Current Announcements

New Catholic School Scholarship Opportunity for 2018/19 School Year

Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” the state of Illinois has created a new way to fund scholarships for children from low-income households who want to attend private schools. This program provides an opportunity for more students to receive a quality Catholic education. The tax credit scholarships offered through this program could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and fees for eligible, low-income students. Not all families will be eligible for the new scholarships, but we want to make sure all families are aware of the program.

Program details are still being finalized, but you can find information on the scholarships, the application process and the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s website, archchicago.org/tcs. If you have any questions about tax credit scholarships, please contact the Archdiocese at InvestInKids@archchicago.org or 312.534.5321.

Catholic Charities Awareness Campaign

To generate excitement for Catholic Charities 100th Anniversary, the agency is embarking on an awareness campaign through April 2018 focused on the parable of the Good Samaritan. Messages about the agency will be heard on the radio and seen in the newspaper and in other news outlets. The awareness campaign centers around the Good Samaritan and caring for our neighbors. Please see our flyer (English | Spanish) for more information.

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GETTING READY for a NEW YEAR of WORSHIP Wokshop

November 18

The Black Catholic Initiative of the Archdiocese of Chicago invites you to a workshop on Getting Ready for a New Year of Worship. All pastors, choir directors, musicians, liturgical coordinators and PRAYers are encouraged to attend:
November 18, 2017
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
St. Benedict the African

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SAVE THE DATE:
Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service

November 22

First United Methodist Church
Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington Street
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Catholic High School Entrance Exam

December 2

The Catholic High School Entrance Exam will be administered on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8 a.m. Students may register for the test beginning on November 18, 2017. Consult the Catholic high school where the student wishes to enroll for the 2018/19 school year for information on the registration process. The entrance exam fee is $25 payable either by cash or check to the school administering the exam. For more information, visit: schools.archchicago.org

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Retirement Fund for Religious Collection

December 9-10

Many elderly sisters, brothers, and religious order priests worked for little to no pay, and their religious communities do not have enough money for their care. Please support the Retirement Fund for Religious collection at Mass on 12/9 and 12/10. Learn more at retiredreligious.org.

Flyer in English
Flyer in Spanish

Annual Posada

December 15

Join us to walk and pray in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers who - as the Hoy Family sought a place to stay - are seeking legislative shelter, "Posada". Let us show support for DACA families.
The walk will take place on Friday, December 15, 2017, from 7 to 9 a.m. at 101 West Congress.

Route: From Correctional Center (71 West Van Buren), DePaul (1 East Jackson), Federal Plaza, and St. Peter’s (110 West Madison) For more information visit: www.catholicsandimmigrants.org

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World Youth Day

January 21 - 28, 2019

World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country. WYD is open to all young adults who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church; to share with the whole world the hope of many young adults who want to commit themselves to Christ and others. World Youth Day is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people who share your interests and ambitions.

January 21 - 28, 2019
Crowne Plaza
Panama City, Panama

Click here for registration details and more information.

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.”

Full Instruction - English
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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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