SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE:

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




Have you heard all the new & exciting updates this year to our evening of festivities? 

Our Balloon Drop and Heads & Tails Game are a couple of fun additions to help celebrate our 100th birthday, the Wine Pull is back by popular demand, and live music by The Local Group will round up the evening to keep us movin’ on the dance floor! Also, our surprise entertainment begins right at 7pm- if you are an art lover, you don’t want to miss out....

Tickets for the Gala are still on sale so reserve while they last! Over 42 tables have been sold and only 4 premium and 6 general seating tables remain. Also, don’t forget about our two great after parties immediately following the gala at G&L Tavern and Reclaimed. Click here to purchase tickets online or drop off your reservation and payment in the Advancement Office, attention Mr. Joe Accardi.

TUITION DRAW TICKET UPDATE: We are excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for the annual tuition draw and only a limited number of tickets will be sold! Enter for your chance to win a $5,000 voucher to be applied towards your child’s 2017-2018 St. Benedict Preparatory School tuition. Tickets are $50 each and only 200 will be sold. Purchase your tickets online today at tinyurl/mass-gala.

CLASS PROJECTS: Both one of kind and multi-sale projects are available this year.  From photobooks in Kindergarten to notecards from Religious Education to pajama pants in Secondary School.  Look for this year’s multi-sale items in our class project catalog being sent home in backpacks Preschool - Grade 8 and under a new Class Projects tab on our Mass and Gala website.  

CONSIDER BECOMING A SPONSOR: We are looking for sponsors to support our 100th birthday celebration. There are many great opportunities for you or your business to gain exposure in the North Center community over the next year across all our major 2017 fundraising events- Mass & Gala, Benfest and Fun Run.  Check out our sponsorship package on our Mass & Gala website. If you would to discuss a customized package, please contact Tricia Canty, tcanty@stbenedict.com. We appreciate your support! Thanks to our recent family sponsors: the Kromkowski Family and the Morris Family!

COMMEMORATIVE BOOK: In honor of the 100th birthday of the church, we are creating a commemorative yearbook to celebrate our parish and church. You will have the opportunity to provide your well wishes to St Benedict’s by purchasing an ad in the book. While also helping to support our parish fundraising goals, the Commemorative Book will be a cherished keepsake of this moment in time and will include the history of St. Benedict Parish, pictures, and snapshots of the 100th Anniversary Events. Purchase your ad today by visiting our website. If you have any question regarding this initiative, please email the Commemorative Book Committee at commemorativebook@stbenedict.com.

IRVING PARK BANNER: Celebrate the 100th birthday of our parish “landmark” church by advertising your business or showing your family’s support with a street light pole banner.  Your contribution of $500 provides for the entire year a double sided vinyl banner measuring 30” x 72” on Irving Park Rd. from Ravenswood Avenue to the north branch of the Chicago River.  Order one today!

You can visit our website to make your contributions to all our Mass & Gala initiatives. We truly appreciate your support and generosity! Questions, comments or want to still get involved? Please contact Colleen Mueller at colleen@themuellers.com
or Tricia Canty at tcanty@stbenedict.com.


St. Benedict Ladies Society – May 3

Please join us in congratulating Maribel Selva as St. Benedict’s Woman of the Year.  Maribel will be honored at the ACCW Vicariate II Luncheon held at the White Eagle on May 13th.  As our Woman of the Year, Maribel will crown the Blessed Virgin Mary at our annual Mass and May Crowning on Wednesday, May 3rd.  Mass and May Crowning will be at the 8:30 am.  The meeting and pot luck brunch will follow in Beaven Hall at 9:30 am.   (Bring a dish to pass, if you like.) We hope many of you will attend our May meeting.  All are welcome. This is the last meeting before our summer break.



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

Teen Service Week - June 24th-July 1st
Week long immersion trip hosted at the Maria Kaupas Center at
Maria Catalyst High School open to high school students

Lord Have Mercy - June 26th -30th
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.


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.


 

ILLINOIS KIDS NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

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
     

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1. Contact your legislator by visiting the Campaign website www.illinoiskidscampaign.org
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
217-528-9200


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