The variety of ways that are offered for young people to serve within our community hopefully, appeal to their sense of justice andRead More
Be sure to save time this weekend for a walk through the Frightwalk Zone. Harrison Ornelas is the creative mind behind the Frightwalk experience. His imagination and creativity are frighteninglyRead More
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. Stanislaw 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.Read More
I’ve had a few people ask me about the ‘new’ candles on the altar. There is a two-fold answer as to why we’ve decided to do this. The first part comes from The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, commonly referred to as the “GIRM”. This instruction can be found in the beginning of The Roman Missal, aka that big book that a priest uses to celebrate Mass. In the section where it lists things to be prepared for Mass…Read More
Last week in my article I had written about the 1988 document Christifideles Laici. This was an exhortation written by Pope John Paul II. It was his follow-up to the 1987 synod of bishops. That synod took place during the whole month of October, and it gathered lay people from around the world to discuss with the bishops the role of lay leadership in the Church. That synod followed the lead of Vatican II, which had occurred 20 years earlier, in encouraging the need for active lay participation. It encouraged people to understand and appreciate their dignity and call to be missionaries for Christ…Read More
Join us for our annual Fright Walk! Crawl through the creepy “crypt” for some ghoulish thrills. Proceeds benefit St. Benedict Parish Youth Ministry. The thrills and chills begin on October 19th…Read More
Thanks to the generous support of our school and parish community and our visiting guests, the fest was a big success and we hope all had a wonderful time!
We’d like to hear your feedback! If you attended Oktoberfest, please CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE A SHORT SURVEY. Your input and suggestions will help us in planning a great Oktoberfest next year. Prost!Read More
The Archdiocese of Chicago developed an award that is given each year for one lay member of each parish in the Archdiocese who lives a life focused on building up the Kingdom and serving people in the world who are in need. It is very difficult to choose only one person each year to receive this award and we spend a long time in discussion. This year our award winner was Kathleen Minneci…Read More
The new windows for the school building on Leavitt Street have been delivered. Installation began last week. We hope to have all 70 new windows installed over the next three weeks.These new Gerkin windows are energy-efficient. They are insulated with argon. The bronze aluminum trim and hardware will surely enhance the look of our school building both inside and outside. The new awning window will make it easier for teachers and staff to open the windows. Again, thank you for your contributions to Forward in Our Faith used to fund these projects.
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!
You may have noticed that at most of our Masses we have replaced the offertory hymn with instrumental music. I have had many parishioners approach me, curios about the change, so I feel compelled to write an explanation...Read More
We are excited to offer Children's Choir for religious education students this year! RE Choir will be made up of students in grades 3-6. The choir will rehearse and sing on the third Sunday of each month. We will meet 9:45am to practice for about 30 minutes, and then sing at the 10:30am Mass immediately following practice…Read More
We remember all of the loved ones that have gone home to the Lord. 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…Read More
We will celebrate The Solemnity of All Saints on Thursday, November 1st. This solemnity if a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics.
MASS AT 6:30AM, 8:30AM, 1:45PM & 7PM
This week’s Gospel begins with the disciples complaining, as they sometimes did, about someone outside their group performing works in Christ’s name. And, as is often the case, Christ immediately begins to correct them. “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us, is for us.” The disciples are engaging in a finger pointing exercise that back fires on them immediately…Read More
This school year we will be graduating our 65th and final senior class. We are not going to phase out the high school quietly and sweep it under a rug. Rather, we have planned a year-long celebration of the gift of our parish high school. For 69 years, the high school has been bringing teenage children to know God’s love for them. Our parish has been serving these young people for almost 7 decades, and that is something for which to be proud. From Father Fasnacht, the founder of the high school, to the School Sisters of St. Francis who dedicated their lives to teaching young people to the current faculty and staff today, we celebrate all those who dedicated themselves to the educational and faith formation of our parish and neighborhood teens...Read More