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Cardinal Cupich’s Easter letter to parishes

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Lord,

This year's Easter gospel comes to us from St. Matthew. He describes Easter morning. Women go to the tomb at dawn on the first day of the week. An angel appears and speaks to them: "Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples."

Cardinal Cupich’s video message: English | Español | Polski

  1. As Easter arrives, pope prepares for historic Cairo trip April 28-29

    VATICAN CITY — Holy Week in Rome is a colorful and dramatic affair, where the story of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection is played out on the streets of the Eternal City. It is a time when pilgrims live out the Easter mystery in the center of Western Christendom, often doing so in front of vacationers who, sipping espressos or Aperol Spritz cocktails, look on like the crowds that witnessed Jesus’ passion 2,000 years ago.

  2. Cardinal Cupich leads Good Friday walk through Englewood

    On Good Friday morning, April 14, hundreds of people joined Cardinal Cupich in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood for a Walk for Peace. Civic and faith leaders also joined the walk along with members of Chicago’s police and fire departments.

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  3. Cardinal Cupich announces new anti-violence initiatives, donates $250,000 for peace fund

    On the 49th anniversary of the death of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Cardinal Cupich announced a new initiative to increase the work of current anti-violence programs in parishes and schools and those run by Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, Catholic Charities and Kolbe House, the archdiocese’s jail ministry.

  4. Peace Circles offer relief for immigrants’ uncertainty

    Members of the Hispanic immigrant community in the Archdiocese of Chicago are coming together to address the fear and uncertainty that followed the election of President Donald Trump.

  5. Icon class makes ancient art form available to everyone

    I found a new item for my Catholic bucket list — an icon painting class at St. Gregory the Great Church, 5545 N. Paulina St.

  6. Renew My Church pilot programs begin work

    For more than a year, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago have been learning about and preparing for Renew My Church, the ongoing initiative to revitalize the church by making the best use of the resources — spiritual, human and financial — available.

  7. Book Review

    Finding freedom in the welcome of a stranger

    Earlier this year, someone recommended an enewsletter with the obscure title “Municipal Archive.” The newsletter itself did not disappoint: brief narrations of author Kio Stark’s interactions with strangers. Sometimes they offered profound moments of connection, other times just funny little anecdotes. But always they were compelling.

  8. A look back: Catholic response to the riots of April 1968

    April 4 was the 49th anniversary of the death of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. With a view toward the New World/Chicago Catholic’s 125th anniversary this September, we went into the archives to see how the paper covered his assassination.

  9. Marist students pack 100,000 meals for hungry people

    On March 29, 400 juniors at Marist High School, 4200 W. 115th St., participated in a national day of service marking the 200th anniversary of the school’s sponsoring congregation by packing 108,864 meals that will feed 298 children for an entire year.

  10. St. Therese principal wins Golden Apple award

    When Principal Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek entered the cafeteria of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School in Chinatown on March 23 she faced a dozen news cameras and CBS anchor Rob Johnson who broke the news that she won the Golden Apple Stanley C. Golder Award for Excellence in Leadership.

  11. Pope gives youths three missions before synod, World Youth Day

    ROME — On the eve of Palm Sunday, Pope Francis gave young people several missions: to ask their grandparents what their dreams were; to work to make those dreams reality; and to let their bishops and the pope himself know what they need from the church.

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Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Homily by Cardinal Cupich for Palm Sunday

Total collapse. Those words come to mind as I think of how to describe all that took place in the days we call Holy Week.

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The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Monday, April 24, 2017

    At HFCA Many Hands Make Light Work on Earth Day

    Holy Family Catholic Academy’s nationally certified outdoor classroom makes every day a day to celebrate the great outdoors. This week, the Inverness school’s Earth Day project provided a perfect backdrop to remind the almost 500 students in preschool through grade 8 that we are all called to be stewards of God’s creation.

  2. Monday, April 24, 2017

    Holy Cross Lenten Project raises over $35,000

    Parishioners at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Deerfield raised over $35,000 for their Lenten Project “Rain Down Blessings 2017.” The project will fund clean water and sanitation initiatives of the nonprofit organization Concern Worldwide U.S. in two impoverished areas of Bangladesh.

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Columns

  • Family Room by Michelle Martin

    Welcome to the fold!

    On this Easter weekend, I want to offer all of the people who entered church at the Easter Vigil my heartfelt congratulations. Welcome. We need you.

  • Father Donald Senior, CP

    Beating heart of the gospel

    April 23: Divine Mercy Sunday

    In the year 2000, the beginning of the new millennium, St. John Paul II named this first Sunday after Easter as “Mercy Sunday.” Pope Francis has spoken emphatically about mercy. In his recent beautiful exhortation on marriage, “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope Francis says, “Mercy is the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the mind and heart of every person.”

  • Father James F. Keenan, SJ

    A conversation with Pope Francis

    On St. Patrick’s Day, several colleagues and I, all moral theologians, had a 50-minute private audience with Papa Francesco.

  • Kerry Alys Robinson

    Women, leadership and the church

    On International Women’s Day, March 8, a celebration of inspiring leaders from across the globe took place in an unlikely setting: the heart of the Vatican.

  • Bishop Robert Barron

    Evangelizing through the good

    Anyone even vaguely acquainted with my work knows that I advocate vigorous argument on behalf of religious truth. I have long called for a revival in what is classically known as apologetics, the defense of the claims of faith against skeptical opponents. And I have repeatedly weighed in against a dumbed-down Catholicism.

  • Steven P. Millies

    Catholicism and the common good

    Twenty-five years ago, Francis Fukuyama published his book “The End of History and the Last Man” (Avon Books, 1992). The book followed his much-noted 1989 article in National Interest where Fukuyama wondered whether, as the Cold War ended, we had reached what he called the end of history.

  • Don Wycliff

    Empathy is the better way

    I recently attended the annual fundraising dinner for Christ the King Jesuit College Prep High School, where I have been on the board for the past five-plus years.

  • Monsignor Michael Boland

    How does someone end up homeless?

    It has been extremely touching to watch Pope Francis’ repeated outreach to the homeless. Each one of his acts, including inviting homeless men and women to meals and concerts at the Vatican and installing shower stalls, a barbershop and a health clinic near St. Peter’s Square, demonstrate his special love for those living at the peripheries of life — those whom Jesus entrusted to our care.

  • Cardinal George’s Column

    By Francis Cardinal George, OMI
  • The Archdiocese of Chicago's annual Prevent Child Abuse Prayer Service and Pinwheel Planting was held April 7, at the Healing Garden of the Archdiocese of Chicago located at Holy Family Parish, 1080 W. Roosevelt Road. April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. The concept of the garden came from clergy abuse victims, priests and Office for the Protection of Children and Youth staff members, and was approved by Cardinal George. A focal point of the Healing Garden is the sculpture, Circle of Love, depicting the Holy Family, a gift of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Photo gallery

  • Members of the Polish Catholic community processed from St. Louis de Montfort in Oak Lawn to St. Albert the Great in Burbank during an outdoor Stations of the Cross on April 8. Bishop Andrew Wypych celebrated the closing Mass for over 3,000 participants. Photo Gallery