Sunday, February 26, 2006

Pope Benedict blesses stoles for Mission Chicago

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"Pope Benedict XVI blesses priests' stoles for Fr. Robert Barron during a recent papal audience. The stoles will be used during the special "24 Hours of Grace" project March 3-4 during which about 70 priests will staff six archdiocesan parishes around the clock to encourage individual reconciliation."]

News story:
"24 hours of Grace" part of Archdiocese's Evangelization focus this lent.

Chicago (February 23, 2006) For a 24-hour period, March 3-4, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago, whether they have been active or not, will have an opportunity at six locations throughout the Archdiocese to participate in individual reconciliation.

The project, “24 Hours of Grace,” is part of Mission Chicago, an effort to focus on evangelization in the Archdiocese. This event will offer Catholics the opportunity to visit one of six parishes that will be open and staffed around the clock with priests hearing confessions and administering the Sacrament of Reconciliation for 24 hours beginning at 9 a.m., March 3, through 9 a.m., March 4.

Organized by Fr. Robert Barron, who begins a series of Lenten missions across the Archdiocese this week, this special period is a means of providing a way for people to come back to a stronger participation in the faith life of the Church. Approximately 70 priests have been recruited for “24 Hours of Grace”.

The parishes that will be part of “24 Hours of Grace” include: St. Mary, Lake Forest; St. Monica, Chicago’s Northwest Side; Holy Trinity Polish Mission, Northwest Chicago; Our Lady of Tepeyac, Chicago’s West Side; St. Frances of Rome, Cicero; and St. Catherine of Alexandria, Oak Lawn.

Complete information on the special missions of Fr. Robert Barron and other evangelization activities at parishes and schools in the Archdiocese during Lent is available at