2012 American Catholic Press Benefit
The American Catholic Press (ACP) benefit is held October 26, 2012, Friday evening. The venue for this benefit is the Flossmoor Country Club in Flossmoor, Illinois. Driving Directions are available online.
The reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m.
|Here is the front entrance to the main building of the Flossmoor Country Club.|
The dinner begins with the hymn, Lord of All Life, followed by grace before meals. (This hymn is available in both the Leaflet Missal prayerbook and the American Catholic Hymnbook.)
With a choice of salmon and beef tenderloin (cooked just right), the
cuisine is outstanding. Under the direction of Peggy Ziemba, catering
and dining manager, the courses are served promptly and efficiently.
This evening, the master of ceremonies is Thomas Planera, a local attorney.
Gratiam Dei ("grace of God") Award this year is being given to
the Cleary family, for their generous support of ACP and their dedicated
service to the churches and schools of the Chicago
Archdiocese. The firm of Jones & Cleary
is recognized for its competent work and for its extensive
philanthropy. ACP gives this Gratiam Dei Award, its
highest honor, to Bill Cleary, Jr., his wife Loretta, their son, Bill
Cleary III, and his wife June. The Cleary family is at table
number one, as is appropriate.
Also being honored is the nationally known Father Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life.
Father Pavone is given the Henry Hyde Award, for his
valiant and sustained advocacy of the pro-life cause. In
his acceptance speech, Father Pavone explains the good work of his
organization, Priests for Life. From beginning to end, this
38-minute address holds the attention of the assembly. The
speaker's arguments are convincing and persuasive. At the
conclusion of his talk, the people give Father Pavone a standing ovation
and sing Ad Multos Annos ("May you live many years.")
After dinner and the award presentations, we welcome the Midwest Motet Society, founded and directed by Marie Grass Amenta.
This chamber choir, from Flossmoor, is recognized for its
excellent reditions of classical compositions. Today, we hear the
compositions of William Byrd, Salamon Rossi, and Claudio
Monteverdi. All three are Renaissance composers, in this
case writing for smaller, four-part choirs. Ben Amenta accompanies
the singing on the grand piano. Twenty years ago, one of the
singers, Mark Downey, prepared several arrangements for choir, published
by ACP and still available. He is music director at Holy Family
Church in Park Forest. Some of these arrangements are Holy Father and River of Glory.
winners are Geraldine Burke and Marilyn DiPaulo. The Silent
Auction has numerous winners, who pick up their acquisitions as they
leave. Among the items auctioned are numerous gift certificates
for local restaurants and The Art Corner, jewellery donated by Marshall Pierce, Inc., designer purses donated by Rosann Conroy, a beautiful Nativity canvas from the Sisters of St. Joseph, a gift basket from Dr. Richard Mantoan, wood carvings from The Hollow Acorn, and books from ACP Family Bookstore. Among these books are a family Bible, an Advent calendar, a first Communion book, and Scalia Dissents. Joan
Braden coordinates the auction; Ed Waymel collects the funds
donated. Chris Bern, Rosann Conroy, and Kathy Zagotta all help
prepare the display and arrangements. At a special table, Mike Yukich
and his daughter Kathleen distribute pro-life materials from Priests for
Life. Among these is Father Pavone's book, Ending Abortion, available online from ACP Family Bookstore.
The celebration this evening ends with a Litany of Peace and a final blessing, by Father Gilligan