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Catholic churches changing in Gage Park

Happy Valentine’s Day. February is American Heart Month, so take care of your ticker. See your doctor, eat healthy, keep an eye on your weight, quit smoking and stay away from second hand smoke. Control your blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce stress, drink only in moderation and get moving! Heart disease can be prevented with little changes to your routine.

A Renew My Church meeting was held at St. Gall Church on Wednesday, Feb. 5 to learn important updates and decisions about the neighborhood parishes and to discuss the next steps that will be taken in the future.

The results are in. St. Simon the Apostle will become part of St. Gall–where St. Gall will operate as the parish church, but it will remain open. There will be no changes to St. Gall School.

St. Clare de Montefalco will combine with St. Rita of Cascia Parish and operate as a satellite church, with St. Rita serving as the parish church. I am sure there will be more details to follow when everything is worked out.

Longtime staple in the Gage Park area Pizza Castle, 3256 W. 55th St., made the front page of the Chicago Tribune on Feb. 5. Of course there was a picture of my favorite, the King Arthur. That’s a pizza with sausage, green peppers, onions, mushrooms and lots of cheese. If you have never tried one, you don’t know what you are missing. There is plenty of other stuff to choose from on their menu too.

They opened their doors on Feb. 7, 1973. Congratulations, happy anniversary and many more.

If you would like to donate to a good cause, how about St. Baldrick’s? On March 27, third grader Steven Stanek, grandson of Gage Park resident Alice Stanek, will shave his head to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Every two minutes, a child is diagnosed. You can check it out on my Gage Park Chicago Illinois Facebook page or go to stbaldricks.org. It’s really easy. I just made my donation. If I can do it online, anybody can.

I hope the groundhog was right. I am tired of winter. I know I shouldn’t complain because we have been very lucky in the snow department, but I do a lot of things I shouldn’t.

Please send your Gage Park information to [email protected] Now go tell someone you love them.

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