As Catholics, our faith is sacramental: we recognize the relationship between the physical and spiritual reality of our world born out of our awareness that Jesus Christ was both Divine and human. This is why witnessing and creating Sacred Art helps us encounter God.
“Just looking at and praying with art can help us to grow in our faith,” said Sarah Crow, the artist-in-residence at St. Gregory’s Hall. “By experiencing beauty, we come into relationship with God who is the source and end of all that is good, true, and beautiful.”
Crow said this relationship is not abstract, that our hearts are often deeply moved and softened by beauty to become receptive to God’s mercy.
It has been just over a year since Mary, Mother of God parish launched Canterbury House. This ministry strives to build Eucharistic community – a coming together of people transformed by the presence of Christ to become His hands and feet in the world – within our parish. Outreach is done through prayer, fellowship, service, and studying Catholic thought.
Director James Murphy said the idea for Canterbury House, located in the rectory next to St. Thomas of Canterbury church (4833 N. Kenmore), is heavily inspired by the Catholic Worker movement. Founders of the movement, Peter Maurin and Blessed Dorothy Day, viewed the Church’s social teachings as a much-needed answer to the injustice and challenges of modern society. Day said, “God meant things to be much easier than we have made them,” and Maurin wanted to build a society “where it is easier for people to be good.”
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"Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. We are full of words but empty of actions, and therefore are cursed by the Lord, since he himself cursed the fig tree when he found no fruit but only leaves."
On Tuesday, June 13, St. Gregory's Hall hosted a special choral Mass for the Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua, 13th century Franciscan and Doctor of the Church.
You teach at DePaul University and are a scholar-in-residence at St. Gregory's Hall. What is it that you teach at both of those places, and how did you come to teach it?
I'm an associate professor in the Catholic Studies department at DePaul, where I teach classes in Catholic Theology, Church History, and Religion and Literature. The scholarly work I do is primarily about early Christianity, specifically how folks in roughly the first seven centuries of the church interpreted the Bible and what that meant for the life of the Church.
St. Gregory's Hall has been awarded a Worshiping Communities Grant by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The grant will support a year-long project of developing the Sacred Music Program at St. Gregory's Hall.
With the help of composer-in-residence Kevin Allen, St. Gregory's Hall will use the grant to continue the work of promoting the Church's traditions of sacred music. Employed in the proper liturgical context, these traditions serve a valuable tool for prayer, worship, and living engagement with our Catholic faith.
In addition to special choral liturgies offered for parishioners and the wider community throughout the year, the project will include a series of presentations on sacred music by Kevin Allen and guest speakers, and a weekend-long gregorian chant workshop for church musicians and parishioners tentatively planned for summer 2024.
Since it began in the year 2000, the Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grants Program has awarded more than a thousand grants to churches, schools, organizations, and teacher-scholars across the United States and Canada for projects that generate thoughtfulness and energy for public worship and faith formation at the local grass-roots level.
We are grateful to the Calvin Institute for Worship for their support of this project and look forward to continuing to expand our impact as a Catholic center for culture.
"Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails, and do not be unbelieving but believing, alleluia." Communion Antiphon for Divine Mercy Sunday
On Sunday, April 16 we held a Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday with Bishop Joseph N. Perry (Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago) presiding and music by St. Gregory's Schola and the Vox Fidelis Children's Choir directed by Kevin Allen (composer-in-residence). The Mass was held at 3:00 p.m., which is the customary time for the praying of the Divine Mercy chaplet.
Music for the Mass included a setting composed by Kevin Allen, "Missa de Sancte Nicolai," and works by Guy de Lioncourt (1885-1961) and Leone Lioni (c1560-1627). On display was a reproduction of a Divine Mercy painting by artist-in-residence Sarah Crow, the original of which was commissioned for the Divine Mercy Shrine at St. John Cantius in Chicago.
The second Sunday of Easter, also known as Low Sunday or Quasi Modo Sunday, was declared the Sunday of Divine Mercy by St. Pope John Paul II in 2000 when he beatified Sr. Faustina Kowalska. St. Faustina was an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.
“Christ’s whole life is a gift to the Father and to mankind; His death represents the ultimate concretization of His continuing gift of self offered throughout all time to all people, and comes to each one of us especially in the Eucharist.”
- Sofia Cavalletti, The Religious Potential of the Child
On January 13 and 14, catechists from around the Chicago area gathered for a short overnight retreat at the National Shrine of Saint Maximilian Kolbe in Libertyville.
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To honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Gregory's Hall hosted a special lessons and carols service that reflected on episodes from her life.
Readings and prayers covered the Immaculate Conception, Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Coronation, complemented by beautiful Marian carols in Latin and English.
On All Hallows' Eve, St. Gregory's Hall presented a special mass for the Solemnity of All Saints with His Excellency Joseph Perry presiding.
Kevin Allen directed St. Gregory's Schola in a repertoire that included original compositions by Allen and settings from Renaissance composer Josquin dez Prez's Missa Pange Lingua.
Thank you to all who were able to join for this beautiful mass celebrating the communion of the blessed in heaven! Click "Read More" to view more photos.
You can listen to the recording of the music from the Mass on our Soundcloud page.