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Church Clips by Dolores Madlener

Dolores Madlenera column of benevolent gossip

  • ‘Next year’ —

    While pennant dreams fade, baseball lore is alive and well. Just published, “The 10 Commandments of Baseball” is a great all-American book — like the game it reveres. The commandments were penned in 1921 by Joe McCarthy, legendary manager of the Cubs, Yankees and Red Sox. (And the first manager to win a pennant in both the National and American leagues.) His rules for winning ball games also apply to success in life. Author J.D. Thorne found a card with the commandments on it in his dad’s drawer after he died. He’s kept them on his law office desk and tries to live them, like: No. 7 “Always run them out. You can never tell.” No. 8 “Do not quit.” Or No. 10 “A pitcher who hasn’t control, hasn’t anything.” The book takes each principle and weaves human interest baseball stories around them. Thorne says the game is in his blood. He played it in college, studied it, gives talks on it, and his dad was an amateur player/manager in Chicago years ago. Larry Norris, an alum of Mount Carmel High School, started Sporting Chance Press two years ago publishing “books that give readers insight into the hero within.” These 186 affectionate pages, well indexed, filled with historic photos, are $20+ shipping from (815) 245-9774 or at
  • Mission to museums —

    There’s a new order of nuns in Rome and they wear green habits. Their apostolate is catechesis. Several of them have decided to catechize with art, so they are serving as guides (in English and Italian) at Vatican museums, St. Peter’s and St. John Lateran. Their idea is that art can “become a bridge between heaven and earth and visible and invisible.” Tourists and students can find the Missionaries of the Divine Revelation through the Vatican Web site at
  • Something completely different

    The Sisters of St. Joseph at The Well in LaGrange, will have a monthly series on first Tuesdays, at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Oct. 6 to May 4, on different forms of prayer. Sessions will include insights, from praying the labyrinth, learning Lectio Divina, praying with art and music, or through nature. Free-will offering, but register at
  • ‘What About Joan?’ —

    When the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women nosh at their fall luncheon Oct. 24 at the Westin Hotel, the event will have more glitz than usual. Besides the guest of honor, Cardinal George, movie and TV actress/ comedienne Joan Cusack Burke will be on the dais. An active member of Old St. Pat’s Parish (S. Des Plaines), married to a Chicago attorney and mom with two sons, Cusack will be honored as ACCW’s first Outstanding Catholic Woman of the Year.
  • Parish potpourri —

    St. Thomas of Villanova (Palatine) will Oktoberfest to a live German oompah band Oct. 9-10. . . . Father Antoine Thomas from the Community of St. John in France, led a children and family holy hour Oct. 1 at St. Mary of the Angels Church (N. Hermitage) . . . U.S. Marine Chaplain Father John Hannigan, back from Iraq, and Father Ken Fleck, from St. George Parish (Tinley Park), dined with old friends at their Sacred Heart Grammar School (S. May) reunion Sept. 13 at Gaelic Park . . . Santa Maria del Popolo Parish (Mundelein) dedicates a Ten Commandment monument at 11:40 a.m. Sept. 27. . . . Divine Providence Parish (Westchester) has 200 volunteers going twoby- two, to visit 4,500 homes in the area, Sept. 19-Oct. 4, telling them the good news about the parish, what it has to offer and welcoming them to come for the first time or return again.
  • ‘Sisters, sisters’ —

    Ann Hampton Callaway and her sister Liz Callaway, daughters of the late John Callaway, author and WTTW personality, will headline St. Scholastica (N. Ridge) Alumnae’s benefit Oct. 3. “Sibling Revelry” is their hit show and between the two of them their talents range from singer, pianist, composer, actress, TV producer, educator and recording artists. Tickets at (773) 764-5715, ext. 360.