Parent Newsletter for April 20, 2018

Dear SJB Families,

I have several things to update you about this week:


ACT Testing Next Week


Students from grades 3-8 will take the ACT Aspire standardized test next week.  We are very excited to demonstrate how our students have grown! The following is our schedule for testing:


Monday, April 23:  8:30-9:30 English

Tuesday, April 24:  8:30-9:30 Reading

Wednesday, April 25:  8:30-9:30 Math

Thursday, April 26:  9:30-10:30 Writing

Friday, April 27:  8:30-9:30 Science


You can help your child perform to the best of his/her ability by making sure your child:


Goes to bed on time the night before each test

Eats a healthy breakfast each day

Arrives at school on time each day

Feels confident. He/she knows a great deal and is ready.  It’s time to let that knowledge shine!


Students who arrive after testing begins will wait in the library until testing concludes for that morning and participate in make-up testing at a later date.


Family Mass this Sunday, 10:45


Our monthly Family Mass will be this Sunday at 10:45 am. Please join us. Students who attend will receive one spirit wear pass for Monday, 4/23, for attending mass and an additional spirit wear pass for Friday, 4/27, if they wear their uniform to Family Mass. So, get those uniforms on for Family Mass!


Illinois State Board of Education Visit


Finally, we will have our Illinois State Board of Education compliance visit on the morning of Thursday, 4/26. A team will come to check that our school is following all the educational, medical, and safety rules. This is a routine visit that happens every three years for every school.


We have had a great academic year and are well-prepared for all the assessments next week. Please let me know if you have any questions.




Mary Maloney


Dear Parishioners,

The entire dynamics of Renew My Church ( is centered around belonging, particularly among young people, and invites them to have a true, intentional encounter and relationship with Jesus Christ. Cardinal Cupich writes in the March 11 edition of the “Chicago Catholic” that Pope Francis believes that “Ministry begins with encounter, continues with accompanying and leads to integration more fully into the life of the church, because that is precisely the way of Jesus.”

This is the model that Renew My Church hopes to foster among all the faithful.

While we cannot deny that we have a parish structure built across the Archdiocese for the Baby Boomer Generation that can't be sustained because of the shifting demographics, aging facilities that have huge deferred maintenance costs and a looming aging and declining number of ordained priests (see below); Renew My Church is about looking forward, dreaming big and boldly to invite the young people who are filled with imagination and joy to follow Christ.

With this in mind, Cardinal Cupich emphasizes in a recent letter to all the priests that, “We are not taking up this work as an exercise in organizational realignment or as a managerial exercise to improve efficiency or market share. Rather, it is because Christ has touched us deeply and we have no alternative but to share it with others. This is how it has always been for the disciple of Jesus, moving St. Paul to sum up his life Caritas Christi urget nos 'the love of Christ urges us on'. (2 Corinthians 5:14)

We take up Renew My Church because the love of Christ compels us.

On May 2, we will host a “Get to Know You” gathering with the parishes in our grouping, St. Martha and St. Isaac Jogues.  All parish leadership will share a festive spaghetti dinner to begin to develop friendships and try to discover opportunities to better collaborate with one another. While it can be tough in the midst of all that is happening in each one of our parishes, I hope everyone takes the time to learn from one another and embrace new ways of thinking about being a part of a Catholic Community beyond parish identities.  Parish Leaders should mark their calendar and RSVP to the parish office today.

Father Mike Meany

Archdiocese of Chicago Clergy Data

November 25, 2017

Average age of clergy is 63

Number of Active Priests: 576

Retired Priests: 70 and older – 223

Clergy beyond retirement age but still serving: 55

Foreign Born Clergy: 182

Number of Parishes: 344 + 10 missions

Estimated active priest in 5 years (2023) 339; in 10 years (2028) 315


Father Mike Meany


Events this week

Sunday, 4/22 -- Family Mass, 10:45 am; Students who wear uniforms will receive two spirit wear passes for next week!

Monday, 4/23 - Friday, 4/17 -- ACT Aspire Testing, see schedule below

Monday, 4/23 -- Spirit Wear for students who attended Family Mass (passes will be given out at Family Mass)

Tuesday, 4/24 -- Preschool 4 and Kindergarten field trip to Kohl’s Museum

Wednesday, 4/25 -- Jumping Jaguars, 10-11 am

Thursday, 4/26 -- 3rd grade field trip to Wagner Farms

Friday, 4/27 -- Spirit Wear for students who attended Family Mass AND wore school uniforms (passes will be given out at Family Mass)


Remember to Re-Enroll! -- Please complete your re-enrollment today -- we need this information by May 1! If you have questions please contact the office.


ACT Aspire Testing -- Students from grades 3-8 will take the ACT Aspire standardized test next week.  We are very excited to demonstrate how our students have grown! The following is our schedule for testing:


Monday, April 23:  8:30-9:30 English

Tuesday, April 24:  8:30-9:30 Reading

Wednesday, April 25:  8:30-9:30 Math

Thursday, April 26:  9:30-10:30 Writing

Friday, April 27:  8:30-9:30 Science


Talent Show!  This year, St. John Brebeuf will feature a variety show displaying the talents of our students. The variety show, called St. John Brebeuf’s Got Talent, will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018.  


Athletics – The Athletics Board is looking for a new member. Please submit the following no later than May 1, 2018 by sending a document containing the following:  Your Name; Your child(ren)’s name and grade level(s) who currently attend or will attend SJB this coming school year; A short motivational letter describing why you want to be part of the SJB Athletic Board including any prior athletic participation and/or athletic administrative experiences. Please send as soon as possible to A letter about this is posted at


Athletics  Announcement: Congratulations to Mrs. Heather Tarjan who has been selected as the new Volleyball Coordinator.  A big Thanks to Mrs. Angela Schurr for your time and dedication for the past 7 years as coordinator!


8th Grade Chocolate Sales -- There are still some World's Finest Chocolate bars left for purchase as part of the 8th grade class fundraiser. The flyer is here: Please note we are out of dark chocolate. Flyers will be sent home next week for final orders, or you can fill out your order here:


P/SA news -- The P/SA is in search of a new president, vice-president, and secretary for the 2018-2019 school year. If interested please email Mary Warnicki at


***Attention Jewel shoppers*** – As part of Jewel’s current rewards received at checkout, some game pieces contain Box Tops. Please be on the lookout for these. Mrs. Graf is willing to take them and open them for you if you send them to the office.


Polish Children's Choir – The Music Ministry is reorganizing the SJB Children’s Choir to sing in Polish for the St. John Brebeuf celebration of First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. We need all children who can speak Polish and love to sing come out and recreate this fun group! Especially invited are the siblings of those who will receive our Lord at this liturgy. Four rehearsals will prepare us to celebrate. Children will have the opportunity to learn about singing, and we will learn music for the Mass. Children age 9-17 are invited. Polish Children’s Choir Schedule -- 6:15-7:30 pm on Fridays April 13, 20, 27, May 4; Mass: Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 pm (1:30 PM CALL). Location: Music Rehearsal Room in SJB Church (east door). Questions? Contact Mrs. Ewa Fair, SJB Children's Choir Director (773) 551-0284 Polish or English


Concert -- On Sunday, 4/29, the SJB Music Ministry will host “Ragtime!” To see the flyer, please go here:


Summer Camp -- SJB will once again host summer camps. Flyers are here:

Preschool & Kindergarten Summer Camp -- June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, 9 am - noon; cost is $150 per week, a $25 deposit for each week attending is required upon registration.

Grades 1-4 Summer Camp, June 18-22 and July 9-13, 9 am - 3 pm; cost is $175 per week, a $25 deposit for each week attending is required upon registration.


SJB Yearbook -- Purchase and personalize your St. John Brebeuf School Yearbook:


Bingo! – The Men’s Club will host Bingo on April 22, the flyer is here:


Part-time Receptionist/Secretary – St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church -- The parish receptionist/secretary assists the pastor in the operation of the parish office. A people person who has a solid and experienced working knowledge of computer software and applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Google, and Apple Operating Systems/Apple Products. Good written and verbal communication skills in English and Polish preferred and be a self-starter. Part time-Flexible hours, night and weekends especially needed. Start immediately. Contact: Please email resume to Father Mike Meany at:


Alumni News: Congrats to SJB Alums at Regina High School on their First Semester -- A Honors, Nicolette Anichini ‘2016; B Honors, Isabel Hook ‘2016, Priscilla McGhee ‘2016, Olivia Stepek ‘2015, and Paulina Waresiak ‘2017


Saint Viator Future Lion Games Day -- 5-7th graders come join the fun -- St. Viator High School wil host "Future Lion Games Day" for 5th-7th graders on Sunday, April 22nd from 3-6 pm, with mass held at 5:15 pm. Information is at www.saintviator.comRegistration is now open for the Saint Viator summer camps, info is at





From SJB Youth Ministry – ATTENTION 7th AND 8th GRADERS:


DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS COMING MAY 1st! Join St John Brebeuf Youth Ministry for our Summer Service Trip “ALIVE IN YOU 2018”! We are going to St Louis to do service in the local community. The dates are July 17 through July 22, 2018. Registration Fee is $180. Contact Mrs. Perez at 847-239-2379 for details and to register for this life-changing experience!


Our LIFETEEN MASS AND LIFE NIGHT is this Sunday, April 22nd. We gather in Church for the 6:00pm Mass. Then we go to FLANAGAN HALL until 8:30pm to “Play for a Cause”. Join us for a game night of “charity tournaments” to raise money for a worthy cause. Be sure to bring a donation between $1 to $5. Enjoy a meal, tournament games, and prayer.  ALL TEENS ARE INVITED!


ONE WEEKEND ONLY! Our RELIGIOUS JEWELRY AND WORLD'S FINEST CHOCOLATES FUNDRAISER is Saturday April 28th and Sunday April 29th. We're selling beautiful jewelry for First Communion, Mother's Day, Birthdays, and All Occasions. We will be in Church at all of the Masses, so come out and support a worthy cause! All sales go towards our summer service trip. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


Questions? Contact Mrs. Pam Perez, Youth Ministry Director, at 847-966-9815.



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