St. Ailbe Catholic Church of Chicago

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Easter Sunday – Christ Is Risen! We Are Witnesses!

The Lord is Risen! He is not here, for he has risen just as he said! These words mark the star-tling end of an amazing journey we call Holy Week!In fact, these words, this event marks a whole new era, a whole new beginning for human be-ings. Those closest to Jesus during his lifetime and public ministry would only gradually come to an understanding of what happened on this day, and what it meant for them and the whole world. Gradually they came to fully believe that what he foretold would come to pass.Two thousand years later, we have the benefit of the testimony of Scripture and the ongoing belief of countless believers who have gone before us, and billions alive today who profess belief in the Resurrection. Still, our faith is of-ten shaken when death seems to conquer life. We need this day, that we might come to more fully believe that Jesus conquered the power of death and won for us Endless Life!

Speak the Truth – Jesus Christ is Lord!

Hosanna to the Son of David! Hosanna in the Highest!

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

With shouts of joy and exhalation this day begins, with a triumphal procession down the Mount of Olives into the City of Jerusalem! But the spirit will quickly change as events unfold to turn the shouts from cheers to jeers! The holy Week Journey has begun. We are invited to follow Jesus through the events of this week: at the Last Supper Table, at Calvary, at the tomb of the Risen Savior! By speaking the truth He won salvation for us all!

See Through The Eyes of Faith!

Fourth Sunday of Lent – March 26th, 2017 Can’t you see? Are you blind? Don’t you see? How do you see things? Sight is so critical to our human experience that we find it hard to imagine what it might be like to be born blind. When our eyesight changes or begins to fail, we are thrown into a panic. How will I see? Today’s Gospel is about sight, and what true sight really is. The story details the miracle of Jesus curing the man born blind. As the story continues, we encounter others afflicted by another kind of blindness. They cannot see, or refuse to recognize what is really going on.

Jesus says: “I came into the world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.”

Without faith, we are blind to life and its real meaning. Do I see myself as I really am? Do I see myself as God sees me? See through the Eyes of Faith!

125th Anniversary of St. Ailbe

2017  marks the 125th Anniversary of St. Ailbe Parish since it was founded in 1892.

Please stay tuned to this page for more details about events, memorabilia and more!

  • 125th Anniversary Ad Book
  • 125th Anniversary Cookbook
  • Family Fun Day
  • 125th Gala Celebration

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.

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