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Advent Reflection

OLPH’s Parish Engagement Ministry invites all to enjoy an afternoon of quiet reflection and fellowship. Fr. Patrick Kizza will reflect on our Advent theme, “My Soul in Stillness Waits” in McDonnell Hall this Sunday, December 15, at 2:00pm. Take a break from the rush and savor the Advent season. Christmas goodies will be served.

Photos with Santa

The Knights of Columbus invite you to take a picture with Santa. On Sunday, December 15, Santa will be available in Marian Hall from 8:30 to 11:00am. Bring your own camera and all your children and grandchildren for a picture with Santa.

Widow/Widower Fellowhip

All widows and widowers who are interested in friendship, conversation, and support, join us for our next meeting on Monday, December 16, 9:30 to 10:30am in Hickey Hall of OLPH’s fully accessible Parish Center. You might want to attend the 8:30am Mass at OLPH prior to the meeting. After the meeting, the group will adjourn to Jasper’s Café, 1913 North Waukegan Road for breakfast and holiday cheer. For more information, contact Irene Alwan, 847-525-4454.

Rosary Vigil for the Unborn

By praying with the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, you can intercede to save our unborn brothers and sisters at the American Women’s Medical Center abortion clinic, 110 South River Road in Des Plaines. Join the Rosary Vigil next Saturday, December 21, from 9:30 to 10:30am at the above location. Through the Helpers’ prayers and presence, many abortion-bound mothers’ hearts have been changed, and their babies saved from death. For more information call Russell Lundsgaard at 847-724-6344.

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.

Gift Card Fundraiser

There’s still time to purchase gift cards from the Women’s Club. Pick up an order form from the bulletin board in the vestibule. Return your order and payment to the parish center or drop it in the collection basket. Orders received by Monday, December 9 at 9:00am will be available for pick-up after Masses on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15.

Little Sisters of the Poor - St. Joseph's Nursing Home

The last day to donate to St. Joseph’s Nursing home is Sunday, December 22. Please place items (noted below) in the box in the vestibule no later than 2:00pm that day. Thank you all for your support. The Little Sisters of the Poor are most grateful!
Support this ministry of love and care for the aged poor. The sisters and other staff create a home-like atmosphere for the residents. Your contribution of any amount of any of the following items would help so much:

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

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.