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Our Lady of Fatima restored in anticipation of apparition’s 100th anniversary

After seven months worshipping in the school gym, on May 13, parishioners at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in the city’s Brighton Park neighborhood will get their first glimpse at their newly restored church. What they will see is a complete transformation.

  1. Mixed feelings greet partial funding of student grants

    Each month, members of the L’Arche community in Chicago gather at one of the two L’Arche homes with supporters, family members and friends. People stop and remove their shoes before entering Friendship House in Forest Park. Old friends hug and greet one another; newcomers are warmly welcomed.

  2. Cardinal George remembered on first anniversary of death

    Around the one-year anniversary of his death, friends, colleagues and family of Cardinal George gathered for an afternoon service April 21 at his gravesite in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. He is buried there alongside his parents and maternal grandmother.

  3. L’Arche: Movement creates community of love

    Each month, members of the L’Arche community in Chicago gather at one of the two L’Arche homes with supporters, family members and friends. People stop and remove their shoes before entering Friendship House in Forest Park. Old friends hug and greet one another; newcomers are warmly welcomed.

  4. Essay winner: Father Tolton should be a saint because ...

    To become a saint, you must show that you have lived for Christ — against all odds and obstacles. Father Augustus Tolton beat the odds, worked his way through the obstacles and his Christ-like life became the foundation of his future.

  5. The country’s ‘most beautiful’ church

    It’s official; St. John Cantius is the most beautiful Catholic Church in the country.

  6. Author sees world as sacred, mysterious

    If Flannery O’Connor’s “South” was “Christ-haunted,” then acclaimed writer Marilynne Robinson’s new book of essays, “The Givenness of Things,” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26) might be said to be similarly haunted.

  7. Schools partnering with mobile clinic for dental care

    Since 2014, the dental professionals on the Mobile Care Dental Van have filled more than 300 cavities, applied 45 sealants and extracted 15 teeth for students at Visitation School, 900 W. Garfield Blvd.

  8. St. Viator student’s book offers donkey’s view of Christ’s journey to cross

    It’s not every high school freshman who has a book about the connection between Jesus’ birth and crucifixion on Amazon, or who uses a book to raise money for Catholic schools and other institutions.

  9. Archdiocese lays to rest its oldest priest, Msgr. O’Donnell

    In the 105 years of his life, Msgr. Richard O’Donnell saw Chicago sports teams win nine Super Bowls, six NBA titles, six Stanley Cups and two World Series championships on the South Side. But nothing from the North Side, quipped Father James Hyland during O’Donnell’s April 16 funeral Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 3528 S. Hermitage, a worship site of Blessed Sacrament Parish.

  10. New license will allow Misericordia to continue care

    A national trend to move people with developmental disabilities out into the community and away from campus settings like Misericordia has forced the institution to lobby the state and federal government to create a unique license that would allow it to continue to operate.

  11. There’s no app for happiness, pope tells teens

    VATICAN CITY — Happiness “is not an ‘app’ that you can download on your phones nor will the latest update help you become free and great in loving,” Pope Francis told thousands of teenagers.

  12. New nuncio to U.S. says he’s ready to listen and learn

    VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the new nuncio to the United States, said he is ready to learn about the Catholic Church in the country and will try his best to be Pope Francis’ emissary, particularly in promoting a church that is close to those who suffer.

  13. Mercy: Austrian bishop says ‘no’ to border fence on church property

    Vienna — an Austrian bishop said the government may not use church property to build a border fence to keep out refugees.

  14. Catholic agencies begin work of rebuilding after Ecuador quake

    QUITO, ECUADOR — Catholic agencies are beginning to build temporary shelters for thousands of families in Ecuador made homeless by the South American country’s worst natural disaster in nearly seven decades.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

Cardinal Francis George in memoriam

On Thursday afternoon, April 21, 2016, scores of family and friends of Cardinal George gathered at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, for the blessing of the stone covering his grave. The presence of media allowed this moment to be shared more widely, so that many more in our city could join in this memorial for a dedicated churchman who is remembered with affection and respect.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Ss. Cyril and Methodius school launches major technology initiaitive

    SS. Cyril and Methodius School in Lemont announced the start of its 1-to-1 (1 device for every 1 student) Chromebook laptop initiative. The pilot program, which began in early April, provides the opportunity for every sixth grade student to have the use of a Chromebook to complete their coursework and enhance their educational experience at school and home.

  2. Monday, April 18, 2016

    Marist High School faculty retreat presented at national conference

    Members of Marist High School’s administration and faculty presented a workshop at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) conference which ran from March 29 through 31, 2016, in San Diego, California.

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  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin


    It’s something all parents experience, at least once their kids become mobile: that moment when you look around, especially in a crowded place, and can’t see them. It’s happened to me, more than once, with all of my kids when they were small. Most recently it happened on a kindergarten field trip to the Shedd Aquarium.

  • Perspectives on Scripture

    By Father Donald Senior

    From Jerusalem to the ends of the earth

    May 1: Sixth Sunday of Easter
    Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Rv 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn 14:23-29
    The theologian Raimon Pannikar (who was the son of a Catholic Spanish mother and a Hindu Indian father) once said that if the church plans to have another ecumenical council it should not be named Vatican III but Jerusalem II. His reason: the issues of diversity and inclusion are the biggest challenges facing the universal church just as they were at the first council in Jerusalem. The first reading for this Sunday from the Acts of the Apostles confirms that.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Bishop Robert Barron

    ‘Miracles from Heaven’ and the problem of suffering

    As any apologist worth his or her salt will tell you, the great objection to the proposition that God exists is the fact of innocent suffering. If you want a particularly vivid presentation of this complaint, go on YouTube and look up Stephen Fry’s disquisition on why he doesn’t believe in God.

  • Prevent Child Abuse Prayer Service and Pinwheel Planting

    The Archdiocese of Chicago's annual Prevent Child Abuse Prayer Service and Pinwheel Planting was held April 15, 2016, at the Healing Garden of the Archdiocese of Chicago located at Holy Family Parish, 1080 W. Roosevelt Road.

  • St. Clement Service Day at Our Lady of the Angels Mission

    Volunteers from St Clement Church worked at Our Lady of the Angels Mission on the West Side as part of their parish Service Day on April 23. Teams of adult and teenage parishioners volunteered at a variety of service projects at organizations throughout the city, such as homeless shelters, child care centers, soup kitchens and senior homes.