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October 2018

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

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

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 or, meet the bus at St Mary of the Angels: 1845 N. Hermitage Chicago.  Lunch on your own. Call…

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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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November 2018

SRB Field Trip

November 2 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Students, parents and faculty of St Robert Bellarmine will visit Loyola's famous Art Deco chapel, Madonna Della Strada, as well as a beautiful new chapel harmoniously constructed with gorgeous old stained glass windows, and the seat of the Archdiocese, Holy Name Cathedral. Eating out down-town is also in the works. If you would like to offer your youth or faculty on a thoroughly immersive education in beauty, faith and culture, just give us a call, and we can set it…

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St James Youth Group

November 10 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sign up to catch the bus to Chicago! We will pack in a visit to four churches, a museum, and a lunch stop. Dress nicely, but comfortably. Bring a camera if you want to share some amazing photos, and some cash if you want to light a candle for a friend. Contact Rebecca or Carrie soon to sign up. $20 Adults, if you would like to bring your youth groups or other school groups, let's go! It is a great time…

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Hallowed Ground – Cemetery Tour

November 10 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$20 - $35

Famous architectural landmarks, Holy Souls and peaceful resting grounds are the subject of this November tour. Queen of Heaven cemetery is beautifully landscaped, historically and artistically rich, including a (huge) Neo-Gothic Revival mausoleum colorfully appointed in  mosaic, metal work, stone and wood carvings and tile. And yes, the famous and infamous are interred there along with the humbly innocent and near-forgotten. Please meet near the front gates at 1400 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162 Tickets must be purchased in…

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