Who We Are
San Rocco Oratory is a "quasi-parish" of the Chicago Archdiocese. Unlike a regular parish, San Rocco lacks some services normally provided. For example, our religious education program usually takes place every two or three years, as preparation for confirmation and First Holy Communion. Although we have a finance committee, there is no parish council. San Rocco, however, has a regular Sunday Mass about 10 a.m., holyday Masses, baptisms, funerals, weddings, etc. We also have a hall, named after St. Anthony, for quinceneras, banquets, anniversaries, and other family celebrations. We also have a grotto, a soccer field, and ample parking. The liturgy itself involves much congregational singing, especially acclamations, litanies, refrains, responses, metrical Psalms, and a few hymns. The texts of songs reflects the theology of the liturgy, i.e., prayer to the Father through Christ in the Spirit. Very few songs are in the first person singular; we come to God within the family, within the Church, within the gathered community.