W E L C O M E - B I E N V E N I D O
...to Our Lady of Lourdes - a wonderfully, diversified parish!
We are considered the "Mother Church" of this region, because of our original boundaries which included English speaking Catholics in the area bounded by Devon Avenue to the north, Belmont Avenue to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, and the Chicago River to the west - an area which now encompasses ten parishes.
In 1916, the Spanish Renaissance-style church with its distinctive red-tiled domes replaced the original frame church.
We became "famous" for a unique event that happened back in 1929. The entire church was moved from the east side of Ashland Avenue to the west side. The church was cut in half and then a thirty-foot extension was inserted. This was occasioned by the widening of Ashland Avenue, and the need for increasing the capacity of the church.
Simultaneously, the pastor, Father James Scanlon, was finding that the church`s seating capacity had become inadequate to keep pace with the burgeoning community.
Though it was, and is, considered an architectural wonder, we would rather think that we are well-known for our on going service to the Ravenswood-Uptown area.
Now one hundred and sixteen years old, Our Lady of Lourdes Church was established in 1892. The Ravenswood-Uptown area has always been a port of entry for the ever-changing populations. The congregation now reflects the diversity of the area including Spanish, Filipino and English speaking families sharing a rich blend of customs and liturgies.
In 1983, under Father Joseph Corrigan, the interior of the church was completely renovated. The main altar area was re-designed, bringing the altar much closer to the people and beautifully combining new and old traditions.
In 1992, Our Lady of Lourdes became one of the few churches in the Archdiocese to have 24-hour Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This Adoration is held in the Grotto, which is a replica of the original Shrine in Lourdes, France.
MISSION: SEEK UNITY, CELEBRATE DIVERSITY BY PRAYING, CARING & SHARING
a Nuesta Señora de Lourdes - una parroquia maravillosamente
diversificada! Somos considerados la "madre iglesia" de ésta región ya
que nuestros bordes original incluían a los católicos Lago del Michigan
hasta el río Chicago; en una área que ahora tiene 10 parroquias.
Nos hicimos "famoso" por un evento únicos que pasó en 1929. Sucedió que la iglesia entera fue mundada del lado este de Ashland, y por la necesidad de incrementar la capacidad de la iglesia.
Aunque fe, y todavía es un hecho arquitectónico que admira, preferimos pensar que somos más conocidos por nuestros servicios
permententes al área de Ravenswood y Uptown.
Este folleto describe las muchas orgaizaciones, ministerios y servicios que explican mucha de la actividad de la comunidad. Está dividido en cuatro categorías: Vida Espiritual, Procupación Humana, Educación y Vida Social.
El papel adjunto indica las personas de contacto para cada actividad, quienes pueden darle más información. ¡Nueva gente simpre es bienvenida!
MISION: BUSCA UNIDAD, CELEBRA DIVERSIDAD AL REZAR, PREOCUPARSE, Y COMPARTIR.
Parish Administrator: Rev. Michael Shanahan
Masses: English" Saturday - 5:00 PM; Sunday - 8:00 AM & 11:30 AM
Spanish: Saturday - 6:30 PM; Sunday - 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM
Capacity: 900; A/C; Wheelchair accessible
Founding of Parish: 1892
Registered Families: 1200