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Celebrate the Life of St. Joseph Parish School in Homewood

Saturday, MAY 20


Divorce Care Program

January to June 2017

St. James Divorce Ministry is offering the Divorce Care program beginning in January.  Divorce Care is a ten session journey aimed to provide education, support and healing. This free video seminar presented over multiple sessions meets on most 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. Attend one or all sessions. Our ministry is geared towards supporting those that are separated/divorced/annulled to provide healing and renewal. 


The Living Wisdom Program

January 21 – April 8, 2017

The Living Wisdom Program is a series of full-day workshops sponsored by Contemplative Outreach – Chicago. Based on the core practice of Centering Prayer, the program will increase awareness of and openness to the divine presence within us through additional practices rooted in the Christian contemplative tradition. Four all-day workshops will be offered at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Mount prospect on January 21, February 18, March 18 and April 8. More information is available at www.centeringprayerchicago.org/events/annual-fall-one-day-workshop-3.

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Annual Prevent Child Abuse Prayer Service

Friday, April 7

Join the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth for the annual Pinwheel Prayer Service at the Healing Garden, located at Holy Family Parish, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, on Friday, April 7. For more information, contact the office by calling 312.534.5238.


The Way of the Cross – Downtown Chicago

Friday, April 14

Join hundreds of participants in a silent procession following the cross through the streets of Downtown Chicago with Choral Music, Gospel readings, along four stops from Daley Plaza to Holy Name Cathedral. For more information, visit www.wayofthecrosschicago.org.

Details: English | Español

SPRED Benefit

Sunday, April 23

SPRED, the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Special Religious Development Program, will be hosting a night of dinner and dancing on Sunday, April 23 at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will offer a blessing before dinner begins at 6 p.m. In addition to music and dancing, the evening will also include a silent auction and raffle prizes. Tickets can be purchased for $65. Please RSVP to Bonnie Leracz by calling 312.919.4936 by Monday, April 17. For additional information, please contact SPRED at info@spred.org.

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2017 Summer Scripture Seminar at USML

June 25 to 30

Enrich your spiritual life this summer, attend presentations by some of the best Scripture Scholars in the world. Pray, eat and socialize with the speakers and other attendees, and find respite on our peaceful grounds. Attendees may commute or stay overnight, and can choose to come for individual lectures or the entire seminar. The best way to enjoy the program is to stay for the week from Sunday evening through Friday morning to experience the rhythm of prayer, study and relaxation with the Mundelein community. Continuing Education Units are available! Early Bird Registration discount is offered until April 30th. This year the focus is Revelation: A Book of Hope in Troubled Times.
For more information and registration: www.summerscripture.org.

Silent Directed Retreat

July 16 to 22

The Cardinal Stritch Retreat House is offering a silent, directed retreat that is open to priests, deacons, lay people, and men and women religious. For more information, visit www.cardinalstritchretreat.org.


Mercy Home Heroes Chicago Marathon Team

Would you consider doing something Heroic in 2017? Like running a marathon?

Join our Mercy Home for Boys & Girls' Heroes marathon team and transform the life of an abused child in Chicago.

Sign up here: https://www.mercyhome.org/bank-america-chicago-marathon/ or contact Jim Harding at jimhar@mercyhome.org or 312-738-9381.

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To Rise With Christ - Instruction on Burial Rites Involving Ashes / Cremated Remains of the Deceased

Recently, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued an Instruction, To Rise With Christ, on the burial rites involving ashes / cremated remains of the deceased. Specifically, To Rise With Christ is addressing practices in society which have grown in popularity in recent years in regard to the care of cremated remains after death: the separation or scattering of ashes, the retaining or display of ashes in one’s home, or the use of ashes in the creation of jewelry. In all of these cases the Instruction reiterates the Church’s firm belief in the respectful care of ashes / cremated remains of the departed, such that “the ashes of the faithful must be laid to rest in a sacred place, that is, in a cemetery or, in certain cases, in a church or an area, which has been set aside for this purpose.”

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Parish Inclusion Awareness Days

Parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago are invited to plan and celebrate Inclusion Awareness Day this fall. Please consider October 9, 2016, or another weekend to renew your commitment to intentionally welcoming parishioners of all abilities every day of the year. Visit www.InclusionInWorship.org for more information.

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Lifelong Faith Formation Classes

Lifelong Faith Formation classes are now available through the Archdiocese Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry. These classes, which include a program for training catechists, extend the opportunity to be a part of the formation of the next generation of Chicago Catholics to every member of the Archdiocese.  Whether you want to take a full course of study toward certification as a catechist, or simply participate in select classes to enrich your faith, these classes from the Archdiocese are an exciting new resource. All classes are online, so they fit into your everyday schedule, and affordable as some courses are available for only $14. You can complete the classes at your own pace and in your home. Topics include Scripture, John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, Church History and much more. For a full listing of courses and prices please visit www.formedcatholiconline.com/home.aspx?pagename=faith.

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