GO FORTH - A Morning Retreat for Liturgical Ministers

GO FORTH - A Morning Retreat for Liturgical Ministers

We end each Mass with the commission: “Go forth”, but do we actually take this commission to heart? Join us for a spiritual refresher, specifically geared toward liturgical ministers. Led by Graziano & Nancy Marchesi, renowned authors and liturgists, this morning retreat is sure to recharge your spiritual batteries. The retreat is a collaborative effort on the part of St. Benedict, St. Andrew, St. Edward, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parishes. This year’s retreat will be hosted at St. Benedict Church 2215 W. Irving Park (corner of Irving and Leavitt). This event is offered free of charge and is open to all. We will take up a free-will offering to help offset the cost of the event.

Please register by January 5th, 2019, so we can plan accordingly….

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT 12.14.18

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 12.14.18

I am excited to invite you to our sixth annual Christmas Concert on Friday, December 14th at 7pm. This year, the choir and orchestra will present John Rutter’s Mass of the Children as our featured work. Mass of the Children, published in 2003, is unlike anything we’ve undertaken before. We will enlist the musical forces of a 70+ voice children’s choir, 60+ adult chorus, and full symphonic orchestra…

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Christmas Eve Nativity Play

Christmas Eve Nativity Play

Our Annual Christmas Eve Nativity Gospel Play is right around the corner!  This is open to all children from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. This is the form to sign up your child to participate in this years Nativity Play. Please sign up for the practices that correspond to the Mass you will be attending.  Speaking roles will be determined during practices. All three practices must be attended if your child has a speaking role. Roles will be assigned on the first day of practice…

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NEW Scheduling Software for Liturgical Ministers

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Beginning this January, all of our liturgical ministries will begin using a new scheduling software called Ministry Scheduler Pro. These include lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, cantors, altar servers, ushers, and liturgical writers. We hope that by switching to one platform, we can streamline the process of scheduling our ministries and better serve our parishioners.

Here are some of the features of MSP:

  • Schedules are populated automatically based on availability and preference on ministers.

  • Automatic email and text reminders sent to all ministers.

  • Automated substitute requests can be sent instantly to all other members of a ministry.

  • Families/groups can be scheduled together.

The first step in making the transition to this new platform is to enroll all of our active ministers. The online registration process is quick and easy. Simply follow the link below to get started.

Please keep in mind the following things when you register:

  • Each person must register individually by name.

  • You can select multiple ministries when you register.

  • For parents registering youth: you may use the same email address for all registrants. Please fill out the form for each member of the family using a parent’s email address.

  • Once you have enrolled, you will receive an email with a username and password. You can use this to edit your preferences and availability at any time.

Choose Joy this Advent!

Choose Joy this Advent!

The quality of music at Mass can have a profound impact on our experience. Mediocre music can leave us feeling uninspired, or worse, disconnect us from our experience. Good music can lift us up, connecting us to something greater than ourselves. My vision for St. Ben’s has always been that we should be a home for good music, inspiring music, transcendent music…

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JOIN THE DISCUSSION

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Last month, during our discussion of the book Divine Renovation, we started to address the topic of clergy sexual abuse as we discussed chapter 3 "House of Pain". It became apparent there is a need for a larger discussion of this topic in order to facilitate the process of healing in our Church.  

Obviously, we don't have all the answers, nor can we expect to solve this crisis on our own. However, having an open and honest discussion will allow us to begin the healing process.  

We will hold an all-parish conversation about this difficult topic.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 11th, from 7pm to 9pm in Beaven Hall. 

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It takes a Parish...

Last Sunday, November 18th, the parish of St Benedict headed over to St Paul’s House on California to help do a little holiday decorating for the people who live there. It was such a joy to participate in such a parish wide effort. The Holy Name Society offered to purchase the tree for decorating. The school children creatively made ornaments from recycled materials. There were enough ornaments to decorate 3 trees. Such creativity was a delight as we hung the ornaments and engaged in conversation with the residents. A group of about 10 teens from Youth Ministry and a few of their parents joined in the decorating as did several ladies and families, from the parish. When the residents came in to help it became a real party with cookies, hot chocolate and some absolutely delightful conversation…

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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. Last Weekend’s Sunday Collection…

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Family Centered Mass

Family Centered Mass

This Sunday at 10:30am

You are invited to gather with our community in a special way. Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLW) will be offered, and all children present will be invited to pray together around the altar. No matter what the size or configuration of your family, we hope you consider joining us for this celebration!


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Have you ever milked a cow?


This past weekend a group of 7th and 8th graders took a walk over to St Paul House for our monthly visit and BINGO game, with the residents. Before we played regular BINGO we played a game of “Life Experience BINGO” where we asked the residents questions about their past.

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Some of the questions were:  Did you ever milk a cow? Have you ever gotten a parking or speeding ticket? Do you know how to play a musical instrument?  It was fun watch the kids ask these questions and listen to the responses of the residents at St Paul House. After our visit, the kids and I share what we enjoyed most. During our visit this weekend I know I enjoyed watching the kids and the seniors interact. I also enjoy the way the residents reward the kids for helping them watch their BINGO cards. Often the residents share their winnings, which is candy, with the kids. 

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