Bishop Rojas celebrated Mass marking the 100th anniversary of Immaculate Conception Parish, 2745 W. 44th St., on September 21, 2014. The parish was founded by Lithuanian immigrants and now has a mostly Hispanic congregation. The Mass was celebrated in English, Spanish and Lithuanian.
A procession and Mass launched the local 40 Days for Life campaign on September 24, 2014. 40 Days for Life educates people about the consequences of abortion through 40 days of prayer, fasting and community outreach.
Nazareth Academy traveled from La Grange Park to meet up against St. Patrick High School in varsity football action at Hanson Stadium in Chicago on Sept. 13, 2014. The Road Runners kept their undefeated season alive with a 52-27 win over the Shamrocks in week three of play. This was St. Patrick's first loss of the season.
The Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass was held at Holy Name Cathedral on Sept. 14. The Mass, hosted by the Office for Marriage and Family Ministries, celebrate couples who have been married for 50 years.
Notre Dame College Prep in Niles celebrated its sixth annual First Responders Mass on Sept. 10. Responders and officials from Niles, Skokie, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Rosemont, Norridge and Chicago attended. At the end of Mass, each firefighter received a St. Florian medal (patron of firefighters) and police officers and other first responders or officials received a St. Michael medal (patron of police officers).
As we enter fall, life gets busier in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Here is a visual look at some of the recent events going on around the archdiocese.
Young adults engaged in a sand volleyball tournament in Gurnee following a Theology on Tap finale Mass with Auxiliary Bishop George Rassas at Our Lady of Humility Parish in Beach Park on Aug. 24. Theology on Tap is a Catholic speaker and conversation series for people in their 20s and 30s.
Sounds of praise and worship could be heard at Oakwood Beach in the morning hours of Aug. 30 as more than 200 people turned out for a Mass to pray for peace in the City of Chicago during the upcoming academic year. This was this fifth anniversary of the services, which are normally held on beaches across the city.
Students from De La Salle Institute's band, baseball team, softball team and cheerleading team lined the parade route honoring the members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team at 35th and Michigan on Aug. 27. The young baseball players from the south side won the national title last week. Students from Old St. Mary's also came out to join in the City of Chicago's celebration for the young athletes.
The annual Velika Gospa (holiday of the Great Lady Mary) is celebrated by Croatian Catholics on the Feast of the Assumption. St. Jerome Croatian Parish, 2923 S. Princeton Ave., hosts the annual festival, which began in 1913.
Cardinal George commissioned Respect Life coordinators during an Aug. 16 Mass at St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles. The Mass marked the launch of the archdiocese's Respect Life activities for 2014-2015. To become involved in pro-life efforts contact the Respect Life Office at (312) 534-5355 or visit www.respectlifechicago.org.
A carnival was held at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 3528 S Hermitage Ave. on Aug. 17. Sts. Peter and Paul, St. Maurice and Our Lady of Good Counsel churches make up the parish.
A special prayer service with the Office for Black Catholics, the Black Catholic Deacons and the Catholic Communities of the African Diaspora was held on Aug. 8 at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, 7740 S. Western Avenue. The service honored Cardinal George and his contributions to the black community.
On August 1st, Parishioners from several West Side parishes gathered to pray for an end to violence in their neighborhoods. Following the prayer service, community groups shared resources on violence-prevention programs and how to get involved in violence prevention.
Claretian Missionaries USA celebrated its first-ever outdoor Mass at Fiesta del Sol, a four-day festival in Pilsen, Aug. 3. The Mass was dedicated to immigrants and DREAMers. DREAMers is a name given to someone who meets the general requirements of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act. These young people assisted in all parts of the Mass and their stories were printed on posters placed near the main stage and altar.
Residents and guests at Rosary Hill Home in Justice joined the Dominican Sisters for a butterfly release to honor loved ones living and deceased on July 27. Rosary Hill is a 60 bed, intermediate and sheltered care facility.
Cardinal George spoke at the annual Iftar hosted by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago and the Downtown Islamic Center in Bensenville on July 15.
Nightfever, an evening of adoration, reconciliation, music and silence, was held at St. Alphonsus Church, 1429 W. Wellington, on July 19. Nightfever is an international evangelization movement where volunteers approach strangers on the streets and invite them into church to pray. Previous Nightfevers were held at Holy Name Cathedral.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish's annual festival honoring their church's patron draws thousands from the Italian-American community for a novena, Masses, processions and a festival. Numerous families construct the memorials for deceased loved ones and participate in the procession each year.
For the nine days leading up to July 26, hundreds of people gather at Our Lady of Fatima Parish and its Shrine of St. Anne. The parish, at California Avenue and Pershing Road in the Brighton Park neighborhood, is home to two first-class relics of St. Anne, the mother of Mary, and has hosted novenas leading up to her July 26 feast day for 115 years. Participants can come for morning Mass and the novena service, or afternoon or evening novena services on each of the nine days. Three times during the novena period, including on the feast day, they walk in a candlelit procession through the neighborhood.Why do these pilgrims think St. Anne will answer their prayers?Wayne Smith, who participated in the 2009 novena, put it simply. "St. Anne was the grandmother of Jesus, her grandson. If a grandmother asks her grandson to do something, he will listen."
Cardinal George joined the Benedictine monks on the south side to dedicate the restored high altar at Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3111 S. Aberdeen St., on June 28. The monks reside at the former Immaculate Conception church, where today the monastery numbers five in Solemn Vows, two in temporary profession, and one novice.
A eucharistic procession through downtown began at St. Peters Church in the Loop as part of a Fortnight for Freedom event in the Archdiocese of Chicago on June 25. The annual fortnight campaign, initiated by the U.S. bishops in 2012, calls for a two-week period of prayer, education and action on preserving religious freedom in the U.S. The observance ended July 4, Independence Day.
Illinois Area Knights and Dames of both the American and Federal Associations of the Order of Malta gathered together at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago to celebrate the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist on June 20. Cardinal George was the principal celebrant of the Mass. Co-celebrants included Msgr. Robert Dempsey, Msgr. Michael Boland and Msgr. John Pollard.
Parishioners from St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Antioch escorted the Eucharist in procession from the former church on 173rd to the new church being built at 40000 North U.S. Highway 45 in Old Mill Creek on June 28. The new building includes the façade of the now-demolished St. John of God Church from the South Side and the interior of the now-closed St. Peter Canisius Church on North Avenue.
Youth involved with the focolare movement from several parishes in the archdiocese as well as other states gathered in Chicago for service service week under the theme "LET'S COLOR OUR CITY!" The event was part of Teens4Unity – Global Person Project, an international camp and mission trip which is taking place this summer in Latin America.
Parishioners from St. Ferdinand Parish, 5900 W Barry Ave, in Chicago walked during a Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession through the neighborhood on June 22. A eucharistic procession is a traditional feature of the celebration of the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.
Cardinal George ordained three men to the priesthood at St. John Cantius Parish to serve the Archdiocese of Chicago in the Canons Regular on May 29.
Cardinal George ordained twelve men to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Chicago at Holy Name Cathedral on May 17. Five men are from the Chicagoland area, three are from Mexico, three are from Poland, and one is from Nevada.
Parishioners from Holy Cross-Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4541 S. Wood St., joined members of the community in a march for peace on May 24. Chicago's Citizens for Change and Holy Cross-Immaculate Heart of Mary Church sponsored the march.
The fire department's annual Memorial Day Mass and a roll call of all the members who died the previous year took place at Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Road, on May 26. After the participants left the church they gathered outside for a flag raising, a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps. A parade of uniformed members down Roosevelt Road preceded Mass.
The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa (the "Black Madonna") completed its tour through the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 16 at the Polish Mission Our Lady Mother of the Church in Willow Springs. As part of the "Ocean to Ocean" campaign, which began in Russia, the Black Madonna will continue its pilgrimage across the United States through November. The pilgrimage is being made in defense of life.
A special Mother's Day Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Parish, 4821 S. Hermitage Ave., on May 11. At the Mass, Auxiliary Bishop Alberto Rojas gave a special blessing to all mothers. A silk rose and medal of St. Gerard, the patron saint of expectant mothers, were given to all those awaiting the birth of a child.
St. Francis De Sales High School came out on top against Seton Academy in a close varsity conference game at Gouwens Park in South Holland on May 10. The Pioneers defeated the Sting 12-10 in extra innings.
First Communion at St. Ann Parish in Lansing on May 10.
Catholics around the Archdiocese of Chicago came out to celebrate the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on April 27, but for many, it was the latter pontiff who was the focus of the celebrations.
Photos during the Via Crucis passion reenactments in the Little Village neighborhood and on the South Side on Good Friday, 2014.
Photos from the biannual Hispanic Charismatic Renewal at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago April 26, 2014. The two-day event drew more than 5,000 people from several states and included speakers, music, liturgy and prayer.
Good Friday at St. John Cantius Parish.
Mother McAuley defeated Marian Catholic 13-5 in a varsity conference water polo match on April 14 at Brother Rice.
Young adults gathered for prayer at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on April 13 in celebration of Palm Sunday and International World Youth Day. Pope Francis chose the beatitude, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven," (Mt 5:3) as this year's theme. The group prayed the Divine Mercy chaplet, incorporating English, Polish, Spanish and Tagalog, as a reflection on International World Youth Day. The archdiocesan Young Adult Ministry Office sponsored the event.
Photos from around the Archdiocese of Chicago during Lent.
Winter Olympian Megan Bozek, an alumna of St. Mary School in Buffalo Grove, returned to her hometown in Illinois to talk to the students, answer questions, pose for pictures and thank them for the video they made wishing her luck prior to the Olympics. Bozek played defense for the U.S. women's hockey team, which won silver last month during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Parish Leadership Day took place at Guerin College Prep in River Grove on Feb. 22. Participants engaged in a variety of workshops on issues pertaining to parish life. The focus was "Families Fostering Faith, Prayer and Service."
Our Lady of the Ridge Men's Club's annual pre-Lenten Boxing Show "Rock the House" in Chicago Ridge took place on March 1. The event has been a tradition at the parish for more than 50 years and benefits the school's athletic programs. All participants receive a first-place ribbons.
Students from Catholic schools around the archdiocese attended the 36th annual African-American Heritage Month service on Feb. 26. The theme for the morning was "This is Our Story." Students from several schools portrayed African-Americans on the road to sainthood and internationally known Catholic artist ValLimar Jansen addressed the students.
Nearly 600 Catholic deacons and their wives from around the archdiocese gathered for a convocation Feb. 21-23 in Schaumburg. This year's theme was "Pray Without Ceasing."
The Carmel Catholic High School Corsairs tied the Notre Dame College Prep Icedons in a shoot-out during the Winter Frost Face-Off Tournament at the MB Financial Park in Rosemont on Feb. 16 in varsity hockey action.
The annual celebration of consecrated life was held at St. Aloysius Parish Center, 1510 N. Claremont on Feb. 8, 2014. The day’s theme was “The Diverse Face of Consecrated Life in the Archdiocese of Chicago: All One in the Heart of God.”
A Mass was held at St. Therese Chinese Church in Chinatown on Feb. 2 as a special celebration of the Lunar New Year, which started Jan. 31.
Schools from around the Archdiocese of Chicago celebrated Catholic Schools Week, which started January 26th and ran through February 1st. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.
Marie Margaret Beccaloni became a sacred virgin promised only to Christ at St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago on Dec. 28, 2013
A procession of Polish Catholics from several area parishes made their way from St. Ferdinand Parish to St. Ladislaus in honor of Epiphany and the three kings on Jan. 12, 2014.
The Chicago March for Life took place on Jan. 19. Participants gathered for a rally at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago before marching to the State of Illinois Building for another rally. Speakers included Greek Orthodox Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Rev. Cesar LeFlore, founder of Chicago's African- American PowerLight Ministries and Congressmen Dan Lipinski and Peter Roskam. Also included are photos from the national event.
Photos taken at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines during events to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Tens of thousands braved the frigid temperatures to make the pilgrimage. Included are photos from the Antorcha Guadalupana (Guadalupe Torch Run), a visit by the Club Los Vaqueros Unidos (United Cowboy Club) and the closing Mass at the shrine on Dec. 12.
The 27th Annual Archdiocesan Posada at Holy Name Cathedral took place on December 15, 2013. Posada, which means shelter in Spanish, commemorates the journey Mary and Joseph took from Nazareth to Bethlehem and reenacts the couple's search for shelter before the birth of Christ.
St. Nicholas was on hand to kickoff "Holiday Fest" at St. Nicholas Parish in Evanston by teaching the children about St. Nicholas and to light the parish Christmas tree.
Photos from around the Archdiocese of Chicago at the beginning of the 2013 school year.
The Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago hosted six back-to-school sunrise prayer services to pray for nonviolence during the 2013-2014 school year.
For 114 years, the faithful have sought the intercession of Mary's mother at the Shrine of St. Anne located within Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood. They come from all over, and year after year, to venerate her relic and offer prayers.
Hundreds of teens came together at a Catholic high school in Chicago Heights to pray, to learn about their faith and to be in solidarity with young people from around the world who came together at the same time with Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. "WYD Chicago: A Midwest Celebration" included catechetical sessions, prayer opportunities and liturgy for teens in ninth through 12th grade at Marian Catholic High School July 27. Participants included members of youth groups from many Chicago-area parishes, as well as a contingent from the Archdiocese of Detroit, and groups from other Midwest dioceses.
Millions of young people gathered in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day in July. It was Pope Francis' first international trip. By all accounts the event was joyous, spirit-filled and peppered with poignant words and gestures from the pontiff.
Worshippers venerate the the relics of St. Anthony at St. John Bosco Parish in Chicago on June 16. Two relics (a rib and piece of facial skin) of St. Anthony of Padua were on a a nine-day tour of Illinois and Wisconsin, including eight different locations in Chicago. The patron saint of the lost, including lost things, St. Anthony lived from 1195-1231. The tour marks the 750th anniversary of the discovery of the Saint's relics by St. Bonaventure.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Andrew Greeley was held on June 5 at Christ the King Church. Father Greeley, best-selling novelist and sociologist died May 29 at his home at the John Hancock Center at the age 85. Greeley authored 120 books, and was once called the most influential American Catholic sociologist of the 20th century. Led by Cardinal George, more than 40 priests and hundreds of friends and family gathered for the liturgy.
On May 26, Cardinal George celebrated Mass at St. Pascal Parish, 3935 N. Melvina, to celebrate the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence's 100th anniversary of service in the United States. Photos by Karen Callaway, photo editor
The 35th Annual African-American Heritage Month Mass, a celebration by students, faculty and staff of the archdiocese's Catholic schools, was held at Holy Name Cathedral on Feb. 7. This year's theme was "G7", which means "God to the seventh power." Father Tony Ricard, a priest of the Diocese of New Orleans, preached on the seven principles ("Nguzo Saba"), tenets of virtuous living emphasized during annual Kwanzaa celebrations that are practiced all year long. The celebration highlighted African culture in music, song and dance, and featured a special choir made up of students from participating schools. Hundreds of elementary and high school students from archdiocesan Catholic schools attended.
On April 6 members of St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic Parish re-enact a traditional Good Friday Via Crucis, or way of the cross, procession weaving through the Mexican enclave of Little Village on Chicago's southwest side. Portraying Jesus Christ is Mario Ocampo. Several parishes around the archdiocese have Via Crucis processions on Good Friday. Traditionally, actors play the parts from Scripture and the lay faithful accompanies them along the procession route. Photos by Brian J. Morowczynski/Catholic New World
Photo editor Karen Callaway spent the last four years documenting the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe from groups leaving their parishes and making the pilgrimage to the shrine in Des Plaines and back to their parishes again. This slideshow shows what goes on through the night during a pilgrimage that draws tens of thousands of people each year.
More than 23,000 youth from Chicago and around the country attended the National Catholic Youth Conference on Nov. 17-19 in Indianapolis, Ind.. The theme was "Called To Glory." The conference is a three-day experience of prayer, community and empowerment for Catholic teenagers (of high school age). More than 500 youth from the Archdiocese of Chicago attended.
Photos from the 2011 varsity championship football game in the Catholic Grade School Conference of Chicagoland between St. Agnes and St. Gabriel.
On Aug. 10, Most Revs. Alberto Rojas and Andrew Wypych were ordained auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Chicago by Cardinal George at Holy Name Cathedral.
A traditional Polish color guard parades a statue of Pope John Paul II among parishioners at Five Holy Martyrs following a Mass in thanksgiving for the beatification John Paul II May 1. Parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago celebrated the Polish pontiffs elevation to blessed along with the beatification Mass by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. Here are some photos from Chicago-area Catholics marking the momentous event.
Catholic campus ministry is a bridge between the church and secular institutions of higher learning.
Catholics in the archdiocese joined others around the country in marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade with Masses, prayer services and marches.
Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Chicago commemorate the coming of Jesus' birth in various ways each year but with the same purpose: to honor the child Savior who came to redeem us all.
Autumn is the season of the feasts of All Saints and All Souls. The following photos, taken during the late summer and fall, put on display the veneration of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago for those who are saints, and show the efforts of those who are striving to become holy.
Pope Benedict named Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller to be the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio on Oct. 14. This slide show is a brief look back at the bishop's seven-year tenure here in Chicago.
A group of 30 Catholics from around the archdiocese attended a weekend pilgrimage to the sites of Father Tolton's early life in Quincy, Ill., and Brush Creek, Mo. The trip took place Sept. 17-19 and was sponsored by the archdiocese's Office for Black Catholics, Bishop Joseph Perry's Office and the Tolton Program at Catholic Theological Union. Photos by Karen Callaway/Catholic New World
Catholics attend beachside services to pray to end violence.
Thousands of Catholics of Polish descent living in the Archdiocese of Chicago mourned the loss of Poland’s president, his wife and 94 others who died in a tragic plain crash near Smolensk, Russia, April 10. The loss was keenly felt in Chicago, which is thought to have the highest population of people of Polish descent outside of Poland. Here is a look at the local remembrances held in honor of the victims.
More than 300 people from the Archdiocese of Chicago traveled to the nation’s capital for the annual march while Catholics here kept vigil and prayed for an end to legalized abortion. These photos chronicle the local and national pro-life events.
More than 7,000 Catholics gathered to learn, worship and celebrate their faith Oct. 16-17 at Catholic Festival of Faith at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The Festival of Faith, the third event of its kind in the Archdiocese of Chicago, included workshops and presentations for young people, families, Catholic school teachers and catechists and young adults, as well as sessions in Spanish and Polish.
Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago faces roof repairs once again, this time from a three-alarm fire that broke out in the church attic in the morning hours of Feb. 4. Almost a year ago to the day, roof problems eventually forced the main building to close for several months for repairs. This gallery shows the problems at the prominent cathedral over the last year culminating with the recent fire.
Debris covered charred desks in this photo of a classroom in Our Lady of the Angels School. The Dec.1, 1958, fire at school killed 92 students and three BVM teaching sisters. Remembrance services were held throughout the archdiocese the weekend of Nov. 30 to mark the 50th anniversary of the tragic fire. (Catholic New World file photo)
At the end of August, more than 90,000 elementary and secondary students returned to schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. We captured a few moments from those exciting first days of school for Catholic New World readers.
Our Lady of Częstochowa is a beloved image of Mary revered by Polish Catholics. St. Hyacinth Basilica hosted a coronation of that parish’s icon during a Mass and blessing ceremony with Cardinal George on Aug. 31. The gold crowns, which were affixed to the painted image, were fashioned from jewelry donated by parishioners. Polish Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz also blessed the new crowns during a recent pastoral visit to Chicago.
On the weekend of June 28 and 29, members of Holy Rosary Parish on the far South Side closed their church's doors and became a part of the nearby St. Anthony Parish community, which greeted them with open arms and dancing in the streets. Following are photos of the transition.
Polish Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow, spent three days making pastoral visits to Chicago’s Poles June 27-29. As a friend and long-time personal secretary to their beloved Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Dziwisz came to Chicago as a guest of Cardinal Francis George and Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki, the liaison to Polish people in Chicago.
On May 31, St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish unveiled its nine foot, hand-carved and painted iconic monstrance of Our Lady of the Sign, Ark of Mercy during a Mass on the feast of the Visitation. Cardinal George con-celebrated the Mass and blessed the new monstrance, which is believed to be the largest in the world. The monstrance will be the focal point of the future Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Parishioners of St. Ferdinand Parish, 5900 W. Barry, marked the annual Feast of Corpus Christi with a procession through the parish neighborhood on May 25. Many European and Hispanic cultures customarily honor this feast with public eucharistic processions like this one.
On a sunny Chicago day in a church filled with many smiles, Cardinal George ordained 11 men to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Chicago. The May 17 ordinations took place at St. Juliana Church, 7201 N. Oketo, instead of Holy Name Cathedral, which is closed for repairs. The graduates of the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary are a diverse group, with five from Poland, two from Tanzania, two from Mexico, one from Colombia and one from Ecuador.
More than 10,000 Catholics from Chicago, around Illinois and surrounding states, gathered in the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion on April 26 for the annual Hispanic Charismatic Renewal Conference. (The Charismatic Renewal is a lay ecclesial movement within the church that emphasizes gifts of the Holy Sprit and often involves praise and worship.) " It was beautiful, " said Norma Ibarra of the day. " The conference is always a point of gathering among us as Catholics and is something that transforms us and fills us with hope to carry on. "
During Pope Benedict XVI's first visit to the United States in April, Catholic New World staff photographer Karen Callaway was asked to be among a small group of photographers hired by Catholic News Service to photograph the pontiff. She had privileged access to our Holy Father. Here we take you through the moments she captured with Pope Benedict in prayer at the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and during the papal Mass at Washington Nationals Park on April 17.