In conjunction with the USCCB Pro-life Secretariat, Auxiliary Bishop Mark Bartosic and other bishops and priests from the archdiocese, led a holy hour for life from 7 p.m. Jan. 19 until 7 a.m. Jan. 20, 2023, at the St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This national prayer event led up tp the morning of the national March for Life. (Cindy Flores-Mocarski/Chicago Catholic)
Each year, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines hosts over 150,000 people making pilgrimages in honor of Our Lady. On Dec. 3, 2022, hundreds of riders on horseback started a pilgrimage in a forest preserve and rode to the shrine to place roses at the image of Mary. Later that evening, hundreds of tractor trailer drivers brought their decorated trucks to the shrine for their own pilgrimage. A week of events culminated with the celebrations on Dec. 11-12, 2022. (Karen Callaway and Cindy Flores-Mocarski/Chicago Catholic)
Students from St. Catherine-St. Lucy School in Oak Park play in the newly renovated gym on Nov. 28, 2022 during gym class. Alumni from St. Catherine-St. Lucy School who raised funds to renovate the gym in memory of deceased gym teacher Bob Driscoll have raised over $340,000 for scholarships for student athletes also in his memory. (Cindy Flores-Mocarski/Chicago Catholic)
Students at St. Patrick High School celebrate the birthday for Patrick, their therapy dog, on Nov. 11, 2022. Patrick is at school every Wednesday and as needed. He greets students as they arrive in the morning, visits classes, is available in the library throughout the day for students to visit, is in hallways during passing periods and attends lunch periods, gym classes and special events. (Cindy Flores-Mocarski/Chicago Catholic)
Members of the God Squad, a team of volunteers from Chicago-area parishes, assemble a large Nativity displays in Chicago’s Daley Plaza on Nov. 27, 2022. The annual tradition, now in its 37th year, is the only display of the Nativity Scene in downtown Chicago’s public square. An opening ceremony featured inspirational speakers, Christmas music, and a blessing of the manger. The Nativity scene will be on display through Dec. 31. (Cindy Flores-Mocarski/Chicago Catholic)
Cardinal Cupich was the main celebrant during a Mass to celebrate the 20th anniversary for the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People at St. Mary of the Woods Parish, 6955 N. Hiawatha Ave., on Nov. 20, 2022. (Cindy Flores-Mocarski/Chicago Catholic)
Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Wypych lays his hand on the casket after blessing the remains. Students from St. Laurence, Mother McAuley and Brother Rice high schools joined the Archdiocese of Chicago, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other Cook County officials during a committal service to bury indigent and unborn persons on Oct. 26, 2022 at Mount Olivet Cemetery. The committal service included burial of 39 unborn persons and 163 cremated indigent remains. (Cynthia Flores-Mocarski/Chicago Catholic)
Vincentian Brother Mark Elder, a longtime art professor at DePaul University, created a mural installation at the CTA’s Fullerton L stop that was completed in October 2022. Students from his mural class assisted him. The murals represent the history of DePaul University. (Cynthia Flores-Mocarski/Chicago Catholic)
Pet blessings took place at churches around the archdiocese in celebration of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi on or near Oct. 4, recalling the saint's love for all creation, especially animals. (Karen Callaway and Cynthia Flores-Mocarski/Chicago Catholic)
The former Our Lady of the Angels School, the site of a tragic fire that killed 92 students and three religious sisters on Dec. 1, 1958, was blessed and rededicated an outreach center for the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels on Oct. 2, 2022. Cardinal Cupich celebrated Mass and blessed the building. The three-story, 70,000-square-foot building will be used to accommodate a weekly food pantry, ground-level storage for donations, a new kitchen and dining room, a chapel for perpetual adoration, offices and classroom space for neighborhood programs for adults and a new 45-bedroom volunteer residence and retreat space. (Cynthia Flores-Mocarski/Chicago Catholic)
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines celebrated a Mass of healing and hope for families who lost a child on Aug. 20, 2022. Families who suffered the loss of a child were invited to come together in faith and heal from the pain of death. During the Mass, the sacrament of the anointing of the sick was administered to both mothers and fathers who have lost a child. The goal was to advocate healing and hope for the loss of all children, including those lost due to abortion, miscarriage, illness, accidents and violence. (Cynthia Flores-Mocarski/Chicago Catholic)
On July 16, 2022, Auxiliary Bishop Jeffrey Grob was the main celebrant for a Mass to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Carmel Catholic High School’s founding and the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the school’s football field in Mundelein. (Cynthia Flores-Mocarski/Chicago Catholic)
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