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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
Zeny de Guzman at email@example.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
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:
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!
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
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
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
- 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
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.
- 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.