Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.
 Isaiah 40:31


Our New Church Sanctuary

St. Peter Damian
Church Family
Pope Francis


Pope Francis is a great model of gospel living for us. One way we can all mark his visit to the United States this month is by praying for him every time we eat a meal and remembering the Holy Father in our morning and evening prayers. Pray for his health and safety, that his teachings bring more people the light of Christ, and that we might follow his lead and live a merciful life of real discipleship. We might also pray for the families around the world to experience the everlasting love of God. Amen! 

For more detailed information about Papal Visit please click here.

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The Chili's Pepper Partner Fundraiser

Enjoy dining at Chili’s from 9/1/15 to 11/30/15, supporting our Lifelong Faith Formation: children, teens, adults.  Participating Chili’s locations will donate 15% (excluding tax) of your total dine-in or carry-out bill to St. Peter Damian.  It’s simple to participate, just bring in a voucher and present it when paying for your order.  Vouchers can be found here in the link below, on the bulletin boards in the vestibule of the Church, or in all parish offices.  Feel free to copy and distribute vouchers as you like, just not on Chili’s property.



Precious Tots Preschool

Like no other, our preschool is a rich environment that encourages children to observe, be active, make choices, imagine and experiment; helps children to develop socially and emotionally, and foster a positive attitude toward life; engages children to expand their problem solving skills, logical thinking, verbal communication, beginning reading and writing, and make-believe play, provides faith based learning to experience the love of God.

Please call Kristen Dompke at
630-974-7733 or email

For more information visit this link


Do you do weekly grocery shopping or gas up on a regular basis? Do you like to give gift cards as gifts for holidays and special events? Do you enjoy giving back to your church community? Now you can purchase gift cards to shop until you drop, all  while raising money for your church! How you ask? Shop with Scrip. Scrip is a no-selling program that allows families to raise money for their Parish. Scrip is just another way to pay for everyday purchases using gift cards in place of cash, checks, and credit cards. When you use scrip gift cards at your favorite retailers, you’re fundraising while you shop. Great Lakes Scrip Center offers over 300 of the country’s biggest brands, including grocery, department stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, home improvement, and more. Just by using scrip to pay for your normal weekly purchases you can help raise money for the needs of St. Peter Damian’s Lifelong Faith Formation Program. You can contact the Fundraising Coordinator 630-837-5411 or visit the Parish website for more information.

Family Order Form

What is Scrip Flyer


Saturday  5:00 pm Sunday 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 am & 6:00 pm in Polish

My many thanks to all who were greatly involved in our renovation of the Church Sanctuary. First of all, I want to thank Rich Paulsen, who managed the whole project from the architectural drawings to the final completion. In addition our parish staff also helped a great deal, especially Joel Hendrickson. The collaboration between many different companies and the Facilities & Construction Dept. of the Archdiocese of Chicago has proven very fruitful and positive. In a special way, I thank Steve Gross who was overseeing our project from the archdiocesan point of view.  I am grateful to all the Village of Bartlett inspectors for their professional work. There was also a lot of work with cleaning of our entire church. Dust was all over. And the West Suburbs Maid Brigade did an awesome job. I am very happy to thank the owners, our parishioners Jeff & Ann Bartel. And finally, I admire the work Arthur and Paul did from ProFinishGroup for so beautiful and sacred Altar, the Ambo, and the Altar of Repose. But most of all,  I give praise to our loving Father for his blessings upon our entire parish.  Fr. Walter     

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.”

Finally, the renovation our church sanctuary has been completed . The new design better utilizes the space and provides many benefits:

Placing the cross and the tabernacle in the sanctuary as our center of attention during the mass. 

Emphasizing the significance of the Holy Spirit in the Eucharist in the form of a Holy Spirit Dove Stained Glass. 

Having an extended stained glass soffit to remind us of the inspiration that comes from God. 

On the right side of the sanctuary there will be a new sacristy with a glass door On the left side of the sanctuary there will be a new reconciliation room with a glass door 

Providing more prominent space for two new shrines: Blessed Virgin Mary and St Joseph. 

Replacing the chairlift on the left side with a handicapped ramp. 

Designating more space for our choir, piano, organ, and other musicians. 

Greater family space for the sacrament of Baptism. 

Flexible space for church events like The Shroud of Turin and Mary Magdalene's relic. 

Additional seating.

The renovation of our church sanctuary began on Monday, May 18th. All weekend masses were celebrated in Hardy Hall beginning the weekend of May 23/24.

Our new sanctuary has been blessed on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at 7:45 am Mass. The Altar was consecrated by Bishop Rassas. We are moving forward. Thank you for your cooperation, prayers, and generous spirit. 

As our SPD choirs and ensembles have taken some well-deserved time off during the summer, we express our appreciation for their great contribution to our liturgies by leading us in song and inspiring our participation. Summer is coming to an end, but our music ministry is just beginning another year together!  Choirs & Ensembles will resume the week of Labor Day.  Please consider joining the fun with these joy-filled music groups.  There is something for everyone!  Children's Choir, Teen Band, SPD Singers (formerly Adult Choir), One Voice Ensemble, Faithnotes Ensemble, Cantors & Musicians - thank you for all your heartfelt giving of talent and time.


One Voice Contemporary Ensemble:  Open to a mix of adult singers and intermediate instrumentalists and beyond, such as guitar, and percussion, string and wind instruments.  Rehearsals- most Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:00pm.  Masses- once a month at 5:00pm on Saturdays.  For more info, please contact Michele Nanto:

"Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity."  Edwin Hubbel Capin      Faithnotes Ensemble: (By invitation)  Adult folk-style acoustic ensemble.  Rehearsal times vary.  Masses are normally once a month, usually Saturdays at 5:00pm.  For more info, please contact Michele Nanto:

SPD Singers (previous adult choir)   Any male or female, *high school age* or older who is willing to collaborate with the director and other members of the choir to enhance the liturgy through music.   No previous experience is necessary. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:45 - 8:30pm.  Masses are twice a month.  Most music is taken from our Breaking Bread series and accompanied by piano. For further information, please contact Jen Holcomb:

Children’s Choir:   Boys and girls, grades 2 - 8 who are comfortable reading.  No previous experience reading music or singing is necessary.  Cantors are chosen from within the choir and trained  by the director based on musical skill, maturity and confidence leading the congregation.   Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30pm.  Masses are twice a month.  For further information, please contact Jen Holcomb:

Teen Band: Open to a mix of teen singers and intermediate instrumentalists. Ages-13 and up.  Rehearsals-usually 2nd Sunday of each month from 12-1:30pm.  Masses- usually the 3rd Sunday of each month at 11am.  Cantors are trained by the director based on musical skill and interest/confidence leading the congregation. For more info, please contact Jennifer McCabe:

Cantors: Anyone interested in being a cantor must be auditioned by a member of the music ministry team.  Please contact Jen Holcomb by email or after mass if you are interested in auditioning.


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:

1. Make one-time donations or easily set-up recurring gifts based on the convenience of         your schedule,
2. Unable to attend services? You can now donate anytime, anywhere, 
3. Access your E-Giving history anytime, anywhere and have it available for tax time
    without waiting for us to mail it to you, 
4. All of your banking data is 100% secure and no banking information is stored by the church
5. Register online for upcoming events through E-Giving quickly and easily 24/7.
Please feel free to contact us in the church office for more information on this wonderful service or
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Parish Registration Update
We are asking all registered parishioners to update their family information and provide your email address. We would like to begin communicating through email in order to communicate more effectively and save paper and postage. You can email the information to the parish office at
Daily Readings

Weekend Masses in the Church    
Saturdays at 5:00 PM
Sundays at 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 AM
and 6:00 pm in Polish
Daily Mass in the Chapel    
Mass: 8:30 am
Monday through Friday
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 -3:30 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am -9:00 pm
Wednesday: 3:00 pm -9:00 pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 8:30 am -3:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am -1:00 pm

Parish Transformation Implementation