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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Monica

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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches brought my husband and I to St. Monica and to a mini family reunion.


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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Old St. Mary

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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches brought my husband and I to Old St. Mary, Chicago's oldest (founded in 1833 by the Paulist Fathers) and the first Catholic parish in the area.  Old St. Mary is on it's sixth building


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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church

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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches continues with  St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church.  It is a church close to my heart as our choir has been singing there since September 25, 2011.


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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Viator

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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches brings us to St. Viator located at 4170 W. Addison.  St. Viator was established in 1888 by the clerics of St. Viator and the original site was at Belmont and Crawford (Pulaski).

You can see the photo gallery of St. Viator at Being Catholic ... Really.

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Holy Family

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The next stop on my Touring Chicago's beautiful churches is Holy Family.  Holy Family began its journey in 1857 when Fr. Arnold Damen began it's construction.


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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Notre Dame de Chicago

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Our first stop this summer in my continuing series, Touring Chicago's Beautiful Churches, is Notre Dame de Chicago.   Notre Dame is the "round" church in the "Little Italy" neighborhood.


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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Helen

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Last summer my husband and I visited different churches in my series "Touring Chicago's beautiful Churches."  When we returned to St. Therese in the fall, we didn't expect to get a chance to visit another parish for a while.  We were pleasantly surprised when we were invited to St. Helen in November.


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Reflecting on Touring Chicago's beautiful churches

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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches was my summer blog project.  My husband and I were able to visit nine parishes.  It was an amazing experience that we  both enjoyed.


You can see all the links to all the parishes we visited at Being Catholic ... Really.

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Old St. Pat's

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Old St. Pat's is the ninth church in my series "Touring Chicago's beautiful churches."  My husband and I haven't been to this church in nearly 30 years.  We remembered it as dark and green.  What we found was a transformation to a beautiful pastel luminescence. My husband and I attended the 12:10 PM Mass on August 15 for the Feast of the Assumption.  The church was filled and the congregation sang enthusiastically. Please continue to read the rest at Being Catholic ... Really.

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: The National Shrine of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini

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The eighth church in my series, Touring Chicago's beautiful churches, is The National Shrine of Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini.  Out of all the churches we've been to so far, this shrine was the one that impacted my husband and I the most emotionally as well as spiritually.


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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches:  The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is the seventh church in my series.  My husband and I attended the Sunday morning 8:30 Mass. Let's begin with what a shrine is ... To read the rest please go to Being Catholic ... Really.

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Mary of the Angels

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Our next stop in touring Chicago's beautiful churches is St. Mary of the Angels.  My husband and I had never been here before.  We have passed it many times and saw it from the Kennedy expressway, so we were excited to attend their Saturday, 5 PM Mass.
St. Mary of the Angels is another church that was near the wrecking ball.  The famous dome was literally crumbling and leaking.  After years of struggling to raise the money for the needed repairs, there was a happy ending to that story.

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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Michael in Old Town

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St. Michael in Old Town is the fifth in my series of touring Chicago's beautiful churches.  My husband and I have been there once before and we were looking forward to our second visit. I also have a personal connection to this very old and historic church.  My maternal grandparents were married here sometime in the early 1900's.  The writing on the back of some of the photos I have is a bit faded.

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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. John Cantius

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St. John Cantius is the fourth church my husband and I have visited in my series, Touring Chicago's beautiful churches.  This exquisite church was very near the wrecking ball not that long ago and now it is a thriving parish. My husband and I had not been to St. John Cantius in many years.  The thing I remembered most back then, was the flooring was in very bad shape.  As you can see from the pictures, not only has the floor been repaired, but the rest of the church has been restored. You can read the rest at Being Catholic ... Really.

Holy Innocents: Touring Chicago's beautiful churches

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Holy Innocents is the third parish my husband and I visited while touring Chicago's beautiful churches.  Neither of us had ever been there so we were discovering this treasure for the first time.
What always amazes me when visiting an older parish is the sacrifice of the people who built it.  Intricate stained glass in memory of loved ones testifies to their faith and love of their church.


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