Thanks to the several hundreds of parishioners who celebrated the Feast of St. Isaac Jogues at the fourth annual Feastival on October 14th. Parents, grandparents, adults and children of all ages filled the Parish Center and school, enjoying good food, drink, games, events, live music, college football, the Cub’s Playoff game, and good old Christian hospitality. Despite the bad weather, it was truly a blessed event and an overwhelming success.
Thanks to all those who attended, and especially those volunteers who donated, baked, grilled, set-up, organized, supervised, cleaned, tended bar, and served food in order to make this a truly special, joyful, unforgettable event for our entire parish family!
Raffle Wrap Up! It was an exciting two weeks of selling. The competition and enthusiasm was contagious. Huge congratulations to our SIJ team for rallying to raise over 98,000 dollars! That’s an A+ effort on the Raffle Sports Report. Here are some noteworthy stats: 9,803 tickets were sold, and over 650 prize bags were awarded. Kindergarteners were our top sellers – bringing in 1,298 tickets - AND were the winners of bracket play. Congratulations to the Kindergarteners for bringing home the trophy!
Top Ten Ranking Ticket Sellers Raffle Winners:
1 - Lucas D. $2,500 Cristin Obsitnik
2 - Sarah D. $1,000 Amy Kuznior
3 - Audrey W. $500 Jim and Kirsten Legner
4 - Tony D.
5 - Lukas J.
6 - Meghan T.
7 - Luke S.
8 - Kevin B.
9 - Turner R.
10 - Alyssa B.
The school children began Wednesday, September 13th with Praise and Worship Music and Adoration, the Fall Faith Rally. Father Shaun Cieslik from St. Mary of Gostyn led the children in grades K-8 in a Eucharistic Procession from the church into the gym where they sang, prayed, and listened to the witness of Father Shaun. In the classrooms the eighth graders led the Faith Families in a lesson about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The Faith Families (groups of students from grades K-8) are working on posters devoted to the Eucharist that will be displayed later in the year. Everyone met in the church at the end of the event to repose the Blessed Sacrament and sing Praise and Worship Music before going back to class….A blessed way to begin the school year in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament!
You're invited to our second annual, parish-wide festival on the Feast of St. Isaac on the Parish parking lot. It's the Feastival of St. Isaac Jogues, which is like a giant tailgate, block party and Octoberfest all rolled up in one Catholic package. Admission is free, and there is plenty to do for kids and adults of all ages.
You will feast on barbecue, burgers, brats, hot dogs, fresh-hot donuts, popcorn and ice cream. You will sip on water and pop, as well as adult beverages. You will fest by playing games and wining prizes at Cakewalk, Balloon-Pop, and Indian Archery. Add face-painting, pumpkin -decorating, balloon animals, a bounce house, a petting zoo, obstacle course and other fun events.
Sign up at www.signupgenius.com or just show up with family and friends to this not to be missed experience.
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The Class of 2017 graduated from St. Isaac Jogues on Tuesday, March 30th. This year has been full of great memories, experiences, and talent. The year began and ended with a Faith Rally where all students come together for adoration and praise. In the fall, students began working on Science Fair projects. 10 students represented St. Isaac Jogues at the Illinois State Science Fair. In November, students attended Called By Name Vocation and Discipleship Conference. Over 40 schools from around the diocese met here at SIJ to sing, pray, and learn about the Catholic faith and how God calls all of us to holiness. Also in the fall, students researched a saint in preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation in December. Throughout the year, students participated in a devotional retreat with Pope Francis. On March 14th, Mrs. Hinchley celebrated Pi Day in her classroom and challenged children to recite as many digits of Pi as they could recall. This year, the highest amount was 162 digits! Also in March, the students visited the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center to create deeper meaning for their Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum. Conor R. represented St. Isaac Jogues in the National Geographic Bee State Competition in March, as well. Christian G. was honored with the Illinois Principals Association Recognition Award. The Rotary Club of Hinsdale presented Nicolette D. and Aaron J. with the Youth Merit Award. The Spring Musical this year was Bye Bye Birdie which starred many 8th grade students. This has been quite a talented crew!’
Recently the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Librarian issued certificates of commendation to 53 St. Isaac Jogues students for their letters written to their favorite authors in the 2017 Letters About Literature competition. For the Level I (5th & 6th grade) competition, Luke L. was a finalist. Katie L., Peyton M., Gavin M. and Jack R. were semi-finalists and 17 students received honorable mention. For Level II (7th & 8th graders), Ashley M. and Bridget O. were finalists, Delmy A., Enza M., Grace M., Olivia P., Arianna S., Christine S. and Joe S. were semi-finalists and 22 students received honorable mention. Commended students are pictured on May 22nd with Principal Carol Burlinski.
St. Isaac Jogues School was very well represented at the Region 11 Science Fair on March 10th at the University of St. Francis in Joliet. Twenty-seven SIJ 7th and 8th grade students competed with hundreds of peers from surrounding counties. Using application and the understanding of the scientific method and research techniques, SIJ young scientists presented original experimentation in the areas of biochemistry, behavioral science, chemistry, physics, environmental science, thermodynamics, and alternative energies. Students experienced presenting their science projects in university classrooms and assembly hall settings. It was a wonderful experience for all. Students representing SIJ at the Regional Science Fair included: Penelope G., Michaela M., Isabella S., Olivia P., Ella H., Katie D., Elizabeth D., Nicolette D., Amaryah C., and John D.
The 2017 Illinois State Science Fair brought together 1,500 of some of the brightest and most talented young minds in the state. 7th -12th graders explored topics from Astronomy to Zoology with impressive laboratory research and experimentation. SIJ students scored extraordinarily well and represented our school with poise, elegance and excellence. Students participating in the Project Session included: Sophie A., Isabelle C., Gabrielle C., Mary Cate F., Renee G., Peyton F., Aaron J., Conor R., Christian G., and Nicky O. Students participating in the Paper Session included: Caroline C., Sarah G., Grace R., Viktoria S., Speros G., Brian W., and Mia Y. In addition to the traditional awards, two very special prizes were presented to our students. These awards highlight how the English/Language Arts curriculum and the Science curriculum collaborate in order to benefit all students. Mia Y. earned the distinction of Paper in Top 10 Best Papers of Entire Fair (out of over 600 papers) and Caroline C. earned the Jay Hoffman Memorial Award for Overall Excellence. We are so proud of all of the 7th and 8th grade students who participated in the SIJ science fair earlier this year. This wonderful event allows students to further view the Wonder and Awe of God’s Creation through the understanding and exploration of science.
The SIJ Student Council is collecting Box Tops for Education to raise money for their State Service Project and local charities. They are also collecting Pop Tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Please bring your Box Tops and Pop Tabs to your homeroom teachers. Prizes will be awarded to the homeroom that collects the most Box Tops and Pop Tabs. Please help our Student Council with your donations to benefit these wonderful causes.
On Thursday, October 29th Father John Belmonte, SJ, Ph.D., Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Joliet, taught the 7th and 8th Grade Religion classes on the topic of Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina is an ancient monastic method of reading the Bible that literally means "holy reading". This ancient form of prayer is divided into four parts: Lectio (reading), Meditatio (meditation), Oratio (prayer), and Actio (living). Father Belmonte chose the Book of Jonah as the subject of lesson. After reviewing the events of the text the students looked at the etymology of the words, the historical development and their meaning in the text. Lectio divina is an attentive and in-depth reading of the sacred Scriptures intended not simply to satisfy one's curiosity but to nourish one's faith. Father's introduction will allow the 7th and 8th graders to be able to employ this method of reading sacred Scripture throughout the school year. We are honored that Father Belmonte was able to spend the entire day at SIJ.
Please join our school parents in praying the rosary on Monday, January 11th in the Fireplace Room. The rosary begins at 8:15 a.m.