Pastor’s Message

Welcome – Hot Times, Summer in the City!

Old St. Mary’s Church & Paulist Ministry in Chicago!

Beginning to Reopen a Bit!

And what matters as we enter Summer? Black Lives still Matter. Being careful with Covid-19 (and caring for one another) still matters. Faith still matters.

On June 27/28 Old St. Mary’s is reopening Sunday Masses with limited attendance. It is because of the limitations on attendance we need you to pre-register for Mass. Why? You might ask. Our reasons are to keep you safe, coming back and offer more ministry in the future. We need to know who is coming so we have enough ministers, and just in case we need to contact you. Knowing who is present and where people sit generally in church allows us to do a better job of cleaning. To register, click our Register for Mass button. To know what we are asking you to consider as you decide whether to come, check the link to the Reopening Guide for the Archdiocese of Chicago – also on this page.

As I said, we are just beginning to reopen. We are approaching this gradually. If all goes well our first weekend it will allow us more celebration room as we go forward. July 4/5, besides being a holiday weekend is a special weekend for rejoicing at Old St. Mary’s because, then newly ordained Fr. Patrick Bergin who has served as an intern and deacon here at OSM will celebrate Masses of Thanksgiving at all the Masses next weekend (5 pm on Saturday, 8 & 11 am on Sunday). One of the hottest tickets on the South Side – so don’t forget to register to say THANKS for his gifts of service to the community and join with him in celebration.

As you look around our website, be open to the sacramental and catechetical ministry links and announcements, look for activities working to deal with racism, enter conversation about differences and violence, and look at some of the resources we are having conversations around. Also, plan to join us and New Rock Ministries on July 11 for a socially distanced, socially reflective event aimed at Unity in our neighborhood and in the South Loop.  Thanks for visiting with us and come back often as we reopen and re-engage the call of faith.

Questions on the pandemic: email us at

Fr. Brad