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  • 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.

     
  • Cardinal George to get experimental cancer drug Aug 22, 2014 4:23 PM
    The Archdiocese of Chicago says Cardinal Francis George is trying an experimental drug to treat his cancer. The archdiocese issued a statement Friday saying that the 77-year-old George has agreed to participate in a clinical trial at the University of Chicago Medicine. Officials say the drug may activate cells in the immune system so they can attack cancer cells. The archdiocese says George is continuing treatment at Loyola University Medical Center, and that he’s maintaining his regular work schedule. George said early this year that he believes the cancer eventually will take his life. He survived bladder cancer eight years ago and was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. George has been the spiritual leader of Chicago’s more than 2 million Roman Catholics since 1997.

     
  • Attorney says abuse suit against cleared priest “is alive” Aug 22, 2014 5:13 PM
    The man accusing Catholic priest Joseph Wilk of sexual abuse will continue his lawsuit against the former Schaumburg pastor, despite the Archdiocese of Chicago recently reinstating the priest to good standing and removing him from a list of abusive clergy, his lawyer said Thursday. “This case is alive,” attorney Patrick F. Bradley said. “There is so much reasonable cause (to pursue the case), it stinks.”

     
  • Times that test us help build character Aug 20, 2014 2:10 PM
    Although none of us likes going through these tests, God uses them as a valuable tool to build character in us.

     
  • Children celebrate ‘weirdness’ at Palatine church Aug 20, 2014 3:31 PM
    God filled the world with lots of crazy creatures. And during the week of July 14-18, 93 kids, 16 junior leaders, four high school leaders, and 36 adults from the Palatine community showed their wild side and discovered that Jesus’ love is one-of-a-kind!

     
  • Archdiocese clears former Schaumburg pastor of abuse allegation Aug 21, 2014 1:23 PM
    New information has cleared a former pastor of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Schaumburg of allegations he sexually abused a young parishioner, leading to his reinstatement as a priest in good standing, the Archdiocese of Chicago confirmed Wednesday. An independent review board on July 24 removed the Rev. Joseph Wilk from a list of clergy with a substantiated allegations of abuse against them. Wilk had been placed on the list Feb. 5.

     
  • Constable: Worried refugees in suburbs help families in Iraq Aug 17, 2014 7:52 AM
    Settling into their new lives as suburbanites iin DuPage County, recent Iraqi immigrants worry about the loved ones who remain in the war-torn nation, targeted by Islamic militants. World Relief in Wheaton has offered support.

     
  • Tyler Perry at Willow Creek talks about mixing artistry, leadership Aug 15, 2014 9:29 PM
    Faith in God and a desire to champion underdogs like himself took Tyler Perry from a poor and abusive household in Louisiana to being one of the most influential voices in American entertainment. He spoke during Willow Creek Community Church’s Global Leadership Summit in South Barrington. “What I try to do is surround myself with people that are like me,” Perry said. “I was the underdog.”

     
  • Perry headlines Willow Creek Leadership Summit Aug 14, 2014 8:09 AM
    Willow Creek Community Church’s 20th annual Global Leadership Summit begins in South Barrington Thursday — an event which has evolved and expanded immensely since its relatively humble start in 1995. Among the summit’s “faculty” this year will be filmmaker, actor and philanthropist Tyler Perry; General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt; and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

     
  • Activists confront diocese over pig wrestling Aug 14, 2014 8:06 PM
    Activists weren’t happy about a pig-wrestling fundraiser that a Green Bay-area church held, so they’re offering the bishop cash if he takes the pig’s place in the muddy pit. A Press-Gazette Media report says Steve Hindi made the offer Thursday. He’s the founder of an animal-protection group called SHARK. He presented the Green Bay diocese with a video of Sunday’s event. It showed one animal limping and others being dropped from a few feet. Hindi says pig wrestling amounts to animal cruelty. He brought thousands of dollars in cash and said Bishop David Ricken can have it if he and other event organizers take the pigs’ place. Diocese spokeswoman Justine Lodl says the church made sure the pigs were safe. Outagamie County deputies have said the event doesn’t constitute animal abuse.

     
  • What impact are you making with your life? Aug 13, 2014 1:47 PM
    Each one of us has an opportunity to make a difference in the life of another. We don’t have to do anything outstanding in order for it to stand out to the person we are helping. It’s the little things that add up and make a significant difference.

     
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