Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Chapel  - Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Chapel

205 Fulton Street
Elgin, IL. 60120
(847) 508-9513

please use this address for all mail or correspondence:

P.O. Box 5501
Elgin, IL. 60121-5501


Holy Mass & Sacraments in the traditional
Roman Catholic Rite

Confessions:  9:15 AM -9:50 AM

Saturday Mass:  9:00 am
Confessions:  8:15- 8:50 am

Mass & Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
7:00 PM
Confessions: 6:15 - 6:50 PM

Mass & Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9:00 AM
Confessions: 8:15 - 8:50 AM



FRIDAY, December 4 & SATURDAY, December 5

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Come take a look!

Many new items!

Christmas Flowers!

Come have a cup of hot coffee or Advent punch
and feel free to browse!

 Traditional Catholic religious items and statuary and much more. 




Advent wreathes are a preparation for Christmas. After all, Christ is “the Light that came into the world” to dispel the darkness of sin and to radiate the truth and love of God (John 3:19-21) The symbolism of the Advent wreath is beautiful. The wreath is made of various evergreens, signifying continuous life. Even these evergreens have a traditional meaning which can be adapted to our faith: The laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering; pine, holly, and yew, immortality; and cedar, strength and healing. Holly also has a special Christian symbolism:

The prickly leaves remind us of the crown of thorns, and one English legend tells of how the cross was made of holly. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ. Any pine cones, nuts, or seedpods used to decorate the wreath also symbolize life and resurrection. All together, the wreath of evergreens depicts the immortality of our soul and the new, everlasting life promised to us through Christ, the eternal Word of the Father, who entered our world becoming true man and who was victorious over sin and death through His own passion, death, and resurrection.

The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. Each week represents one thousand years, to sum to the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the Birth of the Savior. Three candles are purple and one is rose. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, called in tradition as “Gaudete Sunday“, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of His second coming to judge the living and the dead.


Thoughts on a Papal Visit
...coming soon. 


Why do we continue to use Latin at Our lady of the Holy Rosary Chapel?

The Latin language is used at the Chapel (and in hundreds of traditional Roman Catholic Mass centers around the world) for a few reasons:

In the first place, Latin has been exclusively used since the earliest ages of Christianity; and so the practice is consecrated by great antiquity. There is a certainty, proved by experience, that the meaning of words in a “living” (such as English, Spanish) language varies in the course of time, and so gives rise after a time to endless doubts and disputes as to the exact sense in which the doctrines and prayers so expressed are to be accepted.  Not long ago, the "New Mass" was (again) updated and corrected due to problems and difficulties related to various translations.  

 Another problem associated with adopting the vernacular is the  unfortunate “diversity” of doctrinal opinions, liturgical practice, in the modern-day Church.   Do any two modern-day Catholics believe the same? Do they have unity of worship even on the parish level and from priest to priest?   The Latin language is recognized universally as the language of the learned and is immutable. The Church employs it in her Liturgy because Latin is noted for being “fixed” and universal. The Catholic wherever he may find himself will always feel at home at the public services of the Church because of the use of Latin. The universality of Latin enables the Catholic priest to say Mass and be understood in any country, which would not be possible if the ritual in each separate country was in the vernacular.

There is a special fitness that a particular language, unprofaned by the associations of daily use in secular matters, should be reserved for the service of God. The Jews of the Old Law, though including people of many nations, and though the Jews after their seventy years’ Captivity adopted Syriac, or Chaldaic, in place of ancient Hebrew which they had forgotten, had a sacred tongue for all -that of pure Hebrew. Hebrew was used by the Jews and the High Priest in the Temple when offering Sacrifice. Thus though a Galilean, speaking Syro-Chaldaic, Our Lord on the Cross quoted the Psalms in the sacred tongue when He exclaimed: “Eli, Eli lama sabacthani” -hence the misunderstanding of some at the foot of the Cross, as they said: “This man calleth Elias.”

Finally the Latin used in the Church’s most frequent services is both beautiful and  easy to follow: the prayer-books used by those in the pews has a vernacular translation side by side with the Latin. Benedict XVI himself called the “New Mass” (used in the parishes in the vernacular tongue) as a “banal and on the spot production.” Those of us at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chapel believe in remaining with that Liturgy (Holy Sacrifice of the Mass) that has been the standard of Catholic worship for centuries. We’ve seen the result of the changes and feel that God deserves to be worshiped in “spirit and in truth.” Truly, does God not deserve the best?


Why you'll find no Table at the Chapel "facing the people" but an Altar:


 In his Encyclical Letter Mediator Dei, Pope Pius XII warned of a "wicked movement that tends to paralyze the sanctifying and salutary action by which the liturgy leads the children of adoption on the path to their heavenly Father." This wicked movement was concerned with reviving obsolete liturgical practices on the grounds that they were more primitive, and one of the suggestions Pope Pius condemned it for advocating was the restoration of the altar to the form of a table.

What I find interesting, perhaps "disturbing" would be a better word, is how something condemned by a Pope as "wicked" in 1947 suddenly becomes admirable in 1982. Similarly, Pope Pius condemned the suggestion that the tabernacle should be removed from the altar as "a lessening of esteem for the presence and action of Christ in the tabernacle." "To separate altar and tabernacle," he wrote, "is to separate two things, which, by their origin and their nature, should remain united." That's interesting, isn't it? How many churches do you know where Mass is still celebrated on an altar with a tabernacle?

What we see in the generality of Catholic Churches today is an altar replaced by a table, an altar separated from the tabernacle, and, in the place of honor, where the tabernacle once stood, a microphone. The Missal of St. Pius V and the three traditional altar cards have all been cast aside, together with the tabernacle. "In place of an altar there is a miserable table," wrote St. Richard Gwynn in the sixteenth century. If he were alive today he could add: "And in place of the tabernacle a microphone." There could be no more apt symbol of the verbose and mundane ethos of what purports to be worship in Catholic churches today.

-Michael Davies, Catholic Author

"It would be wrong, for example, to want the altar restored to its ancient form of table; to want black eliminated from the liturgical colors, and pictures and statues excluded from our
churches." -----Mediator Dei, Pope Pius XII 




-Great Saint martyrs of the Catholic faith who were here to spread the faith-

Also known as the Canadian Martyrs, the Jesuit Martyrs of North America or the Martyrs of France, included six priests and two lay brothers. They were heroic members of the Society of Jesus who were martyred in North America in order to bring the Faith that is necessary for salvation to the Huron, the Iroquois and the Mohawk Indians. Five of the eight North American martyrs were put to death in what is now Canada, and three of them in New York State. There is a shrine to the United States' martyrs at Auriesville in New York, and there is a shrine to the Canadian martyrs at Fort Saint Mary near Midland, Ontario.

The Eight North American Martyrs and their birthdates into eternity:

Saint Rene’ Goupil — September 29, 1642
Saint Isaac Jogues — October 18, 1646
Saint John de Lalande — October 19, 1646
Saint Anthony Daniel — July 4, 1648
Saint John de Brebeuf — March 16, 1649
Saint Gabriel Lalemant — March 17, 1649
Saint Charles Garnier — December 7, 1649
Saint Noel Chabanel — December 8, 1649

Saint Isaac Jogues, after thirteen months' imprisonment by the Mohawks, had several fingers cut off of his hand. He went back to Europe, but returned again to North America and was killed by tomahawk blows at Ossernenon, now called Auriesville, in New York State. Saint John de Brebeuf declared before he died, "I have a strong desire to suffer for Jesus Christ." He was tortured terribly, and a burning torch was put into his mouth, which strangled him. Saint Rene Goupil, thirty-five, was the youngest of the martyrs, and cried "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!" as he died. Saint Noel Chabanel was thirty-six, and Saint Isaac Jogues and Saint Gabriel Lalemant were thirty-nine. The oldest of the eight North American martyrs, Saint John de Brebeuf, was fifty-six when the Indians killed him.

They were canonized June 29 of 1930 by Pope Pius XI.


Educational Programs at the Chapel

Colonel Roman Golash, US ARMY (ret.)

Offered an excellent program on the problems in the Middle East 
for friends and members of the Chapel. 

In The Community

Diane Milmont, member of the Sodality of Our Lady and Chapel organist has
been spreading the faith and offering traditional Catholic religious items at the Elgin Flea Market (Rt. 31) each Saturday for several hours of the day.  She is able to provide Catholic literature and information to many who visit her tables.  


Thanks to Mary & Gerardo Palacios who also offered a helping hand in this apostolate. 

Catholic Liturgical life at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary:

Palm Sunday 2015

Procession leaves the Chapel following the Blessing of Palms

Palm Sunday Procession heads back up Fulton Street to the Chapel

At the entrance of the Chapel


Introit of the Mass

Prayers at the end of Low Mass

"Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind. . .it filled the whole house. . .And there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit."
-Epistle for Pentecost Sunday 

On Christmas we celebrate the birthday of Christ in His Physical Body. Pentecost Sunday is the birthday of the Roman Catholic Church, and we remember all of those who have been reborn into His Mystical Body. How did the first Christians prepare? They were all "in prayer" with Mary; and they were "all of one mind," under the leadership of Peter, making ready to tell "men from every nation under heaven. . .of the wonderful works of God." (Epistle) Yes, prayer and action are the marks of the true Christian. In the Offertory of the Mass for Pentecost we ask the Holy Spirit to "confirm" the graces "wrought in us" when we were baptized and confirmed. We pray also "to relish" things of the Spirit and to benefit by "His consolation" (Prayer) in the struggle of Church and soul against "the prince of the world" (Gospel).



During these past 5 years we've experienced growth as more of the faithful are coming to realize that with all the chaos in the world and the modern/liberal move to undermine the Catholic faith from within the very institution of the Church, it is time to stand fast and hold to the faith of 2,000 years.

As Catholics who do not wish to compromise our faith or adopt it to the politically correct sway of society, we remain firmly attached to the teaching of Our Lord, to the Magesterium of Popes and Councils, and have retained exclusively the  form of worship known to the Catholic world for so many centuries, that worship which nourished so many Saints: the  Traditional Latin Mass.  We also continue to receive the traditional  Catholic Sacraments that have not been "updated" or changed.  The Sacraments, instituted by Our Lord for our salvation, have brought peace and grace into the hearts of men.   It is only the Catholic faith that can bring peace and good order to souls, to society.

If you'd like to assist us as our parish family grows, please  contribute to the
Chapel Building Fund.

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chapel consists of all age groups but especially of young Catholic families and home-school children.  Please come and visit us and experience the Catholic faith and Catholic Mass as it was handed down for centuries.  We think you'll come away with the desire to support our efforts as we continue to plan for the future of so many young children who need to be nourished and raised in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic faith of 2,000 years.

Our mailing address:

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chapel
P.O. BOX 5501
Elgin, IL.  60121-5501


  Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chapel

"Orate Fratres"

"Pray brethren, that my sacrifice and yours..."

Holy Mass on the Feast of the Holy Family

We enjoyed not only traditional American food, but wonderful Mexican and Filipino cuisine that was prepared by Chapel members

Traditional Roman Catholic Holy Mass & Sacraments

Confessions:  9:15 AM -9:50 AM

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Five Year Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sung Holy Mass for the Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

New Crucifix for the Saint Francis Hall at the Chapel
(donated by the Palacios Family)

Some members and friends of the Chapel enjoying lunch!

The new Chapel Hall

We thank our generous benefactors who helped with the purchase of so many needed
tables and chair! 

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Note:  Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chapel reserves the right to reject any advertiser and/or any advertisement submitted.

Please contact the Chapel for information as regards advertising.  Your AD will be placed in the Anniversary booklet, the Chapel Sunday Bulletin, the Chapel Website, for the entire year!  

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Dr. Crone, Ph.D. Lecture

Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 Corpus Christi Procession

Corpus Christi Procession

Sung High Mass

The Chapel has a bookstore with numerous religious articles
and reading materials.  
Please join us after Mass on Sundays for coffee and pastries. 
For additional information:
(847) 508-9513
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