Skating with the Blackhawks! Join Us On 4.11.19

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Calling All Alumni... Ignatians for Candy Days - 4.27.19

Misericordia/Heart of Mercy is dedicated to supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They depend on this special event, CANDY DAYS, to help raise critical funds to provide care.

As part of the Ignatius family, we hope you will consider joining us! We will meet at Saint Ignatius for breakfast then head to Roosevelt Rd. where we will pass out candy and informational tags in exchange for donations.


8:30am: Breakfast at Saint Ignatius
9:30am: Walk to Roosevelt and Halsted
9:45am: Meet Misericordia Leaders for instructions
10am – Noon: Candy Day Service

Saint Ignatius Celebrates St. Pat's Parade as 2019 Guest of Honor

A special thank you to everyone who joined together to march in this year's Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade. School President, Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ and the entire school community was delighted to be named the Guest of Honor. We are grateful for the hundreds who came out on Saturday to march with our school float and celebrate Saint Ignatius College Prep.

CLICK HERE to see photos from the parade. 

CLICK HERE to watch video of our school float. 

CLICK HERE to watch ABC 7 coverage and interview with Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ. Scroll down to the 5th video segment. Ignatius appears at the 10:00 and 22:00 minute mark. 


Ignatius Literary Magazine Named 2018 Pacemaker Finalist

Congratulations to the student editors and faculty moderators of Phantasm. Honoring the nation’s best, the National Scholastic Press Association has named 28 scholastic magazines as finalists in its prestigious Pacemaker competition, including our very own Phantasm magazine. “The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” said Laura Widmer, executive director. “NSPA is honored to recognize the best of the best.”

The NSPA Pacemaker award has a rich tradition and the association started presenting the award to high school newspapers a few years after the organization was founded in 1921. Throughout the years, yearbooks, magazines, online sites and broadcast programs were added to the competition.

To select the 28 finalists, a team of judges analyzed and discussed 115 entries from 31 states. From the 28 finalists, eight literary arts and five specialty/in-depth magazines will earn Pacemaker honors. Three of the finalists were published by junior high/middle school students. The Pacemaker finalists represent the top 24 percent and the Pacemaker winners represent the top 11 percent of the entries. The magazines were published during the 2017-18 school year.

Pacemaker finalists will be recognized with plaques at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Opening Ceremony of the Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Anaheim.
Pacemaker winners will be announced and will receive plaques on Saturday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. and the convention’s closing Awards Ceremony where both NSPA and JEA honors will be presented.

Spring Admissions Coffees

Parents of prospective students are invited to join us for a Saint Ignatius Admissions Coffee this fall. An Admissions Coffee will offer an introduction to the Saint Ignatius family experience and admissions process. Each Coffee event will also include a tour and student panel presentation.
Spring 2019 Admissions Coffees are offered from 9:00-11:00 AM on:
Thursday, April 1
Thursday, April 25
Friday, May 3
Select a date when registering. Feel free to contact Elizabeth Carney, Director of Admissions with questions at or 312-432-8411. Please CLICK HERE to register. 

Lenten Prayer Reflections - Wednesdays During Lent

Lent is a time for increased prayer, reflection and renewal. Join us following the 7:30 AM Mass in the Cuneo Chapel for a weekly one hour prayer reflection gathering. Carve out time to devote to The Lord. We will pray with scripture and have small group sharing.                                    
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM                                   
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 8:00 AM    
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 8:00 AM    
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM    
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 8:00 AM
All are welcome.

Tax Credit Scholarship Updates

The Tax Credit Scholarship program for the 2019/2020 school year will open in just a few weeks. The application start dates for the 2019/2020 school year have been announced by both Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders. These are:

Empower Illinois SGO: January 15, 2019 at 7 p.m. (
Big Shoulders SGO: January 22, 2019 at 8 a.m. (

As required by the Invest in Kids Act that established Tax Credit Scholarships, awards are considered on a first come, first served (FCFS) basis, with priority consideration given to students applying from an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) identified “Focus” school district, with household incomes that do not exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty level, renewals of previous year awards, or siblings of awardees. These priorities apply both within school designated funds and general funds.

Because over 95 percent of the funds raised in Year 1 were designated to specific schools, it is extremely important that students apply as soon as the SGOs begin to accept applications to secure their FCFS place in line. CLICK HERE for more resources. 

CLICK HERE for a Spanish version of the letter from the Catholic Schools office about how to apply for tax credit scholarships for the 2019/20 school year.

CLICK HERE for a Spanish version of the 2019/20 fact sheet. 

CLICK HERE for an English version version of the letter from the Catholic Schools office about how to apply for tax credit scholarships for the 2019/20 school year. 

CLICK HERE for an English version of the 2019/20 fact sheet. 

Empower Illinois Resources: 

CLICK HERE for English step-by-step application instructions. 

CLICK HERE for Spanish step-by-step instructions.

Big Shoulders Resources: 

Sample of their application

Video walk through of their application

Guide to upload documents

Sworn Statement (to be used if a family did not file taxes.)

Thank you for your continued participation in Big Shoulders Fund's Tax Credit Scholarship Program, made possible by the Invest in Kids Act.

As we shared in a recent communication, the majority of applicants remain on the waitlist. Waitlisted applicants are all applicants that have met the State requirement for eligibility for a Tax Credit Scholarship. We will award scholarships to waitlisted applicants based on date-time stamps and our available funding. Big Shoulders Fund awards scholarships on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year.
In the meantime, we wanted to let you know that over the next several days, an email communication is being sent to all applicants regarding the following:

  • Updating application information: If a family needs to change the school they applied to or update their personal information, please instruct them to use our change request form.
  • Removing an applicant from our waitlist: If a family accepts a Tax Credit Scholarship from another organization, we ask that they let us know by proactively removing themselves from our waitlist using our change request form. Proactively removing families from the waitlist allows us to process awards more efficiently. 
Please check your applicant list:
Many schools have similar names, please check your list and let us know ASAP of any applicants that you believe may have applied for your school but are not showing up on your list. You can call us at 312-751-8337 or email us at

We will be in touch with you as we get closer to making our next round of awards, but in the meantime, if you have any feedback or questions for us, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Big Shoulders Fund