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

In this Issue:


It’s not too late to support the Annual Catholic Appeal. We ask all of our parishioners to respond generously to this appeal. The appeal supports both parish and archdiocesan ministries. This year, the theme of the appeal is “Come, Follow Me.” We have all received God’s love. By financially supporting the ministries and services funded by the Annual Catholic Appeal, we help to extend God’s love to many, many others. For more information or to make a pledge, please visit or use an envelope located at the entrances of the church. When our parish reaches its goal of $47,841 in paid pledges, we will receive 100% of the additional funds for continued heating upgrades to our parish plant. This goal represents 6% of our offertory income. Because of your immense generosity over the last several years, our parish has been able to address various capital needs mainly with our aged heating plant. Our 2018 rebate will again go towards special projects in our parish. Please respond generously.


Over the past several months I have had the joy and privilege to oversee our parish liturgy committee. For those that may be unfamiliar, this committee organizes and guides the ministers that serve at our Masses every weekend. This group includes lectors, musicians, liturgical writers, altar servers, art & environment, extraordinary ministers of communion, and ushers. In a big parrish like ours, it is easy to get caught up in the “what” of ministry, and we can sometimes lose sight of the “why” behind what we do each week. I am definitely guilty of this, sometimes getting caught up in making “good music” rather than “good prayer”. It’s not that the two things can’t coexist, but as a liturgical minister, prayer must always be at the forefront. That is the difference between being a Minister of the church and being a volunteer with a list of tasks to complete. A couple of weeks ago, 
our liturgy committee decided to host a morning of reflection which we called “The Sacred Liturgy at the Center of Our Lives” which you probably saw advertised in the bulletin and online. We invited Fr. Bradley Zamora, Director of Liturgy and Instructor at Mundelein Seminary to speak, and he drove home something that is still resonating in my head; “Get back to basics.” In fact, his entire talk centered around this topic. I can’t think of a better mantra, especially for Lent. 

We often think of Lent as a very solemn, bordering on austere season. On the surface, it does kind of look that way. The sanctuary is shrouded in purple, the poinsettias give way to dead branches, the Alleluia and Gloria are absent, and we are called to fast and pray as a community. In a way, life becomes a little more simple. Maybe we aren’t losing anything so much as gaining a little space, a little time to ourselves. It might be impractical to think that our careers or family life will get any slower or more simple during Lent, but it is amazing what taking just a little time for yourself, even just a few minutes a day, can do for one’s spiritual and mental health. I really loved what Fr. Steve had to say last week about observing Lent, specifically almsgiving and giving something up: “If I can spend this Lenten season getting to know God better and actually develop my personal relationship with God then I will have achieved more than mere sacrifice alone can accomplish.” I invite you to consider getting to know God a little better this Lent by becoming a liturgical minister, and taking just a few extra moments to be with God at Mass. Whether as lector, musician, writer, altar server, or usher, I think you might be amazed at the joy that can be found in becoming a minister of the church, getting back to basics, and intentionally taking just a little time to be with God. 

Have a blessed Lent.


What You Need to Know About the “Invest in Kids” Tax Credit Scholarships

Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” Illinois children from low-income households who want to attend private schools will have access to new scholarships. The scholarships offered through this program could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees for next school year*. Below is more information about how to apply and details on eligibility requirements.  
Tax credit scholarships: Students from low-income households in grades K-12 have the opportunity to receive tax credit scholarships for the 2018/19 school year. These scholarships are funded by donors who receive a credit on their Illinois state income tax as a result of their donation.
Application process: You will need to apply for tax credit scholarships through a scholarship granting organization (SGO), which will manage this process, instead of the Archdiocese or your school directly. There are several SGOs in Illinois. The Archdiocese of Chicago is working with two SGOs: Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund. The application process with Empower Illinois will be completed online at The application process will open January 24, 2018. The application process with Big Shoulders Fund will be completed online at The application process will open January 22, 2018. 
What you need to apply: Based on what we know today, families will need the following documents in order to apply for a tax credit scholarship:
• Copy of 2016 federal tax return or 1099, W-2 or year-end pay stubs
• Proof of Illinois residency (driver's license, state ID or utility bill)
• Documentation of student age (birth certificate, federal/state ID or passport)
• If available, a letter of acceptance or enrollment at an eligible, participating, non-pubic school

Note: There may be changes to this list as the application process is finalized by the SGOs. We will provide updates as they are available.
Help applying: You will be able to get help applying for the scholarship in-person at a variety of events in your community in the coming months. The Archdiocese will share the dates and locations of these events as these details are finalized. For families whose first language is not English, we will have in-person resources available to help you through the application process.
Application deadline: The deadline for submitting applications is still being determined. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, so it is very important that when the application process begins, you apply early.
How to qualify: Eligibility to receive a scholarship is based on your family’s household income. For example, a student could receive a scholarship if his/her family income is less than $73,800 a year for a family of four. See chart below for more information on eligibility for tax credit scholarships.  
Scholarship amount: Your family could receive a scholarship that covers up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees for next school year. 
See the chart below that shows how much you could receive to cover tuition based on your income for a family of four.

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To learn more, please visit or contact the Archdiocese at or 312.534.5321. 
*Scholarships may NOT exceed $12,973, the 2018/19 statewide average public school cost for K-12 students. 

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St. Benedict Alumni Association & Knight of Columbus #15052
5th Annual Scholarship Lenten Fish Fry’s  
Friday’s: February 16 & March 16
5:30- 8:30 PM in Beaven Hall

Prices: (All you can eat)        
Adults $10
Seniors $7
Children $5 (Children 4 and under) 
For information or presale tickets please contact 773-509-3836 or visit


Gala 2018 is two weeks away!  We hope you will join us.  
Here are the great numbers so far:

  • 0ver 300 guests have purchased their tickets so far. We have about 100 seats left.
  • 4 Premium Tables and 1 Maroon and Gold Table have been sold.  Don’t miss out on this special seating and upgrades.
  • Over $10,000 has been donated by families to cover the cost of the parish and school staff, faculty, and volunteer catechists.  Our goal is $14,000 to cover everyone’s ticket.
  • Over $9,000 in sales of multi-sale class projects have already been received.  The First Communion Project has had the most sales with 67 sold. 
  • We have received $23,500 in sponsorship to date with some still coming in.  Thanks to the committee working on the yearlong sponsorship efforts for 2018. 
  • We continue to receive a number of donor specific gifts which are helping to underwrite our event as with the Law Firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten, & Diamonstein, L.C. and their $1500 donation covering our coffee service and sweet table for the night.

Please consider ways that you can join in the efforts to help make our event a success.  
Visit our website for details at


St. Joseph’s Day Table is Sunday, March 18th 

At 1pm in Beaven Hall. Food donations needed. Please contact Terri Aluise at 773-392-9006 or email

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deacon Tom Lambert

Presentation on Mental Illness Sunday February 18th - 10 am in Beaven Hall

After the 9 am Mass on Sunday February 18th, in Beaven Hall, Deacon Tom Lambert will give a presentation about mental illness. Deacon Tom’s oldest daughter has a mental illness and he is a founding member and co-chair of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Commission on Mental Illness. He chaired the National Catholic Partnership on Disability’s Council on Mental Illness located in Washington D.C. He serves on the Board of Pathways to Promise, a national interfaith organization for outreach to people with mental illness and their families. Deacon Tom is a past president of the Illinois’ National Alliance on Mental Illness and speaks nationally on faith outreach to people with mental illness and their families. He runs a website providing information on church resources for people with mental illness and their families at All are welcome!

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Help Out at our Easter Dinner

Please join St Benedict's in supporting our annual Easter Dinner.  The buffet-style meal will be held on Easter morning (April 1st) in Beaven and Ackerman hall from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. All are welcome! We are also seeking volunteers to help set up, serve, host our guests, and clean-up. Shifts will begin at 7:30 am and the last will conclude around 3 pm. We are also in need of donations of cooked food, including: ham, potatoes, vegetables, desserts, and beverages.  Please use the sign up link below or contact Elaine Lindia at (773) 509-3806. Thank you!

Save the date for the St. Benedict and St. Andrew Parish Mission

St. Andrew Church (Chapel located at 1725 W. Addison)
April 15, 16, 17 at 6:30PM (Dinner available each night at 6:00PM)

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michael leach, author

Once a year, we set aside some time to renew our faith as a parish community. We share a meal, hear an inspiring speaker, pray together, and engage in faith-filled conversation. The Parish Mission is a place for everyone from our St. Benedict and St. Andrew communities to gather together and rediscover the joy of being Catholic! We are excited to welcome best-selling Catholic author Michael Leach, who grew up at St. Andrew Parish, as our guest speaker. Michael will share his most inspiring ideas for living and loving our faith. All adults and teens are welcome. There will be a separate program for children ages 3-12. Join us April 15, 16, and 17. For more information or to volunteer, contact Beth Knobbe at or (773) 771-7440.


We have 10 young people at St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School who will be recognized
May 4th for their witness to our faith and their practice of discipleship in our parish, school and community. These young people will receive a Vicariate 2 Leadership Award from Bishop Kane at a recognition luncheon. Please pray in gratitude for these young people and their continued desire to live their faith as witness for others.

Dominique Ghuneim          
Dallas Hilton                         
Taylor Martin                     
Mira JoriRuth Cohen           
Abby Garcia                        
Nicole Pagan
Fabiola Avila
Mylan Nguyen

Zach Kurzak

Mary Katherine Sullivan

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Youth Ministry is Seeking Youth Leaders for Vacation Bible School this Summer. Can You Help with SHIPWRECKED?
July 23-27.

All 6th through High School aged people are invited.
We will meet from 6:30pm-8:30pm each day during the July 15-19 week and prepare for the Young Kids who will attend VBS the next week.

Then, July 23-27 during the day, you will be helping the adults lead small groups of kids through the program.  The daily program would run from 8:30-2:30.  This time commitment would be applicable to the Confirmation Service Hour Commitment (40 hours total for the two weeks)

Sign up here if you are interested or if you’d like more information:


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JULY 9-13  A group of High School students will be traveling from St Benedict Parish to the University of Notre Dame to participate in the Summer program VISION. ALL high school aged young people who are interested in attending are welcome. See Ms. McMillan for details. Our group will be traveling to the University July 9-13. The cost of attending is the $100.00 deposit and some earnest hours of fundraising. Please do not let the cost keep any person who is interested, from attending.

The sign up for Vision is included in our Summer Service Opportunities. I will follow up to answer questions and share details for all those who sign up, on the sign up genius.


For more information contact
Jeremy Kiobassa at
To download the complete brochure, go to

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

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Spiritual Dream Group - Next Session: Monday, February 19th

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 if you plan to attend.


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 to sign up, or contact Jim Harding at or 312-738-9381 with any questions.


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


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