Parish Highlights: St. Benedict Parish Online Weekly Newsletter


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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Today after Mass at the exits, we will be handing out purple ribbons.  A purple ribbon is a symbol of solidarity with the survivors of domestic abuse.  We ask that you take a ribbon and wear it during October, as a sign of your awareness of the issue of domestic violence, and as a sign of your support for the courageous sisters and brothers in our community who are dealing with domestic abuse.


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St. Benedict Sanctuary Collection - Weekend of October 21st and 22nd

“Benedict’s Sanctuary, the Domestic Violence Awareness Committee at St. Ben’s, will be collecting packaged, full-size bars of soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste during the weekend of October 21st and 22nd. The donations will go directly to survivors at the House of the Good Shepherd, a local domestic violence program. The House of the Good Shepherd helps survivors of domestic violence reclaim their dignity and increase their learning, earning, and caregiving potential in a secure, nurturing environment. For questions, please contact Emily Moulis at Emily.Cogburn@gmail.com.


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – 2nd Collection for the Poor

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On Saturday October 28th and Sunday, October 29th, there will be a second collection to benefit the St. Benedict Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  The Society is an association of men and women who volunteer to serve the needs of others. This is accomplished through a home visit to help people like you and me. Single parents, sick children, families experiencing job loss, extraordinary medical bills, the homebound senior, the handicapped, the working poor. The list goes on and on, the need is great.
    It has become increasingly evident that poverty today differs from the poverty of the past, particularly asit affects our own nation. Whereas, in the past, the poor could claw their way out of poverty, the poor of today are condemned to sink even deeper into it, usually through no fault of their own.  It is not just a scarcity of material goods which can ultimately be overcome, but a poverty accompanied by hopelessness and helplessness which few but the poor themselves can define and from which very few will ever rise. Poverty today is total deprivation, compounded destitution, hopeless disadvantage. Poverty can no longer be solved by pushing breadcrumbs off the table for the needy who await them. It seems that there are so many of us who are willing to serve the wealthy and middle classes, and so few of us who are willing to be poor with the poor, who after all, need us most. 

What can you do?  
Show your appreciation to God for the many blessings you have received and contribute generously to share some of your blessings with the poor.  If you would like to join your parish “Vincentians”  in prayer and good works, we meet on the last
Monday of the month at 6:30 PM in the rectory. 


Second Act Ministry - “SAM”Grand Re-Opening!

It’s always exciting and enticing, when we pass a storefront and see signs indicating that one of our favorite places has undergone improvement, and is ready for new business.  This is what has happened to St. Ben’s “Second Act Ministry.”  As before, the Mission Statement remains:  To promote stewardship and fellowship within the parish and community.  However, as part of Parish Life Commission, “SAM” realized this idea mostly through events.  Now, due to the ministry’s new home under the Human Concerns Commission umbrella, activities will include service projects as well.  

If you are interested in joining “SAM” as it broaches this new frontier, please contact Dradyne Robyne Eudeikis at dreudeikis@gmail.com or stop by the Second Act Ministry table at our Ministry Fair on Sunday, November 12, 2017.


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Supplies needed for our lunch program

Please consider making sandwiches, donating chips and beverages to our lunch program. Questions? Please contact Elaine Lindia at:
(773) 509-3806. Thank you for serving our neighbors in need!


Nicodemus Ministry

As part of the outreach offered by the ministries in our Human Concerns Commission, we are hoping to resurrect the Nicodemus Ministry which did function at St. Ben’s in the past. This group would lead prayer services at wakes and burials, organize and celebrate memorial services, facilitate grief support groups and listen with empathy to those that are grieving. Training would be provided. If you are interested in being part of this ministry, please contact Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate at (773) 509-3806 or elindia@stbenedict.com.


Human Concerns Commission

“Go in peace to love and serve the Lord and one another.”

Who We Are: We are Christianity in Action by ministering to those among us with spiritual, physical, social and economic needs, and to those experiencing lack and loss.  We promote education, advocacy and action as prescribed in the message of the Gospel.

The next meeting of the Human Concerns Commission is on Tuesday, October 3rd  at 7 pm in the Rectory. Please join us to learn more about our ministries. For more information, please contact Elaine Lindia at (773) 509-3806 or at elindia@stbenedict.com. Thank you!


Zumba Update!

The Health Committee here at St. Benedict is pleased to announce some new Zumba class offerings!  On Wednesdays, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, we now offer “Strong by Zumba,” a new high intensity interval training class synced to music. On Saturdays, at 11:10 to 11:50 am, we now offer “Zumba Gold for Seniors.” Check out our web site for more details!

 


Health Committee

Are you interested in helping fellow parishioners develop new healthy habits in the New Year?  Please consider joining our Health Committee!  We are always looking for new ways to assist people in getting information and support centering on preventative care, fitness, nutrition, health screenings, and related topics. If you wish to be part of these efforts, please consider joining the committee. For more information, please contact Elaine Lindia at (773) 509-3806 or elindia@stbenedict.com. Thank you!



Common Food Pantry Wishlist

Food Wish List

  • Cereal
  • Canned Fruit
  • Cooking Oil
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Soup
  • Easy Prep Meals (i.e. Hamburger Helper)
  • Canned Meals (i.e. raviolis)
  • Ground Coffee

Personal Care Items Wish List

  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable Razors
  • Bar Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Disposable diapers

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at St. Benedict every Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. in the Church Basement. This meeting is for anyone who may have a problem with alcohol.  Your attendance is completely anonymous.


Catholic Charities Maternity & Adoption Services

PREGNANT?  There are options. What do I do? Who should I tell? It’s scary. You can turn to us. Catholic Charities Maternity & Adoption Services has resources to serve teens, single women, and couples facing unplanned pregnancies.  We are here to help, without pressuring you.  We can talk about your options as you plan for your child’s future.  We can help you whether you decide to parent your child, or make a plan of adoption.  If you are not sure what to do, our 24-hour hotline has caring & professional counselors available to help you.  Our services are free & confidential. Call 1-800-CARE-002 or 312-454-1717. Visit www.catholiccharities.net/adoptionservices for more information.


9AM Mass Bus Service for Seniors

The St. Benedict bus will transport to and from 4040  N. Oakley (Senior Center) leaving the front door at 8:30AM  each Sunday through the winter months.


Senior Meals Available

Seniors:  Do you know that reduced fee hot meals are available in our immediate area.  Here are a few of the locations:

North Center Senior Satellite: 4040 N. Oakley  Ave.   Chicago, IL 60618 (312 – 744-4015)
Breakfast:  Monday – Friday 8:30-10:00   $1.50 (if possible) Lunch:  Monday – Friday 11:30-12:45    $1.50           

Levy Center:  2019 Lawrence Ave.  Chicago, IL 60625 (312-744-0784) Meals  for  60 and older:  Monday – Saturday 11:30 – 2:00. Suggested  donation $1.50.

Food Pantry:  3744 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 2nd and 4th Tuesday:  free for Seniors

Irish American Heritage Center:   46 N. Knox Ave. Chicago, IL 60630. Call for reservation:  773-282-7035
Luncheon:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
12:30-2:00 p.m.  Suggested donation:  $1.50 per meal (if possible)

St. Benedict Catholic Church:  2215 W. Irving Park Rd,   Chicago, IL. 60618 (773- 558-6484)
Monday – Friday :  Bag lunches from 11:00-1:00  Free


Having Difficulty Dealing with our Stressful World?

The Holbrook Counseling Center of Catholic Charities provides counseling services at St. Matthias Parish.  Cheryl Joseph-Lukz, MA, LCPC is the therapist at St. Matthias.  Cheryl is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and she has worked with individuals, couples and families for over 20 years.  Whether you’re having problems with personal relationships, work situations or are just feeling unhappy, “stuck”, or unfulfilled, we’re here for you. We are in network with BC/BS PPO.  To learn more about our services or to make an appointment, please call (312) 655-7725.