Celebrate religious, festive activities at community churches
December 6, 2019

By Ivette Sandoval

We all have a lot to be thankful for and much more to look forward to in the New Year. Churches in this community invite you to their services and bring cheer in order to celebrate Christmas, Advent, posadas, holiday concerts, Kwanzaa, the New Year, and much more. In this community, some churches have downsized, some have closed, and some have joined forces and have been renamed. There continues to be ample opportunities for spirituality this holiday season, and community churches invite you to join them.

BRIDGEPORT/MCKINLEY PARK/BRIGHTON PARK/CANARYVILLE

Blessed Sacrament Parish, (773) 523-3917, comprised of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 3745 S. Paulina St.; St. Maurice Church, 3615 S. Hoyne Ave.; and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Advent-Christmas Reconciliation service, Fri., Dec. 13, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Masses, Tues., Dec. 24, in English at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 4 p.m., with the Traditional Polish Christmas Carols (Koledy) beginning at 3:45 p.m., and in Spanish at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 6 p.m. Christmas Day Masses, Wed., Dec. 25, in English at St. Maurice Church, 9 a.m., and in Spanish at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 11 a.m. Tues., Dec. 31, Vigil, Mary Mother of God, New Year’s Eve Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in English at 4 p.m. Wed., Jan. 1, Mary, Mother of God, New Year’s Day Masses in English at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 9 a.m., and in Spanish at St. Maurice Church at 11 a.m.

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, 643 W. 31st St., (312) 842-7390, www.firsttrinitychicago.com. Candlelight service, lessons, and carols, Tues., Dec. 24, 7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Day worship and brunch, 10:30 a.m.

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

Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3100 S. Aberdeen Ave., (773) 927-7424, www.chicagomonk.org. Sat., Dec. 7, 5:15 p.m., Advent Solemn Vespers with Chicago Chorale. Wed. Dec. 18, 6:35 a.m. and Mon. Dec. 23, 6:35 a.m., Rorate Caeli Mass by candlelight. Christmas Eve, Tue., Dec. 24, first Vespers of Christmas at 5:15 p.m., Mass at 8 p.m. Christmas Day, Wed., Dec. 25, Mass at 6:35 and 10 a.m.; Vespers at 5:15 p.m. New Year’s Eve, Tue., Dec. 31, 5:15 p.m. Solemn Vespers for Mary, Mother of God, with the monks and Schola Laudis at 5:15 p.m. Wed., Jan. 1, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Mass at 10 a.m., Vespers at 5:15 p.m.

Nativity of Our Lord, 653 W. 37th St., (773) 927-6263, www.nativitybridgeport.org. Breakfast with Santa, Sun., Dec. 8, call the Bridgeport Catholic Academy at (773) 376-6223 for details. Reconciliation (penance) service, Tues., Dec. 10, 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Children’s Mass, Tues., Dec. 24, 4 p.m., Midnight Mass at with carols at 11:30 p.m. Christmas, Wed., Dec. 25, 8:30 a.m. in the chapel and 10:30 a.m. in the church. Note: Nativity of Our Lord and St. Gabriel have merged.

Our Lady of Fatima/Shrine of St. Anne, 2751 W. 38th Pl., (773) 523-5666. Call church for information.

Park Community Church-Bridgeport, Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., (312) 361-0500, www.parkcommunity.church/bridgeport. Lessons and Carols, Thurs., Dec. 12, and Fri., Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. Christmas service, Sun., Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. and New Year’s service on Sun., Dec. 31, at 10:30 a.m.

St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 4522 S. Wallace St., (773) 268-9595, www.saintgabes.com. Call for information. Note: St. Gabriel and Nativity of Our Lord have merged.

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. Call for information.

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, a newly comprised entity of St. Barbara’s Church in Bridgeport, 2859 S. Throop St., (312) 842-7979, www.stbarbarachicago.org, and St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church in Chinatown, 218 W. Alexander St., (312) 842-6777, www.sttheresechinatown.org. St. Barbara’s Church worship site: Wed., Dec. 24, Christmas Vigil Mass, 5 p.m. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Masses at 8 and 11 a.m. Sun., Dec. 8, Family Mass and St. Barbara Feast Day celebration, 9:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception Mass, Mon., Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 14, 2019, Simbang Gabi Mass, 5 p.m. Reconciliation service, Mon., Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. All school Christmas program, Wed., Dec. 18, 6 p.m. Christmas Carols followed by Midnight Mass, Tues., Dec. 24, 11:30 p.m. Christmas Masses, Wed., Dec. 25 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church worship site: Wed., Dec. 24, Christmas vigil Mass, 5 p.m. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Masses at 8 and 11 a.m. St. Barbara’s Church: Wed., Dec. 24, Christmas vigil Mass, 5 p.m. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Masses at 8 and 11 a.m. Sun., Dec. 8, Family Mass and St. Barbara Feast Day celebration, 9:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception Mass, Mon., Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 14, Simbang Gabi Mass, 5 p.m. Reconciliation service, Mon., Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. All school Christmas program, Wed., Dec. 18, 6 p.m. Christmas carols followed by Midnight Mass, Tues., Dec. 24, 11:30 p.m. Christmas Masses, Wed., Dec. 25, 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. 

BRONZEVILLE

Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Ave., (773) 373-8500, www.afcchicago.org. Sun., Dec. 22, services at 8 and 11 a.m.  Wed., Dec. 25, serve the shelters, feed the homeless and distribute toys to children from 9 to 2 p.m. Tues., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve service at 9 a.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 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. Holiday brunch and annual raffle, Sun., Dec. 8 at noon, in the social hall.

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 4501 S. Vincennes Ave., (773) 373-6144. Regular Sunday service at 10:45 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. Call church for information.

Holy Angels Catholic Church, 607 E. Oakwood Blvd., (773) 624-5375. Call church for information.

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. Regular Sunday worship at 10:45a.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. Tues., Dec. 24, caroling at 11 p.m., followed by midnight Mass. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass at 10:30 a.m. Tues., Dec. 31 watchnight service at 9 p.m. New Year’s Day Mass at 10:30 a.m.

St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 50 E. 41st St., (773) 268-1518. Tues., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass, 4 p.m. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass at St. Anselm, 6045 S. Michigan Ave., 10 a.m.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 3801 S. Wabash Ave., (773) 268-1900, www.stthomaschicago.com. Tues., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass with carols, 7 p.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.  Chicago Community Choir Christmas Concert, Sat., Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Tues., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve worship at noon.

CHINATOWN

Chinese Christian Union Church (CCUC), 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., (312) 842-8545, www.ccuc.net. Combined Christmas Baptism service, Sun., Dec. 15, 2 p.m., main sanctuary. Cantonese Christmas caroling, Sat., Dec. 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 22, Christmas service in English at 9:45 a.m.; Cantonese service at 10 and 11:30 a.m.; Mandarin at 9:45 at the Pui Tak Center, 2216 S. Wentworth Ave. Weds, Dec. 25, Mandarin Christmas Lunch, noon at the Pui Tak Center.

Chinese Christian Union Church (CCUC-South), 3000 S. Wallace St., Tue., Dec 24, Christmas Eve celebration with drama, games, songs, and message, 7 p.m. in the CCUC-South Gym. Christmas service on Sun. Dec. 22 in Cantonese at 11:30 a.m.

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, a newly comprised entity of St. Barbara’s Church in Bridgeport, 2859 S. Throop St., (312) 842-7979, www.stbarbarachicago.org, and St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church in Chinatown, 218 W. Alexander St., (312) 842-6777, www.sttheresechinatown.org. See listing in Bridgeport section above.

GRAND AVENUE AREA/WEST TOWN

Holy Innocents Church, 743 N. Armour St., (312) 666-3675, www.holyinnocentsparish.org. Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, novena running through Wed., Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., except for Sun., Dec. 8, which will take place at 6 p.m.; Thurs., Dec. 12, mañanitas at 5 a.m. followed by breakfast at the church, then at 7 p.m. Mass of the roses. Fourth Sunday of Advent, Sun., Dec. 22, 7:45 a.m. in English, 9 a.m. in Spanish, 10:30 a.m. in Polish, noon in English, and 1:30 p.m in Spanish. Christmas Eve, Tues., Dec. 24, vigil Mass with carols beginning at 11 p.m., followed by Midnight Mass. Christmas, Wed., Dec. 25, 10:30 a.m. in Polish, noon in English, and 1:30 p.m. in Spanish, Ecuadorian Catholics will join in the Spanish Masses. Feast of the Holy Innocents, Sat., Dec. 28, bilingual Mass at 5 p.m. with blessing of children. Feast of the Holy Family, Sun., Dec. 29, 7:45 a.m. in English, 9 a.m. in Spanish, 10:30 a.m. in Polish, noon in English, and 1:30 p.m. in Spanish. Solemnity of Mary, New Year’s Day, Wed., Jan. 1, 10:30 a.m. in Polish, noon in English, and 1:30 p.m. in Spanish.

St. John Cantius, 825 N. Carpenter St., (312) 243-7373, www.cantius.org. Sun., Dec. 8, Immaculate Conception, St. Cecilia Choir, 12:30 p.m. high Mass. Sat., Dec. 14, lessons and carols at 7 p.m. Tues., Dec. 24, Resurrection Choir and Orchestra at 11 p.m., followed by midnight Latin high Mass. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass at 7:30 and 9 a.m. in English and 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Latin, Solemn Vespers, 2 p.m. Tues., Dec. 31, Mass in English at 11 p.m. followed by Latin high midnight Mass. Wed., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 7:30 and 9 a.m. in English, 12:30 p.m. in Latin.

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 835 N. Oakley Blvd., (773) 276-4537. Sunday liturgy 8 and 9:30 a.m. in Ukrainian and 11:30 a.m. in English.

Santa Maria Addolorata Church, 528 N. Ada St., (312) 421- 3122, www.smacatholicchurch.com. Thurs., Dec. 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe mañanitas to Our Lady of Guadalupe at 5 a.m. followed by Mass, then novenario Guadalupano at 6:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass in Spanish at 7:30 a.m. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass at 7:30 a.m. in Spanish. Tues., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, 7:30 a.m. in Spanish. Wed., Jan. 1, 7:30 a.m. in Spanish.

NEAR WEST SIDE, TRI-TAYLOR, UNIVERSITY VILLAGE

The Chicago International Church (EFCA) 2302/2304 W. Taylor St., (312) 226-8026. Sunday worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Christmas caroling, Fri., Dec. 20, meet at 2302 W. Taylor St. at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 22, Christmas potluck meal after worship. 

First Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1124 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 733-6886. www.1stimmanuelchicago.org. Sun., Dec. 15, Majesty! Christmas pageant at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve worship with service of lights, Tues., Dec. 24, 10:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Day service at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Family-Notre Dame de Chicago Parish, (312) 243-7400, comprised of Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd., and Notre Dame de Chicago Church, 1334 W. Flournoy St. Second weekend of Advent/weekend of Mary Sat., Dec. 7, 5 p.m. at Notre Dame and Sun., Dec. 8, 8:30 and 10 a.m. in English and Noon in Spanish at Notre Dame; 5 p.m. at Holy Family, the Anticipation Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mon., Dec. 9, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 6:30 a.m. Mass at Notre Dame Harrison Street Chapel and at 7 p.m. at Notre Dame Church. Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Thurs., Dec. 12, mañanitas with mariachi at 5 a.m. and Mass at 7 p.m. at Notre Dame. Note: Weeknight novenas begin at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7 after the 5 p.m. Mass; and Sunday, Dec. 8 after the Noon Mass. All programs at Notre Dame. Third weekend of Advent, Sat., Dec. 14, 5 p.m. at Notre Dame includes the traditional Filipino community Simbang Gabi celebration with reception to follow in lower hall and Sun., Dec. 15, 8:30 a.m. at Notre Dame; 10 a.m. at Holy Family, noon in Spanish at Notre Dame, and 5 p.m. at Holy Family. Fourth weekend of Advent, Sat., Dec. 21, 5 p.m. at Notre Dame; Sun., Dec. 22, 8:30 and 10 a.m. in English and noon in Spanish at Notre Dame; 5 p.m. at Holy Family. Christmas Eve, Tues., Dec. 24, 5 p.m. Family Mass at Notre Dame; 10 p.m. Mass at Holy Family; Christmas Carols at 11:30 p.m. followed by Midnight Mass at Notre Dame. Christmas Day Masses, Wed., Dec. 25, 10 a.m. in English, and noon in Spanish at Notre Dame. Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Wed., Jan. 1, 10 a.m. at Notre Dame. Epiphany of Our Lord, Sat., Jan. 4, 5 p.m. Mass at Notre Dame; Sun., Jan. 5, 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. at Notre Dame. Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, Sat., Jan. 11, 5 p.m. at Notre Dame; Sun., Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. at Notre Dame; 10 a.m. at Holy Family; noon in Spanish at Notre Dame; and 5 p.m. at Holy Family. 

Immanuel Baptist Church, 1443 W. Roosevelt Rd., (312) 493-3726, info@immanuel-baptist.net, immanuelblog.wordpress.com. Wednesday night services at 6:30 p.m. Sunday services at 10 a.m.

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

St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church, 733 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 243-3738, www.stbasilchicago.org. Vesperal Liturgy of Christmas Eve, Tues., Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy of Christmas, Wed., Dec. 25,  8:15 a.m. Hierarchal Great Vespers of the Circumcision and St. Basil the Great, Tues., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy for St. Basil, followed by Doxology for the New Year, Wed., Jan. 1,  8:30 a.m.

Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., (312) 421-3757, fax (312) 421-3756, www.ourladyofpompeii.org. Sat., Dec. 7, Mary and Christmas buffet and concert; call for tickets. Sat., Dec. 14, Advent Day of Reflection and Reconciliation, $25 registration. Sun., Dec. 15, Santa Lucia Pilgrimage, 11 a.m. Mass, reception in hall, $20 suggested donation. Tues., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, doors open at 11 p.m. with music and carols, followed by Midnight Mass and rector’s reception. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass at 11 a.m. Sun., Dec. 29, Feast of the Holy Family, Masses at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Wed., 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; some events at St. Procopius, 1641 S. Allport St. Posadas, Mon., Dec. 16, through Thurs., Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m., at Providence of God, and Fri., Dec. 20 through Mon., Dec. 23, 6:30 p.m. at St. Procopius. Christmas Eve Masses, Tues., Dec. 24, 5 p.m. bilingual Mass at Providence of God, 7 p.m. bilingual Mass at St. Procopius. Christmas Day, Wed. Dec. 25, noon. Bilingual Mass at St. Procopius. New Year’s Eve, Tues., Dec. 31, 8 a.m. Bilingual Mass at St. Procopius. New Year’s Day, Wed., Jan. 1, 10 a.m. bilingual Mass at St. Procopius.

St. Anthony Hospital Chapel, 2875 W. 19th St., (773) 484-1000. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration, Fri., Dec. 6, Mass at noon. Tues., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 10:30 a.m. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass at 10:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve, Tues., Dec. 31, Mass at 10:30 a.m. Wed., 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 meals for the homeless, Thurs., Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas Mass, Sun., Dec. 22, at 11:30 a.m. Sun., Dec. 29. New Year’s Eve Mass at 11 p.m.

St. Pius V, 1919 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 226-6161. Fri., Dec. 6 through Wed., Dec. 11, services in Spanish for the Novena of Our Lady of Guadalupe will take place every evening at 6:30 p.m. with rosary, Mass, a dramatic presentation of the apparitions, and fellowship each night. Thurs., Dec. 12, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Midnight Mass, mañanitas at 5 a.m., and Mass of the Roses at 6:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 24, carols in English and Spanish at 9 p.m., Mass in English and Spanish at 10 p.m. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass in English and Spanish at 11 a.m. Tues., Dec. 31, Mass in Spanish at 8 a.m. Wed., Jan. 1, Mass in Spanish at 8 a.m. and in English at 11 a.m. Regular Sunday schedule: Masses in English at 7:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.; Mass in Spanish at 9:15 a.m., and 1:15, 4:30, and 6:30 p.m.

St. Procopius Church, 1641 S. Allport St., (312) 226-7887, www.stprocopiuschurch.org; some events at Providence of God church. Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fri., Dec. 6, through Thurs., Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. rosary, 7 p.m. Mass. Thurs. Dec. 12, mañanitas with mariachi at 4 and 6 a.m., 7 p.m. Mass of the Roses. Posadas, Mon., Dec. 16, through Thurs., Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m. at Providence of God and Fri., Dec. 20, through Mon., Dec. 23, 6:30 p.m. at St. Procopius. Christmas Eve Masses, Tues., Dec. 24, 5 p.m. bilingual Mass at Providence of God, 7 p.m. bilingual Mass at St. Procopius. Christmas Day, Wed. Dec. 25, noon bilingual Mass. New Year’s Eve, Tues., Dec. 3, 8 a.m. bilingual Mass. New Year’s Day, Wed., Jan. 1, 2020, 10 a.m. bilingual Mass.

WEST HAVEN

First Baptist Congregational Church, 1613 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 243-8047. 61st Annual Presentation of Handel’s Messiah, Sun., Dec. 8, at 3:30 p.m. with Brandi I. Sutton, soprano; Teniya J. Farnandis, contralto; Jeffrey Burish, tenor; Arthur Griffin, Jr, baritone; Charles Hayes, organist; Mattie L. Robertson, conductor and orchestral accompaniment, and Delores Diggs, coordinator. Christmas Day candlelight service, Wed., Dec. 25, 6:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve watchnight service, Tues., Dec. 31, 10 p.m.

Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2400 W. Warren Blvd., (312) 733-6832. Adult choir Candlelight Musical, Sun., Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Day sunrise service at 6 a.m. New Year’s Eve, Wed., Dec. 31, Watch meeting 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 + Precious Blood Church, 2248 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 733-1068. Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena, from Fri., Dec. 6, through Tues., Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Thurs., Dec. 12, mañanitas Guadalupanas at 5 a.m.; evening Mass of the Roses at 7 p.m. Posadas, Tues., Dec. 17, through Thurs., Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. Tues., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass with Christmas Carols at 11:30 p.m. followed by Midnight Mass in English. Wed., Dec. 25, bilingual Christmas Day Mass at 10 a.m. Wed., Jan.1, New Year’s Day Mass, 10 a.m.

WEST LOOP, SOUTH LOOP, DOWNTOWN

First United Methodist Church, Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St., (312) 236-4548, www.chicagotemple.org. Allegrezza Presents The Night Before Christmas, Fri., Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Longest night worship service, Sat., Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. Tues., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve worship, Lessons and Carols: A Family Friendly Service at 4 p.m., and Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. Tues., Dec. 31, watch night worship service at 5 p.m. New Year’s Day, no noon worship service and communion.

Fourth Chicago Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., (312) 787-4570, www.fourthchurch.org. Tues., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve children’s Christmas pageant at 4 p.m., Christmas Eve family service at 6 p.m., followed by lessons and carols at 8 p.m.  Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Day service at 11 a.m. Tues., Dec. 31, New Year’s Taizé service at 7:30 p.m.

Grace Episcopal Church, 637 S. Dearborn St., (312) 922-1426, www.gracechicago.org. Thurs., Dec. 19, Blue Christmas service at 6:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 24, family service at 4:30 p.m.; Christmas Eve Eucharist at 8 p.m., followed by Christmas cheer refreshments.

Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1500 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 922-3444, www.oldstmarys.com. Sat., Dec. 14, Breakfast with Santa at 10 a.m. Tues., Dec. 10, Advent Experience at 6 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 19, Simbang Gabi Advent Novena Mass at 7 p.m. Tues., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Masses with caroling at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Masses, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Wed., Jan. 1, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Mass at 10 a.m.

Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St., (312) 648-1021, www.oldstpats.org. Tues, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, Masses at 3 p.m. in church, hall, FXW School, and 625 W. Adams; 5 p.m. Mass in church and hall; Midnight Mass at midnight with carols; doors open at 10:30 p.m. Wed, Dec. 25 Christmas Day Masses at 7, 8, 9:30, and 11:15 a.m. Tues, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Mass at 5:30 p.m. Wed, Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 10 a.m.

Park Community Church South Loop, 26 W. 16th St. in the Daystar Building, (312) 361-0500, www.parkcommunitychurch.org/sl. Christmas Eve Service, Sun., Dec. 24, at 4 p.m.

St. James Catholic Church, 2942 S. Wabash Ave., (312) 842-1919, www.stjameswabash.org. Tues., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass at 10 a.m.; from noon to 3 p.m., luncheon for the homeless, volunteers needed, contact Peter Wawire at (312) 842-1919, ext. 213. Sun., Dec. 29, regular Masses at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Wed., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 10 a.m.

St. Peter’s Church in the Loop (Roman Catholic), 110 W. Madison St., (312) 372-5111. Mon., Dec. 9: Feast of Immaculate Conception, at 6:15, 7:15, 8:15, and 11:40 a.m., and 12:15 (festive Mass), 1:15, and 5 p.m. Tues., Dec. 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe Festive Mass at 1:15 p.m. Tues., Dec.17, communal Penance service at 12:15 p.m. Tues., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, church opens at 4 p.m., 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. Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas, church opens at 8:30 a.m., Masses at 9 and 11 a.m., church closes after 11 a.m. Mass. Tues., Dec. 31, Masses at 6:15, 7:15, 8:15, and 11:40 a.m., and, 12:15, 1:15, and 5 p.m. (Vigil Mass). Wed., Jan. 1, church opens from 9 to 11 a.m., Mass at 10 a.m.

Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 225-4951, www.2ndpresbyterian.org. Sat., Dec. 7, Christmas Market in the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 8, Community Sing-Along Messiah at 3:30 p.m. featuring solos from professional singers in Chicago and accompanied by an orchestra and organ. Sun., Dec. 22, Festival of Music, 11 a.m. Tues, Dec. 24, Christmas Table at 6 p.m., Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship, 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve service, call for information.

Soul City Church, 1150 W. Adams St., (312) 252-3062, www.soulcitychurch.com. Sat., Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 22 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m.

OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS

Andrew Jackson Language Academy, 1340 W. Harrison St., (773) 534-7000, www.andrewjackson.cps.edu. Fri., Dec. 20, 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. 8. Call for tickets and exact time.

The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N. Lakeview Ave., (773) 360-5752, www.cabrininationalshrine.org. Second Sunday of Advent, Sat., Dec. 7, Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, Mass at 10 a.m. Third Sunday of Advent, Sat., Dec. 14, Vigil Mass at 4 p.m., Sun., Dec. 15, Mass at 10 a.m. Fourth Sunday of Advent, Sat. Dec. 21, Vigil Mass at 4 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 22, Mass at 10 a.m. Mass on Sun., Dec. 22 will honor the 102nd anniversary of Mother Cabrini’s entrance into eternal life. Christmas Eve Mass, Tues., Dec. 24, music at 4 p.m. followed by Mass at 4:30 p.m. Christmas Day Mass, Wed., Dec. 25, music at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 10 a.m.  New Year’s Eve Mass, Tues., Dec. 31 Mass at 4 p.m.