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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. Paul Chong Ha Sang Catholic Mission: celebrating 25th anniversary at 11 a.m. Mass, Dec. 6, with Cardinal George, reception follows, 675 Dursey Ln., Des Plaines, (847) 699-6334.

St. Kieran Parish: marking 50 years, 10 a.m. Mass Jan. 3 with Bishop Joseph Perry, pot luck luncheon follows in parish hall, 700 W. 195th St., Chicago Heights, call (708) 755-0074 for more information.


D’Vine Affair: wine-tasting from over 50 vintners, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, 2-6 p.m. Jan. 31; wineappreciation seminar, 2:30-3:30 p.m. with Bob Bansberg and Patrick Fegan, business casual attire, fifth and sixth floors of Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, call (312) 655-7525 for tickets.

St. Ignatius Prep: Mass 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, silent auction, raffles, $50/person, $40/student, benefits Bethlehem Farm, a Catholic community in Appalachia, go to for tickets and more info.


‘Tis The Season Social: noon- 3 p.m. Dec. 12, raffles, treats, games for kids and adults, aids needy area families, $10 donation gets 50 raffle tickets, hosted by St. Cecilia Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society, in parish center, 700 S. Meier, Mount Prospect, for more info, call (847) 437-6208.

Breakfast With Santa: 8-11:30 a.m. Dec. 13, full breakfast, children’s activities, adults raffle, hosted by St. Louise de Marillac Parish women’s club and Holy Name, $5/adult, $20/family ticket, free/under 3, at 1112 Raymond, LaGrange Park, call Kate at (708) 354-1642 for more info.

Brunch with St. Nick: 10 a.m.- noon Dec. 6, family fun, food, Catholic traditions, photo with St. Nick, $5/person, children under 2/free, at Marytown, 1600 W. Park, Libertyville, (847) 367-7800.

Gaelic Players and Santa: 1-4 p.m. Dec. 12, free, crafts, games, story-telling, refreshments, at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323.

New Year’s Day Bingo: doors open 1 p.m. Jan. 1, games at 3 p.m., $25, Our Lady of Loretto hall, 8925 S. Kostner, Hometown, (708) 424-7471.


St. Gertrude Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5, and 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 (includes pancake breakfast), with crafts, used book sale, white elephant table, bake sale, photos with Santa, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. both days, at 1401 W. Granville, (773) 764-3621.


Christmas Eve Mass: begins 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24 with carols, chant and polyphony, by St. Odilo Schola Cantorum, joined by members of the Lyric Opera Chorus, 11 p.m. Mass is in English with priest facing the cross, at St. Odilo’s Church, 2244 East Ave., Berwyn, for more information, call (708) 484-2161.

Handel’s “Messiah”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, performed in baroque church by the St. Cecilia Choir and Orchestra, and preceded by a lecture on the work by Stephen Alltop, tickets on-line or at door, at St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter, visit, or call (800) 838-3006.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: enjoy seasonal choral works and carols in awe-inspiring setting, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 or 4 p.m. Dec. 13, St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter, babysitting available, (800) 838- 3006.

Lessons and Carols: 7 p.m. Dec. 20, refreshments follow, at Marytown, 1600 W. Park, Libertyville, (847) 367-7800, Ext. 225.

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.

St. Peter’s in the Loop: doors reopen 10 p.m. Dec. 24, vigil of Christmas readings, carols with choir and strings at 11 p.m., Mass at midnight, 110 W. Madison St., (312) 372-5111.

Simbang Gabi Mass: 7 p.m. Dec. 23, with Cardinal George, at St. Lambert Church, 8148 Karlov, Skokie, (847) 673-5090.


Gaelic Park: all-you-can-eat hot buffet, 4-7 p.m. Dec. 31, with music and dancing from 5-9 p.m., $16/adult, $9/kids ages 4-12, free/kids 3 and under, 6119 West 147th St., Oak Forest, RSVP to (708) 687-9323.


Christmas Concert: with 46- member Palos Symphony Orchestra directed by Fr. Stanley Rudcki, in a program of carols and a sing-along, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 6, free will donation, St. Alexander Parish Crosby Auditorium, 126th & 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, (708) 448-4861.

Caberet Night: doors opencocktails 6 p.m., dinner, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5, showtime 7:30 p.m., tickets $20, includes dinner, beverage, show at St. Louise de Marillac Parish, 1112 Raymond, La- Grange Park, call (708) 352-7388.

McAuley Concerts: Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Band’s annual Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 6; the McAuley String Ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra will present an Instrumental Christmas Concert 7:30 p.m. Dec 12; McAuley Choruses I, II, Advance Chorus and A Cappella Choir will perform all the great Christmas songs at their annual Christmas Concerts at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 13, alumnae are invited to join students in singing the Hallelujah Chorus at the end of the 3 p.m. concert and at the beginning of the 7 p.m. concert, all concerts in McAuley Theatre, 3737 W. 99th St., (773) 881-6528.

Free Family Christmas Concert: 2 p.m. Dec. 13, with professional musicians and a singalong, refreshments, at St. Raphael the Archangel Church, Antioch, Route 173, half mile east of Route 45, for more info, call parish office, (847) 395-3474.

New Lira Holiday Concert: 3 p.m. Dec. 27, Lira Singers, Lira Dancers, Lira Orchestra, in regional costumes, performing Polish holiday music and works by Polish composers, ancient and jazz style, narrated in English by Lucyna Migala, tickets from $20 to $70, with group discounts, children/ half-price, at Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan, call (773) 508- 7040.

VOX3 Vocal Collective: evening of sacred, spiritual and holiday music, 6 p.m. Dec. 15, at Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) 820 N. Michigan, (312) 915-7600.


“Art and Faith of the Creche”: now through Jan. 17, more than 500 nativity scenes from around the world, part of Govan Creche Collection, at Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), 820 N. Michigan, (312) 915-7600.

Art Exhibit: paintings of Ireland and its landscapes by Mary Mc- Sweeney, 3-9 p.m. Dec. 12, at Gaelic Park, 6119 West 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323.

Creche Display: assortment of 30 unique nativity scenes loaned by parishioners, in St. Barnabas Holy Spirit Chapel during and after weekend Masses Dec. 12- 13, 10134 S. Longwood, (773) 779-1166.


Ambassador John F. Kordek: “Cruising the Red Sea: Egypt, Sinai, Saudi Arabia and Jordan,” 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5 (corrected date and program), hosted by DePaul Geographical Society, annual Christmas reception follows, Room 154, Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore, (773) 325-7871.

Steve J. Grabek: former vice president for AIG Risk Management, noon luncheon Jan. 8, $35/person, hosted by First Friday Club, at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, RSVP to (312) 466-9610, by Jan. 5.

“Speak Out Illinois”: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 30, speakers, $50/person by Jan. 18, at Doubletree Oak Brook, 1909 Spring, Oak Brook, (312) 422-9300.


Symposium on Leadership: cutting edge problems in humanistic studies and leadership, 3 p.m. Dec. 14-noon Dec. 17, hosted by 1965 graduating class from the Gregorian University in Rome, led by Fr. John Mulvihill and Fr. David Mulvihill, meeting will reflect on leadership in the modern world, at Embassy Suites Hotel, 511 N. Columbus, call Fr. John at (847) 433-1494.

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

St. Ferdinand Ladies of St. Anne: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16, Christmas luncheon, $15/person, 5900 W. Barry, RSVP to Pat at (773) 622-8609 by Dec. 13.

Catholic Women’s Club of Lake County: rosary at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at St. Dismas Church, 2600 Sunset, Waukegan, pot luck luncheon at noon in Hunter Hall, meeting, craft demo and Christmas carols, $10 grab bag, optional, call Mary at (847) 548-6839 for more info.

Calix Society: Chicagoland unit for Catholic alcoholics maintaining sobriety through AA fellowship, 9 a.m.-noon one Saturday a month, Mass at 8 a.m. in church, optional, call (847) 583-0274 for more info.


Queen of All Saints Parish: presenter Judy Logue on “Women in Scripture and in History: Our Sisters on the Journey,” Jan. 15- 16, $70, includes snacks and some meals, stay overnight for $30 more, at Felician Convent, 3800 W. Peterson, RSVP to Chris at (773) 685-0051.


(Former) St. Casimir Grade School: seeking class of 1955 for reunion in 2010, contact Francine (Vosejpka) Anderson at [email protected] or call (708) 301-4975 with current info.


Advent Day of Reflection/Reconciliation: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 12, with Fr. Richard Fragomeni, and Carol Walters, $20 if registered by Dec. 8, $25/at door, lunch included, at Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington, call Susan at (312) 421-3757, Ext. 312.

Advent Day of Recollection: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 12, day to slow down, pray and listen, $35, lunch included, at Marytown, 1600 W. Park, Libertyville, RSVP to Chris at (847) 367-7800, Ext. 225.

Days of Recollection: talks on Ignatian spirituality, confession, Mass, Benediction, and Rosary by a Miles Christi priest, 6:15-9:15 p.m. Dec. 18, St. Mary’s Franciscan Monastery, 14246 Main, Lemont, and 12:45-5 p.m. Dec. 19, at Little Sisters of the Poor, 80 W. Northwest Highway, Palatine, call Joan at (847) 966-1369 or visit

Day of Recollection for Religious: 9 a.m. Jan. 9, sacrament of reconciliation, conferences, Mass, lunch, Benediction, at St. Mary of Providence, 4200 N. Austin, call Sr. Ann Schaffer at (773) 545-8300, Ext. 307.


“Praying with Art”: led by Sr. Mary Southard, CSJ, part of “Praying All Ways” series, 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Jan. 5 and on first Tuesdays, free-will offering, at The Well, 1515 W. Ogden, LaGrange Park, call (708) 482-5088.

Book Signing: “St. Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer,” by Father Cliff Ermatinger, after 5 p.m. Mass Dec. 19, and after 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Masses Dec. 20, in second floor breezeway of Our Lady of Charity Church, 3600 S. 57th Court, Cicero, (708) 652-2140.

New Year’s Eve Party: 7 p.m. Dec. 31, music, food, adult beverages, champagne toast, BYOB, $30/person or $50/couple, $25/seniors or $40/senior couple, at Our Lady of Loretto hall, 8925 S. Kostner, Hometown, RSVP to (708) 424-7471.