Mission and Vision
A Brief History
Our vision is to create a Catholic community that embraces our diverse backgrounds and cultures as a way to increase our ability to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who wish to open their hearts to God.
Our guiding principles are to spread joy and peace, service, opening our doors to everyone, and honoring Mary.
Rev Thomas Burke celebrated the very first Mass in this church on May 19, 1935. Santa Maria del Popolo (St. Mary of the People), named by Cardinal Mundelein after his titular church in Rome, was dedicated on September 22, 1935.
On September 5, 1950, a four-room school, built onto the church, was opened with an enrollment of 187 children. Four Sisters of St. Dominic were their teachers. In the Summer of 1952, Monsignor Peter Meegan was appointed pastor and during his time many parish ministries and activities were established. In September 1953, the convent was completed and occupied by the five Sisters teaching at Santa Maria School.
The school enrollment in 1959 - 1960 exceeded the 1000 mark and in 1962 a new church-school with ten classrooms was built where our church stands today. The new buildings were dedicated by Cardinal Meyer on May 3, 1964. In the late '60s, the first Spanish Mass was celebrated to accommodate the large growing numbers of Spanish-speaking migrant workers in the area.
In 1971, Rev John Lane was named pastor and after him Rev James Kinn was appointed Pastor. He oversaw the dedication of a new rectory in 1984. Most recently, a new Parish Center-gymnasium was constructed and it was dedicated on March 12, 2006 when Fr. Robert Aguirre was pastor. In November 2006, Fr. David Arcila, OCD became Parish Administrator. He became our Pastor in 2011.
The Rectory offices, Chapel, Parish Center, and Miscellaneous Facilities are located on the West side of Lake St.
The Main Church is located on the East side of Lake St. with parking on either side of the building.
Rev. David Arcila - Pastor
Phone: (847) 949-8300
Rev. Gerald O'Reilly - Associate Pastor
Phone: (847) 949-8300
Mrs. Donna Rothmann - Business Manager
Phone: (847) 990 6853
Mr. Zachary Martinez - Youth Minister and Pastoral Associate
Phone: (847) 990-6852
Mrs. Debbie Titus - Director of Music
Mrs. Aida Muñoz - Director of Religious Education
Phone: (847) 990-6865
Gaby Ochoa - Bulletin/Secretary
Phone: (847) 990-6851
Coco Elizarraga - Secretary/Data Entry
Phone: (847) 990-6854
e-mail : email@example.com
Parish Office Phone : (847) 949-8300
Parish Office Fax : (847) 949-2339
Office Hours : Monday - Friday - 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
(closed 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for lunch)
Saturday - 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sunday - Closed