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Help the Vulnerable: Urge Elected Leaders to Pass a State Budget

Every 30 seconds someone counts on Catholic Charities for help. We are now asking for your help. Please lend your voice to advocate for the State of Illinois to end its budget stalemate and pass a budget that cares for the poor and most vulnerable in our communities. Catholic Charities is currently owed more than $25 million by the State of Illinois a number that grows by at least $2 million per month.

Please take time today to call your state elected officials with this simple message, I am a voter in your district. I am contacting you on behalf of the poor and vulnerable people who depend on our state’s safety net of human services, especially the more than 1 million people served by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. If you do not know who your state representative and senator are, please call the State Board of Elections at (217) 782-4141 or visit www.elections.il.gov and click on New District/ Official Search. You can find more information and a template advocacy letter at www.CatholicCharities.net on the homepage.

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Sunrise Prayer Service

Saturday, August 27

Attend the Annual Sunrise Prayer Service at Oakwood Beach, 41st Street & Lakeshore Drive, on Saturday, August 27, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Join the Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago to pray for non-violence and peace in our families, in our streets and in our schools.

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Nightfever Chicago at Holy Name Cathedral

Saturday, August 27

Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, invites Chicago Catholics to attend Nightfever, beginning with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, at 7:30 p.m.  Nightfever will begin at 9 p.m. following the Mass. There will be Adoration, Reconciliation, music and silence. Night prayer will begin at 11:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.nightfeverchicago.org.

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Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima Tour

August 27 to September 1

The World-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima will begin its tour in the Chicago area on Saturday, August 27. The tour of the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima is a nation-wide call to prayer and penance for peace. The statue will also visit the following locations around Chicagoland:
Saturday, August 27 - St. John Cantius Parish, 825 North Carpenter Street in Chicago
Sunday, August 28 - St. Jude Chapel in the Women’s Center, 5116 North Cicero Avenue in Chicago
Monday, August 29 - SS. Peter and Paul Parish, 12433 South Halsted Street in Chicago
Wednesday, August 31 - Church of the Holy Spirit, 1453 West Bode Road in Schaumburg
Thursday, September 1 - Holy Name Cathedral Parish, State and Superior Streets in Chicago

For more information, visit www.fatimatourforpeace.com/the-tour.

Service of Great Vespers for the Fest of Indiction and the Protection of the Environment

Wednesday, August 31

Most Rev. George Rassas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will participate in the Vespers service on Wednesday, August 31, at 7 p.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wegner Road in Glenview. All are invited! The “Feast of Indiction” marks the beginning of the liturgical year for the Greek Orthodox Church on September 1. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is very dedicated to the protection of the environment, composed the special vesper service. His initiatives have earned him the title of the “Green Patriarch.”

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Misericordia Family Fest

Sunday, September 11

Bring family and friends along to the annual Misericordia Family Fest for a day full games, rides, food, and fun with a purpose. All proceeds support Misericordia’s programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Receive a fun-filled a day out with family and friends, and give an opportunity to someone in need.

For tickets and info call: 773-273-2768 or visit misericordia.org

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Golden Wedding Anniversary 2016

Sunday, September 18

The Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass for 2016 will take place at Holy Name Cathedral on Sunday, September 18, at 2:45 p.m. For more information and resources, please visit www.familyministries.org/resources/index.asp?c_id=72&t_id=3 or call 312-534-8351.

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Sisters of Charity Federation Online Discernment Retreat

September 25 to 29

Meet with a sister via Skype or phone to reflect on retreat materials and discernment of religious life.  Pray and meet right where you are, on your time! For single Catholic women ages 18-40. Sponsored by the Daughters of Charity and Sisters of Charity. For more information, contact Sister Virginia Ann Brooks, D.C., at sistervirginiaann.brooks@doc.org or 812-963-7559. Register online at called2.be/297AiEM.

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Noche de Gala 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

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Chicago's Got Sisters! Retreat

October 7 and 8

Pray and share with Sisters from different religious communities in the Chicago area as you discern your vocation. This weekend is a great opportunity to serve and be a part of community life, while asking questions about discernment and getting answers in real time. For single Catholic women ages 18-40.   Sponsored by the Office for Religious/Chicago Archdiocesan Vocation Association. For more information, contact Sister Theresa Sullivan, D.C., at sistertheresa.sullivan@doc.org or 812-963-7556. Visit called2.be/CGSOct16 to register.

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Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends

October 7-9

Couples who make Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends not only rediscover the joy, intimacy and romance in their relationships, but also become more active in their parish. Together, we are making marriages, families and our Church stronger and healthier. For more information, please contact Luis and Lisa Tamez at (630) 802-1147 or tinylt@aol.com.

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Holy Fire

October 14 & 15

All students in 6th through 9th grade are invited to attend Holy Fire, one day events of live entertainment, dynamic speakers, and fellowship all inspired by authentically Catholic values. The two mirror events will be held at the UIC Pavilion and will challenge young Catholics to respond to the Holy Father’s call to become missionary disciples who are not afraid to witness the faith. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to witness the young and living Church in action! For more information and to register for the event, please visit: www.formedcatholic.com/holyfire

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Lifelong Faith Formation Classes

Lifelong Faith Formation classes are now available through the Archdiocese Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry. These classes, which include a program for training catechists, extend the opportunity to be a part of the formation of the next generation of Chicago Catholics to every member of the Archdiocese.  Whether you want to take a full course of study toward certification as a catechist, or simply participate in select classes to enrich your faith, these classes from the Archdiocese are an exciting new resource. All classes are online, so they fit into your everyday schedule, and affordable as some courses are available for only $14. You can complete the classes at your own pace and in your home. Topics include Scripture, John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, Church History and much more. For a full listing of courses and prices please visit www.formedcatholiconline.com/home.aspx?pagename=faith.

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