The Assumption of Mary
Saturday, August 15
What lessons should I learn from the Assumption of Mary?

Growing in holiness is similar to training in a sport. We need someone to show us how we can live our faith well. Mary is a model of sanctity. She shows us how to be faithful to God's will, living each day with confidence in God's mercy and love. At the Nativity, in Jesus' public ministry, and at the Crucifixion, we see her steadfast trust. She allows the Lord to use her life to accomplish his plan for her and for all of us. 

It is this image of holiness that we strive to imitate. In the office, at home, or in our community, we look for signs of God's grace that call us to an ever greater love of him and each other. A greater awareness of God is a sign of our conversion of heart that lives the lessons Mary teaches.

"Taken up into heaven, Mary show us the way to God, the way to heaven, the way to life." St. Pope John Paul II

The Lens of Cabrinian Charism
On June 17th, St. Cabrini's 170th birthday, many sisters and friends from across the United States gathered for our 2nd Cabrini Webinar Series. Sister Eileen Curry, MSC invited webinar attendees to understand the lens of Cabrinian charism as a way to know God in a deep and personal way that also reflects the "needs of the times." 

Sister Eileen said "Mother Cabrini was a networker. She knew what was going on in the world around her. She went to the people. She listened. She did not have a master plan, but she recognize the plight of the people and she did as Jesus did, she was present to them.

Click below to hear Sister Eileen's energizing message on listening to what strikes our heart and spirit and act! 

Cabrini Webinar Series II
Cabrini Webinar Series II


Please join us from the comfort of your home on Thursday, Sept. 24th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. CDT for our first Virtual Event. We will celebrate our loyal and dedicated community. As our primary fundraiser of the year, your participation will enable our efforts in the following:
  • Provide our community with spiritual nourishment & enrichment through Education, Spiritual Formation & Direction, Worship and Vibrant Eucharistic Celebrations.
  • Delivering the tools and technology needed to succeed in a new, virtual world.
  • Funding for a public relations effort designed by Development and Marketing in spreading awareness about Mother Cabrini's story: her life, her message, and her saintly example of putting "Faith in Action"
In order to achieve our goals, we need your support on September 24th. We look forward to sharing this
fun filled night with you. 

Welcome Janet Davies
We are excited to announce Janet Davies will be the Emcee and Auctioneer for our 2020 Virtual Event. Janet joined ABC 7 Chicago as a reporter in August, 1984. In addition to her feature and entertainment segments which appear on ABC 7 News, Davies is the host and executive producer of 190 North a multiple Emmy award winning Chicago-based entertainment and lifestyle program. 

This will be a night to remember with our well-known and respected Chicago journalist, Janet Davies.
Silent Auction Items Needed
We are requesting donations for our online silent auction. The online auction will begin on our website Thursday, September 17 and will end at 6 pm. on Thursday, September 24  just before the commencement of our Virtual Event.

Please consider donating a gift certificate or services in the following categories:
  • Home and Garden
  • Health and Beauty
  • Food and Beverage
  • Outings and Experiences 
In exchange for your donation, businesses will receive excellent online exposure and advertising. 

We are sincerely grateful for your help and support. Please click here to view the Auction Donation Form.
Questions? Contact Lori Schneider at 773-570-3313, or Barb Willis at                773-360-5746,

A Message from our Rector
Parables for our Time
St. Frances Cabrini National Shrine enters the third week of re-opening in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a Church, as disciples of the Lord Jesus, we have been here before. Steven Bullivant, author of Catholicism in the Time of Covid-19 describes familiar experiences from the 3rd and 18th centuries.

A disease hit the city of Carthage around AD 250. St. Cyprian, bishop, writes of "the attack of fevers & severe gastrointestinal symptoms." Loving act by the Christians included caring for the ill. Some died and Christians were the ones who assisted, a witness that become attractive to non-Christians. "Witnesses of love to the stranger" Cyprian writes.

In 1775 Milan (Archbishop) St. Charles Borromeo made everyone, including his own household, to treat him as though he had the plague. He went so far as carrying a long pole to keep healthy-looking people at bay when going about his business, an indication of person-to-person transmission. No mass could be celebrated in the closed space of the cathedral. The Archbishop set up altars outside so people could participate from their windows.

Worship holds a centering pattern for us and at times requires new 'rituals' so we safely pray together (from a distance) in order to be sent "glorying the Lord by our lives. Parable for us? We work with what science tells us. We can mitigate the virus: washing hands, wearing masks, and practicing social distance. Mitigating becomes our collective call to love one another: family, friends, strangers, and enemies. And do so with joy and with love.

Rich Hynes


Private Prayer
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
There are 10 people permitted in the Shrine at one time. To maximize the number of people, private prayer is limited to 20 minutes. 
Reservations are Required
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Mass Times
Saturday: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.
We are currently limiting our masses to 30 attendees.
Reservations are Required
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We are delighted to see you at our weekend masses.
Our concern is for your safety.
The staff and volunteers  are working hard to provide a safe environment
for all who come to worship at the Shrine. 
We are truly thankful to see
you again and to welcome newcomers.
Let's continue our prayers for the safety of all and trust in the Lord, as he tells us  Do not be afraid, I AM WITH YOU!
Mother Cabrini would say; courage let's move forward.

Our deep gratitude for your support and dedication to the Shrine.

With heart felt appreciation!
Sister Bridget Zanin, MSC 

July Mass Collections

Week ending July 5, 2020
Week ending July 12, 2020
Week ending July 19, 2020
Week ending June 26, 2020

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