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

Office of Media Relations
312-534-8227

August 2014

Friday, August 29, 5 p.m.
ECUMENICAL PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE IN IRAQ AT ST. STANISLAUS KOSTKA CHURCH
The Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Peace and Justice is holding an Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Peace in Iraq at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 1351 West Evergreen Avenue in Chicago. The Prayer Service will begin at 5 p.m., followed by Mass at 7 p.m.  After Mass, participants will pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the evening will continue with all night Adoration for Peace until 6 a.m. the following morning. For more information, visit www.chicagopeaceandjustice.org/ecumenical-prayer-vigil-for-peace-in-iraq/.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Office for Peace and Justice, 312-534-8390.

Saturday, August 30, 6:30 a.m.
BACK TO SCHOOL SUNRISE PRAYER SERVICE AND MASS
All are invited to attend a Back to School Sunrise Prayer Service and Mass that will be held at Oakwood Beach, 41st Street and Lakeshore Drive in Chicago, to pray for an end to violence, for the protection of our children, as well as for a successful and nonviolent school year. The morning will begin with Praise and Worship at 6:30 a.m. Mass will follow at 7 a.m. with Most Rev. Alberto Rojas and Most Rev. Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishops of Chicago, concelebrating. These prayer services are annually organized by the Black Catholic Deacons and the Office for Black Catholics of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Office for Black Catholics, 312-534-8377. Deacon LeRoy Gill, deacongill@sbcglobal.net.

Saturday, August 30, 9:30 a.m.
CATHOLIC CEMETERIES TO DEDICATE OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCULPTURE
Most Rev. Alberto Rojas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will dedicate a new 12-foot statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road in Hillside. The artist of this granite sculpture is Gianfranco Tassara of Inspired Artisans. The sculpture is a tribute to the Virgin Mary, who appeared to Juan Diego at the Hill of Tepeyac, near Mexico City in 1531.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Catholic Cemeteries, 708-449-6100.

September 2014

Saturday, September 6, 9:30 a.m.
CATHOLIC CEMETERIES TO DEDICATE SAINT JOHN PAUL II SCULPTURE
Most Rev. Andrew P. Wypych, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will dedicate a new 32-foot statue of Saint John Paul II at Maryhill Cemetery, 8600 Milwaukee Avenue in Niles. This granite and mosaic tiled, four-sided sculpture features Saint John Paul II on two sides in different roles of his papacy. The third and fourth sides feature Our Lady of Czestochowa and the Virgin of Guadalupe – Mother of the Americas.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Catholic Cemeteries, 708-449-6100.

Sunday, September 7, 5 p.m.
BISHOP ABRAMOWICZ SEMINARY BENEFIT DINNER
Cardinal George and the Auxiliary Bishops of Chicago will attend the 11th Annual Benefit Dinner for Bishop Abramowicz Seminary on September 7, at 5 p.m., at the Westin O’Hare Hotel, 6100 River Road in Rosemont. This year’s honoree will be Camille Kopielski who will be presented with the Caritas Christi Award. The Bishop Abramowicz Seminary Program annually recruits seminarians in Poland to complete their seminary training at Bishop Abramowicz Seminary in Chicago, and later at the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. After their ordination, as priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the young men serve the spiritual needs of this Archdiocese in its parishes, including those that have a significant number of Polish parishioners.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Bishop Abramowicz Seminary, 312-915-0598.

Thursday, September 11, 12 p.m.
MEETING OF THE JEWISH UNITED FUND / JEWISH FEDERATION OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO
Cardinal George will deliver the keynote address at the 114th Annual Meeting of the Jewish United Fund / Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, on September 11, at 12 p.m.  The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Upper Wacker Drive in Chicago.  
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Jewish United Fund, Aaron Cohen, 312-444-2853.

Thursday, September 11, 7 p.m.
A BILINGUAL CATHOLIC AND EVANGELICAL CONVERSATION
Dr. Norberto Saracco, personal friend of Pope Francis, Pentecostal Pastor and Rector of the Theological Institute “FIET”, will give a presentation at a special public event at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center, 1000 East Maple Avenue in Mundelein, on September 11, at 7 p.m.  Rev. Robert Baron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary and Founder of Word on Fire, will also be a presenter. The conference, entitled “A Bilingual Catholic and Evangelical Conversation,” will explore the topic of “Pope Francis and Unity in Mission between Catholics and Evangelicals.”
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, 312-534-5325.

Friday, September 12, 5:30 p.m.
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AWARDS RECEPTION
Cardinal George will attend the 2014-2015 Catholic Campaign for Human Development Awards Reception at the St. Eulalia Quinn Community Center, 815 Lexington Street in Maywood. The Cardinal will present this year’s grantees with awards at the reception.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Office for Peace and Justice, 312-534-5383.

Saturday, September 13, 2 p.m.
NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE OF ABORTED CHILDREN – MEMORIAL SERVICE
Cardinal George will preside at a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. for the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children hosted by the Pro-Life Action League, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Priests for Life. The Memorial Service will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road in Hillside.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, September 13, 4 p.m.
MASS FOR LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY HOSPITAL AND HEALTH CARE CENTERS
Cardinal George will be the celebrant at a Mass for the Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers’ Grand Finale of their Campus Transformation Project. Mass will take place at St. Bernadette Church, 9343 South Francisco Avenue in Evergreen Park, on September 13, at 4 p.m.  A reception will be held afterwards at the Little Company of Mary Campus’s West Pavilion, 2800 West 95th Street in Evergreen Park.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, September 14, 2:45 p.m.
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS
Cardinal George will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass held at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, on September 14, at 2:45 p.m. This Mass, hosted by the Office for Marriage and Family Ministries, will celebrate couples who have been married for 50 years.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Office for Marriage and Family Ministries, 312-534-8351.

Sunday, September 21, 2 p.m.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PARISH – 100TH ANNIVERSARY MASS
Cardinal George will be the celebrant at a Mass celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Immaculate Conception Parish, 2745 West 44th Street in Chicago, on September 21, at 2 p.m. The Mass will be trilingual – English, Spanish and Lithuanian.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Tuesday, September 23, 5:30 p.m.
ST. JOSEPH SEMINARY – SEMINARY SALUTES DINNER
Cardinal George will attend the annual St. Joseph Seminary - Seminary Salutes Awards Dinner on September 23, at 5:30 p.m., at the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 West Washington Boulevard in Chicago. At the awards dinner, the Seminary recognizes Catholics who bring their faith to Labor, Business and Government.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Dawn Zamora, Director of Office of Institutional Advancement, 773-973-9720.

Wednesday, September 24, 10:30 a.m.
ADDRESS - SOCIETY OF THE HOLY TRINITY IN GENERAL RETREAT
Cardinal George will address the Society of the Holy Trinity in General Retreat at St. Mary of the Lake University Conference Center, 1000 East Maple Avenue in Mundelein, on September 24, at 10:30 a.m. The topic of the address will be “Proclaiming the Gospel of Life to a Culture of Death in Society, Church and Personal Life.”  The Society of the Holy Trinity is a religious order of Lutheran pastors in the U.S. and Canada.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, September 27, 3 p.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT CATHOLIC MEN’S CONFERENCE AT UNIVERSITY OF MARY
Cardinal George will present the keynote address at a Catholic Men’s Conference, co-sponsored by the Diocese of Bismarck and the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. The theme of the conference is how Catholic men are the New Evangelizers by living out faithfully their vocations as spouses, parents, single individuals and clerics. 
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, September 28, 2:30 p.m.
VISION OF HOPE AWARD AT THE CONGREGATION OF THE RESURRCTION AWARD DINNER
Cardinal George will accept the Vision of Hope Award at the Congregation of the Resurrection Award Dinner on September 28, at 2:30 p.m., held at Poretta’s Banquets, 3718 North Central Avenue in Chicago. The Vision of Hope Award is given to an individual that “embodies the spirit of the resurrection of society.”
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.