The popularity of the event stems from those it honors: not the big financial donors, celebrities or public officials. The event highlights people who do “small things with great love”
Vincentian Father Henry Grodecki’s grandparents came from Poland in the early 20th century. After spending their lives in Chicago’s insular Polish community, where Polish Catholic churches offered services in their native tongue, they never fully grasped English.
What makes school’s beginning different in Catholic schools: the reminder each day that education revolves around Christ through prayer, liturgy and service.
Where I grew up, small family farms were the rule. If a family was in trouble — serious illness at harvest time, perhaps — the community would rally. Farmers quickly mobilized to get the corn picked or the hay bailed.