Ordination 2012: A Deacon and a Priest

On May 29, 2012, His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, OMI, ordained Rev. Scott E. Thelander, SJC to the Holy Order of the Priesthood, and Rev. Br. Robin C. Kwan, SJC to the Holy Order of the Diaconate. Photo galleries of this event are now online.

Pentecost Sunday: A Shower of Rose Petals

On Pentecost Sunday at St. John Cantius, a beautiful ancient custom takes place at the end of Mass. In Rome, from the early centuries, rose petals would be dropped through the the circular “oculus” at the Pantheon (now a minor basilica called “S. Maria ad martyres"). The petals would fall to the crowd below reminiscent of the coming of the Holy Spirit like tongues of flame. This beautiful custom took place at the end of the Masses on Pentecost Sunday at St. John Cantius Church. View the photo gallery.

Photos from Confirmation 2012

This year on Saturday, May 26 the Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to 48 individuals from both St. Peter Parish in Volo and St. John Cantius Parish.

The Restoration of St. John Cantius Church

Learn about the continued restoration of the interior of St. John Cantius Church which includes cleaning all the surfaces, regilding the capitals and plaster ornamentation, restoring the murals, and a complete re-stenciling of all decorative images.

Photos of Christmas Events

Enjoy photo galleries from some of our Christmas events at St. John Cantius: Pontifical Midnight Mass with Bishop Joseph Perry, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and The Christmas Carol Sing-Along with Jolly Old St. Nick.

Replica of Michelango’s Piéta

For the past month, St. John Cantius has been privileged to host a life-size replica of Michelangelo's renowned Piéta. This statue was displayed in the newly renovated Chapel of the Dormition. Find out more and view the photo gallery.

Photos from Christ the King, All Saints and All Souls’ Day

Enjoy these photos of recent liturgical festivities at our parish.

Distinguishing the Sacred from the Profane in Music

Enjoy this short video about sacred music

Photos: Holy Thursday Celebrated with Solemn Mass and Procession

The Holy Thursday Mass was celebrated by the Rev. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., pastor, and was concelebrated by priests of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. During the Mass, the beautiful ceremony of "Mandatum" (washing of the feet) took place. At the conclusion of the Mass the Blessed Sacrament was transferred to the Altar of Repose in solemn procession. Throughout the night hundreds of pilgrims and visitors, from all over Chicago and beyond, came to visit and pray before the Blessed Sacrament and venerate the relics of Our Lord's Passion. Photos of the services are now available for viewing.

Photos: Hundreds attend Palm Sunday Services

Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011, was celebrated with all solemnity this year. Hundreds gathered for the Masses and processions marking Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem. View the photo gallery of the photographs of the services.

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