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Three Pilgrimages in September

Chicago, IL (September 11, 2009) – Catholics Praying for Racial Justice Pilgrimages, sponsored by the Office for Racial Justice, are being held in each of the six vicariates of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Three pilgrimages will be conducted during the month of September, followed by two in October.  Participants may join any pilgrimage at one church or travel to all the parish sites. A 20-minute prayer service on the theme, “Break down the walls that separate us and unite us as a single body”, will take place outside each church.

The first pilgrimage was on the last Sunday in August and the next will take place in the near north suburbs and Chicago’s north side on Sunday, September 13 beginning at 2 p.m.  Participants will begin at St. Gertrude Church, 6200 North Glenwood in Chicago, and journey by bus to two area churches: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1775 Grove Street in Glenview and St. Mary of the Woods, 7033 North Moselle Avenue in Chicago.

When asked about the purpose of the pilgrimages, Sister Lois Prebil, osf, Program Coordinator for the Office for Racial Justice said, “Through this visible effort, we wish to help all of us keep in mind the goal to move toward racial justice.  We want to stir up desires to move beyond racism in our church and society and to create a hunger to dwell together in God’s love.”

The remaining pilgrimages are as follows:

  • Sunday, September 20, beginning at 2 p.m.
    • St. Eulalia, 1851 South 9th Avenue, Maywood
    • St. Bernardine, 7246 West Harrison Street, Forest Park
    • St. Catherine-St. Lucy, 38 North Austin Boulevard, Oak Park
    • St. Frances of Rome, 1500 South 59th Court, Cicero
  • Sunday, September 27, beginning at 2 p.m.
    • Holy Family, 1080 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago
    • St. Adalbert, 1650 West 17th Street, Chicago
    • St. Agatha, 3147 West Douglas Boulevard, Chicago
  • Sunday, October 4, beginning at 2 p.m.
    • St. Denis, 3456 West 83rd Place, Chicago
    • St. John Fisher, 10235 South Fairfield, Chicago
    • St. Linus, 10300 South Lawler Avenue, Oak Lawn
  • Sunday, October 11, beginning at 2 p.m.
    • St. Jude the Apostle, 900 East 154th Street, South Holland
    • St. Victor, 553 Hirsch Avenue, Calumet City
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3200 East 91st Street. Chicago
    • St. Ailbe, 9015 South Harper, Chicago

The pilgrimages were planned by Catholics United for Racial Justice, a committee of lay persons that plans and hosts events that focus on the need for racial justice in the Archdiocese. Visit for details or call the Office for Racial Justice at 312-534-8336.

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