In this Issue:

This Sunday, June 10th there will be a 2nd collection for PRMAA
(Priests' Retirement and Mutual Aid Association)
Thank you for your generosity.


By Geoff Pautsch, Director of Finance

Back in April, I shared with you the many projects slated for completion over the spring and summer months. Now two months later, here is an updated report on our capital project status.

List of completed projects thus far this Spring:

  • January Lightning Strike: Repairs were completed to the mechanism for our six bells and the clock in the bell tower. The repairs also included e-wiring of our church chandeliers and the replacement of a blown-out thermostatic control system for our boilers. This project was funded by an insurance claim. 
  • Asbestos Abatement: Over the Easter break, the parish completed extensive asbestos abatement in the following areas: tunnels of the elementary school buildings along Leavitt and Byron Streets, the convent mechanical room, Room 142 in anticipation of the new early childhood stem lab, and a 3rd floor bathroom that sustained some damage from a leaky roof. This project was funded from a variety of sources: Forward in Our Faith, Build Our Future and the New Family Fee.
  • Tuck pointing on the convent building has already begun. This project will be finished in the next few weeks. The project also included the removal of the deteriorated chimney and the realigning of misaligned limestone at the top of the walls. New frosted windows and lintels will be installed to replace broken glass-block windows. Funding for this project will come from Forward in Our Faith (for the scope from Phase II of the capital campaign) and from Build Our Future (for the expansion of the scope of work to include the entire convent.)
  • The roof to the garage, which houses the priests’ cars as well as our parish maintenance equipment, had been leaking badly for years. The stone gravel roof was replaced with a strong rubber roof for a longer life expectancy. A new drainpipe will be added in order to properly drain standing water on the roof. This project was funded through the general operating maintenance budget.
  • One of the main sewer drains in the courtyard had collapsed. The brick foundation needed to be rebuilt along with a concrete top being added for long-term endurance. This project was funded through the general operating maintenance budget.
  • Lastly, our parish purchased a gently-used Kubota tractor that will replace our badly-worn jeep that was used for snow plowing. The new Kubota includes a salt spreader and a new blade to better clean the courtyard and our sidewalks during winter storms. The tractor can also be used for parish events such as BenFest or Oktoberfest to assist in moving items across the campus. This new piece of equipment was funded from the proceeds of the sale of the large bus sold earlier this year. Special thanks to Dan Kattner and Tom Molloy for their “road trip” to pick-up the new maintenance toy.

We all like surprises, don’t we? 
Last week, our parish was gifted with not one but two surprises. 

  • The first surprise happened on Thursday, May 31. A mineral oil leak occurred in the electrical transformer located next to the playground. This transformer feeds power to the “new” corner building on Bell and Byron as well as parts of the school building on Byron. ComEd was notified of the leak, and after their assessment, the power was shut down for several hours while crews replaced the transformer in time for school on Friday morning. There should not be a cost to the parish for this project.
  • The second surprise was a series of pipe bursts in the convent that caused some water damage in the basement as well as some areas used by the St. Kateri Center. Fortunately, the problems were addressed rather quickly thus minimizing damage. The parish has opened up an insurance claim to fund the repairs of this project. 

So what’s next?
There is still a lot of work slated for the next few months. The report in April made mention of the following projects still yet to be completed this summer:

  • Now that school is finished for the year, Phase II of our parish capital campaign Forward in Our Faith will now begin. Initial estimates proposed the cost of this work to be $560,000. However, with the help and expertise of our parish facilities committee, this project is expected to come in under budget.
  • Now that the heating season is behind us (finally), and the tunnels have been properly abated of asbestos, the parish will direct its attention to the replacement of leaking heating pipes and of bad valves in order to help our system work more efficiently. Once this is completed, the parish will revisit the condensation pump stations for replacement in the fall before the heating season starts back up.
  • Replacement of the electrical panel dating back to the 1950s in the basement of the gym that feeds the electricity to most of the campus.
  • Rebuilding and tuck pointing of the side entrances of the church.
  • Replacement of the motor in the deep freezer located in the school cafeteria.
  • Replacement of the pneumatic control and valve underneath the gym to allow for heat to properly flow to the rest of the campus rather than be trapped underneath the gym floor.

The completion of these projects is only made possible by your generosity and stewardship to the parish. This month, the capital campaign will be marking the conclusion of its third year of our five-year goal. If you have not had the opportunity to make a pledge or a gift to the capital campaign, I encourage you to pray about it and speak with Fr. Steve or myself about making a pledge or a gift to the campaign. Pledges and donations are continually accepted and gratefully received. 100% of the second collection on the third Sunday of every month (NEXT SUNDAY) goes to the
Forward in Our Faith efforts.

The list of projects before us seems overwhelming. However, I want to reiterate that our parish is extremely fortunate to have an active facilities committee to help the parish administration make sound decisions with the long-term vision of our parish in mind. With their help and our dedicated and qualified parish maintenance staff, the parish administration remains confident that the completion of these projects is the best plan of action for our parish at this time.

Thank you for your past, present and future generosity to the parish in so many ways. More importantly, pray for the success of our parish community. And lastly, don’t forget to sign up for Monks and Wrenches this coming Saturday morning! There is an abundance of tasks that the parish can use your help with. 

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Father Michael Pfleger has invited our parishioners to join his parish community of St. Sabina in their annual peace march.  
Friday, June 15th at 7PM
We will be taking the 14 passenger bus to the rally at 1210 W. 78th Pl.  
First come first served as we have limited seating on the bus.  
Please email Mr. Accardi if interested to
Help take a stand for peace and justice in our city and join us on June 15th.

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Take It Downstairs on June 17th!

Join us on June 17th, 2018 in the church basement after the morning masses and noon mass for fellowship, coffee and refreshments.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it - Hebrews 13:2


Choir Pilgrimage to Ireland - October 8-16

There is still time to join our Adult Choir on their pilgrimage to Ireland this October!


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A pilgrimage to Ireland will give you a special glimpse of a unique part of the world. Ireland is an ancient land, a marvelous blend of historic and contemporary beauty. The Emerald Isle is eager to show you its natural wonders as well as its vibrant city streets. You won’t want to miss the charming towns and villages, nor the warmth and spirited hospitality of Ireland. Join us, as we embark on this pilgrimage to religious ecclesiastical centers, illuminated manuscripts, ancient ruins, stunning panoramic views, legendary castles surrounded by moats, and the romantic and rugged regions of lakes and bogs. This country, filled with traditional music and magnetic people, will make you feel right at home. We are pleased to extend this personal invitation to you and I hope that you will join us in Ireland on this very special pilgrimage of fellowship and music.

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Help Raise Money for SBPS and the Protégé Internship Program Volunteer at RIBFEST on June 10th!

We need volunteers to fill (2) shifts on Sunday, 
June 10th. The Evening shifts earn us more $! 

REGISTERING TO VOLUNTEER IS EASY: For a registration form, go to our website at If you have any questions or need any additional information contact Suzanne Stone or Jean Hybinette at (773) 539-0066. Thank you!

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Monks and Wrenches is Back!! 
Parish Stewardship Cleanup day - Saturday, June 16th

During the morning of Saturday June 16th, we are scheduling a Parish Stewardship Day to do some clean up both in the parish and the school.  In the past, this day was called Monks and Wrenches and we would like to bring back this tradition!  The plan is to attend daily Mass at 8:30 am, gather in Beaven for coffee and refreshments and then spend a couple of hours doing some worthwhile campus projects.  Lunch will then be provided for all that participate. If you are able to help, you can sign up using this link or contact Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate at (773) 509-3806 or at  

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Holy Name Society's Annual BAR-B-Q
Monday - June 25, 2018

Hot Dogs, Brats and Burgers with all the fixin's
Beer Soda and Water
Starting at 6:30  in Beaven Hall
No cost but please RSVP to Jim Strzalka at by June 20



We need you!

Hosting 5,000 people for a 3-day festival takes a huge team of volunteers....over 400 to be exact!  We are looking for parishioners, parents and students to volunteer a few hours of their time.  We need help to manage booths, tents and kids activities all weekend long, but we are especially short on man power for our set-up on Friday, July 20.  All students that volunteer will earn service hours for their time.  Grab a friend, bring some sunscreen and sign up for a shift or 2 at BenFest!  Sign up at:

Make all of your BenFest purchases online using our advance purchasing option! Purchase your BenFest Friend (BFF) sponsorship, beer tasting tickets, BenFest Buddy tickets and weekend activity wristbands all before you get to the gates!  New this year get your game truck punch card!  5-30 minute sessions for $45! 

NEW FOR 2018: BenFest will feature a School of Rock Showcase on Saturday on the main stage!

House bands from Oak Park, Geneva and Arlington Heights will fill the stage and we're looking for some kids from the Block to play too!  Do you know a St. Ben's current or former student that participates in a School of Rock band?  We Want YOU to Play on Saturday at BenFest!  Email Jenni Petrillo for more information at

BenFest Friends 2018 - Become a BFF! 

In order for all families to receive the proper recognition, the deadline for becoming a BFF is July 1.

Hosting 5,000 people during a 3-day street festival is a significant undertaking of time and money. As part of the parish’s new stewardship model, raffles and forms of gambling as means of fundraising will no longer be conducted at parish and school events. It costs $80,000 to run BenFest, and we don’t make a profit until we clear that amount. Please join your fellow parishioners in supporting BenFest as a BenFest Friend (BFF)

Visit for a complete list of exciting things going on at BenFest 2018!

Thank you to our BFFs!

Stage Friends
Jerry Buldak
The Hortatsos Family
The Kern Family
James & Jeanette Murphy
The Petrillo Family
The Polutnik Family
The Stern Family
Tansor Blake Family
Brian & Carrie Tracy
The Urquhart Family
Dan & Katie Walsh

Courtyard Friends
The Barrett Family
The Buchar Family
Karen Cholipski
The Colpoys Glenn Family
The Evans Family
The Fiske Family
The Fleming Family
Jen Greco
Julie Hege
The Knuckey Family
Pat & Elaine Lindia
The Mazur Family
The Milanowski Family
James Murphy
The Novicki Family
The Pautsch Family
The Pienton Family
The Ronchetta Family
Isabelle & Tom Ryan
John & Angela Sears
The Sessa Family
Christian & Melanie Schlachter
The Shure Family
The Stark Family
The Stearns Family
The Vacek Family
The Van Fossen Wojak Family
The Weinacht Family
The Weiske Family
The Wolf Family

Gate Friends
Janet Gallagher
Matt & Jen Hallgren
Cheryl and Larry Menke
The Misetic Family
Christine Morrissey
The Popowich Family
Ellen Reynolds
The Sessa Family
The Straley Family
The VanDegrift Family

Thank you to our Sponsors!

3Point Athletics
Baird Warner
Tom and Laura Burns
Julie D. Chesne, JDC Realty, Inc.
Karen Cholipski
Conlon/Christie’s International
Davis Friedman - Heather M. Hurst,    Partner
Foley & Mansfield
Goldfish Swim School
JDC Realty
Kennedy Mann Architects
Lakeshore Beverage
Leigh Marcus Realty Team
Hortatsos Family
MadeGood Foods
Mangan Builders
Michael and Tammy Morris
Max Nutkowitz, J.P. Morgan Securities
Red Kite Recruiting
Anne Connolly Rief
Dr. Nava Segall MD Pediatrics
Simmons Hanly Conroy
St. Benedict Home and School Association
Swedish Covenant Hospital

Coming this summer Vacation Bible School Shipwrecked:
Rescued by Jesus

July 15th through the 19th from 6:30 until 8:30 for 6th graders through High School, we will engage in conversations about faith as well as train volunteers to assist with the younger children the following week.

July 23rd through 27th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm for Kindergarten up to 5th grade.

CLICK HERE to Register your children for Shipwrecked VBS

Youth Ministry is Seeking Youth Leaders for Vacation Bible School this Summer. Can You Help with SHIPWRECKED? July 23-27.

All 6th through High School aged people are invited.
We will meet from 6:30pm-8:30pm each day during the July 15-19 week and prepare for the Young Kids who will attend VBS the next week.

Then, July 23-27 during the day, you will be helping the adults lead small groups of kids through the program.  The daily program would run from 8:30-2:30.  This time commitment would be applicable to the Confirmation Service Hour Commitment (40 hours total for the two weeks)

Sign up here if you are interested or if you’d like more information:


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JULY 9-13  A group of High School students will be traveling from St Benedict Parish to the University of Notre Dame to participate in the Summer program VISION. ALL high school aged young people who are interested in attending are welcome. See Ms. McMillan for details. Our group will be traveling to the University July 9-13. The cost of attending is the $100.00 deposit and some earnest hours of fundraising. Please do not let the cost keep any person who is interested, from attending.

The sign up for Vision is included in our Summer Service Opportunities. I will follow up to answer questions and share details for all those who sign up, on the sign up genius.

What You Need to Know About the “Invest in Kids” Tax Credit Scholarships

Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” Illinois children from low-income households who want to attend private schools will have access to new scholarships. The scholarships offered through this program could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees for next school year*. Below is more information about how to apply and details on eligibility requirements.  
Tax credit scholarships: Students from low-income households in grades K-12 have the opportunity to receive tax credit scholarships for the 2018/19 school year. These scholarships are funded by donors who receive a credit on their Illinois state income tax as a result of their donation.
Application process: You will need to apply for tax credit scholarships through a scholarship granting organization (SGO), which will manage this process, instead of the Archdiocese or your school directly. There are several SGOs in Illinois. The Archdiocese of Chicago is working with two SGOs: Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund. The application process with Empower Illinois will be completed online at The application process will open January 24, 2018. The application process with Big Shoulders Fund will be completed online at The application process will open January 22, 2018. 
What you need to apply: Based on what we know today, families will need the following documents in order to apply for a tax credit scholarship:

  • Copy of 2016 federal tax return or 1099, W-2 or year-end pay stubs
  • Proof of Illinois residency (driver's license, state ID or utility bill)
  • Documentation of student age (birth certificate, federal/state ID or passport)
  • If available, a letter of acceptance or enrollment at an eligible, participating, non-pubic school

Note: There may be changes to this list as the application process is finalized by the SGOs. We will provide updates as they are available.
Help applying: You will be able to get help applying for the scholarship in-person at a variety of events in your community in the coming months. The Archdiocese will share the dates and locations of these events as these details are finalized. For families whose first language is not English, we will have in-person resources available to help you through the application process.
Application deadline: The deadline for submitting applications is still being determined. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, so it is very important that when the application process begins, you apply early.
How to qualify: Eligibility to receive a scholarship is based on your family’s household income. For example, a student could receive a scholarship if his/her family income is less than $73,800 a year for a family of four. See chart below for more information on eligibility for tax credit scholarships.  
Scholarship amount: Your family could receive a scholarship that covers up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees for next school year. 
See the chart below that shows how much you could receive to cover tuition based on your income for a family of four.

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To learn more, please visit or contact the Archdiocese at or 312.534.5321. 
 *Scholarships may NOT exceed $12,973, the 2018/19 statewide average public school cost for K-12 students. 

Second Act Ministry - Just what is the Second Act Ministry and what is it all about?

Mission Statement:  To promote stewardship and fellowship within the parish and community. Under the Parish Life Commission umbrella, activities will include events and service projects.

Background: It has been theorized that life can be divided into three acts, like a theatrical production.  The First Act is our introduction to life.  We absorb the facts of our society with its trials and tribulations, learning how to make our way in this world.  The Third Act is a time of introspection and reconciliation.  Like a play, it is the denouement of our personal story.  We reflect and make judgments on the use of our time on earth.

While the First and Third Acts are the Alpha and Omega of our lives, it is the Second Act that stands out.  This act showcases the best qualities of our human spirit that have developed with age.  Thus, the impetus behind the formation of the Second Act Ministry at St. Benedict.  We share our time, talents and treasures with those we know and those who are in need.  We put into practice all our learned knowledge, experience and expertise. We demonstrate the execution of the mandate left by Our Lord to take care of one another as He would – to do His work until He returns.  This is manifested in our special gatherings and our outreach activities.

If you have any questions, please contact Dradyne Robyne Eudeikis at

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Spiritual Dream Group - Next Session: Monday, June 18th

In this group we learn to become like a container of sacred space as a group to provide a secure connection between the individual’s inner world and the outer world.  Spiritual dream work affirms that our (nocturnal) dreams offer us support in our spiritual journey.  This work helps us towards living a guided life from within with the support of others and helps us to recognize the symbolic language of the soul. All dreamers are welcome and there is no experience necessary.  I encourage anyone who has been interested in their dreams, but has not had the opportunity to share and explore them further to attend.  This ongoing group will meet on the third Monday of each month at 7 pm until 9 pm in the basement of the rectory in the small meeting room. Please contact Rachel at if you plan to attend.


Pope Francis has often called the church to “go, do not be afraid, and serve.” Are you looking for a unique way to do just that?

Join the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls' Heroes team for the Oct. 7, 2018, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and transform the life of an abused child in Chicago.

Mercy Home has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. By joining our Heroes team, you will make it possible for us to provide a safe home, emotional healing, and academic opportunities for children who have suffered abuse, neglect, poverty, and abandonment. Running a marathon as a Hero will be life-changing for the countless children you will help, and for you as well.

Hebrews 12:1 calls us to "run with endurance the race that is set before us." Is this your race? Join us as a Mercy Home Hero, where we believe "No distance is too far to save a child." Don’t let fear stop you.

Go to to sign up, or contact Jim Harding at or 312-738-9381 with any questions.

Calling Interested Retirees in the Parish! Become a volunteer at our beloved parish school!

Did you know that the parish Catholic school welcomes retirees to volunteer in the school? We have several retired parishioners who help out on a regular basis in the school. Some activities include working with young students in early childhood classrooms, receptionist subs, tutoring, classroom assistants, library assistant and advancement secretarial work. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ms. Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School for more information. We think it is a great way for retirees to stay active and for our students to experience intergenerational learning. Call Ms. Gemo at 773-463-6797 ext 404 or email her at


Offering our Time, Talent and Treasure to our Parish
And to God who has blessed us abundantly!

Our first hour of our time goes to God every Sunday in the Mass and receiving Jesus in the Eucharist.

Please CLICK HERE to download the Ministry Volunteer Form and let us know what ministries to which you are interested in offering your time. Thank you!