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Lunar New Year celebration at St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Chicago – Chicago Tribune

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish has incorporated elements of Chinese New Year cultural traditions before and during the celebratory liturgy for more than two decades. This year’s Lunar New Year celebration, Year of the Dragon, began with lighting outside the church. fireworks, parishioners and guests inside, a lion dance and St. Paul’s dance accompanied by cultural music in the church corridors before the Mass. They participated in symbolic moments such as a drum dance performance by Therese Chinese Catholic School students.

Artists at St. Petersburg in Chinatown. Therese carries a lion dance costume to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Chinese Catholic Church. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
St.  Therese School children at St. Mary's Church in Chinatown on February 11, 2024.  Therese performs a drum dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Chinese Catholic Church.  The Year of the Dragon began on Saturday.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
St. Therese School children at St. Mary’s Church in Chinatown on February 11, 2024. Therese performs a drum dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Chinese Catholic Church. The Year of the Dragon began on Saturday. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
On February 11, 2024, at St. Petersburg in Chinatown.  At Therese Chinese Catholic Church, a lion dance is performed in the aisles during mass to celebrate the Lunar New Year.  The Year of the Dragon began on Saturday.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
On February 11, 2024, at St. Petersburg in Chinatown. At Therese Chinese Catholic Church, a lion dance is performed in the aisles during mass to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The Year of the Dragon began on Saturday. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Children watch the lion dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Brighton Park Community Center on February 11, 2024.(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Children watch the lion dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Brighton Park Community Center on February 11, 2024.(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Guests watch the lion dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year at Brighton Park Community Center on February 11, 2024.  The Year of the Dragon began on Saturday.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Guests watch the lion dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year at Brighton Park Community Center on February 11, 2024. The Year of the Dragon began on Saturday. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
On February 11, 2024, at St. Petersburg in Chinatown.  A man covers a baby's ears as fireworks explode outside to begin Lunar New Year celebrations at Therese Chinese Catholic Church.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
On February 11, 2024, at St. Petersburg in Chinatown. A man covers a baby’s ears as fireworks explode outside to begin Lunar New Year celebrations at Therese Chinese Catholic Church. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Guests watch the lion dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Brighton Park Community Center on February 11, 2024.(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Guests watch the lion dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Brighton Park Community Center on February 11, 2024.(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
St.  Therese School artists will perform at St. Peter's Church in Chinatown on February 11, 2024.  Therese watches a lion dance perform in the aisles during mass to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Chinese Catholic Church.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
St. Therese School artists will perform at St. Peter’s Church in Chinatown on February 11, 2024. Therese watches a lion dance perform in the aisles during mass to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Chinese Catholic Church. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Father Frances Li at St. Peter's Church in Chinatown on February 11, 2024.  Therese presents the gift of a red envelope during the lion dance during Lunar New Year celebrations at the Chinese Catholic Church.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Father Frances Li at St. Peter’s Church in Chinatown on February 11, 2024. Therese presents the gift of a red envelope during the lion dance during Lunar New Year celebrations at the Chinese Catholic Church. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Parishes will congregate on February 11, 2024 at St. Peter's Church in Chinatown.  Therese sings during mass at the Chinese Catholic Church.  The Year of the Dragon began on Saturday.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Parishes will congregate on February 11, 2024 at St. Peter’s Church in Chinatown. Therese sings during mass at the Chinese Catholic Church. The Year of the Dragon began on Saturday. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Father Frances Li, St.  Therese blesses the lion as the Chinese Catholic Church celebrates the Lunar New Year during mass on February 11, 2024.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Father Frances Li, St. Therese blesses the lion as the Chinese Catholic Church celebrates the Lunar New Year during mass on February 11, 2024. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Performers prepare for a lion dance while celebrating the Lunar New Year at the Brighton Park Community Center on February 11, 2024.(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Performers prepare for a lion dance while celebrating the Lunar New Year at the Brighton Park Community Center on February 11, 2024.(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

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