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Church Clips by Dolores Madlener

Dolores Madlenera column of benevolent gossip

  • Pastor's pooch

    — “Maggie,” a 5 and ahalf

    year-old, mixed shepherd and retriever, travels well. She lived with Father William Eddy on St. Kieran’s 13 acres in Chicago Heights for over three years, and then moved with him recently to St. Hilary (N. California) on the other side of Chicago. There were anxious moments the first week, when Maggie ran outside and found urban traffic 100 feet from her door. Eddy describes his pooch’s rescue: “Maggie was picked up by the police the first week she was here! But she’s unpacked all her toys now and settled in.” Maggie doesn’t bark when the phone or doorbell rings, and she likes people, he says. “But when she does bark, it’s horrible and scares even me!” Father Art Olsen , associate pastor, likes Maggie, too, and when the pastor is not in, the pooch will sit outside Olsen’s room. Only Eddy walks Maggie— ”If she sees something interesting, she takes off—she’s a hunter after all.” How about them Bears? — Viewers will see Sister of Providence Jean Kenny in her secondary role as Chicago Bears fan extraordinaire at 10 p.m. Oct. 17, on HBO. Television crews will visit the Holy Trinity High School substitute teacher as she watches the Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings game Oct. 14, with her housemates, Sister Marie Paul Haas and Sister Therese Marie Havlik , at St. Francis Borgia Convent (W. Addison).
  • Parish potpourri

    — Close to 30 pastors

    and associates from Deanery B , and other parish representatives gathered at St. Raymond Church (Mt. Prospect) for a Mass and dinner to honor Father Bill Zavaski with the “ Dean of Deans Award” for his 10 years as their Dean. . . . St. George Parish (Tinley Park) is having an ethnic Sweet Table, Oct. 21. The United Nations of sweets will also include good old American apple pie. . . . Holy Name Cathedral’s courtyard (N. State) was one of the sites where people gathered Oct. 13, to pray the rosary, marking the 90th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s final appearance to the children at Fatima, Portugal.
  • Just desserts

    Catholic Charities’

    south suburban services will honor Father Kevin Birmingham , pastor of St. Anne’s Parish (Hazel Crest), for the Monday Night Suppers he hosts at the parish center; Volunteer Michele Martino will be honored for getting catering and sponsors for the suppers; Father Richard Kozak , pastor of St. Joseph Parish (Homewood) will receive an award for his work on the quarterly food drive and other outreach programs; and Jennifer Artis , of Catholic Charities will also be feted at the Compassion in Action dinner-dance Nov. 3.
  • Butterflies and relics are free

    No “relics” of Pope John Paul II have been sold by the Vatican over the Internet or any other way. Such a rumor “is entirely false,” and such an action would be “sacrilegious,” according to the monsignor who is postulator of the pope’s beatification cause. What is available without cost, are holy cards with prayers for his cause, containing a tiny thread of his vestment (an ancient practice of the church), and distributed by the Vatican office. The Vicariate of Rome is accepting mail, fax or e-mail requests for the cards in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish or Portugese. Donations are accepted for printing and mailing only. Send requests to: Vicariate of Rome / “Totus Tuus” / Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, 6-A / Rome, Italy 00184. The Fax: +39 06 69886240, or go to the Web site: http://www.vicariatusurbis. org/ Beatificazinoe.
  • Mission Michael

    Sgt. Zachary Robb

    is now in Iraq with the 3637th Maintenance Company from Springfield, Ill. His mom, Dorry Minnice of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (N. Spaulding) gave him a teeshirt with St. Michael the Archangel on it. Robb had chosen him as protector as a teen at World Youth Day in Denver with JPII . The shirt was so popular with others in his army unit, that he recently asked if they could all have one, with the prayer of St. Michael on the back. His mom collected enough donations for 25, and got them stamped at the Marian Center Religious Goods Store near the capital in Springfield at a discount, and shipped them. Now she’s working on getting donations for the other 25. Her address is Dorry Minnice, 3647 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60618.
  • Ghosts and goblins

    Our Lady of

    Tepeyac High School , 2228 S. Whipple will use classrooms and underground tunnels in the 100-year-old building as a haunted house for folks ages 10 and up, Oct. 27-28, at $2 per visitor. Call (773) 522- 0023 for more info. . . . And for the umpteenth year, St. Pascal School will turn into a haunted house on Oct. 13-14; 19-21; 25-28, at 6143 W. Irving Park. Call the rectory, at (773) 725-7641 for hours and more info.
  • Remembrance

    Father Jerzy

    Popieluszko , the Martyr of Gdansk , will be remembered in a Mass Oct. 14 at St. Hyacinth Basilica (W. Wolfram). On Oct. 14, 1984, during the rise of the Solidarity Movement in Poland, the charismatic priest was kidnapped and murdered by members of the Communist regime. The Basilica has a monument in the priest’s honor. It faces George Street.
  • Internet wisdom:

    One of life’s many blessings: Someone saying you did a good job.