A monthly media preview highlighting selected
events and programs of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Office of Media Relations
312-534-8227

February

Sunday, January 31 – Saturday, February 6
NATIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2016
The week of January 31 – February 6 is Catholic Schools Week across the United States. Catholic Schools in Cook and Lake counties will welcome the public during special open houses and will focus on the value of Catholic education with other special events in their schools throughout the week.  The theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Newly appointed Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Jim Rigg, will be participating in Catholic Schools Week events at various schools throughout the Archdiocese. 

Monday, February 1
8 – 9 a.m.
St. Paul of the Cross School, 320 South Washington Street, Park Ridge
Dr. Rigg will be making a presentation to middle school students

7 – 8:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy, 720 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago
Dr. Rigg will be participating in a ribbon cutting ceremony for renovated school classrooms

Tuesday, February 2
7:30 – 9 a.m.
Maternity BVM School, 1537 North Lawndale Avenue, Chicago
Dr. Rigg will be attending a parent breakfast and touring the school

10 – 11:30 a.m.
St. Viator Elementary School, 4140 West Addison Street, Chicago
Dr. Rigg will be touring the school and participating in a staff appreciation luncheon

Wednesday, February 3
8:30 – 10 a.m.
Saint Rita High School, 7740 South Western Avenue, Chicago Dr. Rigg will be participating in a roundtable discussion with Archdiocesan
high school technology directors

Thursday, February 4
9:30 – 11 a.m.
St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, 247 West 23rd Street, Chicago
Dr. Rigg will tour the school and visit with students, teachers and staff

Friday, February 5
8:30 – 10 a.m.
Our Lady of the Wayside School, 432 South Mitchell Avenue, Arlington Heights
Dr. Rigg will be attending a School Mass and Blue Ribbon Award celebration

11:30 am. – 1 p.m.
St. Thomas the Apostle, 5467 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago
Dr. Rigg will be participating in a student lunch and other school activities
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Office for Catholic Schools, 312-534-5200.

Tuesday, February 9, 9 a.m. 
PALM BURNING CEREMONY AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Rev. Bradley Zamora, Associate Pastor and Director of Liturgy at Holy Name Cathedral, will preside at a Palm Burning Ceremony in Cathedral Courtyard located on the north side of Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, on Tuesday, February 9, at 9 a.m.  Students from Frances Xavier Warde School will also be present when old palms will be burned to be used for ashes on Ash Wednesday.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Holy Name Cathedral, 312-787-8040.

Wednesday, February 10, 8 a.m.
ASH WEDNESDAY MASS WITH ARCHBISHOP CUPICH – HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Cupich will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, at 8 a.m.  
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Wednesday, February 10, 5:15 p.m.
ASH WEDNESDAY MASS WITH ARCHBISHOP CUPICH – ST. JOHN PAUL II NEWMAN CENTER
Archbishop Cupich will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass with university students at the St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 700 South Morgan Street in Chicago, beginning at 5:15 p.m.  
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Thursday, February 18, 2 p.m.
ORDINATION / INSTALLATION OF MOST REV. JAMES P. POWERS, DIOCESE OF SUPERIOR, WI
Archbishop Cupich will be present at the Ordination / Installation of Most Rev. James P. Powers for the Diocese of Superior in Wisconsin. The Mass will begin at 2 p.m., at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 1410 Baxter Avenue in Superior, Wisconsin.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, February 21, 9:30 a.m.
CHINESE NEW YEAR MASS
Archbishop Cupich will celebrate a Chinese New Year Mass at St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, 218 West Alexander Street in Chicago, on Sunday, February 21, at 9:30 a.m.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, February 21, 1 p.m.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) LECTURE AND RITE OF ELECTION
Archbishop Cupich will present a brief lecture and speak informally with candidates preparing for initiation into the Catholic Church at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, beginning at 1 p.m. Following the talk, Archbishop Cupich will preside at a Rite of Election liturgy for those preparing to enter the Catholic Church, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Participants will be called forth during this ceremony and will later receive the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation during the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday) services in their local parishes.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Office for Divine Worship, 312-534-5153.

Monday, February 22, 7 p.m.
21st ANNUAL JOSEPH CARDINAL BERNARDIN JERUSALEM LECTURE
Archbishop Cupich will be the guest lecturer at the 21st Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture at Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 West Delaware Place in Chicago. The topic of this year’s Jerusalem Lecture is “The Economy and the Ecology in the Key of Pope Francis.” For more information, visit www.archchicago.org/departments/ecumenical.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, 312-534-5325.

Friday, February 26, 9:30 a.m.
BLACK HERITAGE PRAYER SERVICE AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Rev. David A. Jones, Archbishop Cupich's Liaison to the Black Catholic Initiative, will join hundreds of students from Archdiocesan Catholic schools, on Friday, February 26, at 9:30 a.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, to celebrate Black History Month with a special prayer service. This year’s theme is, “We are Different Because We are One.” 
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Monday, February 29, 7 p.m.
LENTEN LECTURE SERIES AT ST. MARY PARISH IN RIVERSIDE
Archbishop Cupich will be the guest speaker at the Lenten Lecture Series at St. Mary Parish, 126 Herrick Road in Riverside, on Monday, February 29, at 7 p.m. 
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.