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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. Nicholas of Tolentine School: alumni celebrating 100 years at 2 p.m. Mass May 16, school tours until 5 p.m., 3721 W 62nd St., (773) 735-1121.

St. Mary of Celle Parish: celebrating 100th anniversary year with dinner cruise, 4:30-7 p.m. May 30, RSVP to (708) 788-0876.

St. Emeric Parish: marking 50th anniversary as a mission church, and pastor Fr. Marty Marren ’s 25th anniversary, at dinnerdance, 1-5 p.m. May 31, $45/person by May 20, $50/after May 20, Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, call (708) 798-0757.


Big Sisters: luncheon, fashion and jewelry show, at noon May 3, $55/person, at Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, proceeds provide scholarships for Catholic high school girls, RSVP to (708) 366-8371.

Marytown: (National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe), dinner 4-7 p.m. May 2, $17/at door for adults, $5/per child, gift shop and Hidden Treasures Resale Shop will be open, 1600 W. Park, Libertyville, RSVP to (847) 367-7800, Ext. 225.

St. Giles Parish School: Lion’s Pride auction, 7-11 p.m. May 2, St. Giles Jazz Band will open for the band The Population, buffet from local venues, $50/person, in Mc- Donough Hall, 1101 Columbian, Oak Park, call (708) 851-0120.

Maryville Academy: baby shower and tea to benefit Crisis Nursery, May 7, lunch and fashion show, $85/person, at Sunset Ridge Country Club, in Northfield, call (847) 294-1982 for tickets.

Catholic Charities of Lake County: optional black-tie dinnerdance/ auction, 6:30 p.m. May 16, music by Jeff Manuel, at Knollwood Club, Lake Forest, RSVP to Connie at (847) 782-4119.

Misericordia Heart of Mercy: “The Artist in All — Empowerment Through Art,” 6-9 p.m. May 15, $85/person, silent auction, featuring original art work by Misericordia resident artists, at Northern Trust Bank, 50 S. LaSalle, RSVP to (773) 273-4133.


Mass for Feast of St. Peregrine: 2 p.m. May 3, with blessing of individuals with relic of St. Peregrine, the cancer saint, at National Shrine of St. Peregrine, Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, 3121 W. Jackson, ample parking, (773) 638-5800, Ext. 19.

Mass of Remembrance, Hope and Healing: for all who have lost a child through any circumstance, 7 p.m. May 8, St. Joseph Church, 17951 Dixie Hwy., Homewood, (708) 798-0622.

Novena to St. Rita of Cascia: 6 p.m. confessions, 7 p.m. Mass, May 13-21, feast day May 22, at St. Rita High School shrine chapel, 7740 S. Western, call (773) 925-6600 for more info.

Mass for Expectant Mothers: with special blessing from celebrant Cardinal George, 12:30 p.m. May 10, at Holy Name Cathedral auditorium, 710 N. State, hosted by Respect Life Office, (312) 534- 5355.

Mass for Mentally Ill Persons: honoring patron St. Dymphna, 8:45 a.m. May 15, families, friends and others are welcome, relic of the saint will be displayed for veneration, at Queen of All Saints Basilica, 6280 N. Sauganash, for more info, call Jim and Shirley at (773) 777-6022.

Eucharistic Adoration: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. May 6, with devotions to St. Peregrine 7-8 p.m., St. Damian Church, 5300 W. 155th St., Oak Forest, (708) 388-3477.


St. Patrick Parish: 6 p.m. May 30, with silent auction, raffle, music by Ray Sassetti Orchestra, benefits abused women”s program, black tie optional, at Deerpath Inn, 255 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, call Jo Ann for tickets, (847) 234-1401, Ext. 208.


“The Confessions of Saint Augustine”: 7 p.m. April 28 (corrected date), one-man production featuring Leonardo Defilippis performs modern story of a man living a sordid lifestyle, who discovers God is the answer; hosted by DePaul University’s Catholic Intellectual Tradition Series and the Catholic Studies Program, free, at DePaul University Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield, Room 120, (773) 325-7423.

First Friday Movie Night: “Diary of a City Priest,” starring David Morse, gather 6:30 p.m. May 2, potluck munchies discussion using “Camera, Action, Faith,” at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, call (312) 346-4228.

Ecclesia Men’s Choir: choral works from Eastern and Western church traditions, chant and polyphony, directed by Timothy Woods, 3 p.m. May 3, $15, at St. Josaphat Parish, 2311 N. Southport, call (815) 806-0066 for tickets.

Chicago Chorale Concert: “Rachmaninoff Vespers,” 7:30 p.m. May 2, tickets $20, or $12/with student ID, at Shrine of Christ the King, 6415 S. Woodlawn, (773) 363-7409.

Concert Mexican-American and Polish-American Music: 2 p.m. May 3, featuring Cuerdas Clasicas string ensemble and Lira Singers, marking Cinco de Mayo, Polish constitution Day and the 100th anniversary year of Five Holy Martyrs Parish, 4327 S. Richmond, (773) 254-3636.

“Hollywood Arms”: play based on Carol Burnett”s memoir, April 23-26, $10/adults, recommended for ages 13 and up, at Lewis University, on Route 53, Romeoville, call box office at (815) 836-5500.

“’Til Death Do Us Part — Late Nite Catechism 3”: new production, 7:30 p.m. May 9, tickets $20 and $25 at door, St. Louise de Marillac Parish, LaGrange Park, Parish Center, 1144 Harrison, La- Grange Park, presents Parish Center, 31st & Harrison, La- Grange Park. Tickets: $20, at the rectory, (708) 352-7388.

“Bud, Not Buddy”: for ages 9 and up, now-May 23, by DePaul”s Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences, $8, at De- Paul’s Merle Reskin Theater, 60 E. Balbo, call (312) 922-0999 for days and times.

“The Gatekeeper”: by Matthew Ducey, May 8-17, with post-show discussion with cast May 14, part of Theatre School at DePaul University’s New Playwrights Series, free, at Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three, 2936 N. Southport, (312) 922-1999.

Jazz Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. May 1, $6, $5/seniors or visiting students, St. Xavier University, rehearsal performance space, 3700 W. 103rd St., (773) 298-321.

“Attaboy Mr. Synge”: comedy presented by Gaelic Park Players, 8 p.m. April 24-25, May 1-2 and 3 p.m. April 26 and May 3, $12/theater only, $25/dinner-theater combo on Sundays, Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, call (708) 687-9323.

Saint Sebastian Players: “The Real Thing,” by Tom Stoppard, now-May 17, $15/person, lower level of St. Bonaventure Church, 1625 W. Diversey, call box office for days and times, (773) 404- 7922.


Works by Marcia Wegman: Lithuanian and Latvian scenes by Iowa artist, photographed on a Heifer International study tour and later painted, gallery talk by artist 7 p.m. May 15, exhibit daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through May 29, at Balzekas Museum, 6500 S. Pulaski, (773) 582-6500.


“Resume Review”: 9-11 a.m. May 9, bring your resume for personal evaluation by one of six experts, part of St. Hubert Job Ministry, free, at Orchard Evangelical Free Church, 1330 N. Douglas, Arlington Heights; 7-9:15 p.m. May 11, “Creating a Working Accountability Group,” free, at St. Hubert Ministry Center, 729 Grand Canyon, Hoffman Estates, for more info, call (847) 925-6005.

“Organizing Your Job Search”: seminar with HR professional, 9 a.m. April 25, followed by hour of networking, door prizes, at St. Raymond de Penafort Parish, 301 S. IOka, Mount Prospect, free but preregister at


Fr. Robert A. Sirico: of Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, on “Great Challenges, Greater Opportunities,” noon-2 p.m. April 30, luncheon, $35/person, at the University Club, 76 E. Monroe, RSVP to [email protected].

Fr. Thomas Norris: professor, St. Patrick College, Maynooth, Ireland, luncheon/seminar noon-2 p.m. May 1, on his new book: “The Trinity: Life of God, Hope for Humanity,” at DePaul University, 2400 N. Sheffield, RSVP to Francis Salinel, at (773) 325-4159. Also public lecture/book presentation 4- 5 p.m. May 4, with reception to follow, at Catholic Theological Union, 5401 S. Cornell, for more info, call Birgit at (773) 371-5431.

Catholic Citizens Forum: John Iannone, writer, lecturer, filmmaker, vice chairman of the Holy Shroud Task Force, speaking on “The Holy Shroud of Turin,” 11:45-1:30 p.m. May 8, luncheon, $30, open to public, at Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, RSVP to Maureen at (708) 352-5834 by May 5.

“Cuba at a Crossroads”: 1:30 p.m. May 9, talk by Felix Masud-Piloto, professor and director of De- Paul Center for Latino Research, $2/nonmembers, hosted by De- Paul Geographical Society, at Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore, (773) 325-7871.


John Paul 2 Study Group: will discuss “Fides et Ratio” (Faith and Reason) 10:30 a.m.-noon May 9, and on second Saturday every month, at Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3100 S. Aberdeen, for more info, call Georgia at (708) 788- 9531, or e-mail [email protected].

LOSS: (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide ) for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide, 7-9 p.m. May 10, at 1717 Rand, Des Plaines, (312) 655-7283.

Council of Catholic Nurses of Lake County: house Mass and 20th anniversary supper, gathering 5:30 p.m. May 15, Mass 6:30 p.m., meal follows, members free, nonmembers $10, at private home in Lake Villa, RSVP by May 12 to Donna at (847) 356-6747.

New Beginnings Singles: 6:30 p.m. April 29, Wednesday Night at the Movies, “An Unfinished Life,” on big screen, free, but bring nonperishable food item for food pantry, at St. Matthew Parish Center, 1001 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, call Dan at (847) 846-9700 for more info.

Book Discussion Group: 2 p.m. May 3, discussion of Roddy Doyle’s “The Snapper,” led by moderator Virginia Gibbons, free, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (773) 282-7035.


Regional Pilgrimage to Shrine of Holy Hill: hosted by Chicago”s Shrine of Christ the King, 1:30 p.m. May 23 high Mass, celebrant Msgr. R. Michael Schmitz, with family picnic to follow, a charter bus could be arranged, call (773) 363-7409 by April 27 for more info.


Day of Recollection for Religious: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 2, with a Salesian priest, at St. Mary of Providence, 4200 N. Austin, RSVP to Sr. Ann Schaffer, (773) 545-8300, Ext. 307.

Life’s Healing Weekend: May 8-10, an opportunity to renew one’s life. sponsored by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, at Marytown Retreat Center, 1600 W. Park, Libertyville, call (630) 892-2371 to register.

Silent Ignatian Retreat: spiritual exercises for men, May 29-31, talks, Mass, confession, rosary, personal conference with Miles Christi priests, at Marytown, 1600 W. Park, Libertyville, call Ed at (847) 392-2964.

Morning of Recollection: 7:30 a.m. May 2 confessions, 8 a.m. high Mass, breakfast, 9:30 a.m. conference on “Mary, Mother of the Church,” 10:30 a.m. adoration, at Shrine of Christ the King, 6415 S. Woodlawn, (773) 363-7409.

Summer Retreats: for personal renewal, begins Sunday afternoons, concludes following Friday afternoon, at The Well, 1515 W. Ogden, LaGrange Park, call (708) 482-5088 to make individual arrangements.


Mount Carmel High School: alumni banquet, 5:30 p.m. May 1, $55/person in Club House at Hawthorne Race Course, 3501 S. Laramie, call Fr. Peter McGarry, at (773) 359-0463.

St. Christopher School: seeking alumni for school’s 85th anniversary party, reception in school 5 p.m. May 2 for alumni families, tour of school, 6 p.m. dinner-dance in gym and all-night open bar, raffles and silent auction, $40/per adult, children/free, 4130 W. 147th St., Midlothian, call (9708) 388- 8190 to RSVP.

St. Agatha School: seeking all alumni for 6-11 p.m. May 30 dinner- dance, at St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt, contact Fr. Larry Dowling at (773) 522- 3050 or at [email protected].

St. Edward Grammar School: seeking Class of 1989 for 5:30 p.m. May 16, Mass in church, 6:30-11:30 reception, in school gym, Lowell and Sunnyside avenues, call Brian at (773) 706- 7543.

St. Liborius School: seeking alums for 100th anniversary in 2012, at 71 W. 35th St., Steger, Ill., call (708) 754-1363 to be on mailing list.

St. Theodore School: (now closed) seeking members of class of 1959 for possible 50th reunion, contact John McHugh at [email protected].

St. Kieran School: will celebrate 50th anniversary in 2010 and is seeking all alumni, to be on mailing list, contact parish at (708) 755-0074.


Our Lady of Ransom Parish: 20th annual rummage sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 25, items from toys to tools, also "Treasure Room" of nearly-new items, 8300 N. Greenwood, Niles, for more info, call Ruth at (847) 823-2550.

Prince of Peace Parish: seeking donations of items for June extravaganza sale, with pick-ups available for large items like appliances or computers, by calling (847) 356-6111 or e-mail poprummagesale@, 135 S. Milwaukee, Lake Villa.


Bereavement Ministry: series of small group meetings, 7-8:30 p.m. May 7 on 1st Thursday each month, May 7-Oct. 1 (no July meetings), at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 524 Ninth St., Wilmette, call (847) 256-2273.

“Walking with God in the Sacred Universe”: 2-3:30 p.m. Thursdays, now-May 14, $75/four classes, or $20 per session, at The Well, 1515 W. Ogden, La- Grange Park, (708) 482-5088.

Young-Adult Summer Conference: “Catholics on Call,” for ages 18-30 considering a life of service in the church, religious life, priesthood or lay ministry, weeklong program Aug. 9-14, free, including room and board, at Catholic Theological Union, 5401 S. Cornell, must apply by May 1, at or call (773) 371-5431 for more info.


Adult Enrichment Course: “Humanities 106: The Road to Democracy, the Hope of Freedom,” from works of David McCullough, Eric Metaxas, Thomas Fleming and Barack Obama on issues of freedom and responsibility, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays April 28-May 26, $40, at Resurrection High School, 7500 W. Talcott, call Mike Longo at (773) 775-6616, Ext. 127 to register.

Walk for Life: registration begins at 8:15 a.m. May 9, walk 9- 10:30 a.m. from Centennial Park, 9300 S. Nashville, Oak Lawn, hosted by Southside Pregnancy Center, pro-life outreach, go to or call Jessica at (708) 346-9070, to get involved.