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Please consider volunteering to assist with
producing the weekly parish bulletins. The goal
is to have a team of 4 or more sharing this
ministry so that each person works on one bulletin a month, allowing
all of us time for vacations and help with the shortened deadlines
ahead of holidays. People who would enjoy this ministry are those
who can edit for spelling, grammar, and usage, adapt article
length while retaining the intended message, and fit articles on a
page like a puzzle. New editors will also have the chance to learn
to work with Microsoft Publisher. It’s a very gratifying way to serve
our parish. If you’re interested in learning more or volunteering,
please contact Madelynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our parish needs volunteers to count and record
the weekly collections on Monday mornings on a
rotating schedule. You will receive training. For
more information or to offer your services, contact Eileen Mantych,
Business Manager, at email@example.com or
Tax Credit Scholarships
The Invest in Kids Act Tax Credit Scholarship Program
offers a 75% Illinois state income tax credit to individuals
who contribute to a qualified Scholarship Granting
Organization, like Empower Illinois. Empower Illinois has helped
Catholic schools tremendously. At St. Catherine Labouré, the money
raised through this program has provided scholarships for many
students. Even with past contributions, however, 15 students from
St. Catherine's are on the waiting list to receive scholarships. Please
consider contributing to Empower Illinois and have a tax credit for
your 2023 return. Contact: Janice Seipp, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Fr. Lara, email@example.com
Parish Pictorial Directory
Only one short trip to the church will assure that you (or your family) will be a part of our pictorial directory.
The whole process takes 45 minutes to one hour. Each family photographed receives a complimentary 8 x 10 portrait to be sent postage free to their home. Plus,
they receive a complimentary directory.
Please sign up at the Universal website,
https://ucdir.com/ click on the yellow sunburst icon, enter il272 in the Church Code field, and enter photos in the Church password field. Follow the prompts to schedule your family appointment time. (Passwords are case-sensitive)
This is a terrific opportunity for a professional portrait in the comfort of our own church.
Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary
This prayerful practice begun by St. Louis Marie De Montfort
begins Monday, February 20 with 33 days of preparatory
prayers. Each day of prayer, representing one year in the life of
Christ, may be done at home or with others in church. On the 33rd
day, we make or renew our consecration together. That day is
Saturday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.
The consecration begins with Mass at 8:00am followed by the
rosary at 8:30am.
Seven Churches Visitation
On Holy Thursday, after the Mass of
the Lord’s Supper, there is a very
beautiful and ancient tradition of visit-
ing seven churches. Each Church will
have an Altar of Repose of the Blessed
Sacrament, so while the rest of the world
goes to sleep, Catholic pilgrims will be traveling
late into the night keeping Jesus company on the eve
of his Crucifixion. This is a time of intense prayer
and devotion in the presence of the Most Holy
Sacrament as we enter into the holiest days.
Visiting the Altar of Repose in seven churches
comes from pilgrims visiting the seven churches of
Rome as a form of penance.
Join us this Holy Thursday, April 6, for the visitation of
seven churches around Chicago. We will leave by
bus at 8:30pm, after Mass of the Lord’s Supper at
Saint Catherine Labouré. In addition to our own
St. Catherine Labouré, we will visit Holy Name
Cathedral, Saint Michael in Old Town, St. Clement,
Saint Alphonsus, Saint Benedict, and Queen of All
Saints. In each church, we will pray with Jesus and
contemplate the mysteries of our faith. We will
conclude our journey back at Saint Catherine
Laboure Church around midnight.
The bus fee is $25 dollars. Make checks payable
to Saint Catherine Labouré Church. You can also
use Give Central by texting “htbus2023” to
You can reserve a seat by emailing
We especially encourage young people to come
for this beautiful and fun experience of our faith.
When we return, all are welcome to share a meal
at Omega Restaurant before fasting on Good
Friday. Bring money for your meal if you will attend.
Ministry of Care Training
SCL parishioners who would like to minister to those who
are sick or homebound are invited to join the Ministry of
Care. Required training for this is available on Saturdays, April 15
& 22 from 8:30am to 1:00pm in the OLPH Parish Center in Hickey
Hall. Completion of this course qualifies you to receive the Archdio-
cese mandate to bring Communion to our parishioners who are sick,
homebound and hospitalized. For further information or to register
for the classes, contact Zeny de Guzman, 847-858-7706 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mike Field, 224-244-0836 or
Women's Club Fundraising Event
The Women’s Club is hosting a fundraising event
on Saturday, April 29, “Catherine of Siena:
A Woman of Our Times,” a one-woman play
performed by Sister Nancy Murray, OP.
Rosary Vigil for the Unborn
By praying with the Helpers of God’s
Precious Infants, you might intercede
to save the unborn at the American
Women’s Medical Center, 110 South River Road
in Des Plaines. Join the Rosary Vigil on the third Saturday of every
month from 9:30-10:30am. For more information
call Russell Lundsgaard at 847-724-6344.
The choir rehearses on Thursdays;
We sing on the third and fourth Sundays at the 9:00am
mass. New members are always welcome and no experience is
needed! If you are interested in joining, please call the rectory or
The Children's Cherub Choir will sing at the 5:00pm
Mass on Saturday. Rehearsal will
take place at 4:00pm that day in the church. No
experience is needed; all children of the parish are welcome to join!
Contact Julia Bray, email@example.com, with any questions.
Catholic Charities needs volunteers
to deliver warm meals to homebound
senior citizens in Maine Township. For more
information call Ray Gavin at 847-729-7242.
Zapraszamy na rozaniec po Polsku w
kazdy poniedzialek o gdzinie 730pm.
Please join us in praying the Rosary in
Polish on Mondays at 7:30pm.
St. Joseph Services, a ministry of the Daughters
of Charity, asks you to volunteer as an ESL/
citizenship tutor in the 2022-23 year. No
experience is necessary; training and the
curriculum are available and free. Classes
take place at SCL on Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm from September
through May. If you have questions or are interested, please contact
Joseph Hooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-278-0485,
From Our SPRED Ministry
SPRED is a small group of adults (Catechists) who share
faith and friendship with each other and with Friends with
cognitive and emotional disabilities. It is a very special
and rewarding ministry. As one Catechist reflects, “As a SPRED
Catechist, a gift I waited a long time to receive, I am called to
walk a journey of faith with our SPRED Friends and Catechists.
On this faith journey, our SPRED Friends have modeled and taught
me what living in Christ’s love looks like, and what unconditional
love feels like. Yes, I am called to help our Friends feel the love of
God, but most days, they are reminding me of His love for us.”
Here at SCL, our Friends are young adults between the ages of
17 and 21 years who are very enthusiastic about their faith and
the chance to be part of our SPRED community. If you too are
enthusiastic about your faith, perhaps you’d like to join SPRED.
We’d love to have you! If you’d like to discuss this further,
please contact Sara at email@example.com
or Madelynn at 847-724-6338 or
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
First Saturday Devotions
On December 10, 1925, Jesus and Mary came to Sr. 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, 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.”
Prayer for Unborn Children
Please join SCL parishioners on the next First Saturday of the month to
pray the Rosary at 7:20am, attend the 8:00am Mass, and then stay
to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary.
The General Instruction of the Roman
Missal, no. 373, designates January 22
as a particular day of prayer and
penance, called the “Day of Prayer for
the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.
In Evangelium Vitae, Pope Saint John Paul II wrote
“A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a
prayer which will rise up throughout the world.
Through special initiatives and in daily prayer,
may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator
and lover of life, from every Christian community,
from every group and association, from every
family and from the heart of every believer.”
Borrowing from St. Jerome Catholic Church,
Almighty God, our Father, You who have given us life and intended us to
have it forever, grant us your blessings.
Enlighten our minds to an awareness and to a
renewed conviction that all human life is sacred
because it is created in your image and likeness.
Help us to teach by word and the example of our
The Annual Catholic Appeal
Our parish is conducting our
campaign for the Annual Catholic Appeal.
The Annual Catholic Appeal theme, “Come, follow
me … and bring hope to the world,” was selected
because as disciples of Jesus, we follow the
Master who both gives us hope and sends us to
bring his hope to our world that needs it so much.
Please remember that the Annual Catholic Appeal
is much different from a one-time special collection.
It is a pledge campaign in which you can make
a gift payable in installments. Each pledge makes
a difference! All parish communities participate in
the campaign and the gifts of many enable our
parishes, schools and ministries to deliver needed
services. Thank you for your prayerful consideration
and generous response. To make your gift, com-
plete the mail-in giving envelope available at
church or make a gift online at
Liturgical Ministers Wanted
Our parish needs liturgical ministers.
- To volunteer as a reader/lector, contact Bill or Carol Cook at
847-226-3878 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Training is available.
- To join either the traditional choir or the guitar ensemble, contact
Diana York, Music Minister at email@example.com. Both
choirs sing at Mass on the third and fourth Sunday of each month.
The traditional choir practices on Thursday evenings and leads song
at the 9:00am Mass. The ensemble practices on Wednesday evenings
and leads song at the 11:00am Mass.
- To be an altar server (5th grade through high school), contact
Jessie Kunnel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Training is available.
Consider a QCD Gift
Jesus told us, “Whatever you do for the least of my
people, you do for me.” Every day we have the
opportunity to see the face of Jesus in others and
be the face of Jesus to others.
Making a gift from your IRA can benefit you and our parish.
An IRA charitable rollover, also known as a qualified charitable
distribution (QCD), allows individuals age 70½ or older to
authorize their IRA administrator to make a direct transfer
of funds from their IRA to qualified charities, tax-free.
Those who give with a QCD enjoy three main benefits:
- If you are 72 years old or older, the amount you transfer
can satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution.
- The amount transferred directly to charity does not generate
taxable income, which may reduce your annual income level.
This may help lower your Medicare premiums and decrease
the amount of Social Security that is subject to tax.
- Your gift will be immediately used, allowing you to see the
impact of your gift now.
If you would like more information on making a QCD gift, contact
Eileen Mantych at email@example.com or
847-729-1414 or Krystina M. Campbell, Planned Giving Officer,
Archdiocese of Chicago at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Honor Our Military
Please take time to give thanks for those who have served and
are serving in our military and to pray for the safety of those who
may currently be in harm’s way. In a special way, we thank and
pray for these parishioners and relatives of parishioners.
He Who Sacrificed His Life
Those Still Serving
JAY MARTIN, Nephew of Becky and Tom Brennan
JESSICA CAMERON, Niece of the Cameron Family
JOHN PODCZASKI, Grandson of Genevieve Podczaski
STEVEN TUMBARELLO, Son of Sylvia & Vince Tumbarello
CRAIG BEHRENDT, Grand-nephew of Sister Mary Helen
DANIEL BELZER, Nephew of Dave & Bev Belzer
MICHAEL KELLY, Nephew of Kevin and Kathy Kelly
EUGENE WALL, Nephew of Suzanne Lessner
NAILL SWIDER, Grand-nephew of Alice Swider
BRYAN DUFF, Son of Julie Duff
RYAN BLOCHBERGER, Nephew of Mae Grady
TIMOTHY DWORKIN, Grandson of Barbara Bouska
ALEXIS GONZALES, Great-niece of Eden & Lyle Gonzales-Nemzin
JACK MAHON, JR., Son of Jack, Sr. & Eileen Mahon
SANG HOON LEE
MORRIS COREY MCMAHON, SON OF CHRIS & JULIE MCMAHON
To add or remove someone, please send the person’s name and relationship (optional) to email@example.com
Holy Family Adoration Chapel
We invite anyone
seeking to reconnect with our Lord for
one hour a week. Contact Evie Ulivieri
at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a
time. Please include your name, phone
number and the hour you wish to spend
Altar Servers Needed
Altar servers are once again needed at
all Sunday masses. Training is available
for new servers. If your child is interested
becoming a server, the first part of their training
is to watch the YouTube video at tinyurl.com/
SCLaltar three times. As they watch, they should
pay attention to the details of the Mass. The
second part is a 1-hour training session in church.
Contact Jessie Kunnel to schedule this training—
by email at email@example.com or by text
at 847-977-7827. We appreciate all our servers
for volunteering to serve the Lord in this way.
Join in Prayer
Lay leaders across
Vicariate II invite you
to join weekly prayer opportunities around pressing
issues of our time. Ground your life of discipleship in
prayer with others as they pray:
Parish and School Administration
The pastor, assigned to a parish community, carries out
the functions of teaching, sanctifying, and governing.
Also, with the cooperation of other priests or deacons
and with the assistance of lay members of the Christian
faithful, he is to support the institutional development of
the parish community. The pastor, therefore, has a range
of responsibilities in the administration of the parish and
school. It is with the assistance of the community that the
pastor can carry out these responsibilities.
The Code of Canon Law asks for different parish councils
or boards that assist with the work done in a parish
Parish Pastoral Council
Canon 536 states “…a pastoral council is to be established
in each parish, over which the pastor presides and in which
the Christian faithful, together with those who share in
pastoral care by virtue of their office in the parish, assist
in fostering pastoral activity.” The parish pastoral council
at Saint Catherine Labouré possesses a consultative role
governed by the council’s by-laws.
Canon 537 states: “In each parish there is to be a finance
council which is governed, in addition to universal law,
by norms issued by the diocesan bishop and in which the
Christian faithful, selected according to these same norms,
are to assist the pastor in the administration of the goods
of the parish, without prejudice to the prescript of Canon
532.” According to Canon 532, in all juridic affairs the
pastor represents the parish according to the norm of law,
and he is to take care that the goods of the parish are
administered according to the same law. Saint Catherine
Labouré’s finance council supports the pastor in this task.
Each parish school in the archdiocese is to have a school
board. The intention of the pastor is to establish an
advisory board that will collaborate with him and the
principal in promoting the sustainability and vitality of
St. Catherine Labouré Catholic School. This advisory
board of St. Catherine Labouré Catholic School is
consistent with policies, procedures, and guidelines
promulgated by the Archdiocese’s Office of Catholic
Schools (OCS) and shall be operated in conformity with
the policies of the Archdiocese of Chicago, under the
guidance of the Archdiocese’s Office of Catholic Schools,
the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, and the pastor
and principal of St. Catherine Labouré Catholic School.
Every year, some transitions take place in each of these
groups. Parishioners who have served on the different
councils for a number of years pass the baton to new
members who continue building upon the legacy established
by the councils. COVID halted some of these changes last
year. There are now a few positions for new members on
each of these councils. I invite you to consider joining one
of the three councils. Please do not hesitate to reach out
to me with any questions.
If you want to be considered for any of these positions,
please submit your name and personal information to
me at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off your
information at the rectory.
Father James Murphy Scholarship Fund
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 email@example.com.
~ Jodi Reuter, Principal
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
Catholic Social Teaching
The Church's social teaching is a rich
treasure of wisdom about building a just
society and living lives of holiness amidst the
challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic
social teaching has been articulated through a
tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal
documents. Following are excerpts from one of
the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching:
Rights and Responsibilities
The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity
can be protected and a healthy community can
be achieved only if human rights are protected
and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every
person has a fundamental right to life and a
right to those things required for human decency.
Corresponding to these rights are duties and
responsibilities--to one another, to our families,
and to the larger society.
“We must speak of man's[sic] rights. Man has the
right to live. He has the right to bodily integrity
and to the means necessary for the proper
development of life, particularly food, clothing,
shelter, medical care, rest, and, finally, the
necessary social services. In consequence, he has
the right to be looked after in the event of ill
health; disability stemming from his work;
widowhood; old age; enforced unemployment;
or whenever through no fault of his own he is
deprived of the means of livelihood. (St. John XXIII,
Peace on Earth [Pacem in Terris], no. 11)
Find more information at https://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching
Please Pray for...
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
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
Domestic Violence Assistance
Remember, you are not alone. If you are a victim of domestic violence,
or know someone who is, and in need of help, please contact:
- Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Assistance 312.622.7106
- Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline 877.863.6338
- WINGS 847.221.5680
- Life Span 312.408.1210
- YWCA 877.718.1868
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. If hospitalized, tell the
hospital staff the religious affiliation and parish of the patient. Also,
you can contact the hospital's Pastoral Care Office at any time.
During the current pandemic, unfortunately, our Ministers of Care
cannot bring communion to hospitals or homes. Fr. Lara is available
to anoint sick or dying people who do not have COVID-19.
Specially designated priests from the archdiocese will minister to
the sacramental needs of those with COVID-19. Call the Parish
Office for any of these circumstances.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
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 email@example.com. 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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org , Deacon Rod at
email@example.com or 312-607-9999,
or the parish center.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or call 773-206-4433.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Breast pumps and related items
- Infant car seat/carriers (by law, must be less than
7 years old), cribs, infant strollers, highchairs,
toddler beds, exersaucers and baby swings
- All brands of baby formula (especially Enfamil
Formula in the yellow box), diapers in sizes 4, 5,
and 6, pull ups in sizes 4, 5, and 6, sleepers sizes
9 to 12 months, receiving blankets, new pacifiers,
baby wipes, baby shampoo, and baby lotion
- Toothpaste and other dental care items
- Boys’ winter jackets size 5, gently used winter
clothes sizes 24 months and 2, 3, 5, 6, 14, and 16.
- 3 single strollers
- Women's health and 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 Joseph Hooks at
773-278-0484 ext. 304 or email@example.com
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.