Community churches help celebrate the spirit of the season
November 30, 2017

Historic Notre Dame de Chicago Church will hold Advent, Christmas, and other services. The 130-year-old church now has an elevator and handicap accessible restrooms.

By Ivette Sandoval

We are only a couple of weeks away from 2018 and the holidays are upon us. Community churches have prepared a long list of special events celebrating Advent, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Simbang Gabi, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s. Make sure to visit your local community churches to take advantage of everything spiritual that this holiday season has to offer.

BRIDGEPORT/MCKINLEY PARK/BRIGHTON PARK/CANARYVILLE

All Saints-St. Anthony Church, 518 W. 28th Pl., (312) 842-2744. Tues., Dec. 19, Christmas concert, Collegiate Choir Illinois Wesleyan School of Music, at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, Masses at 9 and 11 a.m., children’s Mass at 5 p.m. 11:30 p.m. caroling followed by Midnight Mass. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass at 10 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Masses at 9 and 11 a.m. Mon., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 10 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 only) will take place daily Sun., Dec. 3, through Mon., 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, Tues., Dec. 12, Mañanitas at 5 a.m. at OLGC in Spanish; Spanish Mass at SSPP at 7 p.m. Advent-Christmas Reconciliation service, Fri., Dec. 15,  at SSPP, 7 p.m.  Christmas Eve Masses, Sun., Dec. 24, in English at SSPP, 4 p.m., and in Spanish at OLGC, 6 p.m. Christmas Day Masses, Mon., Dec. 25, in 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. Sun., Dec. 31, Vigil, Mary Mother of God, New Year’s Eve Masses, SSPP in English at 4 p.m. Mon., Jan. 1, Mary, Mother of God, New Year’s Day Masses— in English: OLGC at 9 a.m.; in Spanish:  SM at 11 a.m.

Chicago International Church (EFCA), 2304 W. Taylor St. (church office only), (312) 226-8026, www.ciefc.org. Call for information.

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, 643 W. 31st St., (312) 842-7390, www.firsttrinitychicago.com. Sun., Dec. 24, worship with communion at 10:30 a.m., candlelight service, lessons, and carols at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 31, worship with communion at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3116 S. Racine Ave., (773) 523-3838, www.holycrosschicago.org. Sunday family worship at 10: 30 a.m.

Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3100 S. Aberdeen Ave., (773) 927-7424, www.chicagomonk.org. Sun., Dec. 10, 5 p.m., the Chicago Chorale will perform during Solemn Vespers. Christmas Eve, Sun., Dec. 24, First Vespers of Christmas at 5:15 p.m., Mass at 8 p.m. Christmas Day, Mon., Dec. 25, Vigils 5 a.m., Lauds 6 a.m., Masses at 6:35 and 10 a.m.; Solemn Vespers at 5:15 p.m. New Year’s Eve, Sun., Dec. 31, Solemn Choral Vespers with the monks and Schola Laudis at 5:15 p.m. Solemnity of Mary, Mon., Jan. 1, Vigils at 5 a.m., 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. VanderCook Christmas Concert, Thurs., Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., toy donations encouraged. Breakfast with Santa, Sun., Dec. 10, call the Bridgeport Catholic Academy at (773) 376-6223 for details. Reconciliation (penance) service, Tues., Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Children’s Mass, Sun., Dec. 24, 4 p.m. Christmas, Sun., Dec. 25, 8 a.m. in the chapel and 11 a.m. in the church.

Our Lady of Fatima/Shrine of St. Anne, 2751 W. 38th Pl., (773) 927-2421. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas carols at 6:30 p.m. followed by 7 p.m. bilingual Mass. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass in English at 10 a.m. and in Spanish at noon. Mon., Jan. 1, Masses 10 a.m. in English and noon in Spanish.

Park Community Church
Bridgeport, Armour Elementary
School, 911 W. 32nd Pl., (312) 361-0500, www.parkcommunity.church/bridgeport. Christmas service, Sun., Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. and New Year’s service on Sun., Dec. 31, at 10:30 a.m.

Santa Lucia Church, 3022 S. Wells St., (312) 842-6115. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Masses at 10 a.m., 4 and 11 p.m. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass at 10 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Masses at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mon., 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. 2, and Sun., Dec. 3, Feast of St. Barbara Celebration and hospitality after all Masses, 5 p.m. on Saturday and 6, 9:30, and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Mon., Dec. 4, St. Barbara Feast Day Mass at 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 8, Feast of Immaculate Conception, Masses at 6 and 8:30 a.m., and 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 10, Santa Breakfast following 9:30 a.m. Mass. Tues., Dec. 12, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at 6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 15, School Christmas Concert in church, 6:30 p.m.  Sat., Dec. 16, Simbang Gabi Mass (Filipino preparation Mass for the birth of Christ) at 5 p.m. with hospitality following Mass. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Family Mass at 4 p.m., Christmas carols at 11:30 p.m followed by Midnight Mass. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Masses at 6, 9:30, and 11:30 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Mass at 5 p.m. Mon., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 9 a.m.

St. Gabriel Catholic Church,
4522 S. Wallace St., (773) 268-9595,
www.saintgabes.com. Sun., Dec. 24, morning Masses at 9 and 11 a.m. and Christmas Eve Family Mass with children’s pageant at 4:30 p.m. Mon. Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass at 10 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Masses at 9 and 11 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. Mon., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 10 a.m..

St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church, 2823 S. Princeton Ave., (312) 842-1871, http://www.stjeromecroatian.org. Call for information.

St. Mary of Perpetual Help, 1039 W. 32nd St., (773) 927-6646, www.stmaryofperpetualhelp.com.  Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Fri., Dec. 8, Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Breakfast with St. Nicholas and Christmas Bake Sale, Sun., Dec. 10, in school building from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Tues., Dec. 12, Mass at 8:30 a.m. Sun., Dec. 17, Christmas Carols by the religious education students after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Christmas Eve, Sun., Dec. 24, Mass with music with 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, Mon., Dec. 25, 8:30 a.m. traditional Latin Mass with Chant Schola; 10:30 a.m. Mass in English. New Year’s Day, Mon., Jan. 1, the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, 9 a.m. Mass. Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Sun, Jan. 7, regular Sunday schedule.

BRONZEVILLE

Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Ave., (773) 373-8500, www.afcchicago.org. Call church for information.

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 9:45 a.m.

Corpus Christi Church, 4920 S. King Dr., (773) 285-7720, www.corpuschristichurchchicago.com. Regular Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m.

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 4501 S. Vincennes Ave., (773) 373-6144. Handel’s Messiah, Sun., Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. Call for information on Christmas and New Year’s services.        

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. Call church for information.

Holy Angels Catholic Church, 607 E. Oakwood Blvd., (773) 624-5375. Christmas Eve, Sun., Dec. 24 carols at 8 a.m., carols at 10 p.m., followed by Mass at 11 p.m. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass at 8 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Masses at 8 and 11: 30 a.m. Mon., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 8 a.m.

Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., (773) 373-2861. Regular Sunday worship services at 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, www.mccchurch.org. Regular Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Star Baptist, 3933 S. King Dr., (773) 285-8111. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve service at 10:45 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, 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, www.ambrose47.com. Regular Mass at 10:30 a.m.

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. Sun., Dec. 24, worship at 8 and 11 a.m. and Christmas Eve Mass with carols, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s worship, 8 and 10: 30 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. 3, at 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 9, Chicago Community Chorus Musical Presentation, 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Celebration, 10 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve worship at 10 a.m.

CHINATOWN

Chinese Christian Union Church (CCUC), 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., (312) 842-8545, www.ccuc.net. Combined Christmas Baptism Service, Sun., Dec. 17, 2 p.m., Main Sanctuary. Cantonese Christmas Caroling, Sat., Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve service in English at 9:45 a.m.; Cantonese service at 10 and 11: 30 a.m.; Mandarin at 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. at the Pui Tak Center, 2216 S. Wentworth Ave.

Chinese Christian Union Church (CCUC-South), 3000 S. Wallace St., Sun., Dec 24, Christmas Eve Celebration (with drama, games, songs, and message) 7:30 p.m in the CCUC-South Gym. Christmas Eve services in Cantonese at 9 and 11: 45 a.m.

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

St. John Cantius, known for its beautiful interior, will offer performances by the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra and St. Cecilia Choir.

GRAND AVENUE

St. John Cantius, 825 N. Carpenter St., (312) 243-7373, www.cantius.org. Fri., Dec. 8, Immaculate Conception, St. Cecilia Choir, 7:30 p.m. Mass. Sat., Dec. 16, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24, Resurrection Choir and Orchestra at 11 p.m., followed by midnight Mass. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass with children and youth choirs at 9 a.m., St. Cecilia Choir sings for 12:30 p.m. Mass. Sun., Dec. 31, Feast of the Holy Family at 11 a.m. with St. Cecilia choir, Sunday Within the Octave of Christmas, 12:30 p.m. Mass with St. Cecilia Choir.

Santa Maria Addolorata Church, 528 N. Ada St., (312) 421- 3122, www.smacatholicchurch.com. Sun., Dec. 3, to Tues., Dec. 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena, rosary at 6:30 p.m. and confessions until 7 p.m., followed by Mass; Tues., Dec. 12, Mañanitas to Our Lady of Guadalupe at 5 a.m., solemn Mass at 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Masses in English at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and in Spanish at 10:30 a.m. and 12: 30 p.m., 11 p.m. bilingual. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass at noon. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, 9 a.m. in English and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Spanish. Mon., Jan. 1, call for Mass times.

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. 17, “Majesty!” Christmas pageant at 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve worship with service of lights, Sun., Dec. 24, 10 a.m. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Day service, 10 a.m.

Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd., (312) 492-8442, www.holyfamilychicago.org. Sunday, Dec. 10, the Cardinal’s Christmas concert. Sunday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, 5 p.m. Vigil Mass of the Nativity of the Lord featuring the Rice-Frobenius organ and brass; 9:30 p.m. Christmas carols; 10 p.m. Mass for the Nativity of the Lord. Monday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day, 9:45 a.m. Mass. Sunday, Dec. 31, 9:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. Masses on the Feast of the Holy Family, blessings and veneration of the relics of the Holy Family; church will be open all day. Monday, Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Feast of Mary, Mother of God, 9:45 a.m. Mass. Sunday, Jan. 7, Feast of the Epiphany, 9:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. Masses.

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 Sun., Dec. 3, through Tues., Dec. 12; Mass, reflection and rosary, Sundays at noon; weekdays at 7 p.m. Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Tues., Dec. 12 Las Mañanitas (Marian devotion in song) at 5 a.m. in the church, bilingual Mass of the Roses at 7 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation, one half hour before the start of Masses during Advent. Confession is available after Mass upon request. Simbang Gabi, Filipino Advent Celebration, will be held Sat., Dec. 16, Mass at 5 p.m., reception to follow. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Vigil Mass 5 p.m.; Christmas carols at 11:30 p.m. followed by Midnight Mass. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Day English Mass at 10 a.m. and Spanish Mass at noon. Feast of Mary, the Mother of God, Sun., Dec. 31, Bilingual Vigil Mass at 5 p.m. in the Harrison Street Chapel. Mon., Jan. 1, English Mass 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at noon. Feast of the Epiphany, English Vigil Mass, Sat., Jan. 6, at 5 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 7, English Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at noon.

St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church, 733 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 243-3738, www.stbasilchicago.org. Call church for information.

Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., (312) 421-3757, fax (312) 421-3756, www.ourladyofpompeii.org. Sat., Dec. 2, Mary and Christmas buffet and concert; call for tickets. Sat., Dec. 9, Advent Day of Reflection and Reconciliation, call for tickets. Sun., Dec 10, Santa Lucia Pilgrimage, 11 a.m. Mass, reception in hall, $20 suggested donation. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, doors open at 11 p.m. with music and carols, followed by Midnight Mass and rector’s reception. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass at 11 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, Masses at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Mon., Jan. 1, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, 11 a.m. Mass.

La Befana will entertain children during a service at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii. La Befana will make her apearance on the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday, January 7.

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. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration, Fri., Dec. 8, Mass at noon. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 10:30 a.m. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass at 10:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve, Sun., Dec. 31, Mass at 10:30 a.m. Mon., 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. Call for information.

St. Pius V, 1919 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 226-6161. Novenas for the Virgin of Guadalupe will take place on Sun., Dec. 3 through Tues., Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Tues. 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. Posadas, Sat., Dec. 16, through Sat., Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24, Masses at 7:45 and 9:15 a.m., 1:15, 4:30, and 6:30 p.m., and Midnight Mass beginning at 11 p.m. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass in English at 11 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Masses 7:45 and 9:15 a.m., 1:15, 4:30, and 6:30 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. 59th Annual Presentation of Handel’s Messiah, Sun., Dec. 10, at 3:30 p.m. with Felicia Coleman-Evans, soprano; Joyce Carter, contralto; Jeffrey Burish, tenor; Brandon Brown, baritone; Arthur Griffin Jr., organist; Mattie L. Robertson, conductor and orchestral accompaniment; Delores Diggs, coordinator. Christmas Day candlelight service, Sun., Dec. 25, 6:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve watchnight service, Sun., Dec, 31, 10 p.m.

Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2400 W. Warren Blvd., (312) 733-6832. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Day sunrise service at 6 a.m. New Year’s Eve, Sun., Dec. 31, Watchmeeting service at 11 p.m.

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2151 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 738-0053. 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 Sat., Dec. 2, through Sun., Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tues., Dec. 12, mañanitas Guadalupanas at 5 a.m.; evening Mass of the Roses at 7 p.m. in Spanish. Posadas: Sat., Dec. 16, through Thurs., Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at  9:30 a.m. in English, 11:30 a.m. in Spanish, 1:30 p.m. in Twi (African language), and then Christmas Carols at 11:30 p.m. followed by Midnight Mass in English. Mon., Dec. 25, trilingual Christmas Day Mass at 9:30 a.m. Sat., Dec. 30, Holy Family and Kwanzaa Mass at 5:30 p.m. in English. Sun., Dec. 31, Holy Family and Kwanzaa Masses, 9:30 a.m. in English, 11:30 a.m. in Spanish and in Twi at 1:30 p.m. Mon., Jan.1, New Year’s Day Mass, 9:30 a.m. trilingual.

WEST LOOP, SOUTH LOOP, DOWNTOWN

First United Methodist Church, Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St., (312) 236-4548, www.chicagotemple.org. Fri., Dec. 1, Taizé Candlelit service at 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 3, Chicago Southern District’s Advent/Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 10, Organ and Brass concert at 2 p.m. Wed., Dec. 13, Temple Choir Carols in Daley Plaza Chriskindlmarket at 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17, Advent Adventure Service (Children’s Christmas Offering) at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 23, Longest Night Service at 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve worship at 10 a.m., Lessons & Carols: A Family Friendly Service at 4 p.m., and Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 7 p.m. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve morning worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Fourth Chicago Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., (312) 787-4570, www.fourthchurch.org. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve services at 11 a.m., family service with jazz at 6 p.m. and lessons and carols at 8 and 10 p.m. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Day service at 11 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, morning worship with communion at 8 a.m., and worship at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and Taizé service at 7:30 p.m. 

Grace Episcopal Church, 637 S. Dearborn St., (312) 922-1426, www.gracechicago.org.Thurs., Dec. 21, Blue Christmas Service at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Eucharist at 8 p.m., followed by Christmas cheer refreshments. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Eucharist at 10 a.m.

Loop Christian Ministries, Daystar School building, 1550 S. State St., (312) 427-7962, www.loopchurch.org. Worship Sundays at 10 a.m. Special Sunday Brunch Gathering on December 3 at 10 a.m., “Strategies for Making This Christmas Season More Meaningful and Less Stressful.”  Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve service at 10 a.m and Sun., Dec. 31,  New Year’s Eve service at 10 a.m.

Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1500 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 922-3444, www.oldstmarys.com. Thurs., Dec. 7, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Mass at 7 p.m and Fri., Dec. 8 at 8:30 a.m. Sat., Dec. 9, Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. Wed., Dec. 13, Taize Prayer service at 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 16, Children’s Mass  at 5 p.m. followed by “In Bethlehem Inn” dinner theatre at 6:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 18, Advent communal penance service with opportunity for individual confession at 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 21, Simbang Gabi Advent Novena Mass at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Masses with caroling at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Masses, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Mon., Jan. 1, Mass 10 a.m. 

Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St., (312) 648-1021, www.oldstpats.org. Sun., Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, Family Masses at 3 and 5 p.m., Midnight Mass with carols; doors open at 10:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 25, Masses at 7, 8, 9:30, and 11:15 a.m.  Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Masses at 7, 8, 9:30, and 11:15 a.m., 5 and 8 p.m. Mon., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 10 a.m.

Park Community Church, 1550 S. State St. in the Daystar Building, (312)-361-0500, www.parkcommunitychurch.org/nearsouth. Christmas service, Sun., Dec. 24, at 9:30 a.m.

St. James Catholic Church, 2942 S. Wabash Ave., (312) 842-1919, www.stjameswabash.org. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 6:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass at 10 a.m.; from noon to 3 p.m., luncheon for the homeless, volunteers needed, call church for details. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Masses at 9:30 a.m. and 11: 30 p.m. Mon., Jan. 1, New Year’s Eve Mass at 10 a.m.

St. Peter’s Church in the Loop (Roman Catholic), 110 W. Madison St., (312) 372-5111. Thurs., Dec. 7: Christmas Concert 5 to 6:45 p.m. cost is $10.  Fri., 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. Tues., Dec. 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe Festive Mass at 1:15 p.m.  Thurs., Dec.14, Communal Penance Service at 12:15 p.m.  Sat., Dec. 24,: Masses at 9, 11, 12:30, Vigil Mass at 5 p.m., church closes at 6 p.m., re-opens at 9 p.m., carols at 9:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 10 p.m.  Sun., Dec. 25 church opens at 8:30 a.m., Masses at 9 and 11 a.m, church closes after 11 a.m. Mass. Sun., Dec. 31, Masses at 9 and 11 a.m., 12:30 and 6 p.m. Mon., Jan. 1, church opens from 9 to 11 a.m., Mass at 10 a.m. 

Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue, (312) 225-4951, www.2ndpresbyterian.org. Sun., Dec. 3, first Sunday of Advent, 11 p.m. Sun., Dec. 10, second Sunday of Advent service 11 a.m.; Community Sing-Along Messiah at 3:30 p.m. Children’s Christmas Pageant, Sun., Dec. 17, 11 a.m. Fri., Dec. 22, blue Christmas worship service, 6 p.m. Sun, Dec. 24, Festival of Music at 11 a.m. and candlelight Christmas Eve service, 7 p.m.  Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve service at 11 a.m.

Soul City Church, 1150 W. Adams St., (312) 252-3062, www.soulcitychurch.com

Sun., Dec. 24 Masses at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS

The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N. Lakeview Ave., (773) 360-5752, www.cabrininationalshrine.org. First Sunday of Advent, Sat., Dec. 2, Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 3, Sunday Mass at 10 a.m.  Second Sunday of Advent, Sat., Dec. 9, Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 10, at 10 a.m., Mass will also honor of the Centenary of Mother Cabrini’s death. The Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Blasé Cupich. This event has been recognized by the State of Illinois as an official event of the Illinois Bicentennial. Third Sunday of Advent, Sat., Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. Mother Cabrini Day in Chicago, Fri., Dec. 22 at 10 a.m.; the City Council of Chicago has declared Dec. 22 as Mother Cabrini Day. The shrine will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mother Cabrini’s death and celebrate Mother Cabrini Day with a special prayer service. Fourth Sunday of Advent, Saturday Vigil Mass, Sat., Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass, Sun., Dec. 24 at 10 a.m., with carols at 4:30 p.m. followed by Mass at 5 p.m. Mon., Dec. 25: carols at 9:30 a.m., Mass at 10 a.m. New Year’s Eve, Sun. Dec. 31, Mass at 10 a.m.