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Holy Family Adoration Chapel
We are pleased to announce a
limited re-opening of the Adoration
Chapel. The number of hours
the chapel will be open will depend on
how many adorers wish to reclaim or
schedule a Holy Hour. We invite anyone
seeking to reconnect with our Lord for
one hour a week. Contact Evie Ulivieri
at email@example.com to schedule a
time. Please include your name, phone
number and the hour you wish to spend
First Saturday Devotions
On December 10, 1925, Jesus and Mary came to Sr. Lucia.
Jesus said, “Have compassion on the Heart of your Most
Holy Mother covered with the thorns with which ungrateful
men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to remove then
with an act of reparation.” 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.”
Please come on the next First Saturday, August 7, pray the Rosary
at 7:20am, attend the 8:00am Mass and follow with a meditation
on the mysteries of the Rosary.
Join us in celebrating the 4th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima
Shrine on Saturday, August 14. The celebration will begin in church
with Holy Mass at 11:00am. After Mass we will process around the
parking lot with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima from the shrine.
The procession will include a recitation of a Living Holy Rosary.
If you would like to participate in the living rosary, please sign up
in the vestibule. Following the procession, we will pray a Renewal
of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Come and golf with the Knights of
Columbus on Saturday, August 21.
This outing will take place at Chevy Chase
Country Club, 1000 North Milwaukee
Avenue in Wheeling. For more information,
please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solemn Vespers for "The Care of Creation"
On behalf of the Archdiocese of
Chicago and the Greek Orthodox
Metropolis of Chicago, Our Lady of
Perpetual Help Catholic Church and
Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church,
you are cordially invited to the Seventh Annual
Solemn Vespers for the World Day of Prayer for
the Care of Creation. This will take place on
Tuesday, August 31, 7:00–9:00pm at Our Lady
of Perpetual Help Parish.
Catholic and Greek Orthodox communities of
greater Chicagoland join together for an
ecumenical service to give thanks for God’s
gift of creation and to recognize the conservation
efforts of His disciples. His Eminence Cardinal
Blase Cupich will preside at this service and is
honored to be joined by His Grace Bishop
Timothy of Hexamilion.
Following the vespers, Chicago-based architect
Doug Farr will give a presentation on “The Role
of Architecture in Caring for Our Common Home.”
If you prefer, you can watch the entire event as it
streams live at vimeo.com/event/162709 link
will be activated on the day of the event.
Donate Your Shoes
children and youth in Africa. All sizes
are welcome as well as roller skates. Help people
in need and reduce waste in landfills too! Donated
pairs should be tied or banded together and
put in the bins in the church vestibule. For more
information, contact Janice Seipp at
email@example.com or 847-528-7025.
Fatima Message of July 13th, 1917
Fatima, Portugal: Lucia’s Words
A few moments after arriving at the Cova
da Iria, near the holmoak, where a large number
of people were praying the Rosary, we saw the
flash of light once more, and a moment later
Our Lady appeared on the holmoak.
“What do you want of me?” I asked.
“I want you to come here on the 13th of next month,
to continue to pray the Rosary every day in honour
of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain
peace for the world and the end of the war,
because only she can help you.”
“I would like to ask you to tell us who you are,
and to work a miracle so that everyone will believe that you are appearing to us.”
“Continue to come here every month. In October,
I will tell you who I am and what I want, and I will
perform a miracle for all to see and believe.”
I then made some requests, but I cannot recall now just what they
were. What I do remember is that Our Lady said it was necessary
for such people to pray the Rosary in order to obtain these graces
during the year. And she continued:
“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times especially
whenever you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of You,
for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins
committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
As our Lady spoke these last words, she opened her hands once
more, as she had done during the two previous months. The rays of
light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea
of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form,
like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze,
floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the
flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds
of smoke now falling back on every side like sparks in huge fires,
without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and
despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (It must
have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they
heard me). The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying
and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and
transparent like burning coals.
Terrified and as if to plead for succour, we looked up at Our Lady,
who said to us, so kindly and so sadly:
“You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save
them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate
Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and
there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not
cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the
pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an
unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God
that He is about to punish the world for it crimes, by means of war,
famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.
To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia
to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on
the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be
converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her
errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the
Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much
to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate
Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me
and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted
to the world.”
Renew My Church
By now, you have heard or read about the
Archdiocesan initiative, “Renew My Church
(RMC)”. You may, however, have questions
such as, what is it, why is it, how does it concern SCL, or how does
it concern me? These are all very good questions which we will
attempt to answer over the coming months.
Today, let’s give you a superficial answer to each of these
questions. RMC is an acknowledgement by the Archdiocese that
it has, and will have, fewer priests and fewer practicing Catholics,
many of whom are migrating away from older parishes. So, the
Archdiocese has initiated RMC to get ahead of this trend and
be able to serve as an effective shepherd to us, its flock.
The method of doing this is through parish groupings. SCL’s
grouping is composed of St. Norbert and Our Lady of the Brook,
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and SCL. Each parish has a Grouping
Team of 8-10 people (pastors, parishioners and 1-2 staff). The
Grouping Teams recently met at St. Norbert’s to begin the process.
At the outset of this first meeting, the Archdiocese’s representatives
disclosed that no merger of any of the three parishes is
contemplated. You may be thinking then, why meet? The reason is
that, although no merger is contemplated, in the process of renewal
it may be advantageous to combine certain ministries across two or
all of the parishes. Consequently, dialogue is necessary to properly
discern what these advantages are.
Finally, implicit in the name of the initiative is “Renewal”. We
discussed three elements of Renewal: personal; cultural; and
structural. At our most recent meeting, we focused only on the first
element, personal. By personal renewal, we are asked to become
aware of how God is calling each of us and how we may best
discern what that calling is. It may be through religious retreats,
spiritual direction, personal and communal prayer, etc.
At out next meeting, we will explore the cultural element of
Renewal. As always, please pray for the Grouping Teams as
they do for you at the opening and closing of these meetings.
Online Bible Study
As the world slowly begins to recover
from the turmoil of the past year, join
Mundelein Seminary rector Father John Kartje for
an in-depth tour through biblical accounts of
restoration from chaotic times. Allow the scriptures
to be your guide to spiritual healing and renewal.
Register at www.usml.edu/bible-study
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.
Call to Action
Governor Pritzker is planning to make
devastating cuts to Illinois’ Tax Credit
Scholarship Program. This program serves
low-income and working-class families in addition
to withholding required public education funding
increases. Such a move would be harmful to
students across Illinois. Making these cuts to TCS
does not help support those most in need, and
scholarships for kids are not “corporate
loopholes.” Let your elected officials know how
important this program is to you, your family,
and your school community. Go to
please contact your representative to let them
know how important this program is for our school
If you have been thinking of donating to the
tax credit scholarship program, please contact
Eileen Mantych, SCL Business Manager at
Janice C. Seipp, SCL School Marketing at
email@example.com before making
Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, via the
Franciscans of the Eucharist, provides hope
to the poor on Chicago’s west side. Consider
running in the Chicago Marathon to support
Mission OLA. The race is on and registration is
open. We have a limited number of guaranteed
entries so sign up soon. For details, go to https://
missionola.com/marathon.html for details. For more
information or to sign up, contact Sr. Stephanie at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-486-8431.
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
Baby Bottle Project
Since its founding in 1984,
The Women’s Centers of Greater Chicagoland have saved over 40,000
babies from abortion. Throughout the COVID-19
crisis, they have continued to provide counseling
and support for women considering abortion.
Prayer for Unborn Children
The Women’s Centers needs your help more
than ever. Each year, the Baby Bottle Project has
been their major fundraising effort. With Mass
attendance restricted, the traditional distribution
of Baby Bottles has been quite limited. Because
of this, a Virtual Baby Bottle Project is now
available. Please consider making a donation at
www.gotwc.org Click on “Virtual Baby Bottles.”
Be sure to note our parish name in the designation
drop down menu on the donation page so our
community can be thanked for everyone’s
Note: For parishioners who have been collecting
coins throughout the year, a container will be in
the vestibule for returning Baby Bottles.
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
Celebrate the Year of St. Joseph
Pope Francis recently designated
2021 as the Year of Saint Joseph. Join your future
parish priests studying at Mundelein Seminary in
a variety of opportunities this year to grow in
personal holiness through a spiritual exploration
of Saint Joseph. Sign up to receive info on our
monthly speaker series, a 30-day Consecration
to Saint Joseph with our seminarians and other
prayer opportunities: www.usml.edu/year-of-saint-joseph
Crusaders Duck Race Fundraiser
he Crusaders Duck Race proceeds will
benefit our school. This fundraiser will be held via
Facebook. Please join our Facebook group,
How a Duck Race Works
- Races will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and
Fridays. To start, there will be 10 races per night
with valuable prizes such as electronics, gift cards,
cash, and lottery scratch-offs for the winners.
Twenty-five people will participate in each race.
Each participant will pay a certain amount to
enter the race.
- Once a prize is posted, the first 25 members
to comment “Me” on the Facebook post will
participate in the race. Each race lasts about
20 seconds and is held on Facebook Live.
- To secure your participation in a race, after
commenting “Me” on the post, you need to
submit your entry fee via GiveCentral by noon
on the day of the race. For example, to enter
the race for an Amazon $200 gift card, all
you’ll need to pay is $12! The entry fee may
vary based on the prize value.
- Winners will be tagged on Facebook after the
race and can claim their prizes at the school, or
ask that an e-gift card be emailed to them.
Other School News
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
Consecration to Jesus through Mary
Would you like to grow in your love for Jesus and Mary?
Consider making a consecration of your life to Jesus through
the Blessed Virgin Mary. Preceding the consecration is a
33-day preparation. For a pdf format of the 33 day devotional prayers click here.
Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive
to Support Persons with Special Needs
Please consider a gift this year
to help support local non-profit organizations benefiting children
and adults with special needs.
Donations may be made online by going to the Glenview Knights
of Columbus my giving page. Click or copy and paste this link into
Use the drop-down question on the donation page to indicate which
local charity you would like to support. Donations may also be sent
by check payable to Knights of Columbus Charities, c/o Knights of
Columbus Council 3731, P.O. Box 176, Glenview, IL 60025.
Every donation, large and small, is greatly appreciated! All
donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
On behalf of the Glenview Knights of Columbus and the very
special children and adults we hope to serve, thank you for your
continued support. And please share this request with your family
PGK Rick Nash and Bryan Nash Tootsie Roll Drive Co-Chairmen
Youth Group Activities
High school students who are interested in joining the SCL
Youth Group are invited to sign up to receive emails once
this year’s program gets underway. We’d like to know how many
teens are interested as we begin planning. Please sign up at
https://scl3535.flocknote.com/ or text JoinSCL to 84576. Once you
sign up, please be sure to take the next step to join the Youth Group.
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
Tolton Teaching Parish Program
Mundelein Seminary is back in session. Seminarians
are back from an unusual summer in their home dioceses, being as
engaged as they could in ministry. As you know, three seminarians
came to Saint Catherine’s in previous years. They are part of the
Tolton Teaching Parish Program TTPP. This program works with
parishes in helping seminarians grow and develop pastoral skills.
Saint Catherine Labouré is blessed to have three seminarians who
will be engaged in ministry as much as they can: Deacon Elliott Zak
from Lafayette, IN, Matthew Ockinga from Yakima, WA, and
Christopher Epplett from Grand Rapids, MI. They will be around
the parish most likely for liturgies for the time being. They will be
engaged in other ministries once it is safe for people to meet in
person. We also thank Sister Nadiya for all her support as the
coordinator of the TTPP. She is working part time at Mundelein
Seminary. She is doing an outstanding job especially during this
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
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
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)
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
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 email 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 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.
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 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.