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  • Road closings, remote parking for Guadalupe celebration Dec 10, 2014 7:26 PM
    With as many as 100,000 people expected in Des Plaines Dec. 11-12, for the overnight celebration honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, authorities are urging people to take note of road closings and parking plans. The event, held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the Maryville campus, begins with a 6 p.m. Thursday Mass. It ends with a closing Mass at 7 p.m. Friday.

  • Christmas Sharing donates items to 900 Wheaton Warrenville families Dec 10, 2014 5:57 PM
    Hundreds of families in need living within the boundaries of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 will go home with food, clothes, toys and gift certificates this weekend thanks to Christmas Sharing of Wheaton Warrenville.

  • Life story: Priest made a big impact in a short time Dec 9, 2014 9:24 PM
    The Rev. Theodore Schmitt came to the priesthood later in life, but his impact on the Catholic parishes he served, particularly St. John The Evangelist in Streamwood, was profound, officials say.

  • ‘Full House’ star in Rolling Meadows next week Dec 9, 2014 4:18 PM
    One of the stars of the television show “Full House” will be in Rolling Meadows next week to discuss her faith and celebrate the holidays with other suburban women. Candace Cameron Bure, who played DJ Tanner on the 1990s TV show, will speak at “Behind the Glitter,” a women’s Christmas celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at Harvest Bible Chapel.

  • Glen Ellyn church offering Blue Christmas service Dec 8, 2014 8:37 AM
    First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn will offer a Blue Christmas service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, in the chapel at 424 Forest Ave.

  • Heartwarming gift collection at St. Mary of Vernon Dec 7, 2014 4:37 PM
    Children carried wrapped gifts to the alter at St. Mary of Vernon Catholic Church on Sunday, adding to an already massive pile of presents gathered as part of the Indian Creek church’s Gift Sunday. For more than 25 years, the church annually has set aside one weekend before Christmas to help make the holiday season a little brighter for low-income families.

  • 9-foot menorah to light up Elgin as part of world’s largest Hanukkah observance Dec 9, 2014 2:20 PM
    Chabad Jewish Center of Elgin will ignite a public 9-foot menorah erected at Gail Borden Public Library, followed by a communitywide celebration on the first night of Hanukkah, which falls on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

  • Cupich to lead Mass during Guadalupe observance Dec 4, 2014 4:01 PM
    Archbishop Blase Cupich will celebrate the main Mass during the annual observance in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 11-12 at her shrine in Des Plaines. More than 100,000 pilgrims are expected for the 36-hour event, held on the Maryville campus at Central and River roads — many of them coming on foot from as far away as Chicago to honor the Patroness of the Americas.

  • Shop ‘around the world’ for holiday gifts in Schaumburg Dec 5, 2014 9:49 AM
    A Schaumburg store is offering customers not only a chance to pick up a unique Nativity scene from around the globe, but to help an artist from a developing nation at the same time. The shop is currently carrying more than 80 Nativity scenes made by artisans from places such as Peru, Vietnam, Kenya, Bangladesh and India, to name just a few.

  • Gay ex-Holy Family music director files discrimination claims Dec 5, 2014 5:16 AM
    The longtime music director at the Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness who was fired after announcing over Facebook his engagement to his male partner, filed discrimination complaints against the church Thursday in a bid to get his old job back. Colin Collette alleges he was discriminated against based on his sex, sexual orientation and marital status in complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Cook County Commission on Human Rights.

  • Unwrap your God-given gifts and use your talents Dec 3, 2014 10:20 AM
    Like unopened holiday presents, some people never bother to use their gifts and talents. We all need the enjoyment of those gifts unwrapped, for ourselves as well as others.

  • Chicago archbishop talked immigration with Obama Dec 1, 2014 4:15 PM
    Archbishop Blase Cupich said he met last week with President Barack Obama and the two discussed immigration reform concerns. The new leader of the Archdiocese of Chicago described the presidential meeting Sunday during his homily at St. Agnes of Bohemia Church on the city’s Southwest Side.

  • Archbishop leads at service for unidentified dead Dec 1, 2014 5:03 PM
    Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will lead a committal service for 20 unidentified deceased persons and a number of unborn at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2755 W. 111th St., Chicago.

  • Church members each get $500 to do good for world Dec 1, 2014 6:14 AM
    On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone. LaSalle Street Church had received a tidy $1.6 million from a real estate deal, the pastor said, and $160,000 — a typical 10 percent tithe — would be divided among some 320 regular attendees. Each would get a $500 check to do something positive.

  • Oy vey, holidays! Does Hanukkah wannabe Christmas? Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Christmas has Elf on the Shelf. Now Hanukkah has Mensch on a Bench — not to mention Maccabee on the Mantel. Christmas has gingerbread houses; Manischewitz sells Chanukah House kits, using cookie dough with blue-and-white icing. These are just a few of the Hanukkah-themed products inspired by Christmas traditions and toys.

  • Things Constable family (with 3 teen boys!) are grateful for Nov 27, 2014 6:36 AM
    The Constable family has plenty of thanks to give every day, but this is the day some of those thanks go into a column, such as for "the maturity with which Ross explained that his CalArts dorm's swimming pool (yes, swimming pool) is clothing optional (yes, clothing optional)."

  • Learn how to plan reunions or retreats Nov 26, 2014 10:51 AM
    Meet Chicago Northwest will host a free workshop Dec. 6 in Schaumburg for those planning family reunions and church retreats in the region. Workshop topics include tips on planning a reunion or retreat, scheduling an event, budget planning, selecting a venue and hotel, how to plan group outings, and activity and game suggestions.

  • Find peace in the reason behind the season Nov 26, 2014 9:43 AM
    As we go about our preparations it is good to keep our hearts and minds on the purpose we celebrate and the reason for Christ’s birth — which was to bring peace to men.

  • Chicago archbishop apologizes for priest sex abuse Nov 24, 2014 4:43 PM
    Chicago’s new archbishop apologized to parishioners at a West Side church where children were sexually abused by a priest, saying his heart breaks for those injured by the “horrible things” that happened.

  • Faiths unite to celebrate in Buffalo Grove Nov 23, 2014 9:55 PM
    In the Buffalo Grove area, the Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration is just as much of a tradition and cranberry sauce. The event, held by the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council, takes place at a different house of worship each year. St. Mary Parish in Buffalo Grove was the site of this year’s celebration, which brings together worshipers of all faiths to celebrate each other’s religions and give thanks.

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