Monday, December 5, 2016

Second Week of Advent and HOPE

The liturgical readings and prayers of week two of Advent convey an ever growing impatience and unquenchable thirst for God to answer the longings of our hearts.  HOPE is key to this cry of the human heart!

And what is HOPE?  St. Paul defines hope as "the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1).  Advent HOPE is not wishing but expecting!  So let's hear what Advent/Christmas HOPE means to some members of our Resurrection family and what some members HOPE for.

Mary Claire Weber '19
Mary Claire Weber '19 says: "what I hope for this Advent and Christmas is for Peace in the World."

   Ms. Carol Marchetti
Ms.Carol Marchetti describes Advent Hope in the following way:  "Hope is always one of the blessing of faith, but Advent is a special time to rekindle that hope.  All of the Christmas preparations with lights, nativities, music, generosity and family helps fill our hearts with anticipation of God's greatest gift, His Son, Jesus as an infant, the ultimate expression of God's love, hope and the faithful fulfillment of His promises." 

Kaitlyn Ryan '19

Kaitlyn Ryan '19 believes "hope is about people coming to
realize that everything is not horrible but rather to realize how much good there is in the world.  Hope is realizing
we can get through every challenge."

Jessie Surridge '17

Jessie Surridge '17 hopes that "once it gets colder
people who do not have shelter or food find help,
 and that others will care about them and for them."

Ms. Vanessa Wheatman

Ms. Vanessa Wheatman's hope for Advent and Christmas "is to share a spirit of relaxation, peace and joy with and with family and friends. "

Mary Quinn '18 states her hope for Advent and Christmas
is that her family will continue this year as they have in
the past the "beautiful tradition of gathering together on Christmas morning. 
This family gathering has been a special time to share the real meaning, the
love and the joy of Christmas."

Mary Quinn '18

Ms. Mary McAndrew

Ms. Mary McAndrew states that the greatest
Advent and Christmas gifts she hopes for herself
and for everyone else is,"that all are blessed in
2017 with health, the wealth of much love, and the
gift of wisdom."

Ms. Lana O'Brien



Ms. Lana O'Brien hopes for "unity, peace and harmony in our country and in the world.  That we can all find healing from our differences and work together for the good of all."

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Count Down to a New Year and to Sam's Return to Res

Everyone awaits a New Year with excitement.  And for all of us at Res there is a special excitement as we await the return of Samantha Crump.  As an extended family we have closely followed Sam's  treatment plan and we have shared in the joyful results of her post treatment progress.  

We have united in prayer and cheered Sam on during her treatment and now we eagerly look forward to having Sam back at Res this January.  Now Sam and her Mom have provided me with some great information and happy news to share with you. 

Sam wants us to know that while she was recovering she was also keeping very busy.  Sam  kept up with her school work through online courses.  She also visited classes and club meetings at Res via a robot, and she attended the Res Homecoming this past fall.  Most recently she has begun working at Norwood Crossings as a Dietary Aide.  In additon Sam has also been making blankets for other kids.

Sam has also become somewhat of a celebrity, having two live interviews on WGN Radio in September and November.  She is also scheduled to appear as a guest at the WGN Radio Station on December 13th because she is in the running for "Kid of the Year."  Good luck Sam!

Sam's dream is to become a nurse and work with children.  Having spent much time in clinics and hospitals over the past year, Sam understands the importance of clinical excellence but also the vital importance of the human touch and faith.  What a great foundation for a nurse who will make a difference in the lives and hearts of all whom she will serve.

See you soon Sam!

 Here is the link to Sam's November interview on WGN.

Samantha Crump

Monday, November 28, 2016

The 2016 Winner of the Christmas Card Contest

I am very pleased to announce that Nicole De Lima El Bekai '20 is the winner of this year's Christmas Card Contest.  Nicole's card will be sent to over 800 friends and donors. Thanks Nicole for creating a card that truly represents the meaning of the Christmas Season.

Congratulations Nicole, your artistic talent is impressive.

Nicole De Lima El Bekai '20


Advent Waiting

Advent is a season rich with symbolism and words that engender the deepest hopes and the holiest feelings of the human heart.  The beautiful Advent Reading from the Prophet Isaiah best expresses the passionate cry of the human heart to God:  Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down...

Our reflection for the First Week of Advent is about Advent Waiting.  Here are a few thoughts from members of our Resurrection Community:

"Advent Waiting to me means waiting for Christ to come and when He comes
you find your own best self."   Sarah Erickson '19
Sarah Eriickson '19

"For me the experience of Waiting during Advent is to experience
within youself a rebirth.  It is a time for welcoming Christ
into your life again.  It is a time to realign one's life."
Mr. Piwowarski

Mr. Piwowarski

"It is waiting for
Jesus to be born back into 
our lives."  Renee Piagentini '20
Renee Piagentini '20  and Jena Ortega-Cazares '20
"For me it is waiting for 
Jesus to come with tiny
little miracles that we need
in our hearts and in our
lives."  Jena Ortega-Cazares '20

Sr. Mary Paulette, C.R.

"For me Advent Waiting is an experience of joy and trust but also a little aprehension as to what
God may ask of us.  It is the gift of new life and of Jesus coming to live among us.  It is realizing that what Mary carries beneath her heart she will soon hold in her hands and share with us."
Sr. Mary Paulette, C.R.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mairead Skelton and Making a Difference in the Lives of Others

This past October, Mairead Skelton '18, travelled to Baton Rouge with her Girl Scout troop leader and other adults to deliver boxes containing over 6,000 supplies to school children.  These children were victims of the horrific floods in Louisiana.  This project started out as a simple desire to help children who suffered greatly but soon became such a large endeavor that it is now part of Mairead's Gold Award for Girl Scouts.  

Mairead spent many weeks collecting supplies for the children through area churches and with the assistance of Senator Mulroe and Alderman Napolitano.  

In Mairead's words, "My experience was truly life changing.  Words cannot express how grateful I am that I was able to meet some families, hear their stories, and know that I was able to help them, even if it was just a little bit."

Click on the link below to read more about Mairead's work and the impact it has had on the children and families in the Parish and School of Saint John in Baton Rouge.   

Mairead Skelton

Mairead and Ms. Kim Naquien, Principal of St. John's Promary School

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Creating Thanksgiving Spirit

Ellen Olker, Resurrection's Library Assistant, is always surprising the Res community with new and beautiful library decorations.  Ellen's decorations create an invitation to the passer-by to stop in the library and find a friend in a good book.

Ellen uses her artistic talents to inspire others to explore the history of the holiday and find enrichment by reading about its values and traditions.

In early November, Ellen created a beautiful and unique Thanksgiving display in the library showcase, turkeys!  Yes, Ellen used pages from old books to create beautiful turkeys!

Elle Olker

Thank you Ellen, for helping us celebrate and for inspiring us to gobble up a good book!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Congratulations Senior Athletes

Earlier this month all the Bandits involved in fall sports were honored at the Fall Athletic Banquet.  It was a wonderful evening and a great opportunity to honor all the teams who worked so hard.  Special recognition and a gift was given by the Parents' Athletic Booster Club to the fall athletes of the 2017 class.  These athletes leave a legacy which will always be remembered!

Fall Athletes from the Class of 2017