Parent Newsletter for November 17, 2017

Reminder:  We have school Monday and Tuesday, November 21 & 21. There is no school Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 22, 23, & 24. Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear SJB Families,

Report cards are coming home today, so please be sure to check your child's backpack after school today.

Thank you to the parents who attended our Coffee with the Principal this past Tuesday. We discussed the new “Tax Credit Scholarships” program (info is here: We also had a great discussion about several other topics. Our next Coffee will be Tuesday, December 12, from 8:15-9:00 am, and I hope you will join us.

It was nice to see everyone at the Scout and Family Masses last weekend. We had at least 74 students in grades k-8 who attended and picked up spirit wear passes, plus many more preschool students and even a few of our Jumping Jaguars toddlers. 

Remember that we have school on Monday and Tuesday of next week, and then will have no school the rest of the week. Have a wonderful week, and a lovely Thanksgiving!


Dr. Mary Maloney

Letter for November 19, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

Recent statistics from the Renew My Church Planning and Discernment has provided a wakeup call to all of us. The present situation of the Church in general, in our parishes and the trends in the world has an impact on how we need to proceed in the near future. Take, for example, the difference between baby boomers and millennials who call themselves “unaffiliated.”


First, let's review the definition of the different generations. Millennials, whom we define as those ages 18-34 in 2015, now number 75.4 million, surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers (ages 51-69). And Generation X (ages 35-50 in 2015) is projected to pass the Boomers in population by 2028. The Millennial generation continues to grow as young immigrants expand its ranks.


The “unaffiliated” baby boomers are 17% and the Millennial are 36%. But what’s more disturbing is adults who were raised Catholic and now consider themselves unaffiliated, 79%, made that change when they were younger than 24-years age, 18% left between the age 24-35 and 3% left after age 36+.


Thus, in addition to the continued decline in mass attendance we see in our parishes, we should be even more concerned about the early exit of Catholics from the practice of the faith. The key difference between “unaffiliated” and those who remain Catholic: teenage faith practice.


This factor alone tells us something about the importance of investing in youth and young adult ministry in our parishes and the archdiocese. No parish is exempt from these trends, no not even our parish of St. John Brebeuf. However, we have much to be proud of here at SJB.


Thank you for your support of the Pam Perez, our full time Youth Minister, thank you for your support of our High School Altar Servers and Sacristans, our Scouting Program, our Athletic Program, our Grade School Altar Servers, our Children Choir, our Grade School and Religious Education Program. These efforts are a first step to welcoming our youth. However, this is not enough. We hope do more by looking at a more vibrant youth mass and continuing the family mass experience that has been well received.


We can no longer assume Catholic children and young people will grow into an active faith life. Today, we face a crisis of faith. Fewer people than ever are connected with organized religion. Those who identify as Catholics do not attend Mass. Some, even in our own parish are very active in a particular ministry but make no effort to attend mass on Sunday or for that matter really join the parish. They use the parish for some immediate need, they have been called a “Cafeteria Catholic.”


For some, it seems like a badge of honor to announce that they don't go? Saying proudly, “They think it's a waste.” but they are unwilling to make an investment to make things better. Some, are very adept at reaping the benefit of other people sacrifices. Sadly, this is the “American” way, if I can get something without really paying for it, all the better. “I'm a good shopper,” the reasoning goes, even if it's at someone else’s expense. St. Paul, long ago, challenged this misguided thinking.

As a result of this crisis, we face challenges, challenges that can be overcome, if we work together.


Fr. Mike Meany

Letter for November 26, 2017

Dear Parishioners,


Both the Thanksgiving Holiday and the Feast of Christ the King invites us to grow as Christians.

The Christian ideal is for spirituality and ethics to form a unified whole. As followers of Jesus, loving our neighbor comes from the grace centered in our soul, which is the Holy Spirit. Our goodness comes from God alone. The more we cultivate our relationship with God, the more we can care for our neighbor. And the more we care for our neighbor, the more we open ourselves to the presence and influence of the Spirit. This intertwined, reciprocal, mutual relationship is never to be broken.  

Next Sunday, Advent begins, a good rule of thumb, a retreat master once told me, is that for every hour in church praying, I should perform two hours of charity. His suggestion was not to encourage a mathematical approach to the faith but rather to keep me honest and balanced! I suspect, you, like me, find it much easier to say a prayer rather than get involved in helping a homeless person in need.  


Fr. Mike Meany

Events This Week

Wednesday-Friday, 11/22-11/24 -- No School, Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, 11/27 -- Walkathon Pizza Day

Monday, 11/27 -- P/SA Dessert Orders Pick-Up, 3:30-4:00 pm, School Library. Orders will NOT be held! Flyer is here:

Tuesday, 11/28 -- P/SA Bite Club at Lou Malnati's, Park Ridge 4-10 pm, Lincolnwood 11 am-11 pm; very important to see flyer for instructions here:

Tuesday, 11/28 -- Marketing Committee Meeting, 7 pm, School Library

Friday, 12/1 -- Spirit Wear Day (first Friday of the month)


Chromebook Maintenance -- There will be scheduled maintenance on the Chromebooks over Thanksgiving break, and all devices will remain in school building during that time. Thank you.

P/SA Announcements -- Please check the P/SA page for flyers about Breakfast with Santa, Dessert Pick-Up, and Bite Club next Tuesday:

Athletics Positions Available --  

  • Volleyball Coordinator, 2018-19 school year. Position will be active next school but would like to have new hire in place this school year for training.  If interested please email athletic board for more information
  • Volleyball coach for the 6th grade girls' team, 2017-18 season. Please contact Angela Schurr if interested,


Volleyball Registration, grades 4-8 -- Please sign up at the athletics page:

Polar Express Story Time Train -- Flyers are going home with students for the Polar Express Story Time Train on Sunday, December 10. This event is sponsored by the SJB Holy Name Men’s Club. Please see the flyer for details:

Tax credit scholarships -- A new tax credit scholarships program will soon begin taking applications. We have posted links to the information available from the Archdiocese of Chicago in multiple languages. As more information becomes available, we will let you know asap. Links to the information are here:

Jumping Jaguars Parent-Tot Playgroup for children 0-3 -- Our group of Jumping Jaguars is up to 6 active little ones and their caregivers having lots of fun! Join us on Wednesdays from 10-11 am for the new Jumping Jaguars parent-tot playgroup. We will meet weekly when school is in session, in the school’s Extended Day room. The group is free, no reservation is needed. It is an unstructured social time for parents and young children in our parish. Parents must stay to supervise their child. Enter at the school office or through the Extended Day door at the south end of the school. Questions? Contact Liz McGowen in the school office:, 847-966-3266;

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

Bingo -- Join the parish for Mega Bingo on December 3 -- the details are here:

Youth Ministry Announcements

  1. It’s not too soon to talk about summer! 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. Sign up in November to get the “Early Bird” rate of $140. Contact Mrs. Perez at 847-239-2379 for details and registration forms.

  2. TEENS join our LIFETEEN CHOIR and be part of something special! Join us this Sunday, November 19th at 4:30 to check us out! We sing at our monthly 6:00PM LIFETEEN MASS on Sundays, we sing at our Christmas Eve Mass, and much more! You can earn service hours for rehearsals and liturgical celebrations. Want to know more? Contact Mrs. Perez at 847-239-2379 or Mr Rachelski at 847-966-8145. ALL TEENS IN 7TH AND 8TH GRADE ARE WELCOME!

  3. TEENS join SJB Youth Ministry for our OVERNIGHT OPEN GYM EVENT on Friday, November 24th to Saturday November 25th. We meet at 7:30pm in the Youth Ministry Office. There will be Open Gym for basketball and dodgeball, and Midnight Adoration in the Church. Pizza, snacks, pop, and light breakfast are provided. Our event ends Saturday at 10:30am. Permission form and $8 donation are required to attend. Contact Mrs. Perez at 847-239-2379 to sign up! INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!

  4. Our LIFETEEN MASS and LIFE NIGHT are on Sunday, November 26th. We worship together in CHURCH at the 6:00PM Mass, and proceed to FLANAGAN HALL for our evening activities until 8:30pm. Our theme “Got Game?” is a fun night with team games, scavenger hunt, video games, and more! Hot dogs, chips, pop, and dessert are provided. ALL TEENS ARE WELCOME!

  5. COMING IN DECEMBER! SJB Youth Ministry’s RELIGIOUS JEWELRY AND WORLD’S FINEST CHOCOLATES FUNDRAISER will be the first two weekends in December. We will be in church at all of the Masses. All sales will go towards our summer service trip. More details are coming!

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Athletics this week:

  11/17/2017 06:30 PM ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS 6 G SPC GOLD SJB  
  11/18/2017 09:00 AM ST. JOHN BREBEUF 5 G SJB MONICA  
  11/18/2017 10:00 AM ST. JOHN BREBEUF 7 G MONICA SJB  
  11/18/2017 11:00 AM ST. JOHN BREBEUF 8 G MONICA SJB  
  11/18/2017 12:00 PM ST. JOHN BREBEUF 6 G SJB MSW  
  11/18/2017 01:00 PM ST. JOHN BREBEUF 4 B CELESTINE SJB  
  11/18/2017 02:00 PM ST. JOHN BREBEUF 6 B CELESTINE SJB  
  11/18/2017 03:00 PM ST. JOHN BREBEUF 8 B SJB CELESTINE  
  11/18/2017 04:00 PM ST. JOHN BREBEUF 4 B EMBERS SJB  
  11/19/2017 12:00 PM ST. JOHN BREBEUF 8 B EUGENE SJB  
  11/19/2017 01:00 PM ST. JOHN BREBEUF 6 B NRP GOLD SJB  
  11/19/2017 01:00 PM ST. MARY OF THE WOODS 5 G SJB SMOW  
  11/19/2017 02:00 PM ST. MARY OF THE WOODS 4 G SJB SMOW  
  11/19/2017 02:00 PM ST. JOHN BREBEUF 7 B NRP GOLD SJB  
  11/19/2017 03:00 PM ST. MARY OF THE WOODS 6 G SJB SMOW WHITE  
  11/19/2017 04:00 PM ST. MARY OF THE WOODS 7 G SJB SMOW  
  11/19/2017 05:00 PM ST. MARY OF THE WOODS 8 G SJB SMOW BLUE  
  11/20/2017 06:00 PM ST. MARY OF THE WOODS 4 B SJB SMOW BLUE  
  11/20/2017 07:00 PM ST. MARY OF THE WOODS 6 B SJB SMOW  
  11/20/2017 08:00 PM ST. MARY OF THE WOODS 7 B SJB SMOW BLUE  
  11/28/2017 06:00 PM ST. THECLA 7 G THECLA SJB  
  11/28/2017 07:00 PM ST. THECLA 5 G SJB THECLA  
  11/29/2017 08:00 PM ST. EUGENE 8 G EUGENE SJB 11/9/2017
  11/30/2017 06:00 PM ST. THECLA 6 B SJB THECLA  
  11/30/2017 07:00 PM ST. THECLA 8 B SJB THECLA  
  12/1/2017 07:00 PM ST. JOHN BREBEUF 7 G SJB EUGENE  
  12/1/2017 08:00 PM ST. JOHN BREBEUF 8 B NRP GOLD SJB

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