“Naš Slovenski Dom” established 1995 JUL-Aug-Sept 2019
SCC Inside this issue: 1
Family Movie Night 2
Naša Slovenska skupnost 3
FUN GUIDE SVS News 3
Theology On Tap 3
Come out and join in the fun! Lots of events 3
happening for the summer in our Slovenian community! Novice 4
School News 5
School News 6
Anniversary Dinner 7
Annual Picnic 8
SSK News 9
Raffle Form 10
Casino Night 11
Fall Fest 11
Come One, Come All!!! Renew
Join us at the Slovenian Catholic Center Saturday, July 20th, for a Family your
Movie Night! today!
Doors will open at 6:30 pm
We will have a kid-friendly movie, games, hot dogs and chips for sale,
and a cash bar.
Bring your kids and grandkids for a relaxing night at our Dom!
SCC office hours – Sundays from 1 – 3 p.m. or by appointment
Center hours on regular Sundays – open until 3:00 p.m.
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Pilgrimage days in Lemont for Slovenian organizations are as follows:
August 11– Slovenian Catholic Center – Mass will be held at the Lourdes grotto with devotions to Mary immediately
August 25 - Honey Picnic – The annual fundraising pilgrimage and picnic for the benefit of the Franciscan Monastery
will begin with a mass at the Lourdes grotto at 11 a.m. followed by devotions to Mary. Fr. Christian Gostečnik OFM will
be our guest. Lunch will be served “up on the hill.” . Bakery donations are greatly appreciated!
Sr. DORICA SEVER FMM – is a missionary among the Inuits in Northern Canada and will visit us for the Mission
Sunday dinner (October 13).
25. Anniversary of Slovenian Catholic Mission – The celebration will be held on Slomšek
Sunday, September 22, beginning with 11:00 a.m. mass. Special guests will include the
Archbishop of Ljubljana, mons. Stane Zore as the main celebrant, Fr. Marjan Cuden, the Franciscan
provincial and Fr. David Srumpf OFM, who established the Mission, will be the concelebrant.
The celebration at the Mission will be followed by a luncheon and program at the Slovenian Catholic
See Dinner Registration on page 7 of this newsletter
MEGARON – ALUMNI CHOIR from Škofovi zavodi – Catholic High School in Ljubljana-Šentvid, Slovenia. About 40
singers will perform at the casual gathering on Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 pm in the SCC. Doors will be open at
Congratulations and thank you to our 2019-2020 executive board members!
President, Martina Hozjan Ruda, Vice President, Anna Marie Sever
Secretary, Nada Petrovic, Recording Secretary, Cyndy Barkowski
Treasurer, John Zerdin
Joliet KSKJ Lodge’s “Pool & Pizza Party” will be held on July 28 at 5:15 PM at Channahon Park District Water Park.
Free pizza and soda will be served to all KSKJ members. Take Stevenson Expressway (I-55) south to U. S. Route 6
St. Anne’s KSKJ will be having their yearly fundraising dinner on Sunday Sept. 8th following the 11am Mass.
Proceeds will be going to the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois.
Slovenian catholic children’s fellowship
Join the Slovenian Catholic Children’s Fellowship this August at the Center’s Annual Picnic Sunday, Au-
gust 11th. Children are invited to participate in learning about Blessed Anton Martin Slomsek’s life as we
delve into his biography, and color scenes depicting his milestones. This will culminate in a “Guide to
Slomsek,” geared towards our youth. The fellowship will resume our regularly scheduled gatherings
every second Sunday, starting in September.
If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Vidmar at 708-421-8412 or Sheena Litt at 630-306-6213
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Theology on Tap
On Saturday September 21st at 5:30pm in the smaller hall of the Slovenian Catholic Center, Fr. Strehovec will
speak as part of the Theology on Tap series run by the Slovenian Catholic Center. The Slovenian Catholic Center
is located at 14245 Main St. Lemont, IL 60539. This is open to the public. There will be a question and answer
session following his remarks.
Fr. Tadej Strehovec, OFM completed his undergraduate and graduate studies within the School of Theology at the
University of Ljubljana where he was awarded a doctorate in 2005. He then did post doctoral work in Applied
Ethics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium where he was awarded another masters degree. In 2007,
the Slovenian Bishops Conference appointed him to the Commission on Justice and Peace. He is a member of the
bioethical organization of the COMECE (the Bishops Conference of the European Member states) since 2010 as
well as the Evaluators and Experts for Ethics at the European Commission since 2006. He is an assistant in the
Department of Canon Law and Moral Theology in the School of Theology, University of Ljubljana. In 2013, the
Slovenian Bishops Conference appointed him as the General Secretary of the Bishops Conference. He writes
broadly on bio-ethical issues. He directs a website portal which has developed the reputation of being the "anti-
abortion lobby". Last year he was charged with writing hateful and intolerant articles. He was found to be not guilty
by the Slovenian courts because no proof was presented that he was indeed the author of the specific articles
which were the subject of the suite. Fr. Strehovec will speak on "Freedom of Speech and Religious Freedom in
Times of Political Correctness.". This will focus on his recent experiences with the Slovenian Judicial System.
September 22nd is the 25th celebration of the creation of the Slovenian Catholic Mission at the 11:00 AM
mass. Archbishop Zore of Ljubljana will be officiating.
October 25th KSKJ Branch 1 St. Stephen is celebrating its 125th anniversary at the SCC. The celebration be-
gins with mass at 11 AM.
In lieu of Baraga Days this year, the Bishop Baraga Association has decided to have a celebratory mass at St.
Peter's Cathedral in Marquette, MI to recognize the submission of the necessary documentation of a miracle to
the Vatican, which we hope will bring the Venerable Frederick Baraga to the Blessed stage in canonization.
Retreat House News: We have over half of the $30,000 needed to install an elevator/lift. We are starting the
contracting process in the hope of having this installed by fall of this year. This is a critical part of our renova-
tion in order to make us ADA compliant.
The new Slovenian General Consul for the Midwest has not been officially confirmed in the new position so we
don’t have their information to make an announcement at this time. We extend our sincere thanks to Andrej Rode
and his family for their service to us and we wish them all well as they return to Slovenia.
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Toronto trip update! What a great success! Thank you to everyone who
supported the group over the past few months to make it happen, to the SCC
board who helped us realize our financial goals, to the parents, grandparents
and guests who joined us on our trip, to our hosts Mladi Glas Planika, who
went out of their way to make us feel welcome and part of the family! It was
amazing to watch so many first, second and third generation Slovenians
perform traditional dances and continue to fortify our culture. With over 125
dancers, it was an amazing evening and our own Marela members did not
disappoint. They were excellent!!! Thank you all again. Planning for our next
trip is under way!
Please join us on Sunday, July 28th as our
group will host a "Backyard Barbecue" fund
raiser behind the SCC! We’ll have hot dogs,
hamburgers and all the trimmings! Please
join us and help us replenish our funds!
August 4th we will perform at Triglav Park in
Wind Lake, Wisconsin for their Sportni
Picnic! Asambel Veseljaki, dads of some of
our members, will be the musical
entertainment that day.
Please contact Nada Petrovic for more
August 11th we will entertain the friends and family of our SCC at the Annual Picnic! Please stop by the
pavilion to see what we have been up to!
Look forward to seeing you over the summer!
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SLOMŠEK SLOVENIAN SCHOOL UPDATES
As the 2018/2019school year came to a close, students participated in preparations for the Center's Palm Sunday lunch-
eon by helping to color “pirhi” on Saturday, April 13th. Many thanks to Mojca Anaya, for helping our young chickens cre-
ate such beautiful eggs. After enjoying spring break, students returned to classes on Saturday, April 27th to continue
polishing up their Mother's Day performances.
Mother's Day always marks the official end of the school year.. Students and parents participate in the Mother's Day
mass before heading to the Center for the luncheon and program. Our “novice” program this year took on the look and
feel of a nightly newscast. With a mix of pre-recorded videos as well as live performances, our student broadcasters
emceed the entire program.
Our youngest performers, Srčki, showed off what they’ve learned over the year with their performance of “Naše Črke.”
Zvončki’s recitation of Ugiba nje hrane was followed by our Slomšek Zbor’s medley of many well-known songs. Our
adult class contribution to the show was a recitation of “Kam,” by Franc Prešeren, followed by Čebelice’s Angel
Our 8th graders this year, Hope Ondracek and Sophie Martincic, were recognized for their accomplishments both in and
outside of šola. We are proud of these two bright young ladies and wish them continued success as they move on to
their next challenge: high school!
The program wrapped up with all students dancing to Mladi Korenjaki Polka.
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SLOMŠEK SLOVENIAN SCHOOL UPDATES…
On top of teaching the students and preparing them for the performance, it takes an army of volunteers and a great
number of tasks to make an event like Mother's Day possible. Our volunteer army this year consisted of approximately
48 people (not including all of you who donated baked goods.)
Our school has been blessed to have such a supportive community. A very heart-felt appreciation goes out to all of you
who assisted by: Reading/serving/singing at mass, assisting with program rehearsals/emceeing, preparing publicity/
program booklets, organizing reservations and seating, baking and arranging of pecivo/sladice, assisting with décor and
table set-up/dressing, ordering/purchasing of food and supplies, slicing of appetizers, seasoning/grilling/roasting
chickens/117 lbs of prime rib, meat plating, soup/salad/vegetable preparation, grill/rotisserie set-up and cleaning, table
service, buffet service, dish/pots-n-pan washing, buffet escorting, bar service, event tear-down and clean-up.
Your love, dedication and willingness to share your time and effort nurtures the future of our Center. A special thank you
to Marko Magajne for bringing together a dedicated kitchen crew to ensure Ljuba Novak, who shares her culinary talents
with our community throughout the year, was not stuck in the kitchen all day. Najlepša hvala vsem!
The Slomšek Slovenian School teachers dedicate themselves throughout the year to preserving our culture and passing
it on. It is the perseverance and selflessness of the following people, that enables our šola to continue:
Srčki Class - Millie Hozjan, Asst. Kristina Cepon
Čebelice – Kristina Ondracek, Youth Asst. Janez Lockwood
Zvončki- Mojca Anaya, Youth Asst. Anton Lockwood
Zmaj – Martin Puc, Youth Asst. Adam Petrovič
Odrasli – Andrej Remec, John Vidmar
Singing - Nandi Puc
Folklore Dancing – Sheena Litt, Asst. Stephanie Williams
Special Projects - Mojca Anaya
Teacher Alternates – Susan Rus
Publications – Reza Rozman
The 2019-2020 School year will start in October. Until then, we hope to see you at the summer picnics. Please follow
us on Facebook at Slomšek Slovenian School and uživajte poletje!
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25TH ANNIVERSARY SLOVENIAN CATHOLIC MISSION
Anniversary Dinner will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019
after 11:00 a.m. Mass.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!
RESERVATION — 25TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER 2019
Reservation Contact Name: Contact phone #:
PAID RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE CENTER BY SUNDAY, SEPT 15th, 2019
PAID RESERVATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE CUTOFF DATE - PLEASE ADD $5.00/ADULT TICKET
Adult when paid
ADULT after cutoff, STUDENT(S) CHILDREN
add late fee Ages 7-14 Ages 6 & under
90 or older Adults
First/Last Name FREE 25.00 $5.00 $10 FREE
METHOD CASH: $_______________
OF PAYMENT: CHECK: #______________ Amount: $ ________________
CREDIT CARD: #________________________________________
Exp. Date: ________________________
Credit Card 3 Digit Code: ____________
Billing Zip Code: ___________________
Please indicate with whom you would like to be seated. We will do our best to accommodate the request provided all parties have a
paid reservation by the due date. We are unable to guarantee seating preferences for reservations made after the due date.
We strive to make all of your events enjoyable and kindly ask that when making a reservation for any of our “reservations required” events, all
reservations correspondence be made to the Center. This enables our reservationists to more efficiently complete the seating arrangements and
communications with our caterers. Please direct all e-mails, texts, or phone calls to the Center. If you have a question or need to change a
reservation, we kindly ask you to e-mail us at [email protected], visit our website at www.slovenian-center.org, or call us at
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SLOVENIAN SPORTS KLUB
2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of the SSK Softball Tournament in Lemont!
Slovenian Sports Klub
Will insert photo from softball tournament here.
The SSK hopes you are having a fun summer were able to attend our 30th Annual Softball Tournament and
Music Festival which included a golf outing, bocce ball tournament,and softball tournament the weekend of
June 28-30th. Thanks to all who attended or volunteered and congrats to the winners!
Annual Golf Outing Winners–A good time was had by all who attended our annual golf outing at Gleneagles
Country Club in Lemont. Congrats to the first-place foursome of this 4-man scramble!(Insert name here, in-
sert name here, insert name here, insert name here).
Annual Bocce Ball Tournament Winners –Congratulations to the winners of our bocce ball tournaments.
Doubles winners on Saturday, June 29th, were (insert name here) and (insert name here). Foursome winners
on Sunday, June 30th, were (insert name here), (insert name here), (insert name here), and (insert name
here). Remember, when in doubt, “Zbiga!”
30th Annual Softball Tournament Winners –Thanks to all who came out to to socialize, enjoy the play-
ground, play softball and volleyball, and take in the beauty of the grounds of St. Mary’s. The first-place soft-
ball team this year was “Team (Insert Name Here)” A great big thank you to all who donated potato salad,
pasta salad, green salad, or dessert!On Saturday night all enjoyed the bonfire and performance by the Super-
sonic Sled Dogs, Mark Burjek’s band. (Stan and Kerry Burjek’sson). Wow, Slovenians are good musicians and
dancers! Make sure to mark your calendar’s for next year’s softball weekend and music festival, which will
be held the last weekend of June, 2020.
SSK Events Planned for 2019:
Annual Slovenian Canadian/American Softball Tournament at the SlovenskoLetovišče in Canada. August 3rd&
4th - Come join us!
Bags Tournament – Cultural Center Picnic, August 11th
If you would like more information about these events or would like to be added to our email list, please
send an email to [email protected] or access our Facebook page. Search under Chicago Slove-
nian Sports Klub.
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The SCC Annual Raffle will be held at our annual picnic on Sunday, August 11th.
The raffle is our main source of income and we encourage everyone to
Purchase a ticket from your seller or by contacting the
Slovenian Catholic Center 630-243-0670
GRAND PRIZE - $10,000
PLUS 27 ADDITIONAL PRIZES IN VALUES OF - $1000 - $500 - $100
RAFFLE TICKET DONATION - $50
ENTRY FORM FOR RAFFLE
AUGUST 11TH, 2019
$10,000 GRAND PRIZE
PLUS 27 ADDITIONAL PRIZES
City:__________________________________________ State:______________ Zip:_____________________
Phone(__________)__________________________________ TICKET DONATION = $50.00
Remit to: Slovenian Catholic Center, PO Box 634, Lemont , IL. 60439
Your official ticket will be mailed to you upon receipt of payment and completed form.
Last mail pickup August 9th!
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Do You Feel Lucky???
Join us October 5th for a Casino Night at the Slovenian Catholic Center!
Proceeds will go to benefit the elevator fund at our Baraga Retreat House.
Mark your calendars, and look for more information coming soon!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR -
Join us October 27th for our annual Fall Fest!!!
Along with delicious food and drinks, we will
have our popular Trunk or Treat contest and
our Costume Contest!
Save the Date, and look for more details to come!
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE YEAR: Slovenian Catholic Center
P.O. Box 634
14252 Main St.
Lemont, Illinois 60439
Email: [email protected]
Thursday, July 4, 2019 ············ Independence Day
Sunday, July 14,2019 ·············· Family Mass
Sunday, August 11, 2019·········Family Mass, SCC Annual Picnic
Thursday, August 15, 2019 ···· Assumption of Mary
Sunday, August 25, 2018········ Honey Picnic
Monday, September 2, 2019...Labor Day
Sunday, September 8, 2019··· Family Mass, Monthly Dinner
Sunday, October 13, 2019······ Family Mass, Monthly Dinner
Friday, November 1, 2019 ······ All Saints' Day
Sunday, November 10, 2019···SCC 23rd Anniversary
Thursday, November 28, 2019...Thanksgiving
Sunday, December 8, 2019 ···· Immaculate Conception
Sunday, December 8, 2019 ···· Family Mass, Sv. Miklavž
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Christmas Eve Vigil Mass
Wednesday, December 25, 2019...Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 31, 2018...New Year's Eve at the SCC