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Around the Archdiocese

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

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Around the Archdiocese
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Old St. Mary’s Parish: marking 175th anniversary at 5 p.m. Mass Feb. 16 with Cardinal George, 1500 S. Michigan; dinner-dance 6 p.m. at Union League Club, for tickets, call (312) 922-3444.

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


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.


“An Early Eve Party”: Mass 4 p.m. Dec. 31, at St. Bride Church, 7811 S. Coles, reception at 5 p.m., dinner 5:30 p.m., countdown starts at 8 p.m., includes: bar service appetizers, gourmet dinner, desserts, noisemakers, hats, a champagne toast at midnight; $30/person now to Dec. 29; children 12 and under $15, no tickets at door, call (773) 731-8822.


“Hizzoner: Daley the First”: exploring Mayor Daley I, 8 p.m. Fridays- Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 22-March 2, tickets $35; $30/seniors, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, call (773) 282-7035, Ext. 10.

“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”: recommended for ages eight and up, Jan. 12-March 4, $8, at DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theater, 60 E. Balbo, call box office, at (312) 922-1999 for time and dates.


“Time and the Sacred”: photographic works of Pance Velkov, of sacred sites of Christianity and Islam in Macedonia, ongoing through Dec. 24; open to the public 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn, (773) 702-0866.

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 Feb. 5, for required registration form and entry fee, or for more information, call LaVerne, at (708) 447-9695.

“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.

“Christmas Around the World”: a traditional Slovak Christmas tree, decorated with imported ornaments owned by the Fr. John J. Spitkovsky District of the First Catholic Slovak Union, the Jednota, will be on display now through Jan. 6 at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore, call (773) 684-1414 for hours.


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

St. Helen Parish: dabber bingo with assorted pulltabs, year-round Fridays, doors open 4 p.m.; games 7 p.m., in hall, 2347 W. Augusta, home-made refreshments, and airconditioned/ smoke-free space, (773) 235-3575.

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

St. Gabriel Parish: bingo Fridays, doors open 5 p.m., 4500 S. Wallace, (773) 268.9595.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish: bingo, doors open 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, 653 W. 37th St., in Bridgeport, (773) 927- 6263.

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.


Reproductive Health Forum: 7 p.m. Jan. 10, speakers, Dr. Kevin Dolehide and Karen Malec, with Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, hosted by St. Damian Respect- Life Committee, St. Damian School Hall, 5300 West 155th, Oak Forest, for more info, call Ken, at (708) 535-5648, 5-9 p.m.

“Treasures of the Triduum”: workshop for preachers, liturgists, musicians, others, led by Fr. Douglas Martis and Fr. Michael Fuller, 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Jan. 28, hosted by the Liturgical Institute at St. Mary of the Lake University, Mundelein.

Garry Wills: Pulitzer Prize-winning author, noon Jan. 4 luncheon, $35/guests, hosted by First Friday Club of Chicago, at Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, RSVP by Dec. 29, to (312) 466-9610.

Kenneth J. Howell: director of Newman Center at University of Illinois, “Today’s College Students: Can They Be Brought to Catholicism?” noon Jan. 11, luncheon $30, hosted by Catholic Citizens of Illinois, at Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson (new location), RSVP by Jan. 8 to Maureen, at (708) 352- 5834.

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

Susan O’Halloran: telling stories of race, of place and of grace, celebrating Cardinal George’s pastoral letter on racism, 3 p.m. Jan. 13, St. Gerald Parish, 8310 S. 55th Ct., Oak Lawn, (708) 442-3414.

Sr. Peter Mary Hettling: archdiocesan vicar for religious, “Religious Life: Making and Keeping the Promise,” on the rewards and challenges for today’s religious; lecture/ discussion, noon-1:30 pm. Jan. 13, at St. Catherine Laboure Parish, 3535 Thornwood, Glenview, free, for more info, call Karen at (847) 998-4704.

Irish Lecture Series: 3 p.m. Jan. 6, Jack Leahy from DePaul University and author Joe Mc- Cartin, on “The Troubles, and the Good Friday Agreement,” at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend: enhancing and strengthening marriages, Feb. 8- 10, at the Oaks Hotel and Convention Center, Burr Ridge, call (800) 442-3554 for more info.

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.

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

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.

New Beginnings Singles: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28, fish fry at Al Capone’s Hideaway, St. Charles, call Paul, at (630) 253-3787 to RSVP; also at 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve, dancing and food, at Poplar Creek Country Club, Hoffman Estates, call Nola, at (847) 798-9017 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.

First Friday Movie Night: "The Fisher King," comedy with Jeff Bridges, gathering at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5, movie 7 p.m., at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, call Blanca at (773) 585-6753.

St. Patrick Church YACHT Club: Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together club in Wadsworth, for young adults, single or married to have fun and be involved in the church, for more info, call Jeanne at (847) 746-2529.

Catholic Alumni Club of Chicago: 5:15 p.m. Dec. 29 Mass, St. Edmund Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park; dinner follows at nearby Geppetto’s, call Marlene, at (708) 450-8280.

Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle: for priests and laity united in prayer for priests, Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. in St. Matthew Chapel Building, Room C, 1001 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg, Alice (847) 895-2862.

Book Discussion Group: 2 p.m. Jan. 13, “Chicago Stories,” by James Farrell, discussion led by Virginia Gibbons, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035, Ext. 19.

St. Hubert Job & Networking Ministry: “Go Where Other Job Seekers May Not Go,” 7-9:15 p.m. Jan. 14, at St. Hubert Ministry Center, 729 Grand Canyon, Hoffman Estates, call Bob at (847) 925-6005 for more info.

First Saturday Catholic Women’s Book Club: noon-2 p.m. Jan. 6, at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, call Blanca at (773) 585-6753.


Israel-the Holy Land: March 26-April 2, from Nazareth to Mt. Tabor, led by Deacon Al Lopez, of St. Aloysius Church, call his cell at (773) 316-1982, or (773) 467- 4428.

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.

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.


St. Turibius Grade School: seeking class of 1959 for proposed spring 2009 reunion, contact Tom Tyschper, at [email protected] to be on mailing list.

St. Catherine of Genoa School: seeking class of ’60, families and friends for reunion, contact Maureen (Gavin) Kaniewski, at [email protected] for more info.

St. Patrick High School: seeking class of 1998 for Feb. 23 reunion, at 5900 W. Belmont, call Jeff at (773) 282-9563.


St. Patrick Parish New Year Fun and Faith: 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 13; 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 14, different program each night, with speaker/author/cartoonist Jason Kotecki’s intergenerational entertainment “for ages 5-105,” at 15000 Wadsworth Rd., Wadsworth, (630) 843-9880.

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

Poor Clare Monstery Raffle: handmade quilts and afghans, suggested donation $33, helps with winter fuel bills and other expenses, send to Poor Claore Monastery, 12210 Will Cook Rd., Palos Park, IL 60464; drawing after Christmas.