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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. Raymond of Penafort Parish: marking 60th anniversary at dinner-dance and auction April 25, $100/person, at Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel, RSVP to Roberta at (847) 253-8600, Ext. 121.


Illinois Right to Life Committee: dinner and auction, 6 p.m. April 3 reception, cash bar, dinner 7:30 p.m., $65/person, at Drury Lane, Oak Brook Terrace, RSVP to (312) 422-9300.

Daughters of Divine Love: luncheon 11:30 a.m. April 4, $40/person at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, 2132 E. 72nd St., RSVP to Sr. Miriam at (708) 359- 2159.

Maryville Academy: Ed Mc- Caskey Scholarship Luncheon 12:30 p.m. April 7, $50/person, with Ed Block Courage Award to Charles Tillman, on campus, 1150 N. River, Des Plaines, RSVP to Ellen at (847) 294-1982.

Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart: dinner 6 p.m. April 25, $15/person, raffle ticket $50 at St. Francis Woods, 9201 W. St. Francis Road, Frankfort, (815) 464-3864.

St. Thecla Parish Gala: 6-11 p.m. April 25, open bar, unlimited food, entertainment, live/silent auctions, at Rosewood Banquets, 9421 W. Higgins, Rosemont, for tickets, call Gregory Klein at (847) 910-8019.

Mamre, Inc.: dinner-dance 6- 10:30 p.m. April 26, $60/person, to support work of Special Religious Development (Spred), at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, call Kathy at (773) 728-0129 for tickets.


Easter Sunrise Mass: 5:45 a.m. April 12, hosted by St. Rita High School, rain or shine at North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. lake Shore, (773) 925-6600.

Monastery of the Holy Cross: Holy Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m. Mass; Good Friday services, April 10 3 p.m.; Easter Vigil Mass 8 p.m. April 11; Easter Mass 10 a.m. April 12, 3111 S. Aberdeen, (773) 927-7424.

Shrine of Christ the King: Holy Thursday, 7 p.m. April 9 confessions 6:30 p.m., High Mass and Eucharistic procession, music by schola, adoration until midnight; Good Friday, 2 p.m. April 10 confessions, liturgy 3 p.m. with music by Chicago Chamber Choir; Easter Vigil, confessions 8:15 p.m. April 11, High Mass 9 p.m. with schola, 6415 S. Woodlawn, (773) 363-7409.

Novena to St. Rita of Cascia: every first Thursday, 6 p.m. April 2 confessions; 7 p.m. Mass and devotions, in St. Rita High School Shrine Chapel, 7740 S. Western, (773) 925-6600.

Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii: Holy Thursday, 7 p.m, April 9 Mass; Good Friday services, 7 p.m., April 10; Easter Vigil Mass 9 p.m. April 11; Easter Masses 8:30 and 11 a.m., 1224 W. Lexington, (312) 421-3757, Ext. 123.


Spaghetti Dinner: 3-7 p.m. April 4, at Alvernia Manor Retirement Community, 13950 Main, Lemont, (630) 257-7721.

St. Kevin Parish: 6 p.m. April 18, live music by Orquesta Sabor Latino, $70/person includes open bar, at Dynasty Banquet Hall, 4125 Calumet, Hammond, Ind., RSVP to rectory, at (773) 721-2563.

New Beginnings Singles: 8-11 p.m., April 18, $10/at door, St. Matthew Parish Center, 1001 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, (847) 397-9643.

St. Pius X Parish: dinner/silent auction, 5 p.m. April 19, $26/person, at Crystal Sky Banquets, 7941 W. 47th St., McCook, call Vito at (708) 269-9951.


“Carousel”: Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, 7:30 p.m. March 27-28, 2 p.m. March 29, $10/adults, $5/children under 12, at St. Louise de Marillac Parish Center, 30th and Harrison streets, La- Grange Park, (708) 352-7388.

“Godspell”: 7:30 p.m. March 28, 2:30 p.m. March 29, at St. Joseph High School, 10900 W. Cermak, Westchester, (708) 562- 8701.

Concert/Passion Play: “Seven Last Words of Christ,” 1:30 p.m. April 4, at Nativity BVM Church, 6812 S. Washtenaw, (773) 776- 4600.

Band Concert: with University of Notre Dame Jazz Band Reunion Jazz Orchestra, and Notre Dame High School Jazz Band, 4 p.lpm. April 4, $5/at door, St. John Brebeuf Parish Center, 8305 N. Harlem, Niles, call (847) 779-8651.

Olivier Latry Organ Concert: titular organist of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Parish, 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State, (312) 787-8040.

First Friday Movie Night: gather 6:30 p.m. April 3, for “Stranger than Fiction,” with Will Ferrell, potluck munchies, discussion using “Camera, Action, Faith,” at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, call (312) 346-4228.

Palm Sunday Concert: combined choirs and instrumentalists in musical experience of the Crucifixion, 7 p.m. April 5 at St. Cornelius Church, 5430 W. Foster, (773) 283- 5222.

Sacred Chorale Concert: music of Byzantine and Roman Catholic churches, men's choir of Greek, Slavic and Gregorian chant and Polyphony, 3 p.m. May 3, $15/person, at St. Josaphat Church, 2311 N. Southport, call (815) 806-0066.

“Cotton Patch Gospel”: Harry Chapin musical, 6 p.m. April 1 (dress rehearsal open to public), 7 p.m. April 2 and 1 p.m. April 4, tickets $5/adults at door, $3 students w/ID, at St. Rita High School, 7740 S. Western, (773) 925-6600.

“Raising the Roof”: variety show, karaoke, food, silent auction, local celebrity media guests, 8 p.m. April 17 (21 years and over), 5:30 p.m. April 28 (all ages), and 8 p.m. April 18, (21 years and over), 1 p.m. April 19 (all ages), $7/person, benefits roof replacements at St. William Parish, 2558 N. Sayre, (773) 637-6565.

“Padres Plus on Parade II”: talent show by archdiocesan priests and religious, 3 p.m. April 19, doors open 2 p.m., $35 VIP seating, $25/general admission, $20/balcony, at St. Scholastica Academy, 7416 N. Ridge, (312) 534-8325.

Organ Concert: 3 p.m. April 26, Easter music played by Joseph Fitzer to raise funds for pipe organ repairs, free will donation at Immaculate Conception BVM Church, 88th Street and Commercial Avenue, (773) 768-2100.

“Urinetown”: a musical in desperate times, April 17-26, Theatre School at DePaul University, at its Merle Reskin Theater, 60 E. Balbo, call box office at (312) 922- 1999 for tickets and times.

“Til Death Do Us Park: Late Nite Catechism 3”: Chicagoland debut, 7:30 p.m. April 18, $25, Notre Dame High School, 7655 W. Dempster, Niles, (847) 779-8644, benefits school’s New Orleans June immersion trip.

Classical Chamber Concert: Amadeus Consort presents baroque works of Albinion and Valentini for violin and harpsichord, 3 p.m. April 19, free, at Shrine of Christ the King, 6415 S. Woodlawn, (773) 363-7409.

“Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me:” drama by Frank McGuinness, April 17-May 9, $12, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, call (773) 282-7035 for tickets, days and time.

“Attaboy, Mr. Synge!”: comedy with Gaelic Park Players, April 18- 20 and 25-27 and May 1-3, at 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, call (708) 687-9323 for dates, time and tickets.

“West Side Story”: 7:30 p.m. March 27-28 and April 3-4; 2 p.m. March 29 and April 5, at St. Patrick High School, 5900 W. Belmont, (773) 282-8844.

“Late Nite Catechism”: doors open 7 p.m., $30/person, RSVP by April 20, at Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington, call (312) 421-3757, Ext. 123.

“My Fair Lady”: performed by St. Eugene Players, April 17-26, 7958 W. Foster, call (773) 775- 6659 for time, tickets and days.

Trivia Quiz Night: 8 p.m. April 17 and May 15, $30/per team admission, prizes, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035, Ext. 10.


“The Eternal Light of Egypt”: black and white photography of Sarite Sanders, now through May 10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through April 12, free, at Loyola University Museum of Art, LUMA, 820 N. Michigan, (312) 915-7600.


St. Emily Woman’s Club: doors open 5:30 p.m. April 3, dinner 7:30 p.m. $45, at Park Banquets, 1700 S. Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect, RSVP to (847) 253-4907.

Incarnation Mother’s Club: “Sentimental Journey,” 6 p.m. April 23, $36/adults, $30/seniors and children, at Gaelic Park in Oak Forest, RSVP to (708) 371-7449.

St. Patrick’s Women’s Group: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. April 24, luncheon at Exmoor Country Club, 700 Vine, Highland Park, call Peggy at (847) 295-0221 for tickets.


Job & Networking Ministry (ongoing): 9 a.m.-noon April 4, “Uncommon Sources of Job Opportunities,” with Bob Podgorski, at Sr. Francis de Sales Church, 135 S. Buesching, Lake Zurich; and 7-9:15 p.m. April 13, “Deciding Factors in Job Competition,” with David Valentine, at St. Hubert Ministry Center, 729 Grand Canyon, Hoffman Estates, call Bob at (847) 925-6005.

“Using the Internet Effectively in Your Job Search”: 7 p.m. April 16 at St. John of the Cross Parish, 5005 S. Wolf, Western Springs, for more info, call (708) 246-4404.


“Hispaniola: Island of Contrasts”: Dominican Republic and Haiti, explained by Katherine Harig, formerly at Goldman Sachs, now with Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, 1:30 p.m. April 4, hosted by DePaul Geographical Society, open to public, in Room 154 of Schmitt Center, 2320 N. Kenmore, call (773) 325-7871 for more info.

Choice-Driven Life: an inside perspective on the pro-choice mindset, with Linda Couri, former Planned Parenthood counselor, 12:30-2 p.m. April 5, at St. Catherine Laboure Parish, free, 3535 Thornwood, Glenview, (847) 998- 4704.

Catholic Colloquium Series: 6:30 p.m. April 7, Terry Rynne on “War and Peace: Public Policy, Human Dignity and the Common Good,” in St. Xavier University Butler Room, 3700 W. 103rd St., (773) 298-3981.

“Is Belief in God Irrational?”: colloquium with Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Evangelical speakers, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 16, Joan and Bill Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage, at Loyola University Coffey Hall, 6525 N. Sheridan, (773) 508-3920 or [email protected].

“Tending Our Garden”: 7:30 p.m. April 16, Michael Howard director of Eden Place, an educational park/nature center, $10 at Dominican University Priory Campus auditorium, 7200 Division, River Forest, call (708) 488-5000 for tickets, and (708) 714-9105 for more info.

Liturgical Institute Conference: Fr. Edward Oakes, SJ, on “The Contribution of Reverend Richard John Neuhaus to Catholic Liturgy and Social Justice,” April 24, registration $75; lunch or dinner optional; at St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center, 1000 E. Maple, Mundelein, RSVP to (847) 837-4542 or www.liturgicalinstitute. org.


Legion of Mary: Senatus, 2 p.m. March 29 at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, 3051 N. Christiana, (773) 477-9364.

Divorce & Beyond: 10-week recovery program for those who have divorced begins 7-9 p.m. April 2 at St. Emily Parish, 1400 E. Central, Mount Prospect, RSVP to Barb at (847) 824-5049.

Chicago Catholic University Club: attend Palm Sunday Mass 11 a.m. April 5, at Holy Name Cathedral’s auditorium, 735 N. State and brunch at Jake Melnick’s Restaurant, 41 E. Superior, RSVP to Louise at (773) 286-1715 by April 2.

FIrst Saturday Book Club: for women, noon-2 p.m. April 4, discussing “A Cold Treachery,” by Charles Todd. (BYO Lunch), at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, RSVP to (312) 346- 4228.

To Be Joyful Again: support group for widows and widowers, 7 p.m. on first and third Thursdays. Holy Family Church, 2515 Palatine Road, Inverness. For more info, call Elaine at (847) 705-9886.

New Beginnings Singles: bike ride in Busse Woods, 10 a.m. April 4, with lunch at Portillo’s, call Joe at (847) 922-8007 for more info; dinner and dancing 6:30 p.m. April 4 at Dover Straits, Hoffman Estates, live band, call Joan at (847) 387-9643 to RSVP.


Major Shrines of Poland: with Fr. Paul Stein, May 11-21, call (312) 602-5373.

Holy Land Pilgrimage: May 30-June 10, 2009 or Sept. 19-30, 2009, to Tiberias, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Mount of Olives, more, led by Fr. Mario DiCicco, OFM, for more info, call St. Peter’s front desk, at (312) 372- 5111.

In the Footsteps of St. Paul: to Turkey and Greece with Fr. Bill Burton, OFM and Fr. Chuck Faso, OFM, May 24-June 4, 2009, go to for more info.


Joyful Again: workshop for widows and widowers. April 18- 19, $75, at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Hwy. 22, Barrington, RSVP to (708) 354- 7211.


St. Emeric Grade School: all classes’ reunion, part of parish 50th anniversary year, April 10, call (708) 798-0757.

Alvernia Alumnae: reception 11:30 a.m. April 19, luncheon $45/person, at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, RSVP to Kathy at (708) 442-1479.

Monthly Ritamen Luncheon: noon April 8, in St. Rita High School foyer, 7740 S. Western, (773) 925-5029.

St. Rita High School Alumni Banquet: 6 p.m. April 17, honoring Mike Georgopulos, ’72, 2009 Man of the Year, other Hall of Famers, with open bar, fourcourse dinner, hors d’oevres, $60/person, at school gym, 7740 S. Western, call John Schmitt at (773) 925-6600, Ext. 6629 for tickets.

St. Mary Alumnae: (W. Grenshaw) all class reunion luncheon to benefit retired BVM sisters, 11:30 a.m. April 19, at Oak Lawn Hilton, 9333 S. Cicero, call (773) 274-7970.

St. George High School Dragons: seeking class of 1969 (last graduating class), for May 2 banquet, for time and place call Len Strauch at (847) 850-8904 or [email protected].

Academy of Our Lady: seeking class of 1959 for possible reunion, contact Maureen Curtin Winter at (630) 783-0834.

St. Christopher School: seeking all alumni for 85th anniversary party reception 5 p.m. May 2 for alums and families, tour of school, dinner in gym at 6 p.m., all-night open bar, music/dancing, raffles, silent auction, $40/adult, kids free, with free babysitting after dinner for ages 3 and older, at school, 4130 W. 147th St., Midlothian, call (708) 388-8190 or visit

St. Nicholas of Tolentine School: marks 100th anniversary, with 2 p.m. May 16 Mass, open house follows; dinner-dance 6-11 p.m. at Georgios, for more info, call Fr. Stan Rataj at (773) 735- 1121.


“Called to Service”: for young adults, with Sr. Meg Guider, OSF, 7:30-9:30 p.m. April 6, program, reflection, discussion, prayer, free, at the Cenacle Retreat Center, 513 W. Fullerton, need to RSVP to Sr. Elyse at (312) 751-5240.

Lent at The Well: Mirror Image of God’s Love, 1:30-3 p.m. April 8, Holy Week presentation by Sr. Celeste Cotter, CSJ, $10 at 1515 W. Ogden, LaGrange Park, (708) 482-5088.

Reading the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans: (in English) 6:30 p.m. April 15, in Holy Name Cathedral Parish Center auditorium, State and Superior streets. (312) 787-8040.

Catholics Returning Home: six-week series for non-practicing Catholics with informal listening sessions, begins 7 p.m. April 27 at St. Paul of the Cross Church, 320 S. Washington, Park Ridge, call Kelly at (847) 692-9025 for more info.

Chicago Area Nun Run: April 24-25, a 24+ hours experience for young women to visit four convents, with transportation, overnight hospitality, meals, prayer and fun provided, call Sr. Lovina at (815) 464-3873 or go to [email protected].

Consultation or Spiritual Direction: Franciscan priests are available 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, no appointment necessary, inquire front office of St. Peter’s in the Loop, 110 W. Madison, (312) 372-5111.

Medjugorje’s Mirjana Soldo: described as a Marian visionary, 6:30 p.m. April 22, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 1255 N. Noble, (773) 278-2470.


Earth Day at the The Well: registration 9:30 a.m. April 18, program 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with a “Green Lunch,” talks, film, song, $40/advance, $50/at door, at The Well, 1515 W. Ogden, LaGrange Park, (708) 482-5088.

Boxing Fight Night: with Notre Dame High School students, 7:30 p.m. April 3, $5/adults, $3/kids under 12, 7655 West Dempster, Niles, call (847) 779-8664.

De La Salle D-Final Event: doors open 6 p.m. April 6, NCAA men’s basketball championship game on giant TV screens, a buffet dinner, silent auction, raffles, admission $30/advance or $35/at door, Parmer Activity Center, (312) 842-3455, Ext. 146.

St. Florian Brunch: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 19, $10/adults, $5/ages 4-10, many raffles, 13100 S. Houston, call (773) 646-4877.

Beginning Polish Genealogy: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 25, $30/person, includes lunch and materials, at Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, 984 Milwaukee, RSVP before April 11, to (773) 782-2639.

Origins of the Enneagram: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 25; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26, at Loyola University Hussey Lounge in Damen Hall, 6525 N. Sheridan, register by April 17, at (847) 492-1690.