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.
"Warriors for Christ" Prayer Luncheon

Saturday, May 11, 2019 
12 - 4 p.m.
Oak Lawn Hilton

9333 South Cicero Avenue 
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Save the date for "Warriors for Christ", a new prayer luncheon brought to you by the Our Lady Gate of Heaven Women's Club featuring Jana and Mawuli Davis. More information to come!
Tolton Youth Tour - Chicago Pilgrimage

Saturday, July 6, 2019 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cardinal Meyer Center
3525 South Lake Park AVenue
Chicago, IL 60653

The youth of Vicariate VI are invited to participate in a local Chicago pilgrimage; stopping at those sites in and around the city that highlight the life of Father Augustus Tolton on Saturday, July 6. The tour will begin at the Cardinal Meyer Center and travel to different sites that were significant in Father Augustus Tolton’s life of service to the Church. Join us as we strive to educate, engage and evangelize our youth! For more information, including how to register, please click here.
Tolton Tour - Chicago Pilgrimage

Saturday, July 27, 2019 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cardinal Meyer Center
3525 South Lake Park AVenue
Chicago, IL 60653

All are invited to participate in a local Chicago pilgrimage that will visit sites in and around the city of Chicago that highlight the life of Father Augustus Tolton on Saturday, July 27.  The tour will begin at the Cardinal Meyer Center and travel to different sites that were significant in Father Augustus Tolton’s life of service to the Church. Please consider joining the Tolton Ambassadors from around the country who will be our guests that day. For more information, including how to register, please click here.
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.
Music of Mendelssohn

Sunday, May 5 
3:30 p.m. 

Covenant United Church of Christ 
1130 East 154th Street 
Chicago, IL 60473

The South Holland Master Chorale presents Music of Mendelssohn, directed by Albert M. Jackson. All are welcome to attend this special performance of Mendelssohn's second symphony, featuring the Lakeshore Symphony Orchestra and the Davidsmeier String Quartet. All Chorale concerts are free. Free-will donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information, please visit  
The Hope of Exodus in Black and Womanist Theory

Thursday, May 19 
5 p.m. 

Lumen Christi Institute
Swift Hall Common Room 
1220 East 58th Street 
Chicago, IL 60637

For generations, black Christians in the United States have found hope in the biblical story of Exodus. In his lecture, Andrew Prevot of Boston College sketches the recent history of black Christian interpretation of Exodus and considers its implications for Christian theology today. 

For more information and to register, please visit
Let's Stand United Concert

Thursday, May 23, 2019 
6 p.m.
St. Ethelreda School

8734 South Paulina Street 
Chicago, IL 60620

St. Ethelreda School presents "Let's Stand United", a celebration of our African American heritage and its rich tradition of music on Thursday, May 23. All are welcome!
All-Day Ministers of Care Training

Saturday, June 1 
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Cardinal Meyer Center
3525 South Lake Park Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60653

A training for Ministers of Care and a renewal program for Ministers of Care will be offered on Saturday, June 1 at the Cardinal Meyer Center. Jeanne Lassandrello will facilitate the training and the cost is $25 per person. Please make checks payable to the Catholic Bishop of Chicago and place "Vicariate 6 Training" in the memo line.
Vicariate VI Vitality Day

Saturday, June 8 
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Holy Angels
615 East Oakwood Boulevard 
Chicago, IL 60653

The Office of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship invites all those interested in learning more about leading parish evangelization efforts to a three-part series of Vitality Days entitled  “Hospitality: Creating a Welcoming, Inviting, and Engaging Community.” These gatherings will focus on radical hospitality and welcoming as the foundational step in creating a culture of evangelization in your parish. Participants may include clergy, religious, staff, and volunteers. If the parish has established an Evangelization Lead and/or Evangelization Team, they are strongly encouraged to attend.

For more information on additional Vitality Day dates and to register, please visit
Summer @ CTU Speaker Series

Dig deeper into the African-American experiences of incarceration, pastoral care, and preaching with these summer courses at CTU. All are welcome! Explore all courses and workshop offerings at

Paul's Prison Letters and Experiences of Incarceration with Ferdinand Okorie, CMF
June 10-14, 1-4 p.m.

Pastoral Care in an African American Context with Kimberly Lymore, DMIN
June 10-14, 6-9 p.m. 

Black Preaching and Storytelling with Maurice Nutt, CSsR
June 24-28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Did You Know? Stories from Father Tolton's Life 

When Father Tolton was leaving Quincy for Chicago, his departure did not go unnoticed.
The Quincy Daily Journal reported his transfer on March 12, 1888:
“Rev. Aug. Tolton, the colored priest of this city, and priest in charge of St. Joseph congregation, Seventh and Jersey streets, notified his congregation yesterday morning that he had received notice from Rev. Father Jansen, administrator of the Alton diocese, to the effect that he would be sent out to do missionary work for the next two weeks, and at the expiration of that time would probably be transferred to some other city.
“The announced was entirely unexpected, and caused deep sorrow to the church members, who will probably have to attend services at the other Catholic church after this. It is to be hoped that the authorities will decide to let him remain in this city.”
Upon departing from Quincy, at least in public, Father Tolton maintained his history of humility and kindness and did not reveal the real motivation for his departure to Chicago, which was the constant racism and persecution at the hands of his brother priests.
The Quincy Daily Journal, November 13, 1889, quoted a letter Father Tolton wrote to a personal friend about his move, expressing thanks to his white benefactors who sent him away with some donations to help him set up his life in Chicago. They requested his prayers and promised to work three times harder and donate three times more money to his ministry if he would remain with them in Quincy.
“Catholics will love and respect a priest regardless of nationality; at least that is the spirit of those people in the Gem City who knew me for twenty-nine years or more. Never will they forget the happy hours spent in the little St. Joseph church,” he wrote. “I wish them all the blessings that can be bestowed upon them, for that charitable spirit that they have always shown toward me and the colored children.”
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.
Jazzin' to Feed Africa 

Saturday, May 4
VIP Reception 5 - 7 p.m.
Main Event 7 - 10 p.m.

De La Salle Institute
3434 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

St. James Parish and DL Comprehensive Healthcare present Jazzin' to Feed Africa! This benefit for the St. James Food Pantry. General admission tickets are $40 and include a buffet, all you can drink beer, wine, and soda, and entertainment. VIP tickets are $90 and include all elements of the general admission tickets in addition to reserved seating at the main event and admission to VIP reception.
Moving Faithfully Into the Future - Corpus Christi Catholic Church Annual Spring Luncheon  

Sunday, June 9
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

Marriott Midway Hotel
6520 South Cicero Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638

All are invited to join the Corpus Christi community for their 2019 Annual Spring Luncheon. Honorees include Marleah Johnson Cage, Dolores Pidgeon, Karen Yarbrough, and the Corpus Christi Grammar School class of 1969.  Ticket cost is $75.00 per adult and $30.00 per youth. Please purchase your tickets by Sunday, June 2. The deadline for ads and sponsorships is Sunday, May 12. 

Please contact the parish office at 773.285.7720 or for more information and to purchase tickets, ads, or sponsorships.  
Breakfast with Tolton

Saturday, June 29, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

The Garden Chalet
11000 South Ridgeland Avenue
Worth, IL 60482 

Join us as we gather around the second table of prayer and come together joyfully to celebrate all that the Tolton Cause truly means for the entire Church today on the morning of Saturday, June 29 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at The Garden Chalet. In the spirit of 2 Corinthians 5:20, we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing though us. This annual event is sponsored by the Tolton Ambassadors – Chicago whose charge is to actively promote the Cause for the Canonization of Father Augustus Tolton by supporting the Diocesan Postulator and the Tolton Guild. For more information, please click here.
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. 

Our Lady Gate of Heaven 
2338 East 99th Street 
Chicago, IL 60617 

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

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