St. John Cantius is a unique church in the Archdiocese of Chicago—helping many discover a profound sense of the Sacred through solemn liturgies and devotions, treasures of sacred art, and liturgical music. The historic baroque church is one of the best examples of sacred architecture in the city. Located in the heart of Chicago, the landmark church is easily accessible by car, bus, or subway. Read more » or Watch a video about our church » TAKE NOTICE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF ALTER BOYS IN THE PHOTO BELOW, ALSO NOTICE, NO GIRLS! JESUS ONCE SAID THAT IF HE WANTED WOMEN ON THE ALTER, HIS BLESSED MOTHER WOULD HAVE BEEN WITH HIM AND THE APOSTLES AT THE LAST SUPER! READ IT HERE And HERE
- St John Cantius Church – Chicago – REVIEWS – There is a true REVERENCE for the Holy Mass offered at St. John Cantius, whether it be the Tridentine Mass in Latin, or the Novus Ordo Mass in English. The homilies offer the TRUTH to the faithful, the choir, alter, and the entire church interior uplift the soul to God, which is what every Catholic parish should attempt to do. The parishioners are generally very aware of the presence of God, which adds to the sacred experience of attending Mass at this wonderful parish.
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About Saint John Cantius Church
Awesome is this place. it is the House of God and the Gate of Heaven!
Genesis 28, 17 — from the cornerstone of St. John Cantius Church
St. John Cantius stands as a unique parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago—helping many Catholics discover a profound sense of the Sacred. Founded by Polish immigrants at the end of the nineteenth century, the parish today represents a broad cross-section of every ethnic, socio-economic and age group. The solemn liturgies, devotions, treasures of sacred art, and rich program of sacred liturgical music have helped many Catholics discover a profound sense of the sacred, thereby permeating their lives with a renewed faith.
Of all the “Polish cathedral” style churches in Chicago, St. John Cantius stands closest to downtown. Located in the heart of Chicago, one mile directly west of the famous Water tower on Chicago Avenue, St. John Cantius Church is easily accessible by car, bus, or subway.
Designed by Adolphus Druiding and completed in 1898, St. John Cantius Church took five years to build and is one of the best examples of sacred architecture in the city. The unique baroque interior has remained intact for more than a century and is known for both its opulence and grand scale—reminiscent of the sumptuous art and architecture of 18th century Krakow. The imposing 130 ft. tower is readily seen from the nearby Kennedy Expressway. In 2012, St. John’s completed an ambitious restoration, returning the lavish interior to its original splendor.
St. John Cantius Parish offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the Roman Rite in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms. The Ordinary Form of the Mass is offered both in Latin and in English according to the Missale Romanum, issued by Pope John Paul II in 2003. St. John Cantius Parish is also privileged to offer daily the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, commonly referred to as the Tridentine Latin Mass, according to the Missale Romanum of 1962.
St. John Cantius Church is also the home of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, a religious community of men dedicated to the Restoration of the Sacred.
St John Cantius Church – Chicago
Altar Servers – Archconfraternity of St. Stephen
The altar servers of St. John Cantius Church
with Fr. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., Br. Mark Visconti, S.J.C, and Br. Juan Garcia, S.J.C.
Our parish altar servers provide a liturgical ministry for assistance at all parish Masses. Generally, after boys receive their First Holy Communion, they become eligible to be trained as altar servers. The men of the parish are also encouraged to be trained to serve at the Holy Altar of God. The parish, preserving the tradition of men and boys serving at the altar, hopes to foster many vocations to the Catholic priesthood.
Thanks to the blessing of His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen was established at Saint John’s in 2009 to foster the vocation of ministering at the altar.
The aim of the Archconfraternity is 1) To encourage, positively and practically, the highest standards of serving at the Church’s liturgy and so contribute to the whole community’s participation in a more fruitful worship of God. 2) To provide altar servers with a greater understanding of what they are doing so that they may serve with increasing reverence and prayerfulness and thereby be led to a deepening response to their vocation in life. 3) To unite servers of different parishes and dioceses for their mutual support and encouragement.
Servers, please arrive in the sacristy no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the Mass. Find a substitute if you are unable to serve on an assigned date. Hang the cassocks and surplices neatly after using them.
Contact Br. Mark Visconti, SJC, at 312 243 7373 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To see times for Mass, Divine Office and Devotions at St. John Cantius, seeLiturgical and Devotional Schedule »
Visit SanctaMissa, the Online Tutorial for learning the 1962 Roman Missal.The parishioners of St. John Cantius love the Latin Liturgy. They see in the Sacred Rites of the Church an intrinsic beauty that has a transformative power over the soul. The Bride of Christ, the Catholic Church, understands the sacramental nature of her own liturgy, and so our Holy Mother the Church understands that beauty in liturgical gestures and monuments can reflect the beauty of God and direct the faithful towards God. This is why Catholic liturgy is enriched by an atmosphere rich with “smells and bells.” This is why the founding parishioners of St. John Cantius made great sacrifices to build a majestic parish church, replete with sacred art, meant to last for generations to come.
The Roman Liturgy enjoys, in particular, a long and glorious tradition of sacred music, which Vatican II calls “a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than any other art.” Catholics, therefore, are called, not just to sing at Mass, but to sing the Mass. At St. John Cantius a deep appreciation of sacred music is fostered. Sacred chant and polyphony, along with sacred organ music are a regular part of the liturgies of St. John Cantius Parish.
But just as the planets rotate about the sun, the hours of the Divine Office revolve around the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, sanctifying every hour of the day and night. And so the faithful are called to join the members of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in singing daily the official prayer of the Church, the Divine Office. The Divine Office unceasingly chants the Davidic Psalter and joins the ceaseless singing of the choirs of angels.
In addition to the Mass and Office, the traditional customs, novenas, and devotions that accompany the seasons of the liturgical year, enhance the liturgical life of the parishioners of St. John Cantius Church. This devotional life fosters a deep love of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, as well as devotion to the saints, who are the friends of God.
The life of St. John Cantius Parish revolves around the celebration of the sacraments. The Second Vatican Council describes the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist as the “source and summit of the Christian Life.” (Lumen Gentium 11). The other sacraments are oriented toward the Sacrament of the Eucharist. “For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”(Presbyterorum ordinis 5).
Each of the sacraments also gives a special grace if we receive them with the right dispositions. Therefore, the people of St. John Cantius are encouraged to frequently receive the Sacrament of Confession in order that they might be well disposed to receive the other sacraments in a state of grace.
The traditional Baltimore Catechism tells us that “a sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to impart grace.” There are seven sacraments:
- Holy Eucharist
- Extreme Unction-Anointing of the Sick
- Holy Matrimony
- Holy Orders
Traditionally, the Church speaks about the Sacraments of the Living and the Sacraments of the Dead. Baptism and Penance are called sacraments of the dead because their chief purpose is to give the supernatural life of sanctifying grace to souls spiritually dead through sin. Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony are called sacraments of the living because their chief purpose is to give more grace to souls already spiritually alive through sanctifying grace. He who knowingly receives a sacrament of the living in mortal sin commits a mortal sin of sacrilege, because he treats a sacred thing with grave irreverence. (I Corinthians 11:27)
Photos for St John Cantius Church – *Genesis 28, 17 – He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
St John Cantius Church – Chicago – *Genesis 28, 17 – He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” — from the cornerstone of St. John Cantius Church.
St John Cantius Church – Chicago – Awesome is this place. it is the House of God and the Gate of Heaven! Genesis 28, 17 — from the cornerstone of St. John Cantius Church.