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Around the Archdiocese

Around the Archdiocese is a free listing for Catholic events in the Archdiocese.

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Fr. John Flavin: celebrates his 50th anniversary as a priest Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1775 Grove, Glenview, reception follows in McDonnell Hall, for more info, phone Fr. Flavin at (847) 302-8972.

St. Bonaventure Parish/Oratory: seeking former parishioners and classmates for 100th jubilee in 2011, send names, addresses, pictures and memorabilia to St. Bonaventure Centennial Committee, 1641 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL 60614.


St. Cecilia St. Vincent de Paul Society: Dec. 11, noon-3 p.m., treats, games for kids and adults, $10 donation, proceeds help needy area families, in parish center, 700 S. Meier, Mount Prospect, for info, call (847) 437-6208.

St Louise de Marillac Parish: pancake breakfast with Santa, on Sunday, Dec. 12, 8-11:30 a.m., with activities for children and a craft corner, Letters to Santa Station, and chance to talk to St. Nick, tickets $5 each or $20/family of four or more, 1144 Harrison, La Grange Park, for info or tickets, call Sue at (708) 485-8884.

De La Salle Holiday Fest: Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free but $5 donation encouraged, featuring over 30 various vendors, children’s photos with Santa, 10:30-noon and 1- 2:30 p.m., bookstore available, entertainment by De La Salle Jazz Band, 11 a.m.-noon and Jingle Band, 1-2 p.m., at Commons, Institute Campus, 3434 S. Michigan, (312) 842-7355.


St. Nicholas Parish: craft fair and Christmas tree sale, Dec. 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 806 Ridge, Evanston, (847) 864-1185, Ext. 23.

Cookie Walk and Bazaar: Dec. 11, 3-8 p.m., and Dec. 12, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., cookies and bakery, $7/pound, hosted by St. Raphael the Archangel Parish and Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court of the Archangels No. 2600, in church hall, Route 173, east of Route 45, near Antioch, (847) 395- 3474.


Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: rosary, Mass and celebration, Dec. 12, 3:30 p.m., St. Damian Church, 5300 W. 155th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-1370.

“Hour of Grace”: on feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, Mass 11 a.m., Hour of Grace devotion at noon, exposition of Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, rosary and hymns, at St. James Church, 22400 S. Torrence, Sauk Village, (708) 757-2170.

Christmas Eve at the Monastery: 8 p.m. Mass, Mass of Christmas Day Dec. 25, 10 a.m., Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3111 S. Aberdeen, for Benedictine Bed & Breakfast, call (888) 539-4261, Ext. 202.

Christmas Eucharistic Liturgy: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 24, with the Sisters of St. Joseph, in the chapel at The Well, 1515 W. Ogden, LaGrange Park, (708) 354-9200.

Novena to Our Lady of Good Counsel: with rosary and eucharistic adoration, Tuesdays all year, 7 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Parish at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 3528 S. Hermitage, (773) 523-3917.

St. Michael League Mass: for safety of law enforcement and military, every third Tuesday, 6 p.m., at Most Holy Redeemer Church, 9525 S. Lawndale, Evergreen Park, (708) 422-0206.


The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture: 44th annual Excellence Award Dinner, Dec. 10, 7 p.m., black tie optional, dancing, honoring Sen. Richard Durbin, 6500 S. Pulaski, for tickets, RSVP by Dec. 6 to (773) 582-6500.


Christmas Concert: with Palos Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fr. Stanley Rudcki, Dec. 12, 3:30 p.m., free will donation, at St. Alexander Parish, 126th St. and 71st Ave., Palos Heights, (708) 448-4861.

“Sounds of Christmas” Concert: Dec. 5, 2 p.m., doors open 1:15 p.m., free will donation, first come, first seated, in chapel at University of St. Mary of the lake/Mundelein Seminary, (847) 970-4830.

William Ferris Chorale: “Musical Revelry for Christmas,” includes Benjamin Britten’s “A Boy Was Born,” Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., $20/general seating, senior/student discounts, at Madonna della Strada Chapel, Loyola University, 1032 W. Sheridan, call (773) 508- 2940 for tickets and news of future concerts in current series.

Chicago Chorale: 10th anniversary season, “Angels and Icons,” Dec. 11, 8 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark and Dec. 12, 2:30 p.m., Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt, call box office for tickets, (773) 306- 6195.

Tony Kenny: “Christmas Time in Ireland Show,” Dec. 12, doors open 7 p.m., show starts 7:30 p.m., tickets, $25, at Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, call box office at (708) 687-9323.

“Koledy Polskie”: Polish carols performed by the Lira Singers and Lira Symphony of the Lira Ensemble, Dec. 26, 6:30 p.m., $30/adults, $10/children to age 16, at St. Albert the Great Church, 5555 State Road, Burbank; and Jan. 2, 3:30 p.m., $35/front seats, $30/back of church, $10/children to age 16, at St. John Brebeuf Church, 8307 N. Harlem, Niles, call box office at (773) 508-7040.


Beverly Hills Job Club: second and fourth Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., bring resume, network with others, learn resources, free, at St. Barnabas former convent, East Room, 10161 S. Longwood, contact

“How to Find a Job Through the Holidays”: Dec. 6, 7-9 p.m., in St. John Fisher School, 10210 S. Washtenaw, call Jim White at Between Jobs Ministry, (773) 322- 2518, for more info.


Mary McSweeney Paintings: specializes in Irish landscapes, on exhibit Dec. 11-12, at Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323.


Catholic Citizens of Illinois: speaker Michael Voris of “Real Catholic TV,” Dec. 10, noon, luncheon $35, at Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, RSVP by Dec. 7, to Maureen at (708) 352-5834.

Br. Joshua Caswell, SJC: on the history and restoration of St. John Cantius Church, Dec. 13, 6 p.m., free, in Pritzker Auditorium of Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State, (312) 747-4050.

Lou Manfredini: WGN Radio’s “Mr. Fix-It,” Jan. 7, luncheon noon- 1:15 p.m., hosted by First Friday Club of Chicago, guests $35, at Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, RSVP to (312) 466-9610 by Jan. 4.

“Voyage Beyond the Arctic Circle”: with Ambassador John F. Kordek, Jan. 8, 1:30 p.m., hosted by DePaul Geographical Society, admission $1, in Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore, (773) 325-7871.

“Treasures of the Triduum”: one-day workshop Jan. 21, for preachers, liturgy or RCIA directors, musicians and all who want to go more deeply into the paschal mystery, with Fr. Douglas Martis and Fr. Michael Fuller, at the Liturgical Institute, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, for more information and to register, call (847) 837- 4542.


Calix Society: Catholic outreach to recovering alcoholics and interested people, meets one Saturday a month, 9-11 a.m., next meeting Nov. 27, at St. John Vianney Parish, 46 N. Wolf, Northlake, call (847) 540-9219.

Serra Club of West Suburban Chicago: apostolate to encourage religious vocations, Dec. 8, 7 p.m., speaker, Fr. Daniel Smilanic, at Holley Court Terrace, 13th floor, 1111 Ontario St., Oak Park, call (708) 386-2173 for more info.

St. Mary’s Young Adults Group: Dec. 10, and second Friday each month, following 7 p.m. Mass in the chapel, 1850 N. Hermitage, dinner is served in breezeway at 7:30 p.m. (small donation requested for food and guest speaker), Q&A after speaker, at 9:30 or 10 p.m. some people head out to a nearby spot like Lottie’s, Bucktown Pub, or Club Lucky, call (773) 278-2644 for more info.

Catholic Alumni Club Events: Dec. 10, 7 p.m., meet at Giordano’s, 10410 W. Cermak, Westchester; Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., Via Bella Chantilly Banquet, 5412 S. La- Grange Road, Countryside, followed by movie; Dec. 19, 11;30 a.m., meet outside St. Mary’s, 126 Herrick, Riverside, go to Connie’s Restaurant for breakfast, call Marlene at (708) 788-3352 for info on the events.

Young Adult Christmas Party: appetizer samplers, cash bar, music dancing, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.- midnight, $10/in advance, $15/after Dec. 15 or at door, cohosted by Holy Name Cathedral and St. Mary of the Angels young adults, at Trader Vics, 1030 N. State, contact jeffeschbach@


Day of Recollection: Dec. 18, 12:45-5 p.m., two talks by priests of Miles Christi, time for prayer, confession, Benediction and Mass, at Little Sisters of the Poor, 80 W. Northwest Highway, Palatine, for more info, call Joan at (847) 732-8034.

Directed Retreats: individual meets with spiritual director, time for silence, meditation each day, room and board at The Well, 1515 W. Ogden, LaGrange Park, call (708) 482-5088 for more info.

REUNIONS St. Benedict School: all-alumni reunion at St. Benedict Fest Block Par ty, Sept. 24, 2011, 4 p.m. Mass with Cardinal George, 2339 York, Blue Island, call Nicole at (708) 385-2016 or e-mail stbenbengals@


Women’s Spiritual Spa: sponsored by Queen of All Saints Parish, Jan. 21 and 22, at Felician Sisters Convent, 3800 W. Peterson, Sr. Joyce Shanabarger, OSF, will speak on “Women of the Church, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” overnight accommodations available, call Chris at (773) 685-0051 to register.

“The Nativity Narratives”: Gospels of Matthew and Luke, with Fr. Bill Burton, OFM, Dec. 13-16, 12:10-12:50 p.m. each day, St. Peter’s Church, auditorium, 110 W. Madison, for more info, call Carolyn at (312) 853-2376.

Live Nativity: Dec. 18, 5-6 p.m., with children ages 5 through teens, with live animals, caroling and refreshments, in courtyard of St. Patrick Church, 950 W. Everett, Lake Forest, (847) 361- 3224.

Advent Day of Reflection and Reconciliation: Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 8:30 a.m. check-in and coffee, with Fr. Richard Fragomeni and David Schimmel, $25 registration appreciated by Dec. 7, at Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington, call Susan at (312) 421-3757 for more info.


The Women’s Center: pro-life outreach, needs diapers and clothing for infants and children’s winter clothing, cribs, carriers, strollers, baby furniture, maternity clothes, even a used van in good working condition, call (773) 794- 1313, for more info.

Christmas Ornament Class: Lithuanian traditional straw designs from white plastic drinking straws, folk artist teachers, bring scissors, pencil and ruler, Dec. 4, 10 a.m., non-members $15, children under 12/$6, includes supplies, at Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski, RSVP to (773) 582-6500.

Slovak Christmas Tree: members of First Catholic Slovak Union, District 2 decorated an 8- foot tree with imported Slovak ornaments, displayed with trees from 55 countries, now through Jan. 5, at Museum of Science and Industry’s “Christmas Around the World” exhibit, 5700 S. Lake Shore, (773) 684-1414.

Pueri Cantores Conductor’s Seminar 2011: July 24-27, at St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein, visit or call (713) 633-7554.

New Beginnings New Year’s Eve Dinner-Dance: Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., St. Hubert Center, 729 Grand Canyon, Hoffman Estates, music by Paul Adams, $35/person in advance only, call Joan at (847) 397-9643.

Family New Year’s Eve Party: Dec. 31, 4-8 p.m. in Emerald Room at Gaelic Park, buffet dinner 5 p.m., $26/person, $10/kids 12 and under, ages 3 and under free, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, RSVP to (708) 687-9323.

New Year’s Eve Gala: Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., five-course dinner, champagne toast at midnight, $60/person, Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, RSVP to (708) 687-9323.