Lent: A Time of Preparation

“ During this Lent, let us all ask the Lord:
Make our hearts like yours.”

~Pope Francis


To become like Christ, we must spend each day doing the following three things: Prayer; Sacrifice (Fasting); and Good Works (Almsgiving).

On Ash Wednesday, we begin the Season of Lent. This Ash Wednesday is a special one, inviting everybody, especially those who have not been with us for awhile, to come back to Christ and the Church. There’s too much worry and loneliness out there. Many think they won’t be welcomed back. All we have to do is extend a hand, make an invitation, and be there for those people. Can we do that? Will we do that? We know there is an eternity of joy for those who believe in Christ and come together as a Church to worship him and follow his teachings. Our Catholic faith can’t make everything perfect, but it gives us the strength to face the doubts and darkness that comes with life. This Lent, please reach out and personally invite someone to come back. You are the hands, the eyes, the voice, the very face of Jesus Christ to someone who has been gone from us for a while. Invite them back…

Ash Wednesday Mass & Prayer Service

Masses: 7:00 AM • 9:30 AM  •6:00 PM (English) • 7:30 PM (Polish)

Communion Services with Distribution of Ashes: 12:00 Noon • 4:00 PM

Lenten Calendar

Stations of the Cross

Friday evenings 7:00 PM (English) • 8:00 PM (Polish)

Click Here an Audio Presentation of the Stations of the Cross


Adoration in Chapel

Mondays beginning at 8:00 PM until 9:00 PM.

Wednesdays beginning after the 8:30 AM Mass and ending Thursday before the 7:00 AM Mass.

First Fridays beginning after the 9:15 AM School Mass until 5:00 PM closing prayer with Benediction.


Lenten Mission

March 12 and 13th, 2018

“A Light Greater then Darkness”


Reverend Monsignor John Canary Retired Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago. Msgr. Canary was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, and is the third of four children. He attended Christ the King Parish grade school and was one of eleven graduates to go to Quigley Seminary for high school. In his youth, he enjoyed playing basketball, skiing and playing tennis. With the wisdom that comes with age, he now focuses his leisurely pursuits mainly on golf.

Msgr. Canary completed graduate work at the University of San Francisco where he studied the writings of St. John of the Cross. He believes St. John offers much wisdom for us today as we live our lives in faith. Msgr. Canary completed his Doctorate in Ministry with a concentration on the experience of transition as a paradigm for the Paschal Mystery.
Following retirement at the customary age for priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Msgr. Canary took up residence at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein, and in 2016 became the Director of the Retreat House.

Save the date, March 12th and 13th, and join us for our Lenten Mission

“Be Reconciled”

March 21, 2018
All day Confessions 9:00 AM-8:00 PM

Penance Communal Service

March 28, 2018
7:00 PM

Individual Confession

March 26, 27, 28, 2018
12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM

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Part of any Lenten season means our traditional Friday Knight Fish Fry.

Start off with a delicious and fresh Shrimp cocktail appetizer, then move on to a choice of baked or fried fish, shrimp and pasta, our renowned salad bar and soups, and all the traditional sides. Then finish it off with an ice cream sundae or some homemade desserts.

Don’t miss this great St. Margaret Mary Tradition (and it is a delicious one)!

Click Here for Our Lenten Fish Fry Menu & Details

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About Lenten Fast & Abstinence

All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence.

Fast: All adults are bound by the law of fast from the beginning of their nineteenth year up to the beginning of their sixtieth year.

Explanation: The law of abstinence means that a person is bound to abstain beginning the day after one’s fourteenth birthday. The law of fast means that adults are bound to fast from the day after their eighteenth birthday until the end of the day of the fifty-ninth birthday.

Application: The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat and foods prepared with meat or meat by-products. The law of fast allows only one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of a day, and prohibits eating between meals.

In the United States, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence only.

Exceptions: Women who are pregnant and persons who are sick are not bound by the law of fast.

Here are some fasting and cooking resources:
Creighton Online Ministries: Cooking Lent (includes a prayer with every recipe):
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