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

Office of Media Relations
312-534-8227

August 2014

Friday, August 8, 6:30 p.m.
PRAYER SERVICE WITH CATHOLIC COMMUNITIES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
Cardinal George will join the Office for Black Catholics, the Black Catholic Deacons, and the Catholic Communities of the African Diaspora for a special prayer service on Friday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m. The prayer service will be held at the St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, 7740 South Western Avenue in Chicago.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Office for Black Catholics, 312-534-8377.

Saturday & Sunday, August 9 - 10
27TH ANNUAL POLONIA WALKING MARIAN PILGRIMAGE
The Annual Polonia Walking Marian Pilgrimage from Chicago to 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. More information is available at www.polonijnapielgrzymka.org and www.salvatorians.us.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Polonia Walking Marian Pilgrimage, 847-293-3466.

Friday, August 15, 7 p.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT FATHER MICHAEL J. MCGIVNEY CENTER OF HOPE AND HEALING BANQUET
Cardinal George will be the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Pink and Blue Banquet for the Father Michael J. McGivney Center of Hope and Healing. The banquet will be held at Belvedere Banquets, 1170 West Devon in Elk Grove Village. The McGivney Center is a pro-life initiative that works with pregnancy assistant centers to help new mothers in need.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, August 16, 8 a.m.
RESPECT LIFE COMMISSIONING MASS
Cardinal George will preside at a Commissioning Mass with Respect Life Coordinators on Saturday, August 16, at 8 a.m., at St. John Brebeuf Parish, 8307 North Harlem Avenue in Niles. The Mass will mark the launch of the Respect Life activities for the year 2014-2015.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Respect Life Office, 312-534-5355.

Friday, August 22, 10 a.m.
125TH ANNIVERSARY OF FOUNDING OF DE LA SALLE INSTITUTE
Cardinal George will be the main celebrant at a Mass of the Holy Spirit at De La Salle Institute, on Friday, August 22, at 10 a.m. The Mass, to open the new academic year this fall, will take place at the Institute Campus, 3434 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago. De La Salle Institute is a Catholic secondary school with two gender-based campuses, founded in 1889 to foster a desire for excellence in education.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, August 24, 1 p.m.
THEOLOGY ON TAP FINALE MASS
Theology on Tap (TOT), a Catholic speaker and conversation series for people in their 20s and 30s, comes to a close on Sunday, August 24. Most Rev. George Rassas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will celebrate the TOT Finale Mass at Our Lady of Humility Parish, 10655 West Wadsworth Road in Beach Park. Following the Mass, a sand volleyball tournament will be held at Fatman Pizza Pub, 36309 North Skokie Highway in Gurnee, at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.yamchicago.org.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Young Adult Ministry, 312-534-9473.

Saturday, August 30, 6:30 a.m.
BACK TO SCHOOL SUNRISE PRAYER SERVICE
All are invited to attend a Back to School Sunrise Prayer Service that will be held at Oakwood Beach, 41st Street and Lakeshore Drive in Chicago, to pray for an end to violence, to protect our children, as well as to pray for a successful and non-violent school year.  These prayer services are organized by the Black Catholic Deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Office for Black Catholics, 312-534-8377. Deacon LeRoy Gill, deacongill@sbcglobal.net.

Saturday, August 30, 9:30 a.m.
CATHOLIC CEMETERIES TO DEDICATE OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCULPTURE
Most Rev. Alberto Rojas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will dedicate a new 12-foot statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road in Hillside. 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.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Catholic Cemeteries, 708-449-6100.