St. Dan’s, Sym’s kids head back to class

By Joan Hadac

Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge

(708) 496-0265 • [email protected]

Hi everyone. It’s back to school time for students in St. Symphorosa and St. Daniel the Prophet Schools. They started back yesterday, and I can bet it was hard getting up for some kids.

It will take awhile to get back in the swing of things while it is so hot and humid outside. What schools are your children heading back to? Have they started yet? How has it been for them and you getting into the school mindset? Good luck to all in this new school year. It will be exciting to see what the new school year brings.

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Earlier this month, St. Symphorosa School teachers and parents went door-to-door in Clearing, delivering lawn signs, as well as “welcome” bags filled with goodies for all new St. Sym’s families. The 2021-22 school year at St. Symphorosa started this week. –Supplied photo

Parents, Catholic schools usually run on volunteers. I know as a former Catholic school parent. Check in with the school administration or teachers and ask what volunteer opportunities are needed. You may enjoy your children’s school years even more than they do. I did.

Are you from the St. Laurence High School class of 1970? If so, you can join in the “50 plus 1” reunion weekend Friday through Sunday, Sept. 10-12. Spouses and guests are welcome. Activities include a banquet and entertainment at the Riviera Country Club, Orland Park Saturday, Sept. 11. For more information, call Tom Lipinski at (708) 573-4923.

Save the dates Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9 and 10 when the St. Daniel the Prophet Parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Society hosts a bundle clothing drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days in the parish center parking lot. A trailer will be set up in the lot. Used, and believe it or not, abused clothing will be accepted. Abused clothing is allowable because it is sold by the pound for rags. All clothing should be bagged or boxed. It’s a great way to clean out your closets, or basements or attics of all your unused clothing.

It’s a little over two weeks away. Do you have plans for Saturday, Sept. 11? Then join the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, Chicago Park District and Tri-Builders when they host the Garfield Ridge Stars and Stripes 5K. The event will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at Wentworth Park. There is a set schedule of events before the race starts, including an honor guard opening ceremony at 7:45 a.m. An awards ceremony is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. in Wentworth Park. The cost is $35 for adults and $25 for kids. For more information, visit or This 5K run was established to honor first responders and military personnel. The purpose of the race is to honor an individual first responder or military personnel who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their service. Good luck to everyone involved.

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Joan Hadac

I’m giving you a little nudge to remind you that the Two Holy Martyrs (St. Symphorosa and St. Rene) parish picnic is coming up this Sunday, Aug. 29 on the St. Rene campus, 6949 W. 63rd Place. The event begins with an 11 a.m. outdoor Mass. Community residents are invited. For more information, call (773) 767-1523.

Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 5550 S. Merrimac, is hosting an outdoor worship service at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, Aug. 29 and everyone in the community is invited to attend. COVID-19 practices will be in place including mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing, etc. For more information, call (773) 585-1094.

Good Shepherd is hosting its third blood drive by Versiti Blood Center of Illinois from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31. To schedule an appointment visit the Versiti website at and navigate to the screening page. For more information, call the church.

I’m happy to hear about your special events coming up. Email me at [email protected] with your latest news. Until next week, take care.