SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE:

SATURDAY: 5PM  -  AND  -  SUNDAY: 7:30AM, 9AM,  10:30AM, 12 NOON AND 6:30PM

This week, there will be a 2nd collection for the ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP,
immediately following communion.
Next week, OUR SHARING PARISH, will be included in the regular collection.
Thank you for your generosity.


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ST. BENEDICT PARISH AND PREPARATORY SCHOOL 2016-2017 ANNUAL REPORT


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With Profound Gratitude

Many thanks to all the wonderful cooks, servers, dishwashers, kitchen helpers, and generous donors who helped make last week’s Thanksgiving Dinner a huge success. A good time was had by all – we had seating for 300 and easily filled up with guests who came hungry and left happy. There was no shortage of food, friendship, and festivities. God bless you all for your generosity!


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Would you like to become a Eucharistic Minister?

If so, please attend the upcoming training scheduled in the Church for Wednesday, November 29th at 6:30 pm.  Fr. Steve will be present and it should last an hour. After the training, you’ll then have the honor to serve as a Eucharistic Minister, and select the dates/times you’re available. For more information contact Karen Tabbert karenanntabbert@gmail.com or 773-551-0311.


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CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE

The tree will be available the weekend of November 18 and 19. 

This year our Giving Tree will support several organizations:

  • Maryville Academy – a home and a haven for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. Begun in 1883, Maryville provides a host of services for children in need, including long-term care, short-term care, diagnostic care, medical  care, therapeutic counseling, vocational training, special education, and  emergency shelter services.
  • St. Joseph Village – A Senior Living community sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago which includes short-term rehabilitation, residential and healthcare options.
  • St. Paul’s House – A Senior living community which includes short-term rehabilitation, residential and healthcare options.

Please take a tag from the tree, purchase the gift listed and return it unwrapped, with the tag affixed to the outside. All gifts should be returned to the Rectory (2215 W. Irving Park) on or before December 11th. If for some reason you take a tag and don’t participate in the program, please call the parish office so no one goes without a gift.

For more information about the Giving Tree, please call Elaine Lindia at (773)509-3806.


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Join in with Youth Ministry where you can share in the fun in our community and grow in faith.

There are several opportunities for Service coming up. The sign up genius link can be found here:  

http://bit.ly/FallService2017

NOVEMBER
26th 1:00-3:30pm  Bingo at St. Paul House


DECEMBER
9th 10:00-12:00 Holiday Party with the families at the House of the Good Shepherd
10th Serve by Face Painting at Holiday Fair
10th 5:00-6:30 Making cookies for the sandwich program
13th 5:30-8:15 Serve at the Common Pantry  (5 people)
17th Serve with others at Simbang Gabi after the 6:30 mass

Please email kmcmillan@stbenedict.com or call Ms. McMillan if you have questions. 773-509-3841


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Upcoming Catechetical Conversation at St. Ben's

February 12th at 7pm in the Church “The Center of Our Lives is the Eucharist
This is a presentation and conversation on the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
All parents of children receiving the Sacrament should attend, but all parishioners are invited to attend.


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Spiritual Dream Group - Next Session: Monday, December 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 rachelwinborn@gmail.com if you plan to attend.


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Holy Name Society News


On Friday, December 1st, The Holy Hour will be held in the church at 7PM, followed by a reception in the church basement from 8-9PM. All are welcome to pray for their deceased freinds and loved ones who passed away this past year. Fr. Steve will be our celebrant.


St. Benedict Ladies Society December Meeting & Cookies Baskets

Please join us on Wednesday, December 6th. We will meet in Beaven Hall at 9:30 am after the 8:30 am Mass.  We will celebrate St. Nicholas with our annual potluck.  Bring along your favorite dish to share. Don’t forget your fun gift for our Crazy Bunco game.  Be sure to wrap your gift, the crazier the better.  It will make “stealing” from each other all the more fun. Come
and enjoy!

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Calling All Bakers:  
Start gathering your cookie recipes and get ready to bake for our Christmas baskets for the homebound.  We will meet to fill the baskets in the rectory Pine Room after the 8:30 a.m. mass on Friday, December 8th.  “Many hands make for light work.”  If you can’t join us on the 8th, you may drop off your cookie donations at the rectory the weekend of December 2-3.  Thanking you in advance for your contributions, they are truly enjoyed by the many recipients.





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The St. Ben’s Christmas Trolley is Back!  Sunday, December 17th!

Warm up your pipes and come warm your hearts this year by joining our Christmas Caroling Trolley with stops at Lincoln Park Zoo, Water Tower Place and Kris Kringle market in Daley Plaza. $30 per person, seat confirmed upon payment/checks can be left at the rectory. 21 and over only! Trolley boards in front of church with a prompt departure at 6pm. Wear something RED! Questions? contact janiceryan@aol.com.  Seat confirmed on payment.


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 dreudeikis@gmail.com.



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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 https://www.mercyhome.org/bank-america-chicago-marathon/ to sign up, or contact Jim Harding at jimhar@mercyhome.org or 312-738-9381 with any questions. Join before Nov. 30 and receive a special dri-fit Heroes in Training shirt. Use promo code “CHURCH” for $5 off.



CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Since the two ‘in pew’ commitment weekends that we hosted for our Capital Campaign, pledges have still been coming into the rectory!  Thank you!  That puts us at $4,604,683 pledged toward our Capital Campaign total need of $6.2 Million dollars.  This is so unbelievably generous and will make a huge impact on our future.  Thank you for your generous support of the Campaign!  And thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard on the campaign to make us such a huge success.  I am so grateful for your generous spirit that has drawn us together tightly as a parish community.  Everyone pitched in to make this campaign a success; old, young, long time parishioners, new parishioners, single parishioners, families, families with kids in our School, families with kids in our Religious Education, large amounts, small amounts, everyone pitched in!  Thank you!! 
    As successful as we have been, this pledged amount includes only 15% of our registered parishioners to date.  For sure a good number of parishioners have been through one, two, three, or four previous Capital Campaigns and might feel a little ‘campaigned out’.  This is certainly understandable.  But what about the hundreds of households who have never contributed to an extraordinary Capital Campaign like this?  Won’t you please consider a gift to this Campaign that secures our future so boldly?  Pledge cards are located at the St. Benedict Shrine near the Campaign banner.   Your gift will go a long way to make us secure for the future.  Please pray about your gift!  
    May God continue to bless you and those you love.  Please pray for me as I pray for you daily.  God bless, Fr. Jason


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Campaign Details

As many of you may know, last week we announced Forward in Our Faith, a capital campaign for our parish and preparatory school. This campaign will help us address the following needs:
1) Maintenance and upgrades to the church and campus facilities ($2,785,000):
        a. A new roof and complete tuck-pointing of the church
        b. New windows and tuck-pointing for the Leavitt-facing side of the school
        c. Resurfaced parking lot and upgrades to the playground
        d. Upgrades to the boiler room and tuck-pointing for the convent
2) A two-story addition to the elementary and secondary school ($2,750,000)
        a. Multigenerational and multipurpose campus learning center
        b. Three new classrooms
        c. Four preschool classrooms, to replace the secondary school library
3) Stewardship to our wider Church ($440,000)
        a. Our contribution to the Archdiocese’s To Teach Who Christ Is capital  campaign, for Catholic education and faith formation
        b. An educational endowment for our sharing parish, Our Lady of the Snows

To support these projects, we have set ourselves a minimum goal of $4,500,000  and a challenge goal of $6,200,000.

These projects will help us to accomplish a number of goals:
First, maintenance and upgrades to the church and other campus facilities will allow us to preserve our historic church and ensure that our facilities are safe and comfortable places for us to gather and grow together. 

Next, a two-story addition to the elementary and secondary school will allow us to begin implementing 21st century learning spaces, thus strengthening the quality of the innovative Catholic education we already offer our students, as well as affording us valuable extra space for our many gatherings and activities!

Finally, as a parish dedicated to Catholic education and to teaching others in the faith, we are proud to accept the call to stewardship and support Catholic education and faith formation throughout the Archdiocese through the To Teach Who Christ Is capital campaign, and to support Catholic education at Our Lady of the Snows.

Once again, many thanks to our Campaign Executive Committee and the members of our faith family who have already given so generously. We look forward to sharing more updates with you in the coming months!


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 rgemo@stbenedict.com.


 

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!


New Procedures for Requesting Graphic Design Work or Communications Requests:

When Requesting E-blast Communications, Facebook Postings, Website Assistance, Graphic Design Work and the Like...

We are fortunate to have several talented people in our Mission Advancement Office who can help design and create communications and graphic design work for school needs. Maria Tubay, our Director of Communications for the Parish and School,  Joe Accardi, our Mission Advancement Officer, Janet Gallagher, our Director of Admissions Grades K-5 & Fund Our Future Appeal Coordinator, as well as Erik Petersen, our Director of Secondary Admissions.

Our goal is to use the time of each member of the Advancement Staff as wisely as possible. Smaller project requests can be done by most members of the Mission Advancement Staff, while Maria Tubay can take on much more sophisticated design projects (as well as do the weekly parish bulletin).

In order to help prioritize projects and use staff members in thoughtful, purposeful ways , ALL REQUESTS for communications or graphic design work, will be submitted by an electronic ticketing system. These requests will be funneled through either Fr. Jason for PARISH COMMISSION requests, or Joe Accardi for EDUCATION COMMISSION requests, who will then parcel out the assignments as needed depending on the Advancement Team’s work load.  If you have any questions about this, please contact Mr. Joe Accardi at jaccardi@stbenedict.com. Thank you so much!

Click here to submit PARISH COMMISSION project requests

Click here to submit EDUCATION COMMISSION project requests

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