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June 2018

Three Shrines

June 23 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Investigate a powerhouse of personalities. Our three destinations are shrines to outstanding yet contrasting leaders with divergent paths with the same destiny. We will also stop for lunch at a very popular “more-than-you-can eat” Chicago delicatessen established in 1942.  Can you guess our stops? (answers at the bottom): A. The Columbus Hospital chapel-turned National Shrine of a diminutive Italian woman who exercised her claim that she could “do all things through Christ”.  Museum and gift shop also available. B. Situated on…

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July 2018

Ever Ancient, Ever New

July 9 @ 9:00 am

“Ever Ancient/Ever New” is epitomized  in everything at Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Parish - from it's reclaimed prairie land to it's 1999 church interior which reveals millennia of Christian spirituality. Enter an immersive experience of Byzantine Iconography and provide insights into an integrated sacramental-liturgical vision of life itself. We will also encounter the "Little Cathedral on Blue Hill",  and the only country church in the Archdiocese of Chicago - the oldest church building in Illinois. Its incredible history dates back to 1673! …

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The Grit and the Glory

July 14 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$20 - $35

Certain churches represent heaven, life, light and dark in a way that embraces the otherworldly in a particularly striking manner. Enjoy the special churches featured near the city center that celebrate the common and the uncommon, a bit of Chicago’s grit and an insight into her Glory. Take in an old Gothic and two others. Meet at: St. Michael, 1636 Cleaveland Ave., Chicago Tickets must be purchased in advance. Transportation is not included. Want to take this tour on another date? Just call! 312-869-2286. Minimum group…

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Prairie Tour

July 21 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Visit three beautiful, rural, Illinois churches and lunch at an unmistakably rural restaurant. Enjoy the peace of the countryside and the beauty of the oldest wooden church in Illinois, the "Cathedral on the Prairie" and a church with a strong frontier-French connection (right near the Chicago Bears training field). If time allows, and participants are interested, we may also make a stop at the local Love Christian Center, for a look at their gifts and books. Tickets: $38 Adults, $35 Seniors…

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National Shrine of St Therese

July 31 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 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, and oldest, country parish in…

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August 2018

Santuario Peregrinación #1

August 11 @ 8:45 am - 3:30 pm

Participe en el primer Catholic Church Tour que parte desde el Sanctuario de Guadalupe en Des Plaines, para una peregrinación agradable y una visita a tres increíbles iglesias. St. Paul aparece en "Ripley's Aunque usted no lo crea" por haber sido construido sin ni un solo clavo, pero más allá de esa afirmación, sus elementos rudimentarios de ladrillo, vidrio y piedra se combinan asombrosamente para atraer el alma hacia el cielo. En esta peregrinación se incluirá St. Adalbert, una iglesia…

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Lost and Found

August 11 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$20 - $35

Ever heard someone ask St Anthony to find something? Ever wonder why? Cultural norms, ‘common’ customs and distinctive differences are identifiable and in Chicago’s brilliantly ethnic  churches. Join us as we explore three! Meet At: St All Saints-St Anthony, 518 W 28th Place, Chicago Tickets must be purchased in advance. Transportation is not included. Want to take this tour on another date? Just call! 312-869-2286. Minimum group size 5; maximum size varies.

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Slovenia, Byzantium, Cyril and Methodius

August 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Incredibly dense historically, culturally, and visually, this one day tour includes three great stops.

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September 2018

Shrine of Christ’s Passion

September 18 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

This famous place hosts thousands of visitors each year. The Shrine of the Christ’s Passion is a multi-media interactive, half-mile winding Prayer Trail that depicts the last days of Jesus Christ’s life. Forty life-size bronze sculptures in a tranquil setting, complete with beautiful music and amazingly sculptured gardens. Our group will stop for an afternoon lunch at an authentic Italian eatery nearby. Lunch is paid on your own. An (outstanding) Gift shop will also be available. Cost: $25, lunch on…

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Tradition and Trends

September 18 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$20 - $35

What makes a church a church? And what makes it distinctively a Catholic church? Join us on an exploration to learn about standard church features and how the craft, sentiment and intent literally shape worship. Fabulous contrasts between old world skill and modern materials are investigated in the architecture and art of these Chicago churches. Meet at: St Helen, 2315 W Augusta Blvd., Chicago IL Tickets must be purchased in advance. Transportation is not included. Want to take this tour on…

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