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

Office of Media Relations
312-534-8227

April 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 9 a.m.
CONVOCATION WITH LEADERSHIP OF RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES OF MEN AND WOMEN
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will attend a Convocation with Leadership of Religious Communities of Men and Women at St. Giles Parish, 1025 Columbian Avenue in Oak Park. Rev. Donald Senior, CP., a well-known scripture scholar, will lead the reflection.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.  Office for Religious, 312-534-8333.

Wednesday, April 2, 6 p.m.
DINNER WITH THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY
Cardinal George will attend a Reception and Dinner with the Muslim Community at Rosewood Banquets, 9421 West Higgins Road in Rosemont.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.  Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, 312-534-5325.

Thursday, April 3, 11 a.m.
CHAPEL DEDICATION MASS – DIOCESE OF JOLIET
Cardinal George will attend a Mass for the dedication of the Diocese of Joliet’s new Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill. The Mass will take place at the new offices, 16555 Weber Road in Crest Hill.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.  Diocese of Joliet, 815-221-6180.

Thursday, April 3, 4 p.m.
“THE HUMAN PERSON, ECONOMICS & CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT” LUMEN CHRISTI INSTITUTE CONFERENCE
Cardinal George will attend the Lumen Christi Institute Conference entitled, “The Human Person, Economics & Catholic Social Thought,” being held at the International House at the University of Chicago, 1414 East 59th Street in Chicago. 
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.  Diocese of Joliet, 815-221-6180.

Thursday, April 3, 5 p.m.
MULTI-MEDIA YOUTH ART CONTEST GALLERY RECEPTION
The Office for Peace and Justice is hosting a gallery reception for the winners and participants of the 2014 Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Multi-Media Youth Art Contest. The reception will take place at Overflow Coffee Bar, 1550 South State Street in Chicago.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.  Office of Peace and Justice, 312-534-3894.

Friday, April 4, 11 a.m.
PREVENT CHILD ABUSE PRAYER SERVICE
There will be a prayer service held at the Healing Garden at Holy Family Parish, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago. As a symbol of child abuse prevention, pinwheels will be planted in the garden.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Office of Assistance Ministry, 312-534-8267.

Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m.
KOLBE HOUSE JAIL MINISTRY MASS
Kolbe House, the Jail Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago, will hold a bilingual (English and Spanish) Mass at Assumption B.V.M. Parish, 2434 South California Avenue in Chicago. Those who are personally affected by incarceration, victims of crime, or are interested in the ministry are invited to attend.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Kolbe House, 773-247-0070.

Time Correction
Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.
ST. XAVIER UNIVERSITY – VATICAN II ANNIVERSARY TALK
Cardinal George will present a talk at St. Xavier University, 3700 West 103rd Street in Chicago, on the topic “Vatican II and Its Consequences, Intended and Otherwise,” with an added reflection on the challenges facing the Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
CONTACT:  Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. 

Thursday, April 10, 6 p.m.
SOLIDARITY BRIDGE RECEPTION
Cardinal George will attend the 15th Anniversary Reception honoring and thanking the Cardinal for his continued support. The reception will be held at the Union League Club of Chicago – Crystal Room, 65 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago. Solidarity Bridge is a lay mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago that works for healing and empowering in Latin America.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Friday, April 11, 3 p.m.
CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL UNION SYMPOSIUM ON MISSION
Cardinal George will attend a Symposium on Mission and will be honored with the Conferral of a Doctorate of Theology, Honoris Causa, at the Catholic Theological Union Academic and Conference Center, 5416 South Cornell Avenue in Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Catholic Theological Union, 773-371-5411.

Saturday, April 12, 6 p.m.
CASA JESUS RECEPTION AND DINNER
Cardinal George will attend the Annual Awards and Fundraiser for Casa Jesus at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street in Chicago. Casa Jesus is a place of discernment for Spanish-speaking Latinos interested in the priesthood that provides them with the opportunity for English studies, spiritual growth and enculturation.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Casa Jesus, 312-640-1065.

Sunday, April 13, 11 a.m.
PALM SUNDAY MASS
Cardinal George will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Palm Sunday Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. Throughout the Archdiocese, parishes will celebrate this day with processions in which palm branches are carried to mark the event recorded in Scripture when Jesus entered Jerusalem in triumph before His death.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Tuesday, April 15, 2:30 p.m.
CHRISM MASS AND BLESSING OF HOLY OILS
Cardinal George will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Chrism Mass beginning at 2:30 p.m., where 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 two representatives of each parish in the Archdiocese and used for adult catechumens and infants, for Anointing of the Sick, and for Baptism, Confirmation, and for the Ordination of priests and the consecration of altars. The Mass will be held at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM
Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate the three days before Easter with special services that will include:

  • Holy Thursday – the evening Mass of The Lord’s Supper will include the ritual washing of feet that recalls Jesus washing the feet of his apostles, followed by Eucharistic processions with evening adoration of the Blessed Sacrament that continues throughout the night.
  • Good Friday – special Way of the Cross devotions, including outdoor processions of the living stations and veneration of the cross.
  • Holy Saturday – evening liturgical celebrations that include solemn blessing of the Easter water with the chanting of the Litany of Saints, baptism of new members, and the blessing and lighting of the Easter Candle from within a darkened church, and the celebration in the late evening hours of the Easter Vigil Mass.

Thursday, April 17, 5:15 p.m.
EVENING MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
Cardinal George will be the main celebrant at the Mass remembering the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Friday, April 18, 9 a.m.
WAY OF THE CROSS PROCESSION FROM DALEY PLAZA TO HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Communion and Liberation, a lay ecclesial movement, will hold its annual Way of the Cross through downtown Chicago streets. The procession begins in Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn Streets. Participants will stop at the Thompson Center, Veteran’s Memorial, Tribune Tower Plaza, and Water Tower Plaza before ending at Holy Name Cathedral in time for the 12:10 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Communion & Liberation, 312-725-2320.

Friday, April 18, 9 a.m.
VIA CRUCIS, ST. AGNES OF BOHEMIA PARISH, CHICAGO
St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish, 2651 South Central Park Avenue in Chicago, in conjunction with five other parishes in Little Village, will participate in the living Stations of the Cross, Via Crucis. The procession will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue east on 26th Street. Via Crucis will conclude at 26th and Kostner Streets.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Friday, April 18, 5:15 p.m.
GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY
Cardinal George will preside at this solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m.
EASTER VIGIL LITURGY WITH RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
Cardinal George will be the main celebrant during the Easter Vigil Liturgy with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. People from Holy Name Cathedral Parish will become full members of the Catholic Church during the celebration by receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation, as part of the RCIA process. Hundreds of adults will be baptized and received into the Catholic Church, and hundreds more will complete their initiation by being confirmed and receiving the Eucharist during Easter Vigil services throughout the Archdiocese.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, April 20, 11 a.m.
EASTER SUNDAY MASS
Cardinal George will be the main celebrant and homilist during the Easter Sunday Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, which celebrates Our Lord’s Resurrection.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, April 27
CANONIZATION OF BLESSEDS POPE JOHN XXIII AND POPE JOHN PAUL II
Most Rev. Andrew Wypych, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be traveling to Rome for the Canonization of the blessed popes with a group of pilgrims.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

CHANGE IN PRESIDER
Sunday, April 27, 5:15 p.m.
CANONIZATION MASS AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Cardinal George will be the main celebrant at a special Mass held at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, in honor of the Canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. For Archdiocesan Canonization resources, click here.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Wednesday, April 30, 5:30 p.m.
MUNDELEIN SEMINARY EVENING OF TRIBUTE
Cardinal George will attend the Evening of Tribute sponsored by the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary at the Sheraton Chicago, 301 East North Water Street in Chicago. The honorees of the evening will be Rev. Msgr. Daniel Mayall with the 2014 Joseph Cardinal Bernardin “As Those Who Serve” Award and William and Lois McEssy with the 2014 Francis Cardinal George “Cristo Gloria” Award.
CONTACT: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. University of St. Mary of the Lake, 312-553-2000.