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Dec. 24, 2006

Archdiocesan annual report shows giving going up, spending decreasing
The Archdiocese of Chicago had a good year in fiscal 2006 because of higher contributions, controlled spending and a higher interest rate, said Thomas Brennan, the archdiocese’s finance director.

Christmas is reminder of greatest gift ever given
Making, buying and giving gifts at Christmas should be a reminder of Christ, the greatest gift ever given to humanity, Pope Benedict XVI said. Meeting Dec. 14 with Rome university students after they attended an evening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the pope said it is right to consider Christmas "the feast of gifts."

Nov. 26, 2006

Bishops approve restructuring, sex abuse study funding, new statements
U.S. bishops approved several new statements and a restructuring and downsizing of their national conference.

Catholics generous to religious
The Benedictine Sisters of Chicago have been in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the far North Side for a century this year.

Christmas Craft Fairs
Christmas shoppers got an early start at parish-sponsored craft fairs around the Chicago area starting in November.

Nov. 12, 2006

Weaving a safety net
Schools work to keep students from getting tangled in the Web
The Internet can be a two-edged sword for schools, and those in the archdiocese are no different. They are proud to be technologically advanced with Internet capability and resources.

Bishops to debate Catholic teaching on Communion, contraception, homosexuals
When the U.S. bishops meet in November, they will debate and vote on statements about Catholic teaching on marriage and family planning, who is worthy to receive Communion and the pastoral care of those who are homosexually oriented.

Oct. 29, 2006

Priests pledge support for immigration reform
Nearly 60 Priests for Justice for Immigrants came to an Oct. 20 press conference in the chapel of Holy Name Cathedral to adovocate for comprehemsive immigration refiorm.

Pope canonizes four, says being a saint is not for the weak, fearful
Vatican City— Presiding over the second canonization ceremony of his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI honored two women and two men who demonstrated that becoming a saint is not for the weak and fearful.

At the turning of the year
All across the United States, children will dress up as superheroes and movie villains and traipse up and down the streets, ringing doorbells and demanding candy.

Oct. 15, 2006

Young adults start discernment journey later
The recent announcement of Quigley Seminary’s closing has highlighted an important question facing today’s Catholics. Just who is discerning to be a brother, sister or priest these days? Certainly, the times, they are a-changin’.

Inspired by faith and social justice
Viatorian Father Corey Brost has always liked “Standing Outside the Fire” by Garth Brooks. Brost has played the tune many times in his different positions as a priest and a brother: lawyer, vocation director, campus minister, retreat leader and teacher.

Oct. 1, 2006

Quigley Seminary to close its doors
In the days after students and staff at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary found out that this year will be the school’s last, the business of teaching and learning, praying and serving, went on.

Cardinal George reflects on health, life and eternity
Nearly two months after having his cancerous bladder removed, Cardinal George spent several hours Sept. 25 and 26 meeting with members of the media in advance of resuming his public schedule Oct. 1.

Pope expresses respect for Muslims, pledges to continue dialogue
Meeting with Islamic ambassadors and representatives, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his deep respect for Muslims, pledged to continue dialogue, and said Islamic and Christian leaders should cooperate to curb violence.

Sept. 17, 2006

A time for transitions
In many ways this edition of the Catholic New World signals a new beginning.

A different kind of mission
Father Darrell Rupiper is on a mission. To save the earth, that is.

Artist draws connections between people, creation
The images in Sister Mary Southard’s art show people coming together, around a table, around a globe, around one another.

Families get help with burial of children
The six children who died in a Sept. 3 fire were to be laid to rest Sept. 13, with a funeral at St. Jerome Church in Rogers Park and burial at Maryhill Cemetery in Niles.

Sept. 3, 2006

A farewell ‘Observation’ to Tom Sheridan
It takes more than just talent and ability to be able to write, edit and create a Catholic newspaper, let alone a front-page personal column, edition after edition, year after year.

Remembering 9/11
When terrorists flew airplanes into buildings on a sunny September morning five years ago, the world changed.

Genesis renews Catholic schools
For Chicago Catholic schools, a fourth “R” has been added to reading, writing and ’rithmetic: renewal.

Raising families
Charities’ Lake County program offers emotional, material support
Lumba Kuanda-Dove knows why she has to succeed. She sees the four bright faces looking at her every day, from breakfast until bedtime.

August 20, 2006

No cancer reported following bladder surgery
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
I am writing this the afternoon of August 15, shortly after returning home from Loyola University Medical Center...

Cardinal goes home from hospital
Cardinal George left Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood Aug. 15, more than two weeks after undergoing surgery for bladder cancer.

Retirees find they’re ‘called and gifted’ to serve
Since 1979, the archdiocese’s Called and Gifted Program has been preparing people to become lay ministers. long to St. Joseph Parish, and the Ligdas in Evergreen Park attend Most Holy Redeemer Parish.

August 6, 2006

Cardinal recovering
No cancer reported following bladder surgery
Catholics and others across the Archdiocese of Chicago breathed a sigh of relief July 31 when doctors at Loyola University Medical Center announced that the cancer in Cardinal George’s bladder and ureters had not spread.

‘An important moment of faith’
When Cardinal George underwent surgery for bladder cancer July 27, Father John Canary, the viar general, told reporters, “Obviously, it’s an important medical moment for the cardinal and it’s an important moment of faith for all of us.”

Young peacebuilder plants seeds, grows hope and food in Waukegan garden
Mud clings to their shoes and dapples the leaves after a July rainstorm. In the damp air under gray skies, Marcos Cardoza and his family and friends harvest the first pale green lettuces and wax beans from a raised garden bed.

July 23, 2006

Good and bad
Stem-cell project aids Loyola research

In the next two years, Dr. Patrick Stiff hopes to grow umbilical cord stem cells in his laboratory. He hopes to use them to develop new immune cells, and implant those immune cells first in mice and then, if all goes well, in humans.

Arch, NDHS form partnership
Archdiocesan representatives and members of the board of Notre Dame High School for Boys agreed July 12 to discuss new models for governance of the all male, college preparatory school.

July 9, 2006

St. James Maywood parish will close Sept. 1
Demographic shifts have resulted in the planned closure of St. James Parish, Maywood, and the boundary realignment of two nearby parishes.

Finding Grace
Sometimes the simplest words are the hardest to define. This seems to be the case with the word "grace."

Relics at cathedral
A silver cross containing relics of six of the 25 Mexican martyrs canonized in 2000 by Pope John Paul II will make several stops in the archdiocese.

June 25, 2006

Bishops meeting
New texts for Mass approved
Meeting June 15-17 in Los Angeles, the U.S. Catholic bishops approved a new translation of the Order of Mass and studied a proposal to downsize the committee structure, and eventually the staffing, of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

June 11, 2006

Immigration debate continues
A conversation that started with hundreds of thousands of people— immigrants, their families and friends— chanting “Si se puede” (“Yes we can”) on the streets of Chicago continued in the nation’s capital.

May 28, 2006

U.S. hearing church voice on immigration
The church’s voice is being heard in the current debate over immigration policy, according to the director of migration and refugee policy for the U.S. bishops.

May 14, 2006

Marriage amendment may be on ballot
A push to change the Illinois Constitution to define marriage as a bond between one man and one woman got a boost May 8 when members of the “Protect Marriage Illinois” coalition delivered more than 345,000 signatures asking for a referendum on the issue to the Illinois Board of Elections in Springfield.

Cardinal George to ordain 12 priests
Twelve men are expected to be ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Chicago at a May 20 liturgy at Holy Name Cathedral.

April 30, 2006

Immigration vigil
boosts reform
Some 1,500 people were urged to “look at the world as God might see it” by the Rev. Martha Scott, during an interfaith immigration reform rally and vigil April 23 at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines.

CTU honoring Vanier as ‘peacemaker’
L’Arche: Offering home, help and hope
When Jean Vanier visits Chicago May 3-4, he will be feted for his life’s work during a celebration at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.

to priests celebrating 25 and 50 years of priestly ministry. (PDF)

Cardinal George
Church Clips
Michelle Martin
News & Updates
Parish Pride

April 16, 2006

Church is changed but vital, involved
Cardinal George painted a picture of a vital—if reduced—Catholic Church in Chicago, a church engaging society at many levels and striving to tell people that God loves them at an April 6 talk to the City Club of Chicago.

Waiting’ for justice
Immigration reform efforts, prayers continue
About 400 people gathered to pray for immigration reform April 10 at Our Lady of Tepeyac Church, days after senators left Washington for a two-week recess without voting on an immigration bill.

April 2, 2006

Abuse reports stir action
Officials begin to implement recommendations
One more expert has been named to the ad hoc board advising archdiocesan officials on its handling of clerical sex abuse cases.

Evangelizing on the Road to Emmaus
‘Walk with sinners, open the Book, break the Bread’
The greatest evangelist is, of course, Jesus himself, and there is no better presentation of Jesus’ evangelical technique than Luke’s masterful narrative concerning the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

March 19, 2006

Journey of hope
Immigrant rally boosts church’s campaign
Judging by the turnout at a March 10 immigration rights march and rally, the Chicago-area priests who have committed themselves to work for just immigration reform this spring have plenty of company.

March 5, 2006

Sex-abuse policies toughened
Archdiocese, DCFS agree to new rules
Cardinal George did not respond publicly to calls for his resignation from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, but archdiocesan officials said the cardinal has no intention of leaving his post in the wake of sexual abuse charges against Father Daniel McCormack.

Festival of Faith demonstrates unity
Chicago-area Catholics got a chance to see just how universal and all-encompassing their faith is at the second Catholic Festival of Faith.

Practical strategies of evangelization
Be a bearer of faith; let the language of faith be on your lips. Over the past several weeks, I have been laying out what I take to be the basics of evangelization.
Michelle Martin
The power of ‘no’
Whatever I am, don’t call me a yes-woman.

February 19, 2006

Abuse policy review, changes
Chancellor named to oversee process
The Archdiocese of Chicago has hired an investigator to conduct an independent overview of its handling of a recent abuse case and asked for a complete review of its policies and procedures for monitoring clergy accused of sexually abusing children.

Ordination a family affair
When the Archdiocese of Chicago welcomed its newest bishop Feb. 2, it was truly a celebration of a favorite son.

Practical strategies of evangelization
Be a bearer of faith; let the language of faith be on your lips
Over the past several weeks, I have been laying out what I take to be the basics of evangelization.

Cardinal George
Church Clips
Michelle Martin
News & Updates
Parish Pride

February 5, 2006

Pope’s ‘love letter’
1st encyclical, connects love and charity
In his first encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI called for a deeper understanding of love as a gift from God to be shared in a self-sacrificial way, both at a personal and social level.

New bishop follows Spirit’s track
When Bishop George Rassas was a boy in Winnetka, his first love was trains. He couldn’t imagine a better way to spend his life than working as an engineer on the Chicago & North Western Railroad.

The core of evangelization: we depend on each other
What is it that makes Catholic evangelization distinctively Catholic? I believe it is a fourth element, namely, the indispensability of the church.

Abuse case points to possible policy change
McCormack charged following boys’ allegations at Our Lady of the Westside School
The case of Father Daniel J. McCormack has pointed out a need for adjustments to archdiocesan policies when it comes to removing priests from ministry following allegations of sex abuse, said Cardinal George.

Festival of Faith offers opportunities to learn, worship, grow
When thousands of Catholics gather to learn, celebrate and deepen their faith for three days in February, it won’t be at a church or even a Catholic school or university.

An appeal to the heart
Annual Catholic Appeal changes tactics in quest to raise $8 million

Fourteen parishes learned a valuable lesson last year, one archdiocesan stewardship officials are hoping to pass on to every parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago: If you want Catholics to support the mission of the church, you have to ask them.

January 22, 2006

Holy Goalie
The puns are obvious: “Who IS that masked man?” “‘Stick’ with me, kid.” And, of course, “Hey, fella, you’re on thin ice.”

New teacher lays down the law … and picks up the books
Russ Fee traded the courtroom for the classroom and he couldn’t be happier. Fee, a former civil rights and employment attorney, voluntarily gave up 27 years of practicing law to work with young people. Today he’s a third-grade teacher at St. Bruno School.

The glory of God is a human being ‘fully alive’
The evangelical bottom-line is the cry, “Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.” Tightly linked to that declaration is the conviction that Jesus is who he said he was, that Jesus’ own claims to act and speak in the very person of God are justified.

Cardinal George
Church Clips
Michelle Martin
News & Updates
Parish Pride

January 8, 2006

Mission Chicago
It will inspire and change you
Archdiocese of Chicago leaders have begun the new year with an increased focus on evangelization—and there’s even more to come.

The difference of Jesus and the difference it makes
The most basic content of evangelization is the breathtaking assertion that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. From this assertion flows another equally astounding bit of good news: Jesus is who he said he was.