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

Office of Media Relations
312-534-8227

March

Sunday, March 1, 11 a.m.
MASS AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will be the main celebrant at Sunday Mass with parishioners of Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, March 1, 12:45 p.m.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) TALK AND RITE OF ELECTION
Archbishop Cupich will present a talk and speak informally with candidates preparing for initiation into the Catholic Church at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. Following the talk, Archbishop Cupich will preside at a Rite of Election liturgy for those preparing to enter the Catholic Church. 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.

Wednesday, March 4
LIFE ADVOCACY DAY
The Respect Life Office will be joined by many participants when they travel to Springfield, Illinois, to advocate for life with legislators on March 4. The group will meet at the Illinois State Capitol Building at 10 a.m. 
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Respect Life Office, 312-534-5355.

Sunday, March 8, 2:30 p.m.
LENTEN PRESENTATION ON SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION
Archbishop Cupich will give a Lenten presentation on the Sacraments of Initiation; Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, on Sunday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m., at St. Norbert Parish, 1809 Walters Avenue in Northbrook. As part of the Archdiocesan Strategic Pastoral Plan’s Year of the Sacraments, St. Norbert Parish is conducting a Lenten Series focusing on the Sacraments and Sacramental Life.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Monday, March 9, 10 a.m.
ILLINOIS BUSINESS IMMIGRATION COALITION ROUNDTABLE
Archbishop Cupich will be one of the speakers at the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Roundtable on Monday, March 9, at 10 a.m., at St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 Roosevelt Road in Chicago. Other speakers include Governor Bruce Rauner, Senator Mark Kirk, Congressman Adam Kinzinger and Congressman Bob Dold. Together, they will call on Congress to approve immigration reform that grows the economy, moves Illinois forward and keeps families together.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, 312-576-8032.

Monday, March 9, 7 p.m.
20th ANNUAL JOSEPH CARDINAL BERNARDIN JERUSALEM LECTURE
Archbishop Cupich will attend and deliver the welcome remarks at the 20th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 North Sheffield in Chicago. This year’s guest lecturer will be Rabbi David Sandmel, who is the Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League. The topic of this year’s Jerusalem Lecture is “Our Spiritual Patrimony: A Jewish Perspective on the Transformation of Jewish-Catholic Relations.” For more information, visit www.archchicago.org/departments/ecumenical.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, 312-534-5325.

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.
LENTEN LECTURE SERIES AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Cupich will be the guest speaker at the Lenten Lecture Series in the Parish Center Auditorium at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m.  The Archbishop will be giving a lecture on the topic of Sacraments of Vocation and Witness: Holy Orders and Matrimony.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m.
ORGANIZING CATHOLICS FOR JUSTICE CONGRESS
The Archdiocesan Office for Peace and Justice will be present at the Organizing Catholics for Justice Congress, at Holy Angels Parish, 615 East Oakwood Boulevard in Chicago, on Saturday, March 14, beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Chicago Catholics will come together to pray and take action on various social justice issues, including Mass Incarceration, Economic Justice, Equitable Funding for Education, Fair Trade and more. For more information, visit www.chicagopeaceandjustice.org.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Office for Peace and Justice, Maria Fitzsimmons, mfitzsimmons@archchicago.org.

Saturday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.
THE PRESENCE BALL
Archbishop Cupich will attend and deliver the invocation at Presence Health’s Annual Presence Ball at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, 151 East Wacker Drive in Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, March 29, 3 p.m.
PALM SUNDAY AND WORLD YOUTH DAY KICK-OFF AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Cupich will attend and deliver a reflection at the Palm Sunday World Youth Day Kick-Off at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, on Sunday, March 29, beginning at 3 p.m. The event will begin with Gathering and Worship, followed by praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet in multiple languages; English, Spanish, Polish and Tagalog. The kick-off will conclude with a Closing Mass at 5:15 p.m.
CONTACT: Media Relations, 312-534-8227. Young Adult Ministry, 312-466-9473.

Tuesday, March 31, 2 p.m.
CHRISM MASS AND BLESSING OF HOLY OILS
Archbishop Cupich will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Chrism Mass beginning at 2 p.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. During this Mass, the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick and the oil of chrism for use in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago will be blessed. These oils will be accepted by representatives of each parish in the Archdiocese and used for adult catechumens and infants, for Anointing of the Sick, for Baptism, for Confirmation, for the Ordination of priests and for the consecration of altars.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.