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Week of Christian Unity celebrated

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Submitted by Archdiocese of Chicago

Archdiocesan parishes, working in cooperation with the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, will join with other Christian denominations in ecumenical celebrations during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

In addition to prayer at individual churches, there will be ecumenical services throughout the area open to all. The first event was Sunday at St. Raymond de Penafort Church, Mount Prospect.

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Among other events is one at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Elmwood Park. The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women and Church Women United of Greater Chicago will host their annual Christian Unity Prayer Breakfast at Elmcrest Banquets, 7370 W. Grand Ave.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, Ecumenism Metro Chicago and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago will host "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread," discussing the use of bread in worship, at SS. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Road, Glenview.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, St. Mary Parish, 126 Herrick Road, Riverside, will host a "Celebration of Unity" with a Taize Prayer Service led by Rev. Dr. Martin Marty.

And at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, St. Ferdinand Parish, 5900 W. Barry Ave., Chicago, will hold a bilingual (English/Polish) Ecumenical Prayer Service following the 7 p.m. Mass.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, will host an Ecumenical Worship Service with Fr. Mike Kallock, pastor of Old St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Begun in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated around the world.

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