Have you ever milked a cow?


This past weekend a group of 7th and 8th graders took a walk over to St Paul House for our monthly visit and BINGO game, with the residents. Before we played regular BINGO we played a game of “Life Experience BINGO” where we asked the residents questions about their past.

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Some of the questions were:  Did you ever milk a cow? Have you ever gotten a parking or speeding ticket? Do you know how to play a musical instrument?  It was fun watch the kids ask these questions and listen to the responses of the residents at St Paul House. After our visit, the kids and I share what we enjoyed most. During our visit this weekend I know I enjoyed watching the kids and the seniors interact. I also enjoy the way the residents reward the kids for helping them watch their BINGO cards. Often the residents share their winnings, which is candy, with the kids. 

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First Reconciliation Parents Meeting

First Reconciliation Parent’s Meeting Reminder

Who: Parents whose children will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation this year at St. Ben’s.

What: This is an hour long presentation to discuss the Sacrament, how we as staff help prepare your children to receive, and how you as parents can help to prepare them to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

Where: Enter at 3911 North Bell Avenue and you will be directed upstairs.

When: This is on Monday, November 19, at 7 p.m.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 12.14.18

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 12.14.18

I am excited to invite you to our sixth annual Christmas Concert on Friday, December 14th at 7pm. This year, the choir and orchestra will present John Rutter’s Mass of the Children as our featured work. Mass of the Children, published in 2003, is unlike anything we’ve undertaken before. We will enlist the musical forces of a 70+ voice children’s choir, 60+ adult chorus, and full symphonic orchestra…

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TURKEYS NEEDED!

TURKEYS NEEDED!

St. Benedict will be hosting our annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 22nd from 11:30 am until 1 pm. All are welcome to join the feast! This is a potluck dinner in the truest sense in that all food and supplies are donated by parishioners, neighbors, and friends of the parish. In order to accommodate all of our expected guests, we need to have 30 cooked turkeys! Can you commit to making a turkey for our dinner?

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Is it Time to Update My Personal Giving?

Is it Time to Update My Personal Giving?

St. Benedict Parish offers an abundance of ministries and services to our community. We are only able to offer all of these through the generosity of our parishioners and friends of our parish. This month, we ask that you consider your own personal stewardship and giving. If you haven't already, consider signing up for automated online giving. If you already give online, perhaps consider updating your level of stewardship. It is through your generosity that we can continue our mission. Last Weekend’s Sunday Collection…

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Family Centered Mass

Family Centered Mass

This Sunday at 10:30am

You are invited to gather with our community in a special way. Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLW) will be offered, and all children present will be invited to pray together around the altar. No matter what the size or configuration of your family, we hope you consider joining us for this celebration!


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First Reconciliation Parents Meeting

First Reconciliation Parents Meeting

November 19th, 2018 there will be a meeting for all parents in our faith community who have children receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. This will begin at 7:00 pm, and end at 8:00 pm. It is fine if only one parent is able to attend, but attendance is expected. We will be discussing the Sacrament and how you can prepare yourselves and prepare your children to receive for the first time. We will also discuss how you can deepen your connection to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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11.7.18 Ladies Society Meeting

11.7.18 Ladies Society Meeting

Please, join us for our November meeting on Wednesday the 7th at 9:30am in Beaven Hall. This month, in addition to our usual business, we will assemble sandwiches for our Parish’s outreach program. Our goal is 300 sandwiches so we need lots of helping hands!

Current members will bring supplies (check your email for details) but feel free to contact Caroline at carolinepadmanabhan@gmail.com if you’d like to contribute supplies…

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All Souls Day 11.2.18

All Souls Day 11.2.18

Daily Mass at 8:30am

All-Parish Mass of Remembrance at 7pm

We remember all of the loved ones that have gone home to the Lord with a special Mass at 7pm. During the liturgy we will read a list of the departed, and those present will be invited forward to light a candle in honor of the deceased. If you plan to attend the Mass and would like to have a loved one added to the list…

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11.4.18 ORGAN CONCERT

11.4.18 ORGAN CONCERT

JEREMY KIOLBASSA explores the organ works of composers that are Polish or of Polish descent. As you might have guessed by his last name, Jeremy is of Polish-American heritage. The Kiolbassa family first arrived in the U.S. in the early 1800s in Panna Maria, TX. The most interesting and notable member of the family from this time period is Peter Kiolbassa, who, after the American Civil War, moved to Chicago and became city treasurer. Peter was also an advocate for Polish-Catholic immigrants and helped to bring the first Polish-speaking priest to Chicago. He helped found Chicago’s first Polish parish, St. Stanislaus Kostka, and was the church’s first organist. It is his family’s heritage that has inspired Jeremy to explore this music and present this concert series.  

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Have you been thinking of joining Chicago Catholic Scripture School?

Have you been thinking of joining Chicago Catholic Scripture School?

Come to our Open House on Thursday, November 8th and check out a great class where we are enjoying our time together exploring scripture in an interactive setting, and gaining a better understanding of how God is speaking to us through the Bible. We meet in room 331 of the school…enter in at 3911 N Bell..class begins at 6:30 PM…

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Christifidelis Laici (Part 3)

Christifidelis Laici (Part 3)

Over the last couple of weeks I have been commenting on the exhortation by Pope Saint John Paul II “Christifidelis Laici”. I chose to do this in October because the synod of bishops from which the exhortation came, occurred in 1987 through the whole month of October. And this past Monday we celebrated the feast of Saint John Paul II…

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