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Thursday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m.

Academy of St. Benedict the African School to Host Prayer Walk for Peace

Alert – Academy of St. Benedict the African School to Host Prayer Walk for Peace on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. WHAT: The Academy of St. Benedict the African, in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, will host its 6th Prayer Walk for Peace on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. Alumni from Leo High School will accompany the elementary school students during the walk along with Chicago Police Department patrol cars from District 7.
The walk originated following a violent summer in 2015. Each year since, the students have walked and prayed for community peace (due to COVID-19, last year’s walk was canceled). The neighborhood walk unifies the school community and its neighbors as peacemakers trying to bring about positive change for families and especially children in the community. The students will walk in two groups around the one-block perimeter of the school:
• The first group will disperse from the Laflin Street gate, head north to 60th Street, turn left onto Justine Street, turn left onto 61st Street, turn left onto Laflin Street, and back into the gate.
• The second group will depart from the Justine Street gate, turn left to 61st Street, left onto Laflin Street, left onto 60th Street, left onto Justine Street, and back in the Justine Street gate.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 at Holy Name Cathedral

Archdiocese of Chicago to Host its Sixth Annual Mass for Victims of Domestic Violence

The Archdiocese of Chicago will host its sixth annual Mass for victims of domestic violence and their families at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago. Rev. Charles W. Dahm, O.P., director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Domestic Violence Outreach (ACDVO) office, will preside and preach at the Mass. All are welcome to attend especially victims of domestic violence, their children and families. The Mass will be in-person and livestreamed simultaneously at https://youtu.be/4O6U4MD_QO8.

October is recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in four women and nearly one in 10 men suffer sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime.

The ACDVO office has preached on domestic violence at all weekend Masses in 175 parishes throughout the Chicago area from 2008 to the present. ACDVO has developed local ministries serving victims of domestic violence in more than 100 parishes. Among the 194 Catholic dioceses in the United States, the Archdiocese of Chicago has the most developed domestic violence outreach program.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021/Cheer Section on Damen Avenue at Adams Street

Chicago Nun to Lead Mission of Our Lady of the Angels Running Team for the Chicago Marathon

Sister Stephanie Baliga, a religious sister with the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park, and locally known as the ‘running nun’, will lead Mission OLA’s 105-member Chicago Marathon team as the marathon returns to in-person running. Baliga and Team OLA hope to raise $250,000 for the Mission. They’ve currently raised nearly $204,000.

There will be a cheer section to root for Baliga and the team between 8:30 – 10 a.m. at Damen Avenue and Adams Street (on Damen).

More information can be found at https://missionola.com/marathon.html
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Friday, Oct. 1 – Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021

More than 110 Archdiocese of Chicago Parishes and Shrines will Host Outdoor Animal Blessings October 1–3 to Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi

WHAT: Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 marks the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. To commemorate this observance, more than 110 Archdiocese of Chicago parishes and shrines will host outdoor pet blessings over the weekend of Oct. 1, weather permitting. Furry, feathery, fluffy, slimy and spikey friends of all shapes and sizes are welcome to the celebrations. All animals must be safely secured or on leashes. The pet blessings will be held on parish lawns or parking lots unless otherwise noted.

A list of many, but not all, participating parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago is included online at https://www.archchicago.org/news-and-events/pet-blessings. Attendees are asked to confirm details of the listings with their parishes in advance. Archdiocese of Chicago parishes are following the Illinois Department of Public Health safety guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation measures.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 1 – Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021

CONTACT:
Susan Thomas
Archdiocese of Chicago
312.534.8318
[email protected]

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