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NOV 2014
St Luke Women's Club Newsletter


In This Issue




If you or know of another parish family who is in need of meals due to illness or any other reason.

Please Contact:

Ann Corado

As a reminder - we have several recurring parts of the newsletters for you to keep in mind 


Sounds Like Fun?

Do you have a talent or hobby and looking for others.  Let us know and we can try to get others interested in forming a group. 

Knitters/bridge players bowling/runners/walkers

roller derby/dinner swapping?? 

Please contact:  

Jean O'Brien

708 642 0456

[email protected]


Meals For Families 

in Need 

If you or know of any parish families that need help with meals due to family illness or other reasons  

Please contact:  

Ann Corrado

312 515 0466

[email protected]



In order for you to be notified of   families that will need meal service, YOU WILL NEED TO SIGN UP TO Lotsa Helping Hands e-mail list.



Member News

Do you have some exciting news to share with all of us - perhaps a new member of the family or wedding, or celebrating a milestone anniversary or birthday?  We would love to share in the joy with you - so please let us know.

Please contact:  

Katie Planek 708 848 6547 [email protected]


In Our Prayers

In this section of the newsletter we will recognize special intentions of any nature that we receive.  We will also recognize and offers prayers for the recently departed St Luke parishioners.

Please contact:  

Katie Planek 708 848 6547

[email protected]


Our Deepest Sympathies

This area of newsletter will be reserved for any St Luke Women's Club member who has recently lost a loved one who is not a parishioner of St Luke. All too many times we hear of a close loved one long after the services have taken place. We want you to know that you have our support and in our prayers during this time, so please don't hesitate to let us know especially if there are local services being held. 

Please Contact:  

Katie Planek 708 848 6547

[email protected]


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, our Pinterest feed has been flooded with fun Thanksgiving food ideas.  We couldn't get over all of the seriously cute and creative turkey treats! So... we thought we'd share our very favorites with YOU!  Because we love you.  And really, who couldn't use a little more food and fun in their life?  So get ready for...

59 Fun and Creative Thanksgiving Food Ideas

Fun Thanksgiving Food Ideas 

To make browsing easier, we've divided them into 4 categories including...
  • 10 Creative Thanksgiving BREAKFAST Ideas
  • 16 Creative Thanksgiving SNACK and LUNCH Ideas
  • 8 Creative Thanksgiving TURKEY TRAYS
  • 25 Creative Thanksgiving DESSERT Ideas 

 Whether you're looking for a fun way to surprise the kids on Thanksgiving morning or a festive appetizer to take to Thanksgiving dinner with friends- we've got a little something for everyone.  So let's get this party started!  First up...


10 Creative Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas

Creative Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas

Turkey Pancakes for Thanksgiving

1.  Turkey Waffle Breakfast-  A great way to get the kids to gobble up lots of fruit in the morning.

2.  Banana Gobble Pancakes- I'm loving those banana turkey tail feathers. 

3.  Thanksgiving Turkey Pancakes- I love that this version includes scrambled eggs. 

4.  Bacon Feathered Turkey Pancakes- You can never go wrong by adding bacon!  

5.  Gobble-y Good Pancake- A pear, red apple, green apple, and a little chocolate hazelnut spread were used for this cute version. 

Fun Thanksgiving Breakfast

6.  Gobble Gobble Pancakes- I love the extra sprinkling of Cinnamon on these turkey pancakes.

7.  Thanksgiving Pancakes- How impressive is this Thanksgiving breakfast?  Use food coloring to tint the pancake batter, pour it in a squeeze bottle, and test your artistic skills.  

8.  Turkey Pancakes- I love how easy this turkey pancake is!  No special shapes or skills are needed.  

9.  Turkey Muffins- Turn a regular muffin into a cute Thanksgiving turkey using apple slices and a grape.

10.  Donut Turkeys- How cute is this?  Just add paper turkey heads to some apple cinnamon donuts!


16 Creative Thanksgiving Snack and Lunch Ideas

Creative Thanksgiving Lunch Ideas

Fun Thanksgiving Snack Ideas

11.  Peanut Butter Turkey Treats- I love how cute and EASY this turkey snack is.  It's perfect for the kids to much on while they're waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to be ready.  

12.  Turkey Veggie Cups- A fun idea to get the kids eating their veggies this Thanksgiving.  

13.  Graham Gobbler- It doesn't get any easier than this cute graham cracker turkey.

14.  Turkey Pudding Cups- What kid wouldn't want to gobble up this fun turkey treat made from a pudding cup?  It would be the perfect treat to make for a Thanksgiving class party at school! 

Fun Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwiches

15.  Fun Turkey Face Sandwiches- These are no ordinary turkey sandwiches!  I love that there are so many different options.

16.  Thanksgiving Bento- How fun would it be to surprise the kids with a special turkey-themed lunch in their school lunchbox?  

17.  Turkey Lunch- Different colored apple slices make the perfect turkey tail feathers!

18.  Turkey Shaped Sandwich- Or sneak in some veggies with these fun bell pepper tail feathers.

19.  Cute Turkey Sandwich for Thanksgiving- This turkey sandwich is almost too cute to eat!

20.  Cute Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich- Use cookie cutters to cut the sandwich meat and cheese slices into the perfect shape for your turkey.

Fun Thanksgiving Food Ideas For Kids

21.  Apple Turkey Cracker Sandwich- I love this cute version of the turkey sandwich using crackers instead of bread.  

22.  Turkey Time Sandwich- How much fun would the kids have decorating their turkey's feathers with their favorite snacks?!

23.  Thanksgiving Turkey Bagel- Check out this fun bagel turkey sandwich!  You can make the perfect turkey tail just by cutting triangles out of the top of the bagel.  

24.  "Gobble Me Up" Quesadilla-  I'm loving this easy and darling turkey quesadilla.  And the candy corn beak just tops it off.

25.  Turkey Pizza- Decorate your pizza to look like a turkey this Thanksgiving season!  The kids would sure get a kick out of that. 

26.  Thanksgiving Turkey Pizza- All you need to decorate this fun Thanksgiving turkey pizza is pepperoni, bell peppers, and olives for the eyes.


8 Creative Thanksgiving Turkey Trays

Fun Thanksgiving Trays  

Turkey Trays for Thanksgiving Dinner

27.  Chocolate Turkey Fondue- How cute is this fruit tray for Thanksgiving?  I love that the fruit slices can be dipped into fondue!

28.  A Tasty Fruit Thanksgiving Turkey- Using a variety of colored fruits make the perfect turkey tail! 

29.  Caramel Apple Turkey- This is one of my favorites because it is SO easy and still SO cute!  Just cut some apple slices and pour some caramel dip.  All that's left to do is adding two chocolate chips for the eyes and a candy corn for the beak.  

30.  Turkey Veggie Platter-  Already planning on making a veggie tray for Thanksgiving?  Why not arrange the veggies into the shape of a turkey?  

31.  Turkey Vegetable Tray-  I love how many options there are with this one.  You can pretty much use any vegetables of your choice- it's the arrangement that makes it so fun.  

32.  Cracker and Vegetable Turkey Platter- Here's another cute turkey platter!  I love that this version includes crackers.

33.  Turkey Cheese Ball- Stick crackers and pretzels into the cheese ball to make a cute turkey tail!

34.  Thanksgiving Cheese Ball- If you're already planning on making a cheese ball for Thanksgiving, you have to try this version!  I love that you can transform a regular cheeseball into a turkey just by adding some pretzel sticks, eyes, and a nose.


25 Creative Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas  

Creative Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

Cute Turkey Cupcakes

35.  Sweet T.O.M. Turkeys- These turkey cupcakes are seriously adorable!  I love how they used the vanilla wafter cookies for the wings.

36.  Nutter Butter Turkey Cupcakes- Nutter Butter cookies are the perfect shape for a turkey face!

37.  Wafer Turkey Cupcakes-  Stick some wafter cookies into a cupcake to make a fun turkey tail.

38.  Creative Turkey Cupcakes- This might be my favorite version out of all the turkey cupcakes.  And no one will complain that it uses 2 cupcakes! 

39.  Fondant Turkey Toppers- These fun turkey toppers are made from fondant and look surprisingly easy to make. 

Turkey Treats for Thanksgiving

40.  Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcake Cake- Turn a batch of cupcakes into a darling turkey cake!  You won't even have to slice it.

41.  Turkey Cake- If you're looking to WOW your Thanksgiving guests, you can't go wrong with this over-the-top turkey cake.

42.  Turkey Brownie Bites- These just might be the cutest bite-sized brownies that I've ever seen. 

43.  Chocolate Covered Strawberry Turkey Treats- Add candy corn feathers to some chocolate covered strawberries!  How creative is that?

44.  Turkey Cookies With Heart- Use circle and heart cookie cutters to make these darling turkey cookies.  Totally genius, right?

Cute Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

45.  Turkey Nutter Butter Cookies- These Nutter Butter turkey cookies are the perfect edible craft to do with the kids this Thanksgiving.

46.  Peanut Butter Cup Turkey Cookies- Use a peanut butter cup and some frosting to decorate the top of your cookies like a turkey.

47.  Mike & Ike Turkey Cookies- Mike & Ikes are the perfect colors for making turkey tail feathers.

48.  Little Gobbler Turkey Cookie- Use icing to help the kids "glue" together this cute turkey creation using cookies and candy! 

49.  Easy Turkey Cookies- I love how simple these turkey cookies are!  They would make the perfect Thanksgiving dessert or gift.

Edible Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

50.  Reese's Turkey Cookies- Oreos, peanut butter cups, candy corn- how can you go wrong?

51.  Turkey Pop Treats- Just a little chocolate and some candy corn can turn regular rice krispie balls into cute turkeys.  Love it!

52.  Turkey Rice Krispie Treats- Ricke Krispie Treats are always a kid favorite, but they're even better when they're shaped like a turkey.  

53.  Rice Krispie Turkey Pops- You only need 4 ingredients to make this cute turkey pops. 

54.  Turkey Cake Pops- This turkey cake pops are pretty much the cutest thing ever.

Thanksgving Turkey Desserts

55.  Turkey Pops- Now this is my kind of turkey pop- no baking required!

56.  Turkey Pretzel Treats- These turkey pretzel treats would be so fun to make with the kids this Thanksgiving!

57.  Turkey Pretzels- Who knew that a pretzel rod could make such a cute turkey?!

58.  Giant Thanksgiving Pizza Cookie- Let the kids help you decorate the top of a giant cookie to look like a turkey.

59.  Turkey Decorated Pumpkin Pie- If you're bringing the pie to Thanksgiving dinner, you need to check out this turkey decorated pumpkin pie!  I can't get over how seriously cute it is.



Dear Women of St. Luke Parish,  
This seems to be a favorite time of the year for many.  It's the calm before the storm, and time for having love filled and grateful hearts. Enjoy!


We had a successful Kick Off Cabaret and Cocktails on Friday, October 24th.  We had a terrific turnout and fun was had by all - see below for more follow up.  We are grateful for all that were able to make it! 

Last month we posted to see if anyone was interested in teaching bridge.  It looks like we have enough response from ladies that want to learn bridge. We are planning to seek out a teacher that will come to St. Luke a couple nights and teach a group - we will keep you updated. If interested contact Jean O'Brien 708 642 0456 [email protected] 


We are asking for yearly dues which were due October 31 click here for registration and due renewal. Thank you for your support!
Lastly, coming up Fr. John Szmyd will be facilitating an adult evening of Advent reflection at St. Luke church on December 11th beginning at 7:30pm. Additionally the combined Men & Women's Club Christmas Gathering will be Thursday, December 19th.

We wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving!

As always, it's a pleasure to serve our community.

Our Warmest Regards,

Dee Dee Carr . Ann Corrado . Maria Cullerton . Molly Hanley . Tracy Hollenbach . Noreen Leavy .  Jean O'Brien, Kathleen Parrilli . Katie Planek . Rose Szurko Ramage . Bridget Thomason . Kerri Willsey

Remember:  All of our newsletters and current information and 

invites are archived on the St. Luke Parish website click here for St. Luke Parish website.



Cabaret & Cocktails Re-Cap

SLWC Cabaret & Cocktails

2014 Kick Off Event

We had a great time October 24th.  Over 80 ladies gathered and enjoyed the company, food, drinks and raffle items!


Many special thanks to Rose Szurko of The Szurko Trio who generously donated the talent of her band. The music was fantastic and created an awesome vibe to the evening.


We also want to thank our fabulous vendors, each and every table was filled with really terrific, unique items!

Big thanks to Tracy Hollenbach for the glorious cheese platter and Food Obsession for providing the rest of the appetizers:
  • Baby pear stuffed with saga blue cheese mousse, topped with apple-wood smoked bacon
  • French onion tart (carmelized onions w/ gruyere cheese on puff pastry)
  • Spicy chicken and noodle salad
  • House made truffle chips
YUMMY!  Everything was delicious
Huge thanks Carrissa Alvers for donating the lovely and and adorable Halloween quilted runners.

And certainly last, but not least special thanks to Mike Ramage for donating his bartending experience.  Those pomitinis were almost too good!




Advent Retreat Event
Please join us
Thursday, December 11, 2014
St. Luke Church

Advent Night of Reflection 
facilitated by Fr. John Szmyd


SLWC Calendar of Event 2013-14

Thursday, December 11th
7:30pm in St. Luke Church
Adult Advent Retreat Presentation
facilitated by Fr. John Szmyd

Thursday, December 19
Healy's - 7321 W. Madison, FP
Men AND Women's Club 
Christmas Gathering
September 21, 2013

* Ministry Fair-Coffee On the Plaza


October 24th:
November 1, 2013

* Kick Off Event - Music, Shopping, Drinks, Raffle



* Advent Night of Reflection

Thursday, December 11 St. Luke Church 7:30pm

* Combined (Men & Women's Club) Christmas Gathering

Thursday, December 18

Location TBD

Late January/Early February: 
* Event TBD
*Bridge Lessons

* Misericordia Candy Days

May 9, 2015
* Pack the Pews - following 5pm mass
Mary:  A Celebration Honoring Our Blessed Mother 
* Mother's Day Prayer Cards

* Possible Twilight Golf Outing
or Twilight Garden Walk

Parish Happenings

To keep up on the latest Parish info:
We target to get our newsletter out between the 1st and 10th of the month.  If you have parish related information you would like us to post, please make sure you get it to us in time


18 Non Toy Gifts

18 Non-Toy Gifts for Children

All of us that have children, have too many toys scattered throughout the house. No matter how diligent we are at keeping them at bay, it seems to be a constant fight. It's especially hard when special days come and we want to give gifts to our children, or grandparents want to give gifts.

Gifts are good things!

But, too much of anything isn't good.

A great way to combat too many toys, is to shift all the gifts to non-toy items.

18 Non-Toy Gifts for Children
  1. Classes. Music, dance, riding, drawing, classes are a great way to encourage children in their interests and let them know that you pay attention to them and what they enjoy.
  2. Memberships. Zoo, science museum, children's museum, YMCA membership, etc. These are particularly great for family gifts! Many young families want to enjoy day outings, but affording them can be a challenge, so give them the gift of a yearly membership.
  3. Subscriptions. Kids enjoy getting things int he mail. Why not encourage their reading by getting them a magazine subscription for something they are interested in!
  4. Events. Movie tickets, tickets to a play, concert or sports event are really exciting! Having an event to look forward to makes the rest of life more enjoyable.
  5. Activities. Mini golf, bowling, skating rink. These are so much fun! And a big part of the fun is going together. Children love spending time with the adults in their lives, they want to see you enjoying your time as well as enjoying them.
  6. Recipe and Ingredients. Kids love cooking with their parents. Baking something special or cooking dinner is an ideal time to spend together and learn life skills. Print out a recipe, purchase all the ingredients and set a date for cooking together.
  7. Crafting Date. Our daughter loves making crafts. I do to, I really do enjoy the creative aspect. But I rarely take time out to do it with her. These crafting dates mean the world to our creative little girl. Keep a basket of craft supplies and get out a book for inspiration. We like this book.
  8. Arts and Craft supplies. If your craft box is running low, stock up a little on things you need. Add in something fun the kids haven't used before. A gift of art and craft supplies often brings on the imagination and kids can't wait to get to work!
  9. Coupons. An envelope of coupons that they can "spend" at any time: I'll do one chore- no questions asked, movie and popcorn night, you pick the movie!, 1:1 game of cards or basketball (whatever the child's interest is in), sit and read a book with me, Stay up 1/2 hour past bedtime
  10. Restaurant Gift Card. Dinner, ice cream, coffee, cupcake- whatever suits their fancy! Give them the freedom of inviting whoever they wish: it may be mom or dad, it may be a grandparent, aunt or even teacher that they would like to spend more time with.
  11. Dress Up Clothes. These do need to be limited, but  2 dresses and couple play silkscan get hours and hours of play!
  12. Books. We get a lot of books from the library, but there are some that I just can't find there, or it takes us longer to read through. We have read through the entire Little House seriesNarnia and are working our way through Shel Silverstein's books. Be sure to pass the books on when you are done, so they don't clutter up your home.
  13. Clothes. When kids only have a certain amount of clothes, they often enjoy getting clothes. Make it a point to get something that fits their style. That may mean western clothes, super-hero, fancy dresses, etc.
  14. Snacks. If your child is a foodie, they will love this! Some homemade granola or cookies made just for them, is a special treat!
  15. Outdoor Supplies. If you are an outdoorsy family, giving kids their own fishing tackleor gardening equipment can be a big deal. It's also something that gets left on the shelf in the garage, so you always know right where to find it.
  16. Telling Time. The average child these days doesn't know how to read analog, or finds it takes too long to think about it, so they search for a digital watch. Getting them a cool watch makes them want to be able to tell time on it. Boysgirls, and eventeenagers can be excited about this.
  17. Games and Puzzles. Games and puzzles are great activities for when kids have to be indoors. It's a good practice to have individual quiet times during the day, and having a puzzle to sit and work on by themselves helps brain development and problem solving skills. Games teach a lot too! My kids talk about how they passed geography, just because we played Risk when they were little. Monopoly and PayDay have been popular and help cement math skills. Memory games are great for younger children.
  18. Calendar. Many children like to know what is going on, what day it is, how many days until ____. These kids are the ones that want to know what the plan is for the day, in what order things will happen, what time friends are expected over, etc. They struggle with spur-of-the-moment and can be frustrating if you are a spontaneous parent. But celebrate it! These children have many strengths and make our world run smoother. :-) Embrace their inner schedule and get them their own calendar. They can write down their own classes, appointments, play dates, etc. And if they ask you, send them to their calendar so they can get used to being in control of their own schedule. You can even schedule "spontaneous days", so they know that something different will happen that day. Trust me, it will help them enjoy the spontaneous outings!

Food For Thought

In Our Prayers

Please keep the following special intentions in prayer:




  • Ann Marie Wojcik had a procedure peformed on her brain earlier this week and has asked for our prayers.  If interested please join the rosary group after 8am weekday mass to pray for her and other special intentions.
  • Annette Vincent has asked for special prayers for her brother, Raymond Ginepro, who is facing cancer.
  • For our world leaders and the people of the city of Chicago.  Help them to listen closely to the Holy Spirit and make the best decisions for peace.  
  • For all of our family and friends, that recently have had surgery, been hospitalized, receiving treatments or fighting illness. We wish and pray for healthy and quick recoveries.
  • We pray for all affected by cancer, and that collaborative efforts of research are brought together to gain a better understanding for cures, treatments, and early detection of cancer.
  • For our dear family members and friends who are facing hardships with financial, relationships, or health issues.  Continue to bring them hope, comfort, strength and God's light every day.
  • For all of the wonderful children of the world who are adopted and their amazing parents.  Bless them all for the incredible blessings they give to each other and the world.
  • For all of the glorious saints in heaven.  Continue to let them guide us and inspire us in how to live our own lives.
  • For the tremendous men and women, past and present, that serve our country and protect us and maintain our country's freedom.  Let them always feel our gratitude and God's comfort.
  • For our cherished loved ones that have departed. Let their spirit and love fill our hearts forever.
  • For the gift of gratitude and for the abundant blessings provided by God.  May all our hearts and families have an inspired Thanksgiving.

Our heartfelt condolences to all who have recently lost a beloved family member or friend of St. Luke Parish:


May the soul of 

 Rev. Raymond P. Devereux
 Joseph J. Dooley 
Rita K. Halvorsen

rest in peace.  


"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."



Our Deepest Sympathies

Our deepest sympathies go out to our SLWC members who have recently lost a loved one. Please keep them and their families in your prayers.


Joseph J. Dooley brother in law of Anna (Jim) Dooley


Lt. James Patick Gibbs Sr brother in law of Sally (Michael) Gibbs



About St Luke Women's Club
Newsletter feedback/ideas or suggestions? 
Contact:  Katie Planek 
708 846 6547 - [email protected] 





Dee Dee Carr . Ann Corrado . Maria Cullerton . Molly Hanley . Tracy Hollenbach . Noreen Leavy . Jean O'Brien . Kathleen Parrilli . Katie Planek . Rose Szurko Ramage . Bridget Thomason . and Kerri Willsey

St Luke Women's Club
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River Forest, Illinois 60305