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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. Florian Parish: show team Harlem Wizards vs. St. Florian All Stars, 7 p.m. Feb. 23, $13 in advance, $15 at door if available, only 300 tickets, in school gym, 13100 S. Houston, Hegewisch, souvenirs, autographs, audience participation, refreshments for sale, call (773) 646-2868.

Focolare Movement: dinner 5 p.m. March 8, $50/person, with program of songs and experiences on the spirituality of unity, at the European Chalet, 5445 S. Harlem, RSVP by March 2 to (773) 285-2746.

St. Mary of the Annunciation: dinner 6:30 p.m. March 7, with silent and live auction, entertainment, $80/person, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 510 E. Route 83, Mundelein, call Susan at (847) 970-9907.


Renewal of Wedding Vows: Mass 7 p.m. Feb. 21, with Bishop George Rassas, reception follows in Mackin Center, hosted by Chicago-area CFM (Christian Family Movement), at Our Lady of the Wayside, 450 S. Mitchell, Arlington Heights, (847) 818-8390.

“Walking with the Angels”: stations of the cross inspired by Our Lady of the Angels School fire, marking 50th anniversary, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, St. James Church, 820 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, (847) 253-6305.

Mass for the Sick: 11 a.m. Feb. 21 and on third Saturdays monthly in English, also blessing with relic of St. Peregrine, at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, 3121 W. Jackson, (773) 638-5800, Ext. 19.

Preparation for Total Consecration: according to St. Louis de Montfort, begins Feb. 20 for 33 days, collective consecration to Jesus through Mary at 7 p.m. Mass March 24, preceded by 6 p.m. confession and rosary, at Our Lady of Ransom Church, 8300 N. Greenwood, Niles, for more info, call Patricia (847) 729- 7644.

Taizé Prayer Service: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, at St. Nicholas Church, 806 Ridge, Evanston, for more info, call Brian at (773) 334- 5695.

Novena to St. Rita of Cascia: 6 p.m. confessions, 7 p.m. Mass March 5, with devotions, and every first Thursday, in St. Rita High School Shrine Chapel, 7740 S. Western, (773) 925-6600.


St. Benedict Lenten Fish Fry: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4-7:30 p.m., dine in and/or carry out, Fridays Feb. 27 through April 3, at 2339 York, Blue Island, (708) 385- 8510.

Lenten Fish Fry Dinners and Stations of the Cross: 6 p.m. Fridays, Feb.- 27-March 27, varied menu, $7-$10/adults, Living Stations of the Cross at 7:30 p.m., Holy Family Parish, 2515 Palatine Road, Inverness, (847) 359-0042.

St. Patrick/St. Joseph Dinner- Dance: 6-11 p.m. March 7, $50/person, with auction, St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Center, 1201 E. Anderson, RSVP to (847) 358-6999.

St. Patrick/St. Joseph Dinner- Dance: doors open 6 p.m. March 7, $25/person, corned beef dinner and adult beverages, with Irish entertainment and dancing to The Downtown Sound, Sacred Heart Parish, 8245 W. 111th St., Palos Hills, call Sue at (708) 974-3969.

Fish Fry Fridays: 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, March 13 and April 3, at St. Raymond de Penafort Parish, 301 S. I-Oka, Mount Prospect, (847) 253-8600.

Southside Irish Party: 7 p.m. Feb. 28, corned beef buffet/drinks, live entertainment, $25/person, at St. Margaret of Scotland School, call (773) 238- 1088 or pay at door.

Canadian Fish Fry: 4-8 p.m. Feb. 27, $12/adult, $7/half portion, $6/kid’s meal, at St. Patricia Parish, 9000 S. 86th Ave., Hickory Hills, (708) 598-5222.


Organ Dedication and Recital: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22, featuring Barbara Murphy-Sanders and IHM choir, offering, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 3834 N. Spaulding, (773) 478-1157.

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

“Oklahoma!”: with St. Stephen Protomartyr Gaslight Players, 8 p.m. Feb. 13 & 20, 7 p.m. Feb. 14 & 21, 2 p.m. Feb. 15, $12/person, $10/seniors/students, $7/children, 1267 Everett, Des Plaines, (847) 824-2026.

World Premiere of McKenna Concerto #3 for Violin and Orchestra”: or “Irish Hymns,” by Fr. Edward McKenna, and works by Haydn, performed by Chicago Chamber Orchestra, 3 p.m. March 1, free, at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington.

Lira Ensemble Performances: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. March 1, “Celebrate Poland,” honoring Pulaski Day, food and exhibits from noon- 6 p.m., free, in Crystal Garden at Navy Pier, (773) 507-7040.

Live Irish Music: Friday and Saturday nights, with Joe Cullen and Kathleen Keane March 7 and the Celtic Groundhogs on March 20, pub food, 6-10 p.m., shows after 9 p.m. at Irish American Heritage Center’s Fifth Province, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035.

Trivia Quiz Night: monthly quiz on trivia knowledge with different quizmasters each month, 8 p.m. Feb. 20, March 20, April 17 and May 15, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 North Knox, 773-282-7035, Ext. 10.

Special Lenten Event: live performance of the “Gospel of John,” by actor Brad Sherrill, seating 3 p.m. March 15, performance 3:30 p.m., $15, at St. Cecilia Church, 700 S. Meier, Mount Prospect, call (847) 437-6208.


Marist High School Parents Club: luncheon/show 1-5 p.m. Feb. 22, $40/person, at Gaelic Park, 6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, call (773) 881-5365.


Mardi Gras: prayer service, award ceremony and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15, $45/at door, hosted by Association of Chicago Priests, at St. Ignatius High School, 1076 W. Roosevelt, (312) 236-7222.

African-American Bazaar & Soul Food Taste Fest: 1-4 p.m. Feb. 22, $8/person, $4/children 12 and under, eat in or carry out, African garments/ accessories for sale, Our Lady of Peace Parish hall, lower level, 2010 E. 79th St., for more info, call (773) 721- 2184.

St. Raymond of Penafort Parish Mardi Gras: 7-11 p.m. Feb. 21,cocktails and hors’oeuvres, $35/person, 301 S. I-Oka, Mount Prospect, RSVP before Feb. 17 to (847) 253-8600.

Lithuanian Mardi Gras: pre-Shrove Tuesday celebration, 11 a.m. Feb. 21, mask-making workshop with professional artist/ teacher (bring your own materials, paper, fur, buttons, yarn), wear carnival costumes, prizes awarded, pancakes served, $12/person, $6/children under 12, at Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski, register by calling (773) 582-6500.


St. Laurence High School: alldabber super bingo, doors open noon March 8, games at 2 p.m., tickets $20 purchased by March 4, bake sale, food for sale, at 5556 W. 77th St., Burbank, call Mothers Club at (708) 458-6900, Ext. 411.

“The Big Event”: Vegasgames, entertainment, wine-tasting, silent auctions, chocolate room, more, 6:30-11:30 p.m. March 7, includes a “Dancing with the GP Stars/Parent Edition” competition between the Cavern Beat and Guerin Prep Jazz Band, $30/person includes endless buffet, at Guerin Prep, 8001 W. Belmont, River Grove, call (708) 437- 4734 for more details.


H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Parishioners with Employment): meetings for employed or unemployed, 7 p.m. on 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 info.

Monthly Interfaith Career Network: 7 p.m. Feb. 19 on health insurance alternatives to COBRA coverage, at St. John of the Cross Parish, 5005 S. Wolf, Western Springs, (708) 246-4404.

Monthly Networking: 9 a.m. Feb. 28, talk by Steve Eschbach, Vice President, Investor Relations, Integrys Energy Group, “Been There, Done That — Successfully Conquering Four Career Transitions in 10 Years,” structured networking from 10 a.m.- noon, St Raphael Parish, 1215 Modaff Rd, Naperville, (630) 355.4545.


“Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters” Series: 7 p.m. Feb. 16, “‘God, if you are up there, prove it’: Eugene O’Neill and the Absence of God,” with scenes performed by students, at Loyola’s Mullady Memorial Theatre, 6525 N. Sheridan, (773) 508-3820.

“Surviving Current Economic Crisis”: panel presentation on how to cope in time of crisis, 7- 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19, St. Mary of the Annunciation (main) Church, 22333 W. Erhart, Fremont Center in Mundelein, (847) 223-0010.

Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton: retired bishop of Detroit, “Forgiveness: Doorway to the House of Peace,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, $10, Siena Center, at Dominican University’s Priory Campus Auditorium, 7200 Division, River Forest, (708) 714- 9105.

“Upbringing: What’s Gender Got to do with It?”: panel discussing books by Dr. Meg Meeker, “Boys Should Be Boys,” and “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters,” 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 20, with Q&A, $15/person (spouse free), babysitting by reservation for $10 per family, at Embers Elementary School, 2000 W. Sibley, Park Ridge, private school, rooted in Catholic faith, (847) 518-1185.

Theology South: Rabbi Laurence Edwards, on “The Pharisees: Hidebound Conservatives or Religious Radicals?” 9:30-11 a.m. March 5, with Q&A, $6, St. Xavier University’s Butler Room, 3700 W. 103rd St., for more info, call Donatta at (708) 422-1635.

Library Lectures: "Hooligan's Homily," with writer/performer, Mike Houlihan, 2 p.m. March 1, $8, his new book, "Hooliganism" will be available, reception follows, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282- 7035.


St. Raymond of Penefort Parish: Fr. George Kane on “The Second Vatican Council,” 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24, senior mission 10 a.m. Feb. 24, 301 S. I-Oka, Mount. Prospect, (847) 253-8600.

St. Patrick Parish: hosted by Women’s Group, 9:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 26, theme on “Service,” by Fr. Larry Hennessey, $5 also includes light breakfast, in parish center, 950 W. Everett, Lake Forest, call (847) 234-1401, Ext. 208.

St. Cornelius Church: 7 p.m. March 1-3, with Fr. Ronald Kunkel, on Mundelein Seminary faculty, 5440 West Foster, for more info, call rectory at (773) 283-5222.


St. Paul and the Early Church: includes Biblical sites in Greece and Turkey, April 21-May 2, hosted by Fr. Richard Yanos of Prince of Peace Church, Lake Villa, call (847) 356-7915.

“Privileged” Art Tour to Italy: with Illinois Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, May 29-June 4, includes Vatican’s restoration labs, museums, Sistine Chapel, more, with Rome and Florence, call (313) 565-8888, Ext. 121 or visit


Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Weekend: for post-abortive men and women, evening March 20- midday March 22, at St. Charles Pastoral Center, 402 S. Independence, Romeoville, call in strict confidence for registration or more info, (866) 994-4483.

Silent, Ignatian Retreat: spiritual exercises for women, March 13-15, talks, Mass, confession, rosary, personal conference with Miles Christi priests, at Marytown, 1600 W. Park, Libertyville, call Joan at (847) 966-1369.

Lenten Day of Reflection: for those in their 20s and 30s, “Are you seeing the whole picture?” with Fr. Joseph Brown, SJ, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 28, co-sponsored by Tolton/Charis Ministries/ Catholics On Call, $50/person, includes lunch, at Catholic Theological Union, 5401 S. Cornell, e-mail [email protected], or call (773) 371-5440.

Overnight Retreat for Women: “Walking Into Compassion: Fulfilling God’s Promises Today,” guided by Gloria Ulterino, author/ educator, 7-9 p.m. March 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 7, $120/person, $100 each for groups of four or more, at The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W. Ogden, La- Grange Park, RSVP by Feb. 20 to (708) 482-5048.


St. Columbkille Alumnae: annual luncheon noon March 29, $35, at the Fountain Blue, 2300 S. Mannheim, Des Plaines, proceeds go to retirement fund of Sisters of Providence, call Charlene Swintek, (847) 427-1981 to RSVP.


Adult Confirmation: 10 sessions for adults who wish to complete their sacraments of initiation begin 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, at St. Bruno Parish, 4751 S. Harding, Sacrament of Confirmation on June 13 at Incarnation Church, 5757 W. 127th St., Palos Heights, pre-register by calling Lois at (773) 523-3467.

Bible Study: eight-week overview of entire Bible, using Jeff Cavins’ “Great Adventure” DVDS and live instructor, Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 21- April 11, $20, bring your own Bible, optional workbook $20, at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, pre-register at (312) 346-4228.

Bible Study: on the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse), using Jeff Cavin’s “Great Adventure” DVDs with optional workbook ($20), cost $30, Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 24-April 28, at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, pre-register at (312) 346-4228.

Illinois Catholic Prayer Breakfast: (optional) Mass 6:30 a.m. March 6, celebrant Bishop Thomas Paprocki, breakfast and program, 7:30-9:30 a.m., keynote address by author George Weigel, $45/person, at Chicago Hilton Towers, 720 S. Michigan, RSVP to (888) 970-7776, www.IllinoisCatholicPrayerBreakf

Grief Support Group: 7 p.m. Thursdays of Lent, starting Feb. 26, at Our Lady, Mother of the Church, 8701 W. Lawrence, (773) 625-3369.

Program on Medjugorje: Ivan Dragicevic will give his testimony at 8:30-9:30 p.m. March 12, rosary 6 p.m., Mass 7 p.m., witness talk 8 p.m., then guest speaker, at Holy Family Parish, 2515 Palatine Road, Inverness, call Marie Fallon at (847) 304- 4846 for more info.

Meeting and Book-Signing: meet noted scholar/author Fr. Roger Schroeder, SVD, who will sign copies of his book, “What is the Mission of the Church? A Guide for Catholics” (available at Techny Towers Bookstore for $16), 11 a.m. Feb. 22, at Techny Towers, 2001 Waukegan Road, (847) 272-1100.

“Spa for the Spirit”: women’s spirituality, 9 a.m.-noon March 7, facilitated by author Dianne Costanza, $7, includes breakfast, at St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish, 411 Wheeling Road, Prospect heights, RSVP to (847) 255- 7452.

“Mindfulness Meditation”: Mondays 6:45-8:45 p.m., based on teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, free will offering, at The Center, 801 Carillon, Bartlett, call (630) 837-7486.


St. Joseph Hospital Clothes Closet Shop: open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 27, featuring formal gowns in large sizes suitable for mothers of the bride or groom, in lower level of St. Joseph’s Manor Building, 2900 N. Lake Shore, proceeds go to needy, donations of gently used clothing or household items are accepted any time in volunteer services department, for more info, call (773) 665-3167.

Palm Weaving Workshops: 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. classes March 28, with Eugene Fedeli, master palm weaver, bring scissors, other materials will be provided, $35, space limited, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington, register by calling (312) 421 3757 Ext. 323.

Computer Courses: introducing various programs for adults and high school students using state-of-the-art technology, 7-9 p.m. March 3-31, at St. Laurence High School, 5556 W. 77th St., Burbank, call Bill McLean, at (708) 458-6900, Ext. 234 for dates, fees, and systems information.