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Thursday, June 22,  2017 *  Volume 14  *  Issue 45

Dear Parents and Friends of St. Benedict Prep:

Please keep in your prayers The Conway Family. Dr. Brett Conway passed away suddenly this past Sunday. The wake and funeral information is listed below. Please see the note below from our pastor, Father Jason: 

Dear Family of Faith,

We are sad to share the passing of Dr. Brett Conway, husband of Kelly Conway, and father of Jack (rising 6th grader), Ryan (rising 4th grader) and Luke (3 years old).

The Wake Service for Brett Conway will be at Drake and Sons Funeral home 5303 N Western Avenue Friday, June 23rd from 5:00 - 8:00pm.

The Funeral Mass will be here at St. Benedict Church Irving Park and Leavitt Saturday, June 24th at 10:00am. 

All are welcome to a light lunch reception in the gym immediately following the funeral Mass. Interment will be private.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the Conway family in this time of loss.

God bless,  Fr. Jason Malave

Here are a few more news items and updates below:    

  • Resources for Adults to Help Talk to Young People about Death and Grief
  • Summer Office Hours for the School Campus
  • BenFest Information
  • Wiggle in the Park with Mrs. Johnson  
  • Summer Camp Information - Early Childhood, athletic camps and Summer Dance camps 
  • Tentative School Calendar Dates for the 2017-18 School Year
  • Youth Ministry Summer Opportunities - SAVE THE DATE!

Peace to you, 

Ms. Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School

Resources for Adults to Help Talk to Young People About Death and Grief

As discussed during our orientation session, below are some links to websites that can help guide your conversations with children around death and grief.  If you would like more information or resources, please feel free to reach out to one of the school administrators.

Summer Office Hours for the Campus 

While we won't have the students around on a daily basis, there is always something going on here on the BLOCK. Summer camps, athletic camps, Totus Tuus and more. We are also here this summer to help you with all your needs to get ready for the coming school year. Here are our office hours for summer: 

For June 12-August 12th - (We are all closed on July 3 and 4) 

Preschool Reception Entrance at 3901 N. Bell - M-F from 7:30AM to 5:30PM 

Elementary and Secondary School Offices  Monday - THURSDAY 8AM to Noon (closed Fridays)


I’m pickin’ my guitar and singin’ all summer long, and I’d LOVE for you and your children to join in on the fun! I’ll be performing several FREE shows through the Old Town School of Folk Music downtown at Millennium Park in the Family Fun Tent, and with my pals Julie Helenius and Diana Laffey at Navy Pier!

I’ll be solo at Millennium Park on Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday,
August 10. Both shows are 45 minutes long beginning at 10 am. There are loads of other free activities in the Fun Tent, including storytelling, art projects, and games. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and bathing suits for the giant fountains!

I’ll be performing two shows with Miss Julie at 10 am and at 11 am at Navy Pier on Wednesday, July 5

I’ll be performing two shows with Diana Laffey at 10 am and at 11 am at Navy Pier on Friday, August 11

Email me anytime for more information:  See you this summer!



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

Crawford Supply showcases St. Benedict
K-12th grade Students artwork
May - August, 2017

Crawford Supply is hosting an art show featuring St. Benedict student artwork called, "Celebrate the Future". The artwork from Kindergarten through 12th grade students will be on display from May through August, 2017. Crawford Supply hosted a reception for the artists and their families on Wednesday, May 17th. Visit the Crawford Showroom at 3924 N. Lincoln Avenue to see the beautiful display of student artwork. The photos are from the artists' reception and include photos of students, families, teachers, Crawford staff and student artwork.

Summer Camp 2017

We will once again be offering summer camp for the summer of 2017.  Weekly theme-based summer camps will be offered for students who are currently enrolled in Preschool through Second Grade.  (stay tuned for more options from 3-Point Athletics for older students).

Current Preschool students (children were 3 on or before September 1, 2016) will have weekly themed camps beginning June 19th - August 4th.  (Please note that the week of July 4th will be a three-day camp week)

  • June 26-30 - Fun in the Sun
  • July 3 - 7 (Camp is only 3 days this week) - Sports Extravaganza
  • July 10-14 - Space is the Place
  • July 17-21 - Construction/Tools
  • July 24-28 - Land Before Time
  • July 31 - August 4 - Animal Planet

Current Kindergarten-2nd Grade students will have weekly themed camps offered beginning June 19th-July 14th and July 24th-August 4th.  There will be Totus Tuus camp offered during the week of July 17th-21st.  (Please note that the week of July 4th will be a three-day camp week)

  • June 26-30 - Fun in the Sun
  • July 3 - 7 (Camp is only 3 days this week) - Sports Extravaganza
  • July 10-14 - Space is the Place
  • July 17-21 - Totus Tuus
  • July 24-28 - Land Before Time
  • July 31 - August 4 - Animal Planet


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

Important Dates for the 2017-18 School Year - SCHOOL CALENDAR 


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Please keep in your prayers all of our school families - that they may have a safe, healthy, joyous summer that brings many laughs and happy memories. 

Please keep in your prayers all our faculty and staff members who are leaving:  especially keep in your Mrs. Feely, Mr Kendrick and Father Jason as they embark on the newest chapter of their lives. God Bless!