Church's Theology on Tap Sessions Reach out to Young Adults

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Byline: Joanmarie Wermes Daily Herald Correspondent

Theology on Tap times listed

Here is the Theology on Tap schedule for DuPage County churches for the remaining three weeks of the program.

- Ascension of Our Lord, 1S314 Summit, Oakbrook Terrace, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26, Aug. 2.

- St. John the Baptist, 0S233 Church St., Winfield, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 and Aug. 5.

- St. Joseph, 4832 Highland Ave., Downers Grove, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26 and Aug. 2.

- St. Margaret Mary, 1450 Green Trails Drive, Naperville, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 and Aug. 4.

- St. Matthew, 1555 Glen Ellyn Road, Glendale Heights, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 and Aug. 5.

- Holy Angels, 720 Hardin, Aurora, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26 and Aug. 2.

- Mass with Cardinal Francis George/Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash, Chicago, 3 p.m. Aug. 9.

- Lawn party at Cardinal Francis George's residence, 1555 N. State Parkway, Chicago, 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9.

Young adults searching for identity, relationships, social outlets and faith gather yearly for a four-week process called Theology on Tap.

Sponsored by the Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, Theology on Tap is geared to young adults, both single and married, in their 20s and 30s.

More than 1,000 young folks are expected to participate in the program, which began in 1981 at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights. The four-week summer program will take place in 38 Chicagoland parishes.

Those "tapped" as eligible are men and women college age and older who want to hear speakers from many areas of life, take part in conversation and tap into their Catholic faith.

Tom Rezek, 28, of Wheeling believes the church concentrates on families and older adults and thinks his age group "feels left out."

It's important, he believes, those in their 20s and 30s socialize and talk over things that are important in their lives.

"I think I've developed a better direction in my life and with my career," Rezek said.

"My faith has improved and I've met a lot of nice people. It's amazing how when you're talking with people and listening to powerful motivating talks that it affects you in great ways."

Rezek and others, including sisters Kelly and Kery Lynn of Mount Prospect, have worked with Sister Joanne Marie Schutz, a pastoral associate of St. Emily Catholic Church, to plan the sessions at that parish.

"Coming home from college and working on this was an interesting experience, because when you're away at college you lose touch with the parish," said Kery Lynn, 21. …