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Spruced-up St. Adrian Church unveiled

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

St. Adrian Church has been under renovation for the last two weeks. The inner church received a totally new paint job in white, which really brightens up the worship space. Breaking up the entirely white ceiling are beige/brown accents in the arches overhead.

The first pews from the front were taken out and turned facing north and south, which allowed for the altar to be brought down into the main body of the church. A deep, royal-blue carpeting in the sanctuary on down into the congregation completes the picture.

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The grand re-opening, so to speak, took place last Sunday with the 9 a.m. Mass.

After a year’s pandemic-related hiatus, the St. Adrian Seniors were once again able to come back together for their annual Christmas party at the Garden Chalet in Worth. Thanks to long-time president Barb Spangler, everyone enjoyed an afternoon of fun with goodie bags from Marquette Bank, a grab bag, raffle, delicious food and, of course, great company.

Getting its start in 1972, this is the club’s 49th year, which says a lot to both the leadership and the membership. As original members have passed on, in some cases their children and grandchildren have taken their place at the table.

As you may remember a few years back, the group welcomed members of Nativity BVM Parish, which added to the fun.

Happy Belated Birthday wishes to Brother Tom Taylor, OSA, from St. Rita Parish.

In anticipation of Christmas, over the last few weeks, I have been tossing out a few neighborhood-related suggestions you might like to add to your gift purchases.

We already talked about the opportunity to buy a copy of the EWTN episode of They Might Be Saints, which featured Servant of God Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas. How about a book in which her story is featured along with 23 other exceptional men and women who are on the path to sainthood in America? Their stories are pretty surprising.

The book is written by Michael O’Neill who hosts the show and is aptly called They Might Be Saints. It is offered on the EWTN website and is item #82248.

Coming up this Sunday, Dec. 12, is A Virtual Christmas Celebration with the Augustinian Friars at 6 p.m. It promises to be an evening of good tidings, prayers and music. Watch at MidwestAugustinians.org. If you have attended any of the Augustinian-run schools or been a part of one of their many parishes, you just might see someone you know.

It’s time to make your reservations for the annual Kūcios (fish) dinner at Nativity BVM Parish. The event will take place at noon Sunday, Dec. 19 in the parish hall, 6820 S. Washtenaw. To make your reservation, call Audra at (773) 776-4600.

The Coquito Tasting event held recently at the Monarca Event Room, 3300 W. 63rd St., went over so well with more than 80 people in attendance, that another similar event is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 29 from 4 to 9 p.m. Labeled Sip & Taste, this will include coquito, micheladas, drink mixers and more than 10 drink vendors. Earlybird tickets at $10 each are now on sale by going to eventbrite.com/e/sip-taste-tickets-217284843817.

Now back to 1971.

Over the past two weeks we had decided to start our Christmas shopping by stopping at a store located at 2540 W. 63rd St., that was going out of business at the end of 1971. Gary E. was the first to recognize it as Lindon’s Furniture and Appliances. Albert Lindon was Gary’s neighbor, and Gary hung around with his son back then.

Several folks guessed the answer as Yores, which was located there at one time as well–just not in 1971.

Gary reminded me that after Lindon’s, Bill Grice took over the building. I remember shopping there. They had really nice furniture, and I still have several of the items we bought from Bill.

Last week we learned Santa had arrived in the neighborhood and was attending and supervising the gift raffles at the Christmas Theater Party held at the Marquette Theatre. That event marked the beginning of his annual stay in the 63rd and Kedzie area, where he would tour and greet children weekdays and Saturdays.

Fifty years ago this week, Santa would also be stopping at Holy Cross Hospital to visit children in the pediatric ward.

Sponsoring the Christmas events was the Chicago Lawn Chamber of Commerce. Here’s a partial list of the co-chairs, just wondering if you can identify the businesses they were affiliated with: Mrs. Lorraine Kunst, Joe Herbert, Mrs. Jackie Klima, Michael Trost and Robert Landis. It would be pretty cool if someone could get them all, or most of them.

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