The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter

Upcoming Events


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Don't Miss our Baby Shower benefiting The Women's Center of Chicago beginning on Mother's Day and ending on Father's Day.

The Pro-Life group of the St. Ben's Peace & Justice Committee is joining with the St. Benedict Council 15052 of the Knights of Columbus to sponsor a Baby Shower for the benefit of the Women's Centers of Greater Chicagoland.  The Women's Centers are a non-profit organization which directly aids mothers and families experiencing a crisis pregnancy by offering emotional, financial, material and spiritual support.
    
We will be celebrating the gift of life in 2 ways:
First:
Annual Baby Bottle Campaign.  Empty baby bottles will be given out and we ask you to place any spare change in it and return it by Father's day June 17.

Second: A playpen will be set up in church in which you can bring items a newborn or his/her mother could use. For example -- baby or maternity clothes, layette items (undershirts, socks, blankets, hats, booties) diapers, bottles, formula, toys, baby food.
    
The Baby Shower will be held through Father's Day weekend. Thank You for Helping to Defend Life and God Bless You!


Choir Pilgrimage to Ireland - October 8-16

There is still time to join our Adult Choir on their pilgrimage to Ireland this October!

THE DEADLINE TO JOIN US IS JUNE 1ST, 2018

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A pilgrimage to Ireland will give you a special glimpse of a unique part of the world. Ireland is an ancient land, a marvelous blend of historic and contemporary beauty. The Emerald Isle is eager to show you its natural wonders as well as its vibrant city streets. You won’t want to miss the charming towns and villages, nor the warmth and spirited hospitality of Ireland. Join us, as we embark on this pilgrimage to religious ecclesiastical centers, illuminated manuscripts, ancient ruins, stunning panoramic views, legendary castles surrounded by moats, and the romantic and rugged regions of lakes and bogs. This country, filled with traditional music and magnetic people, will make you feel right at home. We are pleased to extend this personal invitation to you and I hope that you will join us in Ireland on this very special pilgrimage of fellowship and music.


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Help Raise Money for SBPS and the Protégé Internship Program Volunteer at RIBFEST on June 10th!

We need volunteers to fill (2) shifts on Sunday, 
June 10th. The Evening shifts earn us more $! 

REGISTERING TO VOLUNTEER IS EASY: For a registration form, go to our website at www.stbenedict.com. If you have any questions or need any additional information contact Suzanne Stone or Jean Hybinette at (773) 539-0066. Thank you!


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Monks and Wrenches is Back!! 
Parish Stewardship Cleanup day - Saturday, June 16th

During the morning of Saturday June 16th, we are scheduling a Parish Stewardship Day to do some clean up both in the parish and the school.  In the past, this day was called Monks and Wrenches and we would like to bring back this tradition!  The plan is to attend daily Mass at 8:30 am, gather in Beaven for coffee and refreshments and then spend a couple of hours doing some worthwhile campus projects.  Lunch will then be provided for all that participate. If you are able to help, you can sign up using this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094FACAE2AA2FA7-monks or contact Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate at (773) 509-3806 or at elindia@stbenedict.com.  


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A Brand New Garage Sale! Meeting on May 21st

A few changes are coming this year for the St. Ben's Baby & Kid's Garage Sale. If you like to purge, organize, hunt for treasure, meet new people, market events, or want a direct impact on how resources are allocated to your child's classroom, the Garage Sale is for you!  

The Garage Sale will now be a separate, stand alone committee.  It will no longer be a part of the HSA.  What does that mean!?  That means you can join the Committee without the three year commitment!  

The Garage Sale Committee, with the assistance of Ms. Gemo, will allocate the sale proceeds to classroom wishlists.  How does that work?  The teachers will apply to the Committee for a financial grant.  The Committee will review the grants and distribute accordingly.  If you want a voice in how these resources are allocated, the Garage Sale Committee is for you!

The vast majority of the Garage Sale work occurs from mid August to mid September.  It's only one month!  Get your volunteer time in early!  

The Garage Sale is one of the best ways on campus to meet new people.

Babysitters will be provided for St Ben's students during all August sorting dates.

Interested?  Want to learn more? Please join us Monday, May 21st at 7pm in room 335.  Please email
jenpatras@hotmail.com with any questions.


 
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You're Invited! 100th Anniversary of the
Dedication of Our Church 

We invite you to our closing events to celebrate the 100th Birthday of our 'landmark' church at the corner of Irving Park and Leavitt the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd.

5 p.m. Saturday evening Mass

Immediately following Fr. Steve invites you to the Bell Tower After Party! 
6 p.m. until ??
Open Bar, Hors d'oeuvres, Champagne Toast,
Incredible Views of the City from the new windows in the Bell Tower.
Only 52 tickets remain! $150 per person.
Purchase yours today online at: 
https://tinyurl.com/Gala2018AfterParties

Noon Sunday Mass Feast of Corpus Christi
Eucharistic procession immediately following and reception open to all with refreshments served. 

Photos from these events will be included in our 100th Birthday Commemorative Book.
 

Commemorative Book Orders

Thank you to all who purchased an ad in our commemorative book. All our advertisers will receive a complimentary soft cover edition. We expect the book to go to press in early June with delivery by Benfest weekend! Please consider ordering your copy of this beautiful photo book complete with a history of our church, archival photos recently received and never before included in any anniversary edition, and photos from all the events of the past year beginning with the Cornerstone Red Carpet Party from March of 2017. 

Order yours today! $60 hardcover $50 softcover

Orders taken at the rectory or any school office, or online at: https://tinyurl.com/SBcommemorativebook

Upcoming Gala 2018 After Parties

Something for everyone!
Please join fellow parishioners and school parents for fun
as we continue to support our school.Purchase your tickets
online attinyurl.com/Gala2018AfterParties. For more information please call Mr. Accardi at 773.509-3832.

ARENTS' NIGHT OUT: THUR. MAY 17
Join us at Rock's NorthCenter for a spring parents night out! Come for dinner, stay for drinks, and sing along with a local DJ. Drinks for the evening will be poured by our guest bartenders: Ms. Waldron and Ms. Gemo.  Rocks will generously donate 20% of all food and beverage sales back to the school.  $20 per
person entrance fee (direct donation to the school)

BELL TOWER PARTY WITH FATHER STEVE: SAT. JUNE 2nd
See 100th Birthday news section of the bulletin for more info. 

2018 DAY OF GOLF: Fri. June 8th
Join your friends at St. Ben's for a great day of golf and friendly competition as we return to Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond, Indiana.  Day begins with breakfast at the G&L Tavern. Includes transportation, 18 holes of golf, golf cart, beverages, lunch on the course, and pizza upon return to the G&L.$225 per person. Only 17 spots left.


 
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NEW FOR 2018: BenFest will feature a School of Rock Showcase on Saturday on the main stage!

House bands from Oak Park, Geneva and Arlington Heights will fill the stage and we're looking for some kids from the Block to play too!  Do you know a St. Ben's current or former student that participates in a School of Rock band?  We Want YOU to Play on Saturday at BenFest!  Email Jenni Petrillo for more information at jennifer.l.petrillo@accenture.com.
     

Get all your BenFest purchases out of the way and crossed it off your check list before school is over!  Make all of your BenFest purchases online using our advance purchasing option! Purchase your BenFest Friend (BFF) sponsorship, beer tasting tickets, BenFest Buddy tickets and weekend activity wristbands all before you get to the gates!  New this year get your game truck punch card!  5 30 minute sessions for $45!  Click here for advance purchasing.

 Click here for advance purchasing! 

NEW FOR 2018:

BenFest will feature a School of Rock Showcase on Saturday on the main stage! House bands from Oak Park, Geneva and Arlington Heights will fill the stage and we're looking for some kids from the Block to play too!  Do you know a St. Ben's current or former student that participates in a School of Rock band?  We Want YOU to Play on Saturday at BenFest!  Email Jenni Petrillo for more information!  jennifer.l.petrillo@accenture.com

Get all your BenFest purchases out of the way and crossed it off your check list before school is over!  

Make all of your BenFest purchases online using our advance purchasing option! Purchase your BenFest Friend (BFF) sponsorship, beer tasting tickets, BenFest Buddy tickets and weekend activity wristbands all before you get to the gates!  New this year get your game truck punch card!  5 30 minute sessions for $45!  Click here for advance purchasing.

BenFest Friends 2018 - Become a BFF! 

In order for all families to receive the proper recognition, the deadline for becoming a BFF is July 1.

Hosting 5,000 people during a 3-day street festival is a significant undertaking of time and money. As part of the parish’s new stewardship model, raffles and forms of gambling as means of fundraising will no longer be conducted at parish and school events. It costs $80,000 to run BenFest, and we don’t make a profit until we clear that amount. Please join your fellow parishioners in supporting BenFest as a BenFest Friend (BFF)

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A BFF...BENFEST FRIEND

Visit benfest.com for a complete list of exciting things going on at BenFest 2018!

 

Thank you to our BFFs!

Capital Society Sponsors ($10,000)
Wintrust Bank

Keystone Guild Sponsors ($2,500)
Tom and Laura Burns
Julie D. Chesne, JDC Realty, Inc.
Chicago Office and Technology Group
Foley & Mansfield
Michael & Gina Hortatsos

Arch Guild Sponsors ($1,000)
Karen Cholipski
Conlon/Christie’s International
Leigh Marcus Realty Team
Michael and Tammy Morris
Max Nutkowitz, J.P. Morgan Securities
Red Kite Recruiting
Dr. Nava Segall MD Pediatrics
St. Benedict Home and School Association
(our HSA)
Simmons, Hanley, Conroy
Swedish Covenant Hospital
Larry and Joy Walton
Ward Construction

Stage Friends
Jerry Buldak
James and Jeanette Murphy
The Polutnik Family
The Stern Family

Courtyard Friends
The Buchar Family
The Fiske Family
The Knuckey Family
Marc & Lindsey Milanowski
The Novicki Family
The Sessa Family
Christian and Melanie Schlachter
The Stark Family
The Stearns Family
The Vacek Family

Gate Friends
Matt & Jen Hallgren
The Straley Family

Patron Friends



Coming this summer Vacation Bible School Shipwrecked:
Rescued by Jesus

uly 15th through the 19th from 6:30 until 8:30 for 6th graders through High School, we will engage in conversations about faith as well as train volunteers to assist with the younger children the following week.

July 23rd through 27th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm for Kindergarten up to 5th grade.

Register your children for Shipwrecked VBS today by going to: https://tinyurl.com/sbshipwrecked

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: http://bit.ly/2018YouthMinSummer

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - SHIPWRECKED Rescued by Jesus

Click here to sign up for Vacation Bible School - Shipwrecked


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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. http://bit.ly/2018YouthMinSummer

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.