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Sunday, November 19, 3 p.m.

DePaul University New President’s Inauguration

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will offer the invocation at the DePaul University New President’s Inauguration at Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago.
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Wednesday, November 22, 12 p.m.

2017 Interfaith Thanksgiving Observance

As in previous years, the Chicago Temple will host the 2017 Interfaith Thanksgiving Observance, which will take place Wednesday, November 22, 12-1 p.m. The theme of this year's observance is thanksgiving -- in our hearts, homes, neighborhoods, nation, and world. In these difficult times, we are challenged to be grateful for all that we enjoy. We also are reminded to share our bounty with others and to be a blessing in our communities and to the earth. Readings in the Observance program will focus on our theme of thanksgiving and offerings received will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
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Friday, December 1, 5:30 p.m.

Spirit of St. Nicholas Ball

Celebrate the 28th Annual Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball with a reception, gourmet dinner and wine, live entertainment, cocktails, dancing and late night “sweets and treats” at this black-tie celebration of the Christmas season at Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. All proceeds benefit Catholic Charities Children’s Programs which serve nearly 300,000 children in Cook and Lake counties each year.
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Friday, December 8, 5:30 p.m.

Global Citizen’s Award

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will receive the Global Citizen’s Award at the annual Chicago Consular Corps Gala, an event honoring the foreign and honorary consulates in Chicago and celebrating the longstanding relationship between the city and the Consular Corps. More than 600 guests are expected to attend the black-tie event at Hilton Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The event raises nearly $1 million each year to support the work of World Business Chicago, Chicago Sister Cities International and the Chicago Consular Corps (CCC), an international group of Consulates, Consulates General and Honorary Consulates representing more than 80 countries around the world.
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Sunday, December 10, 10 a.m.

Mass for the 100th Anniversary of Mother Cabrini’s death

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will celebrate Mass for the 100th Anniversary of Mother Cabrini’s death at the National Shrine of St. Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N. Lakeview Avenue in Chicago. Mother Cabrini, a missionary woman religious who helped shape America's social and health-care system in the early twentieth century, died on December 22, 1917 at Columbus Hospital Extension on the west side of Chicago. This year we celebrate the centenary of Mother Cabrini's ascension into eternal life.
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Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m.

Archbishop’s Christmas Concert

The annual Archbishop’s Christmas Concert will take place at Holy Family Church, 1080 W Roosevelt Road in Chicago, with Cardinal Blase J. Cupich and The City Lights Orchestra conducted by Rich Daniels. The concert will feature sacred as well as secular favorites such as "Holy Night," "Sleigh Ride," "White Christmas" and "I'll be home for Christmas." In addition, Cardinal Cupich will read the Christmas Gospel according to Luke accompanied by the orchestra. The soloists will be Suzanne Palmer and Paddy Homan. Both Suzanne and Paddy have appeared internationally and will be sure to help you find the spirit and meaning of the Christmas season with their voices! The concert is free and no tickets are needed.
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Monday, December 11 at 6 p.m. and all-day Tuesday, December 12

Feast Day for Our Lady of Guadalupe

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are expected to flock to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (1170 N River Road in Des Plaines) to participate in celebrations beginning Monday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. and all-day Tuesday, December 12. The annual event is a celebration of the Feast Day for Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12 and draws large crowds in honor of the Virgin Mary, second only to the celebrations at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Pilgrims from around the Archdiocese and the Midwest will make the journey as a special sign of devotion known as “mandas”. Most popular is the traditional serenade to Our Lady, “Las Mañanitas”, with special songs performed by guest artists and the Shrine’s choirs. Sunday, December 10 will mark the 6th annual Pilgrimage by Horse (“Cabalgata”). At 1 p.m., the pilgrims will arrive at the Shrine on horseback to be blessed and for the celebration of Mass.
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Friday, December 15, 7 - 9 a.m.

12th Annual Posada

During the Posada, participants will walk and pray in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers who -- as the Holy Family sought a place to stay -- are seeking legislative shelter, "Posada". The event supporting DACA families will start from 101 West Congress at 7 a.m.
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Wednesday, December 20, 5 p.m.

Simbang Gabi Mass

Simbang Gabi is a Filipino Catholic Novena-Tradition which celebrates a series of Nine Advent Evening Masses, that are meant to help Filipino-Americans and other Catholics in the area intensify their spiritual preparation for the Grace-filled celebration of Christmas. The nine Parish Hosts invite, persuade and inspire their parishioners, families and friends to attend Simbang Gabi Mass each night. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will be the main celebrant for the Mass on December 20 at St. Hilary Church, 5600 N Fairfield Avenue in Chicago. Please visit aciarchchicago.org for more information.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Thursday, December 21, 7:15 p.m.

Illinois Club for Catholic Women Presentation Ball

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will officiate at the 60th Annual Presentation Ball held on December 21 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. For more information, visit iccw.org/the-ball.
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