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  • Pope to marry couples with kids, cohabitating Sep 12, 2014 6:24 PM
    The diocese of Rome, which is organizing the ceremony, said the 20 couples being married range in age from those in their mid-20s to those in their 50s and include “those who are already living together, those who already have children, those who met in church.”

  • 2 charged with burglarizing Crystal Lake church Sep 11, 2014 8:41 PM
    A Crystal Lake church has thousands of dollars of property damage after two people burglarized it early Thursday morning, police said. Authorities responded to the Harvest Bible Chapel Church, 580 Tracy Trail, about 12:40 a.m. after receiving a report of a possible burglary in progress.

  • Explain to children that each person has unique gifts Sep 10, 2014 10:30 AM
    Helping our kids identify that they are wearing labels is the first line of defense in removing them.

  • Chai Guys Brotherhood appeals to men of all ages, interests Sep 10, 2014 1:31 PM
    Dave Kogan has begun his third year as president of the Chai Guys Brotherhood (CGB or Brotherhood) at Temple Chai, a Reform Jewish congregation in Long Grove.

  • Cardinal George hopes to go to Rome in November Sep 9, 2014 9:27 PM
    A new clinical trial of an experimental drug to treat cancer has left Cardinal Francis George feeling good, but not great, he said. The head of the Archdiocese of Chicago spoke to reporters after blessing a newly expanded religious retirement center. George, 77, started the trial to treat a recurrence of cancer near his right kidney. He said the second installment will be Wednesday. “I’m feeling well enough, not great but not bad,” he said. “I think I’m doing all right but it’s hard to tell because I don’t know what to expect with the new treatment.” George said he would travel to Europe in November to meet with archbishops in Barcelona, Spain, and then to the Vatican. George canceled a trip to Rome in October because of medical treatment. The archdiocese said earlier this year that a successor to George should be chosen this fall. George said if he has a chance to speak with Pope Francis in November he’s likely to ask the pope how he’s doing. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to him since the conclave, since he was elected,” George said. “So I’d like to hear his impressions of the job he’s got, and I’ll tell him how I am.”

  • Elgin Lutheran churches lend helping hands Sep 8, 2014 9:48 AM
    Volunteers from Bethlehem, Christ the Lord, Holy Trinity and Zion Lutheran churches in Elgin help local schools and parks to get some of their to-do list accomplished Sunday. Some of the projects include cleaning a park, building basketball hoops, painting walls at an elementary school and quilting for the military.

  • Fired gay church choir director to meet with Cardinal George Sep 7, 2014 8:40 AM
    Colin Collette, the longtime choir director at the Holy Family Parish in Inverness who was fired for announcing his engagement to his male partner on Facebook is trying to get his job back. Collette has scheduled an appointment with Cardinal Francis George of the Chicago Archdiosis for Tuesday and his supporters will take part in a rally Sunday afternoon across the street from Holy Family. “My goal is to simply get my job back,” Collette said in a news release.

  • Parishioners show support for fired gay music director Sep 8, 2014 8:48 AM
    Dozens of parishioners from Holy Family Parish in Inverness gathered Sunday afternoon to show support for former music director Colin Collette, who was fired after announcing his engagment to his male partner. Collette, who hopes to get his job back, will meet with Cardinal Francis George on Tuesday to discuss the matter.

  • Suit over in vitro fertilization can go to trial Sep 5, 2014 6:34 PM
    A lawsuit by a former Roman Catholic schoolteacher who says she was fired by a northern Indiana diocese for trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization can proceed to trial, a federal judge has ruled.

  • Where do we go to find our confidence? Sep 3, 2014 10:58 AM
    Is something shaking your confidence? No matter how old we are, or where we are in our life journey, we can all use a boost of confidence.

  • Naperville church offers spaces ‘for sake of our community’ Sep 3, 2014 11:47 PM
    Yellow Box Community Christian Church in Naperville has built out; now it can reach out.“Our heart as a community has never been inward-focused,” Campus Pastor Shawn Williams said. “We want to be a church that exists for the sake of our community.”

  • St. John Paul II statue dedication at Niles cemetery Sep 1, 2014 4:33 PM
    Catholic Cemeteries of Chicago has announced the addition of a new sculpture honoring Saint John Paul II at Maryhill Cemetery, 8600 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Niles. The 32-foot-tall sculpture will be dedicated by Most Rev. Andrew Wypych, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Lira Singers Quartet.

  • Mount Prospect teacher honored at MLB All-Star Game Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    Regina Kinasz, a math teacher at St. Emily School in Mount Prospect, was showcased in July as one of 30 All-Star teachers at the All-Star game in Minneapolis. It is part of a new program designed to honor teachers and promote the importance of education. “We were treated like royalty," she said.

  • District 214 considers building community help center Aug 31, 2014 6:42 AM
    One of the projects included in a proposed $45 million worth of capital projects is an idea to work with a church next door to the District 214 administrative office to build a warehouselike community closet that can be used as a food pantry/clothes closet for the needy in the community. Students from all six high schools would go there for community service hours. “We view it as a win for everyone,” Superintendent David Schuler said.

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe sculpture to be dedicated Aug 28, 2014 4:33 PM
    Catholic Cemeteries has announced the addition of a new 12-foot sculpture honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe at Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 S. Wolf Road in Hillside. It will be dedicated by Most Rev. Alberto Rojas, auxiliary bishop of Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Following God’s ways sometimes seems backward Aug 27, 2014 1:49 PM
    God’s principles can, oftentimes, appear mysterious and backward to us. But when we are willing to turn our lives upside-down and obey them. We can find the sweet aroma of living a blessed life.

  • Editorial: Church obligated to priest’s reputation, too Aug 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    When the Archdiocese of Chicago reinstated Joseph Wilk as a priest in good standing on July 24, and took him off the list of priests against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor had been made, they needed to do one more thing. Tell people about it, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Chicago Archdiocese cool to ice bucket challenge Aug 22, 2014 6:47 AM
    The Archdiocese of Chicago is a little cool on the Ice Bucket Challenge that has recently gone viral on social media and raised millions for the ALS Association. WBBM-Radio reports Archdiocese Schools Superintendent Sister Mary Paul McCaughey has told principals if their schools take part in the challenge the money should go to the John Paul II Medical Research Center. She pointed out the center only uses adult stem cells. Mary Ilene Blondell, development director for Chicago ALS Association development director Mary Ilene Blondell says the archdiocese’s position is disappointing. Blondell says a very small part of ALS Association funding goes to embryonic stem cell research. The ALS Association said it has raised more than $41 million as participants take a bucket of ice water and drench themselves.

  • Archdiocese cautions schools on ice bucket challenge Aug 22, 2014 5:43 PM
    The Archdiocese of Chicago is telling principals of its schools that if they take part in the ice bucket challenge to raise funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease to ask the ALS Association to direct the money to nonembryonic cell research.

  • White House unveils new birth control fixes for religious groups Aug 22, 2014 3:50 PM
    “What these rules do is help ensure that women have access to contraceptive coverage” while respecting religious beliefs, said White House spokesman Eric Schultz.Yet the latest proposals will likely run up against the same objections, because they still enable employees to receive contraception through their health plans — one of a range of preventive services required under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

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