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HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL TO REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL EARLY MAY

Chicago, IL ( March 11, 2008 ) - It was recently announced that Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets, will remain closed until early May in order to repair the ceiling and roof structure for the Cathedral building. Engineers had originally hoped to have the Cathedral's repairs completed in time to reopen for Easter Sunday services.

According to Father Dan Mayall, pastor of the Cathedral, most regular parish liturgies will remain scheduled on the Cathedral campus and at various nearby locations. Weekend Masses, as well as Holy Week liturgies, will be celebrated in the Cathedral's Parish Center Auditorium, weekday Masses will be offered in the Club Room on the lower level of the Parish Center, Baptisms will take place in the Cathedral's Chapel on Superior Street and Confessions will be heard in the Casa Jesus Chapel, 750 North Wabash Avenue. All scheduled weddings have been relocated to the newly renovated St. Joseph Church, located at 1107 North Orleans Street while funeral Masses will be offered in neighboring parishes.

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will be the celebrant of the 11 a.m. Mass on both Palm Sunday (March 16) and Easter (March 23), as well as at the liturgies scheduled at 5:15 p.m. on Holy Thursday and Good Friday (March 20 and March 21) in the Cathedral Auditorium. Cardinal George will offer the first Mass of Easter at St. Joseph Church on Orleans at 7 p.m. Holy Saturday (March 22) when nearly 50 people from St. Joseph and Holy Name Cathedral parishes will become full members of the Catholic Church during the celebration of the Easter sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. A Holy Saturday Mass also will be offered in Holy Name's auditorium at 7:30 p.m., and the following day, Easter Sunday, Masses will be celebrated in the auditorium at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. as well as at 12:30 and 5:15 p.m.

Holy Name Cathedral has been closed since February 26 when forensic engineers determined that structural weakness was the cause of a 10 lb piece of decorative wood falling from the ceiling during the night on February 12. The Cathedral was unoccupied when the piece fell. Immediately, workers began securing the decorative 19th century wooden ceiling from a canopy atop massive scaffolding and parish Masses and other services were moved to the Parish Center. For more information visit the Holy Name Cathedral website at www.holynamecathedral.org.

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