1968

-Reverend Donald Pock appointed the first Pastor of Divine Savior Parish

-First mass celebrated by Father Pock in Downers Grove South High School Cafeteria.

-The first daily mass celebrated in the rectory.

-First Parish "open house" held at the rectory to honor and host priests and seminarians.

-First in the Parish to be Baptized were Dennis Michael Carter, Jr., Steven Andrew Marciniak, Eileen Marie McDowell.

-The first boy's choir was organized by Kathy Solon.

-Building and Planning Committee for the church held its first meeting.

-First Annual Christmas Dinner Dance held at Willowbrook Ballroom.

1969

-First funeral Mass said by Father Pock for Joseph Jarosky.

-First Spring Dance held at Josef's Restaurant in Hillside.

-First committee for Religious Education formed.

-First marriage was that of Carlo Aiello and Helen Namen, performed by Father Pock at St. Joseph's Church.

-First Ice Cream Social was held on the rectory grounds.

-The Steering Committee to guide the formation of the First Parish Council was formed.

-First Religious Education Board was formed.

-First Constitution was ratified.

1970

-First Parish Council Meeting and election of officers was held.

-First chapel was a remodeled garage on the rectory grounds.  The first Mass in this chapel was held on April 26.

-Father Gerald Persha said his First Mass at 12:00 noon on May 31, 1970 at Downers Grove South High School.

-First Annual Divine Savior Parish Picnic was held on the grounds of the Marian Fathers Seminary.

-Mr. & Mrs. Frank Hruska were the first couple in the Parish to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

1971

-First Annual Mother-Daughter Communion Brunch was held.

-First Pancake Breakfast was served by the men of the Parish.

1972

-First parishioner to be ordained was Father Phillip Dedera.

1973

-Duke Guenther was the first parishioner to be baptized and confirmed on the same day.

1974

-Ralph Taylor was the first candidate to study for the permanent diaconate.

1976

-First Mass offered in the new church was on Holy Thursday.

-First burial in the new church was that of Dr. Herbert Chwatal.

1977

-Men's Club held its first meeting.

1978

-First Men's Choir was organized

-Men's Club first annual gold outing, organized by Joseph Jurich.

-First Newcomers Meeting was organized by Steve O'Donnell.

-Outdoor Church Cross was raised.  This was a gift of the Men's Club.

1979

-Fund-raising for the Parish Center was organized by Sam Gutirrez, assisted by the Men's Club.

-Father Charles Wheeler was the first priest to be ordained at Divine Savior.  It was also the first ordination in the Joliet Diocese by Bishop Joseph Imesch.

1980

-World Day of Prayer at Divine Savior was held for the first time.

1981

-The first Ecumenical Service was held at Divine Savior on this day at the 9:00 a.m. Mass with Gloria Dei-Community of Christ the Servant, St. Mary's and St. Joseph's participating.

-Bishop Joseph Imesch's first Confirmation in the Joliet Diocese at Divine Savior Parish.

-First nun from the Parish, Barbara Badalewski, entered the postulancy.

-First party was held in the new Parish Center on New Year's Eve.

1982

-Dedication of the Parish Center was officiated by Bishop Joseph Imesch.

-The first permanent Associate Pastor, Father Dan Sesztak, was assigned to Divine Savior.

-First Appreciation Night was held to thank all Parish volunteers.

-Father Victor Rudden's 25th Jubilee.

-Father Rudden and the Christian Worship Commission initiated the Evangelization Program-Christ Renews His Parish.

1983

-Rev. Hollis Bishop, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Downers Grove, preached at 9:00 and 10:30 masses as part of the "Pulpit Exchange Program."

-First "Christ Renews His Parish" weekend retreat held at Christian Life Center in LaGrange.

-R.C.I.A. - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program instituted - designed to aid the process of initiation.

1985

-Quarry tile installed in Narthex.  A much needed improvement over the concrete floor.

-Communion under both forms introduced to Divine Savior.

-Welcome to Fr. Leonard Guz, our new Associate Pastor.

1986

-Mr. Jerry Fialek joins Parish as director of Handbell Choir.

-First "Hunger Walk" initiated.

1987

-Bishop Kaffer offers Mass at Divine Savior.

1988

-Luncheon held March 26 in Parish Center, celebrating 10th Anniversary of the Council of Catholic Women.

-Our Marilyn Klouda elected as CCW Woman of the Year and honored at a luncheon given by Bishop Imesch.

-Fr. Robert E. Pietras welcomed as new Pastor of Divine Savior Parish.

-Picnic and Mass celebrating 20th Anniversary of Divine Savior.

-Bishop Imesch officially installs Father Pietras as new Pastor.

-Fr. Pietras holds first "Town Meeting" as our new Pastor.

1989

-Downers Grove Oratorio Society presented a concert in our Parish Center.

-250 Parish members attended our Town Hall Meeting and many great ideas were professed.

-Rev. Mike Powell, a member of Divine Savior, was ordained to priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Raymond.

-Jerry Christensen, of our Parish, was ordained to the Deaconate.

1990

-Children's Choir (3rd grade and older) inaugurated.

-Anne Roscoe hornored s D.R.E. of the month for the Joliet Diocese.

1991

-The renowned Life Singers performed in concert, presenting "The Witness."

-Janet Ibe of our Parish was selected as outstanding Youth Volunteer for 1991.  She is now our Associate Music Director.

1992

-First meeting of the new Knights of Columbus was held.

1993

-The Knights of Columbus have named the new council, St. Maximillian Kolbe, in honor of a German priest who gave his life for one of the prisoners in a German concentration camp during World War II.

1994

-Parish Center Debt & 67th St. Debt paid off.

-April 29, 1994. – 25th Anniversary Dinner Dance held at Ashton Place.

-September of ’94 Parish Council formulated Mission Statement.

-Repaired Narthex roof and beams.

-Fr. Jake Hillyer assigned to St. Scholastica & Fr Thomas Chisholm assigned to Divine Savior on August 7, 1994.

 

1995

-Microphone & speaker system renovation.

-February 5 – Brunch with Bishop Kaffer on New Catechism at Parish Center.

-March 6-8 Parish Mission Fr. Fragomeni.

-May 28 Fr. Jake Hillyer passed away, helper from St. Procopius.

-Preliminary planning meetings for renovation of church and possible expansion of Parish Life Center  were held.

 

1996

-January – Polka Mass.

-Anne Sinclair hired as Music Director replacing Greg Walton.

-March 17-21 Redemptorist Mission.

- March 6 -Former Pastor Rev. Victor Rudden passes away.

-Former Cry Room remodeled and replaced as Conference Room & Confessionals.

-October 19 – Bone Marrow Drive.

 

1997

-Electric Heaters installed between doors in front entrance.

-March 18 – Afraid!  The Gospel of Mark by Frank Runyeon.

-February – purchased new church furniture in sanctuary area.

-Church roof, skylights added, and roof replaced on  parish center.

-May – Parish Mission by Rev. Bob Hunt.

-May 31 – sponsored refugee family by donating household items, clothing and furniture.

-Replaced rug & kneelers in church and added padded pews.  Wood doors replaced in church.

-Sharon Middleton replaces Maureen Chmel as Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.

-Fr. Leonard Guz, Associate Pastor at Divine Savior retires.

 

1998

-March – Parish Mission Fr. JohnPaul Cafiero.

-May – Children's May Crowning.

-Kathi Johnson replaced by Linda Burke as Rel. Ed. Secretary & Registrar.

-August 30 – Choir Concert & Ice Cream Social.

-Renew 2000 Program.

-Purchased new phone system & Nativity Set.

 

1999

-Patrick Barnett joins Liturgy Staff replacing Anne Marie Sinclair.

-1st Rummage Sale.

-Year long celebration for 50th Anniversary of Joliet Diocese.

-Vacation Bible School.

-Oil Tank Removed.

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