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FF – Program and Activities

Faith Formation Ongoing Programs

For a description of our current programs please click on the “+” sign next to each header.
For a complete calendar of events click here

Boost Your Beliefs welcomes all. From those just starting their faith journey to those seeking greater depth to their faith, these nights will focus on major aspects of our faith offering us the support we need to meet the challenges of living faith filled lives. We encourage you to invite friends and family to join you for these sessions. They are excellent opportunities to share your faith with others in a warm and friendly environment. Join us in the parish center cafeteria at 6:30 pm for the exciting upcoming season!

Our 2015-2016 Series:

  • March 28 – Michael Murphy, Ph.D., A Spirituality of Citizenship: Cultivating the Art of Dialogue in Tense Times
    • As a society, we are experiencing the most all-encompassing cultural sea change since Gutenberg’s printing press came on the scene in 1439. Never before has communication been so easy and open; never before has technological innovation been so rampant and lush. But emerging alongside these marvels are also toxic forces. Baser visions of citizenship emerge and increased injuries to the common good impede our ability to coexist peacefully and communicate fruitfully. This presentation will examine some of the root causes of this contemporary polarization and present responses that are both based in the Gospel and in Catholic social tradition.
  • April 25 – Jorge Ramirez
  • May 30 – Fr. Mark Francis, Discipleship in a Multicultural Church

Past presentations in the 2016-2017 series:

  • September 27 – Fr. Donald Senior, The Tender Compassion of Our God: Biblical Foundations for the Year of Mercy
  • October 25 – Patty Pintado, Ph.D. and Michael O’Loughlin, The Criterion for Voting: A Judgment of What Best Serves the Common Good
  • November 29 – Beth Knobbe, Living Single with Faith, Purpose, and Passion
  • December 13 – Dr. Timone Davis, Storying the Faith
  • January 24 – Sr. Dianne Bergant, The Bible Says What?

This Lent we are inviting all parishioners to join in participating in the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl project. Stay tuned for details on several special events, new activities, prayer resources, and much more.

All women are invited to join us every Saturday for Lectio Divina. This is an ancient prayer method that allows us to reflect on the Sunday Gospel and grow closer in our relationship with God and each other. Join us in the rectory, room 116, at 8:30 am. You may wish to attend the 8:00 am Mass prior to our gathering. This group is open to all women, so please feel free to invite others.

The next Holy Name Cathedral Women’s Retreat will be March 24-26, 2017 at Mundelein. Join us for a weekend of fellowship with other women from Holy Name. Time will be spent in reflection as individuals and a group, Mass, and much more. Full details and registration available at the registration form. The retreat directors are Julie Berggren, Director of Pastoral Care, and Jennifer Delvaux, Director of Faith Formation. The deadline to register is March 16. Spaces are limited and first-come, first-served. Carpooling is available to assist with transportation to and from Mundelein retreat center.

Watch here for the next round of faith sharing groups.

Take this May to reflect on Mary in some, perhaps, new ways. Join us as we look to Mary in art and literature, global representations, and Marian apparitions. Further details will be posted in the spring. Mark your calendars for May 4, 11, 15, & 22.

This on-going program will offer a variety of events and activities that will focus on some of the, well, foundations of our faith. After Easter we will offer another teaching Mass for those who were unable to join us in January.

Our next Foundations of Faith event is on Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 pm in the parish center cafeteria. Join us for an evening focusing on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will reflect on the history and theology of it for a brief time, but also look at how you can approach the sacrament especially if you have not participated in it for some time.

Join us on Tuesday, March 14 for Why the Cross, a discussion and reflection led by Fr. William Moriarity. Join us at 6:30 pm in the parish center cafeteria.

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Enjoy a custom tour of the basilica, attend mass, and have lunch.

Doctors of the Church: An introduction to the thought of the doctors and a link to more in-depth information by Pope Benedict XVI

Sharing Saints Stories: Enjoy this opportunity to share the story of your favorite saint. Watch for this tag on activity at various parish events – such as Bible Study.

We update our blog on a regular basis with reflections, interesting tidbits of history and teaching, various media, and more. We’ll be developing this further in the coming months, so check back often. Click here to view the site!

The Faith Formation Bible Study meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Club Room in the Parish Center. We review the Lectionary (Sunday Mass Readings) for the previous Sunday. No registration is required and walk-ins are always welcome. Most gatherings will be in the Club Room. Please check with the receptionist for this week’s location. For more information email

Previously Offered Programs

Join us this winter for a special series that will offer the chance to enjoy some wonderful, fairly traded coffee and chocolate to warm us up. Stay for some fascinating presentations, discussions, and activities revolving around our Catholic Social Justice teachings. Join us for these engaging evenings this January and February. We gather at 6:30 pm in the parish center cafeteria.

January 23 – An Introduction to the Spirituality and Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching.

January 30 – Human Trafficking: Today’s Reality. Presentation by Sr. Jean Okroi, IBVM

February 6 – Finding Home. Br. Joseph Schenk presents on refugee resettlement in the Chicago area through his work with Catholic Charities’ refugee resettlement program.

Keep an eye out for future events and activities focusing on Catholic Social Teaching and Advocacy!

In May 2015, Pope Francis released the encyclical Laudato Si. This document brings together reflections on theology, science, and culture into a thought provoking and challenging text. Through several lectures that pull out some of the intriguing and challenging themes of the document, we will hear from wonderful speakers and have the opportunity to engage in discussion on these topics. Join us for a this series that will explore a few of the aspects Pope Francis brings forth for our consideration and application to our lives. All sessions are in the auditorium beginning at 6:30 pm.

This Lent you are invited to join in small groups to reflect on the book, Mercy in the City, by Kerry Weber. Join in discussion and prayer as you dive deeper into the challenges of urban Catholic living. How can we live the call to lives of mercy and service while maintaining our jobs, relationships, and free time? These small groups are a chance to get to know other parishioners, deepen your faith, and more fully enter into the Lenten journey.

Tuesday, October 18 – Mercy with a Face: A Pastoral Response. Join us at 6:30 pm in the parish center cafeteria for an evening of reflection and discussion led by our rector, Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Fr. Greg will share stories and reflections while providing time for discussion and your questions.

From December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016 the entire Catholic Church is celebrating the Year of Mercy. Join in the worship opportunities and journey through the Jubilee Door of Mercy. You can also participate in a variety of activities that will dive more fully into the theme of Mercy.
This summer we invite you to participate in our Season of Mercy. Join us for a fourteen week experience that will invite you to dive deeper into the spiritual and corporal works of mercy through online resources, service opportunities, and much more. Watch for more information here and on the Faith Formation Virtual Formation Site.


October 22nd, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Parish Center Cafeteria

In celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, you are invited to a powerful evening of sharing and exploring artistic representations of mercy in our lives. Paintings, drawings, prints, and woodcuts are just a few examples of the kinds of art that will be on display, all suggesting the idea of mercy in its many forms.

“It is by God’s mercy we are saved. May we never tire of spreading this joyful message to the world.” – Pope Francis