St. Hubert is a Roman Catholic Church located in Hoffman Estates, IL about 30 miles northwest of Chicago. St. Hubert Parish offers a school (pre-school through 8th grade), religious education program, youth ministry, young adult ministry, numerous organizations, and 9 masses weekly. Founded in 1960, St. Hubert has been served by four pastors including Fr. Leo Wincek (1960-1976), Fr. William J. Shields (1976-1991), Fr. Eugene Nowak (1991-2005) and Fr. Robert Rizzo (2005 to present).
Saint Hubert Church primarily serves the communities of Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove and Schaumburg, Illinois but has parishioners from many other suburbs including Roselle, Hanover Park, Streamwood, Palatine, Algonquin, Huntley, Bartlett, Elgin, Lake in the Hills, Melrose Park.
We, the Roman Catholic Community of St. Hubert, called and formed by the Word of God, reach out to all in our parish and the larger community...
through our Being God’s People by our outreach, welcome, love and compassion;
through our Becoming God’s People by our liturgical celebration, spiritual formation and social interaction;
through our Building Up God’s People by our evangelization of all from birth to New Life—at all stages of their Faith Journey.
On May 27, 1960 Rev. Leo E. Wincek was appointed pastor of a new parish in Hoffman Estates, formerly a mission of St. Theresa in Palatine. In the beginning, Masses were held in the dining room of a local tavern,
the Buggy Whip. Soon a temporary church was built on an eight-acre site.
The first major building project was that of a brick school on Flagstaff. The Felician Sisters of Chicago came to staff the school, which was dedicated in April 1962.
Hoffman Estates was rapidly being developed, and the Catholic population grew accordingly. By 1963 an addition to the school had to be constructed, bringing the total number of classrooms to 17. In 1983 the library was expanded and five more classrooms were added. The present school serves children from Preschool through Grade 8 and enrolls over 500.
A permanent church was erected in 1966-67. Also, a convent was build to accommodate 12 sisters.
The first division of the parish took place in 1966 when St. Marcelline was formed to serve families south of Schaumburg Road. Later St. Matthew would be erected east of Roselle Road, and the Church of the Holy Spirit would be opened on Bode Road.
In June 1976 Rev. William J. Shields was named pastor of St. Hubert. In the fall of 1977 a three-story building was completed to serve as rectory, administration center and Religious Education center. In 1985 an addition was constructed for this building.
After the Felician Sisters left the parish in 1990, the convent building was renovated to accommodate Religious Education offices, a music room and kindergarten.
When Father Shields retired from St. Hubert in 1991, Rev. Eugene Nowak was appointed pastor.
While here, building campaigns were run to fund the construction of the Early Childhood Center addition to St. Hubert School and the Parish Ministry Center. Small Church Communities were born under Father Gene's leadership.
In 2005, Rev. Robert Rizzo became pastor of St. Hubert Parish. After a year of discernment, it was decided that the church building would be renovated. Thanks to the sacrificial giving of many parihsioners and friends, a campaign gathered donations to fund the remodeling project. The new design included new entrances, a larger gathering space, semi-circular seating, and large baptismal font to bless ourselves as we enter the church. Sculptors and artists were commissioned to create a processional cross, carved altar and ambo panels, bas relief panels depicting Sts. Peter and Paul and Women of Scripture, and statues of Saint Hubert and the Holy Family.
St. Hubert Parish has grown and changed over the years, now numbering approximately 2800 registered families. Throughout the years, parishioners have served in many and varied ministries and organizations,
with emphasis on worship, education and service.
St. Hubert is the patron saint of our Faith Community. He was honored in the Middle Ages as the patron of huntsmen. His feast day is November 3.
St. Hubert was born in the late 600s into a wealthy family. As a youth he was caught up in a life of adventure and pleasure. His chief passion was hunting.
According to legend, one Good Friday when the faithful were crowding the churches, Hubert set out on the hunt. He was pursuing a magnificent stag. The stag stopped and turned its head toward him. As the animal did so, Hubert saw a crucifix between its antlers. This apparition was the beginning of a conversion experience, which led him to give up his worldly pursuits and goods, become a priest, and eventually the bishop of Liege, Belgium.
St. Hubert is a strong witness to the possibilities of ongoing conversion. He knows that God was constantly calling him to proclaim and live the Gospel. As members of the faith Community of St. Hubert, we too are called to be open to the boundless possibilities God sets before us.