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

Office of Media Relations
312-534-8227

August

Saturday, August 6, 5 p.m.
175TH ANNIVERSARY MASS AND INSTALLATION OF REV. JUAN PABLO AVILA IBARRA – TRANSFIGURATION PARISH
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will celebrate the 175th anniversary of Transfiguration Parish, 348 West Mill Street in Wauconda, with a special Mass and Installation of their new Pastor, Rev. Juan Pablo Avila Ibarra. The Mass will take place on Saturday, August 6, at 5 p.m.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Monday, August 8, 10:30 a.m.
BACK TO SCHOOL BBQ - ACADEMY OF ST. BENEDICT THE AFRICAN
The Academy of St. Benedict the African, 6020 South Laflin Avenue in Chicago, will host a back to school BBQ on Monday, August 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for new and returning families, and members of the Chicago Police Department’s District 7 to thank the Chicago Police Department for supporting the school. Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, will participate in the event.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Anne Maselli, OSC, 312-534-5334.

Saturday & Sunday, August 13 - 14
29TH ANNUAL POLONIA WALKING MARIAN PILGRIMAGE
The Annual Polonia Walking Marian Pilgrimage from Chicago’s south-east side to Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Merrillville, Indiana, will begin on Saturday, August 13. The opening Mass will take place at 7:30 a.m., at St. Michael Parish, 8235 South Shore Drive in Chicago.  After Mass, pilgrims will begin the two-day walk to the Shrine. The Solemn Mass at the conclusion of the pilgrimage will be on Sunday, August 14, at 2 p.m., at Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine, 5755 Pennsylvania Street in Merrillville. More information is available at www.polonijnapielgrzymka.com.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Salvatorian Fathers, 219-884-0714.

Wednesday, August 17, 7:40 a.m. 
BACK TO SCHOOL APPRECIATION EVENT – ST. MARY STAR OF THE SEA SCHOOL
On its first day of school, Wednesday, August 17, St. Mary Star of the Sea School, 6424 South Kenneth in Chicago, will host an appreciation event for school parents, family members and community members who serve in the Chicago Police Department. The school has asked the members of the Chicago Police Department to arrive at school at 7:40 a.m., when the pastor will bestow a blessing on the officers. Students, faculty, staff and Dr. Rigg will join in the blessing and have an opportunity to express their gratitude for the Chicago Police Department and their dedication to keeping the city safe. The school will also present the officers with a certificate of appreciation.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Anne Maselli, OCS, 312-534-5334.

Sunday, August 21, 1 p.m.
MASS FOR INSTALLATION OF REV. GREGORY SAKOWICZ – HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Installation Mass for Rev. Gregory Sakowicz, Rector of Holy Name Cathedral. Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, on Sunday, August 21, at 1 p.m.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Maureen McInerney, Holy Name Cathedral, 312-787-8040.

Sunday, August 21, 4 p.m.
CARDINAL NORBERTO RIVERA CARRERA, ARCHBISHOP OF MEXICO CITY, TO CELEBRATE MASS AT THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
This Mass will mark the first time that the Cardinal Archbishop of Mexico City has visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, 1170 North River Road in Des Plaines.  The Mass will also honor Cardinal Rivera’s 50 years as a priest. The Shrine has been given permission by the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico to serve as a place where the same special indulgences granted to pilgrims who visit the Basilica in Mexico City, be granted to pilgrims who visit the Shrine in Des Plaines.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.  Ignacio Pérez, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 224-830-9188, iperez@santuarioguadalupe.com

Monday, August 22, 7:30 a.m.
RED CARPET EVENT – ST. NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINE SCHOOL
St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, 3741 West 62nd Street in Chicago, will kick-off its 2016/17 school year with a red carpet event. Students will walk the red carpet and be blessed by the pastor, as they arrive at 7:30 a.m., for the first day of school. Dr. Rigg will ring the school bell to start the school year, an annual tradition.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Anne Maselli, OCS, 312-534-5334.

Saturday, August 27, 6:30 a.m.
BACK TO SCHOOL SUNRISE UNITY PRAYER SERVICE AND MASS
Archbishop Cupich will give the final remarks and final blessing at the annual Back to School Sunrise Unity Prayer Service and Mass at Oakwood Beach, 41st Street and Lakeshore Drive in Chicago, beginning at 6:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 27. Fr. Larry Dowling, Pastor of St. Agatha Parish, will be the celebrant for the Mass and Fr. Mike Pfleger, Pastor of St. Sabina Parish, will be the homilist.  At the prayer service, participants will pray together for an end to violence, and the healing of families, schools and communities. These prayer services are annually organized by the Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Deacon LeRoy Gill, deacongill@sbcglobal.net.

Saturday, August 27 to Thursday, September 1
INTERNATIONAL PILGRIM VIRGIN STATUE OF FATIMA TOUR
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 - St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 768 Lincoln Avenue in Calumet City
Tuesday, August 30 - St. Peter Church, 27551 Volo Village Road, Volo
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.

Saturday, August 27, 7:30 p.m.
NIGHTFEVER AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant and homilist of the Mass during Nightfever at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, on Saturday, August 27, beginning at 7:30 p.m. On this night, the Cathedral doors will be open to all for adoration and prayer.  For more information, visit www.nightfeverchicago.org.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Fr. Bradley A. Zamora, Holy Name Cathedral, 312-787-8040.

Monday, August 29, 10 a.m.
MASS – POPE FRANCIS GLOBAL ACADEMY
Archbishop Cupich will celebrate the start of the new school year with a Mass with students and faculty of Pope Francis Global Academy at St. Tarcissus Parish, 6020 West Ardmore Avenue in Chicago, on Monday, August 29, at 10 a.m. Dr. Rigg will attend the Mass and tour Pope Francis Global Academy’s North Campus, 6040 West Ardmore Avenue in Chicago, following the Mass. Pope Francis Global Academy is a collaborative effort among four founding member schools and was designed to deliver an experience of academic excellence, while growing the Catholic presence in the community.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Anne Maselli, OCS, 312-534-5334.

Wednesday, August 31, 9 a.m.
BACK TO SCHOOL MASS – HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC ACADEMY
Dr. Rigg will join students, faculty and staff from Holy Family Catholic Academy, 2515 Palatine Road in Inverness, for one of its first all-school Masses of the 2016/2017 school year on Wednesday, August 31 at 9 a.m.  Dr. Rigg will tour the school following the Mass.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Anne Maselli, OCS, 312-534-5334.

September

Thursday, September 1, 9:15 a.m.
MASS FOR 60th ANNIVERSARY OF SCHOOL OPENING – MOTHER MCAULEY HIGH SCHOOL
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will celebrate the opening school Mass at 9:30 a.m., with students and faculty of Mother McAuley High School, 3737 West 99th Street in Chicago, on Thursday, September 1, in celebration of their 60th anniversary of educating young women.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.