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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. Patrick High School Shamrocks: kick-off 150th anniversary year with 60th anniversary basketball game marking April 1, 1949, when they won All-City title; game at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, with performances by St. Pat’s jazz band and dance team, 5900 W. Belmont, (773) 282-8844.


St Benedict Parish: Christmas bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21-22, in high school gym, 3941 N. Bell, handicap accessible, (773) 509- 3828 or (773) 588-4351.

St. Nicholas Parish: handmade items, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6, in school, 806 Ridge, Evanston, (847) 864- 1185, Ext. 23.

Holiday Fest: vendor items, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3, De La Salle Institute Campus, 3434 S. Michigan, (312) 842-7355, Ext 147.

Christmas Bazaar/Bake Sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6, also 10:30 a.m. Mass, with Irish Heritage Singers, breakfast follows, visit and photo with Santa, 1-3 p.m., $8/adults, $4/children, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 North Knox, must RSVP to (773) 282-7035, Ext. 10, stroller-friendly, also a 2-3 p.m. show with Irish music and puppets on Ireland’s myths, tickets $5 for children and adults.


Thanksgiving Community Dinner: free Thanksgiving dinner served 1-3 p.m. Nov. 26, seating limited to 200 people, in the Devine Center behind St. Julie Billiart Church, 7399 W. 159th St., Tinley Park, call Merilee, (708) 429-6767 to RSVP.


Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13, with fiesta of Mexican food to follow, at St. Damian Parish, 5200 W. 155th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-1370.

Candlelight Service: of Advent and Christmas Lessons and Carols, with combined parish choirs and guest instrumentalists, directed by Brent Weiland, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20, at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 1962 Old Willow, Northfield, (847) 446-8383.

Chicago Association of Holy Name Societies Holy Hour: 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Feast of Blessed John of Vercelli, founder of the Holy Name Society, at St. Maria Gorretti Church, 3929 N. Wehrman, Schiller Park, call John Ortiz at (708) 452-3168 for info.

“Solemn Vespers for Advent”: Chicago Chorale performing motets from Renaissance to present, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, $20, $12/student I.D., at Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3111 S. Aberdeen, call (773) 306-6195 for tickets.

Eucharistic Adoration: after 8 a.m. Mass on Dec. 4, and each first Friday at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 12433 S. Halsted, (773) 785-1200.

Kolbe House: Spanish/English Mass on first Sunday of the month, 3 p.m. Dec. 6, for those affected by incarceration, victims of crime, ex-offenders and others, at Assumption Church, 2434 S. California, (773) 247-0070.

Nine Lessons & Carols: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13, with Benediction and exposition of the Eucharist, Bishop Francis Kane presider, music by St. Julian Eymard adult and children’s choirs, free, at the church, 601 E. Biesterfield, Elk Grove Village, (847) 593-8938.

Novena to St. Rita: 6 p.m. confessions, 7 p.m. Mass and devotions, Dec. 3, and every first Thursday, St. Rita High School Shrine Chapel, 7740 S. Western, (773) 925-6600.

SPRED Christmas Family Mass: 10:15 a.m. Dec. 13, breakfast at 11:15 a.m., for alumni, families and friends of the University of Notre Dame and Special Religious Education (SPRED), donations accepted, at main chapel of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, also bring donations for Project Warmth, e-mail Terry at [email protected] for info.

Communal Penance Services: 12:15 p.m. Dec. 9 or 12:15 p.m. Dec. 23, at St. Peter’s in the Loop, 110 W. Madison, (312) 372-5111.

Advent Evening Prayer: O Antiphons by the schola, 5:40 p.m. Dec. 17-18, Dec. 21-23, at St. Peter’s in the Loop, 110 W. Madison, (312) 372-5111.


William Ferris Chorale Concert: “Christmas Revelry,” 8 p.m. Dec. 4, Paul Nicholson, guest organist; Paul French, conductor; tickets $25 or $20 depending on seating, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 690 W. Belmont, to order, call (773) 325-2000.

“Noel” Christmas Concert: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22, English and Polish music, St. John the Evangelist Church, 502 S. Park, Streamwood, CD available, (630) 837-6500, Ext. 42.

Christmas Concert: 3 p.m. Dec. 6, refreshments follow, at St. Damian Church, 5300 W. 155th Street, Oak Forest, (708) 687- 1370.

“Peace for Christmas” Concert: 3 p.m. Dec. 6, children’s choir and special Christmas orchestra, at St. Peter Church, 557 Lake, Antioch, (847) 395-0274.

“Peter and the Wolf”: orchestra with special guest Mr. MacFeeney from “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, or free children’s matinee 11 a.m., at St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., (773) 298-3421.

Piano Showcase: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, free, St. Xavier University McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St., (773) 298-3421.

St. Michael’s Old Town Festival of Lessons and Carols: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Zvonimir Nagy at Kilgen pipe organ, Gallery Choir Schola Cantorum, Vernon’s Trombone Quintet, $20, $10/students or seniors, 1633 N. Cleveland, (312) 642-2498, Ext. 221.

Southwest Symphony Orchestra: Christmas concert, with St. Michael’s music ministry and other voices, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 14327 Highland, Orland Park, call (708) 802-0686 for tickets.

Chicago Chorale Concert: “A Rose in Winter: Marian Motets for Christmas,” 3 p.m. Dec. 13, tickets $20, or $12/student I.D., (free preconcert talks 90 minutes before performance on Marian devotions through history), Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt, call (773) 306-6195.

Bella Voce Holiday 2009: choral sings music through centuries and lands, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, at St. Procopius Abbey, 5601 College Road, Lisle, (312) 479- 1096.

St. Patrick’s Christmas Concert: 4 p.m. Dec. 13, adult and children choirs, free, 950 W. Everett, Lake Forest, (847) 361- 3224.

“Scrooge Unglued”: Christmas comedy, doors open 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5, buffet dinner catered by Papa Joe’s Restaurant, 6 p.m., play at 7 p.m., $25/person, cash bar, in Devine Center of St. Julie Billiart Parish, 7399 W. 159th St., Tinley Park, call (708) 429-6767.

“It’s A Wonderful Life”: view Frank Capra film classic for Advent, 1 p.m. Dec. 6, and 7 p.m. Dec. 7, and explore its meaning with Patrick McCormick, Christian ethics professor at Gonzaga University, $5, at Siena Center at Dominican University Priory Campus Auditorium, 7200 Division, River Forest, (708) 714-9105.

“Christmas Time in Ireland”: vocalist Tony Kenny, with dancers, singer and comedian, 7 p.m. Dec. 11, $25, at Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, call (773) 282-7035, Ext. 10.


“Using the Holidays to Gain Market Advantage”: 9-10:15 a.m. Dec. 12, at Church of the Holy Spirit, 1451 Bode, Schaumburg, informal networking until noon, call Bob at (847) 925-6005 for more info; social evening 7-9 p.m. Dec. 14, at St. Hubert Ministry Center, 729 Grand Canyon, Hoffman Estates.


Rabbi Evan Moffic: leader on issues of social reform, noon-1:15 p.m. Dec. 4, luncheon $35, hosted by First Friday Club, at Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, RSVP to (312) 466-9610 by Dec. 1.

Catholic Citizens of Illinois: speaker Father Robert Sirico, president, Acton Institute for Study of Religion and Liberty, 11:45 a.m. Dec. 11, $30, at Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, RSVP to Maureen at (708) 352-5834 by Dec. 8.

“Introduction to Antique Maps”: map expert George Ritzlin, hosted by DePaul Geographical Society, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6, nonmembers $1.50, at Schmitt Center, 2320 N. Kenmore, (773) 325-7871.


Theology South: Lessons & Carols of Advent, signs of hope in troubling times, with Fr. Edward McLaughlin, and Kitty Ryan, director of music, St. Barnabas Parish, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 3, $6, in Butler Room, St. Xavier University, 3700 W 103rd St., call Donatta at (708) 422-1635.

Chicago Catholic University Club: Christmas party, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 5, cash bar, luncheon and entertainment, $20, at Elks Club in Des Plaines, 495 Lee, RSVP by Nov. 30 to Ann Marie at (773) 685- 6624.

New Beginnings Singles: memories of “Old Time Radio,” 7 p.m. Nov. 30, St. Matthew Church in Hughes Center, 1001 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, hot line (630) 307-0095.

Y.A.C.H.T. Club: Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together, for people in their 20s-30s, meet 7- 9:30 p.m. on second Tuesday every month, $5, speaker and order off the menu at Stonehouse Pub, 103 Stephen, Lemont,


Advent Women’s Retreat: with Katrina Zeno, author/co-founder of Women of the Third Millennium, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 5, (doors open 8:30 a.m.), $35 (includes breakfast and lunch), hosted by Pauline Books & Media, at Marytown, 1600 W. Park, Libertyville, RSVP by Nov. 27 to (312) 346-4228.


Immaculata High School: seeking class of 1960 for 50th reunion, April 16-18, at Des Plaines Elks Club, 495 Lee, also includes 4-6 p.m. April 16 tour of Immaculata, call Terri Schmoeller Barker at (773) 463-4807 or visit 1960immaculata. com, for more info.

St. Rita of Cascia High School: all-school Mass 8:05 a.m. Dec. 8, (optional) followed by 9:30 a.m. breakfast for Ritamen graduates of 40 or more years ago, R.S.V.P. to Trish at (773) 925-5029 by Dec. 4.

St. Gilbert School: seeking alumni to celebrate 65th anniversary year, e-mail name, address, phone number, email and class year to committee at sgsalum [email protected], or call


Live Nativity: 5-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 17-20, Mary, Joseph, baby, Three Kings, Shepherds, live animals including baby camel, at Franciscan Village (retirement community), 1270 Village Drive, Lemont, use west entrance on Main, free, (630) 243-3500.

Live Nativity: 5 p.m. Dec. 19 with children ages five through teens, with live animals, caroling, refreshments, in courtyard of St. Patrick Church, 950 W. Everett, Lake Forest, (847) 361-3224.

St. Emeric Parish Mission: part of 50th anniversary year, with Fr. Brian Walker, O.P., “To Praise, To Bless, To Preach,” 7 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 4330 W. 180th Street, Country Club Hills, (708) 798- 0757.

Advent Afternoon of Reflection: Fr. Richard Fragomeni on “The Power of Benevolent Love,” 2 p.m. Dec. 6, Mass 4 p.m., $20/person, $30/family, at The Well, 1515 W. Ogden, La Grange Park, (708) 482-5088.

St. Christopher Advent Mission: 7-8 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, with Fr. Albert Haase, OFM, 14700 S. Keeler, Midlothian, (708) 388- 8190.

“Why the Catholic Church?”: Mike Brummond on what is distinctive about the church, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, part of adult education, free, at St. Barbara Church, 4015 Prairie, Brookfield, call Deacon Dave at (708) 485-6614 for more info.

“Theology of the Body” Study Group: in person or online, 10:30 a.m.-noon on second Saturday of the month, next Dec. 14, at Pauline Books & Media, 172 N. Michigan, free, (312) 346-4228.

“Expectant People of Advent”: with Fr. Bob Colaresi, OCarm, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9, $40, includes Mass and lunch, at Carmelite Spiritual Center, 8433 Bailey, Darien, RSVP by Dec. 2, at (630) 969-4141.


Women’s Center Wish List: pro-life outreach desperately needs a used cargo van in good condition, diapers from newbornsize 6, baby swings, cribs, toddler beds, car seats, many other items, three drop-off sites, Evergreen Park, Des Plaines and 5116 N. Cicero, call (773) 794-1313 for more information.

Slovak Christmas Tree: decorated by First Catholic Slovak Union with imported ornaments from Slovak republic, part of annual display of Christmas Around the World exhibit, Nov. 15-Jan. 3, at Museum of Science & Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore, (773) 684- 1414.

Book and CD Sales: Advent/Christmas items from Bethany Retreat House, Nov. 21- 22 after Masses, at St. Irenaeus Parish, 78 Cherry, Park Forest, (708) 748-7998.

Christmas Ornament Class: how to make Lithuanian ornaments from drinking straws, 11 a.m. Dec. 5, for adults and children, at Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski, call (773) 582-6500 to order tickets.