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St. Mary of the Assumption
310 E. 137th Street

Pastor: Father John L. Harvey
Masses: Saturdays 4:30 p.m./ Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m.
Seating capacity: 750
Phone: (708) 568-1611
Merged parish founded: 1886

Photo By: Sandy Bertog

Parish Pride
by Dolores Madlener

St. Mary of the Assumption
310 E. 137th Street

If Chicago is "the city that works," St. Mary of the Assumption on the far Southeast Side is "the parish that works together." Its parishioners are Caucasian, African- American, Hispanic and Asian. They say they look out for each other. Cultural events within special Sunday Masses celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dr. Martin Luther King, St. Patrick and Our Lady of Czestochowa. During Lent a weekly "Soup and ..." will include a spiritual reflection or teaching on some particular topic. This third church, dedicated by Cardinal Samuel Stritch in 1957, with stained glass windows by local artist Richard Sendzik, welcomes folks from Riverdale, Dolton and Chicago. Former parishioners often come back from Indiana and Orland Park. A new liturgical dance troupe is being formed in its religious ed program, and a food pantry serves 300 persons monthly. Much of the parish's vitality radiates from faithful eucharistic adoration twice a month.