The Steward

St. Benedict Parish
2215 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 588-6484 phone
(773) 588-4927 fax

Rectory Hours:

Mon - Thurs 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday : CLOSED

Christmas & New Year Hours


Mon. Dec 24th : CLOSED

Tue. Dec 25th  : CLOSED

Tue. Jan 1st    : CLOSED





Regular Masses:

Monday - Friday:  8:30 AM

Saturday: 5:00 PM

Sunday: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 6:30 PM



Baptisms:  Parents must be registered parishioners.  Baptisms are scheduled on every Sunday at 1:30 PM and at one of the weekend masses on the fourth weekend of the month. Baptism preparation class is necessary. Baptism preparation classes are held on the first Wednesday and second Sunday of the month. Call the parish office to register for class and baptism.

Saturday: 11 AM-12 NOON
Also by appointment in the rectory

Weddings: Arrange with a pastoral staff member at least four months in advance. Participation in marriage preparation is essential.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): For unbaptized persons or baptized persons interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and the process of becoming a Catholic. Call the parish office.


Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Tuesday at 9 AM


Religious Education: Arrangements should be made for the religious education of children attending public schools. Call the director of catechesis at (773) 588-6484.

Homebound: Call parish office to arrange communion in home for those unable to attend mass or to request visit by parish nurse.


It is good that we are here


On this Second Sunday in Lent we hear the Gospel story of the Transfiguration of Jesus, with the last lines:

Jesus came and touched them, saying,

“Rise, and do not be afraid.”

And when the disciples raised their eyes,

they saw no one else but Jesus alone

In this moment, as he did throughout his life, Jesus guided and taught his disciples through his actions and his very presence.  The story gives us a sense of the enormous power that the apostles felt when in the presence of Jesus.

The power of that presence is what we long for in our lives today and is often what draws people to prayer, scripture study and Eucharistic Adoration.  During Lent we have one more faith tradition that brings us close to Jesus – walking the Stations of the Cross. 

As with any spiritual practice it helps to be intentional; putting your whole self into the practice and paying attention to every aspect of the prayer experience.  Find a parish that offers Stations of the Cross during Lent and allow yourself to participate mindfully.  It could become a very powerful experience if you attend the prayer service with a family member or friend and then share your thoughts and feelings afterwards.  Talk about to these three components:

Place – Did the place of our prayer have an affect on us?

Posture – Recall your body’s response to this prayer.  Did our movements or gestures change the way we experienced this prayer form?

Process – What was in our mind and heart during the prayer?  How will this prayer change us?

The apostles were led to the mountain to spend time with Jesus and their experience was one of transformation.  As you participate in the Stations of the Cross this Lent you may find your response to be similar to the apostles’, “Lord, it is good that we are here.”