Easter dinner

Easter dinner

St. Benedict will be hosting our annual Easter Dinner on Sunday, April 21st from 11 am until 1 pm. All are welcome to join the feast! This is a potluck dinner in the truest sense in that all food and supplies are donated by parishioners, local businesses, neighbors, and friends of the parish. So if you are able to donate a cooked ham, side dish, beverage, or dessert, it would be most appreciated. The sign up link is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094FACAE2AA2FA7-stbenedicts1 . Questions? Contact Elaine Lindia at (773)509-3806 or elindia@stbenedict.com.

 

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The Great Easter Vigil

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The Easter Vigil is celebrated after sundown on Holy Saturday. Because it takes place after sunset, it is properly considered part of the Sunday celebration of Easter. The vigil begins with the Lucenarium, or Service of Light. The new paschal candle is lit outside the church, and the deacon brings the light into the sanctuary as the fire is spread amongst the people in the darkened church. This is symbolic of Christ’s light being spread throughout the world. We hear the Exultet, the great hymn of praise, and the liturgy of the Word is extended to include many readings from Genesis through the New Testament, which tell us the history of our salvation. Before the Epistle, the Gloria is sung to ringing bells and the church is illuminated. After the Epistle we sing “Alleluia” for the first time in over 40 days, symbolizing the end of our Lenten fast. We then witness the Sacraments of Initiation as catechumens are baptized, confirmed, and partake in Holy Communion for the first time. All that are gathered also renew their Baptismal promises, and are sprinkled with water which reminds us that Christ creates in us a clean heart with his death and Resurrection. We go forth from this celebration having witnessed the glory of the Paschal Mystery, and are called to renew our faith and spread the light of Christ to the world.

THE GREAT EASTER VIGIL IN THE HOLY NIGHT

Saturday, April 20th at 7pm


STORIES ON THE ROAD TO CALVARY

STORIES ON THE ROAD TO CALVARY

Friday, March 29th at 7pm in Church

Simple Supper Provided at 6pm in Beaven Hall

Join our young people as they bring Jesus’ final journey to life through those that knew him. Each station of the Cross is a vignette of a person that encountered Jesus on his road to Calvary.

Sponsored by St. Benedict Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry

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CALLED TO BE PRIEST, PROPHET & KING

CALLED TO BE PRIEST, PROPHET & KING

April 5th & 6th at 6:30pm in the Ackerman Center (dinner included)

April 7th at 7:30pm in the Ackerman Center (after the 6:30pm Mass)

We are excited to welcome Deacon Loren and Cynthia "Sam" Bowns as our guest speakers who will inspire us with what it means to be a follower of Christ. The Parish Mission is a place for everyone from our St. Ben's and St. Andrew's communities - join us for one, two, or all three nights.  All adults and teens are welcome, with a separate children's program for ages 3-12…

Sponsored by St. Benedict and St. Andrew parishes

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LABYRINTH

LABYRINTH

April 9th, 10th, & 11th in the Ackerman Center

Walking the labyrinth can be experienced as a metaphor for your own spiritual journey with all its twists, turns, and meandering. The point is not to figure out how to get to the center, but how to take the next step with God. Focus on the journey and not the destination…

Sponsored by St. Benedict Youth Ministry

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Is it Time to Update My Personal Giving?

Is it Time to Update My Personal Giving?

St. Benedict Parish offers an abundance of ministries and services to our community. We are only able to offer all of these through the generosity of our parishioners and friends of our parish. This month, we ask that you consider your own personal stewardship and giving. If you haven't already, consider signing up for automated online giving. If you already give online, perhaps consider updating your level of stewardship. It is through your generosity that we can continue our mission.

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Easter Flower Collection

Easter Flower Collection

Help us to beautify our church as we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection! Flowers symbolize the new life we receive in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Help us to meet our goal by making a contribution today. No amount is too small! After the Easter Season, the flowers are planted around our campus and continue to ad beauty to our block for the summer.

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God has a plan for our life~ Notre Dame Vision for teens can help teens see that plan

God has a plan for our life~ Notre Dame Vision for teens can help teens see that plan

You will benefit from some of the best speakers from across campus and across the country whose stories, witness, and humor will challenge you to expand your imagination and deepen your faith.  Whether you are in the large group setting as one of 360 teenagers from across the country or in the small group with 7 other teens your own age, you will find yourself in a vibrant and welcoming community…read more

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The Liturgical Writing Ministry Needs You

The Liturgical Writing Ministry Needs You

Being involved in this ministry requires each minister to write prayers once every 6-8 weeks throughout the year after prayerfully reflecting on the scripture readings and our world, church and community needs. There are no meetings, there is no requirement to read in front of church at mass and no experience or special knowledge is required…

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ALPHA 4 Youth - North Center

ALPHA 4 Youth - North Center

Join us for ALPHA on March 20th as we explore some of life’s important questions. This week we’ll talk about: “Jesus: Who is he?” and answer this question and others: “What would you want to be famous for?’ and “Why do you think Jesus is so famous?’ We start at 5:00pm in the basement of St Ben’s church. 2215 N Irving Park Rd. Dinner is served.

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Looking for Something new and different to do, this Summer?

Looking for Something new and different to do, this Summer?

Vision is 5 day retreat helping high school students focus on their gifts and how to live their faith every day.

Incoming freshman through Senior high students are invited to live for a week on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. While you are there you will hear from some of the best speakers

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From the Bench: 'Where is that Kyrie from, and why does it sound familiar?'

From the Bench: 'Where is that Kyrie from, and why does it sound familiar?'

Each line of text is repeated three times, which is slightly different than the call and response format we have become used to in the modern Church. This ancient practice stems from the regard of the number 3 as a sacred number. Because there are three line of text, and each is repeated three times, this nine-fold plea for mercy is intended to bend the ear of the Divine. I have chosen to re-introduce this practice in Lent to emphasize the penitent nature of the season…

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