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16 | April 12, 2018 | The Homer Horizon faith FAITH BRIEFS Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish (16043 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen) ‘That Man is You’ 7 p.m. Mondays. This talk is for men 21 years old and older. The talk will address the pressure and temptations that men face in a modern culture, especially those relating to husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teaching of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive. For more information, visit www.omgccc. org. Daily Mass 8 a.m. Monday-Saturday Weekend Mass 5 p.m. Saturday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Sunday Bible Study 7 p.m. Mondays. Books of the Bible are read and discussed to develop a deeper understanding of Scripture. For more information, contact Mati Principe at (708) 301-6246. Council of Catholic Women 7 p.m. Second Tuesday of the month. Women of the parish meet to discuss its needs. The group also hosts a monthly charity bake sale. FUNERAL SERVICES DIRECTORY Kim O’Neil Golob Kelli Hartseil Mores Kelly Furlong Foresman, Secretary It was easy to decide on cremation. Now, what about the rest of the decisions? Colonial Chapel Funeral Home Private, On-site Crematory 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, Illinois Family owned for 40 Years 708-532-5400 The Cremation Experts. 2017 WINNER "BEST FUNERAL HOME" ©2006 Copyrighted Material ADVERTISE YOUR FUNERAL SERVICES. St. Bernard Parish (13030 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen) Little Sisters of the Poor 7 p.m. Monday, April 16. Sponsored by the Multi-Parish Knowledge and Prayer Series. Sister Beatrice from the Little Sisters of the Poor will be speaking on lessons about care and nurturing of our seniors. Knights of Columbus Annual Spring Spaghetti Dinner 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The dinner includes Mama’s famous homemade red sauce, Italian salad, artisan bread and soda. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Proceeds Contact Jessica Nemec @708.326.9170 ex.46 will support the local seminarian’s ongoing education. Weekend Worship 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. every Sunday. Confession 3:30-4:15 p.m. First and third Saturday of the month. Confessions are also available upon request at any time. Community Choir Practice 7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays. Parish members ages 16 and older may join the choir. The choir needs vocalists and instrumentalists. For more information, join the weekly rehearsal or contact the music director, Julie Kane, after Mass on Sundays. First United Methodist Church of Lockport (1000 S. Washington St., Lockport) Sunday Worship 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:25 a.m. Worship Circle of Love 9 a.m. Wednesdays. Circle of Love provides diapers, feminine and incontinence products to clients who are qualified to use the local FISH Food Pantry. For more information, call (815) 838- 1017. Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church (14610 S. Will Cook Road, Homer Glen) Sunday Services 8:15 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10 a.m. Sunday School. For more information, call (708) 645- 0652. Adult Bible Study 9-9:45 a.m., first and third Sundays of the month Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (15625 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen) Greek American Motorcycle Association Bike Blessing 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, May 6. Registration for the sixth annual motorcyle bike blessing will start at 11 a.m. with the blessing following at noon. Sunday Services 8:15 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10 a.m. Sunday School. For more information, call (708) 645- 0652. New Life Community Church - Homer Glen (14832 W. 163rd St., Homer Glen) Women’s Retreat 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20 through 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate W. Drive, Lisle. The cost for the conference is $50 and includes speakers, conference materials and breakfast. The cost of the hotel stay is separate. The overnight retreat is a time of worship, teaching and renewing one’s faith in Christ. Parkview Christian Church - Homer Glen (14367 W. 159th St., Homer Glen) Homer Women’s Game Night 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, Front Row, 14903 Founders Crossing, Homer Glen. Enjoy a night of games, prizes and fun. The cost is $10 per person, with food and drinks available for purchase. For more information, contact Joyce at (815) 838-9080. Senior Connections 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.. Orland Park Campus, 11110 Orland Parkway, Orland Park. Second Friday of the month, chili lunch and program. The cost is $10, and Pastor Chaz will speak. To RSVP, call (708) 478-7477 ext. 272 or email Have something for Faith Briefs? Contact Assistant Editor Jacquelyn Schlabach at j.schlabach@22 or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 15. Information is due by noon Thursday one week prior to publication. life & arts the Homer Horizon | April 12, 2018 | 17 Healthy Kids Running Series returns to Homer for second year Jacquelyn Schlabach Assistant Editor The Esquivels from Lockport all have one thing in common: running. Robert participates in halfmarathons and marathons, and his wife, Rebecca, joins him on Saturdays for their running club. In the last year, their 5-year-old daughter, Graysen, began to follow in their footsteps and lace up her own sneakers to participate in the Healthy Kids Running Series in Homer Glen. The series, which features five races over five weeks, began Sunday, April 8, and will continue for the next four Sundays at Stonebridge Park. “My husband was running marathons and half-marathons, and [Graysen] loved to go watch,” Rebecca said. “She always runs with him to get his medal, so she’ll run the last 75 feet or so, whatever she can. So when [the Healthy Kids Running Series] came up, it was like, ‘This is yours, you can do this for yourself,’ and she loved it.” Graysen participated in the series’ inaugural year in Homer Glen in 2017, competing and winning her division in the 50-yard dash. Children in pre-K run the 50-yard dash, while kindergartners and first-graders run a quarter of a mile. Secondand-third-grade students run a half mile, with the fourthand fifth-graders running a full mile. “I know when I was a kid, it was always, ‘Well, when you’re older;’ everything was for when you were older,” Rebecca said. “We were in sports, but just things like running, running races and stuff that was more for when you got older. I think just instilling that in a lifestyle in The trophies designed for this year’s Healthy Kids Running Series will go to the top finisher in each age division at the end of the five races. a family environment makes it something that’ll stay with them forever that it’s got to be done.” Homer Glen resident Cindy Flores is the community coordinator for the event and helped get it started last year. The series is held twice a year, once in the spring, and once in the fall. In 2017, there were 130 children that participated between both. Currently, there are about 70 children signed up for this year’s spring series. “The kids love it, and I just wanted to provide an opportunity for them to be healthy and experience running and get excited about it,” Flores said. Flores, an avid runner herself, is excited to see the same children return from last year and see the progress they have made since they Five-year-old Graysen Esquivel crosses the finish line at the spring 2017 Healthy Kids Running Series race held in Homer Glen. Photos submitted last participated. “It’s really a way to get the community together and get to know people, and you know, parents love it,” she said. The Healthy Kids Running Series has brought the Esquivel family together, as Rebecca, Robert and their two older children, 14-year-old, Brayden, and 16-year-old, Sebastian, volunteer together to help put on the races. “Cindy and her husband put so much work into this already, just to hold it, and we’re so grateful that she does do it,” Rebecca said. “If we’re there anyways, we might as well help out, if they need it.” The family will help with timing the races, setting up the course and registering children the day of the race. “We always need volunteers — always,” Flores said. Those who volunteer can also get service hours for helping out with the Healthy Kids Running Series. Among the various tasks the Esquivels help out with, volunteers will also direct the children along the routes and lead stretching exercises before each division race. At the end of the fifth race in the series, parents are welcome to participate in a free, one-mile race, where their children can cheer them on from the sidelines. Graysen’s father, Robert, did just that last spring and fall. “For [Graysen], [running] is us,” Rebecca said. “This is what we do. She doesn’t really know anything different than that, because we’ve always done it that way.” Parents can register their children online at www. healthykidsrunningseries. org/race_locations/homerglen-il-2. The cost is $35 for the whole series, or $10 per race. “It’s a lot of work for just those five days, but [Flores] does a great job with it,” Rebecca said.