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Around the Archdiocese

Around the Archdiocese is a free listing for Catholic events in the Archdiocese.

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St. Joseph Parish-Shrine: (S. Hermitage) Celebrating 120th anniversary serving Back of the Yards Community; special Thanksgiving banquet/cash bar, 3-8:30 p.m. Nov. 25, at European Chalet, 5445 S. Harlem, $35/ ages 13 and up; $20/ ages 4 to 12, call rectory, at (773) 254-2366.

Big Sisters: marking 90 years providing assistance and scholarships, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 2, silent auction; $80/person at Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, 163 E. Walton, RSVP to (708) 488-8893.


Magnificat Christmas Breakfast: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 8, keynoter Carol Razza, psychotherapist/ adviser at St. Vincent DePaul Seminary, Florida; hosted by McHenry chapter of Magnificat, non-profit ministry to Catholic women, at Holiday Inn Crystal Lake; tickets $15, on sale in area stores or RSVP to Jacky at (815) 455-2057 by Dec. 1.


St. Kevin Parish: crafts, vendors and bake sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 11, Mexican and American foods for breakfast and lunch, in church basement, 10509 S. Torrence, (773) 721-2563.

St. Norbert Parish: crafts/gift market and cookie walk, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2, lunch available, in school gym, 1817 Walters, Northbrook, (847) 272-7090.

Divine Infant Parish: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17 fair, in the school, 1601 Newcastle, Westchester, (708) 865-8071.

St. Albert the Great School: crafts and vendors show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10, church basement, 5555 W. State Road, Burbank, (708) 424-7757.

St. Benedict Parish: seeking crafters for “The Elf Shop,” 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Nov. 18, handicapped accessible, 2215 W. Irving Park, call Daralis, at (773) 588-4351.

Mount Carmel Mothers’ Club: 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 15, with vendors of fine arts to silk scarves, entertainment by student rock band, BrownTown, in high school Convocation Center, 6410 S. Dante, (773) 445-2231.

St. John Vianney School: seeking crafters and vendors for Nov. 17 fair, 27 N. LaVergne, Northlake, (708) 531-0669.

Queen of the Rosary School: craft fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Family Fun Festival, with games, prizes, raffles, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 18, 690 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove Village, (847) 437-3322.

Notre Dame High School for Girls: seeking crafters for 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 1, craft show; also Breakfast with Santa fundraiser, for parents and kids of all ages; children 12 and under can have photo taken with Santa and get a free gift; games and raffles for adults and children; wreaths and poinsettias available for purchase, tickets at door of school, 3000 N. Mango, call Pauline Garrett, (773) 622-1541.

St. Gregory the Great Parish: old fashioned Christmas bazaar, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18, in high school gym, Ashland and Gregory streets, (773) 561-5113.

St. Gertrude Parish: Christmas bazaar, Dec. 8-9, for hours, call rectory, at (773) 764-3621.

St. Richard Parish: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17, tables still available, at 5030 S. Kostner, call Barbara at (773) 581-3986.

Irish American Heritage Center: bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2, with bake sale and breakfast with Santa, $8/adults; $4/children, must RSVP to (773) 282-7035, Ext. 10.


Queen of the Rosary Parish: food and wine-tasting, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 17, $20/person, 80 Elk, Elk Grove Village, for more info, call (847) 437-3905.

“Christmas at Marist, Chicago Style”: 6:30 p.m.-midnight Dec. 1, $25/advance; $30/at door, catered Chicago-style foods, entertainment, cash bar, raffles, shopping, for adults 21 and over; World Class Noise performs 8 p.m.-midnight, at the high school’s Winter Wonderland, call (773) 881-5365.

Madrigal Holiday Dinner: music, storytelling, court entertainers, delicious food and drink, $25, includes Madrigal Singers CD, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8, Marian Catholic High School, 700 Ashland, Chicago Heights, RSVP to (708) 756-9442.

St. Louise de Marillac Parish: “Treasures and Traditions,” dinner and auction, 6:30 p.m., Nov. 17, $37.50/person, at St. Louise de Marillac Parish Center, 31st and Harrison streets, LaGrange Park, RSVP to (708) 352-7388.

New Year’s Eve Party: dinner music by Sean O’Donnell, show with Joe McShane and the Silverbridge Band, four-hour open bar, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, five-course dinner, champagne toast, favors, $65/person, at Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, RSVP to (708) 687-9323.

New Year’s Eve Party: entertainment by Paddy Homan and John Williams cabaret, hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, party favors, doors open 7 p.m. Dec. 31, $25 in advance, $30 on Dec. 30, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, call (773) 282-7035, Ext. 10.


November Jazz to Remember: featuring the Art Booker Trio, 2-6 p.m. Nov. 18, $15/person; includes homecooked meal, champagne and good company, St. Elizabeth Parish Hall, 50 E. 41st St., free parking, (773) 268-1518.

Chicago Sinfonietta: “Prelude to Thanksgiving” concert, Renee Baker, conductor, 2 p.m. Nov. 18, $21/person in advance; $23/at door, Sisters’ Chapel, 1515 W. Ogden, LaGrange Park, call (708) 354-9200, Ext. 5054.

Restoration of the Sacred Concert: 20-voice Lincoln Chamber Chorale, 3 p.m. Nov. 18, at Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3100 S. Aberdeen, for tickets, call Tim Woods, at (815) 896-0066.

First Friday Movie Night: “Bless the Child,” Kim Basinger in film on good vs. evil, discussion follows on faith and movies, gathering 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, movie at 7 p.m., free munchies, Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, RSVP to (312) 346-4228.

DePaul Chamber Orchestra: 8 p.m. Nov. 13, free, at DePaul Concert Hall, 800 W. Belden, (773) 325-7260.

“Christmas in Kerry”: comedy based on “Christmas Stories and Letters of a Country Postman,” 3 p.m., Nov. 11 and 18; 8 p.m. Nov. 16-17; $10/theater only; $23/Sunday dinner-theater; at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, RSVP to (708) 687-9323.

Irish Heritage Singers Concert: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, includes performances by the Weber Dance Group, tickets $12/in advance or $15/at door; children 12 and under free, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035.

“The Quiltmaker’s Gift”: from the best-selling short story, Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 4 and 8 p.m., Sundays 3 p.m., now through Dec. 30 at Athenaeum Studio 3, 2936 N. Southport, near St. Alphonsus Church, for tickets, call Ticketmaster, at (312) 902-1500.

“Cloud Tectonics”: by Jose Rivera, presented by Theater School at DePaul University, New Directors Series, free, 7:30 p.m. now-Nov. 18 but reservations advised, at Bailiwick Theater, 1229 W. Belmont, call (312) 922-1999.

“The Life of Thomas Merton”: Still Point Theatre Collective, 5 p.m. Nov. 18, $25, includes reception and indoor parking, at Catholic Theological Union’s new academic/conference center, 5416 S. Cornell, call (773) 371-5483.

Basilica Concerts: 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 Ascension of Our Lord Parish choir performing Faure’s “Requiem;” 3 p.m. Dec. 2, St. Mary Parish choir (Des Plaines) “Lessons and Carols,” both free, Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, 3121 W. Jackson, (773) 638-0159.

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism”: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, holiday/ mystery, $35/person, complimentary appetizers/cash bar at 6 p.m., at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, 1241 E. Anderson, Palatine, for tickets, call Fr. Tom, at (847) 358-6999.

“Mary and Christmas”: buffet and concert, “archangel sponsors” reception 5:30-6:15 p.m. Dec. 1; pre-concert buffet 6-7:30 p.m., concert 7:45-9 p.m., champagne and pastry reception follows, at Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington, call (312) 421- 3757 for tickets.

“A Polish Christmas”: new production by Lira Ensemble performing carols, Polish masters, folk songs and dances in costume, 3 p.m. Dec. 9, Arie Crown Theater, 2301 S. Lake Shore, call Ticketmaster, at (312) 559-1212.

“Christmas at DePaul”: dramatic musical retelling of Christmas story, with 200-voice choir and 50-piece student orchestra, narrated by Carlos Hernandez- Gomez of CLTV, at 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. Dec. 14, free, St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1010 W. Webster, bring items for food pantry, RSVP to (312) 362-8458.

One-Man Drama: “The Gift of Peace,” first six chapters of St. Luke’s Gospel, from birth of John the Baptist to Beatitudes, offering, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, St. Patrick Church, 950 W. Everett, Lake Forest, call Brett Swearingen at (847) 234- 1401.

“Honk”: retelling “The Ugly Duckling” as a musical, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17; 2 p.m. Nov. 18, $9/adults; $5/students, at Trinity High School Auditorium, 7574 W. Division St., River Forest, (708) 453-8377.

Bella Voce in Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, “Baltic Solstice,” luminous a cappella gems from the Baltic and beyond, general admission $25, at St. Procopius Abbey, 5601 College Rd., Lisle, for tickets call (312) 479-1096.

“Irish Christmas in Chicago”: two-part concert with O’Henry’s “Gift of the Magi,” as well as carols, folksongs and storytelling by Jamie O’Reilly and Paul Amandes, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, $18/person before Dec. 14; $20/at door, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, call (773) 282-7035.

Free Documentary Film: 7 p.m. Nov. 17, “Navy on Parade,” from the cycle of 20th Century Secret Archives, English subtitles, events in Klaipeda between World Wars; revolt in 1923; Germanizing of Klaipeda region; Nazi trail in Kaunas in 1935; Nazi occupation of Klaipeda in 1939, discussion and reception follow, at Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski, (773) 582-6500.

First Friday Film Series: 2006 Cannes Film Festival winner “The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, with Fr. Andrew Greeley for post-film discussion, $10, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, must RSVP to (773) 282-7035, Ext. 10


Art and Faith of the Creche: the 30-year collection of James and Emilia Govan’s Nativity scenes from more than 100 countries and cultures, as well as holiday taste treats, on opening night of the Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 17, collector James Govan will sign exhibit catalogue at 6 p.m., admission free, at Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), 820 N. Michigan, (312) 915-7600.


Texas Hold’em Tournament: 7 p.m. Nov. 17, 6 p.m. $100 buy-in, check-in time; live poker, food, bar available, at Santa Maria del Popolo Parish Hall, 116 N. Lake, Mundelein, (847) 949-8300.

Annual Turkey Shoot: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Nov. 18, turkeys and other seasonal food items raffled; activities for kids, NFL football on multiscreens, kitchen open for refreshments, hosted by Mater Christi Holy Name Society, 2431 S. 10th Ave., North Riverside, call (708) 442-5611.


Michael S. Lewis, MD: speaking on his acclaimed photographic book, “One World: A View of 50 Countries,” 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10, book also on sale and can be signed, profits go to Himalayan Cataract Project, hosted by De- Paul University Geographical Society, Schmitt Center, 2320 N. Kenmore, (773) 325-7871.

James Govan: 2 p.m. Nov. 18, lecture and walk-through the “Art and Faith of the Creche,” 30-year collection by the collector of more than 100 contemporary Nativity scenes, at Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), 820 N. Michigan, (312) 915-7600.

Fr. Leo Mahon: author of “A Memoir of God’s Power in Panama,” and other books, noon-1:15 p.m. Dec. 7, hosted by First Friday Club of Chicago, luncheon $35/nonmembers, at Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, RSVP to (312) 466- 9610 by Dec. 4.

Round Table on Mental Illness: 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 27, Q&A, compare experiences, find resources in the effort to recover, hosted by the St. Dymphna Society in lower-level Jubilee Room, north end of Queen of All Saints School, 6230 N. Lemont, call Jim or Shirley, at (773) 777- 6022.

“Eyewitnesses to the Occupation”: reflections on challenges to Israel and Palestine in 2007 by people who have been there, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Fr. Robert H. Oldershaw, Miryam Rashid, of American Friends Service Committee; Maria Leonard, of St. Clement Church, at St. Clement School, 2324 N. Orchard, (773) 2281-0371.


Southwest Archdiocesan Singles: for singles 21 and older, eligible to marry in the Catholic Church, for programs or more information, call Joe Rice, at (773) 229-2273.

St. Walter Spirituality Book Club: discussing, “Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light,” 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 15, (773) 779-1515.

New Beginnings: for separated, divorced, widowed and singles, listen to singer Cindi Cronin performing at Dover Straits, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 1149 W. Golf, Hoffman Estates, RSVP to Paul at (630) 253-3787.

On Track Singles: movie and dinner, carpool from St. Mary’s parking lot, 6500 S. Kenneth, at 3 p.m. Nov. 24, or meet at Marcus Orland Park Cinema, 16350 S. LaGrange Rd., RSVP to Lucy at (773) 778-8239 after 7 p.m.

Chicago Catholic University Club: for single practicing Catholics, 50 or over, minimum two years of college, work experience or equivalent, call (773) 545- 8336 for more info and events.

St. Hubert Job & Networking Ministry: “Resume Review”: 9-11 a.m. Nov. 17, at Village Presbyterian Church, 1300 Shermer, Northbrook, bring your resume for an evaluation, at 729 Grand Canyon, Hoffman Estates, call Bob, at (847) 925-6005 for more info.

Courage-Chicago: weekly prayer/discussion sessions as spiritual support for Catholic lay men and women aspiring to live chaste lives according to church’s teachings on homosexuality, visit or call Fr. Charlie Becker, at (815) 385-1575.

Catholic Alumni Club of Chicago: 6:30 p.m. Nov 17, Epicurean Hungarian Restaurant, 4431 W. Roosevelt, Hillside, RSVP to Nick at ncsercs@hot by Nov 16, or call (708) 450-8280 by Nov 15.

The Calix Society: for Catholic alcoholics maintaining sobriety through AA (not a Catholic substitute group for AA), helps with Step 11, meet 9 a.m.-noon on fourth Saturdays at St. John Vianney Church basement, 46 N. Wolf, Northlake, call Ellen at (847) 583-0274 for more information.


Israel/the Holy Land: March 26-April 2, Nazareth to Mount Tabor, led by Deacon Al Lopez of St. Aloysius Church, call him at (773) 316-1982.


St. Turibius Grade School: seeking class of 1959 for proposed spring 2009 reunion, contact Tom Tyschper, at ttyschper@ for mailing list.


The Women’s Center Needs Supplies: pro-life outreach seeks diapers, crib sheets, blankets, sleepers, gently used small and xlarge maternity clothes, and kids’ clothes sizes 4 and up, call (773) 794-1313 for drop-off sites; or for cribs, swings, high chairs, toddler beds, call for volunteer pick up.

Alaskan Cruise: fundraiser hosted by Franciscan Village, Lemont; June 18-25, from Prince William Sound’s 16 glaciers to Juneau, land package optional, call Joan, at (630) 243-3435.

“Advent People: John the Baptist, Elizabeth, Zachariah”: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 3, $40/includes lunch, Carmelite Center, 8433 Bailey, Darien, call (630) 969-4141 by Nov. 27 to RSVP.

“Handling the Holidays”: 1-4 p.m. Nov. 17, special care for individuals or families grieving loss of a loved one, $25, includes materials and refreshments, at The Well, 1515 W. Ogden, LaGrange Park, call Cecilia, at (708) 528- 0200.

Prostate Cancer Support Group: 7-9 p.m. first Thursdays, at Little Company of Mary Cancer Center, Room 1, 2800 W 95th St., Evergreen Park, call (708) 229- 6015.

Polish Christmas Ornament Workshop: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17-18, children can learn to make Polish ornaments, $5/children under 12; $12/non-members; also holiday crystal, amber and gift sale, from CDs to Polish candy; at Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee, RSVP to (773) 384-3352, Ext. 104.

Polish Christmas Eve “Wigilia”: doors open 6 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m. Nov. 30, $32/non-members, Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee, RSVP to (773) 384-3352, Ext. 104.

Old Fashioned Christmas Workshop & Lunch: 10 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8, learn Polish customs and carols, make ornaments, enjoy a visit from St. Nicholas, $15/children; $30/adult non-members, hosted by Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee, RSVP by Dec. 1, at (773) 384-3352, Ext. 104.

Celebrating Winter Solstice: 7 p.m. Dec. 19, celebrate Light of the World on longest night of the year, at The Center, 801 W. Bartlett Rd., Bartlett, RSVP to (630) 837-7486.