Saint John Cantius Church

825 N Carpenter St Chicago

Chicago Blue Line Stop/Saint John Cantius Church
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Among the houses and buildings of the neighborhood, there is one tall structure that looks almost out of place. It’s Saint John Cantius Church, a place of worship founded by Polish immigrants at the end of the 1800s. It is the closest Polish style cathedral to downtown, and its baroque interior is still the same as it was when the church was first built.

Saint John Cantius Church, named after the Polish saint patron of teachers, students, priests, and pilgrims, prides itself on utilizing the arts as a means to connect people to the word of God. They have several programs and events focusing on sacred music and chorales, as well as seasonal art displays depicting religious figures and representations of biblical imagery. At times, there are musical or drama performances of Christianity related pieces. Throughout the week, the church holds the peculiar Tridentine High Mass, which was usually celebrated before the second Vatican council, fully in its original Latin. On Sundays, there are both English and Latin ordinary masses, as well as another celebration of the Tridentine mass, all featuring chants ranging from the classic Gregorian, passing through Renaissance age or modern ones that follow the tradition of Roman rite chorales.

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Don't be discouraged from seeing a service in Latin if you don't understand the language. They do provide English translation but it is the experience itself that is rewarding. If you do attend Mass, it is recommended to go when they have a full choir and orchestra for an extra special experience. St. John Cantius Church also has confession available almost all day every day if you need to get something off your chest.

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