All Parish activities including Masses are cancelled effective March 14th, 2020 as of 4:00PM. All Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago will be cancelled indefinitely effective on Monday March 16th 2020.

Although Our Lady of Charity has had no known COVID19 exposure, we are taking this opportunity to deep clean and sanitize Classrooms, Chapel, Church, and all Meeting Rooms to be safe. 

Effective Monday March 16th, 2020 the Pastoral Center office will be closed, phone calls will be taken from  10:00 AM to 1:00 PM




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  • Eucharistic Adoration: We invite you to come and adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist every Thursday of Lent from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM and from 6: 30 to 7: 30 PM in Church.
  • Stations of the Cross: The church will remain open from 7 AM to 8 PM all Fridays during Lent for personal devotions. Prayer of stations of the cross in English at 5 PM in the Church in Spanish will be at 6 PM, followed by Spanish Mass. 
  • Confessions: every Saturday from 3 to 3:45 PM and Thursdays during the Holy Hour in Church

Lenten Regulations and Traditions

1)    The Church prescribes that all Catholics over the age of 14 should abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent.

2)   All Catholics 18 years and up to 59 years will observe the fast that the Church invites us to keep on Ash Wednesday. The Church recommends taking a full meal and two smaller meals, if necessary, to maintain strength according to each person's needs.

3)   The Church also prescribes fasting and abstinence on Good Friday, and recommends these practices on Holy Saturday.

4)   A number of traditions accompany the Season of Lent. No flowers are permitted on the altar during this penitential season. The priest wears violet (purple) vestments on Sundays, except on the Fourth Sunday, which is known as Laetare (Rejoice) Sunday, on which he wears rose (pink) colored vestments. The Gloria in Excelsis and Alleluia are not sung during Lent (in line with the penitential tone of the season), except on Feast Days.

5)   Another beautiful Catholic tradition during Lent is to cover the crosses and images of the saints in our churches during the final two weeks of the season. You will see all the crosses, statues, and icons covered in   violet (purple) cloth on the 5th Sunday of Lent until the Easter Vigil mass. On Holy Thursday only, the crucifix over the altar will be covered in white cloth. The Church recommends that on Holy Thursday after the Eucharist of the Last Supper and the washing of feet, all the images, including the crucifixes, should be covered in violet. The reason is that as we move further into commemorating the Triduum, our gaze will be directed more and more to the mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. At OLC, we will once again observe this tradition of covering the images and statues in our church. I hope and pray that this external gesture will help us to live the Lenten season better and to prepare ourselves for the celebration of the Easter Triduum.

Fr. Sergio Mena






Why Choose Our Lady of Charity School? 

Some of the many benefits offered at OLC are:

  • Challenging Academic education
  • Full-day Preschool (3 and 4-year-olds)
  • Daily religion instruction
  • Weekly mass attendance
  • Financial Aid available*
  • Fine arts- Art and Music class weekly
  • Breakfast and Hot lunch program
  • Before and After school care available
  • Sports

Why Choose a Catholic Education for your child?

  • Students who attend Catholic Schools are more likely to graduate from High School and more likely to graduate from college than their public school peers.
  • Social class effects on educational achievement are significantly less in Catholic Schools
  • Catholic Schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views and are more committed to serving as adults
  • Students in Catholic and other private schools demonstrate higher academic achievement than students from similar backgrounds in public schools

Mass Times

Horario de Misas

Saturday Vigil
4:00 PM (English)

9:00 AM (English)
10:30 AM (Español)
12:30 PM (Español)


Liturgy of the Word with Communion 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and
Fridays-when there's no school 
8:00 AM (English)

Servicio de Comunión 
Lunes, Martes, Miércoles y
Viernes-cuando no hay clases
8:00 AM  (English)

Mass / Misa
Thursday / Jueves
7:30 PM (Español)
Friday / Viernes
8:00 AM
(English/ only on school days)
7:00 PM (Español)

Holy Days
Dias De Observación
8:00 AM (English)
7:00 PM (English / Español)

Holy Hour / Hora Santa
Thursday / Jueves 6:30 PM

Confessions / Confesiones
Saturday / Sábado 3:00 PM


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