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Chicago Catholics, ever find it hard to live up to the “family values” that you preach? This year, the Archdiocese of Chicago is making it a bit easier with the first annual Catholic Family Day at Six Flags: Great America in Gurnee, Illinois.

Catholic Family Day is not just about taking the time out for entertainment and to bond with spouses and children, but to also strengthen our faith. To empathize this point, Catholic Family Day begins the day with a outdoor Mass at the Wilderness Theatre before the park opens at 10:30 am. The Mass is at 9:30 am, and then an hour later, the fun begins. Great America is the top destination in the Chicagoland area for amusement parks, and June is one of their biggest months. Expect lots of rides and games during your day long stay. There is even an optional all-you-can-eat picnic buffet for Catholic families that will be available from 1:30 pm-3:00 pm.

To make the event more enticing for Catholic families, the Archdiocese of Chicago has arranged for a special discounted price for families in the Archdiocese. Tickets for Catholic Family Day can be purchased online for $34 per person (a significant discount from the regular price for a day's admission to Great America, which is $64.99 per person). For the full event including a picnic package, its $47.62. Season pass holders can also take advantage of the buffet for discounted rate of $17.35 per person. Catholic families can get all the special discounted prices by going to and entering the promo code: CATHOLIC.

This event will be held on June 22, 2014. Information about the event has been distributed by the Office for Catholic Schools and the Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry, and about half the archdiocese’s 356 parishes have named a family advocate to receive information aimed at helping them become more family-friendly parishes. The archdiocese is also sponsoring a video contest for teens with the theme of “Strong Catholic Parents” (You can learn more about it at the website

If you're interesting in RSVPing for Mass, you many contact Alternatively, if you just want to learn more about the day itself, you may contact for more information. Maybe you've nervously twitched a bit whenever someone points out that those who preach “family values” rarely live up to the standard. If you've let work or school consume your life lately, its time to remember that family comes first. A day with the kids at Great America could do wonders!