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Around the Archdiocese

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

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Sheil Catholic Center: marking 70 years on the campus of Northwestern University, at its 15th annual Mardi Gras fund-raiser, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20, $150/person, at the Hotel Orrington, 1710 Orrington, Evanston, call Katie at (847) 328- 4648.

St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish: Golden Anniversary dinner-dance, Feb. 28, $60/person, at Odyssey Country Club, 19110 Ridgeland, Tinley Park, call (708) 748-6090.


The Women’s Center: 12:30 p.m. registration Feb. 8; dinner 1-4 p.m., silent auction, key noter attorney Rebecca Kiessling, author of “Conceived in Rape: A Story of Hope,” $55/person, at The White Eagle, 6845 N. Milwaukee, Niles, RSVP to (773) 794-1313.

Little Company of Mary Hospital: black-tie Crystal Heart Ball, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, entertainment by City Lights Orchestra, special Field Museum exhibit, “The Aztec World,” tickets $300/person, Humanitarian Award honoring Little Company of Mary’s Mobile Medical Care and the Ven. Mary Potter Humanitarian Award to Lisa Ling, journalist, at the museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, call (708) 229-53356 for tickets.

Regina Dominican High School: President’s Brunch, 11 a.m. Feb. 8, part of 50th anniversary celebrations, at Sunset Ridge Country Club, Northfield, for tickets go to [email protected], (847) 256-7660.

St. Hilary Parish: dinner-auction Feb. 13, $45/person at Monastero’s Ristoranti, 3935 W. Devon, call (773) 561-3474 for tickets.

Mount Assisi Academy: gala dinner-dance, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, with silent auction, raffle and presentation of school’s Hall of Fame awards, at Palos Country club, 13100 Southwest Hwy., Orland Park, $100/person, for tickets call Donna at (630) 257-7844.

Maryville Academy: Guardian Medallion Award gala, March 7, honoring Madden Communications, Inc., at the Drake Hotel, call (847) 294-1982.


Eucharistic Adoration: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 4, with devotion to St. Peregrine from 7-8 p.m., at St. Damian Church, 5300 W. 155th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687- 1370.

Valentine’s Day Mass for Married Couples: 5 p.m. Feb. 14,will include a renewal of marriage vows, at St. Patrick’s (old) Church, 991 S. Waukegan, Lake Forest, for more info, contact Jo Ann Bednar, at (847) 234-1401, Ext. 208.

Taize Prayer: 7 p.m. Feb. 12, at St. Linus Church, 10300 S. Lawler, Oak Lawn, (708) 422-2400.

Valentine’s Day Mass: 4:30 Mass Feb. 14, with blessing and renewal of marriage vows of married couples, all ages, light reception follows, at St. Cornelius Church, 5430 W. Foster, RSVP to (773) 685-3787. _

DANCES & DINNERS Valentine’s Day Dance: 8 p.m. Feb. 14, appetizers and soft drinks, adult beverages for sale, tickets $10, DJ music by Paul, at St. Marcelline Parish hall, 820 S. Springinsguth, Schaumburg, call (847) 322-1976.

St. Mary of Providence Pasta Fest: food, raffles, music, 1-6 p.m. Feb. 15, tickets $8/adult, $6/kids under 12, 4200 N. Austin, gym entrance on Cullom St., call Sr. Janet at (773) 545-8300 for info.

37th Annual Paczkowy Ball (Doughnut Dance): doors open 6 p.m. Feb. 12, polka music by New Phaze from 7-11 p.m., Polish food and paczki (prune, cheese, jelly) available for purchase, cash bar only, tickets $8/advance; $10/at door, St. Andrew School gym, 156th Street and Freeland, Calumet City, call (708) 862-4165.

Notre Dame de Chicago Parish Valentine Ball: 6-11:30 p.m. Feb. 14, $125/person, at St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt, open bar, appetizers, dinner, dessert, silent auction, raffles and music by “Rhythm City,” (312) 243-7400.

Friday Night Lenten Fish Fry: 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 27 through April 10, $12/adults and $8/children, pay at door, live music at 9 p.m., at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, for more info, call 773-282-7035.


First Friday Movie Night: gather at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6, potluck munchies, 1954’s “On the Waterfront,” and discussion, at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, RSVP to (312) 346-4228.

“Alice in Wonderland”: quirky new take on the classic, presented by Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences, Jan. 13- March 3, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, at DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theater, 60 E. Balbo, call box office at (312) 922-1999 for dates, tickets and special events.

Poetry Reading: featuring 12 Irish and American poets from Salmon Poetry in County Clare, 6 p.m. Feb. 13, free, at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035.

Organ Concert and Musical Program: 3 p.m. Feb. 22; Mary Gifford, organist; Marieth Quintero, Colombian soprano and the Spanish Choir of St. Mary Church, Des Plaines; free will offering to help restore historic 1930 Kilgen pipe organ at Immaculate Conception Church; 8756 S. Commercial, (773) 768-2100.

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile”: Steve Martin play, Feb. 13-March 8, featuring the St. Sebastian Players, $15, at St. Bonaventure Church lower level, 1625 W. Diversey, call (773) 404-7922 for more info.

Brian Conway Salon Concert: Sligo-style fiddler, accompanied by pianist Brendan Dolan, 8 p.m. Feb. 5, $15, at door of Irish American heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035.


“Realism and Magic: Latin American Photography” : now- May 24, collection of photography of Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Peru and the Caribbean from 1860s to present, in DePaul University Art Museum, 2350 N. Kenmore, call (773) 325-7506 for museum hours and more information.

Colonial Andean Art Exhibit: “Reverence Renewed: Colonial Andean Art from the Thoma Collection,” now-March 20, 40 extraordinary paintings and Latin American silverwork from 16th-19th centuries, free, exhibit includes series of lectures/musical programs, 6 p.m. Feb. 12, and noon Feb. 17, at DePaul University Art Museum, 2350 N. Kenmore, call (773) 325- 7506 for hours, or visit


Texas Hold ’Em Poker Night: 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Feb. 7, must be 18 years of age and older, admission $5, food for purchase, hosted by Knights of Columbus Mater Christi Council #14284, at St. Ferdinand Parish hall, 3131 N. Mason, for more details, call (773) 330-6590.

Card & Bunco Party: or bring favorite games, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, $5 at door, hosted by St. Celestine Special Ed program, in gym, 3020 N. 76th Court, Elmwood Park, (708) 453-2555.

St. Jane de Chantal School: all-dabber Super Bingo, doors open at 1 p.m. Feb. 22, bingo begins at 3 p.m., at Ward Hall, 5151 S. McVicker, tickets $20/each, in advance or at door, for more info, call school at (773) 767-1130.


Fr. Thomas Baima: “Catholic Faith & Other Christians,” how best to communicate Catholic teaching on Eucharist, the church, Mary and the communion of saints, noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 15, free, at St. Catherine Laboure, 3535 Thornwood, Glenview, (847) 998-4704.

Siena Center: begins spring series on “Globalization and Sustainability,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, with Fr. John Coleman, SJ, $10, at Dominican University’s Priory Campus Auditorium, 7200 Division, River Forest, (708) 714- 9105.

Bill Kurtis: “The Case Against America’s Diet,” part of Squeaky Weal lecture series, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19, free, at St. Xavier University Butler reception room, 3700 W. 103rd St., (773) 298-3981.

Bioethics Conference: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 2, “Social Justice and Bioethics,” hosted by Catholic Physicians’ Guild of Chicago, UIC Pope John Paul II Newman Center and others, $60/person before April 1, discounts for retired professionals and students/clergy, at University of Notre Dame, call Dr. Thomas Zabiega at (630) 768- 4590 to register.

Sister Anne Flanagan FSP: 7 p.m. Feb. 6, “Five Big Ideas of St. Paul,” at Our Lady, Mother of the Church, 8701 W. Lawrence, hospitality follows, (773) 625-3369.

“Pranzo con Paolo”: “Lunch with Paul,” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 17, luncheon with talk by Fr. Tom Tobin, SJ, from Loyola University, free, at St. Joseph Seminary, 6551 N. Sheridan, (773) 973-9700.

National Catholic Singles Weekend: Feb. 13-15, insightful talks, prayer, fun and socializing, with speakers Fr. Thomas Loya, Vicki Thorn, Christopher West, Dale O’Leary and Fr. Richard Simon, special rates before Jan. 20, at Holy Family Parish, 2515 Palatine Road, Inverness, for accommodations at Hilton Garden Inn, Hoffman Estates, call (847) 277-7889 or go to www.nationalcatholicsingles. com to register.


H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Parishioners with Employment): meetings for employed or unemployed, 7 p.m. Feb. 3, and each first Tuesday, need not be parishioner of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, 9300 167th St., Orland Hills, call Steve at (708) 712-2837 for more info.

Jobs Seekers Support Group: weekly meetings 10 a.m. Mondays, at St. Gertrude Parish, 1420 W. Granville, call Peter Buttitta at (773) 764-3621 for more information.


Debtors Anonymous: support group for those struggling with issues of credit card debt especially, 12:10-1:10 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Peter’s in the Loop, 110 W. Madison, call Carolyn at (312) 853- 2376 for more info.

The Catholic Women’s Club of Lake County: a Valentine luncheon following 11 a.m. Feb. 12 rosary, $15/person, at St. Dismas Church 2600 Sunset, Waukegan, call Islo at (847) 662-0160.

First Saturday Book Club: noon-2 p.m. Feb. 7, bring your own lunch, discussion on “The True Story of Hansel and Gretel” (survival in WWII), and personal faith-journeys, at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, RSVP to Blanca at (773) 585-6753.

“Theology of the Body” Study Group: 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 11 and every second Wednesday, with Fr. Thomas Loya, at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, call (312) 346-4228 for more info.

New Beginnings Singles: 6 p.m. Feb. 10, dinner at Lou Malnati ’s Pizza on Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village, call Dan at (847) 846-9700 to RSVP.

Catholic Alumni Club: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, at Aurelio’s Restaurant, 11 Calendar, LaGrange, then to a movie at LaGrange theatre, call Marlene at (708) 450-8280 by Feb. 6.

Book Discussion Group: on Maureen Howard’s “Natural History,” 2 p.m. Feb. 8, free, at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035.

Polish Genealogy Society: 2 p.m. Feb. 9, on using records of the Polish Women’s Alliance for research of female immigrant genealogy, at Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee, (773) 774-2589.


Joint Parish Mission: Our Lady of the Brook and St. Norbert churches host Fr. Richard Fragomeni, 7 p.m. Feb. 22-25, “Two Parishes, One Church, One Lent,” call (847) 272-5686 for alternating locations.


Days of Recollection: talks on Ignatian spirituality, confession, Benediction, Mass, by Miles Christi Priests, 6:15-9:15 p.m. Feb. 20, at St. Mary Franciscan Monastery, 14246 Main, Lemont; also, 12:45-5 p.m. Feb. 21 at Little Sisters of the Poor, 80 W. Northwest Hwy., Palatine, for more info, contact Joan at (847)966-1369 or

Lenten Day of Reflection for Young Adults: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 28, with Fr. Joseph Brown, SJ, cosponsored by Tolton/Charis/ Catholics On Call, at Catholic Theological Union, 5401 S. Cornell, call (773) 371-5440 or e-mail [email protected].

Bread of Life Retreat: Feb. 27- March 1, for ages 13-30, spreading the message of World Youth Day 2000, with prayer, singing, adoration, discussion, at St. Benedict Parish, 2215 W. Irving Park, call (773) 588-6484, Ext. 204, or


St. Liborius School: seeking all alumni for Crete/Steger school’s 100th anniversary in 2012, call (708) 754-1363 for more info, or visit [email protected].

Regina Dominican High School: deceased alumnae Mass 10 a.m. Feb. 22 with Fr. Richard LaPata, OP, at school, 701 Locust, Wilmette, (847) 256-7660, Ext. 224.

Ritamen Luncheon: noon Feb. 11, in St. Rita High School Chapel foyer, guest speaker, 7740 S. Western, RSVP to Trish at (773) 925-5029.

St. Joseph High School (Hermitage): seeking class of 1979 for possible 30th reunion, call Jack Brazinskas at (708) 705-9389.

Lourdes High School Mass: marking Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 8, for all Lourdian alums living and deceased from school on West 56th Street, at St. George Church, 6707 W. 175th St., Tinley Park, for more info, call Rosemary jablonski, at (708) 614-1625.,


Catholic Mass Study Group: “Source and Summit of Our Faith,” 7-9 p.m. starting Feb. 5 for eight consecutive Thursdays, with videos featuring Joe Paprocki and Todd Williamson, for anyone 18 years or older, $15 for materials, at St. Matthew Parish, 1001 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, call (847) 891- 1220.

Traditional Latin Mass Workshop: for priests and seminarians, Feb. 9-13, directed by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, at Cardinal Stritch Retreat Center, Mundelein, visit for more information and to register, or call Fr. Scott Haynes at (312) 243-7373.

“Spirituality and the Gospels”: 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays in February, not a Bible study group, but sharing insights into Gospel passage, $8/session or $25/series, at The Center, 801 Carillon, Bartlett, call (630) 837- 7486.

Catholic Scripture Study: Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 4, 11, 18, “Reading the Bible with the Dead: How the Early Church Interpreted Scripture,” presented by Jim Papandrea, $30, at Holy Family Parish, 2515 Palatine Road, Inverness, call (847) 359- 0042 to RSVP.

Tea at Techny’s Spa for the Soul: “Finding Peace among the Pieces,” 4:30-6 p.m. Feb. 18, Sr. Mary Ruth Broz, RSM, on who we are, why we are here and how to leave the world a better place, $20/person, at Divine Word Missionaries, 1835 Waukegan Road, Techny; RSVP to Marcia at (847) 272-7600.


St. Stanislaus Kostka Big Pancake Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 15, $5/person, $3/child, 1351 W. Evergreen, call (773) 278-2470 for more info.

“Seeing Beyond Superwoman”: 9:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 21, another perspective of superwoman image, $20, at The Center, 801 Carillon, Bartlett, call (630) 837-7486.

Paddle Party: paddle tennis (a doubles racquet sport played outdoors in cold weather), 7-10 p.m. Feb. 7, $30/person, includes snack party, space for first 60 people who sign up, hosted by Regina Dominican High School Booster Club, at North Shore Country Club, 1340 Glenview Road, Glenview, register at ginnycostigan@

Valentine’s Day Hooley: Dance and “Match-making” Party: 5-9 p.m. Feb. 8, $12, includes entertainment, sandwiches, tea and soda bread with cash bar, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, call (773) 282- 7035, Ext. 10 for more info.

Children’s Music Lessons: for absolute beginners on the Irish fiddle, tin whistle or concertina, also for elementary, intermediate and advanced students, in these and other instruments, classes begin in March, taught by Irish Music School of Chicago at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest; and some classes at St. John Fisher School, 10200 S. Washtenaw; call Kathy Cleland at (773) 412-5082 for more info.

Ninth Annual Super Bowl Party: doors open 3 p.m. Feb. 1, all-you-can-eat dinner buffet, and open bar, 4:30 p.m., other snacks/desserts available, $40/person, TVs, big screen LCD HDTV and Nintendo Wii game system, football memorabilia raffle, at St. Joseph School hall, 5641 S. 73rd Ave., Summit, call (708) 458- 0501.

“Fashions and Friends”: 6 p.m. Feb. 24, $40/person, hosted by Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Women’s Club, at Manzo’s Banquets in Des Plaines, call (847) 823-2550 by Feb. 20.