Friday, February 15, 2013
This week, Chris and Ryan discuss the recent decision to close St. Kieran Catholic School in Chicago Heights. Also, an unnerving reminder to go over basic safety rules with your kids.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The closing was brought on by the school's $1 million debt to the Chicago Archdiosese.
After years of financial woes and lower enrollment, St. Kieran School will be closing at the end of its 2012-2013 school year, according to a school board member. The school has had decreased enrollment in recent years and has had to borrow money from the Archdiocese of Chicago, building up to a debt of more than $1 million. Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P. Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools responded to Patch inquiries about the closing with the following statement: The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools is supporting St. Kieran parish’s request to close St. Kieran School at the end of this school year due to ongoing enrollment and financial concerns. The parish has provided years of generous …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
We're taking a look back at five key stories we published in 2012, but feel free to add to the list in our comments section!
March 16, 2012 The Bloom 206 boy's basketball team kicked off a year of incredible athletic accomplishments in Chicago Heights when they went to the Class 4A State Semifinals. The excitement surrounding the moment made for one of the best photo galleries of 2012. Team finished 4th and game home to a ton of support from the City of Chicago Heights, including a pat on the back from Mayor David Gonzalez. Oct. 29, 2012 A broken wrist for Brandon Kelly became a blessing for the Homewood Cancer Support Center, as he raised hundreds of dollars by donning a pink cast and asking anyone that signed it to donate money to the organization. To cap things off, Kelly got to see his NFL rookie uncle, Dennis Kelly, play his first game with the …
Monday, October 29, 2012
A broken wrist for Brandon has become a blessing for the Homewood Cancer Support Center.
Like plenty of other fifth-grade boys, Brandon Kelly likes basketball, football and bouncy slides. He also likes pink. After breaking his right wrist while playing football, Brandon decided to pull the positive out of the pain. Sporting a bright pink cast to St. Kieran School every day, Brandon found a creative way to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness month. "I’ve been seeing all the football players wear pink, and the pink ribbons around trees at my house," Brandon said, sitting on a couch in the principal's office. "When I was getting this cast on, I told my mom, 'I wish there was a way every signature could be a donation.'" Ideas soon became reality and Brandon was wearing a sleeve of signatures, many of which came with helpful …
Friday, September 28, 2012
The school could win a portion of a $1 million donation the company is making to schools that get the most support in their community.
St. Kieran School in Chicago Heights is raking in the votes in a national competition that could get it $150,000. The phone company is giving $1 million to schools to continue improving the education of the students, and is asking communities vote for their schools by visiting the nearest U.S. Cellular store, picking up a voting code and entering it online at uscellular.com. The top vote-getting school will get $150,000, and 17 runner-ups will get $50,000 a piece. U.S. Cellular recently released a list of the current top 100 vote-getting schools, 19 of which are in Illinois. St. Kieran nabbed 29th place on the list and hopes to climb into the top 18 to win at least $50,000, with the help of Heights residents. Voting has already started …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Kelly spent some time with the kids at his Alma Mater, St. Kieran School, and spoke to them about the importance of a good education.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Later this month, Catholics will start using new missals at Mass. The Chicago Archdiocese has been aiding local churches with the transition. A Chicago Heights pastor talks about the change.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
It has been a process over a year in the making, according to Todd Williamson, director of the Chicago Archdiocese's office of divine worship, who hopes local Catholics are ready for some of the changes to the new Roman Missal. The Roman Missal is an assembly of prayers, chants and directions used to celebrate Mass. The missal, originally translated from Latin to English in the 1970s, has been updated. All Catholic churches will begin using the new text later this month. Williamson says that the initial translation was never intended to be permanent. "That most important thing, the Mass, is going to have some profound changes for the first time since 1975," Williamson said. "It is pretty momentous in the life of the church in this country…