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

Office of Media Relations
312-534-8227

December

Friday, December 2, 7:30 a.m.
CHICAGO LEADERSHIP PRAYER BREAKFAST – KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, will be the keynote speaker at the 53rd Annual Chicago Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Friday, December 2. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m., at the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue. This event brings together nearly 700 business leaders from across the city to gather as an interfaith community in thanksgiving and hope to pray for our civic community and its leadership. More information available at www.chicagoprayerbreakfast.org.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Friday, December 2, 6 p.m.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO 27TH ANNUAL SPIRIT OF SAINT NICHOLAS BALL
Cardinal Cupich, Honorary Chairman of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will attend the 27th Annual Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball, which will take place on Friday, December 2, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue. All proceeds benefit Catholic Charities Children's Programs, which serve nearly 300,000 children in Cook and Lake counties each year. More information available at www.catholiccharities.net/stnick.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Kristine Kappel, Catholic Charities, 312-655-7019.

Saturday, December 3, 4 p.m.
75th ANNIVERSARY MASS – MOST HOLY REDEEMER PARISH
Cardinal Cupich will celebrate Mass in honor of the 75th anniversary of Most Holy Redeemer Parish, 9525 South Lawndale Avenue in Evergreen Park, on Saturday, December 3, at 4 p.m.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, December 4, 7 p.m.
LITURGY OF THANKSGIVING FOR CARDINAL CUPICH – HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
A Thanksgiving Liturgy of the Word in celebration of Cardinal Cupich’s elevation will be held at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, on Sunday, December 4, at 7 p.m.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Thursday, December 8, 12:10 p.m.
SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY MASS – HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Cardinal Cupich will celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, on Thursday, December 8, at 12:10 p.m.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Thursday, December 8, 7 p.m.
CHRISTMAS AT DEPAUL CONCERT – ST. VINCENT DE PAUL PARISH
Cardinal Cupich will attend the Christmas at DePaul Concert at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 1010 West Webster Avenue in Chicago, at 7 p.m.  Christmas at DePaul is a celebration of the birth of Christ through word and song. The DePaul Community Chorus will perform.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Friday, December 9, 7 p.m.
FEAST OF SAN JUAN DIEGO – OUR LADY OF TEPEYAC PARISH
Most Rev. Alberto Rojas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, along with neighboring Little Village parishes, will celebrate the Feast of San Juan Diego with a Mass at Our Lady of Tepeyac Parish, 2226 South Whipple Street in Chicago, on Friday, December 9, at 7 p.m. This year's theme will be "Parroquias caminando en la alegría del amor en familia" or "Parishes walking in the joy of love in the family.” The evening will begin with processions in 2 separate locations: Parishioners of St. Agnes of Bohemia, Good Shepherd, Epiphany, as well as Our Lady of Tepeyac Parish will gather at Keeler and 26th Streets at 5:30 p.m. A traditional dance group called the Tlacololeros will accompany pilgrims. A second group of pilgrims from Assumption and St. Roman Parish will gather at 6 p.m. on the corner of Marshall Boulevard and 24th Street. All are invited to process with rosaries in hand to Our Lady of Tepeyac Parish. After Mass, pilgrims will gather in the Our Lady of Tepeyac grade school lunchroom where a Pastorela, a traditional play that commemorates Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, will be performed by the Parish youth group.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, December 10, 5 p.m.
MASS – INDIA CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Cardinal Cupich will celebrate Mass with the India Catholic Association of America on Saturday, December 10, at 5 p.m., at Waterford Banquets, 933 South Riverside Drive in Elmhurst.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Sunday and Monday, December 11-12
“ANTORCHA GUADALUPANA” GUADALUPE TORCH RUN DES PLAINES/CHICAGO
This overnight celebration honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, will be at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1170 North River Road in Des Plaines, on Sunday, December 11, through Monday, December 12. Torches carried by hundreds of people representing Hispanic parishes throughout the Archdiocese will be blessed, Masses will be celebrated throughout the evening and attendants will hold an all-night vigil in front of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Ignacio Pérez, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 224-830-9188.

Friday, December 16, 7 a.m.
11th SEEKING POSADA - OFFICE FOR IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS AND IMMIGRATION EDUCATION
A Posada procession of families will begin at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, 71 West Van Buren Street in Chicago, on Friday, December 16, at 7 a.m.  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.  More information available at www.catholicsandimmigrants.org.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, December 17, 5 p.m.
SIMBANG GABI MASS AT SANTA MARIA DEL POPOLO PARISH
Cardinal Cupich will be the main celebrant at a Mass at Santa Maria del Popolo Parish, 116 North Lake Street in Mundelein, 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.

Sunday, December 18, 2 p.m.
CARDINAL’S CHRISTMAS CONCERT – HOLY FAMILY PARISH
Cardinal Cupich will attend the annual Cardinal’s Christmas Concert held at Holy Family Parish, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago, on Sunday, December 18, at 2 p.m.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Wednesday, December 21
ILLINOIS CLUB FOR CATHOLIC WOMEN 59th ANNUAL PRESENTATION BALL
Cardinal Cupich will join members of the Illinois Club for Catholic Women for the 59th 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, on Wednesday, December 21.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Illinois Club for Catholic Women, 312-944-7011.

Sunday, December 25, Midnight
CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT MASS HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Cardinal 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 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.

Sunday, December 25, 9 a.m.
CHRISTMAS DAY MASS AT COOK COUNTY JAIL
Cardinal Cupich will celebrate Mass on Christmas Day with detainees in Cook County Department of Corrections, 2700 South California Avenue in Chicago, beginning at 9 a.m.
CONTACT: Office of Media Relations 312-534-8227. Deacon Pablo Perez, Kolbe House Jail Ministry, 773-247-0070.