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Prayers answered; Father Tony recovering

We at St. Rita of Cascia Parish have had a rough week, as

our pastor, the Rev. Tony Pizzo, was scheduled for some major surgery.

As the day drew nearer, plans were made to say a special

rosary for him after Mass on the morning of his surgery. Normally, weekday

Masses are said in the parish chapel; but as folks started arriving, it was

evident the chapel would not suffice. It was simply not large enough to hold

everyone wanting to offer their prayers and support for the much-loved priest,

so services were moved to the main church.

Afterward, as the waiting began, I imagine everyone was

doing the same thing: continually checking the phone for an update and

breathing a sigh of relief when the update came via a message from Fr. Tony’s

sister: “Thank you everyone for your prayers, they worked. My brother is in

recovery.”

Two days later, our associate pastor, Fr. Homero, saw Fr.

Tony and brought back more good news–telling us his condition is stable, his

vitals are good, and he is in good spirits.

Welcome home to Bridget Ferriter, our neighbor here on

Francisco, who returned this week from her trip to Ireland. Bridget is a native

of Waterford. When it wasn’t raining here, we took turns watering her garden;

so hopefully, her tomato plants and potatoes didn’t even notice she was gone

and she will have a bumper crop this year.

Toddler Heroes, one of the popular summer children’s

programs at the Chicago Lawn Branch Library, 6120 S. Kedzie, will be held from

noon to 1 p.m., today, Friday, Aug. 4, and continue every Friday until Aug. 26.It

is recommended for ages 2-5. The children sing songs, hear stories, and create

a simple craft to take home.

All are invited to a Mass to pray for the beatification of

Venerable Maria Kaupas, foundress of the Sisters of St. Casimir. It will be

held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 in the St. Casimir Chapel, 2601 W. Marquette

Road. The Rev. Gerald Riva will be the celebrant.

The next CAPS meeting for beats 831 and 832 will be at 7

p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 in the Marquette Park Fieldhouse, 6734 S. Kedzie.

When

we left our story of the Vitners last week, it was the Great Depression and

Charles was selling popcorn in 5-gallon buckets to local taverns. His idea

worked so well that soon he added potato chips and pretzels. By the time his

son Jim returned from World War II, Charles had a small fleet of six trucks and

was delivering glassware and most anything else taverns might need.

As the family business grew, it was Jim’s idea to open

a distribution facility in Chicago Lawn at 6010 S. Kedzie and then expand on

Kedzie from 59th.Brad O. painted a picture for us of the

location:West side of the street, directly across from Yankee

Doodle Dandy, where the coin laundry is today. Brad’s mom went to school with

Mr. Vitner, and Brad speaks very highly of the family, adding they were very

sociable. Thanks to Brad for your help with the story!

Next week we will visit 1967.

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