Prayers for Our Country
The future of the nation is assisted with the prayers of the
faithful. Let us pray for our country using the 33-day
Consecration to Jesus through Mary starting September 29 (Feast of
Archangels) and ending November 1 (All Saints Day), just before
Election Day. For details, contact email@example.com in the
Devotion Ministry. For a pdf format of the devotional prayers click here.
Tolton Teaching Parish Program
Mundelein Seminary is back in session. Seminarians
are back from an unusual summer in their home dioceses, being as
engaged as they could in ministry. As you know, three seminarians
came to Saint Catherine’s in previous years. They are part of the
Tolton Teaching Parish Program TTPP. This program works with
parishes in helping seminarians grow and develop pastoral skills.
Saint Catherine Labouré is blessed to have three seminarians who
will be engaged in ministry as much as they can: Deacon Elliott Zak
from Lafayette, IN, Matthew Ockinga from Yakima, WA, and
Christopher Epplett from Grand Rapids, MI. They will be around
the parish most likely for liturgies for the time being. They will be
engaged in other ministries once it is safe for people to meet in
person. We also thank Sister Nadiya for all her support as the
coordinator of the TTPP. She is working part time at Mundelein
Seminary. She is doing an outstanding job especially during this
While we must continue to keep Holy Family Chapel closed
for health and safety reasons, we now offer adoration of the
Blessed Sacrament in church once a week. Adoration takes
place on Friday mornings from 9:00am to 12:00pm, ending with
benediction/reposition. You can choose from three times slots for
adoration; during each time slot, ten people may come to worship
and adore: 9:00 to 10:00am, 10:00 to 11:00am, and 11:00am
to 12:00pm. If you want to come and “watch one hour,” sign up at
We will clean and sanitize the church after morning Mass, then use
a different section of the church for each hour of adoration so you
can feel assured that you’re in a safe place. The church will then
be clean and sanitized by volunteers after benediction. This is a
community effort. Please sign up to be a greeter (arrive 15 minutes
before the hour) or cleaner (after benediction).
Public Health News
Cook County Department of Public Health officials have issued
emergency travel guidance directing travelers entering or
returning to suburban Cook County from states with surging COVID-19
rates to quarantine for 14 days since their last contact within the
Travelers from the following states, including suburban Cook County
residents returning from these states, will be directed to quarantine
upon arrival: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida,
Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, or Utah.
Please Pray for...
Our Jewish friends and neighbors as they celebrate
Rosh Hashanah, their new year, September 18-20
and observe Yom Kippur, their day of atonement (September 27-28).
We wish them a good and sweet new year and that they may be
inscribed for good in the Book of Life.
For people around the world stricken with COVID-19
and those who have been exposed to the disease.
Healthcare professionals, medical scientists, and leaders around
the world, in thanksgiving for their ongoing efforts to contain, cure,
and eradicate COVID-19
An end to violence in our country and around the world and a
recommitment to love of neighbor by all people
The deceased and special intentions for which Masses are
offered and for all others who need our prayers
This summer, Bishop Bartosic and our
Vicariate II continue to ground our
Catholic response to many pressing issues in prayer. Groups are
gathering virtually for weekly sessions of prayer and dialogue in
the areas of the sexual abuse crisis, the need for social change and
equality, and respect for life. If you are interested in joining one or
more of these prayer groups please contact Brian Romer Niemiec
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-914-4323.
Join Mundelein Seminary Rector, Father John Kartje for a
4-week online Bible study on the topic of “Living on the Edge
of Chaos: Biblical Lessons for Finding Hope in the Face of Fear.
The self-led study will offer biblical examples of how times of chaos
can lead us to a peaceful new reality shaped by the Kingdom of
God. Father Kartje will also lead a live Q&A for study participants
on August 8. Visit www.usml.edu/chaos for more information.
Bible Study for Women
Please join an online information session
about Walking with Purpose, a women’s
Catholic Bible study offered at over 370 parishes throughout the
US. Join other interested women to learn from ministry volunteers
at St. Alphonsus Parish in Chicago and Walking with Purpose staff
how this study series is so effectively bringing women closer to the
love of Christ and to their parish communities. Register online at
http://wwp.today/jul23 or contact Jeannie Gillespie at
email@example.com for more information.
Prayer to Overcome Racism
Mary, friend and mother to all, through your Son, God has
found a way to unite himself to every human being, called to
be one people, sisters and brothers to each other. We ask for your
help in calling on your Son, seeking forgiveness for the times when
we have failed to love and respect one another. We ask for your
help in obtaining from your Son the grace we need to overcome the
evil of racism and to build a just society. We ask for your help in
following your Son, so that prejudice and animosity will no longer
infect our minds or hearts but will be replaced with a love that
respects the dignity of each person. Mother of the Church, the
Spirit of your Son Jesus warms our hearts: pray for us. Amen.
~ United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
A Safe Place to Pray
Celebrate the Mass in one of three ways:
1. Sign up to attend daily or weekend Mass at https://
2. Hear weekend Masses by coming to the parking lot at
5:00pm Saturday or 9:00 or 11:00am Sunday and tuning your
car radio to 87.9 FM, then receive communion in your car afterwards.
3. Watch daily and weekend Masses on YouTube via FlockNote.
Volunteer to keep worshippers safe and well as a greeter, an usher
or a cleaner.
Training will be provided. Sign up at https://
Note: People at high risk for COVID-19 (those 65 and over and/or who
have underlying health issues) and those who care for people at high risk
should NOT volunteer and should celebrate Mass via radio or YouTube.
Hand Made Comfort
Our SCL Hugs and Stitches ministry offers free prayer
shawls and blankets are available to those who are ill
or grieving. All of our items were safely packed away, but are now
available in individually packaged zippered plastic storage bags.
If you or someone you know could benefit from receiving one of our
shawls/blankets, contact the rectory.
Ministry to Those Who are Sick or Homebound
Care for parishioners who are sick is always important
to us. Please notify the Parish Center, 847-729-1414, to ask for
prayers for yourself or anyone in need. In cases of hospitalization,
tell the hospital staff the religious affiliation and parish of the
patient. Also, the patient or family members can contact the
hospital's Pastoral Care Office at any time during a hospital stay.
During the current pandemic, unfortunately, our Ministers of Care
cannot bring communion to hospitals or homes. A designated priest
from our vicariate will minister to the needs of the dying. Call the
Parish Center if last rites are needed.
During these trying times of COVID-19, the St. Catherine
Labouré school community continues to count our blessings.
Families have seen hardships in the form of frontline workers and
other family members getting sick. Parents have adjusted to the
new normal of becoming a teacher through e-learning, and our
own teachers have risen to that challenge as well.
For those who have been hit hardest financially, we have been able
to provide help through the generosity of the Father James Murphy
Scholarship Fund. We knew Father Murphy, not only as a Pastor
here at SCL, but also as someone who cared deeply for our school.
Through his family’s generous donations, we have been able to
help several families out in this difficult time. We cannot thank the
Murphy Family enough for thinking of our school, especially in this
challenging time. Many heartfelt thanks from our families to the
Murphys – God bless you!
If yours is a school family and you need help with tuition payments,
please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ Jodi Reuter, Principal
If you are wondering what you can do to help in this
pandemic, if you’re a college student thinking about a gap year,
or it you’re considering alternative employment options, consider
being a contact tracer for the State of Illinois.
One of the criteria for moving from our current Phase 2 to Phase 3
(gatherings of no more than 10 people, remote school learning)
and Phase 4 (gatherings of no more than 50 people, schools open)
in Gov Pritzker’s plan to open Illinois is the implementation of
contact tracing. Preliminary information indicates that more than
100,000 contact tracers are needed immediately. Contact tracers
can earn up to $28.00 per hour.
To support this effort, Oakton CC is now offering online training
for contact tracing and registration is now available. Go to
for more details.
Retail Team Member
Lowe’s is hiring for full-time, part-time, and seasonal roles. Here to
help. Here to hire. Visit https://low.es/2GO0zau today to see how
you can join their efforts.
Business Networking Ministry
The above job opportunities and more come to you through the
courtesy of the Business Networking Ministry at our neighboring
parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help. To learn more about this
ministry or to be added to their mailing list, please send an email
From Our Society of St. Vincent De Paul
The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP)
at St. Catherine Labouré is committed to helping
the needy as much as possible during this difficult
time. We may be able to assist with rent or utility
payments and provide information about local
food pantries or other resources. If you need help,
please leave a message with the SCL Parish
Center, 847-729-1414 or 847-497-8133 and an
SVdP member will contact you. If you know someone
who needs help, please share this information.
Mental Health Resources
Due to COVID-19, anxiety and depression are on
the rise; however, resources are available:
Catholic Charities Counseling Resources or call 312-655-7725
NAMI Chicago or call 833-626-4244
Mental Illness Ministries of the Archdiocese of Chicago or call
Peace Circles for Young Adult Medical Profesionals
Join Pablo Padilla and Maria Aranda for
a virtual peace circle for young adult medical
professionals. The purpose of these peace circles
is to accompany and care for the emotional and
spiritual well-being of young medical workers.
We want to give them a space where they can
share openly, in an intimate and safe environment
among colleagues, the daily challenges and
struggles that they face. The peace circle will be
exclusively for young adults working in the
medical field and directly on the front lines of this
crisis. This is an open invitation, so please invite
anyone you know who can benefit from a virtual
safe space like this one. Please email Maria at
email@example.com for the Zoom link.
As written in her diary,
Jesus said to St. Faustina, “My Heart overflows with great
mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners…[I]t is for
them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a
fount overflowing with mercy. For them I dwell in the tabernacle as
King of Mercy.”
To learn how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, go to https://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/pray-the-chaplet
Religious Education Program
Registration for 2020-21 is now open! Register soon,
before June 30, to avoid the late fee! Forms are available
on the RE website. Thank You for your continuing support. We are
glad to help your children grow!
Classes meet on this Sunday and next through Zoom. If you didn’t
receive an email about this, check the timeline with RE office.
Catholic Charities - Covid-19 Update
Meals to go are available at
Congregate Meal sites and Senior Centers
Our home care services continue and are
following a more sophisticated protocol as
there are seniors who have no one to drop off
groceries and provide basic hygiene assistance.
Food pantries and evening meal programs will
continue to provide food as dictated by supplies
and safe distribution protocols. Please check our
website under Our Services/Emergency Services
for locations and phone numbers.
Counseling and case management services are
being provided remotely. Please call your
case worker or program contact if you need
We have many, many partners to thank—
government, individuals, corporations, vendors,
volunteers, and donors—who are helping us
continue to serve those most in need amidst this
pandemic. We are immensely heartened and
grateful for your support. If you would like to
contribute to our efforts, we know the need will
only continue to grow, and we appreciate your
generosity. Catholic Charities also accepts
donations of non-perishable food, clothing,
and personal hygiene items.Donations may
be dropped off at the St. Vincent Center at
721 North LaSalle Street in Chicago, Monday
through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm or at
our Regional Offices.
If you are struggling in any way, don't hesitate
to contact Catholic Charities. To get help, call
312-655-7700 or visit:
How You Can Help
Please consider a contribution. The need for
financial assistance and program support for
those who were only just making ends meet will
grow significantly with lost wages and other
impacts from the pandemic.
Volunteers are needed to pack food at pantries.
If you are not in a high risk category and are
willing to help, please email Andrew McKernin
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Protective
gear provided. Health protocols enforced.
If you would like to explore other ways to
support Catholic Charities during this time,
please contact Andrew McKernin, Volunteer
Relations Project Manager, at 312-655-7557
The Gospel of Life
In honor of the 25th anniversary of Evangelium vitae by
St. John Paul II, SCL’s Respect Life Ministry offers this
quote from that historic document: “[The Gospel of Life]
is therefore meant to be a precise and vigorous reaffirmation of
the value of human life and its inviolability, and at the same time
a pressing appeal addressed to each and every person, in the
name of God: respect, protect, love and serve life, every human
life! Only in this direction will you find justice, development, true
freedom, peace and happiness!” (The Gospel of Life 5)
Adult Faith Formation -Canceled until further notice
“Credo” is Latin for “I believe,” the first words of
the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed. In these
prayers, we profess a series of doctrines, our beliefs as Christians.
Do we understand what we profess? This year, our adult Spiritual
Enrichment program will present “Credo” which aims to draw us
closer to God and to each other through Christ. We meet on
Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30am for discussions of light
readings and video content over refreshments. We hope you can join us. Please contact Michael
LaTona at 847-971-843 or the Parish Center with any questions.
First Saturday Devotions -Canceled until further notice
In Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
On December 10, 1925, Jesus and Mary came to Lucia.…
Mary then said, “My daughter, look at My Heart surrounded
with the thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every
moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least
try to console me, and say that I promise to assist at the hour of
death with all the graces necessary for salvation all those who on
the first Saturday of five consecutive months, go to Confession and
receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and
keep me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the
mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.
First Saturday devotions begin at 7:20am with
the Rosary and continue with the 8:00 AM Mass followed by
meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary. Confession will be
available after meditation.
Helping Those Who Grieve
Dealing with the death of a loved one
is difficult, painful, and stressful. A lot
happens all at once--the shock and grief, funeral
arrangements, worrying about the future, and
more. Getting the support that is crucial to
grieving and recovery can be overlooked. SCL
has people who can help. But this Bereavement
Ministry needs more volunteers. If you’re
interested in accompanying people during this
very difficult time, contact Bob Vivierto at
email@example.com , Deacon Rod at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-607-9999,
or the parish center.
Women's Club Events - Candle Fundraiser:
St. Mary of the Willows Guild brings
you Yankee Candles and more in their fundraising event this
year. Visit yankeecandlefundraising.com, enter group number
990095643, then click on “Start Shopping.” Over 500 wonderful
products are available and up to 45% of your purchase will be
donated to the Women’s Club. For more information, call Marcia Doeden at 847-724-1223.
SPRED needs Partners
Watch our video here to see a beautiful expression of the Spirit of SPRED!
If you would like information about joining the SCL SPRED ministry as a Catechist or if you know someone with cognitive or emotional disabilities who might enjoy being part of SPRED, please contact our parish coordinator, Madelynn Macur Brousil at 847-970-2064 or email email@example.com.
From Our Society of St. Vincent De Paul
Attention Shoppers: The SVdP Thrift Store at
168 Peterson Road in Libertyville offers gently
used clothing, accessories, household goods, and
more at bargain prices. The Store is open
Monday through Saturday, from 9:00am to
5:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Your purchases help our needy neighbors.
Religious Education Program
If you’re an adult (18 years or older) who
wants to make a difference by sharing your faith
with children, then this note is for you! SCL’s Religious
Education program needs Catechists! Come and join
our Religious Education Ministry. Previous experience
is not required. For more information, contact the
Religious Education office at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Please put used inkjet cartridges in the
bin in the church vestibule to help the SCL Religious
Education program purchase needed supplies from
Staples at a generous discount!
God has cloaked us in bountiful love, and we can in turn offer our fellow parishioners an extension
of this love. By considering a Planned Gift to St. Catherine Labouré, you can help ensure that our parish will continue to serve and
grow in its mission.
Please contact the Archdiocesan Office for Planned Giving as you prayerfully consider making a gift to St. Catherine’s.
Staff members are happy to discuss with you some of the financial benefits as well as the process of making a Planned Gift.
This office can be reached at 312.534.5396 or email@example.com.
Ministry of Hospitality
The Liturgy Committee is looking for friendly, outgoing
people from teens to senior adults to serve as Ministers
of Hospitality at weekend Masses. You would greet and
assist people who come to Mass, pass the collection basket, and
provide bulletins and a farewell as people leave church—at the
Mass you usually attend. For more information, contact Tommy
Fitzgibbon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-206-4433.
Young Adult Leadership Opportunity
Amate House, a year-long
leadership development and service program
in Chicago for young adults, ages 21-29, is now
accepting applications for its next program cycle
that begins in July 2020. To learn more, please
check out amatehouse.org or call Amate House
to speak with Natalie Crary at 773-376-2445.
Liturgical Ministers Sought
If you are 18 years or older and would like to serve
as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
(EMC), please contact Amalou Lim at email@example.com. EMCs
usually serve every few weeks at the Mass of their preference and
occasionally on holidays. Training is provided.
If you would like to proclaim Scripture as a Lector please contact
Bill or Carol Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org. Training is provided.
If you would like to be an Altar Server, please contact
coming to the training, watch a short YouTube video here.
Watch it three times. It is less than 15 minutes long
Catholic Charities is looking for
volunteers to help in the food pantry
and clothing room at the office at 1717 Rand
Road in Des Plaines. Volunteers are needed on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during
the day. If you can help, please contact Denise
Yonkers at email@example.com or
847-376-2101. Thank you!
WINGS provides a pathway to
independence for adults and
children who are escaping from domestic violence
and abuse. One service they provide is temporary
housing for those who have escaped their violent
homes. WINGS has some critical needs right now,
especially medicine due to so many people within
the shared living space getting sick.
To donate any of these items, please contact
Peggy Gately at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 312-320-5944.
- Men's Summer Pajamas - Sizes: 2x and 3x
- Boy's Summer Pajamas - Sizes: 12mo, 5t, 5 and 14/16
- Girl's and Women's Summer Pajamas - All Sizes
- Diapers in sizes 5 and 6
- Cough medicine for children
- Cough medicine for adults
- Children’s pain reliever
- Cough drops
- Heartburn medicine
- Lysol spray
- Air freshener spray
- Baby wipes
- Baby bottles
Help Fill Mary's Closet
Donate clean, gently used men’s and
women’s designer apparel, fine
jewelry, shoes, and handbags to Encore. Encore is
a designer resale event for Catholic Charities
Mary’s Closet program which offers professional
attire and job readiness consultation to men and
women who are seeking employment or beginning
new jobs. Please mark all donations “ENCORE”
and drop them off at Catholic Charities ,1717
Rand Road, Des Plaines or 721 North LaSalle
Street, Chicago. You can also leave them at
Relevant Radio, 145 South Northwest Highway,
Park Ridge or St. Francis Xavier Parish, 524 9th
Street, Wilmette. For more information or pick-up
service, visit www.catholiccharities.net/maryscloset
or email email@example.com.
Members of SCL’s Weekly prayer Devotions -Canceled until further notice
Join us in special experiences
of prayer during Monday Night Holy Hour at 7:00pm in Holy
Family Chapel, as well as the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual
Help on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month and the
prayer meeting of the Grupo Da Immaculada on the last Sunday of
each month at 2:00pm in the church.
The Women's Center
Women who think they are pregnant and are
in difficult situations come to the Women’s Center
for help, an ultrasound and counseling. In 33
years of service they have saved over 39,000
women and their babies from abortion.
- Lobby receptionist on Monday afternoons
- People with open availability to learn greeting and reception roles
- People conversational in Spanish and English
- Individuals and groups to clean, tag, and box bottles for their Spare Change Campaigns.
For more info on these volunteer roles, call 773-794-1313.
- 5 car seats for 20- to 40-lb children (Note: By
law all car seats must be less than 7 years old.)
- 4 cribs and 4 toddler beds
- 4 dressers
- 3 single strollers
- 3 bouncers, 3 exersaucers and 4 baby swings
- Diapers in sizes 4, 5 and 6 only and all sizes of
- Baby food and all brands of formula
- Winter and summer clothes in girls’ sizes 24
months, 2, 3, and 4 and boys’ sizes 7 and 8.
- Women's hygene products
The families who receive these items are grateful
for your generosity. Please bring donations to The Women’s Center
at 5116 North Cicero Avenue in Chicago.
Thank you for your generous support.
To schedule pick-up, call 773-794-1313.
View the movie Unplanned, available to borrow
from the parish center. This movie speaks to one
of the most polarizing topics of our time. It is the
story of Abby Johnson, an ardent pro-life
ESL and Citizen Instructors Needed
Talented individuals are needed to assist enthusiastic
adult students on the path to learning English and to becoming
citizens. ESL Instructors are not required to know a foreign
language. Citizenship instructors help students familiarize themselves
with U.S. history and civics while improving their English skills and
conversational confidence in order to pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam.
Volunteers teach on Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm during the school year
at St. Catherine Labouré School. New instructors will receive free
training and observe a class prior to starting. After training, you’ll
have the knowledge and resources of the dedicated staff at
St. Joseph Services to assist you in becoming an effective instructor.
If you are interested or have questions, contact James Escortt at
773-278-0484 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a SPRED Catechist
SPRED (SPecial REligious Development) is a small community of adults who share their experiences of
faith with each other and with friends who have cognitive and emotional
disabilities. The SPRED Community at SCL needs two new catechists. If
you’re looking for a new volunteer opportunity in this new year, please
consider becoming a SPRED catechist. We meet on Thursdays from 6:00 to
9:00PM. It will be an experience
you’ll cherish with people who will cherish you! If you’re even a little
bit interested, please contact Madelynn at 847-724-6338 or
"Invest in Kids" Tax Credit Scholarships
Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” Illinois children from low-
income households who want to attend private schools will
have access to new scholarships. The scholarships offered through
this program could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible
fees for next school year. Below is more information about how to
apply and details on eligibility requirements. To learn more, visit archchicago.org/tcs or contact the
Archdiocese at email@example.com or at 312-534-5321.
Mercy Home Mentoring
The Friends First Program
of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is a one-on-one mentoring
program for youth ages 9-17 in the Chicago area. The purpose of
the program is to engage young people in fun, meaningful activities
that promote healthy personal and social development. To learn
more about becoming a mentor, call the Friends First Program at
312-738-9560 or visit mercyhome.org/mentor.
You Are Invited!
"Do you play an instrument
or like to sing? The contemporary ensemble is looking for "a few good
men/women" to join us in leading the congregation in song on Sunday
mornings at 11:00am. We rehearse at 7:00pm on Wednesday evenings in the
church. For additional information, please contact Julie Ratschan at
847-498-30 64, or meet with us at the front of church after the 11:00am
Liturgy on Sunday.