The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. the visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1131).
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.
Madonna della Strada Chapel and Rosary Chapel at Saint Joseph Hall at the Lake Shore Campus, and All Saints Chapel at the Water Tower Campus are not parish churches and we do not offer the Sacrament of Baptism to children (Code of Canon Law 857 para. 2).
For Loyola students who have never been baptized, Loyola University 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.
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 rites are liturgical celebrations that mark several important steps along one’s spiritual journey:
- The Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate – The worshiping community officially welcomes those who make a formal response to Christ’s call to conversion.
- The Enrollment of Names – At the beginning of Lent, the bishop makes an official list of the names of those who desire to be baptized on Easter.
- Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation – During the Great Vigil of Easter, those who have been prepared are Baptized and/or Confirmed and receive their first Holy Communion.
In between these important liturgical celebrations, there are several periods of time that give people opportunities to grow in their understanding of the Catholic Faith and in their relationship to Christ and the local worshiping community.
- Inquiry – There will be several informal opportunities when people can receive information about Christian Initiation and becoming Catholic.
- Catechumenate – For several months when classes are in session, catechumens (literally, “learners") meet weekly online or in person to listen, learn, and respond to presentations about the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Faith.
- Purification and Enlightenment – During Lent, those who will be baptized focus on conversion, and the worshiping community offers special prayers for them.
- Mystagogy – Those who received the Sacraments on Easter, continue to grow in their faith during the Easter season.
The RCIA is designed for any of the following 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 or in person instruction per week when classes are in session, in addition to attending Mass together, after the chapel reopens.
For more information, please contact Dr. John Paul Salay.
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. The classes will be online or in person, depending on the status of reopening the Univeristy. Confirmation will be scheduled for a Sunday Mass, pending the bishop’s approval.
Loyola students who meet all of 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 of the above requirements or if you are not Catholic please see the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (see above).
For more information, please contact Dr. John Paul Salay.
The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church's life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1407).
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.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation ("Confession") is celebrated in Madonna della Strada Chapel's reconciliation room, which is located at the north-west corner of the building.
Due to the COVID pandemic, there are currently no opportunities for Confession at the Chapel.
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.
From the website http://www.foryourmarriage.org/
Loyola University Chicago is happy to offer Madonna della Strada Chapel as a place to celebrate weddings within the Roman Catholic liturgy.