We are known as “The Parish With Heart in the Heart of the City!” What does that mean? It means that we are a Catholic Parish community with deep faith and concern for the larger city and world that surrounds us.
Notre Dame is a parish, founded in 1864, to continue the tradition of the Catholic Church sharing the Sacraments and Christian faith with the local community. We demonstrate our deep faith every week as we celebrate Catholic Mass with joy and reverence. We share the Holy Eucharist as well as the other Sacraments, devotions and forms of prayer. We have a deep devotion to Our Lady, Mary the Mother of God.
We are concerned about our community and the larger world around us as well. We are committed to serving those in our community through education, social support and cultural respect. We are committed to our larger community through our identity as a part of the history of Chicago, our work on service projects and evangelization.
As believers, we are called into being through our experience of the Paschal Mystery, the dying and rising of Christ. This dying and rising makes us who we are!
At 9:55 am on the morning of Sunday, March 15th, a fire broke out in the laundry chute at the Notre Dame rectory. No one was hurt.
The Fire Department arrived speedily and extinguished the fire. The Fire Inspectors said that the cause was accidental. Alas, the smoke and water damage is still being cleaned.
The Church experienced smoke damage and this has been cleaned up. The rectory is not useable.
• We will celebrate Mass in the Church this weekend.
• We have set-up a temporary office at Children of Peace School.
• We are trying to have our calls transferred to the school office.
• Religious education / CCD has been cancelled.
• All meetings and gatherings scheduled for the rectory are cancelled.
• The 6:30 am morning Mass in the Harrison Street Chapel has been cancelled.
Since the rectory is not habitable, Bishop Rojas is staying with friends; Msgr. Canary is living at the retreat house at Mundelein Seminary; Fr. Tuzik is at the Cardinal's residence; Fr. Mariusz is at St. William's and Msgr. Pollard is at Christ the King rectory.
The repairs are extensive. The rectory may be under construction for the next two months.
Meanwhile, our lower Church hall restoration is ahead of schedule. The final section of concrete is being poured this week. Mazur Construction is doing a great job!
If you notice workers near the Church dome, that is Jones & Cleary repairing a piece of copper that has come loose. One of our parishioners spotted this about two weeks ago.
Please be patient with us as all this construction is being performed.......repairs to the dome, repairs to the rectory, and renovation of our lower Church hall!