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Sr. Helen McAllister: celebrating her 50th jubilee at noon Mass Aug. 12, at Queen of Peace High School chapel, 7659 S. Linder, Burbank, RSVP to Therese Lahart at (708) 458-7600, Ext. 448.

Our Lady of Hope Parish: 50th anniversary events, 6 p.m. Aug. 15 Mass with Bishop Francis Kane, followed by dedication of Meditation Garden and ice cream social, at 9711 W. Devon, Rosemont; 11 a.m. Sept. 16, Mass with Cardinal George; dinner-dance at 6 p.m. Sept. 22, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, call (847) 825-4673 for tickets.

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. 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.


Congregation of the Resurrection: community of priests,brothers, USA Province, hosting 10th annual benefit luncheon, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, $65/person; Vision of Hope Award to Knights of Columbus; and Veritas et Caritas Award to Fr. Francis Rog, CR, associate pastor of St. Hyacinth Basilica, at White Eagle Banquets, 6839 N. Milwaukee, Niles, RSVP to Br. William Hallas, at (773) 465-8352.

Misericordia: “Day at the Races,” 12th annual English Family Benefit, Aug. 19, buffet lunch, open bar, rain/shine, $100/person, appropriate dress required, RSVP to Brian English, at (630) 690- 6853.

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.

St. Theresa of Avila Parish: “Summer in the City” gala 6 p.m.- midnight Sept. 7, at Galleria Marchetti, Halsted and Erie streets; dinner, complimentary beverages live/silent auctions, games, music, $80/person until Sept. 2; then $100; fund-raiser, benefits parish outreach programs, call rectory at (773) 528-6650 for tickets.

Misericordia Harrington Family Golf Outing: 7:30 a.m. Sept. 16 scramble, $125/golfer; or buffet dinner only, $40, at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, RSVP to Dan and Laura Harrington, at (847) 506-1670.

Friends of the Felician Sisters: dinner-dance, silent auction and raffle, 1 p.m. Oct. 14, $50/person, at The White Eagle, Niles, call Diane, at (708) 534-0621.


“Picnic In Our Backyard”: annual old fashioned family picnic, county fair style, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 19, white elephant tent sale, entertainment, homemade or grilled food sold at Franciscan Village Snack Shack, (no grills or coolers, please), new beer garden, family games, raffles; come early to see hot and cold air balloon displays, also tours of Franciscan Village at 1 and 2:30 p.m. from picnic grounds, 14700 Main, Lemont, to benefit nursing center at Mother Theresa Home, call Joan, at (630) 243-3435.

Country Western “Sister Fest”: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 11, classic auto show, bingo tent, arts/crafts fair, live entertainment, outdoor dance floor, kids’ obstacle course with climbing wall, pony rides, food, to celebrate 132nd anniversary of the founding of Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, at Maryville Academy, Central and River, in Des Plaines, (847) 298- 6760, Ext. 137.

VictorFest: noon-11 p.m. Aug. 11; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 12, family fun, live musical entertainment; “Heavenly Rods” car show, noon- 4 p.m. Aug. 11 (to register call Jim at (708) 730-1121), food, beer garden arts/crafts vendors, at St. Victor Parish, 553 Hirsch, Calumet City, (708) 891-8920.

St. Bede Summer Bash I: 5-11 p.m. Aug. 11, bingo in church basement 6-9 p.m.; live entertainment, polka to rock, in the courtyard, 6-11 p.m.; Split the Pot and pull tabs all night, 8300 S. Kostner, for more info or tickets, call (773) 884-2081.

St. Comboni Fest: picnic noonwhenever Aug. 25, with live entertainment, bingo, kids’ games, pork roast and variety food; live/silent auctions, raffle; 3 p.m. Mass at patio on grounds at 1615 E. 31st St., La Grange Park, (708) 354- 1999.

Festa di Tutti I Santi: 11 a.m. Aug. 26 Mass with Fr. Richard Fragomeni, procession follows; games, food, at Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington, (312) 421-3757, Ext. 123.

St. Mary of Czestochowa Summer Fest: 5-10 p.m. Aug. 23- 24; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 25; noon-9 p.m. Aug. 26, carnival rides, ethnic foods, kids’ games, DJs and battle of the bands.

Annunciata Parish Fest: 4-11 p.m. Aug. 24; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 25, plenty of live entertainment, neighborhood food vendors, games, bean bag contest, dunk tank, more, 3747 E. 111th St., (773) 221-1040.

Hopefest: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug. 11, at Our Lady of Hope Parish, 9711 W. Devon, Rosemont, (847) 825-4631.

Cursillo Picnic: 2-7 p.m. Aug. 12; Mass 3 p.m. in gazebo; bring your own food, drinks, lawn chairs, bag games, volley and softballs and bats to River Front Park, River Grove; sponsored by St. Gertrude Eltreya, Franklin Park; call Ron and Marie at (708) 453-2657 for more info.

Pro-Life Family Night at Kiddieland: park is rented from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 7, ideal for church organizations also, free unlimited soft drinks, at First and North avenues, Melrose Park, call Illinois Right to Life Committee, at (312) 422-9300 for tickets.

Misericordia Family Fest: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 9, food, live entertainment, kids’ games, shopping and more; tickets at the gate are $7/adults; $4/seniors and children, on the campus at 6300 N. Ridge, free parking at S&C Electric, call (773) 273-2766 to order discount tickets in advance, or for more info.

Fisherfest: rides, food, games, entertainment, Sept. 13-16, St. John Fisher Parish, 10235 S. Fairfield, (773) 445-6565.

St. Edward Summer Fest: 3-11 p.m. Aug. 25, in parking lot, must be 21 and over, 4350 W. Sunnyside, (773) 545-6496.


Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish: seeking crafters for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20 fair, 3820 N. Spaulding, call (773) 478-1157, Ext. 13.

Resurrection Retirement Community: seeking crafters for Oct. 13 craft and gift sale, no stairs, 7262 West Peterson, call (773) 594-0093.

Marian Catholic High School: seeking crafters for Oktoberfest Arts & Craft Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7, 700 Ashland, Chicago Heights, call Terry, at (708) 614- 7698.

St. Francis Borgia Parish: seeking crafters for 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 9 show, 8025 W. Addison, no stairs, call (773) 625-1118.

St. Eugene Parish: seeking crafters for bazaar/rummage sale, Oct. 13, 7850 W. Foster, call (708) 583-9359.

St. Alphonsus Liguori School: seeking crafters for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20 fall fest, 411 N. Wheeling Road, Prospect Heights, call Denise at (847) 828-2111.

Pumpkins ‘n’ Holly: seeking crafters for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17 fair, with bake sale, no vendors, St. Barbara Parish Center, 4015 Prairie, Brookfield, call Jenny at (708) 485-1962.


Cheeseburger in Paradise Party: 6 p.m.-midnight Aug. 18, adult fun, music and food, $10/person, includes all-you-can-eat burgers and chips from 6-10 p.m.; Jimmy Buffett tribute and other bands, raffle, cash bar, at Lansing Knights of Columbus grounds, 178th and Lorenz, call (708) 895- 7720 for tickets, or at door.


Broadway’s “Bus Stop”: quality professional theater, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 10 and 11; 2 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12, $10; $8/students and seniors; at St. Patrick Performing Arts Centre, 5900 W. Belmont, call box office, at (773) 286-8470.

Piano for Four Hands: featuring Maurizio Moretti and Angela Oliviero, 12:15 p.m. Aug. 9, freewill offering, hosted by Chiesa Nuova and St. Peter’s Church, 110 W. Madison, (312) 372-5111.

John B. Keane’s “Sive”: featuring Coolera Dramatic Society of County Sligo, Ireland, in drama about mid-century rural Ireland, 8 p.m. Sept. 5-6, $15, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, call (773) 282-7035.


“Polish Museum of America 70 Years of Service”: special exhibition; registration and refreshments 1 p.m. Sept. 14, panel discussion 2 p.m. on “Significance of Ethnic Museums;” VIP tour of museum, followed by keynote speaker at 7:30 p.m., at 984 N. Milwaukee, (773) 384-3352.


Fr. Nicholas Federspiel: parochial vicar St. Edward Church in Rockford, on “Evidence that Demands a Verdict, the Existence of Satan in Evil;” noon Aug. 10, luncheon $30, at Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, call Maureen, at (708) 352-5834 to RSVP; public is welcome. (corner of Jackson & Federal). $30.

Polish Genealogical Society of America Conference: “Bridges to the Past,” Sept. 28-30, for beginners or more experienced, speakers include Stephen Morse, creator of “one step guide to easy searches of the Ellis Island database,” at Schaumburg Marriott, 50 N. Martingale, call (312) 915-5927 to register.

Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ: “Common Ground, Solid Ground,” this year’s Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture, 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Elmhurst College Frick Center, 190 Prospect, Elmhurst, free, open to public, (630) 617-3033 for more information.


Chicago Catholic University Club: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 Grant Park Concert at Millennium Park; dinner at My Thai, 5 p.m., across from the park, call Betty at (312) 922-1735; tour Cantigny gardens and estate, in Wheaton, 11:30 a.m. Aug. 12, brunch; bring folding chair for Air Force Band concert 3 p.m., call Rita at (847) 640-7184.

Southwest Archdiocesan Singles: Lockport historical walk, carpool from Brunswick Bowl, 10300 S. Cicero at noon Aug. 18 for Lockport ‘s Illinois and Michigan Canal heritage experience, RSVP by Aug. 17 to Ken at (708) 423-4271.

New Beginnings Singles: dancing to DJ music, appetizers, cash bar, games, contests, 8-11 p.m. Aug. 29, at La Strada, 2380 Lakewood, Hoffman Estates, call (847) 765-1700.

On Track Singles: leave south parking lot of St. Mary’s (6500 S. Kenneth) 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 for Portillo’s, 5532 S. Harlem, Summit (or meet there at 7 p.m.); after dinner go to CD Café, 5980 S. Archer for conversation, call Lucy at (773) 778-2339 after 7 p.m. to RSVP.

Catholic Alumni Club of Chicago: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Giordano ‘s 10410 W. Cermak, Westchester, RSVP to Marlene, at (708) 450-8280; picnic, noon-5 p.m. Aug. 19, near large lake, club provides salad, drinks and grilled items, at Busse Woods, call John, at (708) 485-4036 for more info.

Young Adults Mass: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, St. Bernadette Church (instrumentalists, singers, lectors, ministers of Communion invited to contact Tom McNamara at (708) 692-7078), snacks and beverages in air-conditioned rectory meeting room follows, with discussion of future plans, at 9343 S. Francisco, Evergreen Park, call Tom for more information.

St. Fabian Phoenix Group: speaker Fr. Robert Rohrich on “Self Image,” doors open 7 p.m. Aug. 9, in social center, 7450 W. 83rd St., Bridgeview, for more info, call Tom and Marianne at (708) 499-5377.

New Beginnings Phoenix: meet for dinner at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Dover Straits, 1149 W. Golf, Hoffman Estates, live band and dancing follows, call Joe at (847) 922-8007 to RSVP.

Polish Genealogical Society of America: Cynthia Piech, editor of PGSA Notebook, a Polish genealogy e-mail newsletter, Power Point lecture on current surname distribution in Poland, 2 p.m. Aug. 12, in Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee, free, open to public, for more info, go to, or call (773) 774- 2589.


Shrines of Italy: Oct. 14-25, call Fr. Paul Stein of St. Sylvester Parish at (312) 602-5373.

Egypt and Greece: Nov. 2-16, call Fr. Mario DiCicco, OFM, at (510) 848-5232.

Shrines in Warsaw, Krakow and Prague: Oct. 4-15, led by Fr. Rich Sztorc and Fr. Joe Curtis, for more info, call Fr. Rich at (847) 328-1430.

Polish Museum of America: Oktoberfest trip, Sept. 26-Oct. 12, Munich, Dresden, Berlin and Wroclaw, call (773) 384-3352, Ext. 102.


St. Patrick High School: seeking class of 1982 for Sept. 15 reunion; class of 1972 for Sept. 29 event and class of 1977 for Sept. 29 reunion, 5900 W. Belmont, call Marybeth at (773) 282-8844, Ext. 268 for more information.

St John the Baptist Grade School (50th & Peoria): all class picnic reunion, 10 a.m.-sunset Aug. 25, at Turtlehead Lake Forest Preserve Grove #1, Harlem Ave. South of 135th Street, bring your own food and drinks, for more info, call Pat (Tompkins) Schultz, at (708) 671-9383.

Notre Dame High School: seeking class of 1967 for Sept. 15 reunion, call Peggy McGivern Berg, at (847) 966-3599; class of 1977, Sept. 23 event, RSVP to Deborah Smentek, at (847) 318- 0069; and Sept. 29-30, call Barbara Walsh Boehm, at (847) 394- 8590.

St. Michael High School: (near North side of Chicago) seeking class of 1957 for proposed reunion, contact Mary Ellen Feeney Gallo at (847) 455-1603.

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.

Visitation High School: all years reunion, 12:30-5 p.m. Sept. 16, at Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, classes that graduated in the years ending with “2” or “7” will be honored, call Elizabeth Preisser, (708) 636- 1664 for more info and to RSVP.

St. Benedict High School Alumni (Chicago): seeking class of 1972 and non-grads for Nov. 10 “Come Together,” at Sheraton Gateway Suites, Rosemont; Memorial Mass for deceased classmates, noon Nov. 11, at St. Benedict Church, 2215 W. Irving Park, followed by a school tour, contact (773) 539-0066, or e-mail [email protected] to be on mailing list.

Parker High School: seeking class of Parker High School Alumni: luncheon noon Sept. 30 at Lexington House, Hickory Hills, for alums through 1957, honoring classes of 1937, ʻ42, ʻ47 and ʻ52; planning committee meets second Thursdays monthly at 10:30 a.m. in Oak Lawn Library, call Betty Collins at (708) 424-4009.


Bridgeport's Biggest Garage Sale: purchase a table in advance or donate items, and/or come to buy, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 11, plenty of parking, at St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church, 1039 W. 32nd St., call the rectory at (773) 927-6646 for info.

St. Rita Parish Garage Sale: toys, furniture, computer/office equipment, appliances, clothing, more, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 19 [ date change], basement of Fairfield Academy School, St. Augustine Hall, 6201 S. Fairfield, (773) 863-1179.

Immaculate Conception Parish: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 7; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 8, at 770 Deerfield Road; also at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 330 Laurel; and Trinity Episcopal Church, 425 Laurel, all in Highland Park, call (847) 433-0130 for more information.


Gentle Yoga Classes: 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays in St. Linus Rectory “Friendship Room,” 10300 S. Lawler, Oak Lawn, (708) 425-1656.

Meteor Chess Camp: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Aug. 6-10, for students entering grades 6-12, to promote benefits of chess, with experienced teachers/coaches; also Meteor Chess Club meets 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays and is open to chess players of all ages, at De La Salle Institute's campus, 3434 S. Michigan, call coach George Dzuricsko, at (312) 842-7355 Ext. 220.

Need Volunteer Tutors: the Congregation of St. Joseph's School on Wheels adult literacy program needs tutors for one hour or so per week, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. or 3-8 p.m. in suburbs like Lombard, Summit, Westmont; two-day training is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 27-30, no prior second language skills needed, call (708) 482-5060.

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.

Irish School for Children: fall semester for ages 6-16, on Irish heritage, culture, music, crafts, more; 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 29-Dec. 1; classes include Irish language for ages 6-11 and 12-16, the Teen Theatre Workshop for ages 12-16 and Celtic mythology and art for ages 6-11, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, call (773) 282-7035, ext. 10, to register children.