Welcome to our St. Peter Damian Parish Website!



Lent summons us, 
and enables us, 
to come back to the Lord 
and in every aspect of our life.

-- Pope Francis  


              Lent Fast & Abstinence                  

  Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

Fasting is obligatory from age 18 until age 59 on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal.  Abstinence from meat is binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.



Join us for Soup & Prayer on the following Thursday evening:

Fellowship Hall from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

March 22nd (Guest speaker- Fr. John Kartje)

(Fr. John Kartje is the Rector of Mundelein Seminary and President of the University of the St. Mary of the Lake, Ph. D. in Astro Physics from the University of Chicago, Sacred Theology Doctorate in Bible from the Catholic University of America and a recognized scholar in the area of Faith and Science.)

We will be breaking bread, serving up bowls of hearty soup and listening to a guest speaker who will lead us on our Lenten Journey.

We ask that you register for each week individually by calling the parish office.


The Stations of the Cross will be taking place in the Chapel on the following Fridays:

March 16th at 7:00 pm

March 23rd at 7:00 pm

March 30th at 3:00 pm (Main Church)





There will not be any Children's Liturgy of the Word until Sunday, April 8th.

In working together with our Renew My Church grouping; St. Peter Damian, St. Ansgar and St. John the Evangelist invited parishioners to take part in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land  February 19th-February 28th.  Parishioners from all the parishes spent time together seeing the land where Jesus walked and praying together.  Below are some wonderful pictures of the group taking in some of the sights.





Join us for our St. Joseph's Day Sweet Table on Sunday, March 18th after all the Masses in the Hardy Hall coffee & meeting rooms.  We ask that you please register in the vestibule after masses or call the parish office during business hours.  If you would like to consider contributing a non-perishable baked good or bread for this feast please let us know when you register.


First Annual "Family Ministry" Egg Hunt

Please join St. Peter Damian for our very first Family Ministry event!  We are having an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 25 at 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.  This event is for children aged 2 and up.  The egg hunt will be set up on the lawn by the Chapel and Rectory.

Games, cookies, cupcakes and light refreshments will follow in Fellowship Hall (lower level of the Chapel). Tickets are $2 per child and $5 for families with 3 or more children.  This event has limited number of spaces available and tickets are required to participate.

**All children registered will receive 5 "free" tickets to play games in Fellowship Hall.  Tickets will also be on sale 1 ticket for 25 cents or 5 tickets for $1.00.**

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning March 10th after all masses and then at the parish office during our business hours.

If there are any teens or parents interested in volunteering please contact Roxanne at the parish office at 630-837-5411 or by clicking the email link Easter Egg Hunt Volunteer.


Come and Meet Me

Make sure to bring the kids to visit our special guest, Squiggy!  He will be here on Sunday, March 25th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Children will be able to sit on the donkey, take pictures, pet and feed the donkey.

Jesus rode a donkey to Jerusalem one day.  He was put upon the cross to take our sins away.  The cross cast a shadow on the donkey's back, to remind us of the debt that Jesus paid.


Bible Study Group

Come join our bible study group!  The meetings are held at two different times on Wednesday at 9:10 am after morning Mass in Fellowship Hall, lower level of the Chapel and 7:00 pm in the Resource Center, lower level of the Rectory.  The bible student will be topical focusing on objective study of a certain teaching of the Catholic Church.  This will be coupled with a reflective approach using Lecto Divina (Divine Reading) as a tool to integrate what we learn in our lives and encounter God through the scriptures.

Bible Study Dates for the Month of March:

 March 21, March 28 (Only the AM session will meet)





We are the Faith Formation Confirmation Students who are partnering with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to kick off the Share His Love Food and Fund Drive for 2018.   

Many of the recent service projects we have participated in have involved giving back to our community by helping the less fortunate.  Now we are asking for your help to feed our friends and neighbors.  In 2015, one in six children was at risk of hunger.  

Help us change the course of hunger by contributing your monetary or edible donations from February 14th through March 17th.  

Canned goods and other non-perishable foods (no glass containers, please) can be dropped off in the collection boxes located in the vestibule or in the Faith Formation office.  May God bless all of you for your kindness and generosity.

If you would like to donate online please click the link below:







Fifth Sunday of Lent
Father, Forgive Them

The promise made by the LORD in the first reading is very bold. He says that all people shall know him, without having to be taught by others. The way people will know Him is through forgiveness of their sins. Remember, he is speaking to the Israelites: When they broke a commandment or law, they were isolated from the community. So the promise that God would place his law in their hearts meant they would be free to do God's will because they want to, not because they were feared punishment or rejection.
Jesus says something similar in today's gospel. He tells the disciples that his crucifixion would draw everyone to him. Now, Jesus' death showed that he took on the punishment for sins in place of us, who deserve it. By dying on the cross, Jesus shows how much God loves us. By rising from the dead, he shows that we can rise from sin to a new life of faith and love.
Getting back to the first reading, we experience that promise when we bring our sins to God. When we forgive people who have hurt us, we also help them to experience that love. We also help others to know God when we share or experience of being forgiven. The sacrament of Reconciliation gives us the assurance of God's forgiveness, as well as the experience. Along with the other sacraments, it helps us keep God's love in our hearts.








Hanover Township is providing free job and career assistance services to the Hanover Township community.

Are you needing assistance  with your job search? The Employment Support Center is here to help with one on one counseling appointments every Monday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Please visit the Hanover Township Community Center at:

7431 Astor Avenue

Hanover Park, IL. 60133

Phone: 630-540-9085 ext. 237 or Email: Employmentsupport@Hanover-Township.org


Action Plan

The people of St. Peter Damian Parish are on a lifelong faith journey.  Every day we will place our trust in a living God our Savior has revealed to us. His loving providence will be an integral part of our everyday life.  As His disciples we will allow the Holy Spirit to form us in the ways of the Word of God entrusted to the Church. We will be serving our brothers and sisters with more compassion and love. We will be celebrating His real presence in the Eucharist with more enthusiasm. We will be spending more of our personal and family time for prayer, the Holy Scriptures, and spiritual growth. We aspire to lead a life of virtue so as to evangelize more effectively, witness more courageously, and share the Gospel with more joy.

Spiritual growth is our priority. Invoking the strength of God’s grace, we will be steadfastly engaging all ages into ongoing catechesis within Lifelong Faith Formation. To know who Christ is, we will commit to all aspects of Catholic faith in a holistic, cross-generational and comprehensive way. Faith Formation will embrace our entire personal development:  human, intellectual, and spiritual. Being continuously formed into intentional disciples, we will make every effort to extend more biblical studies, service projects, ministries and events for all ages, training programs, interdisciplinary learning, and above all worship in truth and spirit. 

Giving glory to God makes us fully alive. We will be an intensely alive community sharing God’s gifts. We will be on fire to “go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28: 19-20) We will proclaim the greatness of the Lord and deeply rejoice in all God’s blessings. We will passionately share time, talent, and treasure. We will be hospitable and inviting. We will appreciate diversity among people. By Jesus’ Gospel, we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. We will be fully alive in Christ and in our community.

We realize that this path will be challenging, but we will always remember the words of St. Peter Damian, our parish Patron: “Do not be depressed. Do not let your weakness make you impatient. Instead, let the serenity of your spirit shine through your face. Let the joy of your mind burst forth. Let words of thanks break from your lips.”





Lifelong Faith Formation  

LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION is comprehensive (embraces all aspects of Catholic faith), holistic (approaches entire personal development; human, intellectual, and spiritual), cross- generational (reaches out to every age and stage of life). It goes beyond religious education. It involves the celebration of the Eucharist. It calls us to serve our parish community. It encourages us to share our time, talent, and treasure. It recognizes the Holy Spirit in our life. It consists of: Elementary Faith Formation for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade,
Junior High Faith Formation for 7th and 8th Grade and Confirmation preparation, High School Faith Formation - T.R.U.T.H. Youth - TEENS Rally & Unite Through HIM! Young Adult Faith Formation for young adults ages 17-35, Adult Faith Formation invites us to be nourished by the Word of God and the Bread of Life to be witnesses of the Risen Christ.


Advantages of E-Giving

We would like to remind all who did not yet sign up to make contributions on-line that E-Giving is available!
Here are some of the benefits E-Giving provides for you:

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Weekend Masses in the Church    
Saturday at 5:00 PM
Sunday at 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 AM

For a Funeral set-up please call:
Daily Mass in the Chapel    
Mass: 8:30 am
Monday through Friday

For a Funeral set-up please call:
Sacrament of Reconciliation    
4:00 on Saturdays or by appointment
Office Hours    
Monday through Friday:
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Monday: 8:30 am -3:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am -8:30 pm
Wednesday: 3:00 pm -8:30 pm
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: 8:30 am -3:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am -12:00 pm