Even though my own family will be visiting out of town relatives for the holiday this year, I wanted to share some information about our church, Holy Family Catholic Church. Since moving to the neighborhood, it’s been a place which has welcomed us with open arms and helped me meet more neighbors in Roosevelt Square. My daughters both actually enjoy going to mass here because the soulful gospel choir is so fantastic and it is literally the friendliest place I’ve ever worshiped.
For those unfamiliar with Catholic services, there’s a part in each mass where everyone shakes hands and wishes each other peace. Normally, this is done with your family who came to church with you and those folks sitting nearby in your immediate area. At Holy Family though, this part of service has taken on a life of its own, as people walk up and down the aisles, greeting friends and strangers alike. It is a truly marvelous scene and always makes me so thankful to live where I do.
The pastor (and my next door neighbor here in Roosevelt Square), Father Jeremiah Boland, has been at Holy Family for eleven years now. Like me, he loves the diversity of our neighborhood and roots for the Cubs despite the fact that the Comisky’s of White Sox fame were founding members of Holy Family Church back in 1857. There’s some truly amazing stories in the church’s 155 years and I highly recommend checking out the history section of its website (http://www.holyfamilychicago.org).
The church gave out over 400 turkeys this past Thanksgiving and donated chickens for Christmas, as well as hosting over 400 local kids for their annual Christmas party. Holy Family’s two beloved nuns, Sisters Marion Murphy and Otilie Sana teach free GED classes and volunteers are always welcome at the food pantry and other local events. If you are looking for a place to worship, I know you would be welcome here.
Holy Family Church is located at 1080 W. Roosevelt road and schedule of holiday masses is posted below:
Mass 5 pm Vigil of the Nativity, Organ and Brass Christmas Carols 9:30
Mass 10 pm Solemn Liturgy of the Nativity Gospel Choir
Christmas Day Mass 9:45
Mass of the Holy Family
9:45 Reception following in Damen Hall
New Year’s Eve Mass 5 pm
New Year’s Day Mass 9:45
Feast of the Epiphany Mass at 9:45 and 5 pm