Heads Up, Tax Credit Scholarship Donors!
This is the third season of the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship, a program which allows donors to earn a 75% tax credit for a gift to a state fund. Gifts are made either through Big Shoulders Fund or Empower Illinois and distributed to families who apply to private schools for funding.
To help donations to Empower Illinois have even more impact in 2020/21, several donors have pooled their resources to offer a 2-for-1 matching gift program until February 29. This means that for a $1,000 contribution made through Empower Illinois you receive a 75% tax credit, and St. Angela receives $3,000 for the families who have applied to the fund for aid.
We know several of you have made generous gifts to the same program through the Big Shoulders Fund SGO (scholarship granting organization) and we thank you for this wonderful support. For those of you who haven’t taken advantage of the tax credit yet, please go to empowerillinois.org to learn more!
Enchanted Backpack comes to St. Angela!
Enchanted Backpack, a Chicago area foundation that serves under-resourced schools, has joined the team of organizations who support St. Angela! Their first visit was a memorable one. It took a team of faculty, staff and O'Rourke Prep scholars to unload their two vans on a chilly November day -- and then the whole school welcomed our new friends at a rousing assembly in the gym.
We are so grateful for the Enchanted Backpack team, and for the donors who make their generosity possible. To learn more about them visit their website.
St. Angela's Centennial Year Liturgy
It was a gray and drippy day outside but in the gym everything was warm and fuzzy! Msgr. Kenneth Velo presided at a Mass, in the Jack Jordan Gym, accompanied by Fr. Jack Ryan, Fr. Jim Flynn, Fr. Tom McDermott and Deacon William Pouncey. A procession of students, alumni, current and former members of the faculty entered to the sound of chiming bells and set the tone for a celebration of one hundred years of history in the Austin neighborhood. Following the liturgy, Msgr. Velo blessed the newly developed garden in the Potomac field, particularly the statue of St. Angela returned to our campus with the help of generous alumni.
Green Dreams Update
It seemed this field, this wall, this portion of our campus would never be finished but it is--mostly! Our major goals, the tuckpointing and painting of the wall that was adjacent to the church, the installation of a garden surrounding the restored statue of St. Angela, and a sign identifying our school are in place and, we think, absolutely awesome! Enjoy the slides, but please, come and visit!