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Saturday, December 15 through Sunday, December 23, 2018

Simbang Gabi Novena Masses

The Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate Simbang Gabi from Saturday, December 15 through Sunday, December 23, 2018. Sponsored by the Archdiocese’s Asian Catholic Initiative Office, Simbang Gabi is one of the oldest and most popular Filipino Christmas traditions. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, will preside over a Simbang Gabi Mass on Thursday, December 20 at 7 p.m. at Old St. Mary Church, 1500 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, December 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Caridades de la Cruz (Charities of the Cross) to Hold its 5th Annual Homeless Fair to Provide Food, Clothing, Showers and Haircuts to Area Homeless Persons on Saturday, December 22.

Over 100 volunteer members of the Caridades de la Cruz will be on hand to offer food, clothing, showers and haircuts to 125 of the area’s homeless persons on the grounds of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. All participants will receive winter boots. Transportation for participants will be available to and from the grounds. Caridades de la Cruz is a volunteer ministry that provides weekly assistance of food and clothing to area homeless. Location: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Pastoral Center, 1170 N. River Rd. in Des Plaines.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Monday, December 24, 2018, 10 a.m.

Planning Information for Cardinal Blase J. Cupich’s Christmas Eve Visit to Lurie Children’s Hospital

Cardinal Cupich will visit patients and their families who cannot be home to celebrate Christmas due to hospitalization at Lurie Children’s Hospital, 225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago.
• Cardinal Cupich will greet media from 10:05 – 10:10 a.m. to share his Christmas message and will take a few on-topic questions.
• Cardinal Cupich and pool media will leave for patient floors at 10:15 a.m.
• Pool media will depart patient floors at 10:50 a.m.
Location: Lurie Children’s Hospital, 225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago: Second Floor Concierge Desk for media briefing with Cardinal Cupich before he departs for patient floors with pool cameras.

MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: Because of concerns about the flu, only pool coverage cameras will be allowed on the hospital floors with children and their families. Pool information and contacts are as follows:
Television:
• CBS 2 Assignment Desk, 312.899.2210
• Pool videographer is Lou Kleinberg, lbkleinberg@cbs.com or 312.446.3928 (mobile)
• Technical Operations Center (TOC) 312.899.2515
• TOC will feed it out via The Chicago Switch at 2:30 p.m. Stations should plan to roll at that time unless advised otherwise. They will do a couple passes.
Radio
• WGN Radio Newsroom, 312.222.4730 or news@wgnradio.com
• Pool reporter is Ryan Burrow, rburrow@wgnradio.com or 847.987.3803
• Ryan will upload an MP3 file at 2:30 p.m. to https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xhVDHlnoShxjnqZXb-yDlhFcRUhXC8
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Monday, December 24, 2018, Midnight

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, will preside at Christmas Midnight Mass

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will preside at Christmas Midnight Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, Chicago.

MEDIA PLEASE NOTE:
WGN-TV/Channel 9 will broadcast this Christmas Midnight Mass live beginning at 12 a.m. Rev. Greg Sakowicz, rector of Holy Name Cathedral, will provide English language commentary throughout the broadcast.

No other video cameras or audio recording devices will be permitted in the Cathedral. Television and radio stations can use WGN-TV’s live broadcast for their own news coverage, courtesy of WGN-TV. WGN-Radio (720-AM) will broadcast the Mass live and it will be streamed live on WGN-TV's web site: www.wgntv.com/live.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, January 13, 11 a.m.

Archdiocesan Mass for Life and March for Life Chicago

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will celebrate Mass for Life at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, Chicago. The Mass will be a sending forth to join the official March for Life Chicago held at the Federal Plaza in Chicago.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Young Adult Ministry, 312-534-8600.