Immaculate Conception parish on Talcott and Harlem is a vibrant Catholic community facing up to and coping with all of the problems confronting the Chicago Catholic Church today.
We have over thirty parish organizations. Besides the usual parish groups, such as the Parish Pastoral Council, the School and Preschool and Extended Care Program, the School Board and Parent's Club, Holy Name Men's Club, Council of Catholic Women, etc., we also have a Senior's Club for our older members and the Teen Club for our youth. We have more spiritual groups, like the Bible Discussion Club and the Adoration Chapel Group, the Saint Vincent De Paul Society, the Ministers of Care, the Norwood Park Home Volunteers, the Go and Make Disciples people and special groups like the Parish Center Committee.
But we are especially strong liturgically, having a very active Liturgical Committee, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Greeters, and multi-grouped Music Ministry (Choirs, Cantors, Bell-Ringers) under the excellent direction of Mr. Steven Betancourt.
We have restored three daily Masses (6:30am, 8:30am and 5:30pm), and have Morning and Evening Prayer before the 6:30am and 5:30pm Masses, with Rosary following the 8:30am and 5:30pm Masses. During the school year occasionally our 5:00pm Mass on Saturday are followed by a pizza party for all IC parish families. We have added a regular child-oriented Family Mass at every 10:30am Mass on Sunday mornings and a convenient Sunday Evening Mass at 6:00pm. Our Mass schedule on the weekend is now:
5:00pm on Saturday
7:00am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00noon plus the 6:00pm Mass on Sunday Evening.
Anyone on the far Northwest side of Chicago and its Suburbs is invited to come join us. Especially those within our immediate boundaries:
Canfield at Devon to Avondale, to Nagle, to Higgins, to Canfield, and from Higgins at Canfield back to Devon.
Registration, of course is the best way to "come" (don't "go".) But whether you are from near or far, you are always welcome. Visitors to Chicago staying in hotels near O'Hare Airport or with relatives in or near our parish, come worship with us. If driving East, take I-90, (the Kennedy Expressway) to the Harlem exit, turn left and go two blocks North to Talcott.; if driving West, take I-90 (the Kennedy Expressway) to the Sayre exit and continue on what becomes Talcott to Harlem. Can't miss us. And God bless!
As pastor I write a weekly column for the bulletin. In it I share my insights as to what is happening in the parish. You can access my column and all the related information about current parish life by clicking on the Weekly Bulletin button.
In 2004 the parish celebrated its 100th Anniversary. To explore our one hundred year history click the History link.
An active parish like IC has many ways for you to be involved. By clicking on Making a Difference and Ministries you find your path to a rich variety of ways to use your talents to serve God and neighbor.
The Photo Gallery is full of pictures from our liturgies, social events, school activities, and more. People make a parish. Our people are active and contribute much to the life and vitality of the parish.
We have an excellent school that grounds our children in the Catholic faith and gives them a well-rounded education that prepares them for college preparatory high schools. Literally dozens of our graduates are on the honor rolls of their high schools. Our children in public school have access to a religious education program that is staffed by the same teachers who teach in the school. To get information about IC school and religious education program click the IC School and Religious Education link. Once there you will be able to link to the separate school website: iccowboys.com. The IC School Board also has its own information page.
Enjoy this website. I look forward to seeing you in church.
Father Eric Meyer, C.P.
Pastor, Immaculate Conception
To contact Father Eric by email: firstname.lastname@example.org