St. Ailbe Catholic Church of Chicago

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2017 Lenten Evening of Reflection Event

St. Ailbe, St. Felicitas & St. Joachim

6:00 pm Buffet Supper in Church Hall
7:00 pm Evening of Reflection in Church
For all liturgical ministers.
How We Work Together to Enhance the Spirituality of our Communities.
  • How can our Liturgical Ministry together draw our whole community more deeply into the Body of Christ?
  • As we approach Holy Week, how can we more effectively witness to the power of the Passion and Resurrection?
Featuring guest speaker: Mr. Todd Williamson, Director Office for Divine Worship, Archdiocese of Chicago.
  • Liturgy Team Members
  • Ushers and Greeters
  • Liturgical Lectors
  • Ministers of Communion
  • Parish Choir Members
  • Senior Altar Servers
  • Praise Dancers
  • Seniors’ Transportation
  • All Interested Parishioners

Give Me Living Water

Third Sunday of Lent – March 19, 2017

Give me a drink!

This request is what we first hear from Jesus as he meets a woman from Samaria at high noon in the town of Sychar.

With this request begins a famous dialogue that is both familiar to us and full of many-layered meanings and symbols.

Today’s Gospel story is divided into three parts: (1) the discourse on Living Water; (2) the discourse about true worship; and (3) acceptance of Jesus by the people of the town.

This is a story about faith, a story that breaks down barriers and cuts through old prejudices. Jesus is speaking with a woman as an equal, with a Samaritan, whom Jews were supposed to despise and hate, and is at the well at high noon, where such encounters were suspect.

In the dialogue Jesus moves the Samaritan woman to a new place, to a new sense of who she is, and who she is called to be. She witnesses to others about all this, and others begin to believe! This is what the Living Water that Jesus promises is all about!


Overcome! See What Has Yet to be Revealed!

Second Sunday of Lent – March 12, 2017

The Transfiguration! What was it like? What did Peter, James and John see? Artists throughout Christian History have attempted to capture a “glimpse of the glory of Jesus” in paintings and drawings, some with the exuberance of Fr. James Hasse’s painting on the cover of the bulletin, others in more subdued tones.

What is this amazing event all about? Yes, it is a “snapshot” of the Glory of God manifested in His Son Jesus. Yes, he is connected with the great ones of the past, Moses and Elijah. Some would say it is a glimpse of the glory of Jesus to be experienced in the future.

Most of all, what Peter James and John saw was the Jesus of the present moment, an insight into his identity during his public life. The transformation was change that took place when Jesus’ inner reality shone forth and transfigured his outer appearance.

How should we respond? The voice from the cloud tells us: “Listen to Him!”

Be Tempted By the Spirit, Not By the World!

First Sunday of Lent, March 5, 2017

Be tempted by the Spirit? How can you by “tempted by the Spirit?” What Spirit?

Today’s Gospel story from Matthew tells us: “At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” Why would the Spirit lead Jesus in to a situation where He would be tempted? Weren’t we all taught to avoid situations that would lead us into temptation?

While it is true that we need to avoid “evil-tempting situations and environments,” there is no way to avoid the encounters we call temptations. What we can do, though, is fortify ourselves to first of all recognize the temptations for what they are, and secondly be strong enough not to fall into their traps.

Jesus was fortified with the  power of the Spirit after spending forty days in prayer and fasting. As a result the Spirit was far more “tempting” than anything the devil could offer to pretend to offer. This Lenten Season, fortify yourself with the power of the Spirit! That is what our Lenten discipline of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving is all about!

Parish Directory Photograph Sitting Schedule

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2016 Parish Pictorial Directory

Sign up for your portrait session THIS WEEKEND (before November 1st) and you will be entered in the drawing for a $100 gift certificate!! This certificate entitles the winner to $100.00 off the purchase of any Lifetouch Portrait product.


Sign-up days/dates for the 2016 St. Ailbe Pictorial Directory are:
Tuesday, November 8th 1:30 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.
Wednesday, November 9th 1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 10th 1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, November 11th Noon – 6:50 p.m.
Saturday, November 12th 10:00 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Monday, November 21st 2:00 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.
Tuesday, November 22nd 2:00 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.
Friday, November 25th 12:00 Noon – 6:50 p.m.
Saturday, November 26th 10:00 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Revival 2016

Revival is coming. Mark you calendar. It begins with the 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. masses held on Sunday September 18th, 2016. On Monday, September 19th Revival will continue at St. Ailbe Catholic Church beginning at 7:00p.m.

We pray that God’s blessings allow you to join us for this invigorating worship service.

Time To Believe!

Easter amazement! The events of Easter Sunday are beyond comprehension, especially for those who were witnesses of the spectacle of Good Friday!

During these six weeks of the Easter season we continue to hear the accounts of the risen Christ appearing to his followers. At the tomb, in the upper room, at the inn at Emmaus, on the beach, it still seems too good to be true!

Today’s Gospel takes us to the upper room where the Last Supper was celebrated. We find the apostles on Easter Sunday night behind locked doors, and again a week later in the same place, this tie with Thomas present. The apostle Thomas expresses where we often find ourselves, at first skeptical or incredulous, having to see things for ourselves, only to be brought to our knees with the reality of God’s power and love for us! What else can we say, but “My Lord and My God!”

2016 Holy Week & Easter: The Celebration Continues

Easter Sunday – Glorious Day and fitting conclusion to the Holy Week Journey! We are most grateful to God and to all of the leaders and members of our Saint Ailbe Church Family for making possible a wonderful, spirit-filled Holy Week Journey and Easter Celebration possible! Many people commented that our entire Holy Week Journey this year, from Palm Sunday and through Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Celebrations were very spirit-filled and inspirational for them and their family members. We are especially grateful to Archbishop Blase Cupich for leading us in our Easter Sunday 11:00 AM Mass. He expressed how he was moved by the energy and spirit here!

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