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The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools to Close Four Schools and Unite Two Schools at the End of the 2020/2021 Academic School Year

Chicago – (Jan. 21, 2021) – The Archdiocese of Chicago announced today that four Catholic schools will close and two will consolidate operations at the end of this school year, effective June 30, 2021. The schools being closed are Christ Our Savior School in South Holland, Sacred Heart School in Melrose Park, St. Ann School in Lansing and St. Joseph School in Summit. The archdiocese will help families transition to nearby Catholic schools and work to place teachers and staff in open positions across the archdiocese.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Provides Updates on Three Renew My Church Groupings

January 21, 2021
The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced updates on the Chatham/Park Manor, Summit and Bronzeville/Hyde Park/Washington Park Renew My Church groupings.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Provides Updates on Two Renew My Church Groupings

January 20, 2021
The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced updates on the Edens Valley and Logan Square/Avondale Renew My Church groupings.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Observes the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan. 18–25, 2021

Chicago, IL (Jan. 15, 2021) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will join other Christian churches in praying for unity during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, beginning on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Started in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated annually around the world between Jan. 18 and Jan. 25. Those eight days form an “octave” from the Confession of St. Peter to the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. This year’s theme is from the Gospel of St. John, “Abide in my love… you shall bear much fruit.”
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The Archdiocese of Chicago to Participate in Local Respect Life Events throughout January

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will be a guest speaker at the March for Life Chicago Moving the Movement Tour Stop on Sunday, Jan. 17 at Carmel Catholic High School
Chicago, (Jan. 12, 2021) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will participate in local events in January commemorating the March for Life, an annual pro-life gathering in Washington, D.C., occurring on the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision legalizing abortion.
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Cardinal Blase J. Cupich Encourages Everyone to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Cardinal Cupich and other clergy received COVID-19 vaccinations today following the Vatican’s statement supporting COVID-19 vaccines as morally acceptable
Chicago, (Dec. 23, 2020) – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, and other local clergy were invited by Guy A. Medaglia, president and chief executive officer of Saint Anthony Hospital, to receive their vaccinations against COVID-19 as part of the hospital’s campaign to combat vaccine hesitancy among the communities Saint Anthony serves. Saint Anthony, a safety net hospital in a community disproportionately affected by the pandemic, has served the near west and southwest sides for more than a century.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Provides Updates on Four Renew My Church Groupings

December 18, 2020
The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced updates on the Rogers Park/Edgewater, Our Lady’s Triangle, Jefferson/Portage Park and Old Irving Park/Addison Renew My Church groupings.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Announces the Appointment of New Interim Director of Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review

New director is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years’ diverse social work experience
Chicago, (Dec. 14, 2020) The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced it has named Moira Reilly, LCSW, as Interim Director of the Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review (CAIR), which works to provide a compassionate and thorough process to receive and investigate reports of abuse against personnel. Reilly fills the position of Leah McCluskey Heffernan, who has accepted the position as Director, Office of Child and Youth Protection for the Diocese of Joliet.
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Two Archdiocese of Chicago Parishes to Establish the Tolton Spirituality Center with Support from $1 Million Lilly Endowment Grant

Chicago - (Dec. 2, 2020) - St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, in Chicago, with the help of a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., will establish the Tolton Spirituality Center, a non-profit clearinghouse and community hub to build upon the life and legacy of Venerable Augustus Tolton – a former slave and first black priest in the United States. St. Ambrose Parish, also in Chicago, will collaborate on the project.
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Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines Announces Cancelation of Festivities and Pilgrimages to the Shrine on Dec. 11 and 12, 2020

Pilgrims are asked to celebrate in their homes and parishes
Des Plaines – (Nov. 24, 2020) - Very Rev. Esequiel Sanchez, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, Ill. announced today that celebrations of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Shrine on Dec. 11 & 12 are cancelled due to the on-going pandemic. After consultation with Cardinal Blase Cupich, archdiocesan, and governmental officials on the severity of the local course of the pandemic it was determined that protecting the health and safety of the thousands of pilgrims who yearly visit the Shrine is best accomplished by closing the Shrine grounds and live streaming services.
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