Northwest Side Catholic Community Mission

St. Bartholomew, Our Lady of Victory, St. Pascal, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Constance

Standing with Mary at the Foot of the Cross

A three-part Lenten Mission presented by:

Father James Presta, STD


March 5, 6 and 7 at 7:00 PM

St. Pascal Church
3935 N. Melvina
Chicago, IL 60634


Prayer, Preaching, Sacraments and Hospitality for All Ages!

This 2018 Lenten Parish Mission will focus on the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the history of salvation and the sacramental life of the Church. We look to Mary as Mother and Teacher of the Spiritual Life. We turn to Mary during this Lenten Season to draw us deeper into the Paschal Mystery of Her Son. The Church prays, “Grant that through the life-giving Gospel and your grace-filled sacraments the Church may form its daughters and sons in the likeness of Christ, its founder, who was born of a Virgin Mother as the firstborn of many brothers and sisters and the Savior of the whole human race.” (Opening prayer, Holy Mary, Fountain of Light and Life in CMBVM, p. 80).

Mary, Fountain of Light and Life: The Role of Blessed Virgin Mary in the Sacraments of Christian Initiation

The Blessed Virgin Mary at the Foot of the Cross: Our Lady as the Refuge of Sinners and the Mother of Reconciliation

Mary, Woman of the Eucharist: The Blessed Virgin as Disciple of the Incarnate Word

Please join us and experience the Season of Lent.
If you can't join us all days, then just commit to Monday and let God do the rest!


Father Presta was ordained in 1986 for the Archdiocese of Chicago, received a BS in Psychology and Theology from Loyola University; and an M.Div. and STL from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. In 2005, he earned a doctoral degree, STD, at the International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio, which is affiliated with the Pontifical University Marianum in Rome.

From 1996-2010 he served as Rector/President of St. Joseph College Seminary in Chicago. From 2010-2016 Fr. Presta served as the Vice Rector for Administration at Mundelein Seminary, serving as Director of Admissions and Assistant Professor in the Department of Dogmatic Theology. From 2016 to the present, he is Pastor at St. Emily Parish in Mount Prospect, Illinois.