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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. 


Fore the Kids

Sunday, June 26

The 2017 Fore the Kids is taking place on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Chicago Highlands Golf Club in Westchester, Illinois.   Proceeds from this annual golf outing benefit the Emergency Tuition Assistance Program and the Office of Catholic Schools.  This year we are introducing the Cardinal’s Cup—the golf foursome with the best score will be seated with Cardinal Cupich during the dinner portion of the event.  Also during dinner, we will honor Monsignor Patrick Pollard on his retirement from 33 years of service to Catholic Cemeteries.  Golf reservations, program book advertisements and sponsorships are available.  Register online at www.archchicago.org/forethekids or contact Teresa Battaglia at 312.534.7614 or tbattaglia@archchicago.org. Golfers must RSVP by June 12 and artwork for sponsorship and signage is due by June 1.

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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