatest joys of a parish is working with parents in helping to form the next generation of disciples.

    We have excellent programs in both Tuesday Religious Education and Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts.

    Each child should be enrolled in a religious education program each year of school, in grades one through eight. We also offer pre-school and kindergarten (in the school) and kindergarten (in the Tuesday RE program.)

    We also offer, depending on demand, a two-year program to prepare high school students for confirmation (and First Communion, if they have not yet received it.) This program will be held concurrently with our grade school program, on Tuesday evenings.
    Click here for more information about religious education for children.
  • PREPARING FOR THE SACRAMENTSWe are happy to celebrate with you these grace filled encounters with the Lord in the sacraments.

    Each year, hundreds prepare to celebrate the sacraments here. We welcome more than 180 babies in baptism, about 50-60 adults celebrate baptism, communion and/or confirmation, and children in our parish are prepared for confession, communion and confirmation. In addition to that, we prepare about 150 couples for marriage, about half to be married here and the others in parishes elsewhere. Click here for more information on preparing for the sacraments.




The music ministry of St. Alphonsus is dedicated to excellence in liturgical music. We seek to inspire and lead the assembled worshipers each Sunday in a variety of hymns, songs, and great choral music. Each choir has a unique role in the parish’s life.

Click here to learn more about the St. Alphonsus choirs.


Repertoire & Audio Clips

Listen to audio clips of the St. Alphonsus Choir, the Mass in Honor of St. Alphonsus (Bloye), and concert excerpts.


Wedding Music

If you are interested in getting married at St. Alphonsus, click here to register with us and begin the process. Click here to view wedding music guidelines. If you are already registered and need to fill out our Music for the Wedding Liturgy form, click here.


Young Adult Ministry

St. Alphonsus is a hub for Young Adult Ministry in Chicago. We offer a number of seasonal and ongoing opportunities for social connections and spiritual development.

Marriage and Family Ministry

From time to time, St. Alphonsus sponsors marriage enrichment events, dinners and speakers. Stay tuned through the bulletin, Facebook and the e-newsletter to hear of upcoming opportunities.

Volunteer For. . .

There are dozens of ways to become involved in the many activities of the parish.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is the largest fraternal order for Catholic men in the world, and is the world’s largest catholic fraternal service organization.

Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry at St. Alphonsus is an important part of faith and community formation. This ministry is geared toward youth ranging from sixth through the twelfth grades of the parish.

Babies and Toddlers

The Babies and Toddlers group meets on alternate Fridays from 10:30am to 12:00pm in the Tots room in the school. The group is a great way to meet other parents and children within the parish.

Young at Heart

The Young At Heart group is for adults aged 55 and over. The group meets monthly for social or spiritual gatherings.


St. Alphonsus has sponsored Boy Scout troops since 1922, holding one of the oldest Scouting charters in the United States.

St. Vincent DePaul

The St. Vincent de Paul Society administers the funds collected in the parish poor boxes and at the Holy Thursday collection.

MInistry of Care

Ministers of Care are trained parishioners who bring communion and companionship to those who are housebound due to illness or accident, in the hospital or to new mothers who are unable to come to church.

Find Your Church Vocation

There are a number of fulfilling and exciting ways to spend one’s life in the service of the church.

SAVE- St. Alphonsus Values Education

SAVE is an acronym for
St. Alphonsus Values Education.

How does it work?


Photo by Beth Bullock

The Athenaeum Theatre

Have you been to the Athenaeum? The lineup of shows continues - and there is a little something for everyone: comedy, drama, dance and music. Part of the parish since 1911, the Theatre is also part of Chicago tradition. Besides a parishioner discount on tickets, you can explore discounted local dining before or after with restaurant partners. All without paying for parking!


Our mission at Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts is to inspire and enable our children to reach their full potential by providing a rigorous education combining academic excellence, an arts-integrated curriculum and a strong Catholic foundation. Click here to visit the school website and learn more.

Also check out our school and alumni Facebook page here.