Weekly Masses, Prayer Services and Reconciliation


Lent Starts Wednesday, February 10 - Ash Wednesday

Masses with Distribution of Ashes at 6:30 am and 8:30 am in Church.
Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes at 4 pm and 6 pm in Church.
Ash Wednesday is a day of Fast and Abstinence from meat.
There is a limit of one full meal for all between the ages of 18 and 59 inclusive.

Ashes and Pizza - A Family Gathering to Start Lent
Pizza after 6 pm Service in the Holy Name Auditorium

Okay I know about Ash Wednesday, but what is the deal about “Ashes and Pizza” here at St. Tarcissus? Ash Wednesday is a day of Fasting and Abstinence. Yes, it is. This means adults over the age of 18 are to only eat one complete meal on this day. Our children (under 18), folks 59 and over, and people with special medical needs are not covered by the rules of fasting and abstinence.

But what is the deal with “Ashes and Pizza” here at St. Tarcissus? I asked this question myself when I arrived here 4 years ago. Now I am happy to say that “Ashes and Pizza” here at St. Tarcissus is one of my favorite family events at the parish. It seems to me way too often we don’t do a good job of being a parish family at times. “Ashes and Pizza” is an excellent parish event. What a better way to start Lent than as a parish family.

“Ashes and Pizza” is a parish family that comes together and starts the season of Lent. This community can be a great example of a parish family. We are very generous at times when we help the poor (St. Vincent DePaul, Rwanda, Rice Bowl, etc.). We will be very generous this Lent. We will start on Ash Wednesday as we gather as a family in prayer. After prayer we will gather as a family and enjoy a simple meal. A meal that reminds us that we are part of this generous parish family. We are young, old, parents, children, single, married, but most of all we are called by Jesus Christ to be a family, a church here in Chicago where all are welcome.

Please join us as we pray on Ash Wednesday at 6 pm in the church. After prayer please join us for a simple meal. A meal with your family and friends. We ask for a donation of $5 for adults and $4 for children to cover the cost of cheese pizza and salad.

If you don’t know about “Ashes and Pizza” at St. Tarcissus you need to come to find out for yourself. All of us need more family time this Lent.


Fridays on February 12, 19, 26 and March 4, 11, 18
at 2 pm (Lead by the School and open to all) and 7 pm in Church

Important Note:
There will not be a 2 pm Stations of the Cross on
Fridays February 12 and February 26
due to no school in session.


Mondays on February 15, 22, 29 and March 7, 14, 21
at 7 pm in Church


Ash Wednesday and Good Friday:
These are days of Fast and Abstinence from Meat.

There is a limit of one full meal on these days for all between the ages of 18 & 59 inclusive.

Days of Abstinence (All Fridays in Lent):
All who have reached their 14th year are bound to abstain totally from meat.

Weekdays of Lent:
There is no obligation to fast, however voluntary acts of self-denial are recommended.



Our 2016 Lenten Almsgiving Collection and Operation Rice Bowl throughout Lent.
This year for our Lenten almsgiving we have chosen to support the Uncle Pete’s Ministry.

“Uncle Pete” was plain and simple, he was about caring for the poor and homeless. He wanted to ease the burden of day to day living for those who live at the edge. Whether this was a sack dinner, a warm coat, some personal hygiene items, a new school uniform, candy, fruit, toys or just a warm hug, a smile and a familiar “God Bless You”, you knew that he was genuine and tried to walk in your shoes.

Uncle Pete has passes away but his ministry continues with the help of St. John Brebuef Parish. Here are some of the places that benefit from the “Uncle Pete’s Ministry”:

St. Matthias, Good Shepherd, Madonna House, Grace House, St. Leonard’s, St. Malachy, Mother Theresa Ministry, Marillac House, Deborah’s House, Harrison Shelter, Park by Shelter, St. Martins, St. Sylvester, St. Scholastica, A Safe Haven, Break Through, Resurrection, Marillac Project Hope, Children and Senior Center, and many others.



Join our parish community - and nearly14,000 Catholic communities across the United States - in a life-changing Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. - www.crsricebowl.org

Get your family’s rice bowl and Lenten calendar and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! Remember, what you give up for Lent changes lives. Thank you for putting your sacrificial spirit to good use this Lent!


There is a wide variety of Lenten Prayer Resources available
in the church vestibule and all church entrances.
Please feel free to help yourself to these items.



Monday through Friday - Masses at 6:30 am and 8:30 am
Saturdays - Masses at 8:30 am and 5 pm
Sundays -
Masses at 7:30 am, 9:30 am and 11:30 am



Mass of Anticipation at 7 pm
Days of Obligation at 6:30 am and 8:30 am



Mother Teresa of Calcutta said,"Each moment that you spend with Jesus (in the Most Blessed Sacrament) will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.”

Please consider spending time with Jesus in weekly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the church from 1 to 6 pm every Tuesday. This is in addition to the First Friday mornings of adoration.

Please use side entrance off parking lot.

For more information, questions or concerns including volunteering or signing-up, please contact Teri Hirami at 773-680-9562 or St.tars_hsc@yahoo.com.



Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament / Adoration on the First Friday of the Month
begins after the 8:30 am Mass.

The Blessed Sacrament remains on the Altar in Church until 12 Noon. There is not Benediction.


Monday through Friday
after the 6:30 am Mass
Saturday from 3:45 to 4:30 pm

Feel free to call with questions or concerns!
Parish Office
773-763-8228 or e-mail at mail@sttars.org