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

Office of Media Relations
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March

Sunday, March 1, 11 a.m.
MASS AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will be the main celebrant at Sunday Mass with parishioners of Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, March 1, 12:45 p.m.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) TALK AND RITE OF ELECTION
Archbishop Cupich will present a talk and speak informally with candidates preparing for initiation into the Catholic Church at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. Following the talk, Archbishop Cupich will preside at a Rite of Election liturgy for those preparing to enter the Catholic Church. Participants will be called forth during this ceremony and will later receive the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation during the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday) services in their local parishes.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Office for Divine Worship, 312-534-5153.

Wednesday, March 4
LIFE ADVOCACY DAY
The Respect Life Office will be joined by many participants when they travel to Springfield, Illinois, to advocate for life with legislators on March 4. The group will meet at the Illinois State Capitol Building at 10 a.m. 
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Respect Life Office, 312-534-5355.

Sunday, March 8, 2:30 p.m.
LENTEN PRESENTATION ON SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION
Archbishop Cupich will give a Lenten presentation on the Sacraments of Initiation; Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, on Sunday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m., at St. Norbert Parish, 1809 Walters Avenue in Northbrook. As part of the Archdiocesan Strategic Pastoral Plan’s Year of the Sacraments, St. Norbert Parish is conducting a Lenten Series focusing on the Sacraments and Sacramental Life.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Monday, March 9, 10 a.m.
ILLINOIS BUSINESS IMMIGRATION COALITION ROUNDTABLE
Archbishop Cupich will be one of the speakers at the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Roundtable on Monday, March 9, at 10 a.m., at St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 Roosevelt Road in Chicago. Other speakers include Governor Bruce Rauner, Senator Mark Kirk, Congressman Adam Kinzinger and Congressman Bob Dold. Together, they will call on Congress to approve immigration reform that grows the economy, moves Illinois forward and keeps families together.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, 312-576-8032.

Monday, March 9, 7 p.m.
20th ANNUAL JOSEPH CARDINAL BERNARDIN JERUSALEM LECTURE
Archbishop Cupich will attend and deliver the welcome remarks at the 20th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 North Sheffield in Chicago. This year’s guest lecturer will be Rabbi David Sandmel, who is the Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League. The topic of this year’s Jerusalem Lecture is “Our Spiritual Patrimony: A Jewish Perspective on the Transformation of Jewish-Catholic Relations.” For more information, visit www.archchicago.org/departments/ecumenical.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, 312-534-5325.

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.
LENTEN LECTURE SERIES AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Rev. Louis Cameli, Archbishop's delegate for Christian Formation and Mission, will be the guest speaker at the Lenten Lecture Series in the Parish Center Auditorium at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. Fr. Cameli will be giving a lecture on the topic of Sacraments of Vocation and Witness: Holy Orders and Matrimony.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m.
ORGANIZING CATHOLICS FOR JUSTICE CONGRESS
The Archdiocesan Office for Peace and Justice will be present at the Organizing Catholics for Justice Congress, at Holy Angels Parish, 615 East Oakwood Boulevard in Chicago, on Saturday, March 14, beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Chicago Catholics will come together to pray and take action on various social justice issues, including Mass Incarceration, Economic Justice, Equitable Funding for Education, Fair Trade and more. For more information, visit www.chicagopeaceandjustice.org.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Office for Peace and Justice, Maria Fitzsimmons, mfitzsimmons@archchicago.org.

Saturday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.
THE PRESENCE BALL
Archbishop Cupich will attend and deliver the invocation at Presence Health’s Annual Presence Ball at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, 151 East Wacker Drive in Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

HOLY WEEK
Holy Week is the last week of Lent, immediately preceding Easter Sunday. Holy Week is observed by Catholics as a time to commemorate the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through various liturgies, including the special liturgies during the Paschal Triduum.

THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM
Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate the three days before Easter with special services that will include:

  • Holy Thursday – the evening Mass of The Lord's Supper will include the ritual washing of feet that recalls Jesus washing the feet of his apostles, followed by Eucharistic processions with evening adoration of the Blessed Sacrament that continues throughout the night.
  • Good Friday – special Way of the Cross devotions, including outdoor processions of the living stations and veneration of the cross.
  • Holy Saturday – evening liturgical celebrations that include solemn blessing of the Easter water with the chanting of the Litany of Saints, baptism of new members, and the blessing and lighting of the Easter Candle from within a darkened church, and the celebration in the late evening hours of the Easter Vigil Mass.

Sunday, March 29, 11 a.m.
PALM SUNDAY MASS AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Cupich will celebrate Palm Sunday Mass with parishioners of Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, March 29, 3 p.m.
PALM SUNDAY AND WORLD YOUTH DAY KICK-OFF AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Cupich will attend and deliver a reflection at the Palm Sunday World Youth Day Kick-Off at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, on Sunday, March 29, beginning at 3 p.m. The event will begin with Gathering and Worship, followed by praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet in multiple languages; English, Spanish, Polish and Tagalog.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Young Adult Ministry, 312-466-9473.

Sunday, March 29, 3 p.m.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE KICK-OFF AT ST. LOUISE DE MARILLAC PARISH
Most Rev. John Manz, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will attend and deliver a testimony at the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) Kick-Off event at St. Louise de Marillac Parish, 1144 Harrison Avenue in La Grange Park, on Sunday, March 29, beginning at 3 p.m.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry, 312-534-8033.

Tuesday, March 31, 2 p.m.
CHRISM MASS AND BLESSING OF HOLY OILS
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Chrism Mass beginning at 2 p.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. During this Mass, the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick and the oil of chrism for use in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago will be blessed. These oils will be accepted by representatives of each parish in the Archdiocese and used for adult catechumens and infants, for Anointing of the Sick, for Baptism, for Confirmation, for the Ordination of priests and for the consecration of altars.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Thursday, April 2, 5:15 p.m.
EVENING MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant and Rev. Louis Cameli, Archbishop's Delegate for Formation and Mission, will be the homilist at the Mass remembering the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Friday, April 3, 9 a.m.
VIA CRUCIS – LITTLE VILLAGE
Five parishes in the Little Village area collaborate together for the annual Via Crucis in Little Village. Beginning at 9 a.m., at 26th Street and Sacramento Avenue, on Good Friday, participants will process during the Living Stations of the Cross, which will end at Kostner Avenue and 26th Street. The participating parishes include: St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish, Good Shepherd Parish, Epiphany Parish, Our Lady of Tepeyac Parish, Assumption Parish and St. Roman Parish.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Friday, April 3, 11 a.m.
VIA CRUCIS – OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE PARISH
Living Stations of the Cross begin at 11 a.m., at 3251 East 92nd Street in Chicago, and end at St. Mary Magdalene Parish, 8426 South Marquette Avenue in Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Friday, April 3, 11 a.m.
VIA CRUCIS – MOST BLESSED TRINITY PARISH
Living Stations of the Cross at Most Blessed Trinity Parish, 450 Keller Avenue in Waukegan, will begin at 11 a.m.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Friday, April 3, 11 a.m.
VIA CRUCIS – SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Living Stations of the Cross at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1170 North River Road in Des Plaines, will begin at 11 a.m.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Friday, April 3, 12 p.m.
PILSEN NEIGHBORHOOD VIA CRUCIS – CLOSING PRAYER SERVICE AT ST. ADALBERT PARISH
Archbishop Cupich will celebrate the closing Prayer Service following the annual Pilsen Neighborhood Via Crucis at St. Adalbert Parish, 1650 West 17th Street in Chicago, on Good Friday. The living Stations of the Cross begin at 8:30 a.m., at Providence of God Parish, 717 West 18th Street in Chicago. Participants process along 18th Street to Harrison Park, 18th Street and Wood Street in Chicago, and complete the journey at St. Adalbert Parish.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Friday, April 3, 12 p.m.
VIA CRUCIS – ST. THOMAS OF VILLANOVA PARISH
Living Stations of the Cross beginning at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, 1201 East Anderson Drive in Palatine, will begin at 12 p.m. The procession will end at Misión San Juan Diego Parish, 2323 North Wilke Road in Arlington Heights.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Friday, April 3, 5:15 p.m.
LITURGY OF THE LORD’S PASSION
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant and Rev. Msgr. Daniel Mayall, Rector of Holy Name Cathedral, will be the homilist at the solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, April 4, 1 p.m.
BLESSING OF EASTER BASKETS AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Cupich will bless Easter baskets on Holy Saturday, at 1 p.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. The blessing of the Easter Baskets has been a Catholic tradition for centuries, especially among families of Eastern European origin. The ritual has since been adopted by people of all ethnic backgrounds. Baskets usually contain boiled eggs, meats, bread and other food and sweet items that will be consumed on Easter Sunday following Mass.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, April 4, 7 p.m.
EASTER VIGIL MASS WITH RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant during the Easter Vigil Mass with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. People from Holy Name Cathedral Parish will become full members of the Catholic Church during the celebration by receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation, as part of the RCIA process. On this night, hundreds of adults will be baptized and received into the Catholic Church, and hundreds more will complete their initiation by being confirmed and receiving the Eucharist during Easter Vigil services throughout the Archdiocese.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.
EASTER SUNDAY MASS AT ST. JULIE BILLIART PARISH
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant and homilist during the Easter Sunday Mass at St. Julie Billiart Parish, 7399 West 159th Street in Tinley Park, which celebrates Our Lord’s Resurrection.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.