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Back on Friday the 13th, the second Friday in November, a 33-year-old man named Chris talked about being thankful after finishing his dinner at the Housing Forward (formerly PADS) emergency homeless shelter at St. John Lutheran Church in Forest Park. He is a single parent raising two boys and a girl — age 6, 5, and 4 — with his only income coming from a part-time job.
First United Church of Oak Park hosted an ordination on Oct. 10 that most members of the congregation — and most Christians, for that matter — had never witnessed. The bulletin cover for the service read:
Middle school and high school students from the Oak Park area gathered in Maguire Hall at St. Catherine-St. Lucy Catholic Church, Oct. 17, to hear Sister Helen Prejean best known from the film Dead Man Walking, and Karen Daniel, director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Law School, lead a two-hour discussion on the death penalty.
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