Recently, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich discussed the results of an internal study assessing the
changing landscape of the Church in Chicago and began to gather feedback. The study looked at trends
such as pastor availability, mission vitality, operating viability, and capital needs. Many changes have
occurred since the parish system was created decades ago. Factors such as population patterns, ethnicity shifts,
Catholicity shifts, as well as a decline in Mass attendance have affected many of the parishes in the Archdiocese.
The Archdiocese is now beginning to assess the implications of these changes and will embark on a long-range highly
inclusive planning process with the dual goals of serving the pastoral needs of the faithful and strengthening parish vitality.
Attend this Convocation, Co-sponsored by Catholic Theological Union, The ACTS Common Council, The Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Peace & Justice, and the Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, on Saturday, October 3, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Catholic Theological Union, 5416 South Cornell Avenue in Chicago. In light of Pope Francis' recent encyclical on the environment, participants will come together to pray and worship in celebration of God's gift of creation; share moral wisdom and theological knowledge on environmental justice; share practical skills, strategies, and processes necessary for environmental justice ministries; and network with one another for mutual encouragement and enrichment.
October is Respect Life Month, and October 4 is Respect Life Sunday. Please see the letter from the Respect Life
Office with information and resources regarding the sacredness of life. The resources are available in English and Spanish.
Kolbe House, the Jail Ministry for the Archdiocese, invites you to a Spanish/English Mass at 3 pm Sunday, October 4th,
at Assumption Parish, 2434 S California, Chicago. At this Mass, we would especially like anyone who is personally affected
by incarceration, a victim of crime, or anyone who wants to be part of our ministry through prayer to attend.
If you are an ex-offender or have a loved one in jail or prison, please come.
For more information, please call Deacon Pablo or Fr. Arturo
at Kolbe House: 773-247-0070, or email Pablo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Catholic Charities Ayudando Nuestras Familias/Helping Our Families Cocktail
Reception will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 15 at Perillo Chicago, 834 North Rush Street.
Reservations are $85 and include an assortment of hearty appetizers, beer, wine, soft drinks, and margaritas to celebrate the evening. Proceeds and donations will benefit our Casa Catalina Basic Needs Center in honor of its 10th Anniversary. Located in the Back of the Yards community, Casa Catalina provides over 525,000 meals every year to families experiencing food insecurity. Reservations will be $95 after Monday, October 5. For more information or to register please go to www.catholiccharities.net/familias.
Chicago's Got Sisters! Retreat
October 30 - November 1
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 email@example.com
or 812-963-7556. Visit http://called2.be/CGSOct15
Attend the annual Gala Benefit Fundraiser for the Cause for Sainthood for Father Augustus Tolton on Sunday, November 8, at 4 p.m., at Navy Pier's Lakeview Terrace, 600 East Grand Avenue in Chicago. There will be hors d'oeuvre, a cash bar reception and a silent auction. For more information on tickets, contact the Vicariate 6 Office at 708-339-2474.