A monthly media preview highlighting selected
events and programs of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Office of Media Relations
312-534-8227

December

Thursday, December 4, 1:30 p.m.
COMMITTAL SERVICE FOR UNIDENTIFIED BURIALS
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will preside at a committal service for unidentified deceased persons on Thursday, December 4, at 1:30 p.m., at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street in Chicago. There will be 20 unidentified persons and a number of unborn buried at this service.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Catholic Cemeteries, 708-449-6100.

Sunday, December 7, 11:15 a.m.
MASS AT ST. CLEMENT PARISH
Archbishop Blase Cupich will be the main celebrant at a Mass with parishioners of St. Clement Parish, 642 West Deming Place in Chicago, on Sunday,
December 7, at 11:15 a.m.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.  Rev. Kenneth C. Simpson, Pastor, 773-281-0371.

Thursday and Friday, December 11-12. Opening Mass: 6 p.m., Torch Lighting: 10 p.m. Mañanitas: 12 a.m.
“ANTORCHA GUADALUPANA” GUADALUPE TORCH RUN – DES PLAINES/CHICAGO
The first mass to be celebrated on the feast day, December 12, at midnight, will be celebrated by Archbishop Blase Cupich, Auxiliary Bishop Alberto Rojas and Fr. Marco Mercado at the Chapel/Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1100 North River Road in Des Plaines. This overnight celebration honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, begins with Mass at 6 p.m. At 10 p.m., Fr. Marco Mercado will bless the torches that hundreds of people representing Hispanic parishes throughout the Archdiocese will carry in a run from the shrine to their respective parishes. Runners will pass through the suburbs of Rosemont, Schiller Park, River Grove, Elmwood Park and several other Chicago neighborhoods. Upon arriving at their parishes, runners will place the torch at a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the “mañanitas” (songs that honor Mary, the Mother of God) will be sung, followed by Mass at approximately 5 a.m.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Fr. Marco Mercado, rector, 847-294-1806.

Friday, December 12, 7 p.m.
MASS CELEBRATING FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant at a Mass celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, on Friday, December 12, at 7 p.m., at St. Joseph Parish, 4821 South Hermitage Avenue in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. 
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.  Rev. Hugo León Londoño, MSC, Pastor, 773-254-2366

Saturday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.
MASS PRECEDING NIGHTFEVER AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Cupich will celebrate Mass prior to the start of the fifth annual Nighfever in the Archdiocese of Chicago, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.  Nightfever in Chicago is a night of evangelization, adoration, reconciliation and music that runs until midnight.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.  Fr. Brad Zamora, Director of Liturgy, Holy Name Cathedral, 312-787-8040.

Sunday, December 14, 10:45 a.m.
MASS AT ST. HYACINTH BASILICA
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant at the third of three ethnic parish masses at St. Hyacinth Basilica, 3636 West Wolfram Street in Chicago, on Sunday, December 14, at 10:45 a.m. The St. Hyacinth Basilica is currently celebrating its 120th Anniversary and is one of the largest Polish parishes in the United States.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, December 14, 2 p.m.
ARCHBISHOP’S CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT HOLY FAMILY CHURCH
Archbishop Cupich will attend the Christmas Concert with the City Lights Orchestra conducted by Rich Daniels, at Holy Family Church, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago.  This free Christmas Concert is open to the public and is made possible by The City Lights Orchestra with assistance from the Music Performance Fund as administered by the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208.   
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, December 14, 7 p.m.
28TH ANNUAL ARCHDIOCESAN POSADA
The Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate the 28th Annual Archdiocesan Posada at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. For more information, visit www.yamchicago.org/events/archdiocesan-posada.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Young Adult Ministry, 312-534-8371.

Friday, December 19, 7 a.m.
9th SEEKING POSADA - OFFICE FOR IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS AND IMMIGRATION EDUCATION
A Posada procession of families will begin at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices, 101 West Congress Parkway in Chicago. Participants will process in a prayerful solidarity walk to St. Peter’s in the Loop, 110 West Madison in Chicago, for a celebration and fellowship at the church at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.catholicsandimmigrants.org.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Office for Immigrant Affairs, 312-534-5333.

Saturday, December 20, 6 p.m.
ILLINOIS CLUB FOR CATHOLIC WOMEN ANNUAL PRESENTATION BALL
Archbishop Cupich will join members of the Illinois Club for Catholic Women for the 57th Annual Presentation Ball, during which young Catholic women are presented for membership in this long-standing association. The Presentation Ball takes place at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Illinois Club for Catholic Women, 312-944-7011.

Tuesday, December 23, 7 p.m.
SIMBANG GABI MASS AT OUR LADY OF MERCY PARISH
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant at a Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 4432 North Troy Street in Chicago, in celebration of Simbang Gabi, a novena of masses in preparation for Christmas celebrated by Filipino Catholics.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Office for Asian Catholics, 312-534-8328.

Wednesday, December 24, 10 a.m.
ANNE & ROBERT H. LURIE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF CHICAGO VISIT
Archbishop Cupich will visit with families that cannot be home for Christmas because their children are being cared for at Anne & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital, 225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago.   
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Thursday, December 25, midnight
CHRISTMAS EVE MIDNIGHT MASS HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant at Midnight Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior streets in Chicago. WGN-TV/Channel 9 will broadcast this Mass live on Christmas Eve beginning at 12 a.m. for viewers in Chicago and the suburbs. Rev. Greg Sakowicz will provide English language commentary throughout the broadcast. This Mass will be streamed live on WGN TV's web site: www.wgntv.com/livestream.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations 312-534-8227.

Thursday, December 25,  9 a.m.
MASS AT COOK COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
Archbishop Cupich will celebrate Mass in English and Spanish on Christmas Day with men awaiting trial at the Cook County Correctional Facility, 3015 South California, Chicago. 
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8233.  Deacon Pablo Perez, Kolbe House Jail Ministry, 773-247-0070.