Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Mary of the Angels

Entrance on 1850 N. Hermitage (the Kennedy and Armitage exit)
Our next stop in touring Chicago’s beautiful churches is St. Mary of the Angels.  My husband and I had never been here before.  We have passed it many times and saw it from the Kennedy expressway, so we were excited to attend their Saturday, 5 PM Mass. St. Mary of the Angels is another church... Read more »

Jesus rejoiced

From Catholic Memes on Facebook
Jesus rejoiced is one of those phrases we don’t often dwell upon.  More than likely, it would be Jesus suffered or Jesus’ suffering. In Fr. James Martin’s Book, Jesus:  A Pilgrimage, he lists from the Bible some of the many times that Jesus, his disciples and those around him rejoiced: “Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Michael in Old Town

Entrance to St. Michael's
St. Michael in Old Town is the fifth in my series of touring Chicago’s beautiful churches.  My husband and I have been there once before and we were looking forward to our second visit. I also have a personal connection to this very old and historic church.  My maternal grandparents were married here sometime in... Read more »
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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. John Cantius

St. John Cantius on Carpenter
St. John Cantius is the fourth church my husband and I have visited in my series, Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches.  This exquisite church was very near the wrecking ball not that long ago and now it is a thriving parish. My husband and I had not been to St. John Cantius in many years.  The... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Holy Innocents

Entrance to Holy Innocents on Armour
Holy Innocents is the third parish my husband and I visited while touring Chicago’s beautiful churches.  Neither of us had ever been there so we were discovering this treasure for the first time. What always amazes me when visiting an older parish is the sacrifice of the people who built it.  Intricate stained glass in memory... Read more »

Happy Fourth of July 2014

Happy Fourth of July 2014
Happy Fourth of July 2014! I found this in today’s Magnificat.  The words can be sung to the tune of Amazing Grace: I love this native land of mine A noble land and free, Adorned by nature’s lavish hand With fairest artistry.   Within this western sphere it lies, A gem of peerless price Whose... Read more »
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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Santa Lucia Church

Entrance to Santa Lucia, "the little church"
Santa Lucia Church:  Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches, is the second church my husband and I are visiting in my series.  Ever since our choir joined St. Thérèse nearly three years ago this fall, we have heard about “the little church.”  Our first stop on touring Chicago’s beautiful churches was St. Andrew. My husband and I were excited about... Read more »

Jesus stood still

Jesus stood still
“Jesus stood still.” That simple sentence can be found in the story of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52).  I was reading about this Gospel story in Fr. James Martin’s book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage.  In Father’s book he mentions how a nun was deeply moved by that simple sentence and explains why. After Bartimaeus calls to Jesus a... Read more »

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Today is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus a novena used by Padre Pio. A novena is usually started nine days before the feast day, but you can do a novena any time. I am one of those people who can never finish a novena.  I always forget.  I forget to start it.... Read more »
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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Andrew Parish

St. Andrew greets you at the entrance of the church on the corner of North Paulina and West Addison.
What are you doing this summer?  My husband and I are touring Chicago’s beautiful churches. A while back I wrote about our choir being on hiatus for the summer.  Our first stop on our summer tour of churches is St. Andrew Parish. When I was growing up (and not Catholic) we lived in St. Andrew’s... Read more »