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Photo gallery: Over 130,000 celebrate feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Des Plaines shrine

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Photo GalleryArchbishop Cupich out among the people

Archbishop Cupich has been making his way around the Archdiocese of Chicago visiting the people. Here are photos of recent visits. We will update these photos regularly.

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  1. Viva Our Lady of Guadalupe!

    In a tradition that hails from Mexico, more than 250 people rode their horses on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines on Dec. 7 to pay homage to Mary.

  2. Preparing for Jesus’ coming

    Do you remember Christmas when you were a child? I recall the excitement that the approach of the holiday created in me. During the month of December, Christmas was never far from my thoughts. What gifts would I receive? With little resources, what present could I give to my mom and dad? Of course, the closer to Dec. 25, the more my excitement intensified.

  3. Celebrate the Octave of Christmas with your family

    The kids wake up at zero-dark-thirty on Christmas morning, dig through their stockings for the good candy, rip the wrapping paper on the presents that were placed beneath the tree scant hours before and look up: Now what?

  4. Chicago Firefighters and Paramedics Local 2 Toy Parade

    The 16th-annual Chicago Firefighters and Paramedics Local 2 Toy Parade took place on Dec. 6.

  5. To Teach Who Christ Is campaign begins third wave in area parishes

    Archbishop Cupich challenged more than 100 pastors and campaign volunteers to become leaders of To Teach Who Christ Is at a Dec. 1 meeting to launch Wave IIIa of the capital campaign.

  6. From settlement house to neighborhood institution

    When the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul opened Marillac Social Center as the Catholic Social Center 100 years ago, it was more of a traditional settlement house, with social activities and classes for residents of its Near West Side neighborhood.

  7. In Turkey, pope got a look at Christianity on the margins

    Vatican City — Ankara and Istanbul were gray and cold, at least compared to Rome, during Pope Francis’ Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey. And the general reception, outside of the pope’s official meetings, was hardly warmer. There were none of the enthusiastic crowds that usually greet him on his trips, no masses waving signs of welcome along his motorcade route or behind police barriers at the stops.

  8. Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Dinner

    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Thanksgiving Dinner at the St. Vincent Center, 721 N. LaSalle St., took place on Nov. 27. The dinner is held for the homeless and the hungry.

  9. Church launches Year for Consecrated Life

    Vatican City (CNS) — The first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, marked the start of the new liturgical year, and also inaugurated the Year for Consecrated Life.

  10. Archbishop Cupich at St. Agnes of Bohemia

    Archbishop Cupich was the main celebrant for Mass on Nov. 30 at St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish, 2651 S. Central Park Ave. St. Agnes is the largest Hispanic parish in the Midwest.

  11. Restorative justice aimed at ending the streets-to-prison loop

    Washington (CNS) — “Damn, Father, I knew you were comin’.”


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

Kids’ cards

Children in our Catholic schools and religious education programs have deluged me with a tsunami of cards and letters welcoming me to Chicago. I am reading each one of them and I have sent responses. It is true they are all very entertaining, but they also have great pearls of wisdom.

The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    WGN Midday News Meteorologist Visits St. Theresa School 6th Graders!

    Since early November, the 6th grade students of St. Theresa School (STS) in Palatine have studied the atmosphere and weather. They defined what weather is and its affects. They studied the layers of the atmosphere and atmospheric pressure, and the connection between air pressure and wind. The students looked at how the water cycle drives weather.

  2. Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Marist Spanish Honor Society raises funds for Nicaragua

    Marist High School's National Spanish Honor Society (NSHS) held its second annual pulsera sale earlier this month, helping raise funds for Nicaraguan artisans.

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  • 5 Minutes with Father

    By Dolores Madlener

    From chemical engineer to priest and film aficionado

    He is: Servite Father Dennis Kriz, associate pastor of Annunciata Parish on the Southeast Side. Popular movie reviewer with his blog, “Fr. Dennis at the Movies.” Ordained in 1999.

  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    The pleasure of an afternoon nap

    Once upon a time, years ago now, I told Caroline that she would know she was grown up when she wanted to take a nap.

  • When the Lord calls you, remember Mary and her ‘yes’

    Dec. 21: Fourth Sunday of Advent
    2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27-29; Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38
    I remember it as if it was yesterday. I was sitting on the floor, surrounded by my friends on a youth retreat when I was 17 years old.

  • ‘A Donkey’s Tale’ —

    Thirty New Testament short stories seen through the big brown eyes of a donkey! “A Donkey’s Tale” is a perfect book to read to children. Ladan, the burro, vouches for each page’s truth, “Because … I was there.” From Bethlehem, to the flight into Egypt, the feast at Cana and the one in the upper room, apostles, from loaves and fishes to the road to Calvary, and the Holy Spirit’s promise — it’s all there. And it’s precious. When I finished the 64 pages with charming graphics and generous print, it struck me — some grown-ups may want to walk in the hoofprints of Ladan, get their ears scratched by Jesus, and read this adventure at Christmas for themselves. It’s $9.95 plus shipping, from Pauline Books & Media, 312-346-4228.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Father Robert Barron

    Revisiting the argument from desire

    One of the classical demonstrations of God’s existence is the so-called argument from desire.

  1. Blessing of the crèche at Daley Plaza

    Members of the God Squad, a team of volunteers from Chicago-area parishes, set up the Nativity scene in Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago on Nov. 29. After the crèche was set up, Archbishop Cupich blessed the scene.
  2. Committal service for the unidentified

    A committal service for unidentified deceased persons was held on Dec. 4 at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2755 W. 111th St. Archbishop Cupich presided at the service during which 20 unidentified persons and a number of unborn children were buried. Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago assists the county with the burial of the indigent and the unborn.