• 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

NEWS AND EVENTS

Christmas Mass Schedule at St. Alphonsus

Christmas Mass Schedule at St. Alphonsus

Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24

7:45 AM in English

10:30 AM in English

12:15 PM in Spanish

4:00 PM, with carol program beginning at 3:30 PM

6:00 PM, with carol program beginning at 5:30 PM

11:00 PM, with carol program beginning at 10:30 PM

 

Christmas Day, Monday December 25

The Nativity of the Lord

7:45 AM in English

9:15 AM in English and German

11:00 AM in English and Spanish

If you are traveling to be with family or friends over Christmas, join us on January 7, the Feast of the Epiphany. The Midnight Mass program will be repeated at 10:30 AM. 

St. Alphonsus Christmas Concert

St. Alphonsus Christmas Concert

December 17 at 7:30 PM

Celebrate the music of Christmas in diverse and powerful ways in one amazing concert!  On December 17th, at 7:30 PM, the choirs of St. Alphonsus, along with members of the Community Renewal Chorus will present “From London to Chicago: A Christmas Concert.”

Hear Benjamin Britten’s beloved Ceremony of Carols accompanied by harp, and Gerald Finzi’s In Terra Pax, accompanied by string orchestra, harp, and percussion. The Finzi work has been described as “a miniature masterpiece that unites the familiar events of the Christmas story into a compelling musical narrative that is at once personal and universal.”

Of course, you will also delight in carol arrangements old and new, from Gospel spirituals to Fry’s Christmas in Chicago.

This is a concert not to miss. Tickets and more information at crchorus.org.

 

Speed Dating Sign-Ups Are Here!

Speed Dating Sign-Ups Are Here!

Saturday January 27, 2018 at 6:00 PM- 10:30 PM

152 singles. 38 dates. 3 hours. 1 great evening! Our annual speed dating event takes place on Saturday, January 27th with registration beginning at 6:00 PM.

Join us for a tremendously fun night of quality conversation, great dates, good food, with beer/wine included!!  The fee is $50, and tickets are selling out very quickly. Don’t wait to register, or seats will be gone!  Must be 21-39 and single to participate. Already taken?  Invite your eligible friends to join!

For more information or any questions, contact stalspeeddate@gmail.com

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 Early Bird Drawing on December 6 for $1000. There is a Grand Prize Drawing of $4000 on June 20, 2018!   Register here for the Benefactors’ Drawings. Contact Mario Serrano at mserranostals@gmail.com for more information.

Volunteer With Our Cleaning Angels Ministry!

Volunteer With Our Cleaning Angels Ministry!

December 16 at 9:00 AM

Join fellow parishioners as we beautify the Church and grounds of St. Alphonsus!

This is a nice and fun group activity where families can participate.  All cleaning supplies are provided so all you have to do is sign-up here and show up for a couple of hours on the scheduled cleaning date. The next Cleaning Angels date is Saturday, December 16. It is the last weekend before the Parish gets busy with Christmas services.  If you are available to volunteer a couple of hours to get our church ready for Christmas, all are welcome!!!  We will have special Holiday treats for all volunteers.  Feel free to bring a friend!

Please come to the church at 9:00 AM.  We will meet in the narthex following Saturday morning Mass.  If you have any questions, please contact Erika at (773) 290-3592 or send an email to stalsparishfamily@gmail.com

PS. Bring a friend and have fun!

Youth Free Throw Shooting Contest

Youth Free Throw Shooting Contest

Sunday, January 7- Sponsored by Knights of Columbus

All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level for the 3rd annual Free Throw Championship sponsored by the St. Alphonsus Knights of Columbus. The local competition will be held on Sunday, January 7 in the St. Alphonsus parish gym starting at 1:30 PM. Space is limited so reserve your spot today at http://stalphonsusknights.com/freethrow

 


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 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.

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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 Brooks Robinson 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.

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.