Assumption Catholic Church
323 West Illinois Street - Chicago IL 60654
(ph) 312-644-0036 (fax) 312-644-1838




The program begins with Mass in Church at 6:00 pm followed by a simple Lenten Meal served at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. The speaker’s session is from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. 

  • Parking is available at 311 W Illinois St; enter the garage from the alley on Franklin St.
  • Join us for the entire evening or for any portion of the evening.  Reservations are required only for the meal. (A five dollar donation is suggested for the meal)
  • Reserve on-line by clicking on "Reserve" at the right margin or call the Parish Office by noon on Tuesday prior to the session. Bring a friend!
 Mar 13 Youth and Violence 
Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S.
Perhaps the most pressing issue our new mayor will face is violence. There were almost 3,000 shootings in Chicago in 2018.  Fr. David Kelly is Director of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, a community organization that reaches out and supports youth who have been impacted by violence and incarceration.  He will describe how street violence and domestic violence affects young people and what can be done to create a better future for all Chicagoans.
 Mar 20 Frances Xavier Cabrini: The People’s Saint
Lucia Mauro and Joe Orlandino
An untiring advocate for the poor, the sick, and the immigrant, Frances Cabrini was invited to Chicago by the Servite Friars in 1889 to found Assumption School. She worked among the Italian immigrants in our neighborhood and often prayed in Assumption Church. Award-winning Writer-Director Lucia Mauro and Producer Joe Orlandino will introduce their new 50 minute documentary film about the first U.S. citizen to be declared a saint and answer questions afterwards.
 Mar 27 The Paschal Mystery
Shane Tytenicz
With the rapid pace of life today and the many ways we communicate, we can easily lose focus and get lost in all the distractions. Parish Pastoral Counselor Shane Tytenicz will show how entering more deeply into the central mystery of our faith, the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ, can help us become more centered in our faith and in our daily life. He will suggest ways that the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving can be reinterpreted for today.
 Apr 3 Called to Holiness
Fr. Lou Cameli
Fr. Lou Cameli, the Archbishop’s Delegate for Formation and Mission and the author of a dozen books, will offer us a sneak preview of his forthcoming volume, a commentary on Pope Francis’s  exhortation Gaudete et Exultate, on the universal call to holiness. Fr. Cameli will describe Pope Francis’s down to earth understanding of holiness and will discuss the Pope’s conviction that  each of us can grow in holiness within the context of our own daily life by living Christ’s Beatitudes more intentionally.
 Apr 10 Why We Don’t “Get” the Mass
Todd Williamson
One of the reasons Catholics say they “don’t get anything out of church” is that they do not understand the purpose and meaning of religious ritual.  Todd Williamson, Director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Chicago, will explain why liturgical prayer is a distinct form of prayer with its own particular characteristics. He will show how our own liturgical prayer, the Mass, calls us to surrender ourselves to the power of the ritual, in imitation of Christ’s own sacrifice.




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