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Hurricane Matthew Emergency Relief

Last week, Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, killing more than 900 people and leaving thousands of people without shelter. Catholic Relief Services is responding to immediate needs, including water, temporary shelter, and hygiene kits. To learn more about how to support the relief efforts through your parish, please visit:www.chicagopeaceandjustice.org/hurricane-matthew-appeal

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Archbishop Cupich's Letter about World Mission Sunday

Sunday, October 23

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Let the Church Say Amen! Concert & Day of Renewal

October 21 & 22

Join together for two days of formation and inspiration, featuring Dr. Kim Harris, a multi talented musician and speaker. Meet and share ideas with liturgical ministers from throughout the Archdiocese, and find new inspiration for your own parish ministry. The events will be held at St. Martin de Porres Church, 5112 West Washington Boulevard in Chicago.


Silent Directed Retreat at Cardinal Stritch Retreat House

October 23 to 29

The Cardinal Stritch Retreat House, 1300 Stritch Drive in Mundelein, is offering a silent, directed retreat for priests, deacons, lay people and men and women religious, from October 23 to 29. For more information, visit www.cardinalstritchretreat.org, or call 847-566-6060.


Mass with Gerhard Cardinal Müller at Mundelein Seminary

Friday, October 28

Attend a special lecture and Mass with His Eminence Gerhard Cardinal Müller in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mundelein Seminary, 1000 East Maple Avenue in Mundelein. The lecture entitled The Theology of Freedom: Encountering Christ at the Margins of Society, begins at 10 a.m., followed by Mass at 11:15 a.m.  Please RVSP by Tuesday, October 25 at usml.edu/event/muller/. For more information, please contact Elizabeth White at (312) 534-8037 or ewhite@archdchicago.org or Pam Devitt at (847) 970-4830 or pdevitt@usml.edu.

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Climate Justice Conference

Wednesday, November 2

Join the Black Catholic Initiative for a special conference entitled Laudato Si: What is Pope Francis saying to Black Catholics? The Conference begins with Mass at 8:30 a.m., at St. Benedict the African, 6550 South Harvard in Chicago, followed by a Keynote by Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington at 9:30 a.m. Workshops exploring the effects of climate change on the African American community will begin at 10:30 a.m. For more information and to register, visit www.blackcatholicchicago.org.


Wynstone Holiday Tea

November 3

Join Catholic Charities of Lake County for the Wynstone Holiday Tea and Boutique on Thursday, November 3, at Wynstone Golf Club in North Barrington. Get ready for Christmastime by attending workshops on Building a Fresh Christmas Centerpiece, Decorating Your Holiday Table, and Illumination featuring Joseph’s Florist and Salon V’co. Enjoy holiday shopping with Bea’s Bags, Honestly Homemade, Tara Joyce Jewelry, and many, many more! High Teas are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities Lake County Services. For more information, please visit www.catholiccharities.net/wynstone or call (847) 782-4115.

Kolbe House Jail Ministry Jubilee Holy Hour for Those Incarcerated

Sunday, November 6

Pope Francis has named November 6, 2016, as a day of Jubilee for Prisoners during this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.  Instead of celebrating our monthly Jail Ministry Mass, Kolbe House will have a special Holy Hour at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 6.

For the next few weeks we will be collecting prayer intentions from inmates at Cook and Lake County jails.  These intentions will be given to those who attend the Holy Hour where we will pray in solidarity with our incarcerated brothers and sisters.  They will also be sent to parishes that partner with Kolbe House.

Kolbe House is located at Assumption Parish, 2434 S. California Avenue in Chicago.  For more information call 773-247-0070 or visit: www.kolbehouseministry.org | Facebook | Twitter

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November 6

The 109th House of the Good Shepherd Annual Women’s Board Event is Sunday, November 6, in the Grand Ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 East Delaware Place, in Chicago from Noon to 3:30 p.m. Participate in a legendary silent auction, brunch, and live auction. Reservations are $150 per person, $1500 for a table of 10. Sponsorships are also available. This event will benefit the House of the Good Shepherd and its family violence recovery program and shelter. For more information, contact Madelon Queenan at (847) 778-0562, or visit www.events.org/hgswb.

Father Augustus Tolton Gala Benefit Fundraiser

Sunday, November 13

Attend the annual Gala Benefit Fundraiser for the Cause for Sainthood of Father Augustus Tolton, on Sunday, November 13, at 3 p.m. The Gala will be held at Navy Pier's Lakeview Terrace, 600 East Grand Avenue in Chicago. For more information, visit www.toltoncanonization.org or call 312-543-8376.


10th Annual Charities Royale Casino Night

November 19

Enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and premium open bar in the company of the finest young adult philanthropic group in Chicago, at the 10th Annual Charities Royale Casino Night, A Night in Monte Carlo, on Saturday, November 19, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center. All of your favorite gaming tables with professional dealers will be open including: Poker, Blackjack, Craps and more! The event also features a silent auction and live entertainment from Outcast Jazz Band. Proceeds benefit the Emergency Assistance Department of Catholic Charities. For more information or to purchase your tickets visit www.catholiccharities.net/casinonight or contact Carlos Rinconeno at crinconeno@catholiccharites.net or (312) 655-7932.

Catholic Charities Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball

December 2

Join Catholic Charities and Honorary Chairman Archbishop Blase J. Cupich for the 27th Annual Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball on Friday, December 2, at the Hilton Chicago. More than 1,300 guests will enjoy a reception, gourmet dinner and wine, live entertainment by Ken Arlen Orchestra, cocktails, dancing, and late night “sweets and treats” at this black-tie celebration of the Christmas season. All proceeds benefit Catholic Charities Children’s Programs which serve nearly 300,000 children in Cook and Lake counties each year. To register or for more information, please visit www.catholiccharities.net/stnick or contact Jodi Hill at johill@catholiccharities.net


Parish Inclusion Awareness Days

Parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago are invited to plan and celebrate Inclusion Awareness Day this fall. Please consider October 9, 2016, or another weekend to renew your commitment to intentionally welcoming parishioners of all abilities every day of the year. Visit www.InclusionInWorship.org for more information.

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Catholic Conference of Illinois - Election 2016

The general election on November 8 offers Illinois residents the opportunity to vote for candidates for U.S. president, Congress, and the state legislature. The Catholic Church is nonpartisan, and does not endorse candidates nor tell parishioners which candidates they should elect. The Church does offer guidance for discernment as parishioners make their decisions on how to vote with a properly formed conscience.

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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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