Let the Church Say Amen
Jesus Christ is asking each of us to invite more people to a true encounter and lifelong relationship with Him as His disciples. It is an element of our own baptismal rite to do so. Our evangelization efforts will require us to identify new, outward-reaching ways to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world given significant societal shifts over the past decades.
Outdoor Neighborhood Public Health Festival

Friday, August 16, 2019 
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
119th and Halsted Street
Chicago, IL

All are invited to the Outdoor Neighborhood Public Health Festival in the West Pullman/Roseland community on Friday, August 16. All neighborhood residents are invited to learn about over 15 services available to them, including healthcare, educational opportunities, and nonviolence training. 

Annual Back to School Street and Health Fair

Sunday, August 18, 2019 
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
St. Philip Neri Parish
2132 East 72nd Street
Chicago, IL 60649

The South Shore Renew My Church grouping and St. Philip Neri Parish invite you to the Annual Back to School Street and Health Fair! Music, dancing, an exotic animal zoo, a mini health fair, and more will be available to all attendees. Be sure to invite your family, neighbors, and friends for a wonderful afternoon!

Tolton Pilgrimage - From Birth to Burial

Friday, September 13 -  Sunday, September 15, 2019 
Chicago, IL  - Quincy, IL - Brush Creek MO

All are invited to participate in a pilgrimage to visit the birth and burial place of Fr. Augustus Tolton; stopping at those sites in and around those places of interest that highlight the life of Father Tolton from Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15. Please consider joining the Postulator of the Cause, Bishop Joseph N. Perry, who will be the primary spiritual director of our pilgrimage. The journey as a group starts with a train ride to Quincy, IL, where the group will travel to different sites that were significant in Father Augustus Tolton’s life of service to the Church. For more information, including how to register, please click here.

Registration for NCYC is Now Open!

Thursday, November 21 - Sunday, November 24 
Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, IN

High schoolers are invited to join 30,000 of their peers at the National Catholic Youth Conference this November. This electrifying pilgrimage is fill with opportunities for worship, music, speakers, a thematic park, and more. 

For more information please contact your Youth Ministry, Campus Minister, or Pastor, or click here. Scholarships are available for those who qualify and all attendees must be registered by September 20, 2019. 
It Takes a Village
We must help our parishes and schools have adequate resourcing for vitality inclusive of finances, facilities, and leadership. Our renewal efforts must focus on new ways to create vibrant parish life, including compelling liturgies and the seven signs of parish vitality.

Pope Francis Advances the Cause for Sainthood of The Servant of God Rev. Augustus Tolton


Pope Francis advanced the Cause for Sainthood of The Servant of God Rev. Augustus Tolton and seven others on June 11, 2019, by signing decrees issued by the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints regarding eight causes for canonization. Tolton, a former slave and first African American diocesan priest in the United States, founded the first African American Catholic parish in Chicago.

Upon the promulgation of this decree by the pope, Tolton is deemed “Venerable,” which formally recognizes he lived the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity and the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance at a heroic level. 

“We welcome this news from the Holy Father on the advancement of Fr. Tolton’s cause for sainthood,” said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago. “Fr. Tolton’s holiness comes from his patient suffering, his brave spirit and his pastoral heart for all who came to him. His struggles to become a priest and his remarkable service to God’s People are admirable examples, particularly in these times of the value and dignity of every person. I am grateful to Bishop Joseph N. Perry for his work as the diocesan postulator for the Tolton cause.” 

Once it is confirmed that one miracle has been granted by God through the intercession of Tolton, he will be declared “Blessed.” A second miracle may be required for canonization.

Born the son of slaves in Missouri, Tolton studied for priesthood in Rome as no American seminary would accept a man of his race. Ordained in 1886 in the Basilica of St. John Lateran for the Diocese of Alton, Ill. (now Springfield), he served his first three years as a priest in that diocese in Quincy at a church for black Catholics. At the invitation of Archbishop Patrick Feehan, he came to Chicago in 1889 to labor among a small community of black Catholics, later starting a new parish, St. Monica at 36th and Dearborn Streets. He led St. Monica Parish until his passing in 1897 at the age of 43 of a heatstroke. 

To learn more about Tolton’s cause for sainthood, visit

Can I Get A Witness? 
The Holy Spirit is urging all of us to be witnesses to the compassion and redemption of Jesus Christ. We must come together in solidarity and bring the light and hope of Christ to a world in need.
Zacchaeus House Autumn Luncheon

Saturday, September 7
12 p.m.  

St. James Catholic Church 
1600 South Archer Avenue and Route 83
Lemont, IL 60439

Zacchaeus House invites you to join their cherished friends and donors at the Zacchaeus House Autumn Luncheon that will take place at noon on Saturday, September 7 at St. James Catholic Church in Lemont. This celebration of the Zacchaeus House Ministry is $60 per person and are payable by check. For more information please call 773.568.7822.

Tolton Gala

Saturday, October 5
3 p.m.  

St. Ignatius Prep - Tully Hall 
1076 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608

You are invited to a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at St. Ignatius Prep where the friends of the Cause for the Canonization of Father Augustus Tolton will gather to celebrate the life of the first African American Catholic priest. As the annual event to garner financial support of the community, a silent auction is held and generous donation can be made quietly or publicly to help advance the Cause. For more information, including how to register, please click here.

St. Katharine Drexel Masquerade Ball 

Sunday, November 10
4 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

The Youth Ministry of St. Katharine Drexel Parish will be hosting a Masquerade Gala on Sunday, November 10, 2019. This Gala event offers an elegant evening of fine dining, music, raffles, drinks and fellowship. Proceeds will benefit a mission trip that will take place in July 2020. Ticket cost is $85.00 per Adult and $40.00 per Youth.  Tickets will go on sale September 1, 2019 – November 3, 2019.

For more information regarding this elegant celebration as well as being a sponsor for one of St. Katherine Drexel's youth, please contact Kianda Boyd at or  773.374.2345. 
Semi-Retired? Retired? Open the Doors of Your Heart!
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps may be for you! Members of this Jesuit service program volunteer in poor and marginalized communities two days per week (September-June), grow deeper in their Christian faith by reflecting and praying in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, and meet monthly with other IVC members and a spiritual reflector. IVC members serve as tutors, employment counselors, food pantry volunteers, elderly companions, hospital chaplains and more!  Detailed information is online at (click on ‘Chicago’). To inquire, please contact Jacqueline Fitzgerald at 312.961.6206 or

Visit the Black Catholic Initiative Webpage
Visit the Archdiocese of Chicago Augustus Tolton Webpage
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