APRIL NEWSLETTER

BLESSED, HAPPY, AND HOPEFUL EASTER

The Shrine will be CLOSED on GOOD FRIDAY and HOLY SATURDAY.

There is NO MASS on HOLY SATURDAY.
EASTER SUNDAY MASS is at capacity
and we are unable to accept any more reservations.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

We will continue to keep all in prayer and
please keep us in your prayers as well.
A Message From Our Director
Easter reminds us that hope must never be lost. Christ is the light that overcomes the darkness and brightens our path.

The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini wishes you a renewal of life that brings you new blessings of love, hope, and peace. May your Easter basket be filled with happiness and prosperity; and may you and your loved ones enjoy God's Divine Graces!

We promise to keep you in our hearts and prayers. Please remember the Shrine in your prayers and wishes!

Sister Bridget Zanin, MSC
Executive Director
A Message From Our Rector

Soil, Water, and Warmth

The crocus outside my office window bloom with gentle and firm presence in the tenacity of life rooted in good soil and open to life’s gifted requirements of water and warmth. Indeed, metaphors of unseen rhythms of life unfolding.

My eighteen months serving as Rector at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini’s National Shrine concludes the weekend of April 24/25; ministry among you remains time spent in ‘good soil’. During these months a hidden virus flattened the globe, and humanity, even altering worship patterns. A fresh awareness opened up revealing essential weaknesses within our human systems; and creativity in human ingenuity met the medical challenge.

Similar familial events for several of you, April 1 is the first anniversary of my sister’s COVID-related death. Mary Ann passed away soon after an exceptional nurse in a Mesa, AZ hospital provided the opportunity of a zoom-video connection for me and a zoom-audio connection for her three adult children and two grands. Mary Ann passed in peace. This worshiping community held me so well. Thank you.

Interior Freedom by Jacque Phillip came my way, providing spiritual insights during our required isolation so collectively we might stem the tenacity of a not-so-hidden virus. A brief treatise can water the heart / mind, providing insight into the Paschal Mystery, the passion and resurrection of our Redeemer. I shared this gem of excellent writing with you and, so gratifying to hear, several of you found this treatise ‘watered’ your soul as well. Thank you.
Happy Easter! Alleluia!! He is risen!!! Trusting in the hiddenness of God’s ways, life’s next phase for me emerges with the return of un-masked warmth among friends and family, spiced with delightful food and conversation along with more inspiring ‘reads’.

May aging continue with grace for all of us.

In the Risen Lord,
Monsignor Hynes


New Employee Welcome


We would like to take a moment to
welcome our new
Liturgy Assistant and Sacristan,
Robert Calzada.

If you see him around,
don't hesitate to say "Hello!"
"DREAMING OF A SINGLE HUMAN FAMILY"
WEBINAR SERIES ON IMMIGRATION
Thank you to all who were able to join our LIVE webinar series on immigration.
If you would like to watch the video replay for any of the three webinars,
please CLICK HERE or click the image below.
A NOVENA TO ST CATHERINE OF SIENA
Nine Days of Prayer and Spiritual Reflection
Hosted by Catholic Communities Around Vicariate II of the Archdiocese of Chicago
APRIL 20 - APRIL 28, 2021

Join us in-person as we pray the sixth day of the Novena at

The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Msgr. Richard Hynes will lead us in prayer.
Bishop Mark Bartosic will join us in prayer.

For further information visit or contact:



FROM THE DEVELOPMENT CORNER


Preserve the Memory of a Loved One on
Mother Cabrini's Wall of Remembrance

Among the gems within the Shrine is Mother Cabrini’s Wall of Remembrance (located up the chapel stairs and to the right). Plaques on the wall are a beautiful and sacred way to honor those you love and is something that remains forever.


Have you Considered a Recurring Gift to the Shrine?

Recurring giving is when a donor chooses to make a regular,
ongoing donation instead of a one-time gift. 
The gift can be made in any amount of your choosing and you indicate the frequency - weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. 
This way of giving provides the Shrine with a reliable stream of revenue and allows us to plan more long term. For you, it is a beautiful way to express your devotion and generosity to Mother Cabrini, our Missionary Sisters and to the Shrine.

If a recurring gift is a practical option for you, please click here

If you have questions or require additional information regarding Mother Cabrini’s Wall of Remembrance or in making a recurring gift to the Shrine,
kindly contact Sr. Bridget at 773-360-5733 or Barb Willis at 773-360-5746.

The Shrine is reliant on your support so that we can continue our mission in bringing God to people and people to God. All of us here at the Shrine remain deeply grateful for your support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

MARCH MASS COLLECTIONS
WEEK OF MARCH 7: $460
WEEK OF MARCH 14: $950
WEEK OF MARCH 21: $2548
WEEK OF MARCH 28: $600
TOTAL: $4558

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MASS TIMES AFTER EASTER
Saturday - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday - 10:00 a.m.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!
CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION


PRIVATE PRAYER
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!
CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION

The Shrine Gift Shop Hours:
TUESDAY - FRIDAY: 11 A.M. - 2 P.M.
SATURDAY: 12 P.M. - 5 P.M.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting the Shrine.