Community churches show you the true meaning of Christmas
December 3, 2016

By Ivette Sandoval

Chicago has a rich history of community churches and during the holiday season they celebrate our many cultural and religious traditions.

They also come together to teach families the real meaning of Christmas. Below you will find some of the events that take place during the month of December, and these churches invite you to join them in the festivities.

Many churches and museums display creches during the Christmas season. The one above is at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Many churches and museums display creches during the Christmas season. The one above is at the Art Institute of Chicago.

BRIDGEPORT/MCKINLEY PARK/BRIGHTON PARK/CANARYVILLE

All Saints-St. Anthony Church, 518 W. 28th Pl., (312) 842-2744. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. Children’s Mass, 11:30 p.m. caroling, Midnight Mass. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Masses at 8:30, 10, and 11:30 a.m.

Blessed Sacrament Parish, (773) 523-3917, comprised of Ss. Peter and Paul Church (SSPP), 3745 S. Paulina Street, St. Maurice Church (SM), 3615 S. Hoyne Ave., and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (OLGC), 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Novena in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish language) will take place daily Sat., Dec. 3, through Sun., Dec. 11, with Rosary at 7 p.m. and Mass at 7:30 p.m., rotating among the three churches. Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mon., Dec. 12, mañanitas at 5 a.m. at SM in Spanish; Spanish Masses at SM at 6 a.m. and SSPP at 7 p.m. Advent-Christmas Reconciliation service, Thurs., Dec. 15, at SSPP, 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Masses, Sat., Dec. 24, in English at SSPP, 4 p.m. and in Spanish at OLGC, 6 p.m. Christmas Day Masses, Sun., Dec. 25, English: SM at 7:30 a.m., SSPP at 9 a.m. with Polish traditional Christmas carols (Koledy) beginning at 8:45 a.m., and OLGC at 10:30 a.m.; in Spanish: SM at 9 a.m. and SSPP at noon. Sat., Dec. 31, Vigil, Mary Mother of God, New Year’s Eve Masses, SSPP in English at 4 p.m. and OLGC in Spanish at 6 p.m. Sun., Jan. 1, Mary, Mother of God, New Year’s Day Masses in English: SM at 7:30 a.m., SSPP at 9 a.m., and OLGC at 10:30 a.m.; in Spanish: SM at 9 a.m. and SSPP at noon.

Chicago International Church (EFCA), 2304 W. Taylor St. (church office only), (312) 226-8026, www.ciefc.org. The church holds its services at Urban Voice at 3520 S. Morgan St. #102. Sun., Dec. 18, service at 2:30 p.m. with a Christmas play. Sun., Dec. 25, worship service at 2:30 p.m. celebrating Christ at Christmas with special Christmas music and Scripture readings in many languages.

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, 643 W. 31st St., (312) 842-7390. Call for information.

Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3116 S. Racine Ave., (773) 523-3838, www.holycrosschicago.org. Call for information.

Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3100 S. Aberdeen Ave., (773) 927-7424, www.chicagomonk.org. Sun., Dec. 11, 5 p.m., the Chicago Chorale will perform during Solemn Vespers. Christmas Eve, Sat., Dec. 24, First Vespers of Christmas at 5:15 p.m., Mass at 8 p.m. Christmas Day, Sun., Dec. 25, Vigils 5 a.m., Lauds 6 a.m., Masses 6:35 and 10 a.m.; Solemn Vespers at 5:15 p.m. New Year’s Eve, Sat., Dec. 31, Solemn Choral Vespers with the monks and Schola Laudis at 5:15 p.m. Solemnity of Mary, Sun., Jan. 1, Lauds at 6:30 a.m., Solemn Mass at 10 a.m., and Solemn Vespers at 5:15 p.m.

Nativity of Our Lord, 653 W. 37th St., (773) 927-6263, www.nativitybridgeport.
org. Breakfast with Santa will be Sun., Dec. 12; call Bridgeport Catholic Academy at (773) 376-6223. Reconciliation (penance) service, Tues., Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Children’s Mass, Sat., Dec. 24, 4 p.m.; Midnight Mass. Christmas Morning Masses, Sun., Dec. 2, 8 a.m. in chapel and 11 a.m. in church.
Our Lady of Fatima/Shrine of St. Anne, 2751 W. 38th Pl., (773) 927-2421. Call church for information.

Santa Lucia Church, 3022 S. Wells St., (312) 842-6115. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Children’s Mass with pageant at 4 p.m., Christmas carols with adult choir at 11:30 p.m. followed by midnight Mass. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass at 10 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Mass at 4 p.m. Sun., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 10 a.m.

St. Barbara’s Church, 2859 S. Throop St., (312) 842-7979, www.stbarbarachicago.org. Sat., Dec. 24, family Mass with children’s pageant at 4 p.m.; Midnight Mass with carols at 11:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Masses at 6, 9:30, and 11:30 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Mass at 5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 1, Solemnity of Mary, Masses at 6, 9:30, and 11:30 a.m.

St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 4522 S. Wallace St., (773) 268-9595, www.saintgabes.com. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Family Mass with children’s pageant, 4:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass with Adult Choir, 10 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Mass at 4:30 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 10 a.m.

St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church, 2823 S. Princeton Ave., (312) 842-1871. Call for information.

St. Mary of Perpetual Help, 1039 W. 32nd St., (773) 927-6646, www.stmaryofperpetualhelp.com. Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Thurs., Dec. 8, Masses at 8:30 a.m. and at 7 p.m. Breakfast with St. Nicholas and Christmas Bake Sale, Sun., Dec. 11, in Parish Center Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mon., Dec. 12, Holy Hour at 5 p.m., followed by Mass at 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 18, Christmas Carols by the religious education students at 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve, Sat., Dec. 24, Mass with music with the harp at 4 p.m.; carols at 10:10 p.m.; Mass at 10:30 p.m. with music from the parish Schola. Christmas Day, Sun., Dec. 25, 8:30 a.m. traditional Latin Mass with Chant Schola; 10:30 a.m. Mass in English. New Year’s Eve, Sat., Dec. 31, 4 p.m. Mass. New Year’s Day, Sun., Jan. 1, the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, 8:30 a.m. traditional Latin Mass and 10: 30 a.m. Mass. Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Sat., Jan. 7, 4 p.m. Mass.

Nativity of Our Lord Church, located at 653 W. 37th St., decorates its sanctuary for the Christmas celebration every year.

Nativity of Our Lord Church, located at 653 W. 37th St., decorates its sanctuary for the Christmas celebration every year.

BRONZEVILLE

Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Ave., (773) 373-8500, www.afcchicago.org. Christmas service, Fri., Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. Volunteer Christmas Day helping feed the less fortunate, Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Dinner from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31, Watchnight service at 10 p.m.

Bethel AME Church, 4440 S. Michigan Ave., (773) 285-5500. Regular Sunday worship at 11 a.m.

Coppin Memorial AME Church, 5633 S. Michigan Ave., (773) 667-5881, www.coppinchicago.org. Regular Sunday worship at 10:45 a.m.

Corpus Christi Church, 4920 S. King Dr., (773) 285-7720, www.corpuschristichurchchicago.com. Regular Sunday Masses at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 4501 S. Vincennes Ave., (773) 373-6144. Handel’s Messiah, Sun., Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. Christmas worship Sun., Dec. 25, 9 a.m. New Year’s Day, Sun., Jan. 1, worship at 9 a.m.

Grant Memorial AME Church, 4017 S. Drexel Blvd., (773) 285-5819. Regular Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church, 3330 S. King Dr., (312) 842-5957. Sun., Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m. service featuring Handel’s Messiah. Call for information for Christmas and New Year’s Day services.

Holy Angels Catholic Church, 607 E. Oakwood Blvd., (773) 624-5375. Christmas Eve, Sat., Dec. 24 carols at 10 p.m., followed by Mass at 11 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Mass at 8 a.m. Sun., Jan. 1, Mass at 8 a.m.

Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., (773) 373-2861. Regular Sunday worship services at 8 and 11 a.m.

Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 S. King Dr., (773) 268-6757. Regular Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Metropolitan Community Church, 4610 S. Prairie Ave., (773) 536-2046. Regular Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Star Baptist, 3933 S. King Dr., (773) 285-8111. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day service at 10:45 a.m. Sun., Jan 1, New Year’s service at 10:45 a.m.

Olivet Baptist Church, 3101 S. King Dr., (312) 528-0124, www.olivetbaptistchurchchicago.org. Regular Sunday worship service at 10:45 a.m.

Pilgrim Baptist Church, 3300 S. Indiana Ave., (312) 842-4417. Call for information.

St. Ambrose, 1000 E. 47th St., (773) 624-3695. Call for information.

St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 50 E. 41st St., (773) 268- 1518. Regular Sunday worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 3801 S. Wabash Ave., (773) 268-1900, www.stthomaschicago.com. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass with carols, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day worship, 8 a.m. Sun., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day worship, 8 a.m.

South Park Baptist, 3722 S. Martin Luther King Dr., (773) 548-6566. Regular Sunday service at 11 a.m.

Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., (312) 225-5300. Regular Sunday service at 11 a.m.

West Point Missionary Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove Ave., (773) 538-7590, www.wpmbc.org. Concert: Born to Die, a Christmas Cantata, Sun., Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10, Chicago Community Chorus Musical Presentation, 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Celebration, 10:45 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve worship and Kwanzaa celebration, noon.

St. John Cantius will offer music at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve, followed by Midnight Mass. Music will be provided by the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra.

St. John Cantius will offer music at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve, followed by Midnight Mass. Music will be provided by the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra.

CHINATOWN

Chinese Christian Union Church (CCUC), 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., (312) 842-8545, www.ccuc.net. Call for information.

St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, 218 W. Alexander St., (312) 842-6777, www.sttheresechinatown.org. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 5 p.m. with children’s Christmas Pageant, carols at 11:30 p.m. followed by Midnight Mass. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass at 10 a.m. New Year’s Eve Mass on Sat., Dec. 31, at 5 p.m., followed by Benediction, and “Hot Pot” dinner. Sun., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Mass at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. All Masses are in English.

GRAND AVENUE AREA/WEST TOWN

Holy Innocents Church, 743 N. Armour St., (312) 666-3675, www.holyinnocentschicago.com. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, 5 p.m. English Mass. Sun, Dec. 25, Christmas Day, 7:45 a.m. English Mass, 9 a.m. Spanish Mass, 10:30 a.m. Polish Mass, noon English Mass, 1:30 p.m. Spanish Mass.

St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church, 733 South Ashland Ave., (312) 243-3738, www.stbasilchicago.org. Sun., Dec. 18, Divine Liturgy at 9:45 a.m., followed by youth Christmas pageant. Fri., Dec. 23, Royal Hours for Christmas at 9 a.m. Sat., Dec. 24, Matins and Divine Liturgy at 8:30 a.m. for Christmas Eve, Great Vespers and Christmas Carols at 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas day, Divine Liturgy at 9:45 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., Great Vespers for the Feast of St. Basil and the New Year. Sun., Jan. 1, 8:30 a.m., Matins and Divine Liturgy for Feast of St. Basil and the New Year.

St. John Cantius, 825 N. Carpenter St., (312) 243-7373, www.cantius.org. Thurs., Dec. 8, Immaculate Conception, St. Cecilia Choir, 7:30 p.m. Mass. Sat., Dec. 17, Singa-long with Jolly ‘Ole St. Nick, 3 p.m. Mass. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas music at 11 p.m., followed by midnight Mass. Sun., Dec. 25, Magnificat Choir, St. Hildegard Choir, St. Nicholas Choir, and Holy Innocents Choir sing at 10:30 a.m. Mass and St. Cecilia Choir sings at 12:30 pm Mass. Sun., Jan., 1, St. Cecilia Choir sings at 12:30 pm Mass.

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 835 N. Oakley Blvd., (773) 276-4537. Call for information.

The historic and architecturally unique Notre Dame de Chicago Church looks even more beautiful decorated for the Christmas holidays.

The historic and architecturally unique Notre Dame de Chicago Church looks
even more beautiful decorated for the Christmas holidays.

Santa Maria Addolorata Church, 528 N. Ada St., (312) 421-3122, www.smacatholicchurch.com. Call for information.

NEAR WEST SIDE, TRI-TAYLOR, UNIVERSITY VILLAGE

First Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1124 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 733-6886. Sun., Dec. 3, visit by St. Nicholas after 10:30 a.m. worship service. Sun., Dec. 18, Majesty! Christmas Pageant at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve worship with service of lights, Sat., Dec. 24, 3 p.m. Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols and Christmas Eve Service of Lights at 11 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day service at 10:30 a.m. Sun., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day service, 10:30 a.m.

Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd., (312) 492-8442, www.holyfamilychicago.org. Sun., Dec. 18, the Cardinal’s Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. Sat., Dec., 24, Mass for the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord at 5 p.m. with Rice-Frobenius pipe organ and brass, Christmas carols at 9:30 p.m. followed by Mass at 10 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass at 9:45 a.m. Sun., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 9:45 a.m. Sun., Jan. 8, the Feast of the Epiphany at 9:45 a.m. and Mass at 5 p.m.

New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1252 S. Wolcott Ave., (312) 733-1262, www.newzionmbc.com. Regular Sunday service at 10:45 a.m.

Notre Dame de Chicago Church, 1334 W. Flournoy St, (312) 243-7400, www.nddc.archchicago.org. Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena and Feast Day, now and continuing through Sun., Dec. 11, rosary and/or program each weekday evening at 7 p.m.; also Sun., Dec. 4, and Dec. 11 after the noon Mass. Mon., Dec. 12, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with mañanitas at 5 a.m. in the church, bilingual Mass of the Roses at 7 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation, Sat., Dec. 17, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Simbang Gabi, Filipino Advent Celebration, will be held Sat., Dec. 17, Mass at 5 p.m., reception to follow. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Family Mass with children’s pageant at 5 p.m.; Christmas carols at 11:30 p.m. followed by Bilingual Midnight Mass. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Masses in English at 8:30 and 10 a.m.; noon in Spanish. Feast of Mary, the Mother of God, Sat., Dec. 31, Bilingual Vigil Mass at 5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 1, English Masses at 8:30 and 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at noon. Feast of the Epiphany, English Vigil Mass, Sat., Jan. 7, at 5 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 8, English Mass at 8:30 a.m. and Family Mass with a visit from the Three Kings at 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at noon.

St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church, 733 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 243-3738, www.stbasilchicago.org. Sun., Dec. 18, Divine Liturgy at 9:45 a.m., followed by youth Christmas pageant. Fri., Dec. 23, Royal Hours for Christmas at 9 a.m. Sat., Dec. 24, Matins and Divine Liturgy at 8:30 a.m. for Christmas Eve, Great Vespers and Christmas Carols at 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day, Divine Liturgy at 9:45 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., Great Vespers for the Feast of St. Basil and the New Year. Sun., Jan. 1, 8:30 a.m., Matins and Divine Liturgy for Feast of St. Basil and the New Year.

Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., (312) 421-3757, fax (312) 421-3756, www.ourladyofpompeii.org. Rosary devotion every Sun. at 8 a.m. Padre Pio Prayer Cenacle at 6 p.m., first and third Wed. of the month. Sat., Dec. 3, Mary and Christmas buffet and concert; call for tickets. Thurs, Dec. 8, Feast of Immaculate Conception, Noon Mass. Sat., Dec. 10, Advent Day of Reflection and Reconciliation, 9 a.m., call for tickets. Sun., Dec 11, Second Sunday Feeding God’s Holy Family Food Drive; Feast of Santa Lucia, 11 a.m., reception in hall. Mon., Dec. 12, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, noon Mass. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, doors open at 11 p.m. with music and carols, followed by Midnight Mass and rector’s reception. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sun., Jan. 1, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, 11 a.m. Mass.

PILSEN

Providence of God Catholic Church, 717 W. 18th St., (312) 226-2929. Call for information.

St. Anthony Hospital Chapel, 2875 W. 19th St., (773) 484-1000. Virgin of Guadalupe Celebration, Fri., Dec. 9, Mass at noon. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 3:45 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass at 10:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve, Sat., Dec. 31, Mass at 3:45 p.m. Sun., Jan.1, New Year’s Day Mass at 10:30 a.m.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., (773) 847-6458, www.stmatthewchicago.org. Christmas dinner will take place the following Thursdays: Dec. 8, 15, and 22 at noon. Christmas Eve, Sat., Dec. 24, Mass at 3 p.m. New Year’s Eve, Sat., Dec. 31, Mass at 3 p.m. St. Pius V, 1919 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 226-6161. Novenas for the Virgin of Guadalupe will take place on Sat., Dec. 3 through Sun., Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Posadas, Fri., Dec. 16 through Fri., Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Mon. Dec. 12, Feast of Our Virgin of Guadalupe, rosary at midnight, mañanitas at 5 a.m. and Mass of the Roses at 6:30 p.m. Sat, Dec. 24, Midnight Mass beginning at 11 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass in English at 11:15 a.m. and in Spanish at 1:15 p.m. Sun., Jan. 1, New Year’s Mass in English at 11:15 a.m. and in Spanish at 1:15 p.m. St. Procopius Church, 1641 S. Allport St., (312) 226-7887, www.stprocopiuschurch.org. Call for information.

WEST HAVEN

First Baptist Congregational Church, 1613 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 243-8047. 58th Annual Presentation of Handel’s Messiah, Sun., Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m. Christmas Day candlelight service, Sat., Dec. 25, 10 a.m. New Year’s Eve watchnight service, Sat., Dec, 31, 10 p.m. Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2400 W. Warren Blvd., (312) 733-6832. Sun., Dec. 18, adult choir, candlelight musical at 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day sunrise service at 6 a.m. New Year’s Eve, Sun., Dec. 31, Watch meeting service at 11 p.m.

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2151 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 738-0053, www.metropolitanmbc.tripod.com. Regular Sunday worship at 11 a.m. St. Malachy and Precious Blood Church, 2248 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 733-1068. Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena, from Friday, Dec. 2, through Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. followed by a gathering in the school hall each night. Immaculate Conception Feast day, Thurs., Dec. 8, Mass at 7 p.m. Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mon., Dec. 12, mañanitas Guadalupanas at 5 a.m.; evening Mass of the Roses at 7 p.m. in Spanish. Posadas: Sun., Dec. 17, through Wed., Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. in church followed by gathering in the school hall with piñatas for children. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 7 p.m. in Spanish, followed by Midnight Mass in English. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass, regular schedule, 9:30 a.m. English, 11:30 a.m. Spanish. Sun., Jan.1, New Year’s Day Mass, regular schedule 9:30 a.m. English, 11:30 a.m. Spanish.

WEST LOOP, SOUTH LOOP, DOWNTOWN

First United Methodist Church, Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St., (312) 236-4548, www.chicagotemple.org. Call for information.

Fourth Chicago Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., (312) 787-4570, www.fourthchurch.org. Sun., Dec. 4, 8 9:30 and 11 a.m. communion, and 4 p.m. jazz service with communion. Sun., Dec. 11, 8 a.m. communion, 9:30 a.m. baptisms, 11 a.m. service, 4 p.m. jazz service with communion, and 6:30 p.m. Advent lessons and music. Sun., Dec. 18, 8 a.m. communion, 9:30 a.m. service, 4 p.m. jazz service with communion. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve services at 4, 6, 8:30 and 11 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day service at 11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, Taizé service at 7:30 p.m.

Grace Episcopal Church, 637 S. Dearborn St., (312) 922-1426, www.gracechicago.org. Wed., Dec 21 Blue Christmas Service at 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Eucharist at 8 p.m., followed by Christmas cheer refreshments. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Eucharist at 10 a.m. Sun., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Eucharist at 10 a.m.

Loop Christian Ministries, Daystar School building, 1550 S. State St., (312) 427-7962, www.loopchurch.org. Worship Sundays at 9 a.m.

Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1500 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 922-3444, www.oldstmarys.com. Wed., Dec. 7, Taizé prayer service at 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tues., Dec. 13, Advent Communal Penance Service with opportunity for individual confession at 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 15, Simbang Gabi Celebration at 7 p.m. Tues. Dec. 20, Taizé prayer service at 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Masses at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Masses, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Sat., Dec 31, Mass at 5 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 1, Masses at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St., (312) 648-1021, www.oldstpats.org. Fri., Dec. 2 and Sat., Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Deck the Halls Concert, call for tickets. Sun., Dec. 18, Family Christmas Story Liturgy, 10:30 a.m. Mass. Sat., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, Family Masses at 3 and 5 p.m., Midnight Mass with carols; doors open at 10:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25, Masses at 7, 8, 9:30, and 11:15 a.m. Sun. Jan.1, Mass at 7, 8, 9:30, and 11:15 a.m., 5 and 8 p.m.

Park Community Church, 1347 S. State St., (312)-361-0500, www.parkcommunitychurch.org/nearsouth. Christmas service, Sun., Dec. 25, at 9:30 a.m. and New Year’s service on Sun., Jan. 1, at 9:30 a.m.

St. James Catholic Church, 2942 S. Wabash Ave., (312) 842- 1919, www.stjameswabash.org. Friday, Dec. 2, Eucharistic adoration, 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3, tree trimming party at the rectory, 6:30 p.m. Call for information on services.

St. Peter’s Church in the Loop (Roman Catholic), 110 W. Madison St., (312) 372-5111. Thurs., Dec. 8: Feast of Immaculate Conception, holy day of obligation, Masses at 6, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15, 9, 10, and 11:15 a.m., 12:15 (choir, solemn Mass), 1:15, 4:30, 5:15, and 6 p.m. Thurs., Dec.15: Communal Penance Service at 12:15 p.m. Sat., Dec. 24: Church closed until 4 p.m. Vigil Mass at 5 p.m., church closes at 6 p.m., re-opens at 10:30 p.m., carols at 11 p.m., followed by Midnight Mass. Sun., Dec. 25 church opens at 8:30 a.m., Masses at 9 and 110 a.m. Mon., Dec. 26, church opens at 9 a.m., Mass at 10 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, Masses at noon and 5 p.m., church closes at 6 p.m. Sun., Jan. 1, church opens at 8:30 a.m., Masses at 9 and 11 a.m.

Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue, (312) 225-4951, www.2ndpresbyterian.org.

OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS

Andrew Jackson Language Academy, 1340 W. Harrison St., (773) 534-7000, www.andrewjackson.cps.edu. Fri., Dec. 23, holiday assembly at 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Bridgeport Catholic Academy, 3700 S. Lowe Ave., (312) 326-1130. The school will host its annual Breakfast with Santa on Sun., Dec. 11, call for tickets and exact time.

The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N. Lakeview Ave., (773) 360-5115, www.cabrinishrinechicago.com. Thurs. Dec. 8., Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be held at St. Clement, 642 W. Deming, call church for Mass times. Sat., Dec 24: carols at 4 p.m., Mass at 4:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 25: carols at 9:45 a.m., Mass at 10 a.m. The Shrine will close at noon on Christmas Day. New Year’s Eve, Sat. Dec. 31, Mass at 4 p.m. New Year’s Day, Sun. Jan. 1, Mass at 10 a.m.