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2018 Face the Truth Tour

The Pro-Life Action League invites you to join the upcoming Face the Truth Tour, an annual pro-life public education initiative that reaches tens of thousands of people with the reality of abortion. From July 6-14, pro-life volunteers will hold signs at major intersections across Chicagoland, depicting the beauty of life in the womb as well as the horrible injustice done to the unborn victims of abortion. The Face the Truth Tour changes hearts and minds, guides post-abortive women and men to healing and peace and saves babies from abortion. For more information on this powerful pro-life campaign, including the complete tour schedule, visit ProLifeAction.org.

From Our Society of St. Vincent De Paul

Donation Weekend Rescheduled: The used clothing and furniture drive has been postponed due to the seal-coating of the parking lot. We have rescheduled the collection for the weekend of July 14-15. Previously published details will be reprinted in future bulletins. Thank you: We thank you for your generous response to the food drive for Catholic Charities and our alms collection over the Memorial Day weekend. We delivered over 20 bags of groceries to Catholic Charities in Des Plaines to help feed the hungry in our community.

Knights of Columbus - Miniature Golf Outing

People of all ages are invited to join the fun of the Knights of Columbus Miniature Golf event at 10:00am on Saturday, August 4 at Forest Preserve Golf, 1150 East Golf Road, in Des Plaines. A round of mini-golf plus pizza and drink can be enjoyed for just $10.00 per person. Reservations are requested to help in planning for the food and drink so please contact Russ Perrine at 815-315-3800.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Don’t miss out on the upcoming enrichment for married couples and religious on August 10-12 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Elk Grove Village. The enrichment begins with a private weekend experience including presentations about practical tools for growing in loving relationships and provides ongoing enrichments after the weekend from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter community. For information on applying, please go to wwme-chicagoland.org and say yes today to God’s call to love one another!

Fatima Shrine Aniversary Event

Celebrate the anniversary of our shrine and the renewal of our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Saturday, August 18 at a special 11:00am Mass. After Mass, walk in the neighborhood procession as the celebration and devotion continue.

One week before the celebration, join in a spiritual preparation for this anniversary renewal. This will take place on Saturday, August 11 beginning with Mass at 8:00am. Following Mass, participants will pray the Rosary then hear “Messages of Fatima” from Fr. Jim Presta. At 10:00am, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed and Confession will be available. The morning will conclude with Benediction at 11:45am and the Angelus at noon.
For more information about either the morning of spiritual preparation or the anniversary celebration, please call 847-867-3908.

We seek a volunteer to play a trumpet to salute Mother Mary during our Fatima Shrine Anniversary. If you are, or know of, a trumpet player who is willing to do this, please call Susan Rosal at 847-867-3908.

Mission of Our Lady of the Angels - School Supply Drive

Theology on Tap asks your help to supply 200 students in West Humboldt park with the school supplies they need to succeed. Very affordable supplies can be purchased via the Amazon link below until August 18. All supplies will be shipped directly to Mission Our Lady of the Angels.
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Parish Picnic

The Saint Catherine Labouré picnic will take place on September 9 after the 11:00am Mass. We hope to see you there. Sign-up sheets will be out in August.

Golden Anniversary Mass

The archdiocesan Golden Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, September 16 at 2:30pm at Holy Name Cathedral. Cardinal Cupich will presiding. To register, go to pvm.archchicago.org.

Memorial Bricks for the "Choose Life" Grotto

Commemorative bricks in the Choose Life grotto, just north of the church, are available to commemorate important people or times in our lives. Some reasons to order a brick include memorializing a friend or relative, a wedding or anniversary, a graduation, or in thanksgiving for blessings. Order forms are available from the rack in the vestibule or the rectory. Size and price information are on the order form.


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.

Donations Needed:
  • 4 infant car seat/carriers (less than 7 years old)
  • 5 large car seats (less than 7 years old) for 20 to 40 lb.
  • 4 umbrella strollers
  • 2 double strollers
  • 6 high chairs
  • 3 toddler beds
  • 4 walkers
  • 4 dressers
  • Baby Food (no out-of-date please)
  • Diapers in sizes 5 and 6
  • Girl's summer clothes in sizes 2 and 5
  • Boy's clothes in sizes 7 and 8
  • Women's hygene products

The families who receive these items are grateful for your generosity. For drop off address or 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.