St. Mary of the Angels Parish





Tuesday: 10 am-12 pm

Wednesday: 4:30pm – 5:20 pm

Thursday: 10 am-12 pm & 4:00 – 5:20 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 

*20 minutes before each mass*


Saturday Vigil Mass:

5:00 pm English


Sunday Mass:

8 am English

10 am English

12:00 pm Spanish

7:15 pm English


July 10, 2022

Ordinary Holiness


Gaudete et Exsultate is the Pope’s document on God’s call to holiness for each of us. The Pope says: “Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy. On the contrary, you will become what the Father had in mind when he created you, and you will be faithful to your deepest self” (Gaudete et Exsultate 32). 


Holiness really is for everyone. Let’s not be afraid. It will make us happy and fulfilled. It is not about doing extraordinary things, but learning to do ordinary things with extraordinary love, as St. Josemaría says:  “Do everything for love. In that way there will be no little things: everything will be big. Perseverance in the little things for love is heroism” (The Way 813). The Pope quotes Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyên van Thuân who said, ‘live the present moment, filling it to the brim with love… seize the occasions that present themselves every day…  accomplish ordinary actions in an extraordinary way’ (in Gaudete et Exsultate 17).


The Pope notes—quoting Vatican II and St. John of the Cross—how each person should follow his particular path to holiness,

      “‘Each in his or her own way’ the Council says. We should not grow discouraged before examples of holiness appear unattainable. There are some testimonies that may prove helpful and inspiring, but that we are not meant to copy, for that could even lead us astray from the one specific path that the Lord has in mind for us. The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts (cf. 1 Cor 12:7), rather than hopelessly trying to imitate something not meant for them. We are all called to be witnesses, but there are many actual ways of bearing witness. Indeed, when the great mystic, Saint John of the Cross, wrote his Spiritual Canticle, he preferred to avoid hard and fast rules for all. He explained that his verses were composed so that everyone could benefit from them ‘in his or her own way.’ For God’s life is communicated ‘to some in one way and to others in another” (Gaudete et Exsultate 11).


Each in his/her own way, finding holiness in the ordinary events of each one’s life, as St. Josemaría notes: “I like the motto: ‘Let each wayfarer follow his way,’ the road to God has marked out for him, to be followed faithfully, lovingly, even though it is hard” (Furrow 231). 


Becoming a saint what going to fill our lives and to make our lives fruitful, as the Pope says: “To the extent that each Christian grows in holiness, he or she will bear greater fruit for our world” (Gaudete et Exsultate 33). The Pope goes on to say, 


“Do not be afraid to set your sights higher, to allow yourself to be loved and liberated by God. Do not be afraid to let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit. Holiness does not make you less human, since it is an encounter between your weakness and the power of God’s grace. For in the words of León Bloy, when all is said and done, ‘the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint’” (ibid. 34). 


Let’s strive for true “success” by striving for holiness, learning to be “contemplatives in the middle of the world,” as St. Josemaría so often said. The Pope does, too: “Everything can be accepted and integrated into our life in this world, and become a part of our path to holiness. We are called to be contemplatives even in the midst of the action, and to grow in holiness by responsibly and generously carrying out our proper mission” (Gaudete et Exsultate 26).



Fr. John R. Waiss



Our Lady of Mount Carmel

June 16th  


“Wear on your breast the holy scapular of Carmel. There are many excellent Marian devotions, but few are so deep-rooted among the faithful and have received so many blessings from the Popes. Besides, how maternal this Sabbatine privilege is!”  – St. Josemaria Escriva 



  • 7/9 
    • Rosario a la Virgen de Guadalupe al terminar la Misa de 8 am, en la Iglesia
    • Bucktown Garden Walk

  • 7/10
    • 2nd Sunday Coffee after all morning Masses
    • Church Tour at 1:30 PM
    • Retiro Espiritual mensual en español para mujeres 3 PM
    • Bucktown Garden Walk  

  • 7/11   
    • Evening of Recollection for men at 7 m in the Midtown Residence Chapel

  •  7/12
    • Confessions @9:00AM-11:00AM.                                          
    •  Baptism Class/Clase para Bautismo: 6:30 pm in the Museum Room

  • 7/13 
    • Moms & Tots @ 9:30 AM | Confessions @ 4:30-5:20 PM

  • 7/14
    • Adoration 10:00 AM-Noon | Confessions @10:00AM-Noon and 3:30 PM-5:20 PM 

  • 7/16 
    • Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

  • 7/17 
    • Rosary for Life after the 10 am Mass in the church. 
    • Retiro Espiritual para hombres a las 3 pm en la Capilla de San Josemaría


Second Sundays 

at SMA

JULY 10th 

Join Us for Fun at SMA on July 10th!

All are welcome for a cup of joe, after all, Sunday morning Masses on Sunday, July 10th! 

All are welcome for a St. Mary of the Angels Church tour.

Tours begin at 1:30 PM at the main vestibule. 

July’s topic is “The very special history of St. Mary of the Angels, including pictures of people whose zeal made Christian a reality in Chicago!” 


Retiro Espiritual para Mujeres – 10 de Julio

El Domingo 10 de julio tendremos nuestro Retiro Espiritual mensual en español para mujeres. El Retiro comienza a las 3 pm en la Capilla de San Josemaría, (parte baja de la iglesia). Habrá dos meditaciones por sacerdotes del Opus Dei, una charla con una persona laica, confesiones y bendición con el Santísimo. Llamar a la Oficina Parroquial para más información . 


No hay necesidad de registrarse y el Retiro es gratuito. ¡Las esperamos!


The Porchmen 

July 9th at 3 PM

The Porchmen are back at this year’s Bucktown Garden Walk! They’ll be playing the favorites beginning at 3 pm on Saturday, July 9th located at 1844 N. Wood.  
While you are taking in the great music check out the Midtown Cultural Center garden located at 1850 N. Wood!  

For more information, please visit the Bucktown Garden Walk website. 


Welcome! Witam! Bienvenido! 
Established in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago in 1899, St. Mary of the Angels School has maintained its century-long tradition of supporting parents of all faiths in the formation of their children’s minds, hearts, and character. We look forward to welcoming you to the St. Mary of the Angels School family!

For more information about St. Mary of the Angels School please call or email  Mary Therese Brown, Director of Admissions, at or (773)486-0119.  
Summer Tours are available! 


We Invite Your Input!  
Join Us!


The Collaborative Strategic Action Plan for St. Mary of the Angels is a process that now seeks creative solutions to ten identified challenges.  
Over the past year, our leaders have been inviting input through assessments, surveys, planning sessions, and interviews. 
Come and share your ideas on Wednesday, August 31st. 
More details to come! 


Religious Education – Family of Faith 

Formation for families looking to grow in their faith and for families with children attending public school begins on  Sunday, August 28 at 11 am. Registration is now in process. 
Please call the Parish Office at – (773) 278-2644

Educación Religiosa – Familia de Fe

Para familias que quieren crecer en su fe y para familias con hijos que asisten a escuela pública y necesitan formación religiosa para recibir los Sacramentos de Primera Comunión y Confirmación.  Las clases comienzan el domingo, 28 de agosto a las 11 am. ¡Las inscripciones ya están abiertas! Pueden inscribirse en la oficina parroquial.


Mom & Tots

All moms with children ages newborn to preschool, are invited to join our weekly Moms & Tots group. Parents can enjoy a cup of coffee and the company of other moms while children play in our great playroom located in the parish basement. 

Please email to join the FlockNote Group and receive periodic updates.


Memorare Pledge

Let’s storm heaven with many prayers for growth and for the mission vitality of our parish! As of today there are 2,500Memorares being prayed daily for this intention!
Pray the Memorare everyday, and let us know you are doing it by entering the number of Memorares you will pray daily in the pledge card we have available in the church. Click the button to pledge how many memorares you can pray.


Online Giving

The safest and most hygienic way to give is online! As we are not taking up a collection at any of the masses, giving online is the easiest way to give to our parish family. 
We are so grateful for your generosity! Click the button for e-giving.