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Good Shepherd Church
2719 S. Kolin Ave.

Pastor: Father Marco A. Mercado
Masses: Sundays 8 & 11 a.m., English; 9:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 7 p.m., Spanish
Seating capacity: 650
Phone: (773) 762-2322
Merged parish founded: 1907

Photo By: Sandy Bertog

Parish Pride
by Dolores Madlener

Good Shepherd Church
2719 S. Kolin Ave.

Parishioners here have always been the kind who "hope all things, believe all things; endure all things." Many of its first Polish immigrants labored at nearby Western Electric, lived through two world wars, survived the flu epidemic of 1918 (their pastor died), and The Great Depression. Today's worship site was designed by Chester Tobolski and dedicated in 1969. Located on the west side of Little Village, it has now become home to a new wave of immigrants, mainly from Mexico. Looking toward its Centennial Mass Sept. 23 with Cardinal George, their bulletin is running excerpts about the parish "roots." It is a way to honor the founders and their descendants who still worship here. The future is fruitful: 60 per cent of its parishioners are under 25 years of age. Faith is alive from an adoration chapel, to a charismatic prayer group. For an even deeper appreciation of Good Shepherd, see their Web site: www.good-shepherdchicago.com.