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Sabadosa: Sharing readers’ hopes for 2013

Karen CurtAlsip stands with Rev. Patrick Henry St. Catherine Alexandriparish Oak Lawn during recent fundraiser. | Supplied Photo

Karen Curtin, of Alsip, stands with the Rev. Patrick Henry, of St. Catherine of Alexandria parish in Oak Lawn, during a recent fundraiser. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: February 14, 2013 6:14AM



Several days ago, I sent out a request to my loyal NeighborhoodStar readers.

I got the word out to those connected to me through email and Facebook. I also put it out on my blog “Reggie’s Room with Friends,” which is at rsabadosa.wordpress.com.

I asked my readers to tell me about their wishes and hopes for 2013 so that I could, in turn, share them with our community.

The responses I received were both deeply reflective and heartwarming. Here are the contributions of my readers, whom I also consider my friends. Many thanks to all.

Carlo D’Amico, of Chicago’s Beverly community

“My wish for the new year is, first of all, for peace in the world. I wish our politicians in this great country of ours could put aside all the bickering — no matter which party association to which they belong — and to start to understand the necessities that have to be implemented to cure all our needs.”

Kathy Mazurek, of Evergreen Park

“Good health for my five grandchildren and hope my son can sell his townhouse in Warrenville.”

Bea Gaudry, of Oak Lawn

“I wish for all the guns to be in the hands of the police only; for people to be tolerant of each other; (and) for more kindness in the world.”

Sister Ann Marie Klasky, Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice, of Chicago

“My deepest hope is for true inner healing for each person wounded by our imperfect human condition. This healing can only come about through the sincere desire to forgive oneself and others completely and irrevocably. Let’s gift the world with peace in 2013 by accepting the wonderful gift of God’s forgiveness, peace and love and sharing it with every person we meet in the coming year.”

Ellen Ohl, of Oak Lawn

“What I am hoping for is a nuclear medicine technologist job to become available for me. It has been almost two years since I lost my job, and I just want to go back to work!”

Pru Yontez, of Hometown

“I hope that all of us will try to be kinder and more understanding of each other for 2013. I know that economic times now are tough and scary, and violence is increased, but I am an old-fashioned grandmother and just feel we could smile, use good manners and cut others a break. All-in-all, this is a great country, and we are blessed with more than many others.”

Enza Piech, of Oak Lawn

“My desire for 2013 is to learn acceptance; to better accept what comes our way as a family and what comes my way as an individual, while realizing our blessings are by God’s good graces.”

Don White, of Oak Lawn

“For a safe, healthy, and peaceful year of the snake!”

Cathi Stark, of Palos Park

“My hope for 2013 is to continue to work on appreciating all the blessings I have in my life — my family, my friends, my neighbors and co-workers, my faith, my passions and my health.”

Sherry Collura, of Burbank

“I hope that more people will commit random acts of kindness. Maybe we can change the world one kind word at a time if everyone treated people better.”

Kathy Blanchard, of Oak Lawn

“I hope my mom, Nancy Blanchard, is able to get her hips replaced and be able to walk pain-free.”

Esther Dare, of Palos Heights

“To keep our family and friends healthy and safe in the new year and in years to come.”

Eva Sabadosa, of Wheaton

“A world where we can love our neighbor no matter what their political or religious views are.”

Patti Palusis, of Jupiter, Fla.

“My brother, Chris Golding, being cancer-free in 2013.”

John Slivoski, of Muncie, Ind.

“I hope Obama brings home all our troops from Afghanistan.”

Patti Smith, of Prescott Valley, Ariz.

“Hope for more kindness and giving around the world.”

Finally, I am grateful for the many people in my life who inspire me every day.

My new friend Karen Curtin, who is a cancer survivor, inspires me with her faith, patience, tenacity and humor — even in the face of adversity.

As the pastor of St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Oak Lawn, the Rev. Patrick Henry inspires me often and in many ways, but especially through his words. In a recent homily, he shared a quote which I now use as my own litmus test — understanding the power of words and trying my best to use them wisely.

“Words should only be used to prophesy, comfort and bless,” Henry said.

My personal hope for 2013 is that we can all learn to use both actions and words as a source of comfort and hope for one other.



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