Wednesday, August 8, 2007

12 de agosto formación cristiana

Mi nombre es Sonia Andrade y empezando este domingo 12 de agosto seré la maestra de formación cristiana. Las clases son un requisito para La Primera Comunión, Confirmación y Bautismo. Las clases se darán cada domingo desde las 10:30-11:30 a.m. Siendo que ustedes, los padres de familia, son los primeros responsables de la formación en la fe católica de sus hijos, mis clases serán sólo un complemento a aquello que ustedes ya han iniciado desde el día de su Bautismo, en la cual es muy importante que participen en la misa de las 12:00 p.m. cada domingo como familia. Es un requisito que todo padre que registre a sus niños en las clases que también se inscriba a las clases de adultos ya que los niños aprenderán y tendrán muchas preguntas. La clase de adultos será un complemento a lo que los niños aprenderán. Sin más por el momento quisiera ponerme a sus órdenes, para cualquier pregunta que tengan. Si desean pueden hacer una cita conmigo en cualquier momento al
(773) 235-1161.

Fechas Importantes:
08/12/2007 Primer día de clases
10/07/2007 Día de la Primera Comunión y Bautismos en Nuestra Señora
10/13/2007 Día de Confirmación en la Catedral
11/25/2007 Ultimo día de clases

August 11 Keeping God's People Safe Training

The Episcopal Church of the Advent, 2610 N. Francisco Avenue, is inviting the other faith communities of Logan Square to attend the two step “Keeping God’s People Safe” training on Saturday, August 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The ‘Protecting God’s People” class is scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Beverages and snacks will be provided. There will be a lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their brown bag lunches. The “Leading & Caring for God’s People” class is scheduled from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. The class descriptions follow.

PROTECTING GOD'S PEOPLE is the first step in the program. WATCH – ACT – TEACH are the key actions needed to protect against child sexual abuse. Each one of us shares the honor of helping shape a child’s environment. For this reason, the class is suitable for all adult members of the congregation – even those without children. The sexual abuse of children is not an exclusively church problem; it happens wherever children gather. PROTECTING GOD'S PEOPLE can be added to adult education programs or be part of a parenting class series.

LEADING & CARING FOR GOD'S PEOPLE is the second step. This step has two goals. First, Church leaders learn of ways to form abuse-resistant organizations and discuss ways of spreading this awareness through their communities. Its second purpose is to call attention to unintended consequences that sometimes arise in pastoral relationships. Care-givers need to be cautiously mindful of their own needs. By appropriately caring for themselves, they can be the caring and careful care-givers the Holy Spirit inspires.

To register for the training, contact the Church of the Advent at 773/235-1161. For more information, please contact the Rev. Sandra Castillo at the above phone number.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

July 28 Painting Party

On Saturday, July 28, Advent and Nuestra Señora were abuzz with activity. The Rite 13 group of St. Christopher’s Journey to Adulthood program (J2A) spent the day painting the choir room and hallway with Nuestra Señora’s children and teenagers along with their respective adult chaperones, Barbara Kohnhurst, Rich Nied and Kelly Clissold (St. Christopher’s) and Charles Hayes (Advent), Johanna Castro, Miguel Gonzalez, José Salgado, Ángela Salgado and Sonia Andrade(Nuestra Señora). Nuestra Señora contributed the meals, prepared by Abigail Contreras and NSA member Ivan Medina donated the supplies and equipment. World Vision, a non-profit located on the West Side of Chicago, donated the paint.

The youth got to know each other during lunch, talking about where they went to school, their grades and favorite things to do. Barbara Kohnhurst described the Journey to Adulthood Program and, in particular, the Rite 13 group, in which the visiting teens participated. Ángela Salgado, Jr., talked about the After School Study Center and how most of the teens volunteering that day had grown up together through the program.

At the end of the work day, Kevin Palmer, a member of Advent, led the St. Christopher group on a tour of Logan Boulevard ending at the Eagle, a World War I monument at the west end of the Boulevard. Following dinner, José and Ángela Salgado hosted the J2A group at their home where the adults showered and the young people played board games and watched television.

The following day began with the group being hosted by Advent member, Idida Perez and the Salgado family for showers and a hearty breakfast prepared by Mrs. Contreras. Afterwards, the J2A group helped set up chairs for the annual “Mass on the Grass” - a bilingual, English and Spanish service that takes place on the boulevard in front of the church. The teenagers enjoyed the potluck parish picnic that followed with its wide range of American and Hispanic food.

The Church of the Advent and Nuestra Señora de las Americas thanks the teenagers and adults from St. Christopher and our own congregations who worked so hard during the July 28 Painting Party to make our church home attractive, welcoming and hospitable.

2007 Summer Youth Program

The 2007 Summer Youth Program is progressing well under the capable leadership and supervision of Coordinators Johanna Castro and Diane Lopez, Counselors Joaquin Perez, Jasmine Gonzalez and Cynthia Hernandez as well as the help of volunteer teachers, Ivelisse Muñoz (Nuestra Señora), Kevin Palmer and Sue Gordon (Advent). With the generosity of donations from Northern Trust Bank, Strack & Van Til Grocery Store, Nuestra Señora de las Americas, Advent and several of its members, as of today, we are serving sixteen campers. Often, the staff donate some of the snacks for the children. Most surprisingly has been the response of neighborhood teenagers with thirteen youth volunteering their time as assistant counselors in the five week program. The campers have a breakfast snack on their arrival. They have arts and crafts activities and go on outings to a community computer lab where they learn basic computer skills. Advent member, Kevin Palmer, is instructing the campers and teens on gardening. He is supervising them on trips to the Whipple/Drake Community Garden where they have the chance to put their new knowledge to work. The children are also taking outings to Lincoln Park Zoo, the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum and other locations. We are taking advantage of the beautiful green space in front of the church for picnic lunches. The 2007 Summer Youth Program will conclude with a theatrical work written, directed and produced by the children, volunteers and Counselors on Friday, August 17. For more information, contact Johanna Castro.


On July 21, members of Advent and Nuestra Señora rolled up their sleeves and spent the day cleaning and preparing the walls in the choir room and hallway for painting. They moved everything out of the area, scraped peeling paint off the walls, dusted, cleaned the wood doors and baseboards in preparation for the following week’s Painting Party. A volunteer also cleaned chalices, patens and other items in the sacristy. Advent hosted a volunteer lunch to which members of both congregations donated snacks, drinks and food. Brendon Hunter, Advent, prepared the luncheon on site while Nuestra Señora member Beatriz Carbajal delivered homemade mostaccioli and salad. We also celebrated the birthdays of Nuestra Señora and Advent members Fabian Castro and Barbara Susman respectively. We also wish to thank volunteers Gerardo Ocampo and his younger brother, Angel, for their help in cleaning and moving the heavier file cabinets and boxes out of the choir room. Everyone involved likely slept very well that night from all the physical activity and with the satisfaction of helping improve the appearance of our church home!