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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Chili Cook-Off Contest at St. Pius X Community Parish

Amazingly, the winners of the Annual Chili Cook-Off Contest have been men while Reverend Herb Essig, better known as “Father Herb” was still around St. Pius X. When one thinks of a "BallyKissAngel" community named after the BBC soap opera sitcom, an English-Irish-Scottish Catholic community comes to mind…just like St. Pius X Catholic Parish in the Village of Lombard, County of DuPage, otherwise known also as “Camelot” in Illinois, U.S.A.

For three (3) years, I volunteered to cook, stir, taste, and serve Chili con Carne, chili dogs, and sloppy joe burgers with the Catholic Council of Women at the Social Center for St. Pius X throughout the years, especially for the Annual Chili Cook-Off Contest and Catholic Women fundraiser. CCW gathered the People of Pius X to cook off their best chili con carne recipe to make chili hot dogs and sloppy joe chili burger, always sponsored and promoted by a solid Texan Linnea Warda, Carol, Rosa and others who slaved to make the Annual Chili Cook-Off Contest a celebrity show at the Social Center for the catholic school community. Here’s a solid Atomic Canuck Chili Recipe for ten (10) servings

•2 pounds lean ground beef
•1/2 large onion, diced
•1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
•3 tablespoons garlic powder
•1 tablespoon seasoned pepper
•2 (4 ounce) cans mushroom pieces, drained
•1 (28 ounce) can baked beans
•2 (15.25 ounce) cans kidney beans with liquid
•2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
•1/4 cup white sugar
•3 carrots, sliced
•3 stalks celery, sliced
•1 green bell pepper, diced
•1 red bell pepper, diced
•2 jalapeno chile peppers, diced
•1/4 cup Canadian beer
•2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
•hot sauce
•1/4 cup barbeque sauce
Directions1. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef together with onion, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, and seasoned pepper. Drain off the fat, and place the mixture into a slow cooker. 2. Stir mushrooms, baked beans, kidney beans with liquid, tomato paste, sugar, carrots, celery, peppers, beer, and barbeque sauce into the slow cooker. Season with hot sauce and more crushed red pepper. 3. Cover, and cook on Low for 4 to 5 hours. Yields 10 servings.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Day Service

The Partnership Center Newsletter

January 13, 2011 In This Issue:
Featured Update

Dear Partners,

This coming Monday, January 17th, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King once wrote, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Every year on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Americans pay tribute to Dr. King and his message of justice, peace, and service to others. In that spirit, people come together for a national day of service- making Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a “day on, not a day off.” As community and faith leaders, you exemplify service to others in your ongoing efforts. The Featured Update below includes information about the MLK Day of Service efforts, which are led by the Corporation for National and Community Service. We hope these resources can support your work!

This week also marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. So many of you and your congregations, organizations, and denominations continue to help Haiti recover, and responded so generously after the earthquake. And this week, we mourn all of the victims of the tragic violence in Tucson.

We have also just added a new section to the newsletter on “Upcoming Events.” You can check this section for upcoming conference call briefings with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies, as well as regional and national conferences, webinars, and other opportunities that may interest you.

As always, the latter section of our newsletter includes updated grants that faith-based and community non-profits can pursue. Remember that it’s always important to review the funding announcement thoroughly to ensure that the grant is one that is appropriate to your organization’s mission, size, and scope.


Alexia Kelley, Director
Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
US Department of Health & Human Services

Featured Update – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is an annual opportunity for Americans to answer Dr. King’s call to help those in need. The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the efforts for the MLK Day of Service. If you’d like to locate a volunteer opportunity in your community, just fill in your interest area and zip code and find a project. If you or your organization has a volunteer project that you would like to invite other members of your community to join, you can register a project on Whether it’s helping at a food drive or joining in a neighborhood cleanup, everyone can make a difference.

The MLK Day of Service also gives faith and community leaders an opportunity to recognize those who have made service and volunteerism a fundamental part of their lives, but who seldom receive acknowledgment. MLK Drum Majors for Service honors the work of community volunteers and shares their stories. We invite you to share your story of service and nominate your community hero as an MLK Drum Major for Service.