Patrons of Sacred Music at St. John Cantius

There’s romance associated with being the ‘starving artist.’ But, in reality, musicians need to make a living like everyone else. Church musicians make large sacrifices of their time and talent throughout the liturgical year so that our ears can be enriched with sacred chant and polyphony.

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Patrons of Sacred Music
Attn: Fr. Matthew Schuster
825 N. Carpenter St.
Chicago IL 60642-5405

The organists, singers and orchestral musicians who render the musical offering before God’s holy altar are rarely compensated according to the professional level of their musicianship. And in many places their talents are not appreciated at all, nor is the Church’s patrimony of music.

But here at St. John Cantius, we want to provide the most beautiful gems from the Catholic treasury of sacred music so that the sense of the sacred can be restored through the awesome gift of music. This means the Church needs your ongoing financial support in order to provide for the needs of our organists, vocalists and orchestral musicians.

The composer Franz Haydn relied upon the support of the wealthy Esterhazy family. One of Mozart’s patrons was Emperor Joseph II, the “Musical King,” who steered Austria into high culture through the arts. Since there aren’t many princes left to approach today, it is now the role to the common man to be a patron of the arts through donations large or small. God reward you!

Notes from the Choir
Newsletter for the Patrons of Sacred Music. You can download it here in PDF format.

Sponsoring Musical Events

Contact Father Matthew Schuster, SJC at St. John Cantius Church if you would like to sponsor sacred music events.

Music at Saint John Cantius

Many people have enjoyed choral Masses and other great works of music in concert halls. St. John Cantius Church offers a different experience—classic choral Masses sung as an integral part of the liturgy as the composers intended. Their sacred music is offered within its sacred context—the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

At St. John Cantius Church you can experience choral masterworks from the Church’s treasury of sacred music, including Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Palestrina, and other outstanding composers. Also, you will hear the Mass sung in Latin, the Church’s official language, as well as Gregorian Chant sung by our Schola Cantorum, all within the glorious Baroque splendor of St. John Cantius Church.


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Our several choirs enhance our offering of Divine Worship with sacred music from the Renaissance era, the Viennese choral tradition, and modern choral works that are consistent with Roman Catholic tradition.

Except when otherwise indicated, Gregorian Chant propers and ordinaries of the Mass are sung every Sunday at the 9:00 am,  11:00 a.m. Ordinary Form of the Mass (2002 Missale Romanum) and the 12:30 p.m. Extraordinary Form of the Mass (1962 Missale Romanum). Music is sung by the parish choirs and in Latin unless otherwise noted.


The Console of Saint John’s ‘Tina Mae’ Casavant Organ

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Patrons of Sacred Music

The Patrons of Sacred Music at St. John Cantius work within the A.M.D.G. Foundation to raise funds to support the flourishing of sacred art and music at St. John Cantius. Learn about becoming a Patron of Sacred Music - Click here »

Patrons of Sacred Music

Video about the Sacred Music at St. John Cantius


Choirs of St. John Cantius 

To audition for choir or to enroll your child in one of the choirs,please email the Prefect of Sacred Music, Fr. Matthew Schuster, SJC at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone 312.243.7373.

The Resurrection Choir and Orchestra

The Resurrection Choir and Orchestra celebrates the great tradition of classical liturgical music as a living tradition within the Roman Catholic Church. Members come from both professional musical backgrounds as well as non-professionals who enjoy classical works of composers such as Mozart, Haydn, and Schubert. Singers are motivated not merely by a desire to perform classical works, but more importantly for the glory of God—the reason for which these works were written originally. back to top ^

Cantate Domino Choir

The Cantate Domino Choir specializes in sacred liturgical music composed for treble voices, ranging from Jasquin Des Prez, Gabriel Rheinberger, and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy as well as new compositions. This chorus of adult women sings several times during the liturgical year on Sundays and feast days.  back to top ^

Saint Cecilia Choir

The Choir of Saint Cecilia specializes in Renaissance polyphony. Numbering from eight to sixteen voices, the choir also sings modern works that echo the beauty and austerity of sacred Renaissance music. The choir sings for several major feasts during the Church year and throughout Holy Week. A number of CD recordings of sacred liturgical music have been produced by the Saint Cecilia Choir.

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Saint Cecilia Choir and Orchestra

The Saint Cecilia Choir and Orchestra is presents a wide variety of choral and orchestral sacred music. This ensemble presents sacred musical works for special occasions, liturgies, and concerts. As musical ambassadors inspiring the hearts of listeners far and wide, the many recordings have been heard on National Public Radio, Chicago’s WFMT, the Air Maria Radio Network, and Relevant Radio.

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The Schola Cantorum of St. John Cantius

St. Gregory the Great Schola Cantorum is a schola of men who sing Gregorian Chant every Sunday at the 12:30 p.m. Latin High Mass. The schola chants the propers and ordinaries of the Mass from the 1962 Liber Usalis in accord with the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

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St. Gregory The Great Schola Cantorum

St. Gregory The Great Schola Cantorum is a schola of men’s voices that sings Gregorian Chant every Sunday (11:00 a.m. Latin High Mass), chanting the Propers and Ordinaries of the Mass as celebrated in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

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Magnificat Choir

A choir of mixed voices composed of high school students and young adults singing Gregorian chant, polyphonic choral music and modern choral works.  The Magnificat Choir primarily sings a capella works, but occasionally sings other music with organ and instruments This choir sings music of Palestrina, Victoria, Lassus, Durufle, Bartolucci, Part, and others. Rehearsal on Saturdays at 9:30 am.

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St. Nicholas and St. Hildegard Choir

This choir is a grade school girls’ choir and grade school boys’ choir   This choir focuses on singing hymns, part-singing, Gregorian chant, and some polyphony.  Among the main goals of this choir is development of musicianship, sight-singing, music history, and the spirituality of sacred music. Rehearsal Saturdays at 9:30 am.back to top ^

Holy Innocents Choir

This is choir of young beginner musicians, designed for young children (age 6 and up). The children learn to match pitch, develop rhythmic skills, learn to sing intervals, etc. This introductory children’s choir is designed to develop the music skills of boys and girls so that they might advance into the St. Nicholas Choir or the St. Hildegard Choir. Rehearsal Saturdays at 9:30 amback to top ^

Choirs of St. John Cantius

The Choirs of St. John Cantius join together for various events and special musical projects. Working with Biretta Books, the Choirs of St. John Cantius have recorded musical CDs to promote “the restoration of the sacred” through the beauty of the Church’s musical treasury. back to top ^

Choirs and Orchestra of St. John Cantius

The Choirs and Orchestra of St. John Cantius join forces for special musical festivals, prominent liturgies, or festive occasions. The Choirs and Orchestra of St. John Cantius have also recorded musical CDs with Biretta Books, in order to spread the the love of God through music. back to top ^

Music Staff

Rev. Matthew Schuster, SJC
Prefect of Music

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Fr. Matthew SchusterFr. Matthew Schuster has been a member of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius since June 2007 and was ordained a priest in May of 2019 after completing undergraduate studies at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell CT and acquiring a Masters of Divinity Degree through Mundelein Seminary in IL.

Fr. Matthew studied violin extensively under Alvin Score of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra throughout high-school and college, playing in a variety of small ensembles, including the Oakland Youth Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra and the Paray String Quartet.  He was awarded first place in the 2005 OYO Concerto Competition.  During high school Fr. Matthew also served as assistant organist at Sacred Heart Parish in MI, where he assisted in organizing the liturgical music program and directed the parish youth choir.

Throughout his time with the Canons, Fr. Matthew has served as assistant organist, assistant director of the Gregorian chant schola and served for several years as director of the Magnificat Youth Choir.  During his time as a student at Holy Apostles and at Mundelein Seminary Fr. Matthew played organ for various liturgies and organized and directed multiple choral groups, which were formed from the seminary body.

Kevin Allen
Music Director

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Kevin Allen has been highly regarded as a composer of opera, chamber and orchestral music. Mr. Allen has also developed a unique reputation as a composer of church music for the Roman Rite.

Mr. Allen’s works, sacred and secular, have been performed in churches and concert halls throughout the United States and Europe.

Mr. Allen is the founding director of the Collins Consort, American Composer’s Project, and the Schola Immaculata. He has also served as the choirmaster of the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Chicago. Kevin Allen’s works »

Corrado Cavalli

Corrado Cavalli, a native of Turin, Italy, is the organist of St. John Cantius Church in Chicago since June, 2015. He studied at the National Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” in Turin where he was awarded two Master’s Degrees, one in organ (summa cum laude), and another in Choral Conducting and Choral Composition (summa). He attended master-classes held by the notable professors at the “Haarlem International Academy for organists” in the Netherlands.

Among his several honors and prizes he won the 12th National Organ Competition “Città di Viterbo” (Pinchi Prize) and he has been recently awarded the Brownson Fellowship for his Doctoral Studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. As organ soloist he has performed in many international festivals, cathedrals and concert halls in Italy, Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, U.K, Poland, Principauté de Monaco, Slovakia and in the U.S.A. He has also played with such orchestras as the Italian National Symphonic Orchestra of Rai, the French “Ensemble Orchestral des Alpes et de la Mer,” and the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino. He has recorded for Biretta Books, De Montfort, AimHigher, Sony Classical, Elegia Records, and ElleDiCi music labels, and he has published for Biretta Books in Chicago and for the Italian edition, “Armeiln musica.” As a musicologist and a professor of music, he has given master-classes and lectures on Italian organ music literature, with a focus on the repertoire of the Romantic and Contemporary periods, with a particular emphasis on the music of Torino. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists.

Jan Jarvis, Chironomer
Schola Cantorum of St. John Cantius

Equally at home in opera, oratorio, and liturgical music, Jan Jarvis has delighted Chicago audiences and congregants for over 40 years. He joins the music department at St. John Cantius following a position that he held at Chicago’s Church of the Ascension since 1985, where he learned to sing and conduct Gregorian chant under Thomas Wikman, music director there and founder of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. “I’m thrilled to have been welcomed so warmly by this dedicated community of faith, and look forward to being a part of its commitment to glorifying God through music”. Mr. Jarvis’ performance credits include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Chamber Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and the Grant Park Music Festival.

Joseph Urbaszewski, Chironomer
St. Gregory The Great Schola Cantorum

Joseph F. Urbaszewski is a retired Architect and Civil Engineer, who has been involved at St. John Cantius since about 1988, serving in the capacity of chironomer of the Schola Cantorum of St. Gregory the Great at the pleasure of Fr. C. Frank Phillips, C.R.

In 1959-60, he taught Gregorian chant to the troops at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, while serving in the U.S. Army. He was an occasional substitute organist at St. John Cantius, St. Mary of the Angels, and some forty other churches, over the years. His brother, Gene Urbaszewski, strongly encouraged him to assist at St. John Cantius.

Mr. Urbaszewski’s initial policy was that all the gentlemen of the Schola, under the patronage of St. Gregory the Great, were required to learn, by doing, all the propers of the Mass, unabbreviated. The policy continues in force with the evolution of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. The current blend of twenty plus members includes both laymen and religious.

The Schola presents Holy Scripture in a unisonic musical chant setting of the Mass, which in turn, encourages the faithful to pray. Very often, each member is asked, on a moment’s notice, to select the opening pitch, to intone, or to direct the Schola. As of this date, ten members are proven able to direct.  Not only does the Schola work to achieve melodic delivery, accuracy of pitch, and clarity of text, but more importantly, spiritual excellence.

Parish Staff


Fr. Scott Thelander, SJC
       Parish Administrator

Fr. Joshua Caswell, SJC

Fr. Brendan Gibson, SJC
       Sacraments Coordinator

Fr. Dennis Koliński, SJC
       Chaplain of Lay Associates

Fr. Robin Kwan, SJC
       Liturgical Formation

Fr. Matthew Schuster, SJC

       Prefect of Music

Fr. Albert Tremari, SJC
       Neighborhood Relations

Fr. David Yallaly, SJC


Br. Juan Garcia, SJC
       Altar Servers

Br. Mark Visconti, SJC
       Events and Volunteers

Br. Nathan Ford, SJC

Br. Kevin Menard, SJC


Alyssa Voccola
       Parish Secretary

Kevin Allen
       Director of Music

Corrado Cavalli

Judith Keefe
       Religious Education

Andrea Eisenberg
       Director of Hospitality

David Contreras
       Ushers and Greeters

Donald Jenski
       Chief Sacristan

Nicholas Chapello
       Operations Director

Ruth-Margaret Durkin
       Finance Manager

Anna Streeter
       Pro-Life Liason

Francis Spellman
       A.P.C. Representative

Thomas Diez
       Maintenance Supervisor

Delphine Michalik
       Parish President


Julie Streeter
       St. Martha’s Guild

Eva Salamon
       St. Joseph’s Guild

Daniel Nawrot
       Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament

Laz Ramos
       Quo Vadis Young Adults

Jan Jarvis
       Schola Cantorum of St. John Cantius

Joseph Urbaszewski
       St. Gregory The Great Schola Cantorum

Hannah Martin
       St. Paul Street Evangelization

Terrence Przybilski
       Knights of Columbus

Mike Shipley
       Respect Life Committee



The St. Joseph Guild is a volunteer organization which is dedicated to cleaning and preserving the beauty of our parish. This includes cleaning projects, setting up for special events, and fulfilling the needs of the parish at a given time. It is a wonderful way to meet people while helping to maintain the House of God. 

We meet once a month usually on the second Saturday of the month after the 8:30 am Mass.  Any time you can donate is a great help and warmly appreciated as there is a lot to do in these cherished buildings. All are welcome to come!  All you have to do to join is show up!

For more information or if you wish to be added to our email list for reminders and special events please contact Eva Salamon at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (773) 936-5128.

Catholic Art Guild

The Catholic Art Guild is an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization created in support of Catholic art and artists. The mission of The Guild is to guide artists toward participation in the new evangelization, thus answering the calls of Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and Pope Paul VI, all of whom encouraged artists to use their gifts to aid the Church and for the greater glory of God. The Catholic Art Guild is a community focused on beauty and its captivating power to convert souls. The Guild is corporeally and spiritually based out of the parish of St. John Cantius in Chicago, IL.

The Charism of our spiritual affiliates, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, is “the restoration of the sacred in liturgy, music, and art,” a vision that aligns with our desire to restore the sacred in our artistic vocations. The Canons Regular are known for excellence in all of their endeavors, particularly the liturgy. For more information on the work of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, please view this documentary video

The Catholic Art Guild works to support and promote excellence in Catholic Art and in the work of its members.  The Canons Regular provide spiritual support for the mission and the members. In support, the parish will host monthly events geared toward being both educational and community building. The parish will also host a larger event annually; this will include a special mass to pray for the mission of The Catholic Art Guild

The Guild works with the Catholic Marketing Network (CMN) which is a lay apostolate that hosts the largest national Catholic based marketing event in the country. Their annual trade show highlights numerous Catholic retailers, publishers, authors, and clergy, including EWTN television and radio. The CMN Trade Show is an ideal place to network; it assists in reaching a large audience of catholic retailers and publishers, while simultaneously supporting the Guild’s need for community-building.

Please consider becoming part of this exciting and unique initiative. Help us raise awareness for the need of beauty and the power that it has to evangelize souls by uniting with our common vision. As “custodians of Beauty”, artists are given an essential and unique gift for evangelization. This gift can easily be overlooked in this post-modern and utilitarian culture. Beautiful art and architecture are lasting gifts for generations, particularly for the poor. Please consider supporting our mission by becoming a member or simply making a donation. The dues will be used toward the costs of staging events and supporting our mission. We believe the mission can only be realized through prayerful support of its members and the Canons. We ask all members to pray for the mission of this important work of evangelizing to the culture through catholic beauty and art.


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The parishioners of St. John Cantius Church become actively involved in parish organizations according to their talents and interests.  While some will become involved in apostolates of prayer, others will be attracted to the choirs or to our evangelization programs.  The organizations of St. John Cantius Church offer men and women, boys and girls many opportunities to actively live their Catholic faith.

Directions to St. John Cantius Church

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.

Cantius Church Chicago
Photo by Barry Butler Photography

Public Transportation

CTA BLUE LINE TRAIN: CHICAGO-BLUE — This CTA subway stop is located one block from the church and the train also comes directly from O’Hare Airport (about a 30 minute ride). This station is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Click here for more information and train times for this CTA Stop »

CTA BUS NUMBER 66, which runs east and west on Chicago Ave. It stops at the corner of Chicago Ave. and Ogden Ave. Click here for more information and bus times for this stop »

THE CTA BUS NUMBER 56, which runs north and south on Milwaukee Ave. It stops at the corner of Chicago Ave. and Milwaukee Ave. Click here for more information and bus times for this stop »

Driving Directions

From the North:

Exit I-94 at the Ogden Ave. exit. Turn left at second traffic light onto Ogden Ave. Take Ogden Ave. to Chicago Ave. (800 N). Turn right (east) onto Chicago Ave. one block to Carpenter St. (1032 W). Turn left (north) onto Carpenter St. The church will be on your right.

From the South:

Exit I-94 at Augusta Boulevard (200 N). Turn left at the stoplight onto Milwaukee Ave. (south). Take Milwaukee Ave. to the intersection of Chicago Ave. and Ogden Ave. Turn left onto Chicago Ave. (800 N) (east). Then turn left onto Ogden Ave. The church will be on your right.

From the West:

Exit I-290 at Paulina St. Turn left onto Paulina St. and go to Ogden Ave. Turn right (north) onto Ogden Ave. to Chicago Ave. (800 N). After you cross Chicago Ave. the church will be on your right.

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Saint Paul Street Evangelization

“To the extent that we nourish ourselves on Christ and are in love with him, we feel within us the incentive to bring others to him: Indeed, we cannot keep the joy of the faith to ourselves; we must pass it on.” —Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

The Mission of the St. John Cantius chapter of St. Paul Street Evangelization is to respond to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel by taking the Catholic Faith to the streets of Chicago. 

We recognize that Christ’s call to evangelize was made to every Catholic Christian, and the Second Vatican Council reiterated this need, urging each of the baptized to bring the Gospel, found fully in the Catholic Church, to a culture that has largely reverted to paganism.  Further, we believe that the particular charism of St. John Cantius, with its emphasis on experiencing God in the transcendent beauty of sacred liturgy, art, architecture, and music, will inspire those whom we invite into our parish to draw ever closer to the heart of Jesus.

Do you want to share your love of Jesus Christ and His Church with others? Are you ready to step outside your comfort zone? Do You have a heart for the lost and downtrodden in Chicago? Do you want a practical way to share your faith? Do you want others to experience the beauty of St. John Cantius Church?

The St. John Cantius chapter of St. Paul Street Evangelization is seeking interested parishioners who would like to share their faith on the streets of Chicago witnessing to the beauty and richness of Catholic truth in a loving, non-confrontational manner.  We will offer free rosaries, prayer cards, medals, CDs, and invite people to consider the Catholic Church.  We will pray for people, and plant seeds so that the Holy Spirit can convert hearts.

Street evangelization Chicago

Two ways to be involved:

1. Becoming an Evangelist

Come with us as we take to the streets of Chicago, praying for those in need, explaining the Catholic faith to others, and witnessing to what Christ has done for you in your life.

2. Being a Prayer Warrior

Street Evangelism not for you? Sign up for our email list where we will provide you with updates from the streets. We will distribute prayer requests from those we meet and interact with in our Evangelistic outreach.

For more information on how you can be involved contact:

Hannah Martin
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Video about St. Paul Street Evangelization

Click here to visit the home page of Saint Paul Street Evangelization »

A Short History of St. John Cantius Parish

Saint John Cantius Church, one of the most beautiful sacred spaces in Chicago, boasts a fascinating parish history that mirrors the life of our Savior, a life of growth, suffering, and glory.


Saint John Cantius parish has served as a channel of God’s graces to His people for over one hundred years. This grace has come through the sacraments of the Holy Catholic Church, as well as through the various events that have shaped and defined this church’s history and identity.

The steady arrival and settlement of Polish immigrants in the area, known as “Expatriate Poland” (Wygnana Polska), necessitated the foundation of a new parish which would become Saint John Cantius Church. In 1892, these immigrants petitioned the pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka, the mother church of all Polish parishes in the Archdiocese, for a new church. Fr. Vincent Barzyński, C.R., saw the validity of this request and immediately purchased several lots at Fry and Carpenter Streets for the sum of $75,000. He then appointed Fr. John Kasprzycki, C.R., as pastor.

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

The task of building the new church began. The architect, Adolphus Druiding, drew the plan, and work commenced in the spring of 1893. The cornerstone was laid and blessed in July of that year, while the crudely finished basement church was completed by Christmas. The new parish community held its first Mass in the basement on Christmas Eve.

However, a depression began to settle over Chicago, and it became financially difficult to complete the superstructure. After much fundraising and little progress, the parish prayed a novena to St. Joseph to implore his intercession in completing the church. Soon after the novena, on March 28, a sum of $3,000 arrived and brought construction to a successful close. Archbishop Patrick Feehan presided at the Blessing and Dedication ceremonies on December 11, 1898. The parish flourished and reached its peak in 1918 with about 23,000 parishioners and 2,500 children in the school.


In the 1920s, the construction of Ogden Avenue disrupted the parish and set the pace for decline. The Great Depression, starting with the stock market crash of 1929, brought a further decrease in registered parishioners. By 1943, about 5,000 parishioners and 376 school children remained. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the construction of the Kennedy expressway also dealt a hard blow to the parish. Most of the neighborhood’s residents left what was rapidly developing into a ghetto. In spite of the many negative factors working against the parish’s future, a good number of those who moved continued to attend Mass and support the parish. These, along with the competent leadership of various pastors, made it possible for the parish to continue.


On August 15, 1988, Fr. Frank Phillips, C.R., became pastor and reintroduced a more disciplined and reverent liturgical life to the parish. This, coupled with his prudent guidance and personal charisma, caused the ranks of parishioners, as well as financial resources, to increase. With improved finances, Fr. Phillips could begin restoring the physical church to its original glory while preserving the many treasures the parish already had. In 1998, with the approval of Archbishop Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Fr. Phillips founded the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, a community of religious brothers and priests who strive to restore the sacred in parochial life. He did so for the express purpose of ensuring that the work he had begun as pastor would not end with him.

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Left, 1933 and right, 2015. This church has changed very little in the last 100 years.

A gradual gentrification of the surrounding neighborhood has further contributed to a bright future as the parish enters its second century. The area that was once known as “Expatriot Poland,” and even the “Polish Patch,” is now called “River North,” a developing upscale area with fashionable town homes and luxury lofts. All this comes at a time when renewed interest and enthusiasm for traditional Catholic values and teaching is growing. The parish, and the religious community that blossomed from it, are striving to respond to this eager longing for the fullness of our Catholic faith.


Saint John Cantius Parish has adopted a policy of historical preservation and restoration not only of the physical plant and artwork, but also of the liturgy itself. Following the dictates of the Second Vatican Council, the parish has preserved and given place of pride to the traditional music of the Church. Its repertoire includes not only Gregorian chant, but also choral and orchestral settings of the Mass ranging from Renaissance composers, such as Palestrina and Victoria, to the Viennese style, including the compositions of Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, and Beethoven, to other Contemporary works consonant with the Roman Rite’s musical tradition, including many premieres of newly written liturgical works. The parish also maintains the customs and traditions which relate to its Polish heritage.

In February of 1990, the Archdiocese of Chicago chose Saint John Cantius Church as the site for the renewed celebration of the older form of the Mass mandated by the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei in 1988. When Pope Benedict XVI more amply opened the treasures of this “Extraordinary Form” of the sacred liturgy to the universal Church in his own motu proprio of 2007, Summorum Pontificum, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius responded by developing a website tutorial on the Extraordinary Form called Sancta Missa. They also began conducting a series of workshops to assist seminarians and priests wishing to learn how to celebrate this form of the Mass.

The parish offers both forms of the Roman Rite liturgy daily. The Extraordinary Form of the Mass, otherwise known as the Tridentine Mass, the Missal of Blessed John XXIII, or the Roman Missal of 1962, is the liturgy most Catholics prayed until the implementation of the liturgical reform in 1970. The Ordinary Form of the Mass, also referred to as the Missal of Paul VI, the Missal of 1970, or simply as the Novus Ordo, is the Mass normally celebrated in the majority of Catholic parishes today. Saint John Cantius Church celebrates this latter form of the liturgy in both Latin and the vernacular, in full continuity with the universal Church’s liturgical practice and discipline.

Throughout the year, the parish offers a diverse selection of presentations and classes in Latin, Greek, church heritage, catechetics, and Catholic culture. The parish’s imposing historic church, solemn liturgies, devotions, treasures of sacred art, and rich program of sacred music have helped many Catholics rediscover a profound sense of the sacred.

Saint John Cantius truly stands as a unique parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Both now, and in the years to come, the parish hopes to continue its noble mission of imparting God’s grace to as many people as possible by faithfully passing on our Catholic heritage in all its richness.

Excerpted from Art & Architecture of St. John Cantius. © 2010. Biretta Books, Ltd.

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Saint John Cantius Church, Chicago

Altar Servers - Archconfraternity of St. Stephen

Altar Servers Boys
The altar servers of St. John Cantius Church
with Fr. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., Br. Mark Visconti, S.J.C, and Br. Juan Garcia, S.J.C.

Our parish altar servers provide a liturgical ministry for assistance at all parish Masses. Generally, after boys receive their First Holy Communion, they become eligible to be trained as altar servers. The men of the parish are also encouraged to be trained to serve at the Holy Altar of God.  The parish, preserving the tradition of men and boys serving at the altar, hopes to foster many vocations to the Catholic priesthood.

Thanks to the blessing of His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen was established at Saint John’s in 2009 to foster the vocation of ministering at the altar.

The aim of the Archconfraternity is 1) To encourage, positively and practically, the highest standards of serving at the Church’s liturgy and so contribute to the whole community’s participation in a more fruitful worship of God. 2) To provide altar servers with a greater understanding of what they are doing so that they may serve with increasing reverence and prayerfulness and thereby be led to a deepening response to their vocation in life. 3) To unite servers of different parishes and dioceses for their mutual support and encouragement.

Servers, please arrive in the sacristy no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the Mass. Find a substitute if you are unable to serve on an assigned date. Hang the cassocks and surplices neatly after using them.

Contact Br. Juan Garcia, SJC, at 312 243 7373 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have questions.

Body and Soul Women's Group
“Be who you were meant to be and you will set the world on fire”
—St. Catherine of Siena

Women Cantius Chicago Young Adult
Some of the "Body & Soul" Women at Saint John Cantius Church

About Us

Body & Soul is a community of young adult women who desire to become more & discover more about their feminine genius and dignity as women and how it is expressed in daily life. Meetings will treat topics of the body and the soul so as to address the whole human person.

As a certified Endow Women's Group, their curriculum will be implemented. We will especially focus on Pope St. John Paul's Letter to Women, Mulieris Dignitatem.

Mary,Mother of God

Body & Soul is a place where women search the truth together, ask deep questions, explore the qualities of the feminine genius and inspire one another to proactively live each day with and for Christ, after the model of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each woman has something to offer the world; Body & Soul ignites a fire in her to offer herself in response to the thirst of Christ and His love for her. From metaphysics to apostolic zeal, the group takes shape through fraternal charity, aspiring to become healthier physically & spiritually and rigorous intellectual discussion about what it means to be a woman in this modern day.


Body & Soul women meet in the Café in the basement at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 3:30pm as well as a monthly meeting at a private residence.

Contact & Get Involved

For more information on Body and Soul or if you would like to join us please contact Rebekah by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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"Transforming the hearts and minds of women by inviting them into the joy, freedom, and dignity
that come from living out their gift of authentic femininity in Christ."


Instaurare Sacra per Vitam Familiae

Restoring the Sacred through the life of the Family

Holy Family Image

About Us

Have you ever looked at all of the faith-filled youth in our parish community and asked, “How can I ever raise kids like that?” Or have you ever wished you had a chance to get to know other newlyweds and young families around, who, like you, are just beginning to build their own Domestic Churches?

Familiae is an exciting new three-part series of parenting master-classes!

Enjoy an elegant evening out with built-in time for fellowship while you soak in the wisdom of seasoned Catholic parents. Bring your notebooks and your questions as every event we interview a different set of exemplary parents.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served, and childcare will be provided for those unable to make alternate arrangements (see how to RSVP below).

Familiae is intended to provide a community base for young families whose children are not yet old enough to participate in parish activities such as CCD, altar boy training, children’s choir etc. However, all interested persons are welcome to attend, especially married or engaged couples who do not yet have children as well as single people and couples discerning the vocation of marriage.

So come, get to know other families, and learn from the wisdom of parents who have seen first-hand how Our Lord is cultivating saints in the Domestic Church.


We will meet in the Café on the Lower Level of the Main Church Building on the following dates:

Please stay tuned for the date of our next meeting!

Fellowship begins at 6:30, and the evening concludes by 9:00pm

Contact & Get Involved

Familiae is FREE, but an RSVP is requested for planning purposes (please indicate if you require childcare). For information and to RSVP, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit

Crusaders for Life

Crusaders for Life
Crusaders for Life at the March for Life 2015 in Washington DC

About Us

Who are the ‘Crusaders?’

The ‘Crusaders for Life’ is a youth-led grassroots movement of pro-life youth from Chicago and beyond. Founded by a few initial members, the Crusaders are committed to educating themselves on all life issues in order to defend life with confidence and conviction. Although not officially an organization of St. John Cantius Parish, the Crusaders originally involved youth from Saint John Cantius Church (Chicago) and Saint Peter’s Church (Volo), but has expanded to other cities including: Downers Grove, IL; Danbury, CT; and Detroit; MI.

The Crusaders understand that the biggest tools to conquer the culture of death are prayer and love. Spreading their message in all that they do, they have become known for their spirited and joyful enthusiasm and signature yellow ‘Life Balloons’ which have become an international symbol of the joy of the pro-life movement.

Current Administration:

President: Annie Streeter
Vice-President: Maggie Dietz
Secretary: Darrell McCullough
Treasurer: Anthony Chapello

Chaplain: Br. Nathan Ford, S.J.C.


As the Crusaders for Life we work to educate ourselves on the issue of abortion so that we are better prepared to advance the pro-life cause in our schools, workplaces, and families. By fully understanding what abortion does to the unborn and their mothers and fathers, we are less likely to become numb to the fact that it happens every day by the thousands. With this understanding we try to spread the truth everywhere we go by participating in rallies, marches, protests, and prayer vigils. Through joy and prayer we hope to re-establish the belief that there is beauty and sacredness in every life, born and unborn, and that each life needs to be cherished and protected. - Annie Streeter, President

Get Involved

Praying at Abortion Clinics:

The Crusaders try to individually make it out to an abortion clinic at least once a month in order to pray and give witness by their presence and joy.

Life Tour:

The Crusaders go on an annual ‘Life Tour’ sometime around January 22nd to travel throughout the country to spread joy, the message of life, and to bring this issue into the public sphere. It is a three bus, three day road trip to stand and shout and sing for LIFE with thousands of good people from across the country for those who cannot speak.


Lifeapalooza is a weekend of games, camping, prayer, fellowship, and pro-life talks accompanied by a ‘Crusader’s fashioned’ Pro-Life flash mob. Usually taking place in Lawton, MI ‘Lifeapalooza’ is an event where members of the Crusaders (as well as other Pro-Life youth throughout the Midwest) come together to enjoy the last days of summer and to help build a Pro-Life culture.

Monthly Meetings:

WHO: Any teens interested in getting more involved in the Pro-Life movement!
WHEN: The third Friday of every month 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Usually in the Cafe at St. John Cantius Church (825 N. Carpenter St. Chicago, IL 60642)
WHAT: Guest Speakers, Prayer, Planning for Events, Social Time
WHY: To become an educated and effective Pro-Life witness to the world!

To see times for Mass, Divine Office and Devotions at St. John Cantius, seeLiturgical and Devotional Schedule »

Visit Sancta Missa
Visit SanctaMissa, the Online Tutorial for learning the 1962 Roman Missal.The parishioners of St. John Cantius love the Latin Liturgy.  They see in the Sacred Rites of the Church an intrinsic beauty that has a transformative power over the soul.  The Bride of Christ, the Catholic Church, understands the sacramental nature of her own liturgy, and so our Holy Mother the Church understands that beauty in liturgical gestures and monuments can reflect the beauty of God and direct the faithful towards God.  This is why Catholic liturgy is enriched by an atmosphere rich with “smells and bells.”  This is why the founding parishioners of St. John Cantius made great sacrifices to build a majestic parish church, replete with sacred art, meant to last for generations to come.

The Roman Liturgy enjoys, in particular, a long and glorious tradition of sacred music, which Vatican II calls “a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than any other art.”  Catholics, therefore, are called, not just to sing at Mass, but to sing the Mass.  At St. John Cantius a deep appreciation of sacred music is fostered.  Sacred chant and polyphony, along with sacred organ music are a regular part of the liturgies of St. John Cantius Parish.

But just as the planets rotate about the sun, the hours of the Divine Office revolve around the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, sanctifying every hour of the day and night.  And so the faithful are called to join the members of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in singing daily the official prayer of the Church, the Divine Office.  The Divine Office unceasingly chants the Davidic Psalter and joins the ceaseless singing of the choirs of angels.

In addition to the Mass and Office, the traditional customs, novenas, and devotions that accompany the seasons of the liturgical year, enhance the liturgical life of the parishioners of St. John Cantius Church.  This devotional life fosters a deep love of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, as well as devotion to the saints, who are the friends of God.

About Saint John Cantius Church

“Awesome is this place. it is the House of God and the Gate of Heaven!” Genesis 28, 17 (from the cornerstone of St. John Cantius Church)

St. John Cantius stands as a unique parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago—helping many Catholics discover a profound sense of the Sacred. Founded by Polish immigrants at the end of the nineteenth century, the parish today represents a broad cross-section of every ethnic, socio-economic and age group.  The solemn liturgies, devotions, treasures of sacred art, and rich program of sacred liturgical music have helped many Catholics discover a profound sense of the sacred, thereby permeating their lives with a renewed faith.

Cantius Church Chicago

Of all the “Polish cathedral” style churches in Chicago, St. John Cantius 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.

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 2012, St. John’s completed an ambitious restoration, returning the lavish interior to its original splendor.

Throughout the year, St. John Cantius offers a diverse selection of presentations and classes in Latin, Greek, church heritage, religious education, catechetics, and Catholic culture.

St. John Cantius Parish offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the Roman Rite in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms.  The Ordinary Form of the Mass is offered both in Latin and in English according to the Missale Romanum, issued by Pope John Paul II in 2003.  St. John Cantius Parish is also privileged to offer daily the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, commonly referred to as the Tridentine Latin Mass, according to the Missale Romanum of 1962.

St. John Cantius Church is also the home of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, a religious community of men dedicated to the Restoration of the Sacred.

Saint John Cantius Church, Chicago

Saint John Cantius Church, Chicago


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Classes - Biblical Hebrew

St. John Cantius’ language classes begin again soon. If you have always wanted a deeper appreciation of our Church’s languages and heritage, now is your chance to begin or to continue your study of the language and history of the Church.

The classes below begin with the Fall Semester and continue with the Spring Semester except where indicated below.

Fall Semester: Classes start September 15, 2019 and end December 15, 2019

Spring Semester: Classes start January 15, 2020 and end June 15, 2020.

All classes meet on Sundays in the Canonry at 1025 W. Fry St., Chicago, IL. Enter the building from the south door between the Canonry and the Church (there is no entry directly from the street).

Registration is on the first day of class. If you would like to join the class after September 15, please contact the instructor.


Instructor: Richard Rodriguez
Classes start September 15

For the serious student interested in acquiring a detailed grasp of Biblical Hebrew grammar.  The course will be fast-paced, covering approximately 1-2 chapters per week plus exercises.  Please contact the instructor for prior recommendations.

The textbook is Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen Ross.

Classes will be held from 9.00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m.

Any students interested in this class should email Mr. Rodriguez at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The cost is $50.00 for the class. Students may purchase a copy of the textbook for $50.00.


Instructor: Richard Rodriguez
Classes start September 15. Fall session only.

For the student with some previous knowledge of biblical Hebrew.  We will continue to work through the textbook to cover the major forms and structures of basic grammatical categories. The textbook is Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen Ross.

Classes will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Any students interested in this class should email Mr. Rodriguez at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The cost is $50.00 for the class. Students may purchase a copy of the textbook for $50.00.

“Our Lady of Chicago”

“Matka Boska z Chicago” —Pope St. John Paul II

The icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa at St. John Cantius Church

Our Lady of Częstochowa—the Black Madonna—is honored by Polish people everywhere. Her image has been venerated for over six hundred years at the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, Poland (presently, the third largest Marian shrine in Europe after Fatima and Lourdes). And so, just as you might expect, just as in any Polish Church, St. John Cantius has an icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa—but this particular icon stands out for it’s unique story, its blessing, and it’s wide veneration, making it special for Catholics in Chicago and beyond.

For over 100 years, Chicagoans have knelt at Our Lady’s altar at St. John Cantius Church to pour forth their petitions to the Heavenly Mother in times of sadness and joy. Who could forget the loving gaze of Our Lady that can be seen in this historic icon. But what is it’s story? Where did it come from?

The icon at St. John Cantius was brought from Poland in the early twentieth century by Father Barzyński for use at the mother church of all Polish immigrants in Chicago, St. Stanislaus Kostka. The icon was lent to St. John Cantius for a period of time and the women of St. John’s fell so in love with it that they did not want to return the image of Mary!  But Fr. Barzyński had a solution. He decided to have the two parishes draw lots for it. Needless to say, the women of St. John’s prevailed. An so, in preparation for the silver jubilee, the icon was solemnly installed in the altar.

Pope St. John Paul II and Father Phillips

Pope St. John Paul II blesses the crowns for the icon
as Father Phillips looks on.

In 1997, the pastor of St. John Cantius Parish, Father C. Frank Phillips, C.R. announced his plans to rededicate the parish to Our Blessed Mother for the approaching third millennium and that he would like to accomplish this by making a new set of crowns for Mary and the Christ Child. Eager to help in this project, many parishioners soon began to donate jewelry and “old gold,” which were then fashioned into new crowns by a local goldsmith. In April of that year, he and a small delegation from the parish took the crowns to Rome. After attending the Holy Father’s morning Mass in his private chapel, Pope St. John Paul II met with them in his private study and blessed the new crowns.

As the Holy Father was exiting the audience hall, he turned back to the group from St. John Cantius Parish, raised his right arm, as if in solemn pronouncement, and declared: “Matka Boska z Chicago,” that is, Our Lady of Chicago!”

The final words of our Holy Father as he left the audience hall, “Matka Boska z Chicago!!” still ring clear in my ears. I still get that feeling of awe when I recall the moment Our Lady was unveiled on September 15th, hearing the same powerful melody with brass and tympani as used in Częstochowa.

—Fr. C. Frank Phillips (Letter, February 20, 1998).

On September 15, 1997, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, pastor Father C. Frank Phillips, C.R. held a solemn re-coronation ceremony to officially consecrate the parish to Our Lady for the third millennium. In front of a packed Church with prelates, priests, religious, dignitaries and citizens of Chicago, Our Lady of Chicago was unveiled to the strains of the Częstochowa fanfare for the first time with its newly blessed papal crowns. Among those present were: Apostolic Nuncio for Central Asia, Archbishop Marian Oleś, Bishop Emeritus of Chicago, Bishop Alfred Abramowicz, Fr. Władysław Wyszowadzki of Christ the King Parish in London and Fr. Regis Barwig, prior of the Community of Our Lady in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Later, Fr. Phillips and the parish received a personal thank you from the Vatican:

“I am glad that they are crowns blessed by the Holy Father and that Our Lady of Częstochowa has Her shrine in the city of Chicago, a place to which Poles will be able to go in order to seek comfort and consolation from the Queen of Poland in their troubles.”

—Bishop Stanisław Dziwisz (Letter, April 1, 1998)

Devotion to this image continues up to this day—on the various feasts of Our Lady throughout the year visitors can find Mary’s altar decorated with flowers. After each of the Sunday Masses the faithful come to kneel at Our Lady’s altar to ask for Her intercession.

Not but six months after Her solemn re-coronation, a new religious community of men, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, was founded at the parish. On Sundays and holy days they end their Night Prayer by solemnly processing to Her image bearing the blessed papal crowns chanting a hymn in Her honor. She, in turn, looks down upon them, Her sons who were born of devotion to the Great Mother of God.

Our Lady of Czestochowa at St. John Cantius Church

Pray for us O Holy Mother of God,
That We may be worthy of the Promises of Christ.

Youth at St. John Cantius Church

What can we do to get together and grow in virtue? These events bring us face to face with God and each other to make us awesome and help us to get to Heaven.

SECOND FRIDAY NIGHTS occurs monthly at St. John Cantius beginning at 5:30 p.m. Every single person at St. John Cantius from age 13 – 17 is invited to come play sports, pray the rosary, eat, socialize, and hear about matters of the Faith.

CRUSADERS FOR LIFE meet on the Third Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m (usually at St. John Cantius Church). Any teens interested in getting more involved in the Pro-Life movement are welcome to come listen to guest speakers, pray, plan for future events, and get to know other pro-life youth in order to be an educated and effective Pro-Life witness to the world!

SATURDAY SPORTS casually happen after choir practices on Saturday. Usually youth play from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. You don’t have to be in choir, but it helps!

LIFE TOUR is a three bus, three day road trip around January 22 to stand and shout and sing for LIFE with thousands of good people from across the country for the unborn who have no voice of their own.

THE ANNUAL WALKING PILGRIMAGE from St. John Cantius to Holy Hill, Wisconsin involves 116 miles of endurance, growth in the spiritual life and a lot of strong friendships. Ladies and Men walk separately 13 – 17 years old.

SAINT DON BOSCO CAMPSare an essential part of the summer for boys and girls from ages 8 – 12. These camps are aimed at getting youth outside, active, social, and virtuous.

Annual Choir Camp is a week-long workshop where members of the Magnificat Choir (and others interested in music) attend classes on singing, sight-reading, music theory, as well as rehearse both group pieces and solos. Usually at the beginning of August, Choir Camp is a great way to improve your singing, get to know friends, and enjoy the end of summer!

MORE EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS are around the corner!

For more information, or to be added to the youth email list:

Fr. Nathan Caswell, SJC - Youth Director
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 312-243-7373

Classes - Biblical Greek

St. John Cantius’ language classes begin again soon. If you have always wanted a deeper appreciation of our Church’s languages and heritage, now is your chance to begin or to continue your study of the language and history of the Church.

The classes below begin with the Fall Semester and continue with the Spring Semester except where indicated.

Fall Semester: Classes start September 15, 2019 and end December 15, 2019

Spring Semester: Classes start January 15, 2020 and end June 15, 2020.

All classes meet on Sundays in the Canonry at 1025 W. Fry St., Chicago, IL. Enter the building from the south door between the Canonry and the Church (there is no entry directly from the street).

Registration is on the first day of class. If you would like to join the class after September 15 / January 5, please contact the instructor.


Instructor: Richard Rodriguez
Classes start September 15

For the student with previous experience of the Greek language (ancient or modern) and/or substantial experience with another foreign language. The class will cover Introductory Classical Greek, which provides an excellent basis for Biblical Greek, and will focus on a detailed technical description of the grammar for the purpose of analyzing complex texts. The two textbooks are JACT Reading Greek: Text & Vocabulary, and JACT Reading Greek: Grammar & Exercises.

Classes will be held from 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.

Any students interested in this class should email Mr. Rodriguez at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The cost is $50.00 for the class. Students should obtain their own copy of the textbooks before class begins.


Instructor: Richard Rodriguez
Classes start January 5, 2020

A self-contained course for the complete beginner.  We will learn to read the text of the Greek New Testament out loud and focus on selected passages (with parallel English translation) that illustrate key words and phrases.  This course will de-emphasize detailed memorization/translation and instead focus on broader grammatical concepts and issues that may arise when interpreting the English text.  Students who are interested in pursuing a more detailed study of the Greek language than will be provided by this course are encouraged to contact the instructor for more information on other options.

Classes will be held from 11.30am – 12.30pm

For more information email Mr. Rodriguez at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The cost is $50.00 for the class. There is no textbook required.



The Vianney of St. John Cantius - Father Vincent Rapacz, C.R.

For Many Years Parish Vicar and Devout Confessor

He was a priest who enjoyed an unalloyed love, profound respect and unshakable fidelity both with the parishioners as with the broad spectrum of fellow priests and confreres, a man of peace and trust.  He was a second Vianney - St. John Vianney who spent so many years of service in a single parish.

Father Vincent Rapacz, C.R. was born on April 5th, 1865, in Lublin of Galicia, the son of Lawrence and Marianna (Mikołajczy) Rapacz.  In 1889 he entered the novitiate of the Congregation of the Resurrection in Cracow.  At the time the master of novices was Father Thomas Brzeska, C.R., the socius Father John Kasprzycki, C.R., and later, Father Ladislaus Orpiszewski, C.R.  He made his profession on March 28th, 1891.  He was sent to Lwow for his theological studies and then to Adrialople, Bulgaria.  June 3rd, 1895, the vigil of the feast of the Holy Trinity.  He was ordained along with Father John Kruszynski there in Adrianople, this during the superiorship of Father General Paul Smolikowski, C.R.  After a brief sojourn in Rome, he was sent directly to America, arriving in Chicago on August 24th, 1895, the feast of St. Bartholomew the Apostle.  At St. Stanislaus Kostka parish he spent four years, from 1895 to 1899.  After the death of Father Vincent Barzynski, C. R., Father John Kasprzycki, C.R. appointed him to St. John Cantius parish, where he would spend thirty-two years, indefatigable laboring for souls from 1899 to 1931.  In 1903 his superiors named Father Vincent master of the novitiate, then located in St. Stanislaus College on Division Street (the present Weber high school).  The novices were Father Thaddeus Ligman, C.R., manager of the Dziennik Chicagoski, Father John Drzewiecki, C.R., later pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka parish, and Father Vatentine Swientek, C.R.

Following the death of Father John Kosinski, C.R., pastor of St. John Cantius, Father Vincent assumed the pastorate (May 2nd, 1914) for a very brief period, in fact, not an entire year.  In 1920 he quietly observed his silver jubilee.  After the celebration of Holy Mass the morning of June 3rd, 1920, at ten o’clock, there was no large celebration, the simplicity and modesty of the jubilarian wanted nothing more than a common meal with his confreres when their felicitation were expressed.  For the Mass, the church and the altar were artistically decorated and brilliantly illuminated, with a background of silver leaves and flowers.  And, so, year after year would pass, and Father Vincent by his labors more and more united, worked to unite the hearts of the faithful and it can be plainly stated that he, of all, was the most popular priest.  Soon it would be thirty years spent in labors at St. John Cantius.  Father Vincent had so become the life blood of the parish that he could not be imagined without it, nor the parish without him.  At various juncture Father Vincent had the opportunity for transfer to higher office in the Congregation.  He was offered pastorates and other positions, but this humble priest, a true servant of God in the finest meaning of the words, a faithful servant in the Lord’s vineyard - declined them all.  He did not seek or accept higher office and dignity, but willed to quietly and simply continue his labors at his beloved St. John Cantius.  He recalled all the pastors of St. John Cantius and he himself, though the pastorate of the parish had been offered to him, and in fact, for a time he fulfilled that office, he sought no privileged position, except to be in the shadows, working diligently in the confessional, at the altar, and in the pulpit, dedicated to his native brothers and sisters, who , after God, were to him most dear.  And, so, on June 8th, 1920, St. John Cantius celebrated the extraordinary event of his thirty years of labor for souls in the parish.  The faithful saw in him an exemplary and living teaching of the faith, a man of deep piety, devotion and virtue.  Even during the years spent at St. Stanislaus Kostka he served also the parish of St. John Cantius - known as “wygnana Polska” (exiled Poland or “Polish patch”) and as in those early days automobiles were not existent, Father Vincent would daily on foot make his way to St. John Cantius, walking along with his valise in hand.  As fortune would have it, he found himself among his own people:  the people of Malopolska (Little Poland), from whom he came forth.  He found himself among his own, those from Podhale (Gorale), Zywiec, Wadowiece, Oswiecim, Kety, Chrzanowo, Cracovian Kalwaria, Wieliczka, Nochnia, Tarnow, Debica, Lysa Gora, Radziszewo, Nowy Sacz, Grzybowo, Gorlice, Jaslo Krosno, Tuchowo, Lancut, Rzeszow and from the plains of Lwow, Tarnopol, Stryjow Kolomyja.  Such was St. John Cantius parish in the early twentieth century.

Father Vincent Rapacz, C.R. found himself happily among his own people, a people often regarded as common and ordinary, and often ridiculted, but people whom he held, and we will always hold, in respect and honor.  Father Vincent sacrificed everything and himself for his exalted notion of the priesthood, a popular preacher and a zealous father of souls.  He was tireless in the hearing of confessions.  Ordinarily he heard the confessions of a thousand persons a month.  He did not have to look for penitents, they sought him out.  Evening devotions and other liturgical celebrations he fulfilled with deep piety and zeal and to the edification of the faithful.  We was most happy when he was occupied with the service of the spiritual good of his people.  He had his priestly service as a “seat burden” and the cross of Christ for him was a joy.  He applied to himself the evangelical mandate and example of the faithful sower, of the ready laborer in the vineyard of the Lord.  He was kindly and helpful at every portion of the day, even at the earliest morning hours, and at three in the afternoon, six and nine in the evening.  He gained for himself the confidence and trust of countless souls and built an inheritance of spiritual richness on the precincts of St. John Cantius parish.  He manifested great and proven patience and warmth toward all.  He knew how to deal with the defects of our human nature, showing mercy to the poor, coming to the assistance of those in need and in trouble.  His life was indeed pleasing to God, and he was loved by the people he served so unselfishly.  Among his brother priests he was accorded great respect and love.  Father Vincent, it should be mentioned, was a spiritual father to many of his fellow priests.

March 29th, 1941:  Like a flash of lightning the news spread through the streets of the parish, Father Vincent Rapacz, C.R., the spiritual leader of so great merit, had died in the Lord in St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital.  He had passed through a difficult illness to the heavenly shores.  Kantowo was in great sorrow, for this holy priest had gone to the great heavenly beyond where he would begin his eternal communion with Almighty God.  He left us to go to God to entrust to the Lord the sorrows and grief, the woes and needs, the sufferings of his beloved people.  How heavily the burden of Father Vincent’s death fell upon the people of St. John Cantius parish is well described in the sermon at his funeral Mass, delivered by the pastor of neighboring Holy Innocents parish, Father John Zwierzchowski:  “And dust will return to the earth whence it came and the spirit will return to God who gave it”  (Eccl., 12, 17).  We know, death is not something new to us, for from the beginning people have been dying.

Our ancestors died and we to will die.  One generation succeeds upon another.  Yes, death is as old as the earth.  But when death, that reaper, cuts down one with whom we are related and whom we love, then death takes on a new dress…and then death becomes for us a frightful tidings of life.  That some priest in some parish, somewhere should die is an altogether natural thing.  But when Father Vincent Rapacz, C.R. closed his eyes, it became for the parishioners of St. John Cantius a source of great sadness and grief and from mouth to mouth the message was announced:  Father Vincent has left us.  But why does it happen thus for us?  Because here we speak of a priest to whom we were all bound by sincere friendship and devotion, this priest was our holy and saintly and beloved Father Vincent.  So, death in the case of our Father Vincent is not tidings from the past:  it is a here and now experience which brings forth our tears and deeply distresses us.  Work was the story of Father Vincent’s life.  It was his greatest contentment.  His dedicated labors debilitated his organism so greatly that when his illness came upon him he no longer had the resistance to overcome it.  And, so, he shut his eyes, his heart, so noble and generous, ceased to beat.  Rest, rest, O laborer of the Lord.  May dust return to its earth whence it came and the spirit back to God who gave it…”

Father Vincent stands before the throne of the living God and points to this city of Chicago and to the parishes in which he served and he says to the Lord:  Lord, look and see, they are your people, my people whom you entrusted to my care whom I loved with all my heart as a mother loves her child.  To win them all for you, that was the desire and longing of my heart.  Your Word which I sowed fell upon good ground.  Look not upon the weeds and thistles that are here and there, but look upon that abundant and mature harvest Lord.  I have planted the seed, please now give the growth and the increase for which I labored.  You, Lord, give the blessing upon the field I sowed and watered with my own tears.  You, O Lord, water that field with the dew of your grace.

Father John S. Ratajczak, C.R.

Vincent Rapacz, C.R. (1865 - 1941), was born in Lublin near Krakow on April 5, 1865, the son of Lawrence and Maria Rapacz.  He entered the Congregation on October 5, 1889, professed vows on March 29, 1891, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1895, in Adrianople, Turkey.  Aside from his appointment as master of novices in Chicago (1901 - 1902), he labored in the parochial ministry, first at St. Stanislaus Kostka parish (1895 - 1899); St. Hyacinth parish (1902); St. John Cantius parish (1899 - 1931), pastor (1914 - 1915).  Father Vincent was an exemplary parish priest and became known as the “Vianney of St. John Cantius parish.”  He died in Chicago on March 29, 1941, at the age of 66 and was buried at St Adalbert’s cemetery in Niles.  See Janas, Dictionary, p. 51.  Also, Iwicki, The First One Hundred Years, p. 170.  Also, Catalogus, 1842, p. 142.  Also, Acta Consilii Generalis, XVII November 25, 1901, CRA-R 66488/1.

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Pipe Organs at St. John Cantius

Casavant Frères Pipe Organ, Opus 1130

The main pipe organ at St. John Cantius was made by Casavant Frères, the world’s large organ company, which was founded in 1879 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. Originally crafted in 1926 for St. James United Methodist Church (Kenwood) on South Ellis Avenue, Casavant’s Opus 1130 is a large four manual organ built on a grand scale.

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Sanctuary Continuo Organ Specification

Built by Oberlinger (2005)

The Sanctuary organ is one of the last instruments built by the German firm of Oberlinger. The organ was blessed by the Most Reverend Basil Meeking, Bishop Emeritus of Christchurch, New Zealand, during Bach Night, an all-Bach concert of chamber and vocal music, on May 14, 2005.

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Wurlitzer Theater Organ

Built by Wurlitzer (1927), Opus 1818

In the Church Hall of St. John Cantius is found a Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ. It was built in 1927 and is listed as Opus 1818. This organ was originally installed in the Terrace Theatre at 361 West 23rd Street in 1927, and, in 1935, it was moved to the WOR Radio Studio, 1440 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10018. After restoration, this instrument was installed on the stage of the Church Hall at St. John Cantius in 2012.

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About the Film

Once an integral part of Chicago’s Northwest-side, Saint John Cantius Church fell victim to the city’s numerous street and freeway expansions. Frequented more by pigeons than people for nearly 30 years, the church was destined for the wrecking ball when Father Frank Phillips, a priest with no parish experience, was appointed pastor. Soon after his arrival, Father Phillips was inspired with an idea that would change everything.

Masterfully photographed, with key scenes underscored by the sacred music of Saint John Cantius orchestra and choirs, the presentation of this incredible true story will leave you believing in miracles. 

After 14 broadcasts dates on EWTN’s seven English-language satellites spanning Africa and India; Canada; the United States; Europe; the Pacific Rim; UK and Ireland; totaling 75 individual English broadcasts in four years, viewers are still calling EWTN to praise “Saint John Cantius, Restoring the Sacred”, further proof that Catholics around the world are entertained by this production and inspired to see the Sacred elements of our faith restored.

In 2012, StoryTel’s Spanish-dubbed version of the Cantius story, “San Juan Cancio, La Restauración de lo Sagrado”, premiered on EWTN and has since been televised on four separate dates to EWTN’s global Spanish-language channels.

The Spanish and English “Saint John Cantius” productions together are currently reaching over 230 million homes throughout the world with 94 individual broadcasts from eight different EWTN satellites.

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Young Adults Chicago

Chicago Young Adults

For the sanctification of youth and the 'restoration of the sacred', by way of liturgical, spiritual, and social channels.

Quo Vadis is a group of Catholic young adults, ages 18-35, who seek to 'restore the Sacred' through spiritual service and social events. We strive to build a strong Catholic family and become closer to Christ. We ask the question "Where are you going?" and we propose the answer that is suggested at the beginning of the Mass: "I will go unto the altar of God, who giveth joy to my youth."

Father Frank Phillips giving a talk to some of the young adults at St. John Cantius

Quo Vadis was started in the spring of 2012 in the basement of St John Cantius. Our first official event was in March of 2012. Today we have over 150 active members.

We meet weekly at the centrally located St. John Cantius parish (Wednesday at 7:30pm - Mass & Confession). We welcome newcomers and all those who might attend from the Chicagoland area.

Wednesday night fellowship at St. John Cantius

Quo Vadis young adults at a Chicago Cubs game outing!

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  • Saint Martha's Guild - Restoring the Art of Liturgical Embroidery

    St. Martha's Guild is a group of women from St. John Cantius Church who are attempting to revive the art of liturgical embroidery and needle crafts by learning these art forms and teaching them to anyone that can be enticed into our lively sewing circle. It is a very intimidating and lovely pursuit that enriches and feeds our affection for beauty, while at the same time often forcing an increase in patience and humility. We meet weekly to inch our way forward in this journey working on each new skill and taking care of any mending needs for the parish.

    The guild's website grew out of a need to store our growing collection of resources, tutorials, project specifications and sources of inspiration in one central place. It is very much a work in progress. Be sure to explore the gallery where you can see some of the treasured vestments at St. John Cantius. You'll get a rare up-close and personal view.

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    In the Rosary Crusade we devote ourselves to praying the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Members of St. John Cantius Parish are joined by the friends of the parish in this important prayer crusade for the intentions of the clergy. Thanks to the members of the Rosary Crusade, the Holy Rosary is prayed 365 days of the year and at every hour of the day.

    In 1917, Jesus sent His Mother to Fatima, Portugal on the 13th day of consecutive months with pleas and warnings of what might happen if man did not turn back to God. These events culminated on October 13th with one of the greatest documented miracles of modern times that was witnessed by literally tens of thousands of people. Our Blessed Mother’s message was quite simple. Put Jesus back at the center of our lives. Ask for God’s mercy. Make sacrifices and reparations for the ways man has offended God. And pray the rosary for peace!

    “I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the rosary. Let them continue saying it everyday.” – Our Blessed Mother to Lucia at Fatima, October 13, 1917

    Most importantly, our Blessed Mother brought us a message of hope! If we listen, and do these things, our merciful God stands ready to embrace us. Great sufferings and disasters, both manmade and natural can be averted!

    “The rosary is my weapon.” “Our Lady has never refused me a grace through the recitation of the rosary.” “Love the Blessed Mother and make her loved. Always recite the rosary.” – St. (Padre) Pio of Pietrelcina

    Sadly, as the Fatima messages went largely unheeded, many of the things that our Blessed Mother warned of, including WWII, the rise of Russia, and the spread of communism came to pass. In fact, quite arguably, this century will go down as one of the bloodiest and war filled in the history of mankind. With the lack of peace in this new millennium, our Blessed Mother’s requests seem more urgent and more relevant than ever, so please join in this worldwide effort of prayer in response to our Blessed Mother’s urgent pleadings.

    The Blessed Mother’s Promises to those who Pray the Rosary

    The following promises were given by the Blessed Mother to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan in the twelfth century. These promises are fifteen in number and are for Christians who recite the Rosary. The Blessed Mother promises:

    1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
    2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
    3. The Rosary shall be powerful armor against hell. It will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.
    4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish. It will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God. It will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
    5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
    6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice. He shall not perish by an unprovided death. If he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God and become worthy of eternal life.
    7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
    8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have, during their life and at their death, the light of God and the plentitude of His graces. At the moment of death, they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
    9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
    10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.
    11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
    12. All those who propagate the holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
    13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
    14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons and brothers of my only Son, Jesus Christ.
    15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.


    Devotional Life

    Novena to the Holy Spirit


    The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.


    To be recited daily during the Novena

    On my knees I before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.


    To be recited daily during the Novena

    O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

    The Novena begins on the day after the Solemnity of the Ascension, Friday of the 6th Week of Easter, even if the Solemnity of the Ascension is transferred to the 7th Sunday.

    FIRST DAY (Friday after Ascension or Friday of 6th Week of Easter)

    Holy Spirit! Lord of Light! From Your clear celestial height, Your pure beaming radiance give!

    The Holy Spirit

    Only one thing is important—eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared—sin· Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”


    Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and hast given us forgiveness all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

    Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

    Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    SECOND DAY (Saturday of 6th Week of Easter)

    Come. Father of the poor. Come, treasures which endure; Come, Light of all that live!

    The Gift of Fear

    The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. “They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls.”


    Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.

    Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

    Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    THIRD DAY (7th Sunday of Easter or transferred Ascension)

    Thou, of all consolers best, Visiting the troubled breast, Dost refreshing peace bestow.

    The Gift of Piety

    The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.


    Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

    Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

    Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    FOURTH DAY (Monday, 7th Week of Easter)

    Thou in toil art comfort sweet, Pleasant coolness in the heat, solace in the midst of woe.

    The Gift of Fortitude By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to under take without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. “He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.”


    Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

    Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

    Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    FIFTH DAY (Tuesday, 7th Week of Easter)

    Light immortal! Light Divine! Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill!

    The Gift of Knowledge

    The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth—in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. “Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it.”


    Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

    Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

    Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    SIXTH DAY (Wednesday, 7th Week of Easter)

    If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn’d to ill.

    The Gift of Understanding

    Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion BY faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to “walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”


    Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

    Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

    Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    SEVENTH DAY (Thursday, 7th Week of Easter)

    Heal our wounds—our strength renews; On our dryness pour Thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt away.

    The Gift of Counsel

    The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth.”


    Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long.

    Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

    Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    EIGHTH DAY (Friday, 7th Week of Easter)

    Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!

    The Gift of Wisdom

    Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written “all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Saviour: “Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light.


    Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

    Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

    Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    NINTH DAY (Saturday, Vigil of Pentecost)

    Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen

    The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

    The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.


    Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

    Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

    Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    The Padre Pio Prayer Group meets on the third Saturday of each month at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago (825 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, IL ). It begins with a Latin (Tridentine) Mass at 8:30 A.M., followed by recitation of the Chaplet of St. Padre Pio, prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father and for the success of the “Home for the Relief of Suffering” in Foggia, Italy. It concludes with a brief reception and meeting with light refreshments in Cafe San Giovanni.

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    Mindful of the joy of the recent Beatification of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, the Holy Father prays that the holy Friar’s example of heroic virtue will strengthen all of you in your commitment to Christ and to the task of the new evangelization on the threshold of the Third Christian Millennium.”—Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State, The Vatican

    (The above quote was used with permission from the American Convention for the Blessed Padre Pio Prayer Groups—August 21, 1999)

    “La Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” - The Home for the Relief of Suffering. First established by St. Padre Pio in Foggia, Italy in the early 1940s and dedicated by him in 1956, this 2,000 bed hospital is ranked today as one of the finest in Europe.

    Padre Pio on: The Spirit of God

    The spirit of God is a spirit of peace. Even in the most serious faults He makes us feel a sorrow that is tranquil, humble, and confident and this is precisely because of His mercy.

    The spirit of the devil, instead, excites, exasperates, and make us feel, in that very sorrow [for our sins], anger against ourselves, whereas we should, on the contrary, be charitable with ourselves first and foremost.

    Therefore, if any thought agitates you, this agitation never comes from God, who gives you peace, being the Spirit of Peace, but from the devil.

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    Prayer Requests

    The priests and brothers of St. John Cantius Parish want to remember your prayer requests. Please feel free to call the parish office at 312-243-7373 with your prayer request or send your prayer requests to us using our online prayer request form. We entrust all of our prayers to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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    St. John Cantius in the News

    More Catholics Call For the Latin Mass

    College students are among those most interested in the Traditional Latin Mass. For the full story go to:

    Tridentine Mass draws diverse crowd of worshipers

    Bundling themselves against the sleeting rain and snow, people of all ages traveled Nov. 21 to Holy Trinity Parish in Westmont to experience something old made new again—a Latin Mass.

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    A Renaissance in Chicago

    How A Dying Parish Came Back to Life By John Burger

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    Latin Mass Returns to Lithuania

    Fr. Scott Haynes, S.J.C. (Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, Chicago) offered the Tridentine Latin High Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Siluva on August 11th 2007. 


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    The Cantian, St. John Cantius Bulletin lists the Mass intentions for the current week, news from the parish, the Archdiocese of Chicago and lists upcoming events. Our bulletin can be downloaded in Adobe PDF format using the links below:

    The latest bulletin is uploaded every Friday for the coming Sunday. Currently we do not have archived or past bulletins.


    Sacred Art

    The people of St. John Cantius Parish understand that sacred art plays a very important role in the work of “Restoring the Sacred.”  This restoration includes a preservation of the artistic patrimony of the Church, replete with exemplary vestments, sacred vessels, and art works.  But this mission is not only concerned about preserving artistic works of the past.  As a result, St. John Cantius Parish and its resident religious community, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, strive to continue the cultivation of new sacred art for the greater glory of God.  Below are a few examples of the sacred art from St. John Cantius Church.


    Parishioners at St. John Cantius enjoy donating time and talents. Please consider becoming a volunteer at St. John Cantius today!

    Altar Servers – Open to the men and boys of the parish who want to serve at the altar for the Holy Mass.
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    Bakers - Share with us your talents in the kitchen by baking for Café San Giovanni. The parish always needs baked goods for many activities. Contact Fr. Frank Phillips, CR, at 312 243 7373.

    Café San Giovanni Host/Hostess - Every Sunday the Café needs volunteers to serve coffee and help clean up.
    Contact: Fr. Frank Phillips, CR, at 312-243-7373.
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    Cantate Domino Choir – Choir for young ladies interested in singing Latin Masses and Motets.
    Contact: Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC, at 312-243-7373.
    Learn more: Organizations - Choirs at St. John Cantius »

    Church, Rectory and Grounds Cleaning/Decorating - We need people to help keep the Parish clean and beautiful. Can you help? Contact the parish office.
    Contact: Thomas Dietz at 312 243 7373.

    Evangelization Program - Help bring the Gospel to lapsed Catholics and others.  Welcoming new parishioners, researching, writing, teaching catechism in C.C.D., creating art and more is part of the program.  We can use your particular talents.
    Contact:  Fr. Frank Phillips, CR, at 312 243 7373.
    Learn more: Organizations - Evangelization »

    Festival Committee - Help organize and run fundraising events for our parish. Interested?
    Contact:  Fr. Frank Phillips, CR, at 312 243 7373.

    General Volunteer as Needed - We’ll call you when the Parish has special needs.
    Contact:  Call the parish office at 312 243 7373.

    Knights Of Columbus – The Knights of Columbus - Lafayette Council # 361 – supports our parish in prayer, fundraising. Open to men of the parish over 18.
    Contact:  Thomas Dietz at 312 243 7373.
    Learn more: Organizations - Knights of Columbus »

    Latin and Greek Program - Learn the language of the Church, the ancient Romans and the ancient Greeks. Classes are available to beginner to advanced students. Volunteer as a teacher, assistant, tutor, or sponsor Latin and Greek students in their studies.
    Contact: Joseph Phelps at 312 236 5454 ext. 132.
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    R.C.I.A. (adult convert class) – The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a class open to all adults interested in becoming Catholic. It is also open to Catholics who have never received Confirmation or First Holy Communion, or to those Catholics just wanting to learn more about their faith. Volunteers are needed as tutors or as mentors.
    Contact: Fr. Brendan Gibson, SJC, at 312 243 7373.
    Learn more: Classes - RCIA – Adult Convert Class »

    Resurrection Choir – Men and women’s choir specializing in classical Masses and motets.
    Contact: Fr. Frank Phillips, CR, or Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC, at 312 243 7373.
    Learn more: Organizations - Choirs at St. John Cantius »

    Rosary Crusade – The Rosary Crusade fosters devotion to the Rosary. Open to all parishioners. Volunteer today to pray the Rosary with our Rosary Crusade.
    Contact: Fr. Frank Phillips, CR, at 312 243 7373.
    Learn more: Organizations - Rosary Crusade »

    Sancta Missa – is a website about the Tridentine Latin Mass that seeks to catechize Catholics and others about the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. As a part of our evangelization program, helps everyone to “pray the Mass” with deeper faith and devotion. Contact Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC if you could assist with editorial work, word processing, or translating.
    Contact: Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC, at 312 243 7373.
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    Seat of Wisdom Library – Are you a librarian by vocation or avocation?  We can use your help.
    Contact: Fr. Frank Phillips, CR, at 312 243 7373.

    Squires – This group of young men sets an edifying example of charitable works, prayer and dedication to the parish. All young men are encouraged to join (ages 12-18).
    Contact: Fr. Brendan Gibson, SJC, at 312 243 7373 for more information.

    St. Gregory the Great Schola - Men’s choir specializing in Gregorian chant. Men who are interested should contact Fr. Frank Phillips, CR.
    Contact: Fr. Frank Phillips, CR, at 312 243 7373.
    Learn more: Organizations - Choirs at St. John Cantius »

    St. Monica Sodality - Has a loved one or family member left the Catholic Faith? All parishioners are encouraged to join the St. Monica Sodality to pray for the conversion of sinners.
    Contact: Fr. Frank Phillips, CR, at 312 243 7373.
    Learn more: Organizations - St. Monica Sodality »

    Ushers - Assist at all Sunday Masses.
    Contact: Thomas Dietz at 312 243 7373.

    Youth and Young Adult Program - This program is open to boys and girls and young people who are interested in learning more about their faith, enjoying group activities and recreation, and doing charitable works in the parish community.
    Contact: 312-243-7373.
    Learn more: Organizations - Youth & Young Adults »

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    Parish Office Hours

    Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

    Saturdays, Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation: Closed

    Consultation available with any priest by appointment

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    For marriages, please read the parish Wedding Guidelines before calling.

    The parish office is located at:
    825 N. Carpenter St. Chicago, IL 60642-5499 (for directions click here)

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    About St. John Cantius - the Saint’s Story


    St. John of Kenty
    Patron Saint of Teachers, Students, Priests and Pilgrims

    Painting of St. John Cantius by Tadeusz Żukotyński
    from the High Altar of St. John Cantius Church, Chicago

    To most Catholics in this country, St. John from Kenty—otherwise know as John Kanty or John Cantius—is an obscure saint, but even in Europe, probably few people know of Pope John Paul II’s deep and lifelong devotion to this professor saint.

    Only thirteen miles from the Holy Father’s own birthplace, John was born in the small southern Polish town of Kenty on June 24, 1390. At the age of 23, he registered for studies at the Jagiellonian University, located in the not too distant city of Krakow—then, the capital of the Polish Kingdom. Founded 1364 by royal decree, it was the same university at which astronomer, Nicolas Copernicus, would study almost 80 years later.

    Enrolled in the Department of Liberal Arts, John became a doctor of philosophy in 1418. During the following three years, he undertook further studies in preparation for the priesthood, while supporting himself by conducting philosophy classes at the university.

    Immediately following ordination, he accepted a position as rector at the prestigious school of the Canons Regular of the Most Holy Sepulcher in Miechow. That such a school would offer him this position at his relatively young age was evidence of John’s exceptional intellect and talents. It was there in conducting formation classes for the young novices that he became firmly grounded in the writings and spirituality of St. Augustine.

    In 1429, a position became vacant in the Philosophy Department at the Jagiellonian University. John quickly returned to Krakow for the Job, taking up residence at the university where he remained until his death. He also began studies in theology and after 13 long years of study intertwined with teaching and administrative duties as head of the Philosophy Department, He finally received his doctorate. Later, after the death of his mentor, the eminent theologian Benedykt Hesse, John assumed directorship of the university’s Theology Department.

    As most learned men of his day, John spent many of his free hours hand copying manuscripts of the Holy Scriptures, theological tracts, and other scholarly works. Although only 26 volumes have survived to our time, their total of over 18,000 pages is a testament to his exceptional industriousness.

    During the course of his life in Krakow, John became well know among the city’s residents for his generosity and compassion toward the poor, always sacrificing his own needs in order to help those less fortunate. He felt a special affinity toward need students at the university, helping to care for their spiritual, physical, and academic needs, Whether it was in the classroom or in the pulpit, everyone knew him as a staunch defender of the faith and enemy of heretics.

    By the time the Master from Kenty died on December 24, 1473, the people of Krakow already considered him a very holy man. That his opinion was wholly justified can be evidenced by the numerous favors and miracles attributed to John’s intercession beginning immediately following his death. Before long, John from Kenty became know widely throughout Europe, drawing pilgrims from many countries to his tomb in the university’s Collegiate Church of St. Anne.

    Despite this, the process for his beatification did not begin until 150 years later. Finally, in 1676, Pope Clement XIII declared him a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, proclaiming October 20 as his feast day.

    Throughout, his many years in Krakow, our philosopher Pontiff drew much inspiration at the grave of his patron saint of learning. It was no surprise, therefore, that during his 1997 pilgrimage to Poland, he once more prayed at the Saint’s tomb. There, during a special gathering with professors from the Jagiellonian-both his and St. John’s alma mater—he alluded to the Master from Kenty when he stated: “Knowledge and wisdom seek a covenant with holiness.”


    (taken from Society of St. John Cantius newsletter Via Sacra, Vol.1, Issue 2, May 25, 1999)

    Saint John from Kenty, patron of our religious community, lived in times not unlike our own. Although not as intense as the cultural crisis of the late twentieth century, his time was nonetheless as period of tension and sweeping change. As for us, it was a time of crisis as well as reform in the realms of culture, politics and religion.

    In Europe of the fifteenth century, the Church was still reeling from the effects of the western schism. The emergence of antipopes divided the allegiances of Catholics. Criticism of Church authority led to the support of conciliarism, which asserted that the only solution to the Church’s problems was submission of the Pope to the authority of Church councils.

    Many philosophers wished to separate the Church from the realm of learning, some mystics wished to separate piety from a search for the truth, Hussite heretics wished to detach the Church from all temporal matters, and academics defended the rights of pagans and schismatics, under the banner of freedom of conscience. The similarity to our time is uncanny.

    However, even amidst such sentiments among many of his colleagues at the Krakovian Academy, St. John from Kenty stood firm in his loyalty to the Roman Pontiff and the timeless teachings of the Church.

    Despite the turmoil, it was also a period of renewal within the Church. St. John stood out as one of a number of mystics in fifteenth-century Krakow who were influenced by devotio moderna—a contemporary Dutch movement, which encouraged lay people to a life of individual piety through reflection on the Gospels, personal consecration, and works of mercy. It also promoted a renewed devotion to the Eucharist through the practice—considered revolutionary for the time—of frequent reception of Confession and Holy Communion.

    The influence of this movement on the Master from Kenty may explain why, among the numerous manuscripts produced by this seasoned scholar, we find no great theological or mystical treatises. One trait characteristic of devotio moderna was that it did not encourage the writing of such works as was popular in that day. It called rather for a humble silence and renunciation of the unnecessary praise from others, that such works would have entailed.

    What the Master from Kenty did leave us, however, were many volumes of transcribed manuscripts, as well as practical commentaries on morality and faith.

    St. John from Kenty didn’t found a school of mysticism or live in a monastery but in a manner unique for his day, he demonstrated how one could live the gospel in everyday life through service to the Church and one’s fellow man. He drew constant inspiration from a deep devotion to Christ’s Passion and a profound love of our Savior’s Blessed Mother.

    So exemplary was he, that two centuries later Pope Clement XIII wrote for his canonization that the Saint from Kenty “belonged to a group of outstanding men, distinguished by knowledge and holiness, who both taught and put into practice, as well as defended, the true faith which was under attach by its enemies.”

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    Recordings of our Choirs

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    Music for Holy Week from Saint John Cantius
    The Saint Cecilia Choir of St. John Cantius Church

    This recording, which presents the emotional depth and variety of music for this important liturgical season, traces the six major services of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

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    Christmas Music
    Christmas Music
    from St. John Cantius
    The Saint Cecilia Choir of St. John Cantius Church

    This stunning CD has over an hour of fantastic music! With over twenty traditional carols and motets this could be the perfect Christmas gift!

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    Christmas Music from St. John Cantius
    The Saint Cecilia Choir of St. John Cantius Church

    Another fantastic collection of hymns, carols, and motets demonstrating the dynamic quality of the choir and the superb acoustics of St. John Cantius Church.

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    Rubrics of Liturgical Music

    Extraordinary Form (Tridentine)

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    The Ushers of St. John Cantius Parish is a group of men, who greet parishioners and guests and provide order at all Masses. Several ushers are needed at each Mass to perform the following duties: assist parishioners in seating, distribute prayer booklets for the Sacred Liturgy and weekly bulletins, handle offertory collections, conduct a headcount of the congregation, and take up the Offertory collect. Contact Thomas Diez for more information at 312-243-7373.

    Holy Orders

    Ordinations have a profound significance for Catholics. The people of St. John Cantius Church have the joy of rejoicing with the members of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, especially on the occasions of priestly ordinations.

    The parishioners of St. John Cantius Church rejoice with the members of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius who are led to the altar for the Sacred Rites of Ordination. Our parishioners know that the priest is not ordained for his family or friends alone. No! The priest “taken from among men, is ordained for men in the things that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins” (Heb. 5,1). The honor bestowed upon the priest is honor bestowed upon the whole Catholic people out of whose midst he is taken.

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    Extreme Unction - Anointing Of The Sick

    Extreme Unction, also called the Anointing of the Sick, is the Sacrament by which, through the prayers of a priest and the anointing with olive oil (blessed by the Bishop), a person who is in danger of death from sickness is given health of the soul and sometimes also of the body. At St. John Cantius, the olive oil which is used by the priests is blessed by the Archbishop of Chicago on Holy Thursday at the Chrism Mass at Holy Name Cathedral.

    Those who are in need of this Sacrament are asked to contact a priest in the parish office at 312-243-7373 to make arrangements. It is prudent to receive the Anointing of the Sick prior to serious operations or whenever there is a serious danger to health. We ask the families of St. John Cantius to contact the parish on behalf of loved ones who may be seriously ill or near death.

    “The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects: the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church; the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age; the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of penance; the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul; the preparation for passing over to eternal life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1532).

    Does a person have to be dying to receive this sacrament? No. The Catechism says, “The anointing of the sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1514).

    Holy Eucharist

    The people of St. John Cantius Parish are spiritually fed with the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ in the Holy Eucharist each time the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered.

    Weekly Masses

    07:30 a.m. — Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Tridentine Low Mass in Latin)
    09:00 a.m. — Ordinary Form of the Mass (English)
    11:00 a.m. — Ordinary Form of the Mass (Latin)
    12:30 p.m. — Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Tridentine High Mass in Latin)

    07:00 a.m. — Ordinary Form of the Mass (English)
    08:00 a.m. — Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Tridentine Low Mass in Latin)
    (subject to change)

    Wednesday and First Friday
    07:30 p.m. — Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Tridentine Low Mass in Latin)

    08:30 a.m. — Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Tridentine High Mass in Latin)
    05:00 p.m. — Ordinary Form of the Mass (English), Anticipated Mass

    Baptized adults who have not yet received their First Holy Communion should contact Fr. Brendan Gibson, S.J.C. at 312-243-7373 for more information and you may also click here: Adult Convert Class »

    Children preparing for their First Holy Communion should enroll in the sacramental preparation classes offered on Sunday mornings during the school year.


    Sacrament of Penance

    6:00am - 1:00pm
    Before and during all Masses

    8:30 – 9:15 A.M.
    4:30–5:30 P.M.

    7:00–8:00 P.M.

    First Friday
    7:00–8:00 P.M.

    Other times by appointment. Please call the parish office at 312-243-7373.
    (Due to circumstances beyond our control, periodic changes may occur in this schedule.)

    All sin is an offense against God and a rejection of his perfect love and justice. Yet, Jesus makes a distinction between two types of sins. We call the most serious and grave sins, mortal sins. Mortal sins destroy the grace of God in the heart of the sinner. By their very grave nature, a mortal sin cuts our relationship off from God and turns man away from his creator. St. Paul’s letter to the Hebrews tell us that “if we sin willfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26).

    The second type of sin, venial sin, that of less grave matter, does not cut us off from Christ. However, venial sin does weaken grace in the soul and damages our relationship with God. A person who frequently indulges in venial sin is very likely to collapse into mortal sin if they persist in their evil ways.

    In order for a sin to be mortal, it must meet three conditions:

    • Mortal sin is a sin of grave matter
    • Mortal sin is committed with full knowledge of the sinner
    • Mortal sin is committed with deliberate consent of the sinner

    This means that mortal sins cannot be done “accidentally.” A person who commits a mortal sin is one who knows that their sin is wrong, but still deliberately commits the sin anyway. This means that mortal sins are “premeditated” by the sinner and thus are truly a rejection of God’s law and love.

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    Statue of the Prodigal Son and Christ at St. John Cantius

    How to make one’s Confession

    Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.
    I confess to God Almighty and to you, Father.
    It has been ___________ (days, weeks, months, years) since my last confession.
    I have received absolution and performed (not performed) my penance.

    Then you tell your sins. All mortal sins must be confessed in order to make a good confession. Venial sins may be confessed, and it is a very beneficial to do so on a spiritual level. When you have finished, add:

    For these and all the sins that I can’t remember, and all the sins of my past life (you can specify one or another), I ask pardon of God and penance and absolution of you, Father.

    The priest then may give you some words of advise and he gives you a penance. Then you say your act of contrition.

    An act of Contrition

    O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art so good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve, with the help of thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life.  Amen.

    The priest gives the absolution.

    Before leaving, say to the priest:

    Thank you, Father.

    St. Monica Sodality

    A devotion promoting prayer and self-mortification for the return to the Catholic faith of family members and friends. The core of the Sodality Devotion is weekly recitation of the St. Monica Novena, followed by the Holy Rosary for all of the intentions submitted to the Sodality.

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    St. Monica Novena

    The St. Monica Novena is a weekly devotion to pray for the return to the Church of fallen-away, marginal and apostate Catholics from among our families, relatives and friends. Every Wednesday evening, the public is invited to a public recitation of the St. Monica Novena and Rosary for this intention. It is followed by a Tridentine Mass. Confessions are also available during this time.

    A brilliant son with a promising future leaves home for advanced studies. His mother, who is a devout Catholic, soon finds her son falling into the wrong crowd, which leads to vice and loose living. He turns against the faith of his youth, lives in sin with a woman for many years and even has an illegitimate child. Finally he joins a strange religious cult. The family is ripped apart and the grieving mother is left in tears to pray for the highly unlikely return of her boy to the Church.

    The story may sound familiar to you. Perhaps it sounds like a lot of families you know-or worse yet, your own family. It has been a common story in the last thirty years and rarely has a happy ending.

    But the above scenario isn’t a story from the 1990s! The grieving mother lived in the fourth century A.D. in the Roman territories of northern Africa. Her brilliant son did eventually return to the Church to become a great bishop, founder of a religious order, Saint and Doctor of the Church. The figures are St. Augustine of Hippo and his long suffering mother, St. Monica, who prayed thirty years for her son’s conversion. Their story reveals to us how unchanging is this human drama, which has played out time and time again for centuries.

    St. Monica gives us a model of what can and must be done if we hope to restore health to our families and our Catholic community. She is the inspiration for a new crusade of prayer and self-mortification called the St. Monica Sodality, which was founded at St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago on January 3rd, 1995. The Sodality’s purpose is twofold: to pray for a return to Catholic unity and to provide prayerful support for those who have experienced the loss of faith of a loved one.

    Fr. Frank Phillips, C.R., pastor of St. John Cantius Parish, is the founder and chaplain of the St. Monica Sodality. “The letters we have received have been very moving and the stories they tell are just tragic,” comments Fr. Phillips. “I am very glad that we can offer some hope and comfort to these families to let them know that they are not alone and that our prayers here at St. John’s are with them and for them.”  Since its founding, the Sodality has attracted national and even international attention with petitions regularly arriving from around the world.

    The approach of the St. Monica Sodality is not one of despair or of fixing blame for the catastrophic disaffection of so many Catholics since the Second Vatican Council. It is here to help people find strength, to persevere and to lay the groundwork for an authentic renewal both of family and religious life. It was the very unlikely and wayward Augustine who became one of the most influential religious figures of all time and a pillar of Catholic orthodoxy against such major heresies as Pelagianism and Donatism. In the end, it was Monica’s prayers and labors to bring back her brilliant and promising boy that conquered obstacles beyond her imagination. Just as for St. Monica fifteen centuries ago, the Sodality bearing her name strives to, as one member bluntly stated, “get our people back to the Church and get their lives straightened out.”

    The core of the St. Monica Sodality Devotion is weekly recitation of the St. Monica Novena, followed by the Holy Rosary. Sodality members meet at 7:00 P.M. every Wednesday evening at St. John Cantius Church for a public recitation of the Novena and Rosary for all of the intentions, which have been submitted to the Sodality. It is followed by a Tridentine Mass.

    Those who cannot personally attend the Wednesday evening devotions at St. John’s can become members of the St. Monica Sodality, as so many around the country have already done. They can join in pray with their private recitation of the novena and Rosary every Wednesday evening wherever they may be. To become a Sodality member please send $20.00 to: St. Monica Sodality, 825 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, Illinois 60642-5499. Petitions and requests for further information about the St. Monica Novena can also be sent by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    “It’s unbelievable when you stop and realize that we probably have more fallen away Catholics than active Catholics. The Catholic culture in the United States has literally fallen apart before my eyes and there just hasn’t been much real progress and reversing of the process. And so we’re going to storm heaven! We’re going pray our people back, ” remarked Shirley Cichy, a member of the St. Monica Sodality. “Catholics must stop weeping by themselves and start praying together to bring our people back. We have a straightforward program of prayer and penance for people to follow and by banding together we can draw strength and hope from each other. People must realize that they are not alone in this crisis.”


    Respect Life Committee

    The mission of the St. John Cantius Respect Life Committee is to promote a culture of life, where every human being is valued and protected from the moment of conception until natural death. We seek to convert hearts and minds on all life issues through prayer, educational events, public awareness campaigns and charitable activities. Efforts are directed toward opposition of abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia, promotion of chastity, and presentation of Catholic teaching regarding artificial contraception.

    The St. John Cantius Respect Life Committee provides willing support of authentic organizations that promote a culture of life, and are in conformity with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Our current fund raising campaigns support The Women’s Center ( of greater Chicagoland. The Women’s Center is a crisis pregnancy center that provides assistance to women who are facing difficult pregnancies. Assistance includes counseling and referral services, as well as material help, such as clothing, food, baby goods, furniture (cribs and baby needs), toiletries, and other basic family needs.

    The St. John Cantius Respect Life Committee supports the Archdiocesan Legislative Alert campaigns. These campaigns provide information on upcoming legislation related to life issues. Participants receive e-mail alerts when such legislation is coming up for a vote, and are provided with recommended messages to deliver to their state or local representative. Through timely delivery of feedback to our elected officials, Catholics CAN make a difference in the legislative process.

    The St. John Cantius Respect Life Committee seeks to increase understanding of life issues throughout our parish, and throughout the local community. Previous events have included presentations by experts in areas such as biotechnology and constitutional law on subjects including Roe v Wade, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, and the recent Supreme Court decision on Partial Birth Abortion.

    The St. John Cantius Respect Life Committee believes that prayer is the bedrock of all efforts to transform our culture into a culture of life. Recent and ongoing prayer campaigns have included a Mass of Thanksgiving for the recent Supreme Court Decision upholding the ban on partial birth abortion, spiritual adoption of an unborn baby, and the continued support of all who are working in the Respect Life movement.

    Prayer of Reparation for the Sin of Contraception

    God, our Father, in Your infinite goodness You have permitted married couples to take part in Your creative process and I thank You for this unfathomable privilege.

    I beg for Your Mercy on all those who have fallen through selfishness into a rejection of Your Divine Plan by an acceptance of the contraceptive mentality.

    I beg for Your special graces to break the demonic, anti-life, contraceptive hold on so many couples, that has launched the human race into death worship and mass suicide.

    I beg that You renew in Your children the hope and confidence in Your loving plan for mankind that inspired previous generations to bring forth children to give You glory and to populate and govern Your creation.

    This we pray through Jesus Christ, Your Son and Our Lord.


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    Parish Fundraising

    Festival Committee

    The Festival Committee is a group of dedicated parishioners whose purpose is to plan fundraising and social events for the parish throughout the calendar year. Chili dinners, spaghetti suppers and picnics provide an fun opportunity to meet new faces in the parish and to raise funds to restore our parish church.

    Project Club

    This is a fundraising organization for the support of the parish. Monthly tickets are available in the church vestibule after Masses on the last Sunday of each month. The drawing is held on the first Sunday of each month and prizes are distributed to the winners.

    Everyone is welcome to join the parish Project Club. For more information, contact the parish office at 312-243-7373.


    MANNA is a program for parish fundraising for the Sacred Music Program. Support our parish Music Program and purchase shopping certificates on the Manna Program website. With your MANNA gift cards, you decide what stores in which you shop.

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    Knights of Columbus

    A lay Catholic family fraternal service organization open to all Catholic men in communion with the Holy See (i.e., one must accept and abide by the Commandments of God and the precepts and tenets of the Catholic church), age eighteen and above. One of the primary missions of the Knights of Columbus is to support local charities To find out more about the Knights of Columbus, visit the national or state website for the Knights of Columbus.

    The Knights of Columbus was formed in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

    The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

    The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 13,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.


    R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) and Continuing Catechesis for Catholics

    St. John Cantius Parish offers catechesis classes both for those wishing to become Catholics, as well as for Catholics who wish to learn more about their faith.

    These classes are for adults who have the desire to convert to the Catholic faith, as well as for adults wishing to take a “refresher” course in understanding the Catholic faith.
    Learn more:  RCIA – Adult Convert Class »

    Sancta Missa

    In response to Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio entitled Summorum Pontificum, The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius have created a unique online resource about the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The website ( provides training for priests in offering the Tridentine Latin Mass, as well as a tutorial for Altar Servers and a complete explanation of the Rubrics and Spirituality of the Ancient Roman Rite of Holy Mass.
    Learn more:

    Marian Catechist Classes

    The Marian Catechist Course is an catechetical apostolate founded by Fr. John Hardon, S.J., at the request of the Holy See. The purpose is to evangelize by spiritually and intellectually forming teachers of religion.
    Learn more:  Classes - Marian Catechist Classes »

    CCD – Religious Education

    The St. John Cantius Parish Religious Education Program serves both families who provide formal catechesis at home for their children, as well as those families requesting classes given at St. John Cantius.
    Learn more:  Classes - CCD – Religious Education »

    Understanding the Mass

    This course teaches the to “pray the Mass” (Pope St. Pius X) with greater fervor, devotion and understanding. The spirituality of the Mass will be discussed as well as the history of the Sacred Liturgy.
    Learn more:  Classes - Understanding the Mass »

    Communio Group

    The Communio Group of St. John Cantius meets to discuss Catholic theology. The group, lead by Dr. Dennis D. Martin, Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University, considers various points of Catholic theology and stresses loyalty to the Holy Father and to the Magisterium of the Church.

    Dr. Martin earned a A.B. degree in history at Wheaton College (Ill.) in 1974 and M.A. and PhD. degrees in history at the University of Waterloo (Canada) in 1975 and 1982. A Fulbright scholar at the University of T’bingen (1976-77), he taught at the Associated Mennonite Seminaries in Elkhart, Ind., before coming to Loyola in 1991. His main research focus is medieval monastic history and spirituality, with secondary interests in the Reformation (particularly the Anabaptist and Mennonite traditions) and in contemporary Catholicism (John Paul II, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and hagiography and popular religion).

    Dr. Martin has published Fifteenth-Century Carthusian Reform (Brill, 1992) and Carthusian Spirituality (Paulist, 1997), co-edited two denominational encyclopedias, and translated several volumes by Hans Urs von Balthasar. His essays have appeared in Theological Studies, Catholic Historical Review, The Journal of the Historical Society, The Journal of the History of Ideas, Church History, Mennonite Quarterly Review and elsewhere. He is currently writing a book on late medieval Carthusian monastic writers who covered everything from the spirituality and practice of, e.g., agriculture, law, and grain merchandising to mystical theology and the development of the Rosary. His long-term research involves the social and intellectual history of cleverness and naivete.

    Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament

    An organization promoting devotion to and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament through daily Eucharistic devotion, recitation of the Divine Office of the Blessed Sacrament, and participation in Eucharistic processions. One may only be accepted into this Confraternity by formal application. The stages of development are based on that of Religious Orders: Postulancy, Novitiate and Professed. Contact Fr. Brendan Gibson, S.J.C., in the parish office at 312-243-7373 for more information.

    Canons Regular of St. John Cantius

    Canons Regular of St. John Cantius

    A religious community of men dedicated to a Restoration of the Sacred in the context of parish ministry. Its mission is to help Catholics rediscover a profound sense of the sacred through solemn liturgies, devotions, sacred art, sacred music, as well as instruction in church heritage, catechetics, and Catholic culture.

    Visit the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius Home Page

    Café San Giovanni

    Our Café San Giovanni, open on most Sundays of the year, is the meeting place for our parishioners and friends before and after Mass.  The Café is located in the lower level of the Church where churchgoers can obtain excellent coffee and other refreshments, including breakfast items, for a modest donation.  It is also an excellent place just to relax and visit with family and friends.

    The Café is staffed by volunteers.  Volunteers can serve by becoming bakers, host/hostesses or donors of goods.  Share your talents in the kitchen, serve coffee or help clean up - contact Fr. Frank Phillips, CR, at 312-243-7373 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    The Café is usually closed during Summer.

    Latin Classes

    St. John Cantius’ language classes begin again soon. If you have always wanted a deeper appreciation of our Church’s languages and heritage, now is your chance to begin or to continue your study of the language and history of the Church.

    The classes below begin with the Fall Semester and continue with the Spring Semester.

    Fall Semester: Classes start September 15, 2019 and end December 15, 2019

    Spring Semester: Classes start January 15, 2020 and end June 15, 2020.

    All classes meet on Sundays in the Canonry at 1025 W. Fry St., Chicago, IL. Enter the building from the south door between the Canonry and the Church (there is no entry directly from the street).

    Registration is on the first day of class. If you would like to join the class after September 15, please contact the instructor.


    LATIN I: Beginner
    Instructor: Rupert J. Ward
    Classes start September 15

    For the beginner with no prior Latin study. Classes will cover conjugation of verbs, declension of nouns/adjectives and an introduction to reading and writing Latin. The textbook is Collins’ A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin.

    Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    For information call Rupert at (872) 221-2469 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    The cost is $50.00 for the class and $30.00 for the textbook.


    LATIN II: Intermediate
    Instructor: Christopher Jones
    Classes start September 15

    For the beginner with some prior Latin study. Classes will cover conjugation of verbs, declension of nouns/adjectives and an introduction to reading and writing Latin. The textbook is Collins’ A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin. The class will begin with number 11 of the exercises in Unit 14 of the textbook.

    Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    For information call Mr. Jones at (773) 507-4153 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    The cost is $50.00 for the class and $30.00 for the textbook.


    LATIN III: Reading Medieval Latin
    Instructor: Christopher Jones
    Classes start September 15

    We will be reviewing samples from Latin documents written between 500 and 1500 AD that reflect the state of the church, politics and culture of Western Europe.  The ruined state of the post-Roman world, Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire, the Crusades, theological conflicts, and the proto-Renaissance/Reformation will be the main topics reviewed using primary Latin sources.  In addition, we will look at Medieval culture through surviving texts such as Latin hymns, the Carmina Burana, passion plays, the Golden Legend, and the revival of classical Latin Literature by Petrarch and Dante. The textbook is ‘Reading Medieval Latin’
    Classes will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    For information call Mr. Jones at (773) 507-4153 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    The cost is $50.00 for the class and $35.00 for the textbook.


    Understanding the Mass

    St. John Cantius Parish is pleased to offer a course in Understanding the Mass. This course, offered periodically throughout the year, guides the faithful through the use of the Latin-English Missal for the Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form).

    Understanding the Mass will also assist the faithful to “pray the Mass” (Pope St. Pius X) with greater fervor, devotion and understanding. The spirituality of the Mass will be discussed as well as the history of the Sacred Liturgy.

    The use of Gregorian Chant will be explained and the participants in the course will have the opportunity to learn to sing settings of the Gregorian Kyralie (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei). This most popular course is most beneficial toward a deeper spiritual penetration of the sacred mysteries of our Catholic faith.


    RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

    This class is offered for adults in three situations:

    1. Un-baptized adults who desire to be baptized in the Catholic Church;
    2. Baptized non-Catholic Christians who desire to be formally admitted into communion with the Catholic Church;
    3. Baptized Catholics who have not yet been confirmed and desire to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. John Cantius Church.

    The class meets every Saturday evening beginning in September in the Church Library from 5:00-6:00 pm pm and is taught this coming year by Fr. Matthew Schuster, SJC.

    Adult baptism takes place at the Easter Vigil at 10:00 p.m.

    To register contact Fr. Matthew Schuster, SJC at 312-243-7373 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)..

    Sacramental Preparation Classes

    First Holy Communion and First Confession Class

    • Children must be at least seven years old and must be in the second grade.
    • A photocopy of the child’s baptismal certificate must be presented at the time of registration.
    • Text—Ignatius Press Faith and Life series, grade 2, and selected materials

    Confirmation Class

    • Children must be at least 12 years old and in the sixth grade.
    • A photocopy of the child’s baptismal certificate must be presented at the time of registration.
    • Text—Ignatius Press Faith and Life series, grade 7

    Courses are offered for those preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation:

    1. First Communion for children
    2. Confirmation for youth
    3. Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion for adults

    Intellectual formation in the Catholic faith is of the utmost importance in today’s secular world.  In order to compliment the spiritual formation of St. John Cantius’ parishioners, so richly provided for in the Mass, the parish is able to offer several courses ranging from Catechism to Latin, and from sacramental preparation to courses for converts to Catholicism.

    Teaching students to be a part of their rich Catholic heritage is also an important aspect of catechesis at St. John Cantius Parish. Instruction in Gregorian Chant, along with exposure to sacred music, sacred art, and the beautiful and solemn liturgical celebrations throughout the Church year are offered as enrichment to students and parents.

    Fidelity to the magisterial authority of the Church is a foundational principle in all of the courses offered at St. John Cantius Church.  Therefore, an important point of reference is the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  An important supplement to this is the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the traditional Baltimore Catechism.


    Confirmation is the Sacrament in which baptized persons receive a special grace which strengthens them for the profession of the Christian faith. In the Latin Rite, Confirmation is usually conferred by the Bishop, who lays his hands on the recipients, making the sign of the Cross with chrism on their foreheads, while he says: “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Ordinary Form) or “I sign thee with the sign of the cross and confirm thee with the chrism of salvation, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”  (Extraordinary Form).

    The young men and women of St. John Cantius Church who receive Confirmation obtain a special grace to profess the faith. On their souls are imprinted an indelible character,  and so Confirmation can only be received once. When preparing for this Sacrament, the young person typically selects the name of a favorite saint for his Confirmation name.

    By Confirmation, the young people of St. John Cantius continue their path of Christian initiation. They are enriched with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and are more closely linked to the Catholic Church. They are made strong soldiers of Christ, and so they are more firmly obliged by word and deed to be faithful witnesses of Christ, spreading and defending the Catholic faith.

    As far as possible the person to be confirmed is to have a Catholic sponsor or godparent. The sponsor’s function is to take care that the person confirmed behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfils the duties inherent in this holy Sacrament.

    See   Sacramental Preparation »

    Novenas and Prayers

    Select from the list of Novenas and prayer devotions below to learn more.

    Holy Days of Obligation

    Masses for Holy Days of Obligation

    Please check our bulletin, Calendar Page or call the parish office (312-243-7373) for the schedule.

    In addition to Sunday, the days to be observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States of America, in conformity with Canon 1246, are as follows:

    January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God;
    Thursday following the 5th Sunday after Easter, the Solemnity of the Ascension;
    August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
    November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints;
    December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception;
    December 25, the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Whenever January 1st, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1st, the Solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.

    Decrees of Promulgation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding Holy Days of Obligations »

    Divine Office

    The Divine Office is the official prayer of the Church. Members of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius publicly recite and chant the Divine Office daily. The public is encouraged to join them and offer the Church’s official prayer in reparation for or on behalf of those priests and religious, who no longer pray the Divine Office, to which they are bound by duty of their vocation. This beautiful prayer of the Church is recommended as a wonderful “...complement to the fullness of divine worship that is contained in the Eucharistic sacrifice.”

    6:30 a.m. — Matins (Office of Readings) & Lauds (Morning Prayer)
    2:00 p.m. — Rosary, Vespers (Evening Prayer), Exposition and Benediction
    6:00 p.m. — Compline (Night Prayer)

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    6:30 a.m. — Matins (Office of Readings) & Lauds (Morning Prayer)
    11:45 a.m. — Midday Prayer
    4:30 p.m. — Rosary and Vespers (Evening Prayer)
    7:00 p.m. — Compline (Night Prayer)

    6:30 a.m. — Matins (Office of Readings) & Lauds (Morning Prayer)
    11:45 a.m. — Midday Prayer
    4:30 p.m. — Rosary and Vespers (Evening Prayer)
    8:15 p.m. — Compline (Night Prayer)

    7:55 a.m. — Matins (Office of Readings) & Lauds (Morning Prayer)
    5:45 p.m. — Rosary, Vespers (Evening Prayer) & Compline (Night Prayer)

    Liturgical and Devotional Schedule


    On certain Sundays, feast days and holidays the schedule may be altered. Please click here for special events.



    6:30 am — Matins (Office of Readings) & Lauds (Morning Prayer)
    7:30 am — Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Tridentine Low Mass in Latin)
    9:00 am — Ordinary Form of the Mass (English)
    11:00 am — Ordinary Form of the Mass (Latin)
    12:30 pm — Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Tridentine High Mass in Latin)
    2:00 pm — Rosary, Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer), Exposition and Benediction
    6:00 pm — Compline (Night Prayer)

    Confessions are available on Sunday before and during all Masses

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

    6:30 am — Matins (Office of Readings) & Lauds (Morning Prayer)
    7:00 am — Ordinary Form of the Mass (English)
    8:00 am — Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Tridentine Low Mass in Latin)
    11:45 am — Midday Prayer
    4:45 pm — Rosary and Vespers (Evening Prayer)
    7:00 pm — Compline (Night Prayer)


    6:30 am — Matins (Office of Readings) & Lauds (Morning Prayer)
    7:00 am — Ordinary Form of the Mass (English)
    8:00 am — Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Tridentine Low Mass in Latin)
    11:45 am — Midday Prayer
    4:45 pm — Rosary and Vespers (Evening Prayer)
    7:00 pm — St. Monica Novena & Rosary
    7:00 pm — Confessions (until about 8:00 p.m.)
    7:30 pm — Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Tridentine Mass in Latin)
    8:15 pm — Compline (Night Prayer)


    7:55 am — Matins (Office of Readings) & Lauds (Morning Prayer)
    8:30 am — Confessions (until about 9:15 a.m.)
    8:30 am — Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Tridentine Low Mass in Latin)
    4:30 pm — Confessions (until about 5:30 p.m.)
    5:00 pm — Ordinary Form of the Mass (English), Anticipated Mass
    4:00 pm — Vespers (Evening Prayer) and Rosary
    5:40 pm — Compline (Night Prayer)

    For more information about the Sacrament of Confession (Penance) click here...

    The life of St. John Cantius Parish revolves around the celebration of the sacraments.  The Second Vatican Council describes the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist as the “source and summit of the Christian Life.” (Lumen Gentium 11).  The other sacraments are oriented toward the Sacrament of the Eucharist.  “For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.” (Presbyterorum ordinis 5).

    Each of the sacraments also gives a special grace if we receive them with the right dispositions.  Therefore, the people of St. John Cantius are encouraged to frequently receive the Sacrament of Confession in order that they might be well disposed to receive the other sacraments in a state of grace.

    The traditional Baltimore Catechism tells us that “a sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to impart grace.”  There are seven sacraments:

    Traditionally, the Church speaks about the Sacraments of the Living and the Sacraments of the Dead. Baptism and Penance are called sacraments of the dead because their chief purpose is to give the supernatural life of sanctifying grace to souls spiritually dead through sin. Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony are called sacraments of the living because their chief purpose is to give more grace to souls already spiritually alive through sanctifying grace. He who knowingly receives a sacrament of the living in mortal sin commits a mortal sin of sacrilege, because he treats a sacred thing with grave irreverence. (I Corinthians 11:27) 

    Holy Matrimony

    Weddings at St. John Cantius Parish are a beautiful and joyous celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. It is important to understand that family and friends participating in the solemnity of the this great Sacrament affirm their love and support for the new couple by a profound respect and dignity during the Nuptial Mass.

    Our Wedding Guidelines help couples and their families understand what to expect when making a decision about holding their ceremony in our Church. St. John Cantius Church asks that couples carefully read and consider all of our requirements.

    Couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage may click on the links below to read these important documents:

    Wedding Guidelines (PDF)
    Wedding Music Fees (PDF)


    At St. John Cantius Church, we encourage our parish families to present their newborn infants for the Sacrament of Baptism soon after birth, because this sacrament is the foundation of the Christian life. In Baptism the child, freed from original sin, becomes an heir to the Kingdom of God, receiving the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. Through Baptism the child now has access to the other sacraments.

    Noah’s ark is seen as a prefiguring of salvation by Baptism, for by it a few were saved through water. When the Jews fled Egypt by crossing the Red Sea, Israel was liberated from the slavery of Pharaoh; in like manner, the baptized is freed from the tyranny of sin and Satan by the waters of holy Baptism.

    Arrangements for infant baptism must be made in advance. Please call Fr. Brendan Gibson, S.J.C. in the Parish Office at 312-243-7373 for more information. When making arrangements for the Sacrament of Baptism, we ask you to review the Information about the Sacrament of Baptism before contacting the parish office.