Society of the Divine Word Chicago Province • Techny, Illinois
Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation


March 2021

Prayer should be the key of the day 
and the lock of the night.

George Herbert (British poet, 1593-1633)




Special Interest


The new use for abandoned oil rigs
Isabelle Gerretsen

As offshore oil and gas platforms come to the end of their usefulness, the remarkable ecosystems beneath the platforms come into their own. Isabelle Gerretsen for explores what's going on. Read...


Got a package you didn't order?
Nathaniel Meyersohn and Zach Wasser
CNN Business

While most people worry about not getting an item they ordered, there's a new scam going on that delivers products you didn't order. It's called "brushing". Here are the details. Read...


17 noisy facts about 17-year cicadas
Michele Debczak

Another brood of 17-year cicadas will be emerging this May across the eastern United States. This time it's Brood X and they're expected to be as noisy and abundant as their brothers before them. Here are 17 facts about this natural, recurring phenomenon gathered to herald Brood V's emergence back in 2016. Read...


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Moving ahead ...

March 2, 2021
Dr. Seuss's birthday
The author of Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas was born on this day in 1904. A little known fact about Theodore Seuss Geisel was that he also invented the word "nerd" (circa 1950).

March 3, 2021
National Anthem Day (U.S.)
The Star-Spangled Banner
is the national anthem of the United States. By the time the song officially became the nation's anthem in 1931, it had been one of America's most popular patriotic tunes for more than a century. Read...

March 15, 2021
ides of march
The "Ides" are specifically the fifteenth day of the months of March, May, July, and October. Julius Caesar was not warned "beware the Ides of March" back in 44 B.C. It's a misnomer along with two other myths regarding his assassination. Read...

March 21, 2021
World Down Syndrome Day
To raise awareness, the U.N. declared March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day to be observed worldwide annually (since 2012). Visit National Down Syndrome Society to learn more about this disorder and discover ways people with Down Syndrome are being accepted and supported.

April 1, 2021
April fools' day
Don't believe everything you read on the internet. But, just the same, here—as listed on the internet—are ten of the best April Fools' Day pranks (as compiled by Todd Leopold, CNN). Read...

April 4, 2021
Easter Sunday

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!

April 15, 2021
Tax Day

Tax Day isn't a holiday in the United States but it's a very important date for all U.S. taxpayers to observe. It's the filing deadline for all federal tax returns. According to, the penalties for not filing on time are higher than not paying taxes on time. Get more information on tax deadlines

May 5, 2021
Cinco de mayo
Celebrate Mexican culture (customs, food, drink) on this day but keep in mind it's not Mexican Independence Day (September 16). Get more facts about Cinco de Mayo here.

May 12, 2021
National Limerick Day
Celebrate the day by creating your own limerick. Edward Lear would be proud. Who's Edward Lear? Read...

May 23, 2021

The seventh Sunday after Easter:
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
(John 20:19)

June 6, 2021
D-day: the invasion of Normandy

Operation Overload was launched more than 76 years ago (June 6, 1944). D-Day (actually a military term for the first day of a combat operation) was the largest seaborne invasion in history. Here's a brief look at that day and time and suggested observances for the present.


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Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation
Society of the Divine Word   |   Chicago Province  |  1985 Waukegan Road  |  Techny, Illinois 60082  |  Tel: 847.272.2700