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Music Ministry Opportunities
Love to sing or do you know of someone who does? Invite your friends or family to join in on our music ministries! We have multiple choirs with varying levels of commitment–there’s room for everyone.

Resurrection Choir
The Resurrection Choir sings for funerals on weekdays and Saturday mornings. It is an informal style – come when you are able to sing, dressed however comfortable you choose as the choir wears robes. 

The Choir rehearses Thursday nights from 7-9PM in the hall. The choir sings at the 10 AM mass from September-May and sings at Holy Days – Christmas Eve, Easter, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, etc. This group sings in harmony. We could use a couple tenors and basses to support the men’s harmony parts. Perhaps you know someone you could suggest join the choir? 

For those who can’t make it every single week, that is OK. Come to the rehearsals and sing when you are able. It’s not an “absolute” commitment of every single Thursday and Sunday. Our choir is a fun group and enjoy each other’s company. Members often bring refreshments to the Thursday practices to share with each other.

5:30 PM Mass Choir
Rehearse Sunday at 5PM and sing for the 5:30 PM Mass. There are no evening rehearsals during the week for this choir.

Cantors lead the singing at mass. Qualities of a cantor include being a person of faith, reliable for practices and mass times and a willingness to stand up and sing in front of the congregation. 

To get involved, please contact our Music Ministry Director, Dennis Costanzo.
Phone: 773-286-0956


St. Robert Bellarmine Parish has a parish-based domestic violence outreach ministry, DOVE, which stands for Don’t Okay Violence Ever. DOVE meets the second Monday of each month in the church hall. Our mission is to raise awareness of domestic violence, to help victims and perpetrators connect to support services, and to promote the prevention of domestic violence.  All are welcome to join the ministry!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 7th! DOVE will host an all-parish training event with lunch in Kernaghan Hall. For more information, email


Thank you to parishioners Trina Eifert, Colleen Mulcrone, and Sarah Springer for sharing their reflections on motherhood and the scripture readings this Sunday in honor of Mother’s Day. We are lucky to have these inspired and intelligent women in our parish family!

Join Deacon Bill on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land! January 7-16, 2020

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You’re invited to join Father Steve Kanonik (Pastor, St. Ben’s), Deacon Mike McManus (St. Thecla) and Deacon Bill Frere (St. Robert Bellarmine) as we visit the places where Jesus was born and lived, preached and healed, died and rose. We’ll celebrate Mass each day at one of the churches that recall the events of Jesus’ life and ministry. We’ll renew our baptismal vows in the Jordan River, sail on the Sea of Galilee, float in the Dead Sea, carry a cross through the streets of Jerusalem, and married couples will renew their vows in Cana.

Tour by AMI Travel  – Click for Itinerary
Estimated cost per person:
$ 2,965 (double occ., min. 20 travelers)
$ 445 Airline departure taxes and fuel surcharge
$ 248 Travelers Insurance (Highly recommended)
$ 125 for all gratuities

What an experience to walk in the footsteps of Jesus! This is an opportunity to renew your mind, spirit and faith. Is Jesus calling you to a trip of a lifetime?
Questions? Contact Deacon Bill.

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Everyone had their fill at the annual Scout Pancake Breakfast and Raffle. Thanks, Scouts!

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Check out this new addition outside of the church and take a book or leave a book. Thanks to the Girl Scouts for bringing a “Little Free Library” to SRB!

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Common Threads meets for their annual Blanket Challenge, creating blankets for our baptismal babies here at St. Roberts and also for little ones in the NICU at Loyola Hospital.


Thanks to our Scouts for providing donuts and coffee with smiles after Mass!

Congrats to our own Fr. Scott for his induction into the 2019 Irish American Hall of Fame! Tickets to the Awards Gala can be ordered online at

Rev. L. Scott Donahue is president and CEO of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Known affectionately as “Father Scott” by his parish faithful at St. Robert Bellarmine on Chicago’s Northwest Side, and to the donors, coworkers and children of Chicago’s Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, he exemplifies the proud tradition of the Irish Americans who have left a lasting imprint on this great country through their loyal service to their fellow citizens.In addition to his parish ministry of three decades, Father Scott oversees the mission of Mercy Home, which permanently impacts the lives and futures of up to 134 young people who live there at any point during the year, and hundreds more through its life-saving referral, mentoring and aftercare services. The children whose lives have been changed over the years by Mercy Home continue to go on to great personal success and to positively impact the lives of so many others. Father Scott’s humble and compassionate ministry to society’s most vulnerable members (abused, neglected and troubled children) has had a ripple effect that is and will be felt far and wide.

Honoring our great school to kick off Catholic Schools Week! Fr. Neil Fackler gave a special blessing to our wonderful teachers and administration.

Fr. Neil blesses our winter student athletes at a recent mass, followed by coffee and donuts from our Girl Scouts.


This is what the Christmas spirit looks like at St. Roberts. Thanks to your generosity, 171 children at our sharing parish, Ascension-St Susanna, were able to celebrate Christmas. Additionally your donations helped brighten the holidays for many others at Mercy Home and the St. Kateri Center. THANK YOU!

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St. Robert Bellarmine celebrated Simbang Gabi, a Filipino Advent tradition, on Monday, December 17 with a special mass and a full house in Kernaghan Hall.

Altar servers and their families came to help put our beautiful Christmas trees up in our church.


The Giving Tree was full of scrolls for our generous parishioners to take and spread some holiday cheer to children from our sharing parish, Ascension-St. Susanna.

micWe will be celebrating the Christmas Eve Family Mass on Monday, December 24 at 4pm, and SRB students in Grades 1-4 are invited to sing as our choir! These children have been rehearsing the music every week and look forward to sharing their gift of song with the parish. Families are encouraged to bring their children to sing and attend mass as a family. Please arrive by 3:25 and have your child dress up—no jeans, gym shoes, or t-shirts. Carols begin at 3:30. Fa, la, la!

concert performers.jpgOur brilliant music performers post recital. Vocal Soloists: (L-R) Lillian Murphy, Soprano; Louis Santiago, Tenor; Bryan Dahl, Bass; with accompanist Dennis Costanzo.

Thanks to your generosity, Buckets of Hope 2018 was a major success! We were able to donate over 25 buckets of cleaning supplies in support of relief efforts after the recent hurricanes in Florida and the Carolinas AND donated an additional 12 boxes of supplies to the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in West Humboldt Park.

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Our Ministry Fair showcased all the wonderful ways you can get involved in our parish, such as our SPRED catechists, who work with parishioners with developmental disabilities to receive the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation.


It was a special day to say thanks and farewell to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for all they have done at SRB, and introduce a garden named in their honor on the school grounds! Thanks to everyone who made this garden and event today happen.

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Common Threads gathers to make prayer blankets for fellow parishioners in need.


Our Asian American Group sponsored a Luau as a fundraiser for their upcoming Simbang Gabi celebration.


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