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Thursday, April 20,  2017 *  Volume 14  *  Issue 37

Dear Parents and Friends of St. Benedict Prep:

Happy Easter to all of you! 

We've got two things on our minds and in our hearts here at SBPS! 

First - MASS AND GALA!  We are ready to celebrate and have a great time on Saturday night. Thanks to the amazing Mass and Gala co-chairs, Tricia Canty and Colleen Mueller, plus the whole committee, Advancement Staff, Total Events Resources, our maintenance staff, and parish/school faculty and staff, we are ready to host our 600 guests under a beautiful tent in order to celebrate the 100th birthday of our church, AND raise lots of money for our parish school's operating expenses. We hope you have found helpful our short daily e-blast giving everyone a little taste of what is happening with the Mass and Gala. There are so many ways to support our Mass and Gala. Be sure to check out the website at  We hope to pray with you at the 5PM mass and celebrate with you on Saturday night! 

SECOND - 8th Grade CONFIRMATION! Our 8th graders of the parish and school have been preparing for Confirmation all year. The Confirmation Mass is Thursday, April 27th at 7PM in Church. Please keep our Confirmandi in your prayers. Thanks to our teachers and catechists for preparing our young people for this journey. 

Congratulations to our 2017 St. Benedict Confirmandi - Please pray for our newest Members of the Catholic Church! 




Have a very blessed weekend! 

Here are a few more news items and updates below:    

  • Parent Partnership Submission of Volunteer Hours - LAST DAY TO SUBMIT IS APRIL 26th
  • SBPS Advisory Board Seeking Applications for 2017-18 School Year Board 
  • Tentative School Calendar Dates for the 2017-18 School Year
  • Youth Ministry Summer Opportunities - SAVE THE DATE!
  • Mass & Gala - Saturday, April 22nd - LATEST UPDATES!
  • How to Order the Gray Embroidered Fleece  
  • Last Chance to order the Elementary School Grades 1-5 yearbook - see details below

Peace to you, 

Ms. Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School

Please consider contributing your time and talent to the ongoing work of the SBPS Advisory Board

We are seeking parents, parishioners, alumni and committed members of the community to fill openings on our Board and Board committees. The Board is composed of 15-20 members who serve three year terms. The eight Board committees include Board members as well as Associate members who make a one year commitment. Because the Board committees are critical to the success of the Board's objectives, board openings are also filled from Committee membership.

An application is required to be considered.

For more information on the Board and its Committees CLICK HERE .

To download the application CLICK HERE.  Please complete and email  to by Friday, March 31, 2017.

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, 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

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 or Tricia Canty at

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


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Are You Looking for the Gray SBPS Embroidered Fleece?

Is it time to replace your child's Gray fleece?  Families may be looking for where to order the SBPS GRAY FLEECE Jackets.   Look no further...  We know these gray fleeces are HOT items because they are still part of the uniform code for grades K-8.  We are pleased to announce that the HS Parent Network will be organizing Gray Fleece Sales out of the secondary school office. Proceeds will go to support the programs of the HS Parent Network (think HSA for grades 9-12).  You can send in your order forms to the secondary school office any time. No shipping charges....get them now while you can. Grades preschool, high school and parents can purchase them and use them for spirit wear and cold weather wear outside the school day.

Click here for the order form.        

2016 Elementary School Yearbooks - It's not too late to order, but get your orders in soon! 


Yearbooks for students in grades Kindergarten through 5th are still available. New orders will be delivered to your home. Please contact with any questions. 

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Please pray for all those who will be received into the church at the Easter Vigil in a little over a week. Especially keep in your prayers our own Ms "D"... Mary Deletioglu who will be welcomed into the Catholic Church! 

Also, please pray for all our parish and school families who may be traveling over the Easter weekend and holiday. May God bring them and their loved ones safely home.