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Former Mercy Housing CEO to deliver SXU commencement addresses

 

Saint Xavier University announced that former Mercy Housing Chief Executive Officer Sister Lillian Murphy, RSM, and Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett will speak and receive honorary degrees at the University’s 2014 Commencement on May 10.
  Murphy will deliver the commencement address at the Undergraduate Ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. and Byrd-Bennett will deliver the address at the Graduate Ceremony, which begins at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place in the Shannon Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.
  Murphy has been CEO of Mercy Housing since 1987. Under her leadership, Mercy Housing has grown to become an award-winning, national, not-for-profit housing organization with a staff of 1,300. It serves more than 136,800 people in more than 40,000 quality, affordable homes with a presence in more than 200 cities, 43 states and the District of Columbia. She is a national spokesperson for the cause of affordable housing and the needs of people who are economically poor.
  Before becoming CEO of Mercy Housing, Sr. Murphy worked in the health care field for 16 years. She received the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California’s Affordable Housing Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999, and the 25th Annual Housing Leadership Award from the National Low Income Housing Coalition in 2006. She was inducted into the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame by Affordable Housing Finance magazine in 2009.

Church Corner from 4-10-14

  Holy Week Services Planned at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ.
  Palm Sunday worship at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn, will begin with a children’s palm processional at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. All children should be present by 9:15 a.m.
  Pilgrim Faith will observe Maundy Thursday with a Seder supper at 6:30 p.m. April 17. The supper will celebrate God’s deliverance of God’s people from oppression and recall Jesus’ last supper with his disciples.
  The Community Good Friday service at noon on April 18 at Pilgrim Faith will include communion and reflections on Peter’s denial of Jesus.
  Pilgrim Faith’s Easter worship will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20, beginning with children decorating the cross with flowers. Easter breakfast will be eaten at 10:30 a.m. and is open to all.
  The church is handicapped accessible. The community is welcome at all services.
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  The St. Gerald Mother’s Club is expecting between 60 and 80 vendors to appear at their annual spring craft show, which is taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the school, 9310 S. 55th Court, Oak Lawn. Entrance to the show is through door number 5 at Southwest Highway and Central Avenue. Various items will be for sale, including: handcrafted items like home decorations, children’s clothing, toys, accessories and more. For vendor information, call Mary Ellen Bizzotto at 422-0121, ext. 5504, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The St. Gerald Mother’s Club has been in existence since 1942 and helps raise funds that directly support the students’ educational needs.

Benefits & Fundraisers from 3-27-14

Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220, will be having a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at the post home, 9514 S. 52nd. Ave., Oak Lawn. For more information, call 423-5220.
  Because of the severe winter weather, there is a critical need for blood donors. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. To register, call Lifesource at 877-543-3768, or visit lifesource.org and use sponsor code: vfwsor30. A free complete breakfast will be served to all donors, as well as all who attempt to donate. Individuals preparing to donate should eat and stay hydrated.
  A proper ID is needed to be eligible to donate. A driver’s license/state identification, Lifesource or military identification, an employee badge with picture and full name, or a birth certificate with picture identification with a full name all qualify as acceptable identification.
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  Individuals are needed to join Park Lawn’s Tag Days April 11, 12, 18 and 19 as volunteers. The volunteers are needed at street intersections and store fronts in the southern suburbs of Chicago. The “Miles of Smiles” are to inform the local community about the work of Park Lawn, which provides programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  To volunteer, call Cynthia San Miguel at 425-6867, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  Safety vests, collection buckets and handouts with Park Lawn’s logo will be provided to all volunteers. Locations can be scheduled close to home, or a place of employment. Those who are unable to volunteer and would like to make a donation to Park Lawn, visit www.parklawn.com.

Church Corner from 3-20-14

The St. Gerald Mother’s Club is expecting between 60 and 80 vendors to appear at their annual spring craft show, which is taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the school, 9310 S. 55th Court, Oak Lawn. Entrance to the show is through door number 5 at Southwest Highway and Central Avenue. Various items will be for sale, including: handcrafted items like home decorations, children’s clothing, toys, accessories and more. For vendor information, call Mary Ellen Bizzotto at 422-0121, ext. 5504, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The St. Gerald Mother’s Club has been in existence since 1942 and helps raise funds that directly support the students’ educational needs.

Benefits & Fundraisers from 3-20-14

Neat Repeats Resale Hosting Sale, Accepting Donations.
  Neat Repeats Resale shop is hosting their Spring Fling sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. All merchandise is 50 percent off. There are two locations, 7026 W. 111th St., Worth, and 9028 W. 159th St., Orland Park.
  Individual are also being asked to bring their gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, housewares, books, toys, etc. to Neat Repeats Resale. Donations accepted daily at both stores. The Neat Repeats Resale Shops are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and are now open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the Worth location at 361-6860, or Orland Park location at 708-364-7605.
  All sales at Neat Repeats Resale benefit the clients served by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence.
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  VFW Post Hosting Blood Drive.
  Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220, will be having a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the post home, 9514 S. 52nd. Ave., Oak Lawn. For more information, call 423-5220.
  Because of the severe winter weather, there is a critical need for blood donors. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. To register, call Lifesource at 877-543-3768, or visit lifesource.org and use sponsor code: vfwsor30. A free complete breakfast will be served to all donors, as well as all who attempt to donate. Individuals preparing to donate should eat and stay hydrated.
  A proper ID is needed to be eligible to donate. A driver’s license/state identification, Lifesource or military identification, an employee badge with picture and full name, or a birth certificate with picture identification with a full name all qualify as acceptable identification.
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  Individuals are needed to join Park Lawn’s Tag Days April 11, 12, 18 and 19 as volunteers. The volunteers are needed at street intersections and store fronts in the southern suburbs of Chicago. The “Miles of Smiles” are to inform the local community about the work of Park Lawn, which provides programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  To volunteer, call Cynthia San Miguel at 425-6867, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  Safety vests, collection buckets and handouts with Park Lawn’s logo will be provided to all volunteers. Locations can be scheduled close to home, or a place of employment. Those who are unable to volunteer and would like to make a donation to Park Lawn, visit www.parklawn.com.
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  The Oak Lawn Community High School Athletic Boosters are hosting a Texas Hold ’em Tournament from 6 p.m. until midnight Saturday, at the Garden Chalet, 11000 S. Ridgeland, Worth.
  The ticket price, $75, includes open bar, dinner buffet, and table entry. A one-time additional chip purchase will be provided at check-in.
  Participants can watch the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, play some cards and possibly win some money; it’s all to help the athletic programs at Oak Lawn. For more information, call 741-5623, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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  Dig through the closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls on Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m., in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills.
  Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  For more information about making a donation, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475.