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    • St. Rocco de Potenza Society: 104th anniversary Mass and procession, 11:30 a.m. Aug. 19; procession 1 p.m. at St. William Church, 2600 N. Sayre, (773) 622- 9261.
    • Sisters of St. Casimir: 100th jubilee at 2 p.m. Mass Sept. 8, Nativity BVM Church, 6812 S. Washtenaw; banquet follows, RSVP to Sr. Margaret at (773) 776-1324.
    • St. Edmund Parish: centennial celebration 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Canterbury Ball, at Butterfield Country Club; choral concert 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13; centennial Mass/reception, Nov. 25, (708) 848-4417.

    • Loretto Sisters Gala: “Viva Loretto,” 3 p.m. July 22, silent/live auctions, dinner, $70/person, Drury Lane Grand Ballroom, Oakbrook Terrace, RSVP to (630) 682-9097.
    • Catholic Charities Golf Invitational: marking 90th anniversary year, at 10 a.m. July 25, more than 500 golfers on four Cog Hill’s courses with celebrity appearances; $500-$875/person, call Melissa at (312) 948-6797 to RSVP.

    • Sacred Heart Church Block Party: bi-lingual Mass 11 a.m. June 24, party follows with Mexican folkloric dance troupe, a DJ, games, dunk tank, ethnic food, silent auction, 819 North 16th Ave., Melrose Park, (847) 344- 0757.
    • Church of the Holy Spirit Country Fair: carnival rides, games, bingo, food, puppet show, musical entertainment, 4:30-11:30 June 23; noon-10 p.m. June 24, 1451 W. Bode, Schaumburg, (847) 882-7580.
    • St. Dorothy Church Family Block Party: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 30, bring lawn chair, play food, games, health fair, reggae concert, vendors, and outdoor reggae Mass at 5 p.m., at 450 E. 78th St., (773) 651-7000.
    • St. Rosalie Carnival: live bands every night, ride discounts, food, bingo, 6-10:30 July 12; 6-11:30 July 13; 3 p.m.-12:30 a.m. July 14; 2:30-10:30 p.m. July 15, 4401 N. Oak Park, Harwood Heights, (708) 867-8817.
    • Queen of the Universe Fest and Carnival: rides, music, food, July 19-22, 7114 S. Hamlin, (773) 582-4662.
    • World's Largest Block Party: headliner bands, 5-10:30 p.m. July 20-21, 20,000 people expected, at Old St. Pat’s, enter at Madison and Des Plaines in West Loop, for tickets, go to worldslargestblockparty. com.
    • St. Barbara Parish Fest: 6-10 p.m. July 21; 1-9 p.m. with Polka Mass at noon July 22; ethnic foods, miniature golf, games, live music, 2859 S. Throop, (312) 842- 7979.
    • St. Edward Summer Fest: 3-11 p.m. Aug. 25, in parking lot, must be 21 and over, 4350 W. Sunnyside, (773) 545-6496.
    • Irish Fest: July 13-15, with music, dancing, food, vendors, contests; also Irish poets, literature reading, authors, one-page play contest, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, call (773) 282-7035 for more info.
    • Hopefest: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug. 11, at Our Lady of Hope Parish, 9711 W. Devon, Rosemont, call (847) 825-4631 for more info.
    • St. Jerome Annual Kermess: noon-midnight Aug. 4, clowns, children marathon, ethnic food, music, dance, dunk tank, 1709 W. Lunt, call (773) 262-3170 for more info.
    • Comboni Mission Picnic: Aug. 25, on grounds at 1615 E. 31st St., La Grange Park, (708) 354- 1999.

    • St. Paul of the Cross Parish: seeking crafters for juried arts and crafts bazaar, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4, 320 S. Washington, Park Ridge, contact Aileen at (847) 318-0917.
    • “Art in the Park”: seeking artists, crafters and vendors, for Sept. 22-23 fair, hosted by Toni Council, Knights of Columbus, at Portage Park, Irving & Central, call (773) 318-3608 to apply.
    • St. Barbara Parish: seeking crafters for Pumpkins ‘n’ Holly show and bake sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17, no vendors, at 4015 Prairie, Brookfield, call Jenny at (708) 485-1962.
    • Resurrection High School: Seeking crafters for arts and craft fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10, over 200 booths, at 7500 W. Talcott, first-come, first-served call (773) 775-6616, Ext. 142.

    • Free Pop Program of American Music: with Palos Symphony, directed by Fr. Stanley Rudcki, from Camelot to Music Man and patriotic salutes, with audience sing-a-long, 3:30 p.m. July 4, St. Alexander Parish Center, 126th and 71st Ave., Palos Heights, (708) 448-4861.
    • Walt Disney's “Beauty and the Beast”: performances July 12-15; 20-22, 27-28, at St. James Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, for tickets, call (847) 253-6305, Ext. 178.
    • Monthly Musical Luncheon: noon July 11, $13/person, includes entertainment and a sit down lunch, at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., must RSVP to (708) 687-9323.
    • First Friday Movie Night: 6:30 p.m. July 6, “Amistad,” about an 1839 slave ship, discussion uses “The Movie Lectionary-Lights, Camera, Faith,” at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, call (312) 326-4228.

    • Recent Works by Janina Monkute Marks: Lithuanian-born award-winning artist, now through Aug. 12, at Balzekas Museum, 6500 S. Pulaski, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, (773) 582-6500.
    • Mixed Media Show: “From Ancient Earth,” works of Dan Addington, Alice McMahon White and Patrick May, free reception, 7 p.m. July 6; hours Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. through July 31, free except during Irish Fest, 6-8 p.m. July 13; noon-6 p.m. July 14-15, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035.

    • Fr. Anthony Brankin: “Catholic or American First?” noon July 13, luncheon $30, hosted by Catholic Citizens Forum, at Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, RSVP to Maureen at (708) 352-5834 by July 10.
    • National Catholic Bible Conference: for anyone who wants to get more out of the readings at Mass, or to grow in their faith, July 13-14; talks and resources with Jeff Cavins, Mary Healy, Tim Gray, Matthew Pinto, Ted Sri and more, at Dominican University, River Forest, register at (888) 842-2853, or online at CatholicBibleConference. com.
    • Malachy McCourt: two shows, “Irish in America,” 3:30 p.m. July 14, 2 p.m. July 15; “You Don’t Have to be Irish,” 6:30 p.m. July 14 and 4 p.m. July 15, at the Irish American Heritage Center’s Irish Fest, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282- 7035.
    • Fr. John Pawlikowski, OSM: “John Paul II’s Vision of the Catholic-Jewish Relationship,” 6 p.m. July 24, Simpson Lecture Hall, at Loyola University Museum of Art, 820 N. Michigan, (312) 915- 7630.
    • Claudia Traudt: Chicago scholar, talk/discussion on Irish poet Seamus Heaney, 1995 Nobel Prize-winner for literature, 3 p.m. June 10, $10, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035, Ext. 13.

    • Catholic Alumni Club of Chicago: for singles ages 21-60, summer concerts under the stars, meet 7:30 p.m. at North Riverside Commons, 2401 S. Des Plaines, different band each week, bring lawn chair, Tuesdays, June 26, July 10-Aug. 7, call Marlene at (708) 450-8280.
    • Southwest Archdiocesan Singles: 7 p.m. July 1, meet at Fox’s, 9240 S. Cicero for pizza; RSVP by June 30 to Rick at (773) 585- 9094.
    • Charis2: new spin-off group of Charis, for young adults ages 35+, 7-9 p.m. June 28, evening of discussion and reflection on “Does Your Work Matter to God?” at St. Clement School Hall, 2524 N. Orchard, (773) 430-2337.
    • On Track Singles: meet at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 6435 S. Kilbourn; for club events and meetings, call Steve Doyle at (708) 268-9482 after 6 p.m.
    • New Beginnings Singles: Taste of Chicago and country music fest with Kenny Rogers, meet 11:30 a.m. June 30 near Sears Tower, call John at (630) 483-2117.
    • Starting Anew: by and for the widowed, 7 p.m. on second Fridays each month; dinners on first Saturdays, at St. Edna Church, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, (847) 398-3362, Ext. 318.
    • Chicago Catholic University Club: inaugural dinner-dance, noon-5 p.m. July 1, entertainment by Dick Fabian, $25/members; $27/ guests, at Alessandro’s Banquets, 6040 W. Cermak, Cicero, RSVP by June 25 to Ann Marie at (773) 685-6624.
    • St. Hubert Job Ministry: free, non-denominational job help assistance, for any job seekers and any occupations, meets on second and fourth Mondays monthly, at parish, 705 Grand Canyon, Hoffman Estates, call Bob at (847) 925-6005.

    • Concert for Peace & a Joyful Pilgrimage Through European Christmas Markets: Dec. 3-11, with Chiesa Nuova and Fr. Bob Hutmacher, OFM, call Greg at (708) 206-1234.
    • In the Footsteps of Pope John Paul II: Sept. 1-10, Krakow, Auschwitz, Zakopane, Czestochowa, Warsaw, more, call Fr. Bob Stuglik, at (708) 687-1370.
    • Journeys of St. Paul: Greece and Italy, Oct. 8-18, with Fr. Luis Runde, OFM, call (800) 995-4346.
    • Fatima Pilgrimage: with Fr. Eduardo Garcia of St. John Vianney Parish, visit the sites where Our Lady appeared to the children in 1917, and other shrines throughout Portugal, Sept. 25-Oct. 3, call Nancy at (847) 566-7711.
    • Holy Land: Sept. 15-26, with Fr. Mario DiCicco, OFM, call him at (510) 848-5232.
    • Rome, Assisi, Florence: with Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, Jan. 12- 20, call Shirley at (708) 361-5592 or visit

    • St. Mary of Czestochowa School: seeking alumni for Alumni Fund kick-off dinner Oct. 5, at Klas Restaurant, Cicero; keynote speaker, alum Theresa Szczurek, author, call (708) 656-5010, Ext. 56.
    • Aquinas Dominican High School: seeking class of 1957 for Sept. 29 reunion, at Signature Room of John Hancock Building, RSVP asap, to Cathy Martin Marozas, at (480) 671-8008.
    • Christ the King School: marking 70 years, with 5 p.m. Mass July 7, with reunion party 6-12 p.m. on parish grounds, $10 in advance; $15 at door, must be 21 or older, for tickets, call Karen Cooper- McKee, at (773) 238-4877.
    • Angel Guardian Orphanage: (located on W. Devon, closed in 1974) seeking all classes as well as residents from all cottages, for July 13-15 reunion, at Best Western Hotel, in Elk Grove Village, for more information, call Mary Beth Wiley, at (773) 489-4545, in the daytime.
    • Parker High School Alumni: luncheon noon Sept. 30 at Lexington House, Hickory Hills, for alums through 1957, honoring classes of1937, ‘42, ‘47 and ‘52; planning committee meets second Thursdays monthly at 10:30 a.m. in Oak Lawn Library, call Betty Collins at (708) 424-4009.
    • Visitation Grade School: seeking class of 1957 for proposed reunion, call Noreen Murphy Smith, at (708) 226-1502.
    • St. John Berchmans School: seeking alumni for 100th anniversary of school on Nov. 17, call Julie at (773) 486-1573.
    • St. Thomas More Parish: celebrating 60th anniversary with 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 Mass and party, $30/adults in advance; $45 after Sept. 9 or at door; 18 and older only, music by American English, 2825 W. 81st St., (773) 436-4444.
    • St. Catherine of Genoa: seeking class of 1956, e-mail robertmartz@
    • St. Joseph High School: (S. Hermitage), seeking alumni from class of 1979 for possible get-together, call Jeff Brazinskas at (708) 705-9389.
    • Sacred Heart School: in Oklahoma City, seeking alums for centennial, call (405) 634-5673.

    • St. Nicholas Parish: two buildings of treasures, Oldershaw Hall and Pope John XXIII School, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 21, 806 Ridge, Evanston, (847) 864-1185, Ext. 23.

    • Technology Camps for Girls and Adults: for girls currently in grades 6, 7, and 8, 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays in July, $50 for series, call DiAnne Richardson, at (773) 925-8686, Ext. 115; also a computer training course for adults, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon, July 2-30, call Nina Solava, at (773) 925-8686, Ext. 106; both at Maria High School, 6727 S. California.
    • Vocation Day for Young Women: bilingual (English/Spanish), 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 18, at St Mary’s Home, Little Sisters of the Poor, 2325 N. Lakewood, call (847) 219-2430, or e-mail vocationinfo@
    • First Saturday Catholic Women's Book Club: noon-2 p.m. July 7, “The Caged Virgin- An Emancipation Proclamation for Women in Islam,” at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, RSVP to Blanca at (773) 585-6753.
    • Tour Victorian Chicago: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 17, motor coach with guide Bill Hinchliff, to Holy Family, St. Ignatius College Prep, St. James Cathedral and Widow Clark’s House; lunch at a fine restaurant, hosted by Fra Angelico Art Foundation, RSVP to (708) 447-9695.
    • “Identity Theft: It Can Happen to You!”: 2-3 p.m. June 26, learn ways to safeguard personal information and avoid becoming a victim, St. Joseph Village of Chicago, 4021 W. Belmont, RSVP to (773) 328-5500.
    • Seeking volunteers: Carmelite Carefree Village in Darien would welcome those able to offer a couple hours weekly to give caring attention to residents in different ways, call Christine Klassek at (630) 960-4060.
    • Class for Cancer Patients and Their Families: 7-8:30 p.m. June 21, second of two-part series on aromatherapy, with a demonstration on making cleaning products with natural ingredients and essential oils, at Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park, RSVP to (708) 229-6015.
    • Progoff Intensive Journal Workshops: 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. July 6 and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 7, initial workshop works with relationships, memories, issues, $40, at Warrenville Cenacle, RSVP to (630) 393-1231.
    • Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend: Aug. 3-5 or Sept. 21-23, call Kathy and Lloyd Christensen at (773) 284-9242 for more info, or Web site:
    • Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors: inclusion program hosted by archdiocese and Pathways Awareness Foundation, 7-9 p.m. July 19, at Old St. Mary’s, 1500 S. Michigan, (800) 955- 2445.
    • Vacation Bible School: ages 4-10 of all faiths, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 16-20, games, lessons, crafts, hot lunch, donations accepted, St. William Parish, Sayre and Wrightwood, RSVP to (773) 637-6565.