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Pilgrimage to Marytown

Join us for a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown on Saturday, May 20, 2023. The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, as declared by the U.S. Catholic Bishops in the Jubilee Year 2000, is a place of pilgrimage for the faithful. It is dedicated to promoting the witness and life of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, priest, scholar and patriot martyred in the Holocaust at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. St. John Paul II referred to him as the “prophet of the civilization of love” and a “Martyr of Charity” for Kolbe’s exemplification of love without limits. Follow this link to discover more.

If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion.”
—St. Maximilian Kolbe

Marytown is approximately a 40-minute drive from Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, so we will meet at the parish office, St. Julian Eymard Church, and carpool to Marytown. There is a $22 per person cost for this trip. Fee covers lunch and St. Kolbe Video, Tour of Holocaust Museum and Talk from Brother Don. Please mail or drop off your payment to the parish office (Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Attn: Marytown, 601 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007) by May 16, 2023 to reserve your spot on the Pilgrimage. Below is our itinerary:

  • 9:00am Meet in front of St. Julian Eymard Church, receive car assignments and make sure everyone is present (note: address if needed for GPS is 1600 W Park Ave, Libertyville, IL; drivers will exchange cell phone numbers for communication)
  • 10:00am Arrive at Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe and meet Brother Don
  • 10:05am Rosary in Sorrowful Mother Chapel
  • 10:30am St. Kolbe Video, Talk, Tour of Holocaust Exhibit in Founders Hall
  • Noon Mass in Main Chapel
  • 12:45pm Buffet Lunch in Guest Dining Room
  • 1:45pm Visit Outdoor Shrines, Gift Shop or Private Adoration in the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (perpetual sanctuary of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, commissioned by then-Cardinal Mundelein ahead of the 1926 Eucharistic Congress in Chicago)
  • 2:30pm Gather in front of Main Chapel for blessing with St. Kolbe relic and departure.*
  • 3:15pm Arrive back at St. Julian Eymard Church
*Please note, those wishing to do so may remain after the final blessing and return to the Main Chapel to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Please insure that you have worked out driving arrangements with those in your car so that nobody is left stranded!

Questions? Please contact the parish office at (847) 979-0901 or