Walk for Peace benefits Peace Village

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Submitted Photo. Walk for Peace walkers have a pre-walk stretch.

In 1989, when Peace Village in Palos Park opened its doors to the first resident, average life expectancy was just over 71 years. Now in 2013, it is nearly 79 years of age. In keeping with an average retirement age of 65, that increase doubles the amount of time people spend enjoying their senior years. With increased interest in health and fitness, coupled with advances in medical technology, the years to enjoy life post-retirement will only continue to increase.

The Village held its first Walk for Peace on its grounds on Oct. 19.

Jayne Miller, Director of Fund Development at Peace Village said: “Sometimes seniors live longer than the financial resources they’ve saved for their entire lives. Or, due to an unanticipated catastrophic illness or other serious life event, it is possible that they can deplete the funds they thought would be adequate for the remainder of their lives.”

Church Corner from 10-3-13

  The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of Oak Lawn, 100th St. and Central Ave., are having their annual fall rummage sale which includes nearly new items from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday Oct. 3 and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Oct. 4th, 9 am to 1. For more information, call 708-423-1170.
  The Palos United Methodist Church is sponsoring a walk to raise contributions for the Worth Food Pantry located in the United Methodist Church of Worth 7100 W 112th St. in Worth.
  The walk will be held at 11:15 a.m. Saturday. Starting and ending point will be the Palos United Methodist Church at 12101 S. Harlem Ave. in Palos Heights. A light lunch will be served after the walk.
  The Worth Food Pantry serves an average of 150 families every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The service area is from 135th St. north to 79th Street and LaGrange Road east to Cicero.
  Donations should be made out to Worth Food Pantry and can be given to either the Palos or Worth United Methodist Church.
  Neat Repeats Resale in Worth and Orland Park are celebrating their new look with expanded hours at both stores.
  Starting on Sunday, Nov. 3, Neat Repeats will be opening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to work a 5 Hour shift at either store.

  For information, call the store manager in Worth, at 7026 W. 111th St., 361-6860, or Orland Park, at 9028 W. 159th St., 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 an non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Benefits & Fundraisers from 10-3-13

  The 12th annual Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser — Raising Awareness takes place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at 114 Bourbon Street. All proceeds are donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Greater Illinois Chapter in Chicago. The event costs $30 and there will be a split the pot, raffle prizes and live entertainment.
  This annual event was inspired by two women who have been fighting this disease for 30-plus years, Most Holy Redeemer parishioner Susan Berry and St. Linus parishioner Mary Fecht.
  The Hickory Hills Lions Club will host the fourth annual Roar and Run for Fun 5K Run/Walk race. The race will be held on Saturday, at 9 a.m. Oct. 26. All participants receive a long-sleeve shirt. There will be awards, door prizes, food and drink following the race.
  The start/finish line will be at Hickory Hills City Hall, 8652 W. 95th Street. For more information about the race:, or to signup online:
  If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor please call Vince Uzzardo 708-430-2210 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  Proceeds from the race will help the Hickory Hills Lions Club in their mission to provide programs and assistance to aid people who are blind or visually impaired. The Hickory Hills Lions Club has served the needs of the community for more than 50 years.
  The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima-Chicago Area Chapter will hold its first gala fundraiser on Oct. 12, from 5 to 10 p.m., at the Noonan Academy, 19131 Henry Drive in Mokena.
  Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The cost of dinner is $50 per person, $250 for a table of six.
  The group will honor Gloria Violante, past president. Father Apostoli, a fequent host on EWTN and author of “Fatima for Today,” will be talk about the Urgent Marian Message of Hope. There will be a silent auction to help raise funds to support the Blue Army and promoting Our Lady’s Messages of Fatima.
  R.S.V.P. by Thursday, Oct. 3, by calling Tom Dunn at 420-6721 or emailing
  If unable to attend, send your monetary donations to Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima at 13811 S. Western Ave. Blue Island, IL. 60406.

Church Corner from 9-12-13


  Salem United Church of Christ, 9717 S. Kostner Avenue, Oak Lawn, will hold its Annual Octoberfest at 6 p.m. September 28. Entertainment is planned along with a roast pork dinner with all the trimmings. Tickets are $13 for adults; $5 for children age 6 to 2; children 5 and under are free.
  If you have any questions or wish to purchase tickets please call the church office at 708-423-9717.
  Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ is offering a six-week study series on dealing with anger, led by Pastor Peggy McClanahan. The class will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:15 p.m. beginning Tuesday in the church lounge. Enter through the courtyard on 51st Avenue.
  For more information contact the church at 708-422-4200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The church is at 9411 S. 51st Ave. in Oak Lawn.
  A free community meal will be served on at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Menard Center at 90th and Menard in Oak Lawn. Up to one hundred meals will be served on a first come, first served basis to all who could use a free meal or want to share a meal with others in the community. This is the last of three free meals this summer.
  “One Community: One Meal” is a joint venture of the Oak Lawn Clergy and Religious Worker’s Association, the Muslim American Society and The Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview. An interfaith team of Christians and Muslims is working together to plan, prepare and serve the meals.


Mural highlights Cancer Walk race

Miami resident and internationally-known mixed-media artist, César Santaló, installed a 250-inch-long, 80-inch-high, five panel fiberglass collage mural entitled “We Are Family” on Aug. 30 and the collage mural commemorates the 15th year anniversary of the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk.
The walk is the largest three-mile walk in Chicago’s Southwest side. The Walk is held every year on Mother’s Day and attracts more than 14,000 men, women and children in the historic Beverly Hills and Morgan Park neighborhood.
Over the past 15 years, the Walk has raised more than $4 million with all proceeds going to Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center which is located in the Women’s Center for Life and Health. A first-of-its kind for the area, the Women’s Center also is home to Little Company of Mary’s Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center, which offers a full range of diagnostic care specialists, surgeons, nurses, and radiation oncologists. The Center also offers an array of integrative therapy services, such as acupuncture, massage therapy and post-treatment esthetic care.
The mural collage is comprised of more than 8,000 photographs of the 15 years of the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk and includes small cutouts of Chicago political figures as well as inspirational prayers, religious iconography and Little Company of Mary’s founder, Venerable Mary Potter. The collage mural was created in an impressionistic style which pays homage to the grand collection of impressionistic paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago such as Georges Seurat’s, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.”
The “We Are Family” mural image is a representation of the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk with walkers of all ages surrounded by the beautiful architecture and scenic landscapes of the historic Beverly Hills and Morgan Park neighborhood. “My painting serves as a time- capsule of events detailing the growth of the community involvement and participation throughout the 15 year history,” Santaló said.
“What began with three pioneering women (Carol Moriarty, Nancy Mulcahy and Lisa O’Brien) who believed in fighting breast cancer with one step at a time on Mother’s Day, has blossomed into more than 14,000 neighbors and supporters who all have joined in the fight against breast cancer,” said Brian Lepacek, MDiv, executive director of the Little Company of Mary’s Foundation. “We are all amazed at and grateful for César’s breathtaking piece of art. The collage serves as a reminder that if we all come together as a community and family with faith in our hearts, we can help battle the fight against breast cancer - we are all in this together.’’
—Submitted by Little Company of Mary