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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org , Deacon Rod at
email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Parish Center 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 have Communion brought to someone’s home, call the Parish Center.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 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.
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.