Our Sharing Parish on Chicago’s Southwest side – 5511 S. Sawyer
The family of St. Gall is a welcoming, growing and friendly community, composed of different generations and presently a vibrant, primarily Immigrant culture, united in one faith.
Started as a small mission and branch of St. Agnes parish, St. Gall was established as a permanent parish in May 1899. It served parishioners of the Gage Park neighborhood who were primarily immigrants of Bohemian and Polish origin. The early parish grounds had a lower level church, with Mass in the basement of the school. The present campus includes the church, school, rectory, and convent, with construction dates ranging from 1924 through 1957 with numerous additions and updates.
Today, St. Gall continues to be a vibrant immigrant faith community, primarily of Hispanic origin. Under Fr. David Dowdle, St. Gall pastor from 1992-1999, a Hispanic ministry was established and Mass in Spanish was added in 1996. Fr. Rene Mena shepherds St. Gall as the 10th pastor.
The school program contains 232 students while the YC participants number over 800. Catholic Charities serves St. Gall as well as the surrounding southwest side parishes, using space in the convent. St. Vincent de Paul also has a presence on the campus, providing a food pantry every Wednesday as well as specials events like the backpack and school supply giveaway in August, and the Thanksgiving and Christmas distributions. The Youth ministry includes The Warriors of Peace and Jeremiah groups.
Our sharing parish relationship, established in August of 2015, has steadily grown. Besides financial assistance, we support the food pantry, run a schoolbag/supply collection and provide volunteers for the August event, host the St. Gall choir at SJC in the Spring and bring our choir to St. Gall in the Fall., provide Easter hams, invite the youth groups to help at Harvest Saturday, distribute turkeys at Thanksgiving, provide for Christmas needs through Share Christmas, and even facilitate a visit from Santa and an elf to the primary school age children. SJC Parish school has participated in service projects that have benefited the outreach ministries at St. Gall.
Watch the Outreach page of the bulletin for opportunities to volunteer and participate in the various projects and community building events throughout the year. Please contact Cathy Pesch, St. Gall Outreach representative at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or questions.