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Sunday, Jan. 26 through Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020

Archdiocese of Chicago Schools Celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Special Masses, Events and Fun Activities

Throughout Catholic Schools Week, Sunday, Jan. 26 – Saturday, Feb. 1, Archdiocese of Chicago schools will host and participate in a variety of events, service projects and Masses. Below is a select list of activities. If interested in covering, please alert the Media Relations Department at the Archdiocese of Chicago or the school directly. This list will be updated throughout the week.

Monday, Jan. 27:
WHAT: Northside Catholic Academy, in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, kicks-off Catholic Schools Week by spreading friendly, handwritten messages from its students on coffee sleeves at two local Starbucks. Students colored 1,000 Starbucks coffee sleeves with vibrant, happy colors and sweet, inspirational words of hope to spread joy to their local community (photos of children decorating the sleeves are attached in the folder). WHERE: The two participating Starbucks, located at 3312 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, and 6350 N. Broadway St., Chicago, will distribute the sleeves while quantities last. Northside Catholic Academy encourages recipients of the coffee sleeves to share a picture of their sleeve on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #NCACares and #CatholicSchoolsWeek.
CONTACT:
Shakira Morrissette, director of Marketing & Admissions, Northside Catholic Academy
773.743.6277 ext. 207

WHAT: 10 a.m., St. Theresa School, 445 N. Benton St., Palatine, Ill., will host Rich Green, co-author of the book “Chicago Treasure.” Green will read his book to kindergarteners, first graders and second graders with students leading a question-and-answer session with him.
“Chicago Treasure” features local children, many of whom are preschool students at The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Disabled, and their photographs have been digitally imposed into fairytale illustrations, classic works of art, and photography of Chicago landmarks to create a colorful world where every child, regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, or age is free to see themselves take on great roles.
CONTACT:
Mary J. Keenley, St. Theresa School principal
847.359.1820

Wednesday, Jan. 29:
WHAT: 8 – 9 a.m., First through eighth grade students at Immaculate Conception – St. Joseph School, 363 W. Hill St., Chicago, will assemble Blessing Bags at the Middle School Campus to benefit Catholic Charities clients. Students will work in teams (upper grades with lower grades) to fill bags with donated items such as hats, socks, granola bars, hand warmers, and write letters for the recipients of each bag. At 9:15 a.m., all students will attend Mass at St. Joseph Church, 1107 N. Orleans., Chicago.
The bags will be taken to Catholic Charities on Thursday morning, Jan. 30 by sixth through eighth grades students.
CONTACT:
Corey Jacobson, director of Marketing & Admissions, Immaculate Conception – St. Joseph School
312.944.0304 ext. 109

WHAT: 8 a.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe School’s Catholic Schools Week Mass, 9050 S. Burley Ave., Chicago. A blessing of the school’s newly rehabbed gym will take place immediately following Mass.
CONTACT:
Bonnie Hall, Our Lady of Guadalupe School principal
773.768.0999

WHAT: The entire student body of Saint Patrick High School, 5900 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, will make 1,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches during their lunch periods from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The sandwiches will be distributed to the homeless through Night Ministry, a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, healthcare and connection to members of our community struggling with poverty and homelessness.
CONTACT:
Jennifer Sloan, director of Communications, Saint Patrick High School
773.282.8844 ext. 231
jsloan@stpatrick.org

Thursday, Jan. 30:
WHAT: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., School of St. Mary, 185 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, Ill., will host a career day with featured guest speaker Tim Larkowski from Wenban Funeral Home. He will talk to sixth through eighth graders about his career and growing up in a funeral home and how he views his career as a ministry.
CONTACT:
Mary Catherine Nelson, director of Development & Marketing, School of St. Mary
847.234.0371

WHAT: 6 – 7:30 p.m., About 40 kindergarten through eighth grade students and their parents from St. Patrick School in Wadsworth, Ill., will pack up boxes of food for Feed My Starving Children at the non-profit’s location at 742 E. Park Ave., Libertyville, Ill. The children and their parents will box up hand-packed meals (specially formulated for malnourished children) that will be shipped out to nearly 70 countries.
CONTACT:
St. Patrick School, 847.623.8446

Friday, Jan. 31:
WHAT: 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., St. Benedict Preparatory School students, 3900 N. Leavitt St., Chicago, will host a Mini Olympics for its preschool and kindergarten students in 30 minutes intervals. Eighth grade students will lead the activities. Preschool activities include: a relay race between cones, basketball run, soccer, freeze dance and Simon Says with Benny, the school’s mascot. For kindergarteners, activities include: a tricycle race, relay race obstacle course, freeze dance and Simon Says with Benny.
CONTACT:
Ms. Rachel Gemo, St. Benedict Preparatory School head of school
773.463.6797 ext. 1220

WHAT: 1 – 2:30 p.m., St. Procopius School students, 1625 S. Allport St., Chicago, will play Loteria (Mexican bingo). Students can dress up as their favorite Loteria character while they play the game.
CONTACT:
Griselda Ferguson, St. Procopius School principal
312. 421.5135
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich to Join Other Chicago Auxiliary Bishops and Clergy from the San Bernardino Diocese at an Evening Vespers Service for Bishop Alberto Rojas at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, will join other Chicago auxiliary bishops and clergy from the San Bernardino Diocese at an evening vespers service for Bishop Alberto Rojas whom Pope Francis recently named as the Coadjutor Bishop of San Bernardino. Cardinal Cupich will give remarks before the final blessing. All are invited to attend this celebratory event at the St. Joseph Chapel, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1170 N. River Rd., in Des Plaines to congratulate Bishop Rojas on his appointment and thank him for all he has done for the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago. A reception will immediately follow the service.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.