Christmas at Cantius

Every year hundreds of parishioners, visitors, and friends join us for our Christmas Masses and Devotion at Chicago's historic St. John Cantius Church. Below is the schedule of our Christmas services.




Chicago Christmas

Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24, 2018

125th Anniversary of First Mass at St. John Cantius Church
Church doors open at 10:00 p.m.
and Confessions start at 11:00 p.m.


11:00 p.m. — Christmas Carols and Musical Prelude
12:00 a.m. — Midnight Mass
Pontifical Solemn High Mass, Extraordinary Form
The Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry,
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, Celebrant



Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 25, 2018

No Confessions heard today

7:30 a.m. — Extraordinary Form, Latin Low Mass
9:00 a.m. — Ordinary Form, English Mass
11:00 a.m. — Ordinary Form, Latin Mass
12:30 p.m. — Extraordinary Form, Latin High Mass



Octave of Christmas
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

8:00 a.m. — Ordinary Form, English Mass
9:00 a.m. — Extraordinary Form, Latin Low Mass


Wednesday evening:
7:30 p.m. — Extraordinary Form, Latin High Mass

Saturday, December 29, 2018
8:30 a.m. — Extraordinary Form, Latin Low Mass
5:00 p.m. Anticipated Sunday Mass, English Ordinary Form


Sunday, December 30, 2018
Regular Sunday Schedule of Masses


New Years' Eve
Monday, December 31, 2018

11:00 p.m. — ‘Deo Gratias’ Service and Holy Hour
12:00 am — Extraordinary Form, Latin High Mass
*Mass fulfills January 1st obligation


New Years' Day
Tuesday January 1, 2019

Holy Day of Obligation
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

No Confessions heard today

7:30 a.m. — Extraordinary Form, Latin Mass
9:00 a.m. — Ordinary Form, English Mass
12:30 p.m. — Extraordinary Form, Latin High Mass


Chicago Christmas


Directions & Parking

825 N Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60642
Located in the heart of Chicago one mile directly west of the famous Water tower on Chicago Avenue, Saint John Cantius Church is easily accessible by car, bus, or subway.

The church is located at the triple intersection of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Ogden Avenue. The 24-hour CTA "Chicago" Blue Line subway stop is only a block away. Bus 56 on Milwaukee Ave, and Bus 66 on Chicago Ave stop nearby.

Free parking on nearby city streets is available.


Cantius Church Chicago
Photo by Barry Butler Photography


Chicago Christmas



Music CDs
Recordings from our choirs!
cantius music cd sale






Photo album: "Christmas at Cantius" »