The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter

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My brothers and sisters just a few thoughts about the Pro Life March this last Sunday. It was cold weather wise but warm in the enthusiasm of the marchers especially the young ones who were leading us in chants e.g. “Hey hey ho ho – Roe v. Wade has got to go!” and “We love babies, yes we do! We love babies, how bout you? The speeches were excellent, insightful and short! Cardinal Cupich words were especially inspiring. It was wonderful to see and hear the unity of the religious civic and political leaders who attended. There were a few “protesters” across the street but they were few in number. It was wonderful to see almost 2000 people come together taking a stand for Life.

January 22nd is Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.  
Please take some time to pray with your family if possible for the conversion of those who favor abortion and for those who are on the front lines. Pray especially for those marching in Washington D.C. and San Francisco. Finally pray for those who have had abortions and now feel the regret of their actions.

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Save the Date for Pajama Jam 3!
JANUARY 20, 2018!

The party where adults act like kids is back! Pajama Jam III – The Search for Harmony
January 20 – 7-11:30pm in the Gym!
Buy tickets at
More information can be found at

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Invisible Chains – January 21st

     Join us in Beaven Hall after the 9 am Mass on January 21st to learn more about the issue of Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking is the most heinous crime of our age.  Victims of all ages are the invisible people in our neighborhoods, cities/suburbs, country and world. They are caught in the web for one reason - GREED of the trafficker. Trafficking of persons is the second largest criminal industry in the world bringing in $32 billion annually to the traffickers.
     Our speaker will be Sister Jean Okroi, IBVM who is a passionate woman when it comes to human trafficking.  For fourteen years she has been raising awareness about this new form of slavery. She initiated the Illinois Women Religious against Human Trafficking committee, and, is a member of the Cook County subcommittee task force. In 2016, Sister Jean was recognized for her work by the Paluch Family Foundation. Come to learn about this issue and ways we can help to stop it in our world!


DONUT SUNDAY – January 28!

 If you’ve kept that New Year’s resolution to lose weight Congratulations!  Reward yourself on next Sunday January 28 by coming to our Holy Name Society’s donut Sunday after mass.  Donuts and refreshments available for a reasonable price but fun and good feelings are free!

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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

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Save the Date for GALA 2018!

View our new venue, consider a sponsorship or contribution to the silent auction, make a donation towards sending a teacher / staff member to our event as a thank you for their service to the children at St. Benedict.

Java With Gemo and Friends - Dates Set for the 2017-18 School Year 

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Each year we try to have parent "coffees" where school administrators, staff and myself present on topics and receive feedback from our school community. We've set the dates for our parents to put in their calendars. All Javas with Gemo are in the SS library and begin at 8:10AM. They often finish about 9:30AM, but parents are okay to leave earlier if they need to head to work, etc. 

Here are the dates - topics and presentation partners will be coming soon. All are on Wednesdays. 

  • January 17 - Inclusion Program and Family Support with Ms. Enriquez, Director of Inclusion
  • January 31 - The 7 C's of Catholic School Excellence at SBPS with Ms. Gemo
  • February 21 - High School in Chicago-Don't Panic your child will go to high school! with Dr. Mickelburgh 
  • March 14 - Early Childhood and STEM, with Ms. Waldron
  • April 25 - State of the School and Strategic Planning Update with Ms. Gemo 
  • May 23 - TBD 

Upcoming Catechetical Conversation at St. Ben's

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February 12th at 7pm in the Church “The Center of Our Lives is the Eucharist
This is a presentation and conversation on the Sacrament of Holy Communion. All parents of children receiving the Sacrament should attend, but all parishioners are invited to attend.