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35th Annual Spelling Bee

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Local Middle School Students Compete in 2017 Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee

Twenty 6th thru 8th grade students, representing eleven area junior high and middle schools, competed in
the 35th Annual Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee held Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the KC Hall in
Arlington Heights.

The first place finisher was Erin Cavender, of St. Emily School in Mt. Prospect. The second place
finisher was Camille Martinez, also of St. Emily School in Mt. Prospect; and the third place finisher was
Jackson Yu, of Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights.

The Bee used 160 words and lasted 17 rounds. Throughout the Bee, spellers correctly spelled words such
as pirouetted, sanctum sanctorum, ascetic, decrepitude, remonstrance, and pterodactyl. The Bee concluded
when Erin Cavender spelled both patronymic and cayenne correctly to claim first place.

All three finalists have qualified to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee on March 4 in Glenview, where
the top three finishers of the Regional Bee will qualify for the state tournament in April.

Schools and students participating in the Spelling Bee were:

Arlington Heights
St. James Junior High School Christi Hansen, Emily Madden
St. Peter School Carl Moland-Kovash, Grant Smith
South Middle School Sadie Doctor, Julia Zera
Thomas Middle School Jackson Yu, Lizzie Ferrazza
Mount Prospect
Holmes Middle School Anthony Rios, Monique Valdepenas
River Trails Middle SchoolJoseph Thalackan
St. Emily School Erin Cavender, Camille Martinez
St. Paul School Jack Mannion, Nick Kurowski
St. Raymond School Kelly Huang, Amanda Pinter
Prospect Heights
MacArthur Middle School Lauren Ruan, Paul Shreiber
Rolling Meadows
St. Colette School Valerie Guerrero, Rebecca Harris

The Bee was hosted by Holy Rosary Council #4483 of Arlington Heights, and cosponsored with Mt.
Prospect Council #6481 and Our Lady of the Grove Council #13448. All public and private junior high
schools and middle schools serving Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove, Long Grove, Mount
Prospect, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, and Wheeling were invited to send two representatives to

Picture Information

2017 KC Bee Group Picture Caption:
Front Row L–R (seated): Valerie Guerrero, Rebecca Harris, Julia Zera, Amanda Pinter, Lizzie Ferrazza, Christi Hansen,
Emily Madden, Camille Martinez
Row 2: Monique Valdepenas, Lauren Ruan, Erin Cavender, Carl Moland-Kovash, Jack Mannion, Joseph Thalackan, Kelly
Back Row: Jackson Yu, Grant Smith, Anthony Rios, Paul Shreiber, Sadie Doctor

2017 KC Bee Finalists Picture Caption
Seated: Erin Cavender
Standing L–R: Camille Martinez, Jackson Yu

Seminarian - Ryan McMillin

Ryan McMillin grew up in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where he attended St. Linus School through eighth grade and Harold L. Richards High School. Before entering the seminary, he earned degrees in Mathematics and Music, later working as a financial economist in Washington, D.C., and as a substitute organist at many Catholic parishes there and in Chicago.


After beginning work, he realized that his own career plans were unfulfilling and far more boring than he expected while he was in school! With the help of good friends and good priests, he began discerning a call to be a diocesan priest. Shortly thereafter, in 2013, he entered Mundelein Seminary to begin formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Having completed two years of philosophy studies, he is currently halfway through his theology studies and is hoping to be ordained a transitional deacon in 2018 and a priest in 2019.


In his free time, he enjoys listening to and playing music, reading, and skiing. He is thrilled to be on internship here until May and is eager to learn as much as he can from the great parishioners and priests of St. Emily’s!

Seminarian - Joe Hinderer

Joe Hinderer, is the 7th of 9 children of Doug and Shirley Hinderer.  He is known as the family comedian, always being able to get people to smile at his jokes, impersonations and antics. He has been a parishioner at St. Cecilia’s for the last 13 years where he was active in many ministries – an altar server at weekday masses when his school schedule allowed and on the weekends, he helps his mom with the environmental committee transforming the Church for the Holidays.  In addition to his volunteer ministries at St. Cecilia, he also worked as a teenager with the gentlemen on the maintenance and grounds committee.


He attended Northridge Prep, an all boys college prep school guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church, from 6th grade through 12th.  While there he was active in a variety of extracurriculars such as the school plays and musicals, mathlete team, track and field.  He also volunteered his time at Misericordia.  Now he is following his calling and has entered St. Joseph’s College Seminary where he is majoring in Philosophy.


He continues to maintain his attitude of service and volunteers his time every Friday at Holy Name Cathedral’s soup kitchen.  He tries to keep his comedic personality alive and well at the seminary but has been restricted to 1 bad pun a day – a truly difficult restriction.  Please keep him in your prayers as he continues to pursue his vocation to the priesthood!

St. Emily Mourns the Sudden Loss of Deacon Pete Hadju

Deacon Peter Hadju of St. Emily collapsed and died last night, Monday, while at a meeting at St. Emily.

His wife requests an honor guard for his wake/funeral. 


Wake Thursday 6/9:

From 3-8 PM.

Honor Guard from 6-8 PM.

St. Emily, 1400 E. Central Rd, Mt. Prospect.


Funeral Services:

Friday 6/10 at 11 AM

St. Emily, 1400 E. Central Rd, Mt. Prospect.


PETER HAJDU's Obituary

A prayer for “Renew My Church”

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Lord Jesus, you speak to us today, as you spoke to holy men and women who have gone before us. In every age and in our own time, you call to us and say: Renew My Church. Pour out the gift of your Holy Spirit upon us, and so enable us to hear you clearly to listen to each other attentively to imagine our future boldly to discern your direction wisely to persevere in your holy will courageously to stay together in charity to surrender our own plans readily to embrace the greater good to hand on your gifts to future generations. May we remain in the holy company of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the apostles, and all the saints. May their example and presence inspire us with patient confidence in the work of your grace. We ask this of you who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

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Prayer for Persecuted Christians‏

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O God of all the nations,

the One God who is and was and always will be,

in your providence you willed that your Church

be united to the suffering of your Son.

Look with mercy on your servants who are

persecuted for their faith in you.

Grant them perseverance and courage

to be worthy imitators of Christ.

Bring your wisdom upon leaders of nations

to work for peace among all peoples.

May your Spirit open conversion

for those who contradict your will,

that we may live in harmony.

Give us the grace to be united in truth and freedom,

and to always seek your will in our lives.

Through Christ our Lord.



Christian Relief Info

Catholic Cemeteries Memorial Day Salute - 2015

Thanks to Knights of Columbus and Lieutenant Colonel Robert Moore, United States Army for playing TAPS at the end of Mass today at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines,Il.


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Holy Ghost Council #4977 Ultrasound Initiative Fundraiser

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About the fundraiser 

  • The ultrasound is for Aid For Women, a Catholic pro-life women's organization 

  • Ultrasound will go to their downtown location 

  • All donations are 100% tax deductible 

  • Supreme matches 100% of funds raised if we raise 50% of goal 

  • 78% of women who see an ultrasound of their baby choose not to have an abortion 

How to help 

  • Pasta-palooza: April 23rd at 6:00 pm (dinner served at 7:00) - $20 per person with a glass of wine or beer (or $15 for those under 21).  Must buy tickets in advance. 

  • Personal donations can be mailed to Josh Nelson at 1195 Westbury Drive, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 

  • Please make all checks out to Holy Ghost Council #4977 and write ultrasound in the memo line 

  • Tax deductible letters will be provided for all donations over $500 and upon request 


If you have any additional questions please email Josh Nelson at or our Grand Night Jim Arns at