Father Juan Luis Andrade will be the next pastor here at Our Lady of the Snows. He is currently pastor at Our Lady of the Mount in Cicero, and was ordained in 2014. Let us begin our prayers for him, so that we can give him a famous Our Lady of the Snows welcome! He is already praying for you! Perhaps coincidentally, this same day I received my official letter from the Cardinal granting my retirement. Now, it is time for the Holy Spirit to take over! Have a Blessed Day! Fr. Stan
New Pastor / Nuevo Párroco
Rev. Juan Luis Andrade
Padre Juan Luis Andrade será el próximo Párroco aquí en Nuestra Senora de las Nieves. Actualmente es Párroco de Nuestra Señora del Monte en Cicero, IL. y fue ordenado en el 2014. ¡Comencemos nuestras oraciones por él, para que podamos darle una famosa bienvenida a Nuestra Señora de las Nieves! ¡Él ya está orando por ti! Tal vez por coincidencia, este mismo día recibí mi carta oficial del Cardenal concediendo mi retiro. Ahora, ¡es hora de que el Espíritu Santo se haga cargo! ¡Que tengas un buen dia! Padre Stan
Our Parish / Nuestra Parroquia
Our Parish Staff are characterized by hard work and total dedication to the mission of the parish. Thought they come from different backgrounds, they have one thing in common: a total commitment to the work they do. Some are members of our community and have been for many years. Others come from other areas of the city, bringing their invaluable contribution to making Our Lady of the Snows Parish a place where all are always welcome!
Nuestro Personal Parroquial se caracteriza por su arduo trabajo y total dedicación a la misión de la parroquia. Aunque provienen de diferentes orígenes, tienen una cosa en común: un compromiso total con el trabajo que realizan. Algunos son miembros de nuestra comunidad y lo han sido durante muchos años. ¡Otros vienen de otras áreas de la ciudad, trayendo su invaluable contribución para hacer de la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves un lugar donde todos son siempre bienvenidos!
Our Mission / Nuestra Mission
The people of our faith community imagine a world where all of God's children live together under the mantle of our patroness and mother, Mary, Our Lady of the Snows. We celebrate our unity of spirit and cultural diversity in word, action, and song. We realize that each one of us depends on aiding the other for our salvation. We commit ourselves to serving, educating, and supporting each other through our church, school, and catechesis program, helping every member of the family to grow in the greatest of God's gifts – faith, hope, and love.
La gente de nuestra comunidad de fe imagina un mundo donde todos los hijos de Dios vivan juntos bajo el manto de nuestra patrona y madre, María, Nuestra Señora de las Nieves. Celebramos nuestra unidad de espíritu y diversidad cultural en palabra, acción y canto. Nos damos cuenta de que cada uno de nosotros depende de ayudar al otro para nuestra salvación. Nos comprometemos a servir, educar y apoyarnos unos a otros a través de nuestra iglesia, escuela y programa de catequesis, ayudando a cada miembro de la familia a crecer en el mayor de los dones de Dios: fe, esperanza y amor.
Our History / Nuestra Historia
Our Lady of the Snows has grown exponentially during the last 20 years, welcoming Spanish and Polish speaking parishioners. Although we were hit hard by the pandemic, our resilience, with God's Grace and the help of our community, are on the rebound. Learn more about our humble beginnings and our prospects for the future!
Nuestra Señora de las Nieves ha crecido exponencialmente durante los últimos 20 años, acogiendo a feligreses de habla hispana y polaca. Aunque la pandemia nos golpeó duramente, nuestra resiliencia, con la gracia de Dios y la ayuda de nuestra comunidad, está recuperándose. ¡Aprenda más sobre nuestros humildes comienzos y nuestras perspectivas para el futuro!
Rev. Stanley Rataj, Pastor
Father Stan was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. As a child, he moved with his family to Chicago, where he attended grammar school at St. Roman. There he met Fr. Sulek and Fr. Ryzner, priests who inspired him to consider the priesthood. He went to Archbishop Quigley High School, and from there to Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 9, 1979. His first assignment was at St. Ferdinand. He would later become the associate pastor of St. Nicholas of Tolentine, where he would eventually become the pastor, totalling 25 years of service to that community. Fr. Stan came to Our Lady of the Snows in May of 2010 and was officially installed as pastor on October 9th. He leads a vibrant parish with a friendly approach and a deep love for the Church.
Deacon | Diácono
Franco Foti, Maps
Deacon Franco was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina from an Italian family that had emigrated to South America after World War II. He grew up in a strong Catholic family that nourished his vocation to serve the Church. During his youth, he was the leader of groups focusing on peer ministry, catering to the spiritual needs of other youth, first in his home parish and later at the diocesan level. His vocation to the diaconate grew while volunteering at Our Lady of the Snows, where he became a parishioner in 1994. His deep desire to help spiritually other parishioners throughout the years, made him decide to pursue the Permanent Diaconate. He was ordained on May 24, 2009 by Cardinal Francis George.
“There is so much to do at Snows. We have Bible Study, Adult Choir, Jornadas, Grupo de Oracion. Every part of the church brings new meaning to my life!”
Parroquia Nuestra Señora de la Nieves
4810 South Leamington Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638