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

Office of Media Relations
312-534-8227

November 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2 p.m.
“CEMETERY SUNDAY” OPEN HOUSE AT 17 LOCATIONS
The public is invited to visit Catholic cemeteries around the Archdiocese of Chicago on “Cemetery Sunday” for a day of faith, visitation, gratitude and prayer. Seventeen cemeteries will sponsor an Open House that will include a Prayer Service and recitation of the Rosary beginning at 2 p.m.  Cemetery Sunday celebrates the Feast of All Souls Day, when Catholics traditionally pray in a special way for the deceased. Visit www.CatholicCemeteriesChicago.org for details and a list of the open houses.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.  Catholic Cemeteries Office, 708-449-6100.

Sunday, November 2, 5:15 p.m.
ALL SOULS DAY REQUIEM MASS AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at the All Souls Day Requiem Mass on Sunday, November 2, at 5:15 p.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. This is the day when Catholics traditionally pray in a special way for the deceased. The Cathedral Choirs with orchestra will perform Maurice Durufle’s Requiem during the liturgy.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Holy Name Cathedral, 312-787-8040.

Monday, November 10 – Thursday, November 13
UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS ANNUAL FALL GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING
Cardinal George will travel to Baltimore, Maryland, for the USCCB Annual Fall Assembly, taking place from November 10 until November 13.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Tuesday, November 11, 7 p.m.
MASS FOR THOSE KIDNAPED OR DISAPPEARED
St. Bede the Venerable Parish, 8200 South Kostner Avenue in Chicago, will host a special Mass for “Those Kidnaped or Disappeared” – “Los Desaparecidos y Secuestrados,” on Tuesday, November 11, at 7 p.m.  At this Mass, attendees will pray for those who have been lost, kidnaped or murdered and their families who have lost a loved one due to any form of violence.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Fr. Esequiel Sanchez, Pastor of St. Bede the Venerable Parish, 773-884-2000.

Friday, November 14, 12:10 p.m.
ANNUAL MEMORIAL MASS FOR DECEASED BISHOPS, PRIESTS AND DEACONS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE
Cardinal George will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Annual Memorial Mass for deceased bishops, priests and deacons at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, on Friday, November 14, at 12:10 p.m.  The Auxiliary Bishops, priests and permanent deacons from across the Archdiocese regularly attend this celebration that is open to the public.  Following tradition, Cardinal George will offer a Mass in memory of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin on the 18th anniversary of his death, and remember those bishops, priests and deacons who have died in the past year.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, November 16, 11 a.m.
MASS AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at the 11 a.m. Mass, on Sunday, November 16, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. This will be the Cardinal’s final public Mass as Archbishop of Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Holy Name Cathedral, 312-787-8040.

Monday, November 17, 7 p.m.
LITURGY OF THE WORD WITH RITE OF RECEPTION OF ARCHBISHOP CUPICH

Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will be received into the Cathedral on Monday, November 17, during a Liturgy of the Word with Rite of Reception. Beginning at 7 p.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, Cardinal George will celebrate the Liturgy and Archbishop Cupich will preach. Archbishop Cupich will also greet civic, interfaith, and various Archdiocesan representatives including priests, councils, religious and others.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Tuesday, November 18, 2 p.m.
INSTALLATION MASS OF ARCHBISHOP CUPICH AS THE NINTH ARCHBISHOP OF CHICAGO
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will be installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago at a Mass on Tuesday, November 18, at 2 p.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. At this Mass the Apostolic Mandate from Pope Francis will be publically read and presented, which appoints Archbishop Cupich as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Wednesday, November 19, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
MORNING PRAYER AND EVENING PRAYER AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will preside at morning prayer with Men and Women Religious and Lay Movements on Wednesday, November 19, at 10 a.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. Archbishop Cupich will preside at evening prayer, beginning at 7 p.m., with Permanent Deacons and their wives, Deacon Candidates and their wives, Deacon Aspirants and their wives and Lay Ecclesial Ministers.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, November 22, 6 p.m.
STRITCH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE ANNUAL AWARD DINNER
Most Rev. Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, will attend the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday, November 22, at 6 p.m., at the Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. This event is Chicago's longest-running black-tie gala, raising millions of dollars for medical education scholarships since 1950.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Nora Dudley, 708-216-6268.

Sunday, November 23, 10:30 a.m.
MASS AT ST. AGATHA PARISH
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant at the first of three ethnic parish masses at St. Agatha Parish, 3147 West Douglas Boulevard in Chicago, on Sunday, November 23, at 10:30 a.m. St. Agatha is the largest African American parish on Chicago’s West Side.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Wednesday, November 26, 10 a.m.
ST. COLUMBANUS FOOD PANTRY THANKSGIVING FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Archbishop Cupich will participate in the distribution of Thanksgiving turkeys at the St. Columbanus Parish Food Pantry, 331 East 71st Street in Chicago. The St. Columbanus Food Pantry serves nearly 500 families every Wednesday and this special distribution will provide these families with the items they will need to prepare a Thanksgiving meal.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Thursday, November 27, 9 a.m.
THANKSGIVING DAY MASS AT ST. MARY PARISH IN LAKE FOREST
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant and homilist at a Thanksgiving Day Mass, at St. Mary Parish, 201 East Illinois Road in Lake Forest, on Thursday, November 27, at 9 a.m.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Thursday, November 27, 12 p.m.
THANKSGIVING DINNER WITH CATHOLIC CHARITIES
Archbishop Cupich will attend the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Thanksgiving Dinner at their St. Vincent Center, 721 North LaSalle Street in Chicago, on Thursday, November 27, at 12 p.m. This dinner is held for the homeless and the hungry.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Kristine Kappel, 312-655-7019.

Friday, November 28, 11:30 a.m.
“WHO WILL FILL THESE SHOES?” MASS – MUNDELEIN SEMINARY
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant and homilist at the “Who Will Fill These Shoes?” Mass, on Friday, November 28, at 11:30 a.m., at the Mundelein Seminary Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. This Mass is held for priests and men discerning a vocation to the priesthood.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, November 29, 11 a.m.
BLESSING OF NATIVITY SCENE – DALEY PLAZA
Archbishop Cupich will bless the Nativity Scene at Daley Plaza, 50 West Washington Street in Chicago, on Saturday, November 29, at 11 a.m.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, November 30, 12 p.m.
MASS AT ST. AGNES OF BOHEMIA PARISH
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant at the second of three ethnic parish masses at St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish, 2651 South Central Park Avenue in Chicago, on Sunday, November 30, at 12 p.m. St. Agnes of Bohemia is the largest Hispanic parish in the Midwest.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

December

Thursday, December 4, 1:30 p.m.
COMMITTAL SERVICE FOR INDIGENT BURIALS
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will preside at a committal service for indigent 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 and over 24 unborn buried at this service.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Catholic Cemeteries, 708-449-6100.

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
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. At this time, there will be a Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the gymnasium as well as at the outdoor grotto. Beginning at midnight, Masses in the gym will be celebrated throughout the night during the torch run. Runners will pass through the suburbs of Rosemont, Schiller Park, River Grove, Elmwood Park and several other Chicago neighborhoods on their way. 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. The first mass to be celebrated on the feast day, December 12, at 12:30 a.m., will be celebrated by Archbishop 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.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Fr. Marco Mercado, rector, 847-294-1806.

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, 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
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, 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 JAIL
Cardinal George will celebrate Mass on Christmas Day with young, male detainees in Cook County Department of Corrections, 2700 South California Avenue in Chicago.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations 312-534-8227. Deacon Pablo Perez, Kolbe House Jail Ministry, 773-247-0070.