Mass Times

    Weekend Mass Times

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

    Daily Mass Times

  • Monday through Saturday
    8:30am
  • Wednesday6:00pm

    Confessions

  • Wednesday Evening
    6:30pm – 7:15pm
  • Saturday Morning
    9:00am – 9:30am
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NEWS AND EVENTS

St. Alphonsus Family Mass and Fellowship

St. Alphonsus Family Mass and Fellowship

Sunday, June 4 at 10:30 AM

The last Family Mass for the 2016-2017 year is Sunday, June 4th at 10:30 AM.

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.  In all things, we spread the Good News through our Christian witness, inviting others to join our growing community.

Around this effort, we will engage the youth of our parish in the liturgies as Lectors, Greeters, Singers and more.  We will coordinate fellowship and/or service after each mass.  We will be partnering with Lakeview Pantry to collect donations at Offertory.

ALL ARE WELCOME!  We invite your active participation in this effort.

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.

 

AACA Student artwork to be featured in spring art show, Water Is Life

AACA Student artwork to be featured in spring art show, Water Is Life

Together with Mrs. Patty Okulinski, Visual Arts Artist-in-Residence, and Mrs. Val Grondy, Visual Arts Assistant, the kindergarten – eighth-grade students of Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts invite all to an opening night reception.

Featuring original 3D and Modern Art pieces masterfully created by the student artists of Alphonsus Academy, the public is invited to enjoy an opening night reception on Friday, June 2 from 3:30 – 6:30 PM at St. Alphonsus Church.

During the opening reception, visitors will enjoy interactive art-making stations as well as food representing a variety of Chicago neighborhoods.

The show will close on Sunday, June 4 following our final Family Mass for the 2017-18 school year. Families and parishioners are invited to explore the gallery once again after Mass and to enjoy fellowship on the church’s veranda. Coffee and donuts will be served.

In addition to the opening reception and closing Family Mass, the exhibit will be open for self-guided tours immediately following Mass on Saturday, June 3.

We are now seeking volunteers to help set up the event. No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to pitch in alongside your fellow AACA parents and faculty! Click here to visit our Sign Up Genius and choose a volunteer opportunity.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact:
Dr. Casimer Badynee, Principal
cbadynee@alphonsusacademy.org
773-348-4628 ext 132

Have fun at Medieval Times!

Have fun at Medieval Times!

Saturday June 17

Join fellow young adults on June 17th for a night of entertainment at Medieval Times. We’ll prepare for the festivities on a fun BYOB bus ride from St. Alphonsus Church to Schaumburg. Once there, enjoy dinner while watching knights joust and show off their horsemanship talents. Your $60 ticket includes the BYOB bus ride to and from Medieval Times, dinner at the show, and your Medieval Times ticket. Meet at St. Als parking lot at 5:30 PM and plan to return at 11:00 PM. Sign up here by June 11 to reserve your seat!

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 information form (it only takes 30 seconds!) and we will do our best to join you with others and start a group!
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Moms in Fellowship

Moms in Fellowship

Tuesdays at 10:30 AM

Looking for a place of fellowship, an opportunity to share with other Moms, a means to nurture your sense of community?  This would be MOMS in Fellowship. Moms with children of all ages come together for discussion and spiritual exploration. MOMS in Fellowship continues Tuesdays at 10:30 AM in the parish offices. Children are welcome to attend. You can sign up here. Any questions, please contact Connie Mottley, Marriage & Family Life Ministry, 773-525-0709 ext. 119.

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). Every 2 weeks, a $250 winner will drawn. There is a Grand Prize Drawing of $4000 on June 22, 2017!   Register here for the Benefactors’ Drawings. Contact Mario Serrano at mserranostals@gmail.com for more information.


SACRAMENTS

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 once a month on Wednesday evenings. 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.

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Confirmation

Confirmation

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 worshiping 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.

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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.

Marriage

Marriage

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.

EDUCATION

  • 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.

MUSIC AT ST. ALPHONSUS

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Choirs

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.

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Repertoire & Audio Clips


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

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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.

Ministries

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 Tots group meet on pre-determined Fridays from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 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.

Scouting

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?

THEATRE

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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!

ACADEMY


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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.