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Worship & Wisdom

WHEN YOU VISIT
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.

WHEN ARE SERVICES?
Weekend Mass Times
Saturday | 5:00pm (Vigil) @ Immaculate Conception (English)
Sunday | 8:00am @ Saint James (English) - 10:30am @ Immaculate Conception (English) - 12:30pm @ Saint James (Spanish)

Weekday Mass Times
Monday & Wednesday | 8:00am @ IC, Tuesday & Thursday | 8:00am @ SJ
Friday Communion Service | 8:00am @ IC

WHEN IS CONFESSION AVAILABLE?
Saturday | 3:30pm-4:30pm at Immaculate Conception (English/Spanish)
Other | By Appointment
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on Saturday with additional times available during Lent and Advent (please check the bulletin during those times).

HOW DO I GET TO THE PARISH?
Immaculate Conception is located at 770 Deerfield Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035. 
St. James is located at 140 North Ave., Highwood, IL 60040

WHERE DO MY CHILDREN GO?
We believe it is important for children of all ages to attend Mass with their families. Therefore, we do not offer separate children’s services. A “Cry Room” is located at the Immaculate Conception site to the right (or south) of the altar, which has large windows and a sound system to allow you to hear and participate in the Mass and for your convenience a small restroom is located off to the side of the Cry Room as well (diaper-changing facilities are only located in the restrooms in the main body of Church).

We offer a Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) on Sundays from 9:00am until 10:15am (K-5th) and Wednesdays from 6:30pm until 8pm (6th-8th) during the school year. More information can be found on the website under the PREP tab or by emailing us at [email protected].

I’M NOT CATHOLIC. HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO SIT, STAND, AND KNEEL?
There’s no need to be self-conscious about the postures and responses used during Worship. Most visitors just follow the lead of our Parishioners.

I’M NOT CATHOLIC. IS IT OKAY FOR ME TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNION?
Communion, or the Eucharist, is the most intimate expression of our faith. Catholics believe that the host is literally the body of Christ, transformed from bread by the priest presiding over the service. Most evangelicals think of Communion as symbolic, so it makes sense that they are not as strict about having the right relationship to it as Catholics and Orthodox Christians who believe it is a Sacrament and the true presence of Christ. So, if you are not Catholic, we ask that you not receive communion.  However, those not receiving the Body of Christ and Precious Blood are invited to come forward with their hands crossed over their chests for a special blessing.

AM I EXPECTED TO PUT MONEY IN THE OFFERING?
If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider our parish your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving to our parish on a weekly basis. You can give by check or cash during the Offertory at Mass, look for a QR code posted near the doors of Church for easy online giving, mail or drop-off a check at the Parish Center (770 Deerfield Rd, Highland Park IL 60035) or you can sign up for weekly, monthly or occasional recurring giving, online, here.