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Chicago, IL (April 12, 2011) – An interreligious, memorial ceremony for the victims of the March 11 catastrophic earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan will be held on Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m., at St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, 218 West Alexander Street in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood. 

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Asian Catholics’ Japanese Ministry and the Chinese Ministry of St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Offices of Interreligious and Ecumenical Affairs and Catholic Relief Services, as well as the Ministry Offices of De Paul University and Loyola University Chicago, will host this interreligious ceremony in support of  the suffering people in Japan.

During the ceremony, participants from Chicago will represent their religious counterparts in Japan through their scriptures and religious traditions.  Most Rev. Francis J. Kane, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will deliver the homily.  Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a fellowship reception with light refreshments.

There will be an opportunity to make donations for the relief efforts through Catholic Relief Services.  For those who cannot attend the ceremony and wish to make a donation, contributions can be sent, with “Japan” on the memo line, to Archdiocese of Chicago / Catholic Relief Services, 3525 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653-1402.  

For more information about the interreligious ceremony, contact Teresita Nuval, Director of the Office for Asian Catholics,, 312-534-8328.

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