Welcome to St. Michael in Old Town

Welcome to the website of historic St. Michael in Old Town. Our beautiful church has a rich history beginning before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In the present day, St. Michael’s is a vibrant parish of the Archdiocese of Chicago. We offer a wide range of opportunities for personal enrichment and mutual support in every parishioner’s faith journey. If you like what you see, please consider visiting us or maybe even registering in our parish right now.

In the Redeemer,
Fr. Ted Lawson, C.Ss.R. – Pastor

Religious Education

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A Prayer and APP for Life


Jubilee Year of Mercy

December 8, 2015 –
November 20, 2016

Click the image to the left for an explanation of the Year of Mercy logo.

Plenary Indulgence for the Observance of the
Jubilee of Mercy Holy Year.

Pope Francis has granted special Indulgences to the faithful who observe and take part in the celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy.  In this year, the Pope has noted, “we need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace.” By participating in any of the various observances of this Year, and while fulfilling the usual conditions (see below), one may gain this special Indulgence.

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Pathways, the Spiritual Resource Center of St. Michael's presents:

Life Map Workshop

“Reflecting on My Current Circumstances”
Wednesday, September 28
St. Michael’s Parish Center
1711 N. Cleveland
$30, including materials (scholarships available)

This experience is for you if you are:
-- seeking God in a deeper way.
-- in a season of transition, or at a crossroads in life.
-- curious to rediscover who you are through the eyes of God.
-- looking for ways to understand the restlessness you feel inside.
-- wondering "Is there something more?"

This adventure is best experienced in a small, safe group or individually with a mentor/spiritual director.

***Pre-registration required. For questions, to register or be added to an email list for future offerings, please contact: Susan Cass at (843)364-0552 or susan@sacredsoulfood.com

Facilitator: Susan Cass, a parishioner of St. Mike's, a Spiritual Director and a kundalini yoga and meditation teacher for over 15 years, has a lifelong interest in the connection of body/mind/spirit, the healing arts, and the power of storytelling.

Blessing of the Animals

October 1
10:00 a.m. in the Plaza

All are invited to bring their pets to this special blessing in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. All animals, large or small , are welcome although they must be leashed or caged as is needed for the safety of all. If you have questions feel free to call the Parish Office at 312-642-2498.

Treats for pets and their owners will be available.


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

An Introduction to the Catholic Faith

Join Fr. Ken Sedlak, C.Ss.R. and his team for St. Michael’s RCIA program every Wednesday. This program is for Catholics who wish to delve deeper into heir faith and for all non-Catholic who wish to become Catholic.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA program or would like more information, contact Fr. Ken Sedlak, C.Ss.R., kcssr148@gmail.com, or Christine Kordiuk, ckordiuk@st-mikes.org, or call 312-642-2498.

2016 School Supplies Drive

A Great Success - Thank You!

Many school children in the area will be returning to their classrooms this year with brand new school supplies thanks to the generosity of the parishioners at St. Michael church.  Thank you all so much for helping the Human Concerns and Needs Commission collect all of those notebooks, binders, pencils, pens, markers, crayons and other assorted  classroom necessities.  When we delivered the bags filled with those supplies, we were greeted with big smiles and lots of "Thank you's" from the teachers and the administrators. We really appreciate your support!

Bible Study Beginning


Join Fr. Joe Morin, C.Ss.R. on every Tuesday through October 25th at 7:00 p.m. for the series Parables of the Kingdom: Part Two. This series will be held in the Parish Center, enter throught the 1711 N Cleveland ave door. The cost for the materials is $15.

From the Introduction of the book: “ There is a saying among storytellers: “The story begins when the teller stops talking.” Jesus is a master teacher and a master storyteller. When we read the Synoptic Gospels, we see that much of Jesus’ teaching comes in story form, as parables. By their nature parables are meant to involve hearers and challenge them to change their perspective, their hearts, and their behavior. The parables invite us to live in a new way, in a way worthy of the Gospel.”

All are welcome to attend this Bible Study!

New Parishioner Dinner

Save the Date!

Thursday, September 29
Parish Center Cafe
6:00 p.m.

Have you registered as a parishioner of St. Michael in Old Town in the past year? If so, you are invited to join Fr. Lawson and the pastoral staff to officially welcome you to the parish family. There are no formal presentations or expectations, just have a lovely evening of cocktails, great food and opportunity to enjoy each other’s company.  Invitations will be going out soon, but we want you to mark your calendar NOW!

Taste and See…

the goodness of God, the blessings of God!

The Spiritual Living Commission invites you to come learn about St. Michael’s faith formation activities, and help us brainstorm what else we can be doing!

At this event you will hear directly from members of the parish about various activities like Contemplative Prayer, Spiritual Direction, Bible Study, Yoga, Faith Sharing, and more – helping de-mystify what exactly these things are, and the positive impact they can make in our daily lives.

We also welcome open discussion for brainstorming what activities people would like to see at St. Michael’s, and feedback on current offerings.

This is a no-pressure event about learning and sharing; while you will have the opportunity to express interest in these activities we don’t expect any commitment!

Two options to attend:
Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30pm in the Parish Center Café (wine and cheese!)
Sunday, October 16th at 10am in the Parish Center Café (coffee and pastries!)


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See mass times for our complete schedule at St. Michael in Old Town.

In the calendar listing below you will see the mass times, reconciliation, and devotion schedules.If you have questions please call the Parish Office at 312-642-2498.

Upcoming Events


1633 N Cleveland Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
Office: (312) 642-2498
Fax: (312) 642-9283
Emergency: (312) 642-2809


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