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Canonization Celebration at FHM on April 27, 2014

 Five Holy Martyrs Parish plans “Night Vigil” 

to celebrate the Canonization of

Blesseds Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII

        Five Holy Martyrs Parish, 4301 S. Richmond St., in Chicago, is planning to celebrate the Canonization of Blesseds Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII on April 27, 2014 - Divine Mercy Sunday - with a “Night Vigil” in our church.

       The event, coordinated in association with the Polish Highlander Alliance of North America and the Solidarity Circle of Chicago, will begin at midnight and will include the recitation of the rosary, poems about Pope John Paul II, solo and choral performances, and organ and Polish Highlander folk music. We are pleased to have the following people take part and perform in the “Night Vigil” celebration: Jan Zoltek, Miroslawa Topor-Sojka, Bogdan Pawlikowski, Witold Socha, Adam Chlebek, Jozef Bafia, Polish Highlander String Ensemble, and members of the Polish Highlander opera “John Paul II in the Highlands”.

       There will be a short break at 2:00 a.m. for coffee, pastries, and snacks in the Bishop Abramowicz parish hall. At exactly 3:00 a.m. the live transmission of the Canonization Mass in Rome, courtesy of TV Trwam, will be broadcast on jumbotron screens in the church. Immediately upon conclusion of the transmission, a Mass will be celebrated in our church to fulfill the Sunday obligation with veneration of the relic of Pope John Paul II. The normal Sunday Mass schedule will then follow with Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.; with an additional Mass at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate the feast of the Divine Mercy.

       It is our great honor to announce that the 9:00 a.m. Mass will be celebrated by Most Rev. Alberto Rojas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, with participation by members of our parish Pro-Life Group, Holy Name of Jesus Society, Catholic War Veterans Post #500, Scout Troop #465 & Pack #3465, and the students of Pope John     Paul II Catholic School. After the Mass there will be the opportunity to venerate the relic of Saint John Paul II.

       Pope John Paul II holds a special place in the hearts and homes of the people of Five Holy Martyrs parish, as well as the Brighton Park community, because he celebrated a Mass on October 5, 1979 at a special altar that was erected in our parish parking lot specifically for his visit. The Mass was attended by thousands of people who crowded the lot and the streets before dawn just to catch a glimpse of our Holy Father and be a part of that historical day.

       The main part of this altar still remains in our lot and a Mass commemorating the anniversary of Pope John Paul II‘s visit is celebrated at this altar every year on the first Sunday of October. The Pope John Paul II Centrum Committee of our parish has raised over $70,000 so far, and continues raising funds, in order to renovate this altar to make it a more permanent fixture in our community, where one can come to and honor Pope John Paul II in prayer. The first phase of this project began on March 19 – the feast of St. Joseph.

       Other notable remnants of that Mass include the Papal chair and processional cross. The Papal chair was carved from wood by an artist and former parishioner, Jerzy Simon Kenar. It was used by Pope John Paul II during the October 5, 1979 Mass, thus now making it a secondary relic. It can be viewed at the main entrance to the church. The ten foot processional cross was carved by a professional wood carver and former parishioner, John Jachymiak. It was carried in the procession during the 1979 Mass and is now located in the priest’s sacristy in our church. These items are prized treasures of the parish.

       On September 24, 2011, Five Holy Martyrs parish was very fortunate to have received a primary relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II from His Eminence, Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz, the Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, and the former personal secretary to Pope John Paul II. The relic is a drop of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s blood on a cloth protected by a lunula, a small, round glass encasement. The lunula has been mounted into a reliquary, a vessel in which a relic is held and exposed.

       Since receiving this relic, Five Holy Martyrs parish celebrates and honors the life of Pope John Paul II every first Sunday of the month by sharing interesting facts, stories, and poems about him in a special bulletin insert; by offering up our petitions to God through his intercession and venerating his relic at the 9:00 a.m. English and the 11:00 a.m. Polish Masses; reciting the prayer for his canonization as a community of believers; and finally by receiving a special blessing with the relic at the end of Mass.

       All past parishioners, neighbors and friends are cordially invited to join us for this once in a lifetime Canonization Mass celebration at Five Holy Martyrs church beginning at midnight on April 27, 2014. There are no tickets required to attend this event and it will be general seating on a first come basis.

       For more information about the Canonization Mass celebration or the renovation of the outdoor Papal Altar, please contact Five Holy Martyrs parish office at (773) 254-3636, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


Parish Office Hours
Please Visit our main Office at
Immaculate Conception Church
2745 West 44th street

9:00 AM to 8PM

Tuesday - Friday

9:00AM - 9:00PM


8:30AM- 5:30PM

Five Holy Martyrs Office 773-254-3636
Main Office 773-523-1402


In Memoriam
Magdaleno Raymundo, 82
     Deceased 6/17/2019
     Husband of Gloria Raymundo
     Father of Oscar, Alejandro,
          Gustavo, Eddie & Marisela
Richard J. Maciuszek, 89
     Deceased 6/12/2019
     Son of the late Stanley
          & the late Sophie Maciuszek
     Brother of Eugene &
          the late Joseph, the late Bruno, 
          the late Thaddeus, the late Frank,
          the late Victor, the late Walter,
          the late Edward, the late Stephanie,
          & the late Leonard
Maria de Jesus Ruiz, 57
     Deceased 6/5/2019
     Mother of Llesica, Llanderin
          & the late Maria
Margarita Ramirez, 83
     Deceased 6/3/2019
     Wife of the late Jose Ramirez
     Mother of Alfonso, Jose, Ramon,
          Ana Maria & Maria Isabel                                                                                               
Jacek "Jack" Wojcik, 53
     Deceased 4/25/2019
     Son of Stanisław & Daniela Wojcik
     Brother of the late Waldemar Wojcik
     Husband of Urszula Wojcik
     Father of Cynthia, Veronique
          & Violeta
John Hummel, 48
     Deceased 3/25/2019
     Son of the late Raymond Hummel
         & Maryann Hummel
Marion Niedospial, 90
     Deceased 3/11/2019
     Brother of Casimir Niedos
Zofia Bystrek, 62
     Decaesed 1/12/2019
     Wife of the late Bogdan Bystrek
     Mother of Malgorzata
Rev. Wojciech Baryski SChr, 79
     Deceased 1/3/2019
     (Puszczykowo, Poland)
     Former Pastor of
          Five Holy Martyrs Parish from
Helen Troska, 97
     Deceased 1/1/2019
     Mother of Robert Klimek
Maria Perez, 105
     Deceased 11/27/2018
     Mother of Jose, Brigido, Fulgencio,
          Altagracia, Julieta, Juanita, Reyna,
          Maria, the late Merced, & the late
David Quiroz, 33
     Deceased 11/13/2018
     Son of the late James Quiroz
     & Natalie Quiroz
     Father of Arianna, Izabella & Damian
Mary Ann Spanski, 87
     Deceased 11/6/2018
     Wife of the late Henry Spanski
     Mother of Marilyn, Evelyn, Steven,
          Ellen, Nancy & Grace
Andrzej Chmenia, 82
     Deceased 10/24/2018
     Husband of Ludwina Chmenia
     Father of Antoni & Stanley
Kazimiera Sulkowski, 89
     Deceased 10/22/2018
     Wife of the late Josep Sulkowski
     Mother of Lucyna, Zuzanna,
          Thaddeus & Richard
Eleanore P. Brasky, 96
     Deceased 9/26/2018
     Wife of the late Edmund J. Brasky
     Mother of Theodore, Randal,
          Daniel, Terrence & Edmund
Stanisław Dyngosz, 80
     Deceased 9/22/2018
     Husband of Leokadia Dyngosz
     Father of Krzysztof & Wiola
Joann Smith, 70
     Deceased 9/6/2018
     Mother of Rachel
Gonzalo Vazquez, 27
     Deceased 8/20/2018
     Son of Marco Antonio Munoz &
          Ana Maria Vazquez
     Father of Isaiah, Javier, Julian,
          Jacob, Elizabeth, Ava,
          Ariana & Dalia
Denise Storcz, 67
     Deceased 8/6/2018
     Pre-School Teacher at
     Pope John Paul II Catholic School
     Daughter of the late Stanley &
          the late Lillian Storcz
     Sister of Richard
Jesse R. Nava, 69
     Deceased 8/4/2018
     Father of Jessica & Melissa
Marek Antolak, 45
     Deceased 7/30/2018
     Stepson of Zofia Antolak
Urszula Gierlak, 91
     Deceased 7/13/2018
     Wife of the late Alexander Gierlak
     Mother of John, Bozena & Lucy
Richard T. Czerniak, 88
     Deceased 6/10/2018
     Husband of Gertrude Czerniak
     Father of Thomas, Judith
          Valerie, David & Richard II
Frank Mogelnicki
     Deceased 5/2018
Josephine Sadley-Stachyra, 93
     Deceased 4/8/2018
     Mother of Rev. Kenneth & Gerilynn
Rose Marie Stalman, 85
     Deceased 3/28/2018
     Daughter of the late Joseph
     & the late Clara Stelmachowski
Emily Bzdel, 68
     Deceased 3/15/2018
     Wife of Antoni Bzdel
     Mother of Adam & Wieslaw
Ann Barashas, 105
     Deceased 3/2/2018
     Wife of the late Alex Barashas
Edward Bogus, 99
     Deceased 2/4/2018
     Husband of the late Mary Bogus
     Father of Sharon, Shirley,
          the late Sheila, & Edward G.
Julia Hebda, 89
     Deceased 1/7/2018
     Daughter of the late Peter
     & the late Agnes Hebda
Wiesława Rzadkowska, 82
     Deceased 11/20/2017 (Poland)
     Wife of the late Jan Rzadkowski
     Mother of Urszula, Mark, Peter
          & Joanna
Aloysius Lustofin, 77
     Deceased 10/29/2017
     Son of the late Alojzy & the late
     Mary Lustofin
     Brother of Mary, Christine & Stella
Irene Tomasiewicz, 90
     Deceased 10/24/2017
     Wife of the late Stanley Tomasiewicz
     Mother of Patricia, Donna, Denise
          & the late Debbie
Frank Moron, Sr., 96
     Deceased 9/28/2017
     Husband of Margarita Moron
     Father of Frank, Gloria,
          Linda, Susan & Mario
Sylvia Mizerka, 86
     Deceased 9/11/2017
     Wife of the late Robert Mizerka
     Mother of Deborah
Kenneth Walsh, 87
     Deceased 9/9/2017
     Husband of the late Alice Walsh
     Father of Mary & Michael
Walter Guzy, 101
     Deceased 8/31/2017
     Husband of the late Josephine Guzy
     Father of Diane & Carol
Theresa Rzeszutko, 86
     Deceased 8/17/2017
     Wife of the late Stanley Rzeszutko
     Mother of Katherine, Barbara
          & Kenneth
Genowefa Zalewska, 87
     Deceased 7/27/2017
     Wife of the late Stanisław Zalewski
     Mother of Stanisława Danuta,
          Stanisława, the late Andrzej
          & the late Tadeusz
Nancy Gacki, 61
     Deceased 6/10/2017
     Daughter of the late Bruno
          & the late Harriet Gacki
Arleen Hildebranski, 83
     Deceased 5/5/2017
     Wife of Joseph Hildebranski
     Mother of Felicia, Lawrence,
          Christine & Valerie
Władysław Zolnik, 77
     Deceased 4/28/2017
     Husband of Genowefa Zolnik
     Mother of Wes, Krzysztof,
          Wojciech & Sebastian
Robert J. Kaczmarek, 51
     Deceased 4/21/2017
     Husband of Irena T. Kaczmarek
Maria M. Mechlinska, 91
     Deceased 3/6/2017
     Wife of the late Jerzy Mechlinski
     Mother of Marek
Barbara Kopsky, 71
     Deceased 3/1/2017
     Wife of the late Lawrence Kopsky
     Mother of Jeffrey & Christopher
Mary Ann Sikorski, 74
     Deceased 2/14/2017
     Wife of Ronald Sikorski
     Mother of Lisa
Józef Maśnica, 87
     Deceased 2/14/2017
     Husband of Wanda Maśnica
     Father of Stanisława, Kazimierz
          & Krzysztof
Franciszek Kopeć, 74
     Deceased 1/3/2017
     Husband of Anna Kopeć
     Father of Piotr, Wojciech,
          Beata & Renata


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