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His Majestie’s Clerkes: The Song of Songs

Aug. 13, 7:30 pm  -  In Concert at St John Cantius Church
His Majestie's Clerkes is a professional male vocal ensemble specialising in 15th to 17th century unaccompanied music as well as modern works and commissions. For this their debut concert, the six-man ensemble will perform early and modern music drawn from the rich repertoire dedicated to Our Lady, as well as from the biblical Song of Songs. The music performed will range from the early 16th century, typified by the work of Josquin des Prez, the master composer of the High Renaissance, to the British 21st century composer Howard Skempton with his beautiful minimalist setting of words from the Song of Songs. Under the overall artistic direction of countertenor Richard Childress, a Chicago area native who now lives and works in Great Britain, the ensemble consists of countertenors, tenors and basses. This voicing enables the group to come very close to the sound and performing pitch of early vocal music. The singers come together from Chicago, Great Britain and New York, their voices chosen to produce a rich, smooth and superlative sound which, when combined with the beauty of Chicago's historic St John Cantius Church, will be an unmissable event. Mr Childress was the founder of the original Chicago ensemble His Majestie's Clerkes, which subsequently became the choir "Bella Voce".

Members: Richard Childress, countertenor; Charles Humphries, countertenor, Nathaniel Adams, tenor; Matthew Dean, tenor;
Michael Hawes, bass; Jay Tuttle, bass

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Fatima Rosary Procession

Tridentine Low Mass followed by an outdoor Rosary Procession

Jun. 8, 7:30 pm

From May to October, St. John Cantius parish has a procession in honor of Our Lady of Fatima on the 2nd Wednesday. This commemorates Our Lady of Fatima's apparitions on the 13th of each month.

The procession, begins after the usual Wednesday 7:30pm Mass and ends with chanted Compline (Night Prayer). All parishioners and visitors are welcome to attend.

Men are needed to carry the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in procession. Please come to the sacristy to ask for details.

Learn more about the story of Our Lady of Fatima here »

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Latin High Mass, Extraordinary Form

Jun. 5, 12:30 pm  -  External Solemnity the Sacred Heart
Missa Susana un jour, Claudio Merulo (1533 – 1604)
Improperium, Robert Kruetz (1922 – 1996)
Tollite jugum meum, Andrea Gabrieli, (1533 – 1585)

Sunday Book Sale for June and July

Jun. 5, 8:30 am

Attention Book lovers

Beginning Sunday, June 5th, we will conduct a book sale. There are large coffee
table books,lives of the saints, theology and philosophy and many other topics
available. Plan to build your own family library, while assisting the Canons in
disposing many books which are duplicates.Prices are reasonable.

The sale will take place each Sunday after Masses during June and July. The sale
will takeplace in the Canonry in the lower level.

Silent Film: “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”

Silent Film of 1916 accompanied by Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ

Jun. 4, 6:00 pm  -  Featuring Capt Nemo and friends


5 pm - Doors Open
6 pm - Show Begins


$10 - General Admission
$5 - Kids 12 and under

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During the year 1866, ships of several nations spot a mysterious sea monster, which some suggest to be a giant narwhal. The United States government assembles an expedition in New York City to find and destroy the monster. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a French marine biologist and narrator of the story, who happens to be in New York at the time, receives a last-minute invitation to join the expedition which he accepts. Canadian whaler and master harpoonist Ned Land and Aronnax's faithful servant Conseil are also brought aboard.

The expedition departs Brooklyn aboard the United States Navy frigate Abraham Lincoln and travels south around Cape Horn into the Pacific Ocean. The ship finds the monster after a long search and then attacks the beast, which damages the ship's rudder. The three protagonists are then hurled into the water and grasp hold of the "hide" of the creature, which they find, to their surprise, to be a submarine very far ahead of its era. They are quickly captured and brought inside the vessel, where they meet its enigmatic creator and commander, Captain Nemo.

The rest of the story follows the adventures of the protagonists aboard the creature—the submarine, the Nautilus—which was built in secrecy and now roams the seas free from any land-based government. Captain Nemo's motivation is implied to be both a scientific thirst for knowledge and a desire for revenge on (and self-imposed exile from) civilization. Nemo explains that his submarine is electrically powered and can perform advanced marine biology research; he also tells his new passengers that although he appreciates conversing with such an expert as Aronnax, maintaining the secrecy of his existence requires never letting them leave. Aronnax and Conseil are enthralled by the undersea adventures, but Ned Land can only think of escape.

They visit many places under the oceans, some real-life places, others completely fictional. Thus, the travelers witness the real corals of the Red Sea, the wrecks of the battle of Vigo Bay, the Antarctic ice shelves, the Transatlantic telegraph cable and the fictional submerged land of Atlantis. The travelers also use diving suits to hunt sharks and other marine life with air-guns and have an underwater funeral for a crew member who died when an accident occurred under mysterious—and unknown to the reader—conditions inside the Nautilus. When the Nautilus returns to the Atlantic Ocean, a pack of "poulpes" (usually translated as a giant squid, although in French "poulpe" means "octopus") attacks the vessel and kills a crew member.

Throughout the story Captain Nemo is suggested to have exiled himself from the world after an encounter with the forces that occupied his country that had devastating effects on his family. Not long after the incident of the poulpes, Nemo suddenly changes his behavior toward Aronnax, avoiding him. Aronnax no longer feels the same and begins to sympathize with Ned Land. Near the end of the book, the Nautilus is attacked by a warship of some nation that made Nemo suffer. Filled with hatred and revenge, Nemo ignores Aronnax's pleas for mercy. Nemo—nicknamed angel of hatred by Aronnax—destroys the ship, ramming it just below the waterline, sinking it into the bottom of the sea, much to Aronnax's horror, as he watches the ship plunge into the abyss. Nemo bows before the pictures of his wife and children and is plunged into deep depression after this encounter. For several days after this, the protagonists' situation changes. No one seems to be on board any longer. And the Nautilus apparently now moves about randomly. Ned Land is even more depressed than ever, Conseil fears for Ned's life, and Aronnax, horrified at what Nemo had done to the ship, can no longer stand the situation either. Then one evening, Ned Land announces an opportunity to escape. Although Aronnax wants to leave Nemo, whom he now holds in horror, he still wishes to see him for the last time. But he knows that Nemo would never let him escape, so he has to avoid meeting him. Before the escape, however, he sees him one last time (although secretly), and hears him say "Almighty God! Enough! Enough!". Aronnax immediately goes to his companions and they are ready to escape. But while they loosen the dinghy, they discover that the Nautilus has wandered into the Moskenstraumen, more commonly known as the "Maelstrom". They manage to escape the danger and find refuge on a nearby island off the coast of Norway, but the fate of Nautilus is unknown.

Ordination of Br. Trenton Rauck

May. 30, 7:30 pm
Archbishop Blase Cupich will ordain Brother Trenton Rauck, SJC to the Diaconate on Monday, May 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The Diaconate is the order just before one is ordained to the Holy Priesthood.

All parishioners, friends and benefactors are invited to attend and a light reception will follow in the parish hall. We are very thankful to the Archbishop for ordaining Br. Trenton here at St. John Cantius and we hope that you are able to be with us for this momentous occasion in the life of the Church and in our Parish.

Corpus Christi: St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass (Extraordinary Form)

Latin High Mass, Extraordinary Form and Eucharistic Procession

May. 29, 11:00 am  -  Solemnity of Corpus Christi, External Solemnity

Choral Music

Missa Dixit Joseph, Roland Lassus (1532 – 1594)
Lauda Sion, Chant
Respexit Elias, Roland Lassus (1532 – 1594)
O Sacrum Convivium, Cristóbal de Morales (1500 – 1553)

Organ Music

Carillon sur Lauda Sion, Albert Alain (1880 – 1971)
Joie et Clarté des Corps Glorieux, Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)
Communio sur Lauda Sion, Denis Bedard (b.1950)
Lauda Sion, Marcel Dupre (1886 – 1971)


1) The 11:00 am Mass will be offered according to the 1962 Missale Romanum (Extraordinary Form)
2) The 11:00 am Mass (Latin High Mass) will be followed by a Eucharistic Procession. If weather permits, the procession will go outside.
3) There is no 12:30 pm Mass on this date.