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Friday, May 20 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.; Saturday, May 21, 2022

MEDIA ALERT - Planning Information for Priest Ordination Mass by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Holy Name Cathedral; Media Interviews With the Candidates Will Take Place On Friday, May 20 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

WHAT: Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, will ordain two priests for the Archdiocese of Chicago at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Holy Name Cathedral. The ordination will be livestreamed on the archdiocese’s YouTube channel Catholic Chicago [https://youtu.be/AjsGtN8oCR4].

The two candidates will be available for interviews ahead of the ordination Mass on Friday, May 20 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Holy Name Cathedral’s chapel. If interested in interviewing the candidates, please call the media contacts below to RSVP for an interview time slot.

WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 10 a.m. This Mass is approximately two hours in length.

WHERE: Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N.State St., Chicago

CONTACTS:
Susan Thomas
Archdiocese of Chicago
[email protected]
312.805.9102

Al Castillo
Archdiocese of Chicago
[email protected]
708.837.7556
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 3 – 5 p.m.

MEDIA ALERT - Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan to Host Free Food Distribution and COVID-19 Vaccine Fair in Collaboration with Community Partners on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 3 – 5 p.m.; Number of Families Receiving Free Groceries Has Increased 35 Percent this Year at the Mobile Market

WHAT: Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan is partnering with the Northern Illinois Food Bank for a free food distribution from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at Most Blessed Trinity Parish’s Holy Family campus site, 450 Keller Ave., in Waukegan.

Most Blessed Trinity Parish has responded to the ongoing challenge of food insecurity in the Waukegan community by hosting mobile market food distributions with the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The mobile market has experienced a 35 percent increase in the number of families receiving free food at the monthly distributions since the distributions began earlier this year. Last month, 800 families received free groceries. In addition to the mobile market distributions, the parish also has weekly food pantries and soup kitchens at its campus on 8th Street.

Anyone in need of food is welcome to come to the event and receive free groceries from Northern Illinois Food Bank's Mobile Market on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. No ID or documentation is needed. Due to COVID-19, the mobile market is a contactless, drive-thru distribution of pre-packed boxes of groceries. In partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Erie Family Health Centers will provide COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 12 years old and older. All vaccinations will be free of charge.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 3 – 5 p.m.

WHERE: Most Blessed Trinity Parish at Holy Family campus site, 450 Keller Ave., Waukegan
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227

Saturday, April 30, 5:30 p.m.

Media Alert – Holy Name Cathedral to Host Third Annual Child Abuse Prevention Mass

Holy Name Cathedral will host its third annual Child Abuse Prevention Mass on Saturday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. All who attend will be invited to plant pinwheels after Mass in Holy Name Cathedral’s courtyard and in planter boxes along Superior Street to raise awareness of the child safeguarding efforts in all archdiocese Catholic schools and parishes. Pinwheels are the national symbol of child abuse prevention and planting them together is a call to action to keep children safe.

Michael Hoffman, clergy abuse survivor and immediate past president of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, will speak about healing and prevention during the Mass. He also serves as chairman of the Hope and Healing Committee for the archdiocese’s Office of the Protection of Children and Youth.

Attendees Invited to Plant Pinwheels to Raise Awareness of the Need for Child Abuse Prevention

Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Young Adult Ministry, 312-534-8600.

April 15, 16, 17

MEDIA ALERT – Archdiocese of Chicago Clergy and Parishes to Participate in Good Friday and Easter Weekend Events

Various Archdiocese of Chicago clergy and parishes will participate in or host events to observe Good Friday and Easter weekend. Below is a sampling of events happening this weekend:

WHAT: Way of the Cross on Good Friday, April 15
Organized by the Lay Ecclesial Movement Communion and Liberation and supported by the Lay Ecclesial Movements of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the annual Way of the Cross will take place through downtown Chicago.

Most Rev. Jeffrey Grob and Most Rev. Mark Bartosic, auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will lead the Way of the Cross procession. Rev. Connor Danstrom, director and chaplain of the Newman Center at University of Illinois Chicago, will offer reflections. The total length of the walk is approximately two miles.
WHEN AND WHERE: Friday, April 15:
• 8:30 a.m.: Gather at Daley Plaza, Dearborn Street and Washington Street
• 8:45 a.m.: Introduction
• 9 a.m.: The walk begins. Tentative Route: Veterans Memorial (Riverwalk at State Street and Wacker Drive), Wrigley Building (Michigan Avenue and Chicago River), Water Tower Plaza (Michigan Avenue and Chicago Road), Holy Name Cathedral (State Street and Superior Street)
• 11:40 a.m.: Arrival at Holy Name Cathedral
• 12 p.m.: Conclusion
More information can be found at http://wayofthecrosschicago.org/documents/Flyer_Way_of_the_Cross_Chicago_Good_Friday_2022.pdf

WHAT: Saint Mary of the Lake and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish to Host a Via Crucis Through the Streets of Buena Park on Good Friday, April 15
Saint Mary of the Lake and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish group Followers of Christ, with the accompaniment of Sister Guadalupe Limas, FCJ, will lead a Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross, on Friday, April 15 starting at 11 a.m. The group has been working since January to present the Living Stations of the Cross in the streets of Buena Park for the first time in decades.
WHEN: Friday, April 15 at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: St. Mary of the Lake worship site, 4220 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago.
• The procession begins and ends in front of the church. The route will be south on Sheridan Road, west on Buena Avenue, south on Kenmore Avenue to Irving Park Road and then reversed to head back north on Kenmore Avenue, east on Buena Avenue and north on Sheridan Road.

WHAT: St. Joseph Church in Libertyville to Host a Drive-In Celebration of the Passion of Our Lord for Vulnerable Parishioners on Good Friday, April 15
This is a drive-in liturgy for vulnerable parishioners. The altar is elevated so everyone can see it from their parking space. Ministers bring Holy Communion to attendees in their cars.
WHEN: Friday, April 15 at 5 p.m.
WHERE: St. Joseph Church, 121 E. Maple Ave., Libertyville


WHAT: Easter Egg Hunts and Basket Blessings at Various Archdiocese of Chicago Parishes on Saturday, April 16:
• 9 a.m., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. (Polish) and 10 a.m. and Noon (English): Sts. Cyril & Methodius Parish, 608 Sobieski St., Lemont (please note, for filming/photography: the Polish basket blessings draw large crowds and have very unique baskets)
• 10 a.m.: St. Norbert and Our Lady of the Brook Parish, 1809 Walters Ave., Northbrook
• 10 a.m. Easter egg hunt; 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and Noon Blessing of Baskets, Saint Zachary Parish, 567 W. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines (please note, for filming/photography: the parish draws large crowds and have very unique baskets.)
• Noon: Christ the King Parish, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago
• Noon: Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago
• 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.: Our Lady of the Wayside Church, 434 W. Park St., in Arlington Heights, will host its annual Easter egg hunt and basket blessing for the parish’s children ages 10 and younger. Children will need to bring their own baskets or bags to scoop up treats. The egg hunt will move into the gym if it’s raining or too muddy. A 2 p.m. basket blessing will follow the egg hunt.


WHAT: St. Joseph Church in Libertyville to Host Drive-In Easter Masses for Vulnerable Parishioners on Sunday, April 17
St. Joseph Church in Libertyville will host drive-in Easter Masses for vulnerable parishioners. The altar is elevated so everyone can see it from their parking space. Ministers bring Holy Communion to attendees in their cars.
WHEN: Easter Sunday, April 17 at 7:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Masses
WHERE: St. Joseph Church, 121 E. Maple Ave., Libertyville


WHAT: Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago’s West Loop to Host Easter Sunday Festivities for Parishioners on Desplaines Street
Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago’s West Loop will welcome back parishioners for the first time in two years with in-person Easter Masses and festivities. Desplaines Street, from Monroe Street to Adams Street, will be closed to through traffic so parishioners can enjoy coffee and donuts, listen to music, visit with the Easter bunny and children can participate in Easter egg hunts searching for Easter eggs with classic Catholic prayers written on them.
WHEN: Sunday, April 17 from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St., Chicago


WHAT: Easter Sunday Egg Hunts at Various Archdiocese of Chicago Parishes on Sunday, April 17
• After the 10:30 a.m. Mass (English) and 12:30 p.m. Mass (Spanish): St. Mary of the Lake and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish will host a children's Easter egg hunt including a visit with the Easter bunny, 4220 N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago.
• 12:15 p.m.: St. Michael Church in Old Town will host an Easter egg hunt, 1633 N. Cleveland Ave., Chicago.

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CONTACT:
Susan Thomas
Archdiocese of Chicago
312.805.9102
[email protected]
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227

Holy Week and Easter

MEDIA ALERT – Planning Information for Cardinal Blase J. Cupich’s In-Person Holy Week and Easter Schedule; Prerecorded Broadcast and Online Holy Week and Easter Liturgies Included

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, will observe Holy Week with in-person liturgical celebrations at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, Chicago. Holy Week is the last week of Lent, immediately preceding Easter Sunday. Observed by Catholics as a time to commemorate the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, various special liturgies are celebrated during the Paschal Triduum, the three days before Easter.

Services will be livestreamed on the archdiocese’s YouTube Channel Catholic Chicago (https://www.youtube.com/user/CatholicChicago), the archdiocese’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/archchicago) and Holy Name Cathedral’s YouTube Channel as specified below.

Prerecorded Palm Sunday Masses and prerecorded Easter Masses and reflections will be broadcast on ABC 7, UniMás and Polvision in English, Spanish and Polish, respectively, as noted below.

Palm Sunday
WHAT: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion Mass
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, which celebrates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem days before He died. During this observance, the Church celebrates the beginning of Jesus’ passage from life to death to new life. In accordance with the Gospel, the faithful hold palms during Mass in homage to Jesus’ followers covering His path in palm fronds on the day He entered Jerusalem.

WHEN: Sunday, April 10 at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago

WHO: Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will preside.

LIVESTREAM LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIceK56pUa8

Holy Thursday
WHAT: Holy Thursday Mass

Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, when He established the sacrament of Holy Communion prior to His arrest and crucifixion. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, will celebrate the Mass of The Lord's Supper followed by Eucharistic processions with evening adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10 p.m.

WHEN: Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago

WHO: Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will preside.

LIVESTREAM LINK: https://youtu.be/Y217X8evDwk

Good Friday
WHAT: Good Friday Liturgy

The Liturgy of the Word of the Lord’s Passion is not a Mass but rather a reading of the Passion, veneration of the cross and Communion. The Eucharist received on Good Friday was consecrated at the Holy Thursday liturgy.

WHEN: Friday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago

WHO: Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will preside.

LIVESTREAM LINK: https://youtu.be/P0JoJg9Benc

Easter Vigil
WHAT: Holy Saturday Liturgy

Easter Vigil is held on the evening before Easter and is the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus.

WHEN: Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago

WHO: Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will preside.

LIVESTREAM LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHCqTBb14NM

PRERECORDED PALM SUNDAY AND EASTER BROADCAST AND ONLINE MASSES
During this difficult time, it is particularly important that the faithful have access to the grace and comfort of Holy Mass. Please note, all of the Masses listed below will be available on the archdiocese’s YouTube Channel Catholic Chicago.

Palm Sunday Prerecorded Masses:
  • 5:30 a.m.: UniMás will televise Spanish Mass celebrated by Rev. Sergio Rivas, coordinator of the Consejo Pastoral.
  • 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.: Polvision will televise Polish Mass celebrated by Rev. Marek Smolka, associate pastor and director of liturgy at Holy Name Cathedral and coordinator of Polish Council of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
  • 9:30 a.m.: ABC 7 will televise Mass celebrated by Cardinal Cupich.
Easter Sunday Prerecorded Masses:
  • 5:30 a.m.: UniMás will televise Easter reflections in Spanish from Cardinal Cupich and Hispanic clergy with music from St. Bede the Venerable Parish choir.
  • 6 a.m.: The archdiocese’s ChicagoCatolico YouTube Channel will stream Spanish Mass with Bishop Robert Casey, vicar general of the archdiocese, at https://www.youtube.com/user/ChicagoCatolico.
  • 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.: Polvision will televise Polish Mass celebrated by Rev. Smolka.
  • Noon: ABC 7 will televise Mass with Cardinal Cupich.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227

Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 7 p.m.

MEDIA ALERT – A Benefit Concert for Refugee Ukrainian Children Attending St. Nicholas Cathedral School to Take Place on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 7 p.m.; Music to be Performed by the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and Ukrainian Musicians

WHAT: The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International will present a benefit concert "WE STAND WITH UKRAINE" on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village. Proceeds will provide humanitarian relief for refugee children enrolling at St. Nicholas Cathedral School. Tickets are $100.00. Music will be performed by the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and Ukrainian musicians combined with choruses of the Lyric Opera stage artists and Ukrainian vocalists. The program will highlight the music of Lysenko, Hulak-Artemovsky, Elgar, Skoryk, Verdi and Webber. Guests will need to present their receipt, either printed or on a mobile device, for entry. Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.stnicholascathedralschool.org/a-benefit-concert-we-stand-with-ukraine/ WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 7 p.m. WHERE: St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 835 N. Oakley Blvd., Chicago
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 3 – 5 p.m.

MEDIA ALERT - Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan to Host a Free Groceries Distribution in Partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank

Most Blessed Trinity Parish (at Holy Family campus site, 450 Keller Ave., Waukegan) is partnering with the Northern Illinois Food Bank for a free mobile market food distribution from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 at Most Blessed Trinity Parish’s Holy Family campus site, 450 Keller Ave., in Waukegan. Food insecurity remains to be a challenge for families in the Waukegan community and the parish has responded by hosting regular free food distributions. In February, 700 families received free groceries at a food distribution event held at the parish.
Anyone in need of food is welcome to come to the event and receive free groceries from Northern Illinois Food Bank's Mobile Market on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. No ID or documentation is needed. Due to COVID-19, the mobile market is a contactless, drive-thru distribution of pre-packed boxes of groceries.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.