Kathy Headley

Kathy Headley

Busy weekend for Sisters of St. Casimir

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

Last weekend proved to be busy for the Sisters of St. Casimir. On Saturday, as is tradition, the Augustinian Friars celebrated the feasts of Sts Monica and Augustine with a special Mass in the St. Rita Shrine Chapel at the high school followed by a celebratory dinner. Among our neighborhood priests honored were Bishop Dan Turley, OSA, who celebrates 25 years ordained as a bishop and 60 years professed and Brother Tom Taylor, OSA, who celebrates 60 years professed. Both are in residence at St. Rita of Cascia Parish rectory.

So how do the Sisters of St. Casimir fit in? During the celebration, the Sisters were presented with the Fidelitas Award. This award is specific to the Midwest Council and is given to people with whom the province shares a special relationship in the immediate area.

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In presenting the award, the Very Rev. Tony Pizzo, prior provincial, remarked, “As they have done since the beginning under their foundress Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas, the Sisters continue to walk with us and show an incredible commitment to the neighborhood.”

This particular award was bestowed on the Sisters in part in thanksgiving for their immense help with the food pantry at St. Rita during the pandemic last year.

The Sisters just about had time to get back home and hang up the plaque when it was time to celebrate Founders’ Day. This year marks their 114th anniversary. While Founders’ Day is usually marked with a big in-person event, this one was celebrated via Zoom. While many miss once again the in-person gathering, this gave all the opportunity to enjoy the company of those near and far as well.

Sister Margaret Zalot was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event and welcomed Sisters from Argentina, Franciscan Village, Immaculate Heart of Mary, the St. Casimir Center and Nativity BVM along with friends of the order.

The focus this year was on not only “Where did the century go?” but “How did it go?” And of course since their founding, so many lives have been touched and enriched by the Sisters around the world. They continue to do so, always finding a way to help. Happy anniversary, Sisters!

This Sunday, Sept. 12, is the celebration of Our Lady of Siluva followed by the annual parish banquet at Nativity BVM. The outdoor procession begins at 11 a.m., followed by a Mass of Thanksgiving and then the parish dinner at 1 p.m. Reservations are required for dinner. The annual parish raffle will also take place at the banquet. For more information on the banquet and raffle contact Audra in the parish office at (773) 776-4600.

This Sunday is also Small Business Sunday at Monarca Financial, 3300 W. 63rd St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be raffles at this event as well; and as always, admission is free to the public. You never know from month to month who the vendors will be, so come prepared to shop and eat. For more information, call Jeanette at (773) 701-5000.

We had a very early deadline for this week’s edition due to the holiday. I am pretty sure hardly anyone has gotten a chance to read and ponder last week’s history memory question, so we will keep it going another week. I have a feeling a lot of folks that grew up around the Lithuanian monument remember Kairis’ Grill. (I hope I spelled that correctly.) Pat P. was thinking the same thing when she suggested it. So if you remember Kairis, please call and share your thoughts.

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