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

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Experiences of Faith lead to Engagement in Faith

By Mrs. Kim McMillan, Director of Youth Ministry     

Experiences of faith are essential to developing a lifelong faith. It is early in our faith development, as a child and observer of faith rituals that we begin to form our ideas about faith. When little babies sit in the lap of their parents at mass, they understand the value that these rituals have for their parents. The time spent being held and loved lets them feel and experience the unconditional love of Our Father. 
     There is a theologian and author, Rev. Dr. John Westerhoff, who  suggests there are stages to our faith development. In his book titled, Will our Children Have Faith, he shares these stages. 

Experienced Faith: When a young child participates in the rituals of faith practice, this helps build their Experienced faith. This is what we do. This is how we act. Their understanding is based on experience rather than a cognitive faith. The manger scene at Christmas, the Advent wreath…Experienced faith grows by participating in the customs and rituals of our faith tradition with other Christians. It is the lifelong foundation of our faith. Experienced faith is also the faith of our senses.                                                                                                                                          
Affiliative Faith: Affiliative faith focuses on the community experience. It is a faith developed in community. This is what “we” believe and “do.” This is our group/church. A person develops through experience, a sense of community. Participating in the celebration of Liturgy helps promote a sense of belonging. The second stage of faith, affiliative faith, develops by belonging to, being affiliated with, an accepting Christian community.                                                        

Searching Faith: The third stage of faith development, searching faith, is the faith of questioning and internalizing what we have long been taught. Searching faith asks the question, “Is this what I believe?” This stage of faith is adding the “head” to the “heart” of the earlier stages. By questioning and testing what we have long been taught, we truly come to accept and internalize these teachings. Searching faith helps lead to owned faith.                                                            

Owned Faith: It’s now our own faith and no longer merely the faith of our parents, family, etc. Even though doubts and questions remain, those who own their faith want to witness it by personal and social action, and are willing and able to stand up for what they believe in as mature disciples of Jesus Christ.

     In Youth Ministry we are being intentional about offering our young people ways to have experiences of faith. The hope behind offering these opportunities is that in engaging their head, heart and hands they come to know their faith in a very real way. This summer there are several ways that young people will be engaging in the practice of faith. 
     By the time this bulletin runs, this weekend, 10 young people will have spent two daysserving at the Common Pantry and the Ronald McDonald House. During the week of June 26-30th, 13  different young people will serve for a whole week in a variety of ways around our community. After each of these opportunities to serve we spend time in reflection connecting what we did to why we, as Catholics, are called to serve. 
     There is still time for your young people to be involved in the practice of faith offered here, at St. Benedict Parish. 
     The Totus Tuus program is a great way for the children of our parish to practice their “Affiliative Faith.” When they are in community with their peers they can understand more clearly what “we believe.” The registration link can be found in this bulletin. The dates for k-6 graders are July 17-21st. 
     In the evenings of July 16-20th all 7th-12th graders are invited to participate in the evening sessions of Totus Tuus. At these sessions we work on development in “Owned Faith.”  The participants spend time seeking answers to questions and in prayer. It is a great way to encourage young people to reflect on what we believe as Catholics and how we can live our
faith in the current culture. 
     In November, High School studentsare being invited to participate in the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. That experience of our Catholic Faith can be a strong catalyst for growth into the “Owned Faith” stage of development. If anyone is interested, parents included, please let me know.
     In Youth Ministry we are being intentional about offering our young people ways to have experiences of faith. The hope behind offering these opportunities is that in engaging their head, heart and hands they come to know and “Own” their faith in a very real way. 



As part of the Parish’s new stewardship model, raffles, as a means of fundraising, will no longer be conducted at Parish & School events. In the past, the BenFest $10,000 raffle has been a significant source of income for the festival. It helps fund our ability to host a 3-day public festival on the streets around St. Bens. With the absence of a raffle, we are asking you to convert your raffle contribution to become a BenFest Friend. We have enhanced our sponsorship program to offer something for everyone. Please consider becoming a BenFest Friend, and support our parish and school.  

The Blake Tansor Family
The Burns Family
The Kohmescher Polutnik Family
The Petrillo Family
Gary Stark
The Stern Family
The Tracy Family
Jerry Buldak

The Colpoys Glenn Family
The Klucznik Family
The Stecz Family 

CAN'T MAKE IT TO BENFEST? Please consider a $100 donation to commemorate BenFest’s celebration of our 100th Birthday! All 100th birthday donations will receive a commemorative travel coffee mug. *While supplies last. 

Another way YOU can help BenFest . . .

Hooligan is in need of bottom shelf prizes.  If you have any NEW items, or would like to purchase and donate items valued at $3/$4, they would be greatly appreciated, and would save BenFest the expense of BUYING prizes.  Some of the favorite prizes are ‘kid friendly’ squirt guns, any kind of play balls, sidewalk chalk, water bottles, jewelry, etc.  Please keep in mind that we cannot use candles as they melt in the sun, or USED items.  In conjunction with the 100th birthday of our church, and, If we get enough prizes, we’d like to lower the number required to win a prize.  Donations may be dropped off in the rectory, marked “HOOLIGAN”. Thank you in advance for any prizes you can provide!  

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Anne Connolly Rief Real Estate Group
Cutco Cutlery
Macaroni Kid
Medulla LLC

Diamond Level:

G&L Tavern
Wintrust Bank

Platinum Level:
The Kromkowski Family

Gold Level:
Altair Advisors
Big Buzz Idea Group
Wilcox Realty

Silver Level:
Chicago Office and Technology Group
Patricia Flynn

Bronze Level:
Julie D. Chesne, JDC Realty, Inc
Chicago Vein Institute
Karen Cholipski
Conlon / Christies International
DePaul College Prep HS
Leigh Marcus Realty Team
Mangan Builders
Max Nutkowitz / JP Morgan Securities
Mortenson Roofing
Nava Segall MD Pediatrics
St. Benedict HAS
Swedish Covenant Hospital
The Archer Family
The Hortatsos Family
The Morris Family
The Walton Family & Huron Consulting Group
Ward Construction
Waveland Bowl

Totus Tuus is Returning! July 16-21

St Benedict Summer Catechetical Youth and Teen Program is scheduled for Sunday-Thursday, July 16-20 for  grades 7-12 from 7:00-9:00pm and Monday-Friday, July 17-21 for grades 1-6 from 9:00am-2:30pm. Join the summer fun!

For more information contact Nancy Uczen at

Save these Dates! Youth Ministry Summer Opportunities at St. Benedict Parish

** FULL ** Lord Have Mercy - June 26th -30th ** FULL **
St. Ben’s kids committed to serving the community for 5 days. 
7th and 8th grade graduates welcome.

Notre Dame Vision - July 10th -14th      
Spend a week at the University of Notre Dame reflecting on your gifts and
how you will use them in the world. 8th grade graduates thru 12th grade.

Totus Tuus - July 17th -21st                             
Volunteer alongside missionary college aged Catholics sharing their faith
with our parish children. 6th-12th grade are welcome to serve.

Visit this sign up to share an interest in these opportunities and receive more information. 
Questions? Call Ms. McMillan at 773-509-3841.

You’re Invited!


To join us in welcoming our new Pastor Fr. Steve Kanonik!

Sunday, July 23rd after all the Masses

in Beaven Hall

Refreshments will be served.

Please bring a favorite dish, appetizer, baked goods or snack to share…

You can also sign up using the sign up genius link below…

Chicago Catholic Scripture School Information Night

 August 17, 2017

At the request of the Office of Lifelong Formation at the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS) of Loyola University Chicago became the new home for the Chicago Catholic Scripture School (CCSS) in the fall of 2017. We are excited to announce that St. Benedict has been chosen to be one of the host sites for this school!

On August 17, 2017,  from 7 pm-8:30 pm in Beaven Hall, come and learn about classes to be offered this Fall that will provide an in-depth knowledge of the Bible within a Roman Catholic framework. Parishioner leaders, catechists, parish staffs, and anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of scripture will benefit from this program.

What are some of the benefits of Bible Study?

*Apply the Bible to life events and your parish ministry

*Interpret the Bible and its social justice dimensions

*Become a more effective leader

*Obtain Biblical formation for religious education

*Step toward professional leadership in your parish

*Enrich your personal spiritual and liturgical life

Students may take courses toward certification or they may audit as St. Jerome Scholars. IPS will provide certificates of completion for students (excluding St. Jerome Scholars) who complete the two-year Basic or four-year Advanced programs.

Please contact Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate, for more information at (773)509-3806 or via e-mail to We hope you will join us on August 17th to hear more about this exciting opportunity!



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



As a member of the Illinois Kids Campaign, the Catholic Conference of Illinois believes that no investment is more critical to our kids’ future than a quality education, and we hope you will add your voice by sharing that message.  Please join the thousands of parents and families across Illinois who are calling on Springfield to Invest in Kids.

The Illinois Kids Campaign is a statewide coalition urging lawmakers to take meaningful steps toward providing all children with the best education possible through important policies such as:

  • Teacher tax credits for out-of-pocket classroom supplies
  • Scholarships for students to attend K-12 nonpublic schools or public schools out of district
  • Critical funding for arts, music, and sports programs
  • Capital funding for facilities and infrastructure improvements
  • Increased tax credits to parents for qualified education expenses at public and nonpublic schools


1. Contact your legislator by visiting the Campaign website
2. Then find us on Twitter and Facebook and join the conversation!
3. Spread the word. Tell your fellow parents and parishioners, neighbors, colleagues and friends about this important work and ask them to contact their legislators, too.
Thank you for your support, and your ongoing dedication!

Zach Wichmann, Director of Government Relations
Catholic Conference of Illinois

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 Thank you so much!

Click here to submit PARISH COMMISSION project requests

Click here to submit EDUCATION COMMISSION project requests