The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1131).
Campus Ministry offers sacramental preparation for current Loyola University Chicago students who would like to prepare to receive Baptism, Confirmation, and/or First Communion at Madonna della Strada Chapel: see individual sacraments listed below.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is celebrated regularly when classes are in session. For times, please see the liturgy schedule.
To learn more about Weddings at the chapel, please see below.
Sacramental records for those who have received their Sacraments at Madonna della Strada Chapel after May 13, 2021, are recorded in our office. Please contact MDS@LUC.edu for more information.
If you are interested in getting involved with a variety of other programs in Campus Ministry, please fill out this interest form.
Campus Ministry does not offer Baptism for infants or children since Madonna della Strada Chapel, Rosary Chapel at Saint Joseph Hall, and All Saints Chapel at the Water Tower Campus are not parish churches (Code of Canon Law 857 para. 2).
For current Loyola students who have never been baptized, Campus Ministry offers the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (see below), which prepares students to receive this sacrament and to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.
In-person Classes will begin on September 12, 2021
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) refers to the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist as well as to other rituals that prepare adults who have never been baptized, or who have been baptized in a non-Catholic church, to receive these Sacraments and become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.
The RCIA is designed for any of the following current Loyola University students:
- Those baptized in a Protestant Church (e.g., Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, non-denominational, etc.)
- Baptized Catholics who have not received First Holy Communion or religious instruction
- Anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic Church
The time commitment is 90 minutes of online instruction per week when classes are in session, in addition to attending the 9:00 p.m. Sunday Mass together. To register for this year's classes or to learn more, please contact John Paul Salay.
If you are considering becoming Catholic or getting baptized, here are some things to do that will help you along your spiritual journey:
- Watch a short video about the Catholic Church
- Read the Bible readings from today's Mass
- Pray common Catholic prayers
- If you've already been baptized but are not Catholic, click here and check out this website.
- Learn more about Catholic teachings in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Confirmation Classes will begin in the Spring Semester 2022.
The sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated by an auxiliary bishop or the archbishop of Chicago during a Sunday Mass at Madonna della Strada Chapel. In preparation for receiving this sacrament, students must attend a free ten-week course, which includes a review of the important teachings of the Catholic Church, prayer and spiritual formation, and a personal analysis of one's own spiritual gifts. Confirmation will be scheduled for a Sunday Mass, pending the bishop’s approval. To register for these free classes,contact John Paul Salay.
Current Loyola students who meet all the following requirements are eligible for Confirmation at Madonna della Strada Chapel:
- Current Loyola University student
- Baptized Catholic -- a copy of the baptismal certificate must be provided
- Attended Catholic religious education classes (e.g., CCD or religion class in a Catholic grade school)
- Received First Holy Communion
If you do not meet all the above requirements or if you are not Catholic, please see the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (above).
For more information, please contact John Paul Salay.
At Loyola Univeristy Chicago, we have weekly and daily opportunities to celebrate the Eucharist. Please see our Liturgy Schedule for a Mass at one of our campuses.
Confessions at Loyola University will resume after August 23, 2021.
For more information about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, click here.
To learn how to make a good confession, click here.
If you are a current Loyola University student who is seriously ill or facing a major surgery and would like to receive this sacrament, please contact John Paul Salay.
A communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered during a weekday Mass in the spring semester, which will be announced in our weekly e-bulletin.
Loyola University Chicago is happy to offer Madonna della Strada Chapel as a place to celebrate weddings of Catholics within the Roman Catholic liturgy.
Catholics believe that marriage comes as a gift from the hand of God. The Catholic vision of marriage is rooted in Sacred Scripture and is expressed in the teachings and practices of the Church. It has these main elements:
- Marriage unites a couple in faithful and mutual love.
- Marriage opens a couple to giving life.
- Marriage is a way to respond to God’s call to holiness.
- Marriage calls the couple to be a sign of Christ’s love in the world.