Sacraments are ‘powers that comes forth’ from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are ‘the masterworks of God’ in the new and everlasting covenant” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1116).
ANNOINTING OF THE SICK: Please pray for the Sick. One of the seven Sacraments, the Anointing of the Sick is the celebration of Christ's loving presence with those who are elderly, chronically ill, or anticipating hospitalization/surgery. If you or someone in your household needs the Sacrament, please call our parish office 773-262-0535, or email us.
BAPTISM: Congratulations on the planned baptism of your child! We are pleased to be the Church in which this first Sacrament will be celebrated. 30 days advance notice is required. The celebration takes place generally on Sundays after the High Masss. Click here for more information and the Baptism Registration Form.
RECONCILIATION/CONFESSION: 30 minutes before every Mass.
“It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a ‘confession’ - acknowledgment and praise - of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man.
CONFIRMATION: Religious Education students are prepared to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation in Grade 8. They must be enrolled in Grade 7 and have completed the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. Click here for more details and Confirmation forms.
EUCHARIST/FIRST COMMUNION: Religious Education students are prepared to celebrate the sacraments of Penance (confession) and First Holy Communion in Grade 2. However, if for any reason a child was unable to celebrate the sacraments at this particular time, sacramental preparation and celebration will be provided to all children who are beyond this grade level. Click here for more details and First Communion forms.
MARRIAGE: Congratulations on your engagement! We look forward to making your special day a memorable one. Click here for more details on preparation and guidance.
REQUEST FOR SACRAMENTAL RECORDS:
In order to obtain sacramental records from Blessed Aloysius Stepinac Mission, all requests must be made in writing or email.
Please include a letter stating exactly what you need, baptismal, marriage, or confirmation certificate, etc. Include your name at the time of the sacrament, birth date, and date of sacrament. Please include a copy of some form of identification, such as a copy of current state ID or driver's license and provide a current phone number so someone from the parish office can contact you if questions arise. For further questions, please call us at 773-262-0535.
Classes for the Sacrament of 1st Communion and Confirmation begin every Sunday starting in September and ending in May.
9:45a-10:30a (1st Communion)
Location: parish classroom
SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION: Children are to be enrolled in religious education classes the year prior to the year of sacramental reception. This means if a child is to receive communion in Grade 2, they are to be enrolled in Grade 1. Click here for more details.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: Children are to be enrolled in religious education classes the year prior to the year of sacramental reception as a norm. This means if a child is to celebrate Confirmation in Grade 8, they are to be enrolled in Grade 7. Click here for more details.
ADULT CONFIRMATION: If you are over the age of 18, baptized Catholic, regularly attending Mass and receiving Communion, and think God is calling you to deepen your faith and make an adult commitment to it, you may be feeling the call to the Sacrament of Confirmation.
(If you are under age 18, our parish regulation is that we must have a letter of permission from the pastor of your parish in order for you to receive Confirmation at Blessed Aloysius Stepinac Mission).
Our pastor will work with you to enroll adult preparation classes for the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please email us for details.
ROSARY GROUP: Join our rosary prayer group, every weekday at 630pm before 7pm Mass and Sunday's at 10am before High Mass.
ADORATION: Every first Thursday of the month at 630pm.
PILGRIMAGES: Every year, special pilgramages take place on our Croatian parish communities. We have arranged trips to Medjugorje, the Holyland and other religious sites around the world. Please email us for the latest available pilgramages
August Annual Pilgramage to Holy Hill in Wisconsin. Holy Mass begins at 11am. Group departure from Chicago same morning. Call the parish office 773-262-0535 or email us.
On behalf of the parish and the staff of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac Mission, our condolences on the death of your family member or friend. Be assured of our prayers for them and for you.
We understand this is a difficult time for you and have prepared helpful recommendations on how to begin making the appropriate funeral arrangements for the deceased. Click here for details.
Cemetery Plots: A Croatian section
An area of All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois has been designated a "Croatian" section for parishioners of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac Mission. If you are interested in purchasing a plot in this designated area, please call the parish office (773) 262-0535.
For more about All Saints Cemetery, click here.