Letter to U.S. Bishops from Archbishop Kurtz Urging Solidarity with Pope and Action for Peace
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has sent a letter to all Bishops in the U.S. urging them to ask the Catholic faithful to "pray for peace and to support diplomatic efforts aimed at dialogue and reconciliation". He asks for our prayers regarding violence in the Middle East, Ukraine, Africa and Central America.
The Priests for Justice for Immigrants along with the Office for Immigrant Affairs & Immigration Education are appealing for support in responding to the needs of unaccompanied children at the U.S. border. Below are materials for Parish Bulletins, in English and Spanish.
Theology on Tap (TOT), a speaker and conversation series for people in their 20s and 30s, begins on July 13, providing young adults with opportunities to learn more about the Catholic faith. Participants may attend presentations at many locations throughout the Archdiocese. Presentations focus on aspects of faith and social life that are of interest to young adults including: truthful relationships, prayer styles, discerning gifts, friendships and faith in the workplace. For a list of locations and dates, visit www.yamchicago.org or call the Young Adult Ministry for more information at 312-534-9473.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
Summer Openings - Residential Programs
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is offering an opportunity for youth, ages 11-14, to enter the residential program for Summer 2014. Mercy Home offers programs with the therapeutic, academic and daily support needed to succeed in life. For more information about the residential program and about Mercy Home, please visit www.mercyhome.org or call 312-738-7590.
Join the Retrouvaille Program where couples can work on communication in marriage between husband and wife. It will give them the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine their lives together in a new and positive way. The next program will be on
August 1 - 3.
For more information, contact Robin & Phil Kain by calling
(773) 544-0498 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kolbe House, the Jail Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago, invites you to a bilingual (Spanish and English) Mass at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 3, at Assumption B.V.M. Parish, 2434 South California Avenue in Chicago. We especially invite anyone who is personally affected by incarceration, a victim of crime, or anyone who wants to be part of our ministry through prayer to attend this Mass. If you are an ex-offender or have a loved one who is incarcerated, please come. If you need more information, please call Deacon Pablo or Fr. Arturo at Kolbe House: 773-247-0070 or email Pablo at email@example.com.
Black Catholics of the African Diaspora Prayer Service
Friday, August 8
All are invited to a special prayer service with Cardinal George and the Catholic Communities of the African Diaspora on Friday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, 7740 South Western Avenue in Chicago. RSVP to the Office for Black Catholics at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 1.
Join the millions of couples worldwide who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive through the World Wide Marriage Encounter. The next Encounters will be on August 8 - 10 and
October 10 - 12.
For more information, contact Kris & Jim McCulloch by calling (630) 577-0778 or emailing: email@example.com.
The Annual Polonia Walking Marian Pilgrimage from Chicago to the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Merrillville, Indiana will begin on Saturday, August 9. The opening Mass will take place at 7:30 a.m. at St. Michael Parish, 8237 South Shore Drive in Chicago. After Mass, pilgrims will begin the two-day walk to the Shrine. The Solemn Mass at the conclusion of the pilgrimage will be on Sunday, August 10 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine, 5755 Pennsylvania Street in Merrillville.
Catholic Cemeteries Invites Everyone to Attend Our Lady of Guadalupe Sculptures Dedication
Most Rev. Alberto Rojas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will dedicate a 12-foot Our Lady Guadalupe statue at Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road in Hillside, at 9:30 a.m. The artist of this granite sculpture is Gianfranco Tassara of Inspired Artisans. The sculpture is a tribute to the Virgin Mary, who appeared to Juan Diego at the Hill of Tepeyac, near Mexico City in 1531.
If you were married in 1964 and have not yet registered for the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass, there's still time! The Mass will be held on Sunday, September 14 at 2:45 p.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. To register, call the Marriage and Family Ministries Office at 312-534-8351 or go online at www.familyministries.org.
Attend the Mass of Atonement and Hope to pray for the ongoing healing required for child and youth sexual abuse survivors, their families, the Church, society and for continued vigilance toward the protection of children and youth. Mass will take place at 10 a.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago, immediately adjacent to the Healing Garden.