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Welcome to the Saint Pascal Pari

Welcome to the Saint Pascal Parish Website

Our parish has served the Northwest side of Chicago since 1914.  Over the years, we
have watched the Portage Park Community grow into a vibrant diverse area, and our liturgies provide worship opportunities in both English and Polish. 

Saint Pascal School is one of the best and most affordable schools you will find in our area.  Our Religious Education Program is family-centered, encouraging study and conversation about the Catholic Faith at home and in monthly gatherings.

Saint Pascal News and Events


Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years or older on all the Fridays of Lent.

Fasting is to be observed on Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59.  Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal.  Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

The special Paschal fast as well as abstinence, is prescribed for Good Friday and encouraged for Holy Saturday.

Click here for the Complete Lenten Worship Schedule

Why Are Crosses And Statues Covered During The Last Weeks Of Lent?

Lent is a time of penance and abstinence. Using minimal adornment in the church and covering statues reminds us to focus our attention on the central mysteries of our faith-the death and resurrection of Jesus.  One of the purposes of covering the cross is to emphasize its unrevealing after Good Friday services.  The Easter Vigil Mass marks the end of Lent and celebrates the glorious resurrection of our Lord, joyous decorations now beautifying the church.

It has been a custom of the Roman Catholic Church, at least since the Seventeenth Century, to veil the crosses and the statues of the saints from the Fifth Sunday of Lent until the Easter Vigil.  Similar Lenten practices, including covering the altar, date back to the Middle Ages.  After the Second Vatican Council, the practice waned. Currently, the instructions in the Roman Missal state that the covering of crosses and statues in the church may be observed, dependent on the decision of the bishops' conference of a given country.  The duration of the veiling varies from place to place. Most commonly, statues are veiled from Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday.

Please Join Us On A Holy Thursday Tradition

Immediately following the evening Liturgy on Holy Thursday, April 17, Saint Pascal parishioners will gather for their annual pilgrimage to visit area churches.   A $6 donation will secure your seat on
the bus.  Reservations can be made through the rectory or in Room 100 following the Sunday Masses.
. This year the churches that will be visited are Saint Monica, Saint Tarcissus, Saint Thecla, Saint Eugene, Saint Rosalie, Divine Savior and Our Lady Mother of the Church.

Saint Vincent de Paul
Bundle Days

On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, the Saint Pascal Society of Saint Vincent de Paul will conduct its Bundle Days collection of clean, usable clothing.  Other items that are needed are adult and infant bedding such as sheets and blankets, pots and pans, dishes, silverware and usable kitchenware and utensils

Please place everything in plastic bags, boxes, or on clothes hangers. Sorry, but we cannot accept any electrical items, infant cribs or car seats, toys, stuffed animals, luggage, office furniture, books and magazines.  If you have any questions, please contact the parish office (773-725-7641), and someone will get back to you.

Please bring your Bundle Days donations to the Moody Street parking lot during these hours:  Saturday, April 26 between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM, and 4:00 and 5:00 PM, and Sunday, April 27 between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. 

Click here for additional information on the Saint Pascal Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

Save the Date! 
May 31, 2014 - Pilgrimage to
Marytown Retreat House and Mundelein Seminary

Saint Pascal parishioners and their friends and family an opportunity to visit the Marytown Retreat House and Mundelein Seminary.  We will depart Saint Pascal at 9:00 AM, and return at approximately 5:30 PM.  The cost (which includes bus transportation, continental breakfast and lunch)  will be $35.  Click here for further details.

On February 25th, Saint Pascal began the multi-year initiative of the Archdiocesan Strategic Pastoral Plan.  This initiative focuses on renewing our commitment to the Mission of Christ, and establishing a strong financial base to accomplish this mission.  Click here for the latest updates on Saint Pascal's progress.

This Week in our History

Seventeen years ago, on April 8, 1997, Pope John Paul II appointed St. Pascal School graduate and former parishioner Archbishop Francis George of Portland, Oregon to the vacant See of Chicago, the first Chicago native to hold the position. Archbishop George would be succeeding... read more

If you were unable to attend the event, click here to
hear Cardinal George's comments online and
to view pictures of the event.

Conversations on Faith
What does it mean to be Catholic today?
How do we live our faith?

Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 PM
Saint Robert Bellarmine
Next Session: May 7, 2014
Subject:  Catholic Socoial Teaching:  Why does the church have an option for the poor.

No matter who we are or how long we have been Catholic, we still find ourselves asking questions about our faith.  If you want a chance to ask some questions and talk with others about how they find answers in their own life, then these "Conversation" are for you.  You can join in any or all of the conversations.

Each evening is hosted by Saint Robert Bellarmine, Saint Pascal and Our Lady of Victory Parishes.  Presenters include local pastors, deacons and parishioners.

From Prairie to Parish

The First 100 Years of Saint Pascal Church

Former Saint Pascal parishioner and Saint Pascal School graduate Archbishop Francis Cardinal George proudly holds his copy of the Saint Pascal 100th Anniversary history book, From Prairie to Parish.

The parish history book is now available for purchase in both hardcover and softcover format.  Copies may be purchased at the Saint Pascal Rectory, 3935 N. Melvina.  For Rectory hours, call 773-725-7641.  Click here for additional information and some historical facts.

Benefits of Registration at Saint Pascal

Keeping up with a parish of 2000 families can be a challenge!  Saint Pascal also serves many more families who are not registered but who still come to us for pastoral care. It is beneficial for both the parish administration and the individual families to be registered.  Registration is a confirmation of our desire and commitment to give ourselves to God and to one another in our community of faith. Our weekly offering is a prayer expressed through our material gifts received through our labors.

There are many concerns and difficulties that may make some reluctant to make this commitment. Some of the benefits of being registered include: 

You will receive important mailings at Christmas, Easter and other times throughout the year, keeping you up to date on parish news.
Registration is proof of membership in the Church.
Preference of choice of dates for your Church celebrations.
Persons involved in lay ministry should be registered in the parish.
Parishes often request verification of a person’s status as a practicing Catholic, attendance at Mass, etc., when a person has been asked to be a Godparent or sponsor. Without registration, no such verification can be given.
Regular mailings of envelopes for Sunday offerings with name, address, and a number assigned to each registered parishioner printed on each envelope. Your offerings are confidentially recorded by our staff for proof of donations and tax purposes.  Without using envelopes, we cannot verify your donations.

If you would like register, please stop by our parish office and our staff will be happy to assist you.


Daily Readings and Homilies

The Readings and Homilies from the 8:00 AM daily Masses are now online.  Click here to listen

Worship Schedule

Saturday - 4:00 PM
Sunday - 7:30, 9:00,
10:30 AM
Sunday - 12:00 PM
Sunday - 5:30 PM

(Saint Robert Bellarmine)

Monday-Friday - 8:15 AM
Saturday - 8:30 AM

Wednesday - 9:15 AM

Thursday -
8:45 AM - 6:30 PM

Thursday - 6:30 PM

Saturday - 9:00 - 9:30 AM

Monday-Friday -
After 8:15 AM Mass
Saturday -
Before the 8:30 AM Mass

Tuesday -
After 8:15 AM Mass


5 Minutes with Father 
He is:  Father Paul Seaman, Dean of Vicariate 4-A, and pastor of St. Pascal Parish on the North Side after three assignments on the South Side.  Ordained in 1985.   More...


Archdiocese of Chicago Vocation Office


Saint Pascal Parish Family-Centered Catechesis Religious Education Program

If you are looking for ways for your family to explore our Catholic faith, opportunities to share your faith with your children, and chances for your family to share in engaging and creative lessons about the Church and what we believe... then join us as we explore the Sacraments and the Mass.  Click here for registration details.


Saint Pascal Parish Newsletter

Saint Pascal now has a parish newsletter .  If you are interested in receiving news delivered directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe. 


Keep The Cans Coming

Despite the new blue recycling bins around the neighborhood, Saint Pascal appreciates your continued support of our recycling program.  We ask that you continue to drop off your water bottles and cans (either crushed or uncrushed) by the school doors in the Dakin Street breezeway - NOT in Church.

Saint Pascal's Our Faith, Our Future Campaign will be combined with the Annual Catholic Appeal in 2014...  Click here for additional details.