Society of the Divine Word Chicago Province • Techny, Illinois
Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation





How foolish of us if we are concerned only with our
well-being in this life!
St. Joseph Freinademetz, SVD  (Missionary-China, 1852-1908)

October 2016

Special Interest


Halloween: Catholics ask and Fr. Grunow answers
Fr. Steve Grunow
Word on Fire Blog

Fr. Steve Grunow at Word on Fire goes deep into answering a few questions about Halloween—traditions, history, the Catechism, spooky stuff. Read...

picking the fastest lane at the supermarket
Christopher Mele
The New York Times

Christopher Mele checked out (pun?) how to pick the fastest lane at the supermarket. His research paid off and you can read his New York Times report about it here.

ten bad driving habits that can damage your car
Alex Leanse

Regular oil changes, tire rotation, and changing drive belts are all excellent practices for keeping your car in running order but your driving habits could also have a deleterious effect on your car as well. Alex Leanse provides a list of ten habits you might be doing and why they’re not good practices. Read...


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Featured this month ...

Check out the many workshop and seminar listings from October through March including the March for Life Conference & Expo (January) at Datebook Plus

Find out the difference between infectious and contagious at Health & Wellness

There's more news about the Pope's Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors at Child Protection

If you are an SVD visa holder in the Province you'll want to check out the 2016-17 series of Visa Holder Seminars at Immigration Alerts

Learn why immigrants can't "just get in line" for citizenship at Immigration Resources


Moving ahead ...

October 1-31, 2016: Respect Life Month
The USCCB has developed various materials for use in parishes, schools and faith-based ministries to help Catholics understand, value and become engaged with supporting the dignity of the human person. For details on what is available click here.

October 4, 2016: Feast of St. Francis
St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of those who promote ecology. In the spirit of the day, Catholic Climate Covenant has a free, 90-minute program available to help parishes answer Pope Francis’s call for construction dialogue about our place in God’s creation and the environmental impacts on poor people and communities. Visit their website for more details here.

November 1-30: Native American Heritage Month
What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. The home page indicates 2015 dates but individual links to events, information, etc. have been/are being updated. Visit...

November 8: Presidential Election Day
Information on absentee voting for U.S. citizens abroad can be found on the
U.S. Department of State/Bureau of Consular Affairs
website. Deadlines to submit an absentee ballot vary from state to state. So it is important to also check with your own state’s election board (well) before November 8.

November 12, 2016: SVD Visa Holders Seminar
The first seminar in the 2016-17 Visa Holders Seminar series will be held on November 12 at Divine Word Theologate, Chicago. Details and registration for SVD visa holders is available here.

November 13, 2016: Closing of the Holy Doors
This day marks the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy as the Holy Doors in Rome’s basilicas and world’s diocese are closed.

November 15-21, 2016: National Bible Week
This year’s theme, “The Bible: A Book for the Family,” builds on this year’s Synod of Bishops on the Family and Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Resources (for download) and more details can be found on the USCCB website

December 1, 2016: World AIDS Day
As the world observes World AIDS Day, read about the work of Catholic Relief Services and the many services they provide in combating HIV and AIDS. Visit...

December 17, 2016: Pope Francis’s Birthday
He will be 80 this year. We wish him a grace-filled day.

January 27, 2017: March for Life
The March for Life Rally will take place in Washington, D.C. at noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument, near the corner of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm. Details, maps, schedules and more are available at the March for Life website at

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Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation
Society of the Divine Word   |   Chicago Province  |  1985 Waukegan Road  |  Techny, Illinois 60082  |  Tel: 847.272.2700