Information for Inquirers

Holy Comforter Good Shepherd Window and Votive 

Founded in 1898; became a parish in 1902.
One of 133 parishes in the Diocese of Chicago
† Nearly a 1,000 members
300 families (families can be one person or many)
20% of our parishioners are individuals; 80% are in families
Budget is $1,860,000
22% of our budget goes outside the parish to help  others.
Link to Parish History 

  

Worship

Eucharistic centered parish - principal worship service is the Holy Eucharist
Our life as a parish begins each day at the altar worshipping God
Three worship services (the Holy Eucharist) every Sunday
One Holy Eucharist daily at 9:00 AM (except Thursday)
Thursday Holy Eucharist at 7:00 AM includes a Public Service of Healing
 Link to Liturgy Schedule

Pastoral Care

Clergy are available for pastoral appointments to address personal, family, life, or spiritual issues.
Spiritual Direction may be scheduled with any priest.
Priests make regular visits to the homebound and the hospitalized.
Lay persons, designated as Eucharistic Visitors, also bring Holy Communion to both the homebound and the hospitalized.  Link to Pastoral Care

Ministry and Outreach

Holy Comforter has a myriad of ministries to serve our parishioners: adults, young people, and children. 
We are committed to helping others.  Outreach ministries reach out to the larger northshore, the greater Chicago land area, and the world. 
Our Outreach is funded by the parish budget.  Link to Ministry
 

Formation

All Things Bright and Beautiful is our Christian Pre-school and a ministry of Holy Comforter.  Link to ATB&B
Each Sunday the Church School provides Christian Formation for our children and youth.  Everyone receives a full experience of Christian worship, age appropriate education, and fellowship.  Committed adults provide a rich experience for the children and youth.  Link to Church School
There are three Youth Groups at Holy Comforter - 456 is our confirmation oriented group comprised of fourth through sixth graders; Junior High students AIM (Action in Motion) form a second group; High school students belong to WHAM (We Have A Mission). Details of each can be found on our website.  Link to Youth; Link to WHAM (high school)
Adult Formation includes our Sunday morning Adult Forum which happens between our second and third liturgies at 10:00.  The forum as a theme for the year and speakers provide thought provoking reflections for our Christian life and journey. Link to Adult Forum
Other opportunities for Christian formation take place during the week.  A listing of those  programs and details about them may be found on the website.  Link to Adult Formation

Fellowship

Our life includes worship, ministry, formation, and fellowship.  We enjoy each other's  company, so we socialize regularly.  Some of our events are for the entire parish, and others gather groups within the parish.  A list of our fellowship events can be found on the website.  Link to Fellowship