St. Agatha's - Sharing Parish

St. Agatha on Chicago's West Side is our Sharing Parish.  We continually assist them throughout the year with monetary donations.  You can make donations online or at any of the Sunday masses.  Please be as generous as possible.

History of St. Agatha

Many years ago, Father Dominic Grassi of St. Josaphat and Father Mike Ivers of St Agatha created a sharing parish relationship between St. Josaphat and St. Agatha. Since 2007, Father Larry Dowling has been pastor at St. Agatha, and this year the church celebrates its 125th year anniversary which recently included mass with the Cardinal Blase Cupich:

“St. Agatha was the first church I visited after becoming archbishop because I heard so many good things about the place — the resiliency of the people but also their willingness not to dodge very important challenges facing their community today,” Cupich told the Sun-Times.

“It’s due to its leadership in Father Larry, who has the ability to not only be imaginative and bold but the ability to get people to work with each other. That has been the true magic,” the archbishop said.

St. Agatha Church is located in the North Lawndale neighborhood at 3147 W. Douglas Boulevard and Kedzie Avenue. It was founded in 1893 to serve Irish families who had moved into the area near Douglas Park on the west side of Chicago. Today, St. Agatha is a mostly African American parish serving families who live in the area bounded by the Baltimore and Ohio railroad tracks at Fillmore Street on the north; 16th Street from Lawndale to Spaulding Avenue and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad tracks from Spaulding Avenue to 18th Street on the south; Lawndale Avenue from Fillmore to 16th Street, and Spaulding Avenue from 16th Street to the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad tracks on the west; and Rockwell Street on the east.

Today and How You Can Get Involved

St. Agatha today has about 300 active parishioners and its mission resides in meeting the needs of its community. A few specifics:

1) The second Tuesday of every month, starting at 6:30 pm, St. Agatha hosts a community dinner and all are welcome. The focus of the gathering is education and group discussion on racism in our community. A number of parishioners have attended. Join us!

2) St. Agatha's budget covers the many outreach needs in its community, not just the operating budget for the parish. In 2016-2017, St. Josaphat contributed $3,225.00 to their missions. Would you like to add your support? In St. Josaphat's Give Central profile, select the event “For St. Agatha, Our Sharing Parish”: Give Central>St. Josaphat>St. Agatha

3) Would you like to get involved? There are many opportunities - donate to St. Agatha families on our annual Christmas Giving Tree, attending mass at St. Agatha, volunteering for one of their many outreach programs, supporting their inaugural family dance this fall, sharing school supplies, providing gift cards/incentives to support their family parenting programs, and more! Just visit their website or reach out to Kim Nugent and she will get you connected to Father Larry or one of the leaders in their community.

Father Larry recently shared the following article about efforts in their community: Click Here

Father Larry's 2017 Christmas Poem

In the faith of Simeon and Anna

That on God’s Promise they would gaze.


It draws me ever closer now

To the source of my submission

To a cave, a stable, a lowly manger 

Wherein lies a blessed vision…


Every longing for peace and justice

That all divisions be reconciled

All desire that death be vanquished

Through, with, in Him will be satisfied. 


The Child born for us, the Son we’re given,

Is our all in all, our everything.

May with every breath, with all our being,

We find fullness of life as we offer our lives

As gift to the newborn King!

Please reach out to Kim Nugent kimanugent@yahoo to learn more about St. Agatha

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