Chicago, IL (February 09, 2016) – Rev. Richard Joseph Dempsey passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Fr. Dempsey was the Pastor Emeritus of Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Evergreen Park and he died in Bonita Springs, Florida, where he was retired. He was 83 years old.
Read Archbishop Blase J. Cupich's column in the Catholic New World and Católico about
the Archdiocesan planning process, "Renew My Church," designed to strengthen parish vitality for the long-term future.
Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer.
Above all it is a "time of grace" (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself
has not first given us. "We love because he first has loved us" (1 Jn 4:19).
- Lenten Resources -
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, we are developing a series of short videos where individuals share their story of encountering the Mercy of God. Each of these videos is called "Mercy Moments," and they will be posted each month during the Jubilee of Mercy. Watch Deacon John Cook's journey to becoming a Deacon and find more resources available at jubileemercy.org.
National Marriage Week and World Marriage Sunday (February 14) celebrate and support the gift of marriage. The annual observance helps to strengthen and build a stronger marriage culture.
February 7 to 14
World Day of the Sick is an observation introduced by St. Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes and is an important opportunity for those who serve in Catholic health ministry to reflect on caring for those who are sick as well as those who provide care to them.
Thursday, February 11
Archbishop Cupich will preside at a Rite of Election liturgy at Holy Name Cathedral 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.
Sunday, February 21
In the latest edition of Catholic Chicago, Archbishop Blase Cupich talks with program host Todd Williamson about the upcoming Days of Mercy and Forgiveness. We'll show you how your money is spent when donated to the Annual Catholic Appeal. And we'll see how Catholic school children held a very special birthday celebration for Pope Francis.
CHICAGO, IL (February 8, 2016) – Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten season for Roman Catholics everywhere. On Wednesday, February 10, Catholics will attend services where they will receive ashes on their foreheads, as a symbol of penance.read more
Chicago, IL (February 8, 2016) – Kolbe House, the Catholic Jail Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, begins its tenth annual Lenten email retreat on Friday, February 12, 2016. Participants will receive an email from Kolbe House every Friday during Lent containing a short personal experience and scriptural reflection for the coming week. A daily prayer and Lenten practices for the week are also suggested.read more