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.
Academy of St. Benedict: Our Christmas Program 

Friday, December 14, 2018
9 a.m.
Academy of St. Benedict

6020 South Laflin Street
Chicago, IL 

Our students are getting ready for Jesus! Academy of St. Benedict students have been practicing and decking the halls. All are welcome to this wonderful annual event where students show off their talents. 
St. Martin de Porres Holiday Bazaar

Sunday, December 16, 2018
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
St. Martin de Porres Parish
Lower School Hall

116 North LeClaire
Chicago, IL 

Finish your Christmas shopping at the St. Martin de Porres Holiday Bazaar! Vendors are needed and welcomed. For more information, please contact Patricia Graham, Event Coordinator, at (773) 287-0206. 
The Feast of the Holy Family and Kwanzaa: Celebrating Family, Community, and Culture

Saturday, December 29, 2018
4:30 p.m.
St. Nicholas Parish

806 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 

We honor Kwanzaa and its values, as we celebrate the Holy Family and a call to faithful love, devoted community, and unity. All are welcome to join for Mass and a Karamu Potluck Feast at St. Nicholas Parish. Please bring a dish to share which serves eight people. More more information please contact Yvonne Smith at 224.534.7471 or
Christian Unity Celebration

Saturday, January 26, 2019
7 p.m.
St. Dorothy Church

450 East 78th Street
Chicago, IL 

Join Christians of all denominations from across the Archdiocese of Chicago for the Christian Unity Celebration on Saturday, January 26 for a marvelous spirit of fellowship and sharing!

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.
Memorial Mass for Most Reverend Dominic Carmon

Saturday, December 15, 2018
10 a.m.
St. Katharine Drexel Church

St. Felicitas Worship Site 
1526 East 84th Street
Chicago, IL 

Join the BCI community for a Mass in memorium of Most Reverend Dominic Carmon, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of New Orleans at St. Katharine Drexel Parish on Saturday, December 15th. Bishop Joseph Perry will celebrate the Mass. 
Holy Angels Advent "Hour of Power"

Wednesday, December 5, 12, 19, 2018
6 - 8 p.m.
Holy Angels Parish

615 East Oakwood Boulevard 
Chicago, IL 

Join the Holy Angels community for "Hour of Power" prayer services throughout the Advent season. This hour is devoted to family prayer, inspirational singing, and preaching. From 6 to 6:45 p.m., there will be food and fellowship followed by an "Hour of Power" prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. Monetary gifts or prepared dishes are welcomed. 
Save the Date: Augustus Tolton Pastpral Ministry Program

January 10, January 23, and February 27, 2019
Times Vary
Catholic Theological Union

5416 South Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 

CTU will be hosting a number of events related to Father Augustus Tolton in the coming months. On Thursday, January 10 a Tolton Open House will be held where individuals can join Tolton Scholars to get first-hand information on the scholarship program. On Wednesday, January 23 a Dr. King Remembrance Service will be held. On February 27, Dr. Stacy Davis will speak at the Annual Tolton Lecture. For more information, please contact
Are We Ready? By Conne Reden

Many of us have heard the saying, “Some people don’t believe fat meat is greasy.” This saying is a reality.  Some people don’t believe things that are right before their eyes.  When the sky is blue they say it is cloudy because of the puffy clouds in the sky. They don’t even understand the difference between a cloudy day and a sunny day with the puffy white clouds. These are the kinds of people we may meet at a gathering, people known within our family, or who work with us on our jobs. When God calls us will we be ready to stand before Him?  Well, it doesn’t really make a difference if we are ready or not since God is the Great Decision Maker. He makes decisions about us and for us.

We should believe “fat meat is greasy”. When Jesus comes, the Great Decision Maker will determine the day and the time and we need to be ready. I believe “fat meat is greasy” just as I believe Jesus Christ will come again. I try to make daily preparations for my readiness for Jesus to accept me into His heaven, my final home.
In the name of the Father who loves me, the Son who lives within me, and the Holy Spirit who empowers me. Amen, Amen, Amen!

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.
Advent Giving Project

Supplies Needed by Sunday, December 16
Saint Martin de Porres Parish
5512 West Washington Boulevard
Chicago, IL 

Take part in the Advent Giving Project for Kolbe House Catholic Jail Ministry and The Night Ministry to the Homeless. Clothing donations can be placed in boxes in the back of the church on Sundays. All gift cards and stamps can be placed in the Sunday collection. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
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
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