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St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am & 12:30 Mass

Details:
Mar. 26, 11:00 am  -  4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare)
Missa in D, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger (1736–1809)
Laudate Dominum a. 8, Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)
Ave Verum, Flor Peeters (1903–1986)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
Feb. 12, 11:00 am  -  6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Missa Brevis, Peter Mathews
I Sat Down Under His Shadow, Edward Bairstow
How They So Softly Rest, Healey Willan
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Edward Bairstow












St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Feb. 5, 12:30 pm  -  4th Sunday after Epiphany
Missa Tu es Petrus, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Ave Regina Caelorum, Philip Stopford
Jesu Dulcis Memoria, Colin Mawby (b. 1936)








Terry Sullivan Trio - Popular Song

Vocalist Terry Sullivan with pianist Bobby Schiff and bassist Stewart Miller

Details:
Feb. 5, 11:20 am
On the Chicago and Los Angeles music scenes for some forty years, Bobby Schiff had led bands and orchestras, performed on piano and keyboards, and directed, composed and arranged for the best—Mel Torme, Peggy Lee and Bobby Rydell among them. His classical training in piano performance began at age five. As an adult, Bobby has worked at Universal Recording Studios in Chicago and in Los Angeles, composing and arranging for film and television.

Stewart Miller is a graduate of music programs at the University of Kentucky and Northern Illinois University and a regular in jazz clubs, recording studios and festivals in and around Chicago. In the 1980s he toured for two years with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and came to Chicago in 1987. He is a member of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and an Instructor of Jazz Bass at the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Music Institute of Chicago. Stewart can be heard on recordings by jazz artists Orbert Davis, Russ Phillips, Bobby Schiff, Judy Roberts, and the legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller.



Vocalist Terry Sullivan sang in early music ensembles and smaller choirs before turning to jazz, and has been heavily involved in the music program at St. John Cantius. An Ohio native, she has a degree in flute from Ohio University, but began singing after college. Anita O’Day and Blossom Dearie are influences. Ms. Sullivan sings in intimate venues in the Chicago area. In addition to traditional musical training beginning in grade four, she studied at the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

St. Cecilia Choir - Candlemas at 7:30 pm

Details:
Feb. 2, 7:30 pm  -  Candlemas
Mass for Five Voices, William Byrd
Diffusa est gratia, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Ave Regina Caelorum, Alonso Lobo (c. 1555 - 1617)


























St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Jan. 29, 12:30 pm  -  5th Sunday after Epiphany
Missa Doulce Mémoire, Orlandus Lassus

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
Jan. 22, 10:59 am  -  3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Missa Brevis in D Minor, Antonio Lotti p 109 vol 2
Wexford Carol, Arr. David Mooney

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Jan. 15, 12:30 pm  -  2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Messa da cappella a quattro voci, Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Noë, noë, Gregor Aichinger (1564-1628)
Quem Pastores Laudavere, Arr. John Rutter




St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am & 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Jan. 8, 11:00 am
11:00 am - Latin High Mass, Ordinary Form (Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord, Transferred)
12:30 pm - Latin High Mass, Extraordinary Form (Feast of the Holy Family)

Pastoralmesse in G, Colin Mawby
Transeamus, Colin Mawby
Reges Tharsis, Joseph von Eybler
Videntes Stellam, Andrea Gabrieli






















St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Jan. 1, 12:30 pm  -  Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord, Octave of Christmas
Missa Papae Marcelli, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
Ave Maria, Robert Parsons (c. 1535 – c. 1571)
Ave Maria, Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)





St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Dec. 25, 12:30 pm  -  Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, St. Cecilia Choir
Noel X, Louis-Claude Daquin (1694 – 1772)
Missa super Dixit Maria, Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)
Noë, noë, Jean Mouton (c. 1459 – 1522)
Hodie Nobis Coelorum Rex, Claude Goudimel (1510-1572)
Sinfonia from cantata 29, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)










Magnificat Choir, St. Hildegard Choir, St. Nicholas Choir, Holy Innocents Choir

Details:
Dec. 25, 10:30 am  -  Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Mass of the Shepherds, Pietro Yon (1886-1943)

11 pm Christmas Music & Midnight Mass

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

Details:
Dec. 24, 11:00 pm  -  Resurrection Choir, String Orchestra and Harp
The Snow Lay on the Ground, David Conte



Christmas Sussex Carol, Dale Wood



Candlelight Carol, John Rutter



Maria Wiegenlied (The Virgin’s Slumber Song), Op. 76, Max Reger



Lo in a Manger, Stephen Chatman



Hark the Herald Angel Sings, Arr. D. Willcocks



O Come all ye faithful, Arr. David Willcocks



God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Arr. D. Willcocks



Oratorio de Noël, Op. 12, Camille Saint-Saëns



Pastoralmesse, Karl Kempter



Ecce Panis, Alexandre Guilmant



Adeste Fidelis, Vincent Novello

Ave Maria, Bach/Gounod, Arr. Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC



Silent Night, Arr. Rev. S. Haynes, SJC

Healey Willan Singers - Music for 11:00 am & 12:30 pm Masses

Details:
Dec. 18, 11:00 am  -  4th Sunday of Advent, Healey Willan Singers
CHORAL MUSIC

Missa brevis VII “O Westron Wynde,” Healey Willan (1880-1968)
Rorate Caeli, William Byrd (1543-1623)
Ave Maria, Philip Stopford (b. 1977)





ORGAN MUSIC (at 11 am Mass only)

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, Johann Pachelbel (1653 – 1706)



Chant Pastoral, from 12 Pièces Nouvelles pour Orgue, Théodore Dubois (1837 - 1924)

Sing-a-long with Jolly ‘Ole St. Nick

Featuring the Wurlitzer Pipe Organ with Organist Jay Warren Theatre Organist

Details:
Dec. 17, 3:00 pm


Fun for the whole family! Music, food, stories, and and a visit with St Nick! Join us on Saturday, December 17 at 3:00 p.m. with our Sing-a-long with Jolly Old St. Nick. Sing Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells and much more. Enjoy hearing our newly restored Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ.


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3:00 pm

--Lunch
--Sing-a-long (Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman and more...)
--Silent Film for Christmastime by Charley Chase
--Christmas Stories as the kids gather round.
--Visit with St. Nick

TICKETS

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Family food and drinks will be available making for a delightful afternoon as we get ready for Christmas.

Meanwhile the music of the great Wurlitzer organ continues to thrill our ears!

Enjoy this hilarious film - "CHRISTMAS TRAIN" - for Christmas.

Finally a visit from St. Nicholas himself will crown the afternoon.



Get a photo with St. Nicholas and take home great Christmas memories. So don't forget to bring your own camera.

Hear Organist Jay Warren playing on a Christmas program.

Healey Willan Singers - Music for 11:00 am & 12:30 pm Masses

Details:
Dec. 11, 11:00 am  -  3rd Sunday of Advent, Healey Willan Singers
CHORAL MUSIC

Missa Brevis no. 4, Healey Willan (1880-1968)
Ecce Dominus Veniet, Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
Tota pulchra es, Robert Whyte (1538-1574)





ORGAN MUSIC (only at 11 am Mass)

Partita on O Heiland,reiß die Himmel auf, Emanuele Vianelli (b.1968)
Angelus ad Virginem, Mario Lanaro (b.1957)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 7:30 pm Mass - Immaculate Conception

Details:
Dec. 8, 7:30 pm  -  Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, St. Cecilia Choir
Magnificat noni toni, Samuel Scheidt (1587 – 1654)
Missa Brevis in A Minor, Pompeo Cannicciari (1670-1744)
Ave Maris Stella, Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)
Alma Redemptoris Mater, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)
Fuga super Magnificat BWV 733, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)








St. Cecilia choir sings 11 am & 12:30 pm Masses

Details:
Dec. 4, 11:00 am
CHORAL MUSIC

Missa Brevis no. 2, Healey Willan (1880-1968)
Canite tuba in Sion, Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
Ad te levavi, Robert Whyte (1538-1574)







ORGAN MUSIC (11 am Mass only)

Wachet auf ruft uns die stimme BWV 645, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Toccata on Conditor alme siderum, Pietro Yon (1886 – 1943)




A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2016

Details:
Dec. 3, 7:00 pm

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CONGREGATIONAL CAROLS




Once in Royal David’s City
O come, O Come Emmanuel
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Away in a Manger
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Angels From the Realms of Glory
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

CHORAL MUSIC




St. Ceclia Choir

La peregrinacion, Ariel Ramirez, arr Philip Lawson (b. 1957)
Mille Cherubini in Coro, Franz Schubert (1797-1828), arr. by Steven Mercurio (b. 1956)
Pat-a-Pan, Arr. Mark Burrows (b. 1971)
Chanson joyeuse de Noël, François-Auguste Gevaert (1828-1908)
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, arr Philip Lawson (b. 1957)
O Salutaris, Giaochino Rossini (1792-1868)

Resurrection Choir

Resonemus laudibus, Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)
See Amid the Winter’s Snow, Nicholas White (b. 1967)
Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day, Nicholas White (b. 1967)

Magnificat Choir

There Is No Rose, Philip Stopford (b. 1977)
In the Bleak Midwinter, Gustav Holst (1874 -1934)
Coventry Carol, Nathalie Corbett (b. 1993)

ORGAN MUSIC





St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am & 12:30 pm Masses

Details:
Nov. 27, 11:00 am  -  1st Sunday of Advent
CHORAL MUSIC - 11:00 am and 12:30 pm Masses

Missa Brevis no. 1, Healey Willan (1880-1968)
Canite tuba in Sion, Giovanni Pierluigi da Paletrina (c. 1525-1594)
Rorate Caeli, Giovanni Pierluigi da Paletrina (c. 1525-1594)



ORGAN MUSIC - 11:00 am Mass

Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BWV 659, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)



Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BWV 660, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)


Organ Recital of Zoltan Varga

Details:
Nov. 20, 3:00 pm


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About our Recitalist







Zoltan Varga (1983) is a Hungarian-born church and concert organist, currently working as Organist and Music Director at St. John before the Latin Gate Catholic Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Before moving to Oklahoma from Hungary in May 2015, he worked as an organ lecturer at the Calvinist Academy of Theology in Papa, Hungary for two years.

He graduated first from the University of Debrecen (Hungary) as an organist and chamber musician, where his teachers were Hedvig Jakab, and Szilard Kovacs. He continued his musical studies at the University of Gyor with Istvan Ruppert, where he acquired an MA degree in organ performance and teaching.

He has attended master classes and private lessons on music theory and organ improvisation given by renowned organists in Hungary, and also in Austria, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

Besides his musical studies, he also acquired an MA degree in English Language and Literature at the Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences in Budapest.

Zoltans musical talent was discovered in childhood. At the age of 11, he became a member of the Childrens Choir of the Hungarian Radio and Television. At the age of 12, he won first prize at the Zoltan Kodaly Hungarian National Music Theory Competition. He became one of the organists of the Sacred Heart Jesuit Church in Budapest at the age of 13, where he later became the organist and accompanist of the churchs 50-membered SATB Musica Sacra Choir (led by Tamas Ronaszeki), and served for eighteen years.

Between 1998 and 2008 he was also the organist of the Roman Catholic English-speaking congregation in Budapest.
In 2008 he taught piano and organ at the summer course of the Hungarian Catholic Church Musician Training Program.

In 2011, he was entrusted by the Hungarian Gregorian Society to play the final organ improvisation at the 5th International Gregorian Festival in St. Mary Cathedral in Vac, Hungary.

Between 2010 and 2013 he worked as a piano and organ instructor at Bela Bartok State Music School in Papa, Hungary, where he also taught music in English to children of NATO soldiers serving at Papa Air Base.

Zoltan has presented recitals both as a soloist and a chamber musician in several churches and concert venues in Europe, and he has also performed in some states of the United States of America, as well.

He is married to Borbala Baboth, they have a son, Pal (born in 2013).

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
Nov. 20, 11:00 am  -  Feast of Christ the King, St. Cecilia Choir
CHORAL MUSIC

Missa in Dorian Mode, Giovanni Maria Casini (1652-1719)
Postula A Me, Tomaso Gardella (1891-1963)
In voce exultationis Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni (1657-1743)

ORGAN MUSIC

Allegro from concerto in D Rv 230, Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)



Menuetto from Symphony n.40, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)




Organ Music at 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Nov. 13, 12:30 pm
Adagio cantabile from Piano Sonata n 8, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)



Concerto in C BWV 595, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)


Magnificat Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
Nov. 13, 11:00 am  -  33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Magnificat Choir
CHORAL MUSIC

Missa Ss. Philippi et Jacobi, Healey Willan (1880-1968)

ORGAN MUSIC

Suite for organ, Robert A. Roesch (1943 – 2009)



Concerto in C BWV 595, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)



Resurrection Choir sings for the 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Nov. 6, 12:30 pm  -  5th Resumed Sunday after Epiphany, Resurrection Choir and Orchestra
Missa Omnes Sancti, Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)
Ave Verum, Colin Mawby (b. 1936)
Magnificat in E Flat, Healey Willan (1880-1968)
Ave Maria, Op. 2, No. 2, Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Hornpipe, John Ernest Cook (1918 – 1984)




Mozart Requiem Mass at 7:30 pm

Details:
Nov. 2, 7:30 pm  -  Commemoration of All Souls, Ensemble Cor et Vox and Orchestra
Requiem, K 626, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Insanae et vanae curae, Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Lux aeterna, Sir Edward Elgar (1587-1934)






Organ Music for 7:30 pm Mass on All Saints

Details:
Nov. 1, 7:30 pm
Placare Christe Servulis op 38 n. 16, Marcel Dupré

Magnificat Choir sings 7:30 pm Mass - All Saints Day

Details:
Nov. 1, 7:30 pm  -  Solemnity of All Saints, Magnificat Choir
CHORAL MUSIC

Missa Ss. Philippi et Jacobi, Healey Willan (1880-1968)

ORGAN MUSIC

Melodie in B flat Op 129, n.4, Max Reger (1873 – 1916)



Placare Christe Servulis op 38 n. 16, Marcel Dupré (d. 1971)




Organ Recital of Wolfgang Reisinger

Details:
Oct. 30, 3:00 pm


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About Our Recitalist








Born in Vienna in 1964, studies at the Vienna University of Music, (B.A. in church music, 1987; M.A. in organ performance, 1993). Cathedral organist in Strängnäs, Sweden, followed by his appointment as abbey organist at Anton Bruckner’s organ at the St. Florian monastery. 1990-2011 organ and church music consultant of the Archdiocese of Vienna and professor at the Vienna Church Music Conservatory (organ, organ improvisation, hymn playing, music history, as well as organ building and design). Authorized expert in church music, organology, and campanology. Repeatedly guest professor at the University of Music in Vienna, lecturer in hymnology and figured bass at the University of Music in Graz (2008-11).

Doctoral studies in organ performance at the University of Kansas in Lawrence (2001–2003) as well as Director of Music at the local St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center. Additional doctorate in musicology and music theory at the University of Vienna (Dissertation on „Late Romantic, Impressionistic, and Neo-classicistic Influences on the Style of Maurice Duruflé’s Organ Works“ in 2008). Artistic director of the Vienna Organ Recitals.

Numerous concerts in most European countries, in the United States, Korea, and Russia. Member of competition juries (Salzburg, Moscow), composer of church music, expert in the field of liturgical organ playing and organ improvisation.

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Oct. 30, 12:30 pm  -  Solemnity of Christ the King, St. Cecilia Choir
Missa ‘O quam gloriosum,’ Tomás Luis de Victoria, (1548-1611)
Omnes gentes plaudite manibus, Christopher Tye (c. 1505-1573)
O Rex Gloriae, Andrea Gabrieli (c. 1532-1585)













Organ music for 11 am & 12:30 pm Masses

Details:
Oct. 30, 11:00 am
11:00 am Mass

Von Gott will ich nicht lassen BWV 658, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Prelude, Arthur Milner (1894 – 1972)

12:30 pm Mass

Von Gott will ich nicht lassen BWV 658, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Allelluia, Giuseppe Rosetta (1901 – 1985)






Resurrection Choir and Orchestra sing for 12:30 pm High Mass

Details:
Oct. 23, 12:30 pm  -  External Solemnity of the Feast of St. John Cantius, Resurrection Choir and Orchestra
Missa Cellensis, Hob. XXII:8, Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Magnificat in D major ZWV 108, Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745)




Organ Music for 11 am and 12:30 pm Masses

Homage to Max Reger (1873 – 1916)

Details:
Oct. 23, 11:00 am
Scherzo op 65 n. 10
Melodia op. 59 n. 11
Choral-Phantasie über 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott'nh, op.27
Toccata, op. 59

Forty Hours Devotion - October 19 to 23

Come and Adore our Eucharistic King

Details:
Oct. 19, 7:30 pm  -  October 19 to 23 - Wednesday- Sunday
Forty Hours Devotion is a graced time for our parish family every year. It is a time for us to come before the Blessed Sacrament and thank God for his graces, to make reparation to Him for our past sins, to pray for the sick and to beg God’s protection of our nation. Join us in adoration Wednesday through Sunday (the 19th to the 23rd) and spend some time with our Eucharist King in the Blessed Sacrament.
Forty Hours Devotion - Cantius


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Open House Chicago

Details:
Oct. 16, 3:00 pm
Chicago Church




St. John Cantius is featured in the Chicago Architecture Foundation's "Open House Chicago" on October 15 from 12 Noon to 4 PM and again on October 16 from 3 PM to 5 PM. The landmark church will open its doors and give tours to hundreds of first time visitors.

Why Visit St. John's?

St. John Cantius Church was recently named "Most Beautiful Church in America"

St. John Cantius Church has just undergone a major restoration of its High Altar, with historic ties to the Famous 1893 Columbian Exposition.

Several of the priests and brothers of the Canons Regular will be on hand to give tours to groups of people all day from Chicago and beyond.

Even if you've been to St. John Cantius Church before or come every weekend, the open house will give an opportunity to experience it in a new way. Hear the priests and brothers answered questions about the artworks, the Catholic church, and various aspects of the faith while taking in the beauty of the art and architecture of Saint John Cantius

In their tours, the priests and brothers share the story of the church and how it was saved by the wrecking ball and became a thriving cultural and religious treasure as well as the story of Saint John Cantius as illustrated in the painting of the "Miracle of the Jug" and the charism of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius which is to "Restore the Sacred."

We hope to See You!


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Some Comments from past participants



"Thank you so much for the most amazing tour around St. John Cantius Church. As you know the Church is beautiful itself but the tour we received that truly opened our eyes for the beauty hidden behind. Thank you so so much. And now I think that the story about this holy place is more beautiful than the walls itself"

"Thank you so much for the tour! We learned so much about the people of faith who built this city. What a treasure in the heart of Chicago! We'll be back for some concerts or Masses for sure."

"We loved having the tour from the priests. They had so much passion and taught us not only about the church building but what it symbolizes. It was our favorite stop for Open House"

"Thank you for the tour... I really enjoyed learning about the symbolism of the church. I felt I could really relate to the message St. John Cantius passed on with fixing the broken jug. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the church as well as the beauty in all the symbolism of every painting, sculpture..."




Architecture of St. John Cantius: A Summary



DESIGNED by Adolphus Druiding and completed in 1898, St. John Cantius Church took five years to build and is one of the best examples of sacred architecture in the city. The unique baroque interior has remained intact for more than a century and is known for both its opulence and grand scale—reminiscent of the sumptuous art and architecture of 18th century Krakow. The imposing 130 ft. tower is readily seen from the nearby Kennedy Expressway.

In 2013, St. John’s completed an ambitious restoration, returning the lavish interior to its original splendor. Of all the “Polish cathedrals” in Chicago, St. John’s stands closest to downtown. Located in the heart of Chicago, one mile directly west of the famous Water tower on Chicago Avenue, St. John Cantius Church is easily accessible by car, bus, or subway.

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Together with its school (1903) and rectory (1901), St. John Cantius Church (1893) forms a grand and amazingly intact group of turn of the century architecture.



Quick Facts



    • The cornerstone was laid in 1893. 50,000 people attended the ceremony.



    • The first Mass was held in the unfinished basement on Christmas Eve in 1893.



    • When the church was completed in 1898 it was the largest house of worship in the city.



    • In 1918 the parish had 22,000 parishioners, 2,500 school children, 40 sisters, and 13 priests and brothers.



    • By 1988 there were only 40 people for one Mass on Sunday.



    • The ceiling is 80’ above the floor in the center transept.



    • The church is 270’ in length 107’ wide.



    • There are 16 different varieties of inlaid wood in the hardwood floor installed in 1997.



    • The largest bell, 'St. Anne,' is over 5,000 lbs.



    • There are over 2,000 families and 8 choirs active at the parish today.



    • More than 500 Confessions are heard each Sunday.



    • Chicago’s first men's religious order was established here in 1998 and now has 23 priests and brothers.





A postcard showing St. John Cantius Church, Rectory, and School from 1909.

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Oct. 16, 12:30 pm  -  22nd Sunday after Pentecost, St. Cecilia Choir
Plainsong Mass for a Mean, John Sheppard (c.1515-1558)
Salve Regina, Pierre Villette (1926-1998)
Tota pulchra es, Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)




Organ Music for 11 am & 12:30 pm Masses

Homage to Max Reger (1873 – 1916)

Details:
Oct. 16, 11:00 am
Toccata and fugue op 59 n. 5 & 6
Benedictus op. 59 n. 9
Heil dir im Siegerkranz
Introduction and Passacaglia in d

Open House Chicago

Details:
Oct. 15, 12:00 pm
Chicago Church




St. John Cantius is featured in the Chicago Architecture Foundation's "Open House Chicago" on October 15 from 12 Noon to 4 PM and again on October 16 from 3 PM to 5 PM. The landmark church will open its doors and give tours to hundreds of first time visitors.

Why Visit St. John's?

St. John Cantius Church was recently named "Most Beautiful Church in America"

St. John Cantius Church has just undergone a major restoration of its High Altar, with historic ties to the Famous 1893 Columbian Exposition.

Several of the priests and brothers of the Canons Regular will be on hand to give tours to groups of people all day from Chicago and beyond.

Even if you've been to St. John Cantius Church before or come every weekend, the open house will give an opportunity to experience it in a new way. Hear the priests and brothers answered questions about the artworks, the Catholic church, and various aspects of the faith while taking in the beauty of the art and architecture of Saint John Cantius

In their tours, the priests and brothers share the story of the church and how it was saved by the wrecking ball and became a thriving cultural and religious treasure as well as the story of Saint John Cantius as illustrated in the painting of the "Miracle of the Jug" and the charism of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius which is to "Restore the Sacred."

We hope to See You!


Click here to view photos from Open House Chicago »





Some Comments from past participants



"Thank you so much for the most amazing tour around St. John Cantius Church. As you know the Church is beautiful itself but the tour we received that truly opened our eyes for the beauty hidden behind. Thank you so so much. And now I think that the story about this holy place is more beautiful than the walls itself"

"Thank you so much for the tour! We learned so much about the people of faith who built this city. What a treasure in the heart of Chicago! We'll be back for some concerts or Masses for sure."

"We loved having the tour from the priests. They had so much passion and taught us not only about the church building but what it symbolizes. It was our favorite stop for Open House"

"Thank you for the tour... I really enjoyed learning about the symbolism of the church. I felt I could really relate to the message St. John Cantius passed on with fixing the broken jug. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the church as well as the beauty in all the symbolism of every painting, sculpture..."




Architecture of St. John Cantius: A Summary



DESIGNED by Adolphus Druiding and completed in 1898, St. John Cantius Church took five years to build and is one of the best examples of sacred architecture in the city. The unique baroque interior has remained intact for more than a century and is known for both its opulence and grand scale—reminiscent of the sumptuous art and architecture of 18th century Krakow. The imposing 130 ft. tower is readily seen from the nearby Kennedy Expressway.

In 2013, St. John’s completed an ambitious restoration, returning the lavish interior to its original splendor. Of all the “Polish cathedrals” in Chicago, St. John’s stands closest to downtown. Located in the heart of Chicago, one mile directly west of the famous Water tower on Chicago Avenue, St. John Cantius Church is easily accessible by car, bus, or subway.

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Together with its school (1903) and rectory (1901), St. John Cantius Church (1893) forms a grand and amazingly intact group of turn of the century architecture.



Quick Facts



    • The cornerstone was laid in 1893. 50,000 people attended the ceremony.



    • The first Mass was held in the unfinished basement on Christmas Eve in 1893.



    • When the church was completed in 1898 it was the largest house of worship in the city.



    • In 1918 the parish had 22,000 parishioners, 2,500 school children, 40 sisters, and 13 priests and brothers.



    • By 1988 there were only 40 people for one Mass on Sunday.



    • The ceiling is 80’ above the floor in the center transept.



    • The church is 270’ in length 107’ wide.



    • There are 16 different varieties of inlaid wood in the hardwood floor installed in 1997.



    • The largest bell, 'St. Anne,' is over 5,000 lbs.



    • There are over 2,000 families and 8 choirs active at the parish today.



    • More than 500 Confessions are heard each Sunday.



    • Chicago’s first men's religious order was established here in 1998 and now has 23 priests and brothers.





A postcard showing St. John Cantius Church, Rectory, and School from 1909.

Magificat Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
Oct. 9, 11:00 am  -  28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Magnificat Choir
Missa Secunda, Op. 5, No. 2, Michael Haller (1840-1915)

Organ Music for 11 am & 12:30 pm Masses

Details:
Oct. 9, 11:00 am
11:00 am Mass & 12: 30 pm Mass

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele BWV 654, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)



Finale (Symphony No.4, Op 13 n. 4), Charles Marie Widor



Silent Film Festival - “Safety Last”

Details:
Oct. 8, 6:00 pm  -  Bring the kids to enjoy this hilarious family film!


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About the Film








Safety Last! is a 1923 romantic comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. It includes one of the most famous images from the silent film era: Lloyd clutching the hands of a large clock as he dangles from the outside of a skyscraper above moving traffic. The film was highly successful and critically hailed, and it cemented Lloyd's status as a major figure in early motion pictures. It is still popular at revivals, and it is viewed today as one of the great film comedies.

The film opens in 1922 with Harold Lloyd (the character has the same name as the actor) behind bars. His mother and his girlfriend, Mildred, are consoling him as a somber official and priest show up. The three of them walk toward what looks like a noose. It then becomes obvious they are at a train station and the "noose" is actually a trackside pickup hoop used by train crews to receive orders without stopping, and the bars are merely the ticket barrier. He promises to send for his girlfriend so they can get married once he has "made good" in the big city. Then he is off.

He gets a job as a salesclerk at the De Vore Department Store, where he has to pull various stunts to get out of trouble with the picky and arrogantly self-important head floorwalker, Mr. Stubbs. He shares a rented room with his pal "Limpy" Bill, a construction worker.

When Harold finishes his shift, he sees an old friend from his hometown who is now a policeman walking the beat. After he leaves, Bill shows up. Bragging to Bill about his supposed influence with the police department, he persuades Bill to knock the policeman backwards over him while the man is using a callbox. When Bill does so, he knocks over the wrong policeman. To escape, he climbs up the façade of a building. The policeman tries to follow, but cannot get past the first floor; in frustration, he shouts at Bill, "You'll do time for this! The first time I lay eyes on you again, I'll pinch you!"

Meanwhile, Harold has been hiding his lack of success by sending his girlfriend expensive presents he cannot really afford. She mistakenly thinks he is successful enough to support a family and, with his mother's encouragement, takes a train to join him. In his embarrassment, he has to pretend to be the general manager, even succeeding in impersonating him to get back at Stubbs. While going to retrieve her purse (which Mildred left in the manager's office), he overhears the real general manager say he would give $1,000 to anyone who could attract people to the store. He remembers Bill's talent and pitches the idea of having a man climb the "12-story Bolton building", which De Vore's occupies. He gets Bill to agree to do it by offering him $500. The stunt is highly publicized and a large crowd gathers the next day.

When a drunkard shows "The Law" (the policeman who was pushed over) a newspaper story about the event, the lawman suspects Bill is going to be the climber. He waits at the starting point despite Harold's frantic efforts to get him to leave. Finally, unable to wait any longer, Bill suggests Harold climb the first story himself and then switch his hat and coat with Bill, who will continue on from there. After Harold starts up, the policeman spots Bill and chases him into the building. Every time Harold tries to switch places with Bill, the policeman appears and chases Bill away. Each time, Bill tells his friend he will meet him on the next floor up. Eventually, Harold reaches the top, despite his troubles with a clock and some hungry pigeons, and kisses his girl.

Organ Recital of David Jonies

Details:
Oct. 2, 3:00 pm  -  Enjoy this wonderful guest musician from Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral


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About our Recitalist







Gold medalist at the Landau International Organ Competition, and recipient of the Alec Robertson Scholarship, David Jonies has been a featured recitalist at the Organ Historical Society National Convention and has given recitals across the globe, including at Westminster Abbey, and the worlds largest organ at Passau Cathedral (Germany).

Jonies currently serves as Associate Director of Music/Organist at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, with previously held positions at the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, and Westminster Cathedral.

Musical Repertoire




March on a Theme by Handel, op. 15, Alexandre Guilmant (1837 – 1911)

Requiescat in Pace, Leo Sowerby (1895 - 1968)

Marche du Veilleur de Nuit based on Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645, J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750), Arranged by Charles- Marie Widor (1844 – 1937)

The Swan from Carnival of the Animals, Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921), Arranged by Alexandre Guilmant (1837 – 1911)

Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust, op. 24, Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869), Arranged by A. Herbert Brewer (1865 - 1928)

Pavane- Dance liturgique, Richard Proulx (1937 – 2010)

2nd Sonata op. 60, Max Reger (1873 - 1916)
- Improvsation
- Invocation
- Introduction and Fugue

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

External Solemnity of the Feast of the Holy Rosary, St. Cecilia Choir

Details:
Oct. 2, 12:30 pm
Mass in G minor, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Exsultate justi (A Choral Flourish), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Ave Maria, Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)






Organ Music for 11 am & 12:30 pm Masses

Details:
Oct. 2, 11:00 am
11:00 am Mass

Prelude and fugue in B minor, Healey Willan (1880 – 1968)
Carillon, Herbert Murril (1909 – 1952)

12:30 pm

Prelude on Martyrdom, Sir Charles Hubert Parry (1848 – 1918)
Carillon, Herbert Murril (1909 – 1952)