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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Monica

The "new" church was dedicated in 1988
Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches brought my husband and I to St. Monica and to a mini family reunion. St. Monica has a relatively short history by Chicago city standards.  In 1945, Samuel Cardinal Stritch had plans for the new parish in the Norwood Park area.  Rev. John A. McCabe was named pastor of the new St.... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Old St. Mary

Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches brought my husband and I to Old St. Mary, Chicago’s oldest (founded in 1833 by the Paulist Fathers) and the first Catholic parish in the area.  Old St. Mary is on it’s sixth building.  The last time my husband and I visited this parish they were located at Wabash and Van... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church

The cornerstone
Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches continues with  St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church.  It is a church close to my heart as our choir has been singing there since September 25, 2011. Santa Maria Incoronata was established in November 26, 1899 when the first baptism of the parish was performed.  The First Chinese Catholic Church in Chicago opened at... Read more »
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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Viator

Street side view of St. Viator
Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches brings us to St. Viator located at 4170 W. Addison.  St. Viator was established in 1888 by the clerics of St. Viator and the original site was at Belmont and Crawford (Pulaski). You can reach St. Viator’s at 773-286-4040.  Rev. Charles Bolser is the current pastor, but is retiring soon. Please... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Holy Family

Healing Garden at Holy Family
The next stop on my Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches is Holy Family.  Holy Family began its journey in 1857 when Fr. Arnold Damen began it’s construction. Holy Family is forever linked to the Chicago Fire in 1871: According to legend, when the Chicago Fire started in 1871 (a few blocks east), it was spreading toward... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Notre Dame de Chicago

Front entrance of Notre Dame
Our first stop this summer in my continuing series, Touring Chicago’s Beautiful Churches, is Notre Dame de Chicago.   Notre Dame is the “round” church in the “Little Italy” neighborhood. My husband and I are excited about the churches we will visit this summer.  What I’ve learned from this is that it’s impossible to capture... Read more »
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Where are you going for summer vacation?

Where are you going for summer vacation? My only plans this summer will be to continue my series, “Touring Chicago’s Beautiful Churches. My daughter and I went to New York City in March, so I’m financially tapped out for another vacation. Busted Halo has some great suggestions to visit Catholic sites this summer: But if... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Bonaventure

Today’s entry, Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches: St. Bonaventure, is a guest post from fellow blogger, Julia G. Passamani.  Julia writes the ChicagoNow blog, Lipstick, Lollipops & Life. Historically, there are churches in Chicago every few blocks since each one was for a different ethnic group. When my husband and I moved to our now family home in... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Helen

Last summer my husband and I visited different churches in my series “Touring Chicago’s beautiful Churches.”  When we returned to St. Therese in the fall, we didn’t expect to get a chance to visit another parish for a while.  We were pleasantly surprised when we were invited to St. Helen in November. St. Helen was celebrating it’s 50th... Read more »
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Reflecting on Touring Chicago's beautiful churches

Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches was my summer blog project.  My husband and I were able to visit nine parishes.  It was an amazing experience that we  both enjoyed. Most of the parishes we had never been to, or it had been years since we were there last so we were always surprised when we walked... Read more »