Resurrection In Woodstock Marks 40th Year
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 27, 2018
WOODSTOCK—“If we had scheduled this last week, it would have been 87 degrees,” said Father Stephen Glab, CR, on a picture-perfect fall Sunday.  “And the city sprayed for mosquitoes just on Friday!”
 
The Sept. 23 gathering under a cloudless blue sky in Woodstock Square was in honor of Resurrection Parish’s 40th anniversary. Parishioner’s name tags included the year they joined the parish.
 
As pastor of Resurrection, Father Glab announced the opening of the picnic from the square’s gazebo. At that spot later, a variety of live performances were staged by musical groups featuring parishioners and ending with music from the parish choir. 
 
The picnic fare included hamburgers, hot dogs and tables full of potluck salads, desserts and more. 
 
There also were a variety of raffles drawn throughout the afternoon, with ticket sales benefiting several area causes, including St. Mary School. 
 
A children’s area brought youngsters together for bubble making, informal volleyball and beanbag toss. The adults brought their own chairs and gathered in small groups to visit among the trees.
 
Resurrection’s roots include being established on Oct. 16, 1978, at the then-Resurrection Retreat Center, a ministry of the Congregation of the Resurrection. Those priests have pastored and helped staff the parish throughout these 40 years. 
 
Groundbreaking for the parish church on Country Club Road near then-Resurrection Center (now part of Loyola University) was held in March of 1994 under Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill. 
 
The church was dedicated by Bishop Thomas G. Doran the following year on June 30. About 300 families are registered at the parish.