Easter Dinner Donations Needed

Easter Dinner Donations Needed

St. Benedict will be hosting our annual Easter Dinner on Sunday, April 21st from 11 am until 1 pm. All are welcome to join the feast! This is a potluck dinner in the truest sense in that all food and supplies are donated by parishioners, local businesses, neighbors, and friends of the parish. So if you are able to donate a cooked ham, side dish, beverage, or dessert, it would be most appreciated. The sign up link is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094FACAE2AA2FA7-stbenedicts1 . Questions? Contact Elaine Lindia at (773)509-3806 or elindia@stbenedict.com.

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Sharing Stories at the Kateri Center

All four classes of third graders had the rare opportunity to meet with members of the St. Kateri Center of Chicago, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago that serves the American Indian Catholic community. The Kateri Center, which is housed at St. Benedict, focuses on faith formation and Native traditional prayer.

The students performed Reader's Theater skits based on traditional literature (i.e.: fairy-tails/legends), followed by a group discussion about stories they read in class, a reflection of the presentations, and learned some interesting facts about Indian culture and traditions, many of which are passed down orally through tradition.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha is a 17th Century Roman Catholic saint and Mohawk Indian from Canada. She converted to Catholicism at age 19 and moved to a Jesuit mission for the remaining four years of her brief life. She was known for her virtue of chastity and had many miracles and supernatural events attributed to her intercession.

Mrs. Elaine Lindia, St. Benedict Pastoral Associate, and Kateri Center's Jody Roy facilitated the event and worked with the third grade teachers on this Service Learning project.

There were a few "hams in the house", which the Kateri Center audience thoroughly enjoyed.

Therapeutic Services to Help Overanxious Students

Did you know St. Benedict offers students advice and strategies to help them deal with stress and anxiety? Today’s children face increasing pressure in a society that demands perfection. Kids deal with the anxiety in sometimes harmful ways. Chief stressors include: learning issues, balancing school and extracurricular activities, pressure to get good grades, time management/”screen time”; home-life issues, peer pressure and overwhelming negative daily news and events.

 “Everybody makes mistakes,” says Kristin Enriquez, MS, Special Education and Director of Inclusion at St. Benedict Preparatory School in Chicago. “This year I have sensed an elevated level of anxiety among our students. Both home and school pressures, as well as technology increase stress within students,” she said. “Yet our society demands perfection; an unrealistic expectation, causing a fear to fail. During a school day, many children don’t have healthy coping mechanisms to persevere through their challenges. They need guidance to talk about their feelings and understand the root of the problem, which causes anxious feelings. Once a student can identify the cause, it is easier to come up with a solution or coping mechanism, such as taking a break, taking deep breaths, or coming up with a plan."

 St. Benedict strives to create a nurturing learning environment with a focus on the students’ social and emotional characteristics. Besides a supportive staff, initiatives include a Middle School Advisory, Social Emotional Learning in Lower School, and counseling support through United Stand.