Friday & Saturday
Feb. 27th - 28th
THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Archbishop Cupich's
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Archdiocese of Chicago

Archdiocese of Chicago Statement Regarding
Fr. Clovis Javier Vilchez-Parra

The Archdiocese of Chicago has learned that Fr. Clovis Javier Vilchez-Parra, Associate Pastor at Misión San Juan Diego in Arlington Heights, was charged with possession and reproduction of child pornography on February 24, 2015.  The Archdiocese is grateful for the vigilance law enforcement exercises in the protection of children.  The exploitation of any child is a crime and a sin that deserves swift attention by all responsible adults.

Based on this information pertaining to Fr. Clovis Javier Vilchez-Parra, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich has accepted the recommendation of the Independent Review Board that Fr. Vilchez-Parra be withdrawn from ministry pending the resolution of this matter.

Under our justice system, Fr. Vilchez-Parra is innocent until proven guilty.  The Church stands ready to cooperate fully with the civil authorities as part of our commitment to the safety of children. 

The Archdiocese encourages anyone who has been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer, to come forward to the civil authorities or the Archdiocese.  Complete information about reporting sexual abuse can be found on the Archdiocesan website under Protecting Children at www.archchicago.org or by calling the Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review, 312-534-5205 or 1-800-994-6200, or the Office of Assistance Ministry, 312-534-8267 or toll-free at 866-517-4528.

Lent

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten Season. In observance of Lent, we are called to actively take part in prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Begins Wednesday, February 18

Festival of Forgiveness

Beginning at noon on Friday, February 27, until noon on February 28, the Sacrament of Penance will
be celebrated for 24 hours at 24 different locations around the Archdiocese.

Friday, February 27 –
Saturday, February 28

Life Advocacy Day

Join the Respect Life Office in traveling to Springfield to advocate for life with legislators.

Wednesday, March 4

National Catholic Sisters Week

Celebrate and honor women religious this week! This week offers an opportunity to recognize and learn more about our Catholic Sisters.

March 8 – 14

Catholic Chicago

The latest episode of Catholic Chicago features March for Life Chicago, information on the Festival of Forgiveness, a discussion on the Synod of Bishops and more. Catholic Chicago airs on Chicago Loop Cable Ch. 25 on Friday, at 7 p.m., and Comcast Network Ch. 100 on Sunday, at 2:30 p.m.

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Catholic Chicago Blog

Fr. Louis Cameli reflects on the meaning of forgiveness and offers us a preview of the upcoming Festival of Forgiveness in this week's blog.

www.archchicago.org/blog

News Releases

20th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture Monday, March 9, at DePaul University in Chicago

Chicago, IL (February 26, 2015) – Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, will deliver the welcoming remarks at the 20th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture on Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m., at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 North Sheffield in Chicago.

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Archdiocese of Chicago Announces School Regionalization Plan in Further Step Towards Positioning Catholic Schools for the Future Four Parish Schools in Northwest Chicago to Form Partnership in Pilot Collaboration

CHICAGO (February 20, 2015) - Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, in conjunction with Rev. Daniel Fallon of St. Cornelius, Rev. Robert Fedek of Our Lady of Victory, Rev. Paul Seaman of St. Pascal and Rev. Michael Solazzo of St. Tarcissus, is pleased to announce the commencement of a pilot school regionalization plan incorporating these four Catholic parish schools.

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Festival of Forgiveness From Noon, Friday, February 27 to Noon, Saturday, February 28

CHICAGO, IL (February 18, 2015) For Catholics around the world, Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Season of Lent. This Lent, the Archdiocese of Chicago will follow in the footsteps of Pope Francis and celebrate a Festival of Forgiveness. Over twenty-four locations, including parishes, shrines and campus ministry sites in Cook and Lake counties, will offer special opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance, Eucharistic Adoration and prayers of healing.

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