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Kathy Headley

Kathy Headley

Marquette Bank wants your opinions

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

So after eating the big Thanksgiving meal and maybe planning some weekend shopping, if you are a Marquette Bank customer, you might want to take the 2021 Customer Survey before it’s too late. The deadline is Nov. 30. The survey is at emarquettebank.com/survey. Grand prize is $500 with 10 secondary prizes of gift cards to a local restaurant.

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Now it is officially time for Christmas shopping. Last week I described the limited-edition Christmas ornaments with the hand-painted depiction of St. Rita of Cascia Church that would make a nice gift or addition to your own tree. They are available at the parish rectory 6243 S Fairfield or by calling the rectory at (773) 434-9600.

Here’s another thought: Remember at the beginning of the year we talked about when Venerable Servant of God Mother Maria Kaupas, Foundress of the Sisters of St. Casimir, was featured on the EWTN program They Might Be Saints? Well, now you can own a copy of that program on DVD. It is available from the religious catalogue on the EWTN website for $15. It would also make a nice gift for anyone with a close affiliation to the SSCs. The program tells of her inspiring journey through life and the miraculous intercessions with favors attributed to her.

Happy Birthday Ron Kalat, who celebrates his 80th birthday today, Friday, Nov. 26.

Congratulations to Frank, Paul and Lia of Palermo’s of 63d, for once again being cited as the best of the best. The Chicago Pizza Portal had this to say after stopping in this month to try their famous pizza: “Palermo’s of 63rd definitely serves up a great pizza and deserves their reputation of being one for the best in the city. If you live anywhere near Chicago, Palermo’s of 63rd is definitely a must try! I assure you their sauce will have you saying hallelujah and praising Jesus after every bite, even if you aren’t religious!”

This Sunday, Nov. 28 is the annual St. Adrian Senior’s Christmas Party at the Garden Chalet in Worth. The club began back in 1972.

On Thursday, Dec. 2, St. Rita of Cascia Parish, 6243 S. Fairfield, will host a neighborhood choir concert in the church at 7 p.m. The concert will feature the world-renowned Voice of Chicago and Dimension ensembles collaborating with children from the St. Gall School Choir. The concert is a free event. “The goal is to promote music and talent in our neighborhoods,” said St. Rita Pastor Rev. Homero Sanchez. “It is a combined effort for Gage Park and Chicago Lawn.

Coming up on Saturday, Dec 4, Monarca Insurance and Financial Services presents the 4th Annual Cookies with Santa hosted by the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police, 3420 W. 63rd St. Stop in for some hot cocoa, cookies and gifts between 10 a.m. and noon. However, you must pre-register for gifts and children must be present. No exceptions on that one. To register, go to https://forms.gle/2tfyd3YS5XgqzPx1A.

Now let’s go back 50 years and see what was happening in 1971. The Musichorale Singin’ Center, under the direction of Art Silhan, 3457 W. 64th St., was celebrating their 25th anniversary, kicking off the Christmas season with a concert at the Prudential Plaza. During December they would be caroling in costume throughout the neighborhood, performing at Talman Federal Savings and Loan on 55th and Kedzie, Republic Savings and Loan at 62nd and Kedzie, Marquette National Bank at 63rd and Western and Holy Cross Hospital.

The Holiday Club Ballroom was presenting a group named The Proud Flesh on Saturday night for their ‘Teen Thing’ and Sunday for adult dancing. Anyone reading this play in that group or remember hearing them?

Our history brain teaser last week was: Which local institution once again made history 50 years ago this coming week? John P. was the first to identify St. Rita High School and the Mustangs as they won the Prep Bowl for the second year in a row under Coach Pat Cronin, this time defeating Morgan Park with a score of 18-12. MVP of the game was their superstar halfback Billy Marek. The Mustangs finished their season with a 13-0 record.

Fifty years ago, a good place to get some deals on Christmas gifts just might be at the furniture and appliance store holding a Going Out of Business sale. They are advertising some nice prices on Hi-Fis, according to salesman Al Drachenerg. The longtime store made its home at 2540 W. 63rd St. The owner’s last name was also the name of the store. I believe has first name was Hal. Wonder if you can guess this one.

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