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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

2018-2019 Events

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

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!

Discussion with area Catholic churches will develop a collaborative initiative  addressing the needs of young couples recently married, middle age couples recently married, and recently married couple’s merging senior parent concerns. Watch for further details.

Click here to view upcoming event – Boost at a Glance

Click here to view October 16 Boost Your Beliefs – Tearing Down Silos

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 Holy Name Cathedral Women’s Retreat was March 24-26, 2017 at Mundelein.

Watch for details on the next Women’s Retreat.

Watch here for the next round of faith sharing groups.

Java & Justice

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, June 8 at 6:30 pm in the chapel. Join us for a teaching Mass. Please register online here.

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

The second annual art fair, entitled Artistic Impressions of Advent:  A Journey of Hope, occurred Saturday, December 2, 2017.  Go the Faith Formation blog for more details.

The Faith Formation Commission will again offer the opportunity to explore our faith and art through the opportunity to join us for a special exhibition. Details will be made available in the fall. See below for last year’s Reflections of God: Artistic Impressions of the Acts of Mercy

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.

Previously Offered Programs

Rice Bowl

Social Justice

This past winter we offered the chance to enjoy some wonderful, fairly traded coffee and chocolate to warm us up with fascinating presentations, discussions, and activities revolving around our Catholic Social Justice teachings. The past topics included: An Introduction to the Spirituality and Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching; Human Trafficking: Today’s Reality; and Finding Home: Refugee Resettlement and Catholic Charities.

Keep an eye out for future events and activities focusing on Catholic Social Teaching and Advocacy! The Winter Justice series will return and other related opportunities will be offered throughout the year.

Lenten Activities

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. If you would like to help in the planning and organizing of events, messages, and content, please contact Jennifer Delvaux. This project starts early – our first meeting will be in the fall!

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.

Reflections of God: Artistic Impressions of the Acts of Mercy

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