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Church Clips by Dolores Madlener

a column of benevolent gossipDolores Madlener

  • Lenten legends

    - Remember this for next year: Some Catholics in certain areas of Michigan get to eat muskrat on Lenten Fridays (and Ash Wednesday). The legendary "permission" has been a respected custom since the 1700-1800s, when trappers and their families were going hungry by not eating meat throughout Lent. What kind of fish is it, you ask? It is a foot-long rodent that lives in water, mostly served at men's club fund-raiser dinners in recent years. Chefs say two items are necessary for the pallet to be placated: a French liqueur marinade and cold beer to wash it down.
  • Toddlers’ tote book

    -After the success of the picture story book, “The Easter Swallows” by St. Paul Books & Media, the Daughters of St. Paul have come up with a delightful takealong book about Jesus, our Good Shepherd, “Where Are You, Little Lamb?” What’s a “take-along” ? Well, there’s a bright green sturdy ribbon so a toddler can carry the hunky board book to Mass by its “handle.” With a simple story line and bright colors, the book is a square 5 inches x 5 inches and costs $5.95. Call them at (312) 346-4228.
  • Parish potpourri

    - St. John Fisher (S. Washtenaw) Nick Gardner and Brayden Stolfe of Boy Scout Troop 459 made Eagle Scout. They completed 12 required and nine extra merit badges, served in troop leadership positions and spent 13 hours in service to the community. Brayden is a junior at Marist High School; Gardner is a senior at St.Ignatius. . . . St. Nicholas Parish (Evanston) will be sending event notices and other news to parishioners who submit their e-mail addresses. All group emails will be sent as blind copies to insure privacy. (i.e. St. Nick’s won’t expose folks to urban myths or banal jokes.) . . . Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica Parish (W. Jackson) Father Chris Krymski, OSM, has some of his art works on exhibit now through June 8, at Café Penelope 230 S. Ashland, (312) 243-3600. . . . Mayor Richard Daley cut the ribbon for the new Home of Girls and Boys Town of Chicago in Holy Cross-Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (S. Wood) on May 4. . . . Our Lady, Mother of the Church hosts a murder mystery dinner on May 18, “Whodunit at OLMC??” Call (773) 625-3369 for tickets.
  • Do-greaters

    - Retired Congressman Henry J. Hyde was honored by his law school alma mater, Loyola University Chicago (‘49) on April 29 for over 30 years of distinguished public service in Washington D.C. The pro-life patriot donated his congressional papers and archives to the law school. Hyde also served in the US Navy, Naval Reserve, and Illinois General Assembly. . . . Mother Cabrini Sister Joan Marie Sariti of Chicago has recycled aluminum cans since 1984 to raise money for various Catholic organizations. Sister estimates she’s given more than $46,000 to worthy organizations, with Catholic Extension Society missions often being one of the recipients.
  • Mind-blowing

    - Only artists who are legally blind may submit works for the “Passionate Focus 2007” juried art exhibit. Artists may submit up to six pieces, on 35mm slides, photos or electronically, of the original piece of art. Last year 36 artists around the country submitted 149 pieces for consideration. There is a $30 submission fee. Deadline is July 6. Call (312) 236-8569 for more info or go to and download an application. Some of the works from last year’s exhibit are on line. . . . May 18 is the 10th anniversary of Misericordia’sArtist in All.” The exhibit, “Empowerment through Art,” and its silent auction will feature works created by talented resident artists with the assistance of staff and volunteers. It includes customframed paintings, photography, ceramics, painted furniture and fabric, printmaking, jewelry and decorated glassware. Call (773) 273-2755.
  • ‘The rain in Spain’

    - Last winter all the roofs of St. William’s (N. Sayre) church/school buildings died. When their fundraiser, “Raising the Roof” happens May 18-19, besides the Harlem Nights Players, music, dancing and food, they’ll be visited by Ch. 32’s weather maven Amy Freeze, sportscaster Chet Coppock, and Cubs radio voice Cory Provus. Call (773) 637-6565, Ext. 37 for tickets.
  • People can surprise you

    - Mary Clarke Brenner once lived in Beverly Hills, Calif., rubbing elbows with celebrity neighbors. She was a mother with seven children and divorced twice. At age 50, when her kids were grown, she tried to join the Maryknoll Sisters, but she was too old. She started doing prison ministry in Tijuana, Mexico, and with encouragement from bishops she formed a religious community. At age 80 today, there’s a just-published biography, “The Prison Angel,” by Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan that tells her story. Brenner’s order, the Eudist Servants of the 11th Hour, accepts older women between the ages of 45 and 65. Learn more at www.eudistservants. org.
  • School days

    - Cardinal George celebrated Mass for the school kids of Ss Faith, Hope & Charity Parish (Winnetka) and students from nearby Sacred Heart School as well. The cardinal’s way of saying “thanks” for get well wishes when he was hospitalized last summer. . . . St. Louise de Marillac School (LaGrange Park) celebrated its 50th birthday April 25.
  • Help wanted

    - Mundelein Seminary would appreciate donations of good working autos to be used by seminarians when they are required to travel to parishes and hospitals as part of their educational preparation for the priesthood. The donations are tax deductible. Call Stan Rys at St. Mary of the Lake, (847) 970-4811. . . . The Comboni Lay Missionaries need housing— donated or rented— from July 1-Jan. 15 to host a family preparing for overseas mission work in Peru. Anywhere within the LaGrange Park/Brookfield area would be perfect. Call (708) 588-1602.

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News Digest

Issue of May 13 th–May 26 th, 2007
The following items are condensed. For the complete articles, please read the print edition of The Catholic New World. To subscribe, call (312) 655-7777.

News Update

Notification act not amended

The Catholic Conference of Illinois applauded the Illinois House of Representatives’ April 27 decision against House Bill 317.

The bill would have allowed minors in Illinois to seek an abortion without the knowledge of their parents. Illinois is currently the only state in the Midwest without an active parental notification law, but progress has been made on implementing the 1995 Parental Notification Act.

In response to the defeat of the bill, Bob Gilligan, the executive director of CCI, stated, “The General Assembly wisely decided that parents need to be involved in their daughter’s lives and that no nurse, doctor, or social worker can assume the parental role or responsibility.” Abortion is a significant medical procedure that can have long-lasting medical and emotional after-effects and young women should not be left to deal with that alone.

Focolare-Muslim 10-year dialogue

The Muslim community and the Focolare Movement will celebrate “10 Years on the Journey of Universal Brotherhood,” May 19, at North Kenwood Oakland Charter School, 1014 E. 47th St. Registration is 10 a.m., with a program until 4 p.m. that includes a potluck lunch. Cost is $10 for adults over 18.

The day’s speakers will include Christians and Muslims from the Midwest sharing how they have lived dialogue in the past 10 years. It commemorates Focolare founder Chiara Lubich’s appearance in the Malcolm Shabazz Mosque in Harlem, in May 1997, as the first woman invited to communicate her spiritual experience to 3,000 members of the Muslim American Society.

For more information, call the Focolare at (773) 285-2746.

News Digest

St. Raphael the Archangel Parish formed in Antioch

Worshippers will be able to begin attending Mass at the Archdiocese of Chicago’s newest parish, St. Raphael the Archangel in Antioch, by the middle of summer, said its pastor, Father John Jamnicky.

St. Raphael is leasing a farm at 2101 E. Route 173, about a half-mile east of Route 45, until it can build a permanent church on 40 acres it received from the archdiocese closer to the intersection of routes 173 and 45.

Mission Chicago takes on ‘Year of Spirituality’

Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago will have the opportunity to observe the “Year of Spirituality” with a series of one-day “missions” in English and Spanish.

The series begins May 30 with two offerings. Father Alberto Rojas, who is on the faculty at Mundelein Seminary, will offer “The Meaning of Being Created in the Image and Likeness of God” at 7 p.m. at St. Victor Church, 553 Hirsch Ave., Calumet City. Franciscan Father Fernand Cheri, who ministers in the Belleville Diocese, will offer “Songs of the Soil and the Soul: The Spirituality of African Americans Expressed in their Music and Song” at 7 p.m. at St. Dorothy Church, 450 E. 78th St.

Teaching kids to enjoy giving

Children should learn early the importance of giving not just money but time and talent to those in need.

In her book “Raising Charitable Children,” Carol Weisman includes examples of the many ways that parents can instill the values of giving in their children.

Bishop as teacher: Retired auxiliary offers graduate course

One of a bishop’s primary roles is that of a teacher, and the bishops do teach through homilies and on other occasions. In addition, they are responsible for seeing that the faith is taught correctly.

But to actually teach—as in standing at the board in front of a room full of students for class after class after class—is more unusual for bishops, whose days are normally filled with far too many other responsibilities.

Except, that is, for Bishop John Gorman, who retired as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2003.

Summer Scripture school will focus on ethics

Priests, deacons and lay ministers can spend a week this summer learning about “The Bible and Ethics,” especially as seen in the Old Testament, the Gospel of Matthew and the works of St. Paul.

This year’s Summer Scripture Seminar will take place from June 24-29 on the campus of the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

Faith lives of young adults focal point of conference

Young adult Catholics gathered on Loyola University’s Lakeshore Campus April 28 for FOCUS, a conference focusing on faith, relationships, personal growth, and work.

After a two-year break, organizers said attendance was down, but those who showed up said the event was fulfilling.

Volunteer inspires students at Notre Dame HS

Jalana Boyd always thought about becoming a teacher but instead she went into marketing, what she thought would be a more “glamorous” profession. After working for seven years in marketing she decided to give teaching a chance.

“I wanted to do something that was a passion of mine—empowering and uplifting others,” Boyd said.

Cabrini Retreat Center celebrates 50 years

Before the second Vatican council, youth retreats were much different than they are today. There was no lively music, no witness talks by youth and no small group sharing. In the 1960s and 70s, youth retreats became more interactive and lively.

The Cabrini Retreat Center in Des Plaines was one of the first retreat centers in the Archdiocese of Chicago to host youth retreats, beginning in 1969. The center is now the only retreat center in the archdiocese whose primary focus is on youth.

Schools of service: Students offer help to their communities

Carmel High School in Mundelein takes service and community outreach so seriously that it requires all of its students to do 40 hours of community service each year, ending with 160 hours of volunteer work by graduation.

“This policy is a long-standing one going back to the 1980s,” said Carmelite Father Robert Carroll, Carmel’s principal. “We believe it is a response to our baptismal call to serve others. If we are going to be Catholic with conviction, then this has to be a part of what we do.”

The “Outside Ministry” program has its own office inside the school. Lists of possible service sites line the office windows and walls.

Program focuses on formation of Latino Youth leadership

RESPETO is a Latino Youth Leadership Formation program geared toward high school-age Mexican American youth. RESPETO (“Respect” in English) is the title and underlying theme of this yearlong program developed by Auturo Chavez and Mary Baez-Chavez of San Antonio.

Catholics consider creation

“How did we get here? How did the universe begin? How has life developed on earth?”

In the complex culture of the United States, we find varying answers to these fundamental human questions in the fields of creationism, intelligent design, and evolution, and in the creation stories of the biblical book of Genesis. As Catholics, how do we choose the answer most meaningful for us?

Chinese Catholics find welcome at St. Therese

St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church looks more Italian than Asian from the outside, despite the dog statues guarding the entrance.

Inside, there are Indonesian images, gold on black lacquer, and Chinese characters painted at the tops of the pillars.

They read “Together in Christ, we are one happy family.”

That is the goal for Father Paul Limin Wang, a priest from the Hunan Province who will receive his doctorate in ministry from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago May 17.