ARCHDIOCESAN PRIEST, REV. RICHARD J. DEMPSEY, DIES Pastor Emeritus of Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Evergreen Park

Rev. Richard Joseph Dempsey

– Rev. Richard Joseph Dempsey passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Fr. Dempsey was the Pastor Emeritus of Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Evergreen Park and he died in Bonita Springs, Florida, where he was retired. He was 83 years old.

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Renew My Church

Dreaming Big about the Archdiocese of Chicago

Read Archbishop Blase J. Cupich's column in the Catholic New World and Católico about the Archdiocesan planning process, "Renew My Church," designed to strengthen parish vitality for the long-term future.

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National Marriage
Week 2016

National Marriage Week and World Marriage Sunday (February 14) celebrate and support the gift of marriage. The annual observance helps to strengthen and build a stronger marriage culture.

February 7 to 14

World Day of the Sick

World Day of the Sick is an observation introduced by St. Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes and is an important opportunity for those who serve in Catholic health ministry to reflect on caring for those who are sick as well as those who provide care to them.

Thursday, February 11

Rite of Election

Archbishop Cupich will preside at a Rite of Election liturgy at Holy Name Cathedral for those preparing to enter the Catholic Church, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Participants will be called forth during this ceremony and will later receive the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation during the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday) services in their local parishes.
Sunday, February 21

TV Program Focuses on Days of Mercy and Forgiveness

In the latest edition of Catholic Chicago, Archbishop Blase Cupich talks with program host Todd Williamson about the upcoming Days of Mercy and Forgiveness.  We'll show you how your money is spent when donated to the Annual Catholic Appeal.  And we'll see how Catholic school children held a very special birthday celebration for Pope Francis.

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Catholic Chicago Blog

Kim Hagerty discusses National Marriage Week in this week's blog.

News Releases

21st Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture
Monday, February 22, at Chicago Sinai Congregation

CHICAGO, IL (February 11, 2016) – Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will be the guest lecturer at the 21st Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture on Monday, February 22, at 7 p.m., held at Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 West Delaware Place in Chicago.  Archbishop Cupich’s lecture topic is, “The Economy and the Ecology in the Key of Pope Francis."

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Lent Begins on Ash Wednesday
February 10, 2016 Services Planned Around the Archdiocese

CHICAGO, IL (February 8, 2016) – Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten season for Roman Catholics everywhere. On Wednesday, February 10, Catholics will attend services where they will receive ashes on their foreheads, as a symbol of penance.

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Kolbe House Jail Ministry Lenten Email Retreat Begins Friday, February 12

Chicago, IL (February 8, 2016) – Kolbe House, the Catholic Jail Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, begins its tenth annual Lenten email retreat on Friday, February 12, 2016.  Participants will receive an email from Kolbe House every Friday during Lent containing a short personal experience and scriptural reflection for the coming week. A daily prayer and Lenten practices for the week are also suggested.

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