Reflection and Prayer from
Sister Bridget Zanin, MSC

"Behold the handmade of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word". (Lk. 1:38)

These words set in motion the course of our redemption and open a life for Mary that she could never imagine. Her life was blessed with happiness as well as sorrows. Can we imagine what her joy and sorrow were?

Some of the joys were:
  • The annunciation of the angel that Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
  • The visitation to her cousin Elizabeth, Elizabeth's some lipped in her womb for joy. (John the Baptist)  
  • The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger.
  • The presentation of Jesus in the temple and presenting the two turtle doves as was customary.
  • The finding of Jesus in the temple teaching about his father and the scriptures.
Some of the sorrows that Mary encountered when she accompanied her son during the passion:
  • When Jesus is condemned to death in the garden of olives.
  • The scourging of Jesus in the pillar.
  • The crowning of Jesus with thorns.
  • Jesus carrying his own cross to Calvary.
  • Jesus was crucified and died on the cross. 

Could we imagine the confusion, the helplessness as well as her deep faith? Mary stood by her son during his entire passion. In her faith she also experienced the joy of his resurrection. During this crisis,

we too can ask Mary to deepen our hope and faith and invite Jesus to rise once more in our life.

Mary is the mother of Jesus and was crowned by Jesus and his Father to be the queen of heaven and earth and as the mother of Jesus and mother of all humanity.

Mary Our mother intercede for us and for the whole world.

"We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God". In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you Mother of God and our Mother. Help us to realize that we are all members of one great family and recognize the bond that unite us in a spirit of solidarity. We seek refuge under your protection. We pray that this great suffering ends and that hope, and peace may birth anew.

Light A Candle 


The side altars of the Shrine chapel have candles that visitors light for deceased and living members of their family and/or loved ones. We want to keep the candles lit for those in need of prayer. The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart will be praying for your intentions every Monday at 4:30 p.m.


If you are interested in lighting a candle at the Shrine chapel, click here and select "Light A Candle" at the top of the page. Fill out the the form and the offering is $10.00 per candle. In the "Tribute Gift Designation" box on the form, list the names of the person (s) you would like the Missionary Sisters to pray for and whether they are deceased or living. 


If you would prefer, you can call us at 773-360-5115 and we will be happy to take your information over the phone. 


"May this holy candle send forth dancing rays like sunrise on the most glorious morning, and may these rays of light encircle us and those we love."

Global Day of Giving
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Romans 8:26-27 Barb
Mother Cabrini as an educator spoke often of "education of the heart."

The Shrine together with Cabrini Retreat Center (Des Plaines, IL) are partnering with Exodus World Service to raise funds to provide Chromebook laptops for those refugee students and their families unable to afford home computers required to access their learning through the Chicago Public Schools. Each Chromebook costs approximately $250. Our goal is to raise $1000. Please support these refugee students in receiving an "education of the heart."   

Click Here to Donate   
Exodus World Service is a 501 (c) 3 and is located in Park Ridge, IL. Their mission in part is to mobilize the Christian community by empowering them to be champions for refugees. 

Our Victory in Christ
Romans 8:26-27

Barb Willis, Development Director at the Shrine reads Romans 8:26-27 from the New American Standard Bible.

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 
Thank You

With our deepest appreciation and love, we thank all who have supported the Shrine during this pandemic.

We assure you that through the Grace of God, these challenging times will pass. In the meantime, you make a difference in allowing our mission to move forward, keeping the Shrine in good condition and vibrant in its welcome to all. 

Thank you for your generosity. 

"Blessed is the soul who trusts in Jesus, because He is lavish in his promises and generous in giving His graces and treasures."
....Mother Cabrini

April 2020 Donations

Week ending April 12, 2020
Week ending April 19, 2020
Week ending April 26, 2020
Without our weekend masses, we suffer significant losses in our offertory income. This places our ministry and operations at risk. During a time that spiritual unity is so important, we rely on your support to bring God to people and people to God.

The DONATE link below allows options to donate on a one-time basis or on a recurring basis (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.) You may also mail your gift to:

National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
2520 N. Lakeview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614 

Please know our staff remains very grateful for your gifts and 
meaningful support.  God Bless. 

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