There are many opportunities to worship at Loyola University Chicago. Both Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses offer multiple Mass times.
Madonna della Strada Chapel is Loyola University Chicago's main chapel and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except on holidays when the University is closed. As of March 20, 2020, the university is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The liturgy is the source of life and nourishment for our Christian life. Through worship at our liturgical celebrations we are linked to our common faith and sent into the world nourished and connected.
All Masses and liturgies at the chapel are cancelled until further notice.
March 20, 2020
Dear Madonna della Strada Faith Community,
Portions of this note below are also found in the Sunday, March 22 edition of the Madonna Times.
Be Still, and Know that I Am God
It is Saint Joseph Day, March 19, 2020 as I write this note to all of our readers of the Madonna Times and have in my ear this day and this week the words of Psalm 46:2 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in distress.” Over the past week I have not really been in distress, but I have had numerous moments of stress! First, let me share some information on practical aspects of our work with all of you in Madonna della Strada Chapel.
First, I had indicated to you last week that the chapel would remain open for private prayer. That has not been a possibility this week and the chapel will continue to remain closed at this time. The chapel is part of the larger university community and that larger community this week has been hard at work securing the departure of all of our students in the residence halls and ensuring the support for all those in the area, including staff and faculty. It is a monumental task that we have accomplished in just one short week and having the chapel closed has allowed staff to be dedicated to emergency support at this time. Another consideration is that we have not had adequate staff or time to ensure that high-touch surfaces are kept clean on a daily basis. I cannot fathom allowing people into the chapel to be put at risk for infection. I hope you can understand and support this decision.
Second, our chapel and campus ministry staff have had to prepare, learn, and figure out how to do our work remotely. Again, a major task for daily work that relies on meaningful relationship and contact with our students and community. I will also begin reaching out to couples with weddings scheduled in the chapel, I have not forgotten about you! A huge thanks to John Paul Salay and Cookie Krupa in Campus Ministry for their immense work this week to keep our contact and work in the chapel continuous.
Third, one of the first things I mentioned to John Paul, Fr. Thomas, and Fr. Michael, was for us to consider what we can do as a community to support our students, continue to pray, and how can we give thanks to God when we are all able to be with each other again, in person. These ideas are evolving. Please be patient. Knowing that there are numerous live streams and prayer opportunities popping up online, we have first focused on a couple areas. RCIA is our first priority and John Paul is now working with our Candidates to continue their formation for the Sacraments, just now they are doing it remotely. My work this week has been to tidy up reservations for our spaces to accurately reflect usage so that safety and cleaning personal can be deployed accurately and effectively. I have also had the monumental task of redoing syllabi and course material for organ lessons and schola. Third, we are now devoting energy to content we can provide on social media (check out our Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter @MadonnaChapel), tools for prayer on Sunday and holy days. I have been in contact with a lot of my colleagues throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago and the saving grace is we are all in this together and we are all sharing.
To sustain your faith during these difficult times, we will offer the complete text of the Liturgy of the Word for each Sunday in the Madonna Times e-bulletin, which is e-mailed to subscribers every Sunday morning. If you have not already done so, please subscribe online.
These last few days, the song with which we begin Taizé prayer each week has been swirling in my head and I hope in these days you are able to take some solace in the words of Psalm 46:11 “Be Still and Know that I am God.”
May God grant you peace, strength, and good health during this turbulent time.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Administrator of Madonna della Strada Chapel
Assistant Director of Campus Ministry
Loyola University Chicago
Click here for the Water Tower Campus Ministry Liturgy schedule and information page.
Every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. in Madonna della Strada Chapel during the fall and spring semesters.
Taizé Prayer is filled with song, scripture and silent meditation. It is based on the Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer and is modeled on the style as practiced in the Taizé Community in France. The sanctuary is candlelit the music is repetitive and chant-like. Those who attend regularly find a profound peace and tranquility in this style of prayer. This style of prayer began on our campus during the season of Lent in the year 2001.
Prayer is every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Visitors are always welcome!
Taizé Prayer is currently cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Taizé brothers are live-streaming their evening prayer from France everyday on Facebook. In Chicago, this is general in the mid-afternoon and can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/taize/
For more information, contact Steven Betancourt, Director of Music.
You may also visit the website for the Taizé Community.