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Around the Archdiocese

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

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Old St. Mary Parish: celebrating 175th anniversary of the oldest Catholic parish in Chicago, and 150th anniversary of the founding of the Paulist Fathers, at 5 p.m. Mass Feb. 16 with Cardinal George, at 1500 S. Michigan; dinner- dance follows at Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, call (312) 922-3444 for tickets.

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.


Polish Arts Club of Chicago: Christmas luncheon, reception noon, Dec. 9, luncheon and musical presentation, at White Eagle Banquets, 6839 N. Milwaukee, RSVP to Alice, at (773) 775-7554.

Little Company of Mary Hospital: Crystal Heart Ball, black tie gala, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2, with City Lights Orchestra, $300/person, at Field Museum, for tickets, call (708) 229-5066.


Breakfast Club Brunch with Santa: 8:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 16, donation $7/person, $6/seniors, $3.50/children under 11, all-youcan- eat brunch, St. Kieran Parish, 724 W. 195th St., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-0074.


St. Gertrude Parish: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8; 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 9, pancake/sausage breakfast after Sunday Masses, 1420 W. Granville, (773) 764-3621.


“An Evening of Comedy”: featuring Frank Santorelli, “Georgie the bartender” on HBO’s “Sopranos,” doors open 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, warm-up begins with Jason McNeil from NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” show at 7:30 p.m., $25/person, limited seating, at St. Giles School, 1034 Linden, Oak Park, call Karen at (708) 851- 0120 for tickets.

“A McKinley Park Christmas” Choral Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, with choir members from SS. Peter & Paul, Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Maurice parishes and vocalists from the Chicagoland area, $10/person; children/10 and under free, at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, 3745 S. Paulina, call (773) 523-1425 for tickets.

Basilica Christmas: choristers perform “The Christmas Story According to St. Luke,” 3 p.m. Dec. 16, and other selections, free-will offering, Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, 3121 W. Jackson, free secured parking, (773) 638-0159.

Events at St. Mary Parish School: band concert with handbell choir, 7 p.m. Dec. 10; Christmas customs, food and songs from around the world, 1 p.m. Dec. 11; an Advent musical, 1 p.m. Dec. 14 with first- and second- graders; “Lessons and Carols,” 1 p.m. Dec. 18, with choirs, instruments and handbells, 10 N. Buffalo Grove Rd., Buffalo Grove, (847) 459-6270.

Christmas Concert: by parish contemporary music group, 7 p.m. Dec. 20, free, refreshments follow, at Our Lady of Knock Church, 501 163rd St., Calumet City, (708) 862- 3011.

Cathedral Christmas: “Heaven and Earth, Rejoice!” music, movement and pageantry, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, by ticket only, $25/general admission, 735 N. State, call (312) 787-8040 for tickets.

Andy Cooney and Band: with George Casey, new king of Blarney, doors open 7 p.m. Dec. 16, $20, Gaelic Park, 6119 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323.

Lullaby for Jesus: “Lulajze,” by the Grazna Auguscik Quintet and Chicago International Trombone Quartet, singing in Polish, Spanish and English, 3 p.m. Dec. 30, $15 at door, Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, 3121 W. Jackson, free secured parking, (773) 638-0159.

Handel’s “Messiah”: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9, $20, at door; $12/students, at Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt, (773) 306-6196.

Performances of “The Gift of Peace”: featuring Leonardo Defilippis, 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; 7 p.m. Dec. 12, at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 1530 Jackson, River Forest, free will offering, call ((708) 366-7090, Ext. 144 for more info; and 7 p.m. Dec. 13, at St. Patrick Church, 950 W. Everett, Lake Forest, free will offering, (847) 234-1401.

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.

Jimmy Crowley Salon Concert: traditional Irish folk singer/musician, 8 p.m. Dec. 13, $25, at Irish American heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282- 7035.

“Hizzoner: Daley the First”: written and staring Neil Giuntoli, weekends Feb. 22-March 2, $35/person; $30/seniors, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, call (773) 282-7035, Ext. 10.

“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.


Creche Display: variety of nativity scenes belonging to parishioners, 3-7 p.m. Dec. 15; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 16, at St. Barnabas Church Hall, 10134 S. Longwood, (773) 779-1166.

“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.

Live Nativity: 6 p.m. Dec. 22, with teens from parish youth ministry program portraying the characters, along with live animals, in the Quad outside St. Patrick’s main church, 991 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest, (847) 234-1401.

Spiritual Art Exhibition/ Competition: open to college student artists, full- part-time, or continuing education, theme for Feb. 29-March 4 exhibit is “global awareness through spiritual art,” sponsored by Fra Angelico Art Foundation, 30 East Ave., Riverside, deadline for slides is Feb. 6, for required registration form and entry fee, call LaVerne at (708) 447-9695 or for more info.

“The Irish Countryside”: paintings, drawings and prints by Palos Heights artist Robert J. Johnson, Dec. 14-Jan. 13; opening night reception 7-9 p.m. Dec. 14, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035.


St. Francis de Sales Parish: early bird games at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, regular bingo 6:45 p.m., smoke-free, 10201 S. Ewing, (773) 734-1383.


St. Laurence High School Awards: Br. Paul Messick received the Heart of the School Award; Terry Murphy, the Laurence Award; and Mark Scott, the Black and Gold Award.


Msgr. Michael Schmitz: of the Institute of Christ the King, speaking on “The Classical Roman Rite and Its Future,” 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 14, hosted by Catholic Citizens of Illinois, luncheon $30, at new location, the Union League Club, 65 W Jackson, must RSVP by Dec. 11, to Maureen, at (708) 352-5834.

Richard Farkas: professor of political science, on “Hungary, in the Heart of Europe,” his family’s homeland, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 5, hosted by DePaul Geographical Society, at Schmitt Center, 2320 N. Kenmore, (773) 325-7871.


CAC (Catholic Alumni Club of Chicago): meet inside Brookfield Zoo gift shop, left of main entrance, 4 p.m. Dec. 15, to view outdoor Christmas lights at the zoo, 8400 31st St., afterwards, go for pizza, bring dish or drinks to share, RSVP to Marlene, at (708) 450-8280 by Dec 14; call singles hotline, (708) 450-8280, for more events.

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.

Job & Networking Ministry: “Power of Sharing,” 7-9:15 p.m. Dec. 10, with holiday celebration, at St. Hubert Ministry Center, 729 Grand Canyon, Hoffman Estates, (847) 925-6005.

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.

New Beginnings Singles: dinner 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, at Sam’s Restaurant, Arlington Heights; 9 p.m. karaoke at Rolling Meadows Bowling Alley, call Joe at (847) 922-8007 to RSVP; call hotline at (847) 622-4342 for more events.

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,


Franciscan Italy: Florence, Assisi, Rome, Perugia, more, led by Fr. Bob Pawell of St. Peter’s in the Loop, May 13-23, call him at (312) 853-2355.

Colonial and Carmelite Spain: following St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, with Fr. Bob Colaresi, OCarm, 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, with concerts and historic sites, call (773) 508-7040.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend: Feb. 8-10 or April 11-13, helping to make marriages healthier, call Kris and Jim, at (800) 442-3554.

Alaskan Cruise: June 18-25 from fields to glaciers of the Last Frontier, hosted by Friends of Franciscan Village, Lemont, call Joan Swigan, at (630) 243-3435.

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

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 information 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.