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Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Media Alert - St. Damian School to Host Culture Fair on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022 from 6-7:30 p.m.; Preview Story Availability from 1:30-3 p.m.

WHAT: St. Damian School in Oak Forest will host its culture fair for the school and parish community on Wed., Dec. 7, 2022 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the school’s gym. The fair celebrates cultural diversity and history, and offers students the opportunity to learn about their family history and other cultures.

More than 100 students will participate in the fair, which happens every three years so students can experience it while they’re in junior high. This will be the fourth culture fair at the school.

Some students will perform songs and dances from their homelands, while others will wear traditional clothing from their country of origin. All students will have a food dish to sample from their country.

The fair came about as Spanish teacher Gail Werr discussed different cultures of various Spanish-speaking countries and thought to expand the discussion so students could learn about other cultures.

Preview story availability: While the fair is open to parents and the community in the evening, students will view the fair during the day from 1:30-3 p.m. and we can coordinate preview story interviews, photos and/or b-roll of the students at this time if that is more convenient.

Background: For the project, students were put into groups according to their nationalities, and they researched information about their country of origin. They learned historical and cultural facts about their country, such as the capitals, landmarks, other major cities, religions, environment, climate, politics, flag, imports and exports, important people, artifacts, currency, food, and language.

Students also submitted a personal background, which includes how, why, when, where their ancestors came to this country. If they were not able to get that information because it was not available, they had to write a personal background of someone famous from their country.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022 from 6-7:30 p.m.; Preview Story Availability from 1:30-3 p.m.

WHERE: St. Damian School, 5300 155th St., Oak Forest
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022

MEDIA ALERT: Parking Instructions for Media Attending Activities Related to the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec. 11 and Monday, Dec. 12, 2022

WHAT: Members of the media must have a valid parking permit and entry bracelet to enter the grounds of the Shrine starting 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 and throughout Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Parking permits and bracelets will be available for pick up starting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022.

All permits and bracelets must be picked up by Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Archbishop Quigley Center and by Saturday, Dec. 10 at the main office of the Shrine in Des Plaines.

Please use the following link to register and request wristbands and parking passes: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeh7WdhrBTz6HvBCAW9JkJx0wtPFPATYGY-XZZTrfaNocJwDg/viewform

WHERE: Parking permits and bracelets will be available for pick up at two locations:
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Main Office
1170 N River Rd
Des Plaines IL, 60016
847-294-1806
During office hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Archbishop Quigley Center
Main floor reception desk
835 N Rush Street

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Media may use Central Rd. to enter the Shrine and park in the designated media parking lot. Refer to the campus map for the location of the media parking lot in the link below:
https://www.solg.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Feast-of-Our-Lady-of-Guadalupe-2022-Media-Kit.pdf
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Friday, Dec. 2 – Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022

Media Alert – Archdiocese of Chicago Weekend Events for Friday, Dec. 2 – Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022

WHAT: Our Lady of Hope Catholic Mission and Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish to Celebrate Advent in First Joint Service in Rosemont on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

The music ministries of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Mission and Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish will have their first joint service, Festival of Lessons and Carols, celebrating the Advent season on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope, 9711 W. Devon Ave., in Rosemont.

Our Lady of Hope Catholic Mission in Rosemont and Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish in Park Ridge entered a new parish structure in July 2021 through the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Renew My Church initiative.

Festival of Lessons and Carols will be their first joint effort in the new structure. Members of the transition team from both worship sites, liturgical, and music ministries are teaming up to bring vibrant worship and hospitality to area Catholics.
The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. During this service, attendees will hear the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus as told in nine biblical passages accompanied by carols and hymns.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Our Lady of Hope Mission, 9711 W. Devon Ave., Rosemont


WHAT: Mary, Mother of God Parish at St. Ita Church Worship Site to Host Gun Buyback with Chicago Police Department on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mary, Mother God Parish will host a gun buyback with Chicago Police Department at the St. Ita Church worship site, 5500 N. Broadway in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Prepaid cards of $100 will be offered for each gun, while $10 cards will be given for BB guns, air guns or replica guns. No questions asked.

Call 311 for more information.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: St. Ita Church worship site, 5500 N. Broadway, Chicago


WHAT: Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago to Host “Share Christmas Event” on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. including Brunch and Visits with Santa for Parishioners and a Drive-Thru Toy Collection Benefiting Catholic Charities

Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago will host its “Share Christmas Event” on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The event will include a holiday brunch for parishioners starting at 7:30 a.m. and photos of parishioners and school students with Santa from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. All will take place in the school building.

The parish will also accept drive-thru toy donations for Catholic Charities’ “Celebration of Giving” from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the east side of the campus (Lemont Avenue) towards the rectory. Catholic Charities’ “Celebration of Giving” supports children and families throughout Cook and Lake counties, giving to those who otherwise would not have gifts for Christmas.

For visuals, busiest time will be from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4 from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: Queen of All Saints Basilica, 6280 N. Sauganash Ave., Chicago

Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Nov. 29, 2022

Media Alert: U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Issues Statement Denouncing Anti-Semitism

WHAT: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs yesterday issued a statement urging Catholics to denounce anti-Semitism and remain vigilant against all “hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone.” (Nostra Aetate, 4).

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, serves as a consultant to this USCCB Committee.

On Oct. 28, 1965, Pope Paul VI issued the Vatican Council’s declaration about other world religions, Nostra Aetate (“In our time”), marking a key milestone in the relationship between the Catholic Church and Judaism.

As the U.S. Bishops’ committee statement states, “Beginning with the leadership of St. Paul VI, who guided the drafting and approval of Nostra Aetate through the Second Vatican Council and continuing without interruption to the present day with Pope Francis, the Catholic Church has continually fostered and recommended ‘that mutual understanding and respect which is the fruit, above all, of biblical and theological studies as well as of fraternal dialogues.’” (cf. Nostra Aetate, 4)

The full U.S. Bishops’ Committee’s statement can be found here:

U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Emphasizes Recommitment to Relationship with Jewish Community | USCCB

Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.