When Holy Mount was established in 1920 it was the last of the so-called “national” parishes founded by the Czech people of Metropolitan Chicago since 1863.
Its organizers were almost entirely Czech people who moved into Cicero and Berwyn during the period of prosperity which followed World War I and endured to 1930. Recent years have witnessed new changes in the character and appearance of the parish. Since 1940 its “national” character has vastly altered. The children and grand-children of those who stood at the cradle of the parish in the early 1920’s no longer felt the need of an ethnically orientated parish and sought to identify themselves spiritually and socially with their peers in occupation, education, and economic status. Apart from this, the neighborhood of Holy Mount has changed in matters of national antecedents. It has ceased to be a nationally closed area through its own internal mobility. By a marked influx of Italians and Poles it has created a situation of cosmopolitanism whose social and spiritual relationship demands the use of English as a medium of understanding. At the mid-century of its existence, the parishioners of Holy Mount can look over the past five decades of work with satisfaction but not with complacency. On the one hand, they can be rightly proud of what has been achieved. On the other, they must remain fully aware of the challenges that still lie ahead and that must be met.
paraphrased from Joseph Cada 1970
Our Lady of the Mount
2414 S. 61st Ave.