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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.
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.
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 ctu.edu/summeratctu

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.

IVC Morning of Reflection with Fr. Michael Rossmann

Thursday, July 25  
St. Ignatius College Prep
1076 Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608

Join Father Michael Rossmann, SJ, for the annual IVC Morning of Reflection. Father Michael will discuss his work of vocation promotion and how online tools can be used to explore Ignatian Spirituality.  The event will take place at St. Ignatius College Prep and include the annual program, Mass, and a luncheon. 

Check www.ivcusa.org/chicago after June 10 for details and registration, or contact Jaqueline Fitzgerald at jfitzgerald@ivcusa.org or 312.961.6206. 

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 www.toltoncanonization.org

 
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.
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 st.accforyouth@gmail.com 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 www.ivcusa.org (click on ‘Chicago’). To inquire, please contact Jacqueline Fitzgerald at 312.961.6206 or jfitzgerald@ivcusa.org.

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