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    • 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. Alphonsus Parish: oldfashioned ice cream social, after 11 a.m. Mass July 22, with games, entertainment and food, part of 140th parish jubilee events, 605 State, Lemont, (630) 257-2414.
    • Our Lady of Hope Parish: celebrating its 50th anniversary, 11 a.m. Sept. 16, with Cardinal George, at 9711 W. Devon, Rosemont, call (847) 825-4673.
    • 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. George Parish: Fr. Donald Cahill Charity Golf Outing, shotgun start Aug. 11, at University Golf Club, 23520 Crawford, University Park, call Mike Lawton at (708) 532-0103.
    • Mt. Carmel High School Alumni: golf classic, sign-up 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 6; shotgun start noon, fee $140; Green Garden Country Club, Frankfort, call Fr. Peter Mc- Garry, at (773) 359-0463 by July 15.
    • Bishop Abramowicz Seminary Program Banquet: honoring Cardinal George’s 10th anniversary, silent auction and reception, 5 p.m. Sept. 9; dinner 6 p.m., tickets $175/person, Hotel Marriott, for tickets, call (312) 666-3675.

    • Taste of St. Ita’s: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. July 15, international cuisine, 1220 W. Catalpa, (773) 561-5343.
    • Our Lady of Tepeyac Parish Festival: 6 p.m. rosary; Mass 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17 in church, with procession to fest, with hours to 11 p.m.; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 18; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 19; live entertainment, vendors of ethnic foods, children’s games, on parish grounds, 2200 S. Albany, (773) 521-8400.
    • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine: carnival rides, Italian entertainers and over 50 food vendors, 6 p.m. July 11-12; noon July 13-14; 11 a.m. procession July 15 before fest begins, on grounds at 23rd Avenue and Augusta Blvd, Melrose Park, (708) 344-4140.
    • St. Rosalie Carnival: live bands every night including polka, oldies and rock and roll, ride discounts, food, bingo, grand raffle, 6-10:30 p.m. July 12; 6-11:30 p.m. July 13; 3 p.m.-12:30 a.m. July 14; 3:30-10:30 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 like Rusted Root, 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
    • 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, petting zoo, bingo, live music, 2859 S. Throop, (312) 842-7979.
    • St. Lucy Family Fest: noon-11 p.m. Aug. 4, games, events, noon- 5 p.m. for kids; Hi-Line Band, Italian foods and beer garden, bingo, for adults, 3022 S. Wells, (312) 842-6115.
    • Hopefest: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug. 11, at Our Lady of Hope Parish, 9711 W. Devon, Rosemont, (847) 825-4631.
    • St. Jerome’s Annual Kermes: noon-midnight Aug. 4, clowns, children marathon, ethnic food, music, dance, dunk tank, 1709 W. Lunt, call (773) 262-3170 for more info.
    • St. Edward Summer Fest: 3-11 p.m. Aug. 25, in parking lot, must be 21 and over, 4350 W. Sunnyside, (773) 545-6496.
    • Comboni Mission Picnic: Aug. 25, on grounds at 1615 E. 31st St., La Grange Park, (708) 354- 1999.
    • Fisherfest: rides, food, games, entertainment, Sept. 13-16, St. John Fisher Parish, 10235 S. Fairfield, (773) 445-6565.

    • St. Alphonsus: seeking crafters for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20 fair, 311 N. Wheeling Rd., Prospect Heights, call Denise at (847) 828- 2111.
    • Knights of Columbus Tonti Council: seeking arts, crafts and collectibles for annual Art in the Park event, Sept. 22-23, at Portage Park, Irving Park, Central, Berteau and Long, call (773) 318- 3608 for application.

    • “Beauty and the Beast”: 94- member cast and 22-piece orchestra directed by John Kula, perform July 13-15; 20-22; 27-28, at St. James Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights; for time and tickets, call (847) 253-6305, Ext. 178.
    • First Friday Movie Night: “Mrs. Brown,” love story with Judi Dench as Queen Victoria, discussion uses “The Movie Lectionary- Lights, Camera, Faith,” at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, call (312) 326-4228.
    • Sue Keller: ragtime pianist and composer of ragtime, boogie-woogie and jazz, 7:30 p.m. July 27, $20/person, at the door, Chiesa Nuova, 230 S. Laflin, free street parking and in Whitney Young High School lot across the street, (312) 226-0983.

    • “From Ancient Earth”: mixed media show, with work of Dan Addington, Alice McMahon White and Patrick May, now-July 31, free, except during Irish Fest July 13-15, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, call (773) 282-7035 for hours.

    • St. Bruno Parish: doors open 4:30 p.m. Fridays, bingo games at 6:45 p.m. 4751 S. Harding, (773) 523-3467.

    • National Catholic Bible Conference: for anyone wanting to get more out of the readings at Mass, or grow in their faith, July 13-14; talks and resources with Jeff Cavins, Mary Healy, Tim Gray, and more, at Dominican University, River Forest, register at (888) 842-2853, or online at
    • Fr. John Pawlikowski, OSM: “A Blessing to Each Other: John Paul II’s Vision of the Catholic- Jewish Relationship,” 6 p.m. July 24, $5 for non-members, hosted by Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), in Simpson Lecture Hall, 820 N. Michigan, RSVP to (312) 915-7630.

    • New Beginnings: trip to Venetian Night at lake front, coach bus departs 6 p.m. July 28, from St. Hubert Church, Hoffman Estates, $10, must RSVP to John at (630) 483-2117.
    • Tweeners Unlimited: for single adults between Baby Boomers and GenXers (mid-1950s or later), pizza at Lou Malnati’s, Schaumburg, 6 p.m. July 21, call John at (847) 483-2117.
    • The Calix Society: new Chicagoland Calix Unit, an association of Catholic alcoholics maintaining their sobriety through participation in Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m.- noon on fourth Saturdays, St. John Vianney Church basement, 46 N. Wolf, Northlake, call Ellen at (847) 583-0274 for more info.
    • “Courage-Chicago”: spiritual support group of Catholic lay men and women aspiring to live chaste lives in accordance with Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality, for meeting info, call Fr. Charlie Becker, at (815) 385-1575.
    • On Track Singles: meet at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish, 6435 S. Kilbourn, for information about upcoming events, call Steve after 7 p.m. at (773) 778-8239.
    • Catholic Alumni Club of Chicago: meet at food tent at Westchesterfest at 6:30 p.m. July 14, carnival rides, entertainment, on grounds of St. Joseph High School, 1840 S. Mayfair, Westchester, call Jon at (708) 450-8280 from 7-10 p.m. for more info.

    • North American Shrines: motor coach tour Aug. 5-16, to Montreal, Niagara Falls, St. Anne de Beaupre, Ven. Solanus Casey, Blessed Tekakwitha, Audrey Santo, Shrine of Divine Mercy, led by Fr. Charlie Becker, (312) 602- 5373.
    • Lira Ensemble Tour of Central and Southern Poland: June 28- July 11, 2008, escorted by Lucyna Migala, artistic director of the Lira, in “the Poland of your dreams,” with folklore, concerts and historic sites, call (773) 508-7040 for info.
    • 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.

    • 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.
    • St. John Fisher School: seeking class of 1957 for October reunion, call Dolores Sherlock Mulkern at (703) 644-1724 (in Virginia), for more info.
    • St. Florian School: seeking all alumni for Nov. 17 reunion in honor of the school’s 100th anniversary, call (773) 646-2868.
    • St. Laurence School: seeking class of 1957 for 7-11 p.m. Sept. 29 reunion at Durbin’s in Tinley Park, must RSVP to Judy Jellison Graves, at (708) 349-8570.

    • St. Nicholas Parish: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 21, treasures from cars to bikes, in Oldershaw Hall and in Pope John XXIII School, 806 Ridge, Evanston; call Sr. Christina at (847) 864-1185, Ext. 23.
    • St. Jane de Chantal Parish: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 28, at 5151 S. McVicker, (773) 767-2411.
    • Holy Ghost Parish Yard Sale: rain or shine, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 4, in Fr. Feller Center, 700 E. 170th St., South Holland.

    • 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.
    • Fra Angelico Art Foundation Tour: “Queen Anne Style Home Bed and Breakfast Tour,” with luncheon, assorted teas and dessert, noon-3 p.m. Aug. 18, in Oak Park, for more information and to RSVP, call (708) 447-9695.
    • Inclusion Program: 7-9 p.m. Aug. 1, free, hosted by Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors, partnership of archdiocese and Pathways Awareness Foundation, at St. Robert Bellarmine, 4646 N. Austin, (800) 955-2445.
    • “The Irish Arts & Crafts Movement”: 2 p.m. July 22, first half is Celtic artwork of Dublin’s Sr. M. Concepta Lynch (1874-1939); second half, led by Mary Griffin, docent at Old St. Pat’s and Art Institute, on life of Chicago artist Thomas O’Shaughnessy; $10, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035.