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Cubs chaplain cares for ‘spiritual needs’ of players

When Father Burke Masters accepted God’s call to become a priest, he thought he was giving up baseball forever. Never did he dream that God would take him back to the field -- let alone as chaplain to the Chicago Cubs as they make a historic run to win the World Series, hoping to break a 107-year drought.

  1. Pope names new members of worship congregation

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis renewed the membership of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments by naming new members, including Canadian Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec and Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of Paterson, New Jersey.

  2. Laypeople honored for ministry to the church

    Each year, the Archdiocese of Chicago grants two kinds of awards to lay men and women for their dedication to the church and its ministries. The Bishop Quarter and Christifideles awards were conferred on Oct. 23 at Holy Name Cathedral. Recipients are:

  3. Why are so many parishes turning 100 this year?

    If you feel like you’ve been hearing a lot about parishes celebrating 100th anniversaries lately, it’s because you have.

  4. To Teach Who Christ Is campaign surpasses $350 million goal

    The To Teach Who Christ Is capital campaign has surpassed its $350 million goal, the largest capital campaign ever conducted by a Catholic diocese. Archbishop Cupich made the announcement at an Oct. 17 event meant to celebrate the accomplishment.

  5. Thousands of youth energized through Holy Fire event

    More than 5,000 young people got the chance to dance and laugh and pray and worship, all in the context of deepening their faith, at Holy Fire Oct. 15.

  6. Archbishop of Santiago shares state of church in Cuba

    At the end of September Archbishop Dionisio García of Santiago de Cuba, the president of the Cuban Catholic bishops’ conference, was in Chicago for Catholic Extension’s announcement of financial support to build churches in Cuba.

  7. Caring for horses isn’t easy work, laborers say

    Marcelino is 38 and has a screw in his shoulder. He also has problems with his spine, knee and ankle. These are a direct result of his work with horses in Kentucky.

  8. Head of U.S. bishops’ conference on welcoming migrants

    As part of his Sept. 19-22 visit to Kentucky on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop John Manz met with Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Kurtz took a few moments to discuss the importance of ministering to migrants.

  9. Focus of end-of-life care should be on patient Experts explain that sometimes interventions can do more harm to a person suffering in their last days

    When it comes to making decisions about health care at the end of life, Catholic teaching emphasizes that the focus must be on the care for the patient.

  10. Three schools awarded Blue Ribbon distinction

    Three archdiocesan elementary schools were honored with Blue Ribbon awards from the U.S. Department of Education this year, two of them for the first time.

  11. Ministry offers help to marriages in trouble Retrouvaille uses weekend retreats to help couples rediscover a loving union

    Joyce Nahorski was furious when she found out her husband of 35 years, Jan, was having an affair. So furious that when asked for a divorce the next day, she said no. She wasn’t about to give him anything he wanted.

  12. Archbishop Cupich named to College of Cardinals

    Archbishop Cupich greeted the congregation at Holy Name Cathedral Oct. 9 with quips about the other news in town – the Chicago Marathon and the Cubs’ second playoff win – before acknowledging the news that he had been appointed to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

By loving we proclaim God

On Sept. 25, Pope Francis gave the following homily as he celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Square on the occasion of the Jubilee of Catechists. I am pleased to provide the space of my column this week to reprint it here, as it provides helpful insights in understanding the Holy Father’s emphasis on placing mercy at the center of our relationships, whether with those in need in our parishes and families or those abroad.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    Xavier Society for the Blind Under New Leadership

    Adrian Kerrigan, Chairman of the Board of the Xavier Society for the Blind, is pleased to announce the appointment of Malachy Fallon as the new executive director of the 116-year-old nonprofit organization. Fallon was formally confirmed by the full Board on Sept. 22.

  2. Monday, October 24, 2016

    St. Patricia's Own Marathon Runner!

    Fourth and fifth graders congratulate and celebrate their teacher Tracey Rewers who completed the Chicago Marathon for the third time. An avid runner, Rewers has also completed eight half marathons. Students thank Rewers for inspiring them as they get ready for their Monster Dash run on Oct. 26.

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  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Have mercy

    The leaves are changing colors and the weather is turning cool. We already have Teresa’s Halloween costume. It’s a princess, and I’m pretty sure she picked on the basis of the long blonde wig.

  • Perspectives on Scripture

    By Father Donald Senior

    What kind of church?

    Oct. 30: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Wis 11:22-12:2; 2 Thes 1:11-2:2; Lk 19:1-10

    There is a constant debate going on today about what kind of church we should be. This is especially true in times of change or stress — times like we are in.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Bishop Robert Barron

    A report from ‘baby bishop school’

    For the past week in September, I have been sequestered at the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome, an institution about five miles west of St. Peter’s Basilica. I’m here for the Formation for New Bishops’ program, more colloquially known as “Baby Bishop School.” My colleagues are about 150 other bishops from around the world who have been appointed in the last 12 months.

  • Pet Blessing at St. Ann Parish

    Pets were blessed in celebration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi at St. Ann Parish in Lansing on Oct. 1. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment. Parishes around the archdiocese hold pet blessings around the feast day on Oct. 4.

  • Rosary in the Park

    The Rosary in the Park was celebrated at Hodges Park in Park Ridge on Oct. 8. The annual event is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Maria Council 4836 and is a celebration of the month of the rosary and the American Needs Fatima effort.