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September 2018

Youth Groups

September 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am - July 1, 2019 @ 11:59 pm

Youth groups and School groups, let's go! It is a great time to book a tour. Let us arrange everything. Small or large groups are welcome. We find the 5th grade and older students most interested and engaged. Even reluctant youth end up calling it their favorite field trip.  Parents and chaperones relish the outing. Ask about lesson plan ideas for incorporation into your curricula, teen novels based on Catholic Church Tours, and more. Discounts or particular accommodations may apply.…

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The Little Flower

September 24 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

St. Therese of Lisieux had a wonderful way of making the little things count. Join us as we tour her National Shrine situated on 40 acres in Darien IL. Enjoy the Garden, Gift shop, Museum and Chapel. The museum collection is the largest outside Lisieux, France, and features photographs of the saint, paintings, and a full sized replica of her convent cell and relics. We will also visit a noble Polish church and the only country parish in the Archdiocese…

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St Isaac Jogues School Field Trip

September 27 @ 9:00 am

Hindsdale's St Isaac Jogues School students will globe-trot from Portugal to Poland and from Italy to Germany, without leaving the state. Their guide, trained to work with youth and proficient in the churches' art architecture and history, will engage them in a tangible experience of the sacred in Chicago If you would like to bring your youth group or other school groups, let's go! It is a great time to book a tour. Each tour is custom made. Let us arrange…

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October 2018

Elements of Sacred Places: Churches, Shrines, Sanctuaries and Homes

October 2 @ 9:15 am - 6:30 pm
Free

Join the St Patrick community in St Charles IL for a talk about the sacredness of places both familiar and sublime, ordinary and extraordinary. Specific reference will be made to St Patrick's downtown church and its history, as we address and illustrate more universal elements of ecclesial architecture, the action of prayer, the effect of beauty in our world, and our place within it.   Morning Gathering from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Evening Gathering from 7:00 p.m. until 8:15…

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Magnificent Churches

October 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$20 - $35

Spend your morning enjoying some of the most magnificent churches in Chicago! Learn on site, how Irish, German, Polish and our more current melting pot blend life with faith and pour it out in forms of beauty that are both "other-worldly" and very much "Chicago."  Your professionally guided tour will include the massive Romanesque Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows, St Adalbert, and a church noted in "Ripley's Believe it or Not" for having been built without a nail. Transportation…

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Polish Beauties

October 10 @ 8:45 am - 3:30 pm

Just off the road, in the old Polish Patch, discover an ancient language of beauty as it is arranged in it's present glory. Enjoy a guided tour of three Chicago churches formed by the Resurrectionist priests in the 1890's. We will visit three historically significant, and remarkably beautiful churches with vibrant communities and distinct features. Tickets: $45 includes coach transportation from St Celestine, 3020 N. 76th Ct., Elmwood Park. Lunch on your own. Registration details coming soon! - save the date!

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Holy Hill

October 16 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, aka "Holy Hill", is one of our popular fall destinations, in good part, due to the view. The landmark Basilica, is situated on 435 acres of rural countryside on the highest elevation in its area. It's history stretches back to before the "blackrobes" and the earliest settlers. It is a monument to the human desire for transcendence and hope in a world to come. We will have time to visit the gift…

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Victory Tour

October 19 @ 7:45 am

1571 claimed one big victory in the Gulf of Patras, located in western Greece, that proved the battle is not over. Join us on our excursion to learn about the power of the Rosary -  as revealed through a Meyer & Cook Spanish Style Chicago church!  Our Lady of Victory's strength and simplicity of design will be contrasted with one of the three minor Basilicas that visited by Pope John Paul II and Polish Presidents.  Tour participants will also much…

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Faculty Retreat: Recollect and Connect

October 25 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

St Jude School Faculty will participate in a special tour into the uncommon silence of the sacred and a communal enjoyment of inspiring beauty. We will be immersed in  Terse chanted by Benedictines, explore a magnificent multi-domed church, visit an old stable now elevated and dedicated for the Holy Mass and more! If you would like to bring your school faculty, youth groups or students, let's go! Homeschool groups and families also welcome! Small and large groups are welcome. Even…

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Most Holy Redeemer Field Trip

October 26 @ 9:30 am

Evergreen Park's, Most Holy Redeemer School students are getting a break from the books and their virtual worlds with a Catholic Church Tour. This re-education of the senses will include an exploration through centuries old (yet active and new!) customs and art  in one of the strongest Chicago neighborhoods. If you would like to bring your youth group or other school groups, let's go! It is a great time to book a tour. Each tour is custom made. Let us arrange…

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