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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 tfitzgib@aol.com 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.

Adult Faith Formation

“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

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.

9 Days for Life

9 Days for Life is a novena for the protection of human life that takes place January 21–29. Each day’s intention includes a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. Participants can receive the novena by downloading the free 9 Days for Life app or by subscribing to daily emails or text messages at 9daysforlife.com.

Movie Available
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 advocate.

Ministry of Care Training

A five-week training for new Ministers of Care will begin on Tuesday, January 28 at Presence St. Benedict Home in Niles. Retired priests who l ive at Presence St. Benedict will help to facilitate these classes on five consecutive Tuesday evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00pm. If you are interested in attending, contact Zeny de Guzman at zenydeguzman@yahoo.com or Mike Field at mrf716@sbcglobal.net .

Natural Death Interrupted

The “Aid in Dying” Movement Unpacked Hear Dawn Fitzpatrick, Senior Coordinator for the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity for the Archdiocese of Chicago, address the trend to legislate assisted death on Sunday, February 2 at 1:30pm in McDonnell Hall at OLPH. She will discuss the dangers of this movement, the ramifications to our culture, and what we can do to build a culture of life. Don’t miss this important presentation about a topic that will be voted on in Illinois this year.

Cursillo Ultreya

The SCL Cursillo community will host an Ultreya on Friday, February 7 at 7:30pm in the Blue Room. Come to make new friends and find out what small Christian community is and what it does. The witness speaker will be Jacqueline Baumann, the doctrinal speaker will be Fr. Maina, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Michael LaTona, 847-971-8431, or the Parish Center.

Broken Fount

The Letters Of Abelard And Eloise
The letters of the famed medieval lovers Abelard and Eloise will be presented in an evening of drama and music in Broken Fount at St. Gregory the Great Church on Saturday, February 8 at 7:00pm. The letters will be presented by Bishop Mark Bartosic, who is a former actor, and Jennifer G. Smith. They will be joined by Fr. Arturo Felix, OFM Conv., Associate Pastor at St. Ita/St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish in Chicago, and the music of The Slaps. St. Gregory the Great Church is located at 5535 North Paulina Street. Ample street and lot parking is available. The performance and reception that follows are free though free-will offerings are requested. For more information, contact Joseph Malham at 312-388-4566 or joe@trinityicons.com

Annual Pancake Breakfast

The Youth Group’s annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser is coming on Sunday, February 9. Our gratitude goes to those who supported us in the past. We need your help again with donations of cash or these items:

Please contact Ned or Gail Zerwic at 847-852-6283 to make your donations.

Renew Your Spirit

Marriage Encounter
Give yourself and your spouse the gift of Marriage Encounter beginning with the private weekend experience on February 14-16 in Geneva or February 22-23 in Crest Hill. For more information, call 630-577- 0778, go to wwme-chicagoland.org or send email to applications@wwme-chicagoland.org.

Mid-life Singles (mid-30s to 50s): Are you looking for a renewed sense of purpose & belonging? Register today for a life-changing REFLECT weekend retreat at the Joseph & Mary Retreat House in Mundelein from February 28 to March 1. Take a chance and get involved; you won't regret it! The cost is $215 for meals and a single room. For details, call 630-222-8303, visit ReflectRetreat.com or send email to reflect.chicagoland@gmail.com.

Joyful Again
The Widowed Ministry Program invites you to a retreat offered by widowed people for those who have been widowed at least four months. It is meant to help you recognize a new direction in your life while still treasuring memories of your spouse. The next Joyful Again Retreat takes place Saturday & Sunday, March 14-15 at Our Lady of the Angels House of Prayer in Lemont. For more information, call 708-354-7211, send email to joyfulagain7211@gmail.com, or go to joyfulagain.org.

Chicago Hockey

The Knights of Columbus are hosting an outing to see the Chicago Wolves take on the Rockford Ice Hogs in a 3:00pm matinee game on Sunday, February 23. Tickets are $35.00 each and parking at Allstate Arena is free. The tickets are 3-5 rows “off the glass” and must be reserved and paid for by February 1. For tickets please contact John O’Malley at osparky277@gmail.com or 847-789-6611 or Greg Bedell at gbedell@kbbchicago.com or 312-307-7558.

New for Young Teens

Middle schoolers think the Bible is boring but it doesn’t have to be. Encounter: Experiencing God in the Everyday is the new Bible study program by Mark Hart for students in Grades 6 to 9. Through fun & engaging video and discussion sessions, students will experience God as a loving father with a great plan for them. They will also learn about the Biblical roots of the Sacraments and the Mass. For more information or to register, go to the RE website: https://sites.google.com/sclschool-glenview.org/re-stcatherinelaboure/bible-study

SPRED needs Partners

Luciano and Sofia Beltrano are twins, both juniors at Glenbrook South. They are hoping to find partners for their faith development in SPRED. Sofia loves animals, music, traveling, and hanging out with her friends. She has held jobs at various pet spas and animal hospitals. Luciano loves technology, making videos, old movies, building things, and ice skating. He recently started working at Walgreens. Together, Sofia and Luciano enjoy weekly swim, yoga, and exercise sessions at the YMCA. In May, they were honored with the NSSRA Youth Participants of the Year award. They have been in SPRED since they were 6 years old. They love SPRED. They know it’s that special time when they get to learn about God and community. Sofia loves the singing! They have made friends in SPRED, whom they have grown up with, and will hopefully be reunited with soon here at SCL.
Please consider being partners with Sofia or Luciano in the SCL SPRED Program. For more information, contact Madelynn at 847-970-2064 or macur.brousil@gmail.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 srnadiya@stcatherinelaboure.com or 847-724-2240, x1.
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!

Planned Giving

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 plannedgiving@archchicago.org.

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 amalou8@yahoo.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 carolcook05@comcast.net. Training is provided. If you would like to be an Altar Server, please contact jessiekunnel@yahoo.com. Before coming to the training, watch a short YouTube video here. Watch it three times. It is less than 15 minutes long

Volunteers Needed

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 dyonkers@catholiccharities.net 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 margaretgately@sbcglobal.net or call 312-320-5944.

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 maryscloset@catholiccharities.net.

Members of SCL’s Weekly prayer Devotions

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.

Ministry to Those Who are Sick or Homebound

Care for parishioners who are sick is important to us. Please let us know what spiritual care is needed when by calling the rectory at 847-729-1414, option 3. In cases of hospitalization, tell the hospital staff the religious affiliation and parish of the patient. Finally, contact the hospital’s Pastoral Care Office at any time during a hospital stay.
To request that Communion be brought to someone’s home, please call the rectory at 847-729-1414.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities:
For more info on these volunteer roles, call 773-794-1313.
Donations Needed:

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.

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 jescortt@stjosephservices.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 macur.brousil@gmail.com.

Coming to a Parish Near You

Our neighboring parish, St. Isaac Jogues shows free movies on the second Friday of each month at 7:00pm. The films are either religious in nature or ones that help lift the human spirit. Admission, popcorn and soda are all free.

"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 investinkids@archchicago.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.

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.