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Our 2020 Blanket Challenge is ON! The Deacons of OLV, Saints Constance, Pascal and Robert Bellarmine Parishes challenge you to help us make fleece blankets for the homeless on Friday, February 7th starting at 6:30 pm in Kernaghan Hall. No experience necessary. A limited number of blanket kits will be available ($10-$15 donation) or bring your own supplies – two lengths of fleece (1 2/3 yards each) and sharp scissors. All ages welcome – make this a family activity! Refreshments provided. Food pantry donations and toiletries also accepted at the door. Questions? Contact Deacon Bill.YOUNG ADULT FAITH GROUP.png

We host a faith group of young adults who meet once per week to discuss matters of faith in their lives. We will break open the readings from the Sunday liturgy and talk about how these faith topics impact us, share our struggles and triumphs and grow as disciples in Christ. Young Adults include all people age 18- 40. No commitment to the group is required to join.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! Parishioners of all ages enjoyed our family mass on Christmas Eve, accompanied by wonderful musicians.

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We were honored to welcome Cardinal Cupich to St. Robert Bellarmine as we celebrated Simbang Gabi, a Filipino Advent Mass, on December 16.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our annual Giving Tree program for the children of our sharing parish, Ascension-St. Susanna.

Thank you to our Christmas elves who helped us get the church looking beautiful and festive for the season! There are still chances for helpers of all ages to help deck our halls: Friday, December 20 at 1:30pm or Monday, December 23 at 6pm. Email Deacon Bill ( if you can help.

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Bellarmine Bash! We raised some funds to be used in our own community and had a blast bringing it back home.


Calling all parishioners age 18-40: we need your input! Fill out our short Interests Survey to help us plan activities that will interest you.

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Handmade blankets by our Common Threads prayer blanket ministry were blessed at a recent mass. Common Threads distributes blankets for those who are in need of comfort and support in our parish. Know someone who could use a blanket? Let our rectory know: 773-777-2666.


Thanks to everyone who attended our training session on domestic violence hosted by the D.O.V.E. Ministry and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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Deacon Bill and his wife Ginger Frere treated our altar servers to an ice cream social.


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We had a great time at our annual end-of-summer parish picnic. Thank you to all the volunteers who made the day possible.


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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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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Online Shop through Amazon to support St. Roberts!

  1. Go to for all your purchases.
  2. Select Charity of “St Robert Bellarmine School” or “St Robert Bellarmine Church”
  3. Shop just as you would on Amazon and earn money back for our school and parish! Happy shopping!


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.


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