• 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
  • Confessions

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


Join the Knights of Columbus for a Holy Thursday Tradition: Pilgrimage to Seven Churches

Join the Knights of Columbus for a Holy Thursday Tradition: Pilgrimage to Seven Churches

Many older Catholics remember a popular devotion of visiting seven churches on the evening of Holy Thursday. After communion at the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Blessed Sacrament is carried in procession to a special “Altar of Repose” for Adoration until midnight. Often, these special shrines are beautifully decorated. In times past, Catholics were encouraged to visit different churches to pray before these altars.

 We often tried to visit seven churches on Holy Thursday in imitation of the pious exercise of pilgrims to Rome. The Roman pilgrimage called for visits to the four major Papal Basilicas (St. Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, and St. Mary Major) and three of the minor basilicas (San Sebastiano, San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, and Santa Croce in Gerusalemme).

For the past few years, we have observed the customary visits on a bus, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. We plan on keeping the practice as part of our observance of the Triduum. After the 7 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we will go to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Michael, St. Clement, Mary of the Lake, St. Andrew, and St. John Cantius before returning to St. Alphonsus.

 Please consider joining us. A link to sign up will be posted shortly.

Holy Week 2018

Holy Week 2018

Holy Week and Easter Services

Wednesday, March 28

Lenten Reconciliation at 6:30 PM
An opportunity for confession within the context of Adoration with Praise music

Holy Thursday, March 29

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00 PM
Adoration at the Altar of Repose until Midnight

Good Friday, March 30

Stations of the Cross 3:00 PM

Solemn Liturgy of the Passion 7:00 PM

Holy Saturday, March 31

Easter Vigil Mass 7:30 PM

Please note that there will be no 5:30 PM Mass on Holy Saturday 

Easter Sunday, April 1

7:45 AM

9:15 AM (English and German)

11:00 AM

12:30 PM (Spanish)

Please Note that there is No 5:00 PM Mass on Easter Sunday

2017-2018 Benefactors’ Club Drawings

2017-2018 Benefactors’ Club Drawings

Enter for your chance to win!

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 20, 2018!   Register here for the Benefactors’ Drawings. Contact Nora Ramirez for more information.

Share the Gift of Faith

Share the Gift of Faith

Catechists are Needed!

We are still looking for a few more catechists for our Tuesday evening Religious Education program. Contact Carlos Roman if you are interested in this blessed way to teach children and grow in your own faith.
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.


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 Brooks Robinson in the parish office at 773-525-0709, ext.111 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 Brooks Robinson in the parish office at 773-525-0709, ext.111.

If the child is older than seven years old, contact Carlos Roman 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 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.


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 Brooks Robinson 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 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.


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.


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.