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Church Clips by Dolores Madlener

Dolores Madlenera column of benevolent gossip

  • ‘Got Bookz?’ —

    Thomas Markowski , the arch’s Polish coordinator for multi-cultural parish evangelization, wonders if anyone wants to divest themselves of the two-volume set of “A History of the Parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago,” published in 1980. They are aka the “ Blue Books. ”You would be helping him in his work if they are just sitting on your shelf. Contact Tom at (312) 534-8297 or e-mail him at [email protected].
  • ‘Good St. Anne’ —

    Cardinal George will celebrate a bi-lingual Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church , 2751 W. 38th Place at 7 p.m. July 26, the Feast of St. Anne . The 110th novena to Mary’s mom takes place July 17-25. Usually called “Good St. Anne,” most artists depict her teaching the Blessed Mother to read. Who knew she was a homeschooler? . . . St. Anne’s Church in St. Anne, Ill., built in 1872, is 15 miles southeast of Kankakee. During their novena July 17-25, visitors can venerate a relic said to be of St. Anne. (See ads Page 5 and 10.)
  • Something completely different —

    an Iraqi student/parishioner at St. Nicholas Parish (Evanston) will showcase her food and culture 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 25 during “ Iraqi Cooking with Farah ” at 806 Ridge, call Trina at (847) 807-9274 for more info.
  • Sound of music —

    The National Association of Pastoral Musicians will meet in Rosemont July 6-10 to listen to experts and to sing their hearts out. Three thousand musicians, clergy, liturgists and other leaders of worship are expected to gather, according to Anna Belle O’Shea, director of liturgies and music, in the Office for Divine Worship .
  • Parish potpourri —

    St. Alexander Parish (Palos Heights) has a “thank you” note you cut out of the bulletin and hand to an advertiser whose business you patronize.... St. Mary of Celle (Berwyn) has a new social group where families with kids aged 3 and under, including couples who are expecting, can get acquainted and share ideas. In good weather they’ll mingle in the church courtyard around 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. . . . St. Alphonsus (W. Wellington) has landed best-selling author Paula Huston for its 7 p.m. July 14 “ Views from the Veranda ” series for young adults. Topic is “ Focus on Forgiveness .” . . . PFC Cliff Gara , on home leave, carried the flag down the aisle for the Memorial Day Mass at St. Edward’s (W. Sunnyside) and has now returned to his unit in Afghanistan. . . . St. Eugene Parish (W. Foster) will have a sleepover retreat for its girls ages 13-16 at the parish convent July 11-12. They’ll have fun during the icebreakers and games and also do some stuff of substance with the Verbum Dei Missionary Sisters who will conduct the overnighter. . . . St. Columbanus ’ and St. Gelasius ’ food pantries have been awarded $5,000 from the Chicago Community Trust foundation.
  • Shades of ‘A Few Good Men’ —

    The Pro-Life Action League’s solemnly graphic “ Face the Truth Tour ” will be moving through Chicago’s Lake and Cook counties as well as the Joliet area July 10-18. The giant posters are photos, not artist depictions, of tiny victims. If you’re a person who “can handle the truth” go to their Web site at or (773) 777-3061 for the itinerary and you can support them. If you can’t handle the truth, better check which routes to avoid.
  • Coming and going —

    June 26, four Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate , in Joliet, Ill., will be returning to Assumption BVM Parish (S. California) after a 24 year absence. The order worked at Assumption from 1920 until 1985 — 65 years of service by 75 sisters to countless immigrant families with roots in Slovakia and Mexico. . . . It won’t seem like St. Hilary’s (N. California) without Sister Elaine Lederer. An “energizer battery” in the parish since 1973. Sister is moving to the motherhouse in Adrian, Mich. . . . St. Barnabas (S. Longwood) said farewell in style to Marilyn Carlson who waved good-bye after teaching first grade there for 25 years.
  • ‘Congratulazioni!’ —

    Mary Nicolini will be 103 years old July 7, and still reads her Catholic New World without glasses. She has lived in St. Hilary Parish (N. California) since 1968, except for 1985 when Mary and her daughter Dina tried living in Florida. They came back. Mary first arrived in America at age 18 from Collodi, in Tuscany, Italy. (The author of “Pinocchio” took his pen name, Carlo Collodi , from the town’s name, the birthplace of his mother. Bet she didn’t live to 103.) We think we can also salute Mary as our oldest subscriber. . . . Sister Mary Ann Dosen, OFM, is celebrating her 25th jubilee, not 50th. (Clips 6-21). Mea culpa, Sister.