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Christmas Gift Cards

Gift cards are coming courtesy of the Women’s Club which receives a portion of the card value in return. Check out all the cards available at https://shop.shopwithscrip.com, then place your order using the form available in the church vestibule. If you’d like a gift card that’s not on the SCL order form, write the name in the blank space at the bottom of the sheet. Orders are due December 11 & 18th. Bring your order form and payment to the rectory.

Advent Devotions and Events

Lighting the Advent Wreath: If you would like to light the Advent wreath either yourself or with your family, sign up in the vestibule for the date and Mass time you’d like.
Advent Reflection Booklets: Booklets with daily reflections on Advent will be available in the church vestibule. Use this devotion to make Advent more meaningful.
Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Hispanic Community invites you pray the Novena preceding the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This begins on Sunday, December 3 after the 6:00pm Mass and continues daily (except on December 8) until Tuesday, December 12. On that day, Las Mañanitas will be at 5:00am with hot chocolate and pastries afterwards. A bilingual Mass will be at 7:00pm with dinner and music to follow in Marian Hall.
School Christmas Show: The matinee performance of “The Candy Cane Court” will be Wednesday, December 13 at 1:00pm; the evening performance will be Thursday, December 14 at 7:00pm.
Simbang Gabi: This is a tradition since 1565 when the first feast of “nativity” was celebrated in the Philippines. Experience the spirituality of the season, the anticipation and expectation of the Birth of our Lord and fellowship on Friday, December 15 at 7:00pm. Bring your family and friends! A reception will follow in Marian Hall.
La Posadas: This Hispanic observance remembers the story of Joseph and Mary looking for a place to stay. It begins in the church after 6:00pm Mass on Sunday, December 17, processes through the school and ends with festivities in Marian Hall.
Sacramental Reconciliation: On Tuesday, December 19, at 7:00pm in the church, experience God’s forgiveness and mercy in a communal reconciliation service with the option to confess individually.

Mary's Immaculate Conception

This Friday, December 8, we honor Mary as having been conceived without sin, a unique and core doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. As Fr. William G. Most explains on EWTN.com, “In teaching that Mary was conceived immaculate, the Catholic Church teaches that from the very moment of her conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from all stain of original sin. This simply means that from the beginning, she was in a state of grace, sharing in God's own life, and that she was free from the sinful inclinations which have beset human nature after the fall.”
The feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a holy day of obligation. Please come to the 6:30am, 9:00am, or 7:30pm Mass to honor this sacred event and fulfill your obligation.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

A production of the beloved family opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” will be held at St. Joseph Church next Sunday, December 10 at 7:00pm. This holiday classic by Gian Carlo Menotti is a delightful tale of compassion and generosity that unfolds as the Three Kings, following the star to Bethlehem, stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor, crippled shepherd boy who lives with his widowed mother. Admission is free though a donation of $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors would benefit the parish music ministry. St. Joseph Church is at 1747 Lake Avenue in Wilmette. For more information, go to stjosephwilmette.org or call 847-251-0771.

Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry

The next OLPH/SCL domestic violence outreach meeting is on Monday, December 11 at OLPH. We will meet in the main school building at 1123 Church Street in Glenview. Once inside the building, walk straight through the vestibule to the hallway where Room 102 will be the first classroom on your left. Walk a little further down that hall to Room 105.

Bingo Cancelled

There will be no Bingo on Tuesday, December 12, due to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Reception. We hope to see everyone on Tuesday, December 19!

New Altar Servers

If you are in fifth grade or older and interested in being an altar server, please come to a training session in the church on Saturday December 16 at 9:00am. If you will attend the training, send an email to Mrs. Kunnel at jessiekunnel@yahoo.com .

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, December 16, 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.

Band Concert

Get a boost for your holiday spirit with music provided by the SCL Band at their free Christmas concert on Monday, December 18 at 6:00pm in Marian Hall.

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.

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.

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