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Spred Family Mass

Please join the SPecial REligious Development (SPRED) community for Mass on Sunday, April 15 at 9:30am. For the benefit of our Friends with cognitive and emotional disabilities, as well as to enhance the prayer experience for all, this Mass will include special distinctions: Our Friends taking part in the entrance procession, two Scripture readings instead of three, Catechists performing sacred movements to accompany the Scripture readings, a praise circle and prayerful gestures for the psalm response, a different type of homily, a special Presentation of the Gifts, a Eucharistic Prayer that’s not in the Missal, and an agape after Mass. Please come and pray with us next Sunday!

Ministry of Care Training

The five-week training for new Ministers of Care will begin on Thursday, April 12 at Presence St. Benedict Home, 6930 West Touhy Avenue in Niles. Retired priests who live at Presence St. Benedict will be facilitating these classes on consecutive Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00pm. If you are interested in participating in a truly wonderful experience of bringing the Eucharist to those who cannot attend mass because of illness or disability, please contact Mike Field at mikefield76@gmail.com or Zeny de Guzman at zenydeguzman@yahoo.com to sign up for this training.

Be Aware, Be Smart, Be Safe

One in five college women and one in sixteen college men are victims of sexual assault. Silent No More, the domestic violence outreach ministry of The Catholic Community of Northbrook invites college-bound and college-age students and their parents to a viewing and discussion of The Hunting Ground, the award-winning documentary about college campus sexual assaults. This informative event takes place on Wednesday, April 18, from 7:00 to 9:00pm in the church hall basement of St. Norbert Church, 1809 Walters Avenue in Northbrook. Please be advised that this video and discussion are not appropriate for children.

Wait, I'm a Disciple
The Power We all Have to Spread God's Light

The original disciples were ordinary people with a message that changed history. We have a similar kind of power although that’s easy to forget. Like them, we are messengers to those around us, revealing the truth of our values, beliefs and faith in the things we do and say. Join young adults from across the archdiocese and Lisa Fortini-Campbell, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management, hospice volunteer, and convert to the Catholic Faith at HQ Beercade, 213 West Institute Place in Chicago on Thursday, April 19, from 6:30 to 9:00pm to discover how each of us can light up the world by living in a way that is brave and bold, and yet never fails to be loving and respectful. To register, go to Eventbrite.com.

From Our Society of St. Vincent De Paul

Thank you, SCL:
Our thanks to all who faithfully support us financially and spiritually. You make it possible for us to serve the needy in our community. If you have questions about our activities or an interest in volunteering, please contact Pat Hoffman at Hoffman.Patricia@comcast.net or 847-824-7385.
Friends of the Poor Benefit:
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago will hold its 2018 "Friends of the Poor" Benefit on Sunday, April 22, at Drury Lane in OakbrookTerrace. For more details, and to purchase Benefit and/or raffle tickets, go to svdpbenefit.org before April 18. The prize in this year's car raffle is a 2018 Buick Encore and you need not be present to win.
Donation Weekend Coming in June:
St. Vincent de Paul trailers will be in the SCL parking lot on June 9 & 10 to receive your gently used clothing and household goods. We will also accept clean but stained or otherwise unwearable clothing and fabric for recycling. More details to follow. Start cleaning out those closets!
Sock Collection:
We are collecting white socks for homeless veterans. Please deposit sock donations in the basket in the church vestibule.

Youth Club Service Project

The SCL Youth Group will paint rooms in a crisis pregnancy center on Saturday, April 21. They will attend morning Mass at 8:00am and leave immediately afterwards. The expected return time is around 8:00pm. All high school teens and adult volunteers are welcome to attend. Teens must provide a signed permission form. Meals will be provided.
Supplies are needed for painting. Monetary donations to help offset the costs are highly appreciated. Please contact Ned Zerwic at 847-562-1299 for more information and to make donations.

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 on Saturday, April 21 and the third Saturday of each month, 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.

A Little Taste of Italy

The Knights of Columbus present an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Sunday, April 22, 4:30-7:00pm in Marian Hall. Dinner includes two pasta selections, salad, garlic bread, dessert and soft drinks. There will be wine and beer available for purchase, Italian music, and a 50/50 Raffle. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-10 and will be available in the vestibule after all weekend masses. Please come and enjoy A Little Taste of Italy close to home and support the Knights of Columbus in their charitable efforts.!

Earth Day Retreat

Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical urging us to care for our common home, will guide us as we explore ways to appreciate, heal and protect our earth and to inspire others to do the same. We’ll also explore the biblical basis for Laudato Si’ and learn to see Creation as God sees it. Spend a day with other concerned Catholics including facilitators Father John Kartje, Ph.D., Dr. Elizabeth Nagel, and Sandy Washburn, discovering ways to put faith into action by stewarding the garden that God gave us. This all takes place on April 22 from 9:00am to 4:30pm at Cardinal Stritch Retreat House, 1300 Stritch Drive (on the campus of University of St. Mary of the Lake) in Mundelein. The suggested donation is $20 per person. Participants should dress comfortably for the weather and outdoor walking. For more information or to register, go to pvm.archchicago.org/creation or call the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity at 312-534-5393.

Grandparents Day at SCL School

All SCL grandparents and parishioners are welcome to join our school in a favorite annual tradition of love! Please join us after the 8:15am Mass on Wednesday, April 25 in Marian Hall for some coffee, doughnuts, and great entertainment by our students. We hope you can make it!

Sunday Speaker Series

You are invited to hear Dr. Melanie Barrett, PhD, STL, STD. Chair and Professor of Moral Theology at USML, speak on “Truth, Conscience, & Your Spiritual Health.” Author of several books including Love’s Beauty at the Heart of the Moral Life addresses questions such as: Are there moral absolutes, “even today?” How is conscience different from opinion? How is it open to self-deception? What’s my (and the Church’s) obligation in forming my conscience? What if I disagree with the Church’s teaching on a moral issue? And How is conscience related to spiritual and personal health? Dr. Barrett will speak in the Blue Room on Sunday, April 29, from noon to 1:30pm. A book table and refreshments will be available. Free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted.

5th Annual Golf and Dinner Dance Fundraiser

Buy your tickets now for the Golf and Dinner Dance Fundraiser on Friday, June 1. Come for a fun day of golf, an enjoyable dinner dance, and a fantastic silent auction at Chevy Chase Country Club at 1000 North Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling. Your fun will benefit the science, technology, engineering, and math programs at SCL School. Buy tickets at SCLplaygolf.com. If you have questions, please contact the Committee at SCLplaygolf@gmail.com.

Sponsors and Donors Sought
You can promote your business while supporting an awesome cause for the St. Catherine Labouré community by sponsoring the 5th Annual Golf and Dinner Dance Fundraiser. We are also looking for donations of silent auction prizes. Learn more about the benefits of this fundraiser at SCLplaygolf.com.


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. Please donate the following items to the designated basket in the church vestibule.

  • Cough medicine for children
  • Cough medicine for adults
  • Children’s pain reliever
  • Cough drops
  • Heartburn medicine
  • Pedialyte
  • Lysol spray
  • Air freshener spray
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby bottles
  • Vaseline

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:

  • 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.

Baby Gear Needed: 5 infant car seat/carriers, also 6 large car seats (less than 7 years old) for 20 to 40 lb. children, 6 walkers, 4 high chairs, 3 double strollers, 2 fixed side cribs, 3 dressers, 2 toddler swings, baby carriers, potty chairs, baby bottles and baby formula, large and extra-large maternity clothes and diapers in sizes 5 and 6. The families who receive these items are grateful for your generosity.

Heinen's Helps SCL

Please sign up for Heinen's Tasteful Rewards: Teaming up for Education Program and designate SCL School. The school will receive up to 1% of your spending as a donation. It’s necessary to sign up and select SCL every school year (September through April) by signing in to your rewards account or visiting the Customer Service desk in the store. Thank you very much for your support!

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, see last week’s parish bulletin, visit archchicago.org/tcs or contact the Archdiocese at investinkids@archchicago.org or at 312-534-5321.

Mercy Home Mentoring

Do your New Year’s resolutions include helping someone in need? Consider 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.