Sacraments

Mass Times

Saturday: 5:00 PM, 6:30 PM (Polish)
Sunday: 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:45 AM, and 6 PM in English; 12:30 PM (Polish)
Monday-Friday Mornings: 6:30 AM and 8:30 AM
Wednesday:  7:00 PM (Polish)
Saturday Morning: 7:30 AM
First Friday:  7:00 PM (Polish)

Reconciliation

Saturday 11:00 AM to noon (English and Polish)
First Friday:  6:00 PM (Polish)

Baptism and Baptismal Preparation

Baptism is celebrated in English on the last Sunday of each month during the 10:45 AM Mass and at a 2:00 PM service.

Baptism is celebrated in Polish on the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 Mass, and on the third Sunday of the month at a 1:45 PM service.

Parents must attend pre-baptismal instruction.
Please contact the Parish Office at 847-966-8145 to make arrangements.

Eucharist/First Communion

Children in both our School and Religious Education program, in the second grade, prepare to make their First Communion on either the first or second Sunday in May. Please contact theReligious Education program at 847-966-3269.

Confirmation

Children in eighth grade, in both our School and Religious Education program, after much preparation in both seventh and eighth grade, receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of Confirmation. Please contact the Religious Education program at 847-966-3269.

Rite of Christian Initiation-RCIA

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is a process for welcoming new members into the Roman Catholic Church. RCIA is for:

  • Those who are not baptized.
  • Those who are baptized in another Christian tradition (i.e., Protestant) and who seek to enter Full Communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Baptized Catholics who never had the opportunity to receive First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Those who seek to join the Catholic Church become members of the Catechumenate: an ongoing process that meets people where they are on their faith journey and gently initiates them into the life of the parish and the Catholic Church.

Through participation in RCIA, people journey toward the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) and by receiving these they become members of the Catholic Church. After an initial period of several weeks (known as "Inquiry") and a personal interview, non-baptized persons can become "Catechumens" through a public Rite of Acceptance. Similarly, baptized Christians may become "Candidates" in the  Rite of Welcome. Catechumens and Candidates journey together each week to understand what it means to believe in Jesus and live the Catholic Faith. The Sacraments of Initiation are celebrated at the great Easter Vigil Service for those who have discerned the call from God and are ready and able to make the commitment.

Where and When?

The RCIA program at St. John Brebeuf meets most Sundays from late September through early April from 10:15 am - 11:30 am. You will need a sponsor (Godparent) who is a baptized and confirmed Catholic to walk the journey with you; more details will be provided. Any questions, call Father Peter Samborski at 847-966-8145.

Marriage

Weddings are both beautiful and sacred. We advise you to contact the parish office before making any other wedding arrangements. Reservations must be made at least four months in advance, in order to allow time to fulfill all of your sacramental needs. Careful consideration is given to each individual for preparation to experience the Sacrament of Marriage. Weddings are generally scheduled for Saturdays at either 1:00 or 3:00 PM. Other times may be available at the Pastor’s discretion.

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Anointing of the Sick

The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is intended for people needing the healing and strengthening power of Christ, during times of serious illness and aging. An Anointing Service is held each Spring and Fall; followed by a light lunch in the Ministry Center. If needed in an emergency situation, please contact the parish office at 847-966-8145 to make arrangements for a visit.

Vocations-Priesthood and Religious Life

We are all called in different ways to serve the Lord. Should you feel that God is calling you to become a priest, deacon or sister, please contact Fr. Michael Meany at 847-966-8145. Or, you may call the Archdiocese Vocation Office at 312-534-8298.

Funerals-Mass of Christian Burial

Your funeral director will advise you how to proceed in working with our church to plan a funeral. Our compassionate staff will assist you, on planning the Funeral Liturgy and the Rite of Christian Burial at this time of sorrow and need. If you have questions, the parish office can be reached at 847-966-8145.

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