SUICIDE SURVIVOR MEETINGS Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago invites those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide to participate in the Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide Program (L.O.S.S). An upcoming meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 27 at St. Joseph Church, 1747 Lake Ave., Wilmette. Call 312-655-7010.
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE Keller Williams Fox will sponsor a Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 22 at their offices, 4601 N. Western Ave. Bring identification showing name, date of birth and one of the following: social security card, driver’s license/state ID or passport. Eat breakfast and drink plenty of water before donating. Appointments appreciated; walk-ins welcome. Call Tom Rice at 773-564-4236.
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: WHO IS IT FOR? It is for any married couple who desires a richer, fuller life together, whether they have been married only a couple of years or many years. Come away with your spouse to a Worldwide Marriage Encounter and truly enrich your marriage.! The next Weekend dates are September 22-24, November 205 and December 1-3. Consult the website at www.wmechicago-gary.org or call Jim and Kristi at 800-442-3554.
A JOURNEY TO SACRED PLACES Bill Helmuth will present Around the World in 60 Minutes: A Journey to Sacred Places on Six Continents at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 22 at the Chicago Public Library Budlong Branch, 5360 N. Lincoln Ave. Helmuth’s experiences and personal stories will include a photographic show of 25 countries and include the architectural treasures of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Baha’i. The show is free. Call 312-742-9590.
FOR YOUR HEALTH Robert Pearlman, M.D., board certified ophthalmologist, will discuss cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, August 23 in the Anderson Pavilion Auditorium at Swedish Covenant Hospital, Foster and California. Call 773-878-6888. PEACE AND JUSTICE TO MEET All parish members are welcome to attend the next Peace and Justice Committee meeting at 7:30 p.m. August 21 in the Voss Center, 4412 N. Western Ave. to discuss activities for the coming year. Please join us!
LEARN THE BIBLE! Chicago Catholic Scripture School of the Archdiocese of Chicago offers Catholic biblical scholarship and long-term faith formation. In two years, the foundational books of the Old Testament and the New Testament are studied. In four years, every book of the Bible is studied. Classes will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning September 13 at St. Martha, Morton Grove. For information, call 312-243-3700.
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD...
♦ The Brass Choir of the Nikodemus Church from Nuremberg, Germany will present a free concert of sacred works for wind instruments at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 24 at St. Alphonsus, the corner of Lincoln, Wellington and Southport. All are welcome. Parking is available. Call 773-525-0709.
♦ Join the Elite 50 Club for a seminar on Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft featuring Maureen O’Bryan of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 30 at 2324 W. Irving Park. The musical magic of Nicko will follow. Refreshments and raffles are included. Call 773-525-2023.
♦ Gordon Tech High School alumni will be welcomed back for a reunion Friday, September 29. Contact Pete Johnson at 773-539-3600, ext. 159.
MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE! The Vienna University Alumni Women’s Choir will sing at the 10 a.m. Mass on Labor Day, Monday, September 4 at Queen of Angels under the direction of Vijay Upadhyaya, artistic director. The choir will sing the Mass in A Major for Women’s Choir and Organ by Rheinberger as well as the Ave Maria by Upadhyaya. Following the Mass, the choir will present a recital consisting of Austrian folk songs and selections from popular operettas by Zeller, Stolz, Siecziynski. Lehar and and Strauss. Admission is free.
The event is co-sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Institute, Austrian Consulate General of Chicago, the Austrian-American Council Midwest and Queen of Angels. For information call Gerhard Kaes at 773-685-1481 or Maria Bappert at 773-728-8127.