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News Digest

Issue of October 11 – October 24, 2009The following items are condensed. For the complete articles, please read the print edition of The Catholic New World. To subscribe, call (312) 534-7777.

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St. Vincent de Paul leaders

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of the Archdiocese of Chicago announced that Michael P. Harrington, of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Wilmette, has been elected president and that Frieda Bertello has been hired as executive director.

The charitable society was founded in Chicago in 1857 and has a base of more than 2,000 volunteer members who refer to themselves as “Vincentians.” It currently has 140 active “conferences” (primarily parish-based committees) spread throughout the archdiocese in Cook and Lake counties.

To make a donation, or for more information on membership in the society, call (312) 655-7181 or visit

Mother-daughter tea planned

The Natural Family Planning Ministry and the Family Ministries Office will offer “God’s Plan for Growing Up,” an afternoon tea Nov. 15 for mothers and their daughters ages 10-12.

The event will include information on the changes in a young woman’s body as she grows up as well as the sacredness of human life and the virtue of chastity.

Girls younger than 10 who are showing signs of puberty also are welcome.

The tea will run from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Catholic Charities’ St. Vincent Hall, 721 N. LaSalle. Cost is $30 per mother-daughter pair, $10 for each additional daughter. For more information or to register, call (312) 534-8271 or visit

Pastoral council training set

The archdiocesan Office for Councils will hold a six-session, 15- hour instructional program for parish pastoral council leaders. The class runs from 6:30-9 p.m. on six weekday evenings Oct. 27-Nov. 30 at the Cardinal Meyer Center, 3525 S. Lake Park. Cost is $45 for one person, $70 for two with each additional person $25. If you need financial assistance, or to get a complete schedule, call (312) 534-8364 by Oct. 23.

Vocations dinner

Men interested in exploring a vocation to the priesthood can attend an “Andrew Dinner” Oct. 25 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 1775 Grove St., Glenview.

Such dinners are named after the apostle Andrew. Guests will join Bishop Francis Kane, priests and seminarians for dinner, evening prayer and sharing of vocation stories. Anyone interested can ask his parish priest for more information or call Father Jack Jura at (847) 729- 1525. For a complete schedule of Andrew Dinners, contact the Vocation Office at (312) 534-8298 or e-mail afreeman@ archchicago. org.

Prayer for Red Ribbon Week

This year, parishes are being asked to pray for children to remain safe and drug- and alcohol-free on the first weekend of Red Ribbon Week, which runs Oct. 23-31 this year.

Oct. 23-24 have been designated “Pray for the Children” Weekend, with follow-up activities planned for each day of the week at archdiocesan Catholic schools. For more information, contact Ada Harris at (312) 534-3857 or e-mail [email protected].

Chicago priest honored

Itasca-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. named Father Paul Stein, pastor of St. Sylvester Parish., as the recipient of its third-annual Audax Award, which is given in recognition of leadership in sustaining a successful risk-management program. “Audax” is the Latin word for brave.

Stein, an engineer by education, was nominated by the Finance Office of the archdiocese in recognition of his response to a flood at the parish during his first weeks there. Since then, he has launched a parish-level safety committee and reached out to the archdiocese for resources and advice.


A story in the Sept. 13-26 edition of the Catholic New World incorrectly said the School Sisters of Notre Dame were the original sponsors of Notre Dame High School for Girls. The school was sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

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