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April 20 – April 28, 2021

Archdiocese of Chicago Parishes to Host Nine Days of Prayer Starting on April 20, 2021 for the Healing and Atonement of Clergy Sex Abuse

Catholic parishes and worship sites in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Vicarate II region will host a novena to St. Catherine of Siena starting on Tuesday, April 20 to unite the faithful in healing and atonement of the Catholic Church’s clergy sexual abuse. The novena is organized by Catholic laity in Vicariate II and guests can gather in-person or online for prayer and spiritual reflection. A novena is a special Catholic prayer that is said for nine consecutive days for a specific intention.

The novena leads up to the St. Catherine of Siena’s Feast Day on April 29. She lived in the 14th century and is known as an advocate for reform in the religious and political affairs of the Catholic Church during a time of great crisis for the Church. She appealed personally to Church leaders, including Pope Gregory XI, to enact the changes needed to rekindle faith within the Church. She is a patron saint of Europe and of Italy. She died at the early age of 33.

Registration for in-person attendance is required by visiting https://www.vic2chicago.org. Links to the livestream are also available on this site. COVID-19 protocols will be strictly observed for in-person gatherings including the wearing of face masks, social distancing and use of hand sanitizer.

For media – if planning to cover in-person, please RSVP to the archdiocese’s media relations department.
WHERE: The novena will take place in-person and online at the sites below: • April 20, 7 p.m. Holy Child Jesus Parish, 2324 W. Chase Ave., Chicago • April 21, 7 p.m. St. Ita Church, 5500 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago • April 22, 7 p.m. St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming Pl., Chicago • April 23, 7 p.m. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 708 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago • April 24, 7 p.m. Immaculate Conception Church, 1431 N. North Park Ave., Chicago • April 25, 11 a.m. National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago • April 26, 7 p.m. St. Benedict Church, 2215 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago • April 27, 7 p.m. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1775 Grove St., Glenview • April 28, 7 p.m. Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University, 2110 Sheridan Rd., Evanston
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Men’s Forum to Take Place Online

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s annual Catholic Men’s Forum will take place online from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2021.This year’s theme is “Being a righteous man. Sounds a little boring, no?" Reverend Richard Simon will offer the keynote address with Bishop Joseph Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, giving a presentation and both leading a group discussion.
The forum is hosted by the Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS), which is the Catholic Apostolate of Bishop Perry. The conference is free. Donations are welcome.

Since 2004, CMCS has nurtured Catholic men’s spirituality reminding them to be holy and courageous, to improve their marriages, be better fathers to their children, grow in virtue, serve the needs of others more generously, be active participants in their parishes and be better citizens.

For registration and more information about the forum, please visit Forum.CMCSmen.net.

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

Thursday, April 1 - Sunday, April 4

Planning Information for Cardinal Blase J. Cupich’s In-Person Holy Week and Easter Schedule and the Online Liturgy Schedule for Holy Week and Easter

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. Liturgies will also be available online. 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.

Reservations are required for in-person liturgies at Holy Name Cathedral. They can be made on the Cathedral’s website.

*Please note: media must register with the archdiocese’s Media Relations Dept. if they plan to cover any in-person Holy Week service or Easter Mass. Media must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of each service for required temperature checks. COVID-19 protocols must be strictly observed including the wearing of face masks, social distancing and use of hand sanitizer. Media can enter Holy Name Cathedral from the courtyard entrance (on the same side of the Cathedral as Frances Xavier Warde School.) This media alert will also be posted on the archdiocese’s Daybook for Media site (https://www.archchicago.org/daybook-for-media).

All Services will be livestreamed on the archdiocese’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/archchicago) and Catholic Chicago YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/CatholicChicago/videos). Livestream details follow Cardinal Cupich’s schedule below.


Holy Thursday
Holy Thursday Mass
Thursday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, Chicago

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.

Good Friday
Good Friday Liturgy
Friday, April 2 at 3 p.m.
Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, Chicago

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. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will preside.

Easter Vigil
Holy Saturday Liturgy
Saturday, April 3 at 8 p.m.
Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, Chicago

Easter Vigil is held on the evening before Easter and is the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will preside.

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 4 at 10 a.m.
Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, Chicago

Easter is the celebration of the Lord's resurrection from the dead. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will preside.

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.

Holy Week and Easter Sunday Online Liturgy Schedule: All services will be livestreamed on the archdiocese’s Facebook page and Catholic Chicago YouTube page:

  • Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Online Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
  • Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: Online Friday at 3 p.m.
  • Holy Saturday Easter Vigil: Online Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday Easter Mass (English, Spanish, Polish): Online Sunday at 6 a.m.

Easter Sunday Broadcast Mass Schedule:

  • ABC7 will televise Easter Sunday Mass in English from Holy Name Cathedral Sunday at noon.
  • Univision will televise Easter Sunday Mass in Spanish from Holy Name Cathedral Sunday at 10 a.m.
  • Polvision will televise Easter Sunday Mass in Polish from Holy Name Cathedral Sunday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227