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Cardinal celebrates 50th anniversary of St. Thomas of Villanova school

Cardinal Francis George walks to the altar at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Church in Palatine during a Mass of thanksgiving celebrating the school’s 50-year anniversary on Saturday.

Cardinal Francis George walks to the altar at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Church in Palatine during a Mass of thanksgiving celebrating the school's 50-year anniversary on Saturday.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Cardinal Francis George speaks with Timmy Matijevic, 11, of Palatine and Shelby Mepham, 13, also of Palatine at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Church in Palatine, where he celebrated a Mass marking the school’s 50-year anniversary on Saturday.

Cardinal Francis George speaks with Timmy Matijevic, 11, of Palatine and Shelby Mepham, 13, also of Palatine at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Church in Palatine, where he celebrated a Mass marking the school's 50-year anniversary on Saturday.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Cardinal Francis George and the Rev. Thomas Rzepiela, left, share a laugh before celebrating a Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Church in Palatine to mark the school’s 50-year anniversary on Saturday.

Cardinal Francis George and the Rev. Thomas Rzepiela, left, share a laugh before celebrating a Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Church in Palatine to mark the school's 50-year anniversary on Saturday.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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By Daily Herald reports

Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago, joined students, families and parishioners of St. Thomas of Villanova in Palatine to celebrate the parish school's 50th anniversary.

The cardinal celebrated Mass Saturday evening and then planned to attend a celebration at the school afterward.

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George will make a second visit to the Northwest suburbs today when he will celebrate a Mass in Elk Grove Village honoring first responders.

The Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Parish, 750 Elk Grove Blvd. Mayor Craig Johnson, along with police, fire and paramedic personnel are expected to attend.

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