St Martha Church 8523 Georgiana Ave, Morton Grove, IL60053 St Martha Church serves the community of Morton Grove through various Catholic and interfaith opportunities. It houses…More one large church building, one smaller church building, two parking lots and a rectory. Other organizations use the facilities for their own purposes, such as a Greek school on Saturdays. Religious education classes are available during weeknights.
St. Isaac Jogues is one of three large Catholic churches in Niles, and it serves the northern part of town. It offers…More a religious education program for the children of the parish, though it does not have a school.
The parish offers a full range of activities throughout the year, from an Our Lady of Knock Mass to honor Our Lady's appearance in Knock, Ireland in 1879, to an Italian St. Joseph Table in March, the Polish Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa in August and the Filipino celebration of Simbang Gabi in December.
"We are a very welcoming community," says the Rev. Chris Gustafson, pastor of Our Lady of Ransom, one of three large…More Catholic churches in Niles.
The congregation consists of a geographic mix (Niles, Park Ridge and unincorporated Des Plaines), a socioeconomic mix (middle class, upper middle class and blue collar) and an ethnic mix (Polish, Irish, Italian, Anglo, Filipino and Indian).
"Everyone comes together beautifully, and together we form a parish community," says the Rev. Gustafson.
The ethnic mix is reflected in the parish's celebration of such holidays as Simbang Gabi, a Filipino celebration, and Maria della Grotto, a regional Italian celebration.
The parish began in 1960, and parishioners celebrated its 50-year anniversary in August 2010. The church, which opened its doors in 1962, was remodeled in 2006. A video about the parish appears on its website.