The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. the visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1131).
If you are considering becoming Catholic or getting baptized, here are some things to do that will help you along your spiritual journey:
- Watch a short video about the Catholic Church
- Read the Bible readings from today's Mass
- Pray common Catholic prayers
- If you've already been baptized but are not Catholic, click here and check out this website.
- Learn more about Catholic teachings in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Since Madonna della Strada Chapel is not a parish church, we cannot offer the Sacrament of Baptism to children (Code of Canon Law 857 para. 2).
For students who have never been baptized, Loyola University offers the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, which refers to the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist as well as to other rituals that prepare adults to receive these Sacraments and to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.
RCIA has already begun for the year and has a limited time for enrollment. Please contact Dr. John Paul Salay if you are interested.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) refers to the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist as well as to other rituals that prepare adults who have never been baptized, or who have been baptized in a non-Catholic church, to receive these Sacraments and become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.
The rites are liturgical celebrations that mark several important steps along one’s spiritual journey:
- The Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate – In late November, the worshiping community officially welcomes those who make a formal response to Christ’s call to conversion.
- The Enrollment of Names – At the beginning of Lent, the bishop makes an official list of the names of those who desire to be baptized on Easter.
- Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation – During the Great Vigil of Easter, those who have been prepared are Baptized and/or Confirmed and receive their first Holy Communion.
In between these important liturgical celebrations, there are several periods of time that give people opportunities to grow in their understanding of the Catholic Faith and in their relationship to Christ and the local worshiping community.
- Inquiry – There will be several informal meetings where people can receive information about Christian Initiation and becoming Catholic.
- Catechumenate – For several months, catechumens (literally, “those who echo-back” what they hear) meet weekly to pray and reflect on the Catholic Faith and their response to it.
- Purification and Enlightenment – During Lent, those who will be baptized focus on conversion, and the worshiping community offers special prayers for them.
- Mystagogy – Those who received the Sacraments on Easter, continue to grow in their faith during the Easter season.
The RCIA is designed for any of the following Loyola University students:
- Those baptized in a Protestant Church (e.g., Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, non-denominational, etc.)
- Baptized Catholics who have not received First Holy Communion or religious instruction
- Anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic Church
- Sunday evenings when classes are in session: September through April.
- RCIA will begin on September 18, 2016. If you have any questions or would like to enroll, please contact Dr. John Paul Salay.
Confirmation Classes have already started. Please contact Dr. John Paul Salay to enroll by September 21!
The sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated by an auxiliary bishop or the archbishop of Chicago during a Mass at Madonna della Strada Chapel.
In preparation for receiving this sacrament, students must attend a nine week free course, which includes a review of the important teachings of the Catholic Church, prayer and spiritual formation, and a personal analysis of one's own spiritual gifts. The classes meet for ninety minutes each week from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Loyola students who meet all of the following requirements are eligible for Confirmation at Madonna della Strada Chapel:
- Baptized Catholic -- a copy of the baptismal certificate must be provided
- Attended Catholic religious education classes (e.g., CCD or religion class in a Catholic grade school)
- Received First Holy Communion
If you do not meet all of the above requirements or if you are not Catholic please see the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
- Classes begin on September 14, 2016. For more information or if you would like to enroll, please contact Dr. John Paul Salay.
- Confirmation Mass with Bishop Francis Kane will be celebrated on November 20 at 5:00 p.m. in Madonna della Strada Chapel.
The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church's life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1407).
At Loyola Univeristy Chicago, we have weekly and daily opportunities to celebrate the Eucharist. Please see our Liturgy Schedule for a Mass at one of our campuses.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation ("Confession") is celebrated in Madonna della Strada Chapel's reconciliation room, which is located at the north-west corner of the building.
Confessions are heard on Sunday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. when classes are in session. Confessions conclude before Mass begins.
- If you cannot participate on Sunday evenings, you may schedule a time to make confession by calling the Jesuit Residence at 773.508.8800.
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available at the following nearby parishes: Saint Gertrude, Saint Ignatius and Holy Name Cathedral.
- More about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, click here.
- How to make a good confession, click here.
Catholics believe that marriage comes as a gift from the hand of God. The Catholic vision of marriage is rooted in Sacred Scripture and is expressed in the teachings and practices of the Church. It has these main elements:
- Marriage unites a couple in faithful and mutual love.
- Marriage opens a couple to giving life.
- Marriage is a way to respond to God’s call to holiness.
- Marriage calls the couple to be a sign of Christ’s love in the world.
From the website http://www.foryourmarriage.org/
Loyola University Chicago is happy to offer Madonna della Strada Chapel as a place to celebrate weddings within the Roman Catholic liturgy. Here is helpful information for those contemplating a wedding in Madonna della Strada Chapel:
- Reservations are being taken for the calendar year 2016 and 2017. You can inquire about a date by calling 773-508-8045. You can also email Cathy O'Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Reservations for 2018 will be taken beginning January 9, 2017.
- At least one of the parties, bride or groom, must be Catholic. We cannot offer wedding ceremonies of other denominations or faiths. The chapel is not available for rent.
For those who have begun the process of getting married in Madonna della Strada Chapel, please visit www.luc.edu/mdsweddings to complete your arrangements.