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Around the Archdiocese

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

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Holy Family Church: celebrating 150 years, 5 p.m. Mass Dec. 8, with Founder’s Award to Sam and Betty Parker, and Dick and Mary Jo Barry; 6 p.m. Christmas Ball reception 6 p.m., buffet 7 p.m., with Sway Chicago, dance band, $100/person, at 1080 W. Roosevelt, RSVP by Nov. 25 to (312) 492-8442.

St. Alphonsus Parish: 125th anniversary at 5:30 p.m. Mass Dec. 8, with Cardinal George and reception, 1429 W. Wellington, (773) 525-0709.

St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish: 50th anniversary at noon Mass Jan. 6, with Cardinal George, and reception, 10621 S. Kedvale, Oak Lawn, (708) 425- 2850.


Magnificat Christmas Breakfast: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 8, keynoter Carol Razza, psychotherapist; hosted by McHenry chapter of Magnificat, non-profit ministry to Catholic women, at Holiday Inn Crystal Lake, tickets $15, RSVP to Jacky, at (815) 455- 2057 by Dec. 1.

Mt. Carmel High School: “Salute to the Champions,” honoring yesteryear’s coaches, players, heroes, noon-3 p.m. Dec. 1, $50/person, includes clubhouse admission, racing program and buffet, at Hawthorne Race Course, 3501 S. Laramie, Cicero, call Jim Civik, at (773) 324-1020, Ext. 290.

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


St Patrick of Wadsworth Knights of Columbus: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1, at St Patrick School, 15020 Wadsworth Rd., Wadsworth, concessions, live music, call Brian Gallagher at (847) 651-5362 for more info.

St. Gertrude Parish: Dec. 8-9, 6200 N. Glenwood, for hours, call rectory, at (773) 764-3621.

St. Mary School: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2, at 97 Herrick, Riverside, (708) 447-1020.

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

Notre Dame High School for Girls: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 1, craft show; and Breakfast with Santa, for parents and kids; children 12 and under can have photo with Santa; tickets at door, 3000 N. Mango, call Pauline Garrett, at (773) 622-1541.


Madrigal Dinner: with Sr. Jane Schlosser, RSM, Julie McKee and Mother McAuley High School a capella choir, at Carmelite Center, 8433 Bailey, Darien, $40/person, RSVP by Dec. 1 to (630) 969- 4141.

Christmas at Marist — Chicago Style: 6:30 p.m.-midnight Dec. 1, $25/advance; $30/at door, catered foods, live entertainment, cash bar and shopping, for adults 21 and over only; World Class Noise will perform 8 p.m.-midnight, at Marist High School, 4200 W. 115th St., call (773) 881-5365.


William Ferris Chorale: “A good old fashioned Christmas concert,” 8 p.m. Dec. 7, traditional carols and melodies, tickets $30, $25 or $20, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 690 W. Belmont, RSVP to (773) 325-2000.

First Friday Movie Night: “Elf” with Will Ferrell, gathering 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 (date change); movie 7 p.m., discussion follows from “The Movie Lectionary,” at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, call (312) 326-4228.

Lessons and Carols: 4 p.m. Dec. 2, St. Patrick Church, 991 E. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest, for more info, call Dawn Isaia, at (847) 234-1401.

Christmas Concert: Palos Symphony Orchestra, directed by Fr. Stanley Rudcki, with Laureen Wysocki, Lyric Opera soprano, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2, free, St. Alexander Parish, 126th and 71st Ave., Palos Heights, (708) 448-4861.

Sing-Along “Messiah” Concert: with carols and choir anthems, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, St. Ignatius Concert Choir, professional orchestra, and soloists, $15/general admission; $10/students and seniors; $50/Pastor’s reception including dinner and concert, at St. Ignatius Church, 6559 N. Glenwood, (773) 764-5936, Ext. 17.

Jimmy Damon Christmas Show: singing star in Chicago, New York, Vegas, with buffet dinner, doors open 6 p.m. Dec. 12, $21/person, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, 46446 N. Austin, RSVP before Dec. 9, to Enzo, at (773) 283-7394.

Leonardo Defilippis: in “The Gift of Peace,” award-winning actor/director in live one-man drama, from first six chapters of Luke’s Gospel, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, $10, St. Bruno Church, 4751 S. Harding, for tickets, call Lois, at (773) 523-3467.

Leonardo Defilippis: one-man drama, “The Gift of Peace,” from Luke’s Gospel, free will offering, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, St. Patrick Church, 950 W. Everett, Lake Forest, call Brett, at (847) 234-1401.

“Politics Can be Murder”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, audience-participation mystery presented by the St. Sebastian Players, $25/person or $40/couple, includes dinner, at Our Lady of Lourdes School Hall, 4641 N. Ashland, call (773) 561- 2141.

“Christmas at DePaul”: dramatic musical retelling Christmas story, with 200-voice choir and 50- piece student orchestra, narrated by Carlos Hernandez-Gomez, 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.

Concerts at St. Xav’s: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, sax quartet/guitar ensemble, Butler Room; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, combined women’s and men’s ensemble, in McGuire Hall; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, flute choir with chamber singers, McGuire Hall, each performance, $6, St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., (773) 298-3421.

“The Wind that Shakes the Barley”: drama set in County Cork, 1919-1923; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, post-film discussion led by Fr. Andrew Greeley, $10/person, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, must RSVP to (773) 282-7035, Ext. 10.

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism”: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, $35/person, appetizers/cash bar, 6 p.m., at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish. 1241 E. Anderson, Palatine, call Colleen, at (847) 496- 4459 for tickets.

“Tales as Old as Africa”: world premiere, inspired by Nelson Mandela ’s favorite folktales, 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, now to Dec. 8, $8, at DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theater, 60 E. Balbo, call (312) 922-1999.

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism”: doors open 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, show at 7:30 p.m., “The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold,” tickets $20/person; $10/children 12 and under, at St. Louise de Marillac Hall, 1144 Harrison, LaGrange Park, for tickets, call rectory, at (708) 352-7388.

“Unplanned Parenthood”: one-man comedy with Ken Kaz, doors open 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, $30/person with refreshments, St. Gerald Hall, 9310 S. 55th Ct., Oak Lawn, call (708) 422-0234.

“An Irish Christmas in Chicago”: two-part concert features 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.

“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.

Sunday Music Concerts: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, featuring Ed Holstein, Al Day and other entertainers, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (847) 882-9723.

“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.

Basilica Concert: 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.


“The West’s Awake”: photo exhibit by James Kingston, of scenic trips to Ireland 1986-2000, from Mayo to Aran Islands, runs noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Sundays, now-Dec. 9, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035.

“Blue Nativity”: Quest Theatre Ensemble, featuring large-scale puppetry, music and the Christmas story, 4 p.m. Dec 16, free, at St. Barnabas Church, 10134 S. Longwood, for more info, call Joan, at (773) 238-1129.

Mańanitas: doors open 4:30 a.m. Dec. 12, serenade to the Blessed Mother on feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 5-7 a.m.; Mass of the Roses 7 p.m., ending with hot tamales and hot chocolate, at St. Frances of Rome Church, 1428 S. 59th Ct., Cicero, (708) 652-2140.

James Kingston Photography Exhibit: “The West’s Awake,” scenic Ireland, 1986-2000, exhibit now through Dec. 9, hours noon-6 p.m. Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Sundays, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282- 7035.


St. Juliana Parish: bingo, Fridays, doors open 4:30 p.m., games at 6:40 p.m., in Ahearn Center, 7201 N. Oketo, (773) 731- 4127.


Notre Dame High School for Girls 2007 alumnae Hall of Fame Awardees: Dominican Sisters Jean Michael Constantine ’42, Margaret Rose Aultz ’46, Marion Sitkiewitz ’46, Arlene Chole ’54, Elizabeth McAuliffe ’58, Ann Vincent Terracina ’60, June Volpe ’60, Patricia Burke ’62, Judith Curran ’64 and Kathleen Ryan ’64.


Charles W. Levesque: served at U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania, “Lessons from Albania,” 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8, hosted by DePaul University Geographic Society, Room 154 of Schmitt Center, 2320 N. Kenmore, Christmas reception follows, (773) 325-7871.

Msgr. J. Michael Schmitz: vicar general, Institute of Christ the King, on “The Latin Mass,” noon Dec. 14, luncheon $30, hosted by Catholic Citizens Forum, at Union League Club (new location), 65 W. Jackson, RSVP by Dec. 11, to Maureen, at (708) 352- 5834.

Art and Faith of the Creche: speaker Fr. Mark Bosco, SJ, on “The History of the Creche,” 6 p.m. Nov. 27, in Simpson Lecture Hall, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), 820 N. Michigan; now featuring James and Emilia Govan’s 30-year collection of creches from 100 countries, on display through Jan. 27, call (312) 915-7600.

Martin Doblmeier: documentary film-maker will illustrate spirit of Advent with selected clips from his work, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, $10, at Siena Center, Dominican University Priory Auditorium, 7200 Division, River Forest, (708) 714- 9105.

Theology South: forum for thought, lecture 9:30-11:30 a.m., Frank Tobin, former public school teacher/retired from Cook County Juvenile Detention Center; also Frank Correa, author of ‘’On the Edge,” $6, St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., Butler Room, Donatta Yates, (708) 422-1635.

Jean Bishop: opponent of death penalty and a murder victim’s family member, “The Spirituality of Forgiveness,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28, at Our Lady of the Brook Church, 3700 Dundee Rd., Northbrook, (847) 272-5686.


St. Hubert Job & Networking Ministry: “Competencies vs. Skills,” 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 1, presented by Bob Podgorski, at 729 Grand Canyon, Hoffman Estates, call Bob at (847) 925-6005 for more info.

Lake County Council of Catholic Nurses: day of recollection, 8:30 a.m. Dec. 1 Mass with Fr. John Jamnicky, at St. Raphael the Archangel Church, 2101 E. Rte. 173, Antioch, presentation by Fr. Charles Bolser, $12/nonmember nurses; $10/members, bring food item for brunch, RSVP to Marian at (847) 548-1309.

Chicago Catholic University Club: Christmas party, 11 a.m. Dec. 8, luncheon, entertainment and dance music by Fabian, 2-4 p.m., $22/members; $24/guests, at Elks Club, 495 Lee, Des Plaines, RSVP by Dec. 1, to Marilyn, at (708) 366-0151.

Catholic Alumni Club: for events, call hotline at (708) 450- 8280.

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

New Beginnings Singles: 7 p.m. Nov. 30 meet at Black Ram Restaurant, 1414 E. Oakton, Des Plaines, to hear actress/recording artist Denise Bringhan, call Paul at (630) 253-3787 to RSVP.

Pathways Singles: for calendar of events, visit http://www.holyfam pathways.htm

Book Discussion Group: 2 p.m. Dec. 9, James Joyce’s “Dubliners,” discussion led by Virginia Gibbons, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035.

I&M Canal Y.A.C.H.T. Club: (Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together) 7-9:30 p.m. Dec. 11, speaker Kate DeVries on “How to- Keep Christmas Alive During the Chaos,” $5, at Aurelio’s Pizzeria, 11329 W. 143rd St., Orland Park,


To Colonial and Carmelite Spain: following the Carmelite mystics St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, with Fr. Bob Colaresi, OCarm., April 13-26, includes cities like Madrid, Seville and Granada, call Darlene at the Carmelite Center, (630) 969- 4141.

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.

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 explorations, concerts and visiting historic sites, call (773) 508-7040.


St. Catherine of Genoa School: seeking class of ’60, families, friends for proposed reunion, contact Maureen Gavin Kaniewski, at mkaniewski


St. Benedict the African (East): doors open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 6550 S. Harvard, (773) 873-4464.


“Breakfast with Santa”: 9- 11:30 a.m. (breakfast from 9- 10:30am) Dec. 8, face-painting, student theater, make arts and crafts; kids and families photos with Santa, hosted by Resurrection High School Alumnae, $7/ child in advance, $8/child at door; $4/per adult, 7500 W Talcott, call (773) 775-6616, Ext. 142.

“Olympic Night”: for grades seven and eight, contests, games, competitions, food, register 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29; events 6:30 p.m., wear gym clothes and gym shoes, at St. Laurence High School, 5556 W. 77th St., Burbank, call (708) 458-6900, Ext. 246 for more info.

Christmas Ornament Workshop: folk artists Albina Savickas and Irena Karaliunas on how to make Lithuanian tree ornaments from white plastic drinking straws, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 8, $12/adults; $5/children, bring own scissors, pencil and ruler, other supplies provided, Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski, call (773) 582-6500 to register.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter: discover joy and romance in your spouse, Feb. 8-10 or April 11-13, to RSVP, call Kris and Jim at (800) 442-3554.

Franciscan Village Alaskan Cruise: presentation at Franciscan Village, 1270 Village Dr., Lemont, call development office for dates and more information, at (630) 243-3435.

Irish School for Children: winter semester Jan. 5-March 8, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, call (773)282-7035, Ext. 10 for more informaiton and registration.

The Women’s Center: for moms choosing to keep their babies, in need of anything from diapers and blankets, to gently used small and x-large maternity clothes, and kids’ clothes sizes 4 and up, call (773) 794-1313.

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

Non-perishable Food Drive: on Dec. 16, including baby food, canned goods, cereals, soups, dried packaged goods, bring to Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington, to be distributed to the needy through the auspices of Marillac House, on West Jackson Blvd., call (312) 421-3757 for more information.