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Bulletin Ministry

Please consider volunteering to assist with producing the weekly parish bulletins. The goal is to have a team of 4 or more sharing this ministry so that each person works on one bulletin a month, allowing all of us time for vacations and help with the shortened deadlines ahead of holidays. People who would enjoy this ministry are those who can edit for spelling, grammar, and usage, adapt article length while retaining the intended message, and fit articles on a page like a puzzle. New editors will also have the chance to learn to work with Microsoft Publisher. It’s a very gratifying way to serve our parish. If you’re interested in learning more or volunteering, please contact Madelynn at sclbulletin@mail.com.

Help Wanted

Our parish needs volunteers to count and record the weekly collections on Monday mornings on a rotating schedule. You will receive training. For more information or to offer your services, contact Eileen Mantych, Business Manager, at businessmanager@stcatherinelaboure.com or 847-729-1414.

Pet Blessing

In honor of the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, SCL will host its annual blessing of pets next Saturday, September 30, in front of the church after the 8:00am morning Mass. All pets and their humans are welcome.

A Rose for Life

Respect Life Sunday is next Sunday, October 1. It is a day to celebrate the precious gift of life given by God. Honor the life of a loved one either living or deceased on this special day by purchasing a rose in their name. The rose will be placed outside at the Choose Life shrine on Respect Life Sunday, along with a list of the names of those being honored. Order forms will be available in the vestibule before and after all Masses this weekend.

Cursillo Ultreya

Cursillo is a lay ecclesial movement and SCL is home to an active Cursillo community. There is a Cursillo event, an Ultreya, happening soon to which everyone is invited. Please join us and find out what small Christian community is and what it does. Please join us in the Blue Room on Friday, October 6 at 7:00pm for this Ultreya. The witness speaker will be announced soon. The doctrinal speaker will be Deacon Robert Landuyt. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you. Please contact Michael LaTona 847-971-8431 or the Rectory with any questions.

Ministry Opportunity

A ministry at Our Lady of Perpetual Help is dedicated to promoting, supporting, and affirming healthy, positive relationships for children, teens, and adults. They also help people to know the signs of an unhealthy relationship and what to do about it, whether for their own sake or that of a family member, friend, or neighbor. You might be surprised to know how much this ministry is needed in Glenview.
Members of this ministry would like to engage you in their cause. For more information, contact bulletin@stcatherinelaboure.com .

Ministry of Care Training

You are invited to join the parish Ministry of Care. To do so, you’ll need to attend a training course after which you will be mandated by the Archdiocese to bring communion to the sick in nursing care facilities, hospitals, and people’s homes. Training takes place on the next two Saturdays, September 30 and October 14 from 8:30am to 1:00pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in McDonnell Hall (the lower level of the church). To register or obtain more information, please contact Zeny at zenydeguzman@yahoo.com or 847-858-7706, or Mike at mikefield76@gmail.com or 224-244-0836.

Queen of Hearts Raffle

Tickets are $5 each - Cash only
You must be 18 years or older to play.
Drawings to be held every other week starting June 6th at "Grandpa's Place"
1868 Prairie St.
Glenview, IL 60025.
Drawings will be in public and broadcast on Facebook Live on the SCL Facebook Page.
Tickets are available in the School and Parish offices and at "Grandpa's Place" 1 hour prior to the drawing.
50% of the jackpot will benefit SCL School and Parish.
The next drawing is September 26th at Grandpa's.

Men's Group

Men of the parish, you are invited to participate in “That Man is You!”. This program honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes cur- rent social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to de- velop the vision of man fully alive! You’ll enjoy food and fellowship, and discussions suggested by video presentations. “That Man Is You!” begins again at SCL next Friday morning from 5:30 to 7:00am in the church vestibule. For more information, contact Ford Culbertson at ford@deerfieldbakery.com.

Multi-Parish Program

Learn about living and praying in the Kingdom of the Divine Will as taught by Jesus to the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta. This is a 12-week program of the Divine Will teachings with Book of Heaven and The 24-Hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The program will be hosted at OLPH Parish on Thursdays, from 6:00 to 8:00pm starting on September 7. For questions or to register, contact Marianna Culbertson at IllinoisDivineWill@gmail.com.

Spiritual Enrichment

Establishing the Throne of David.” This study is introducing us to the compelling narratives of some of the Old Testament’s most famous figures and helping us to apply them to our everyday lives.
We meet in the SCL school library from 9:00 to 10:30am on the same Sundays as Religious Education. We have discussions based on videos and light reading--and we have coffee and donuts! It’s a great way to enhance your faith life in community with others. Contact Ed and Celia Harker at echar@comcast.net or the Rectory with any questions.

ESL and Citizen Instructors Needed

ESL and Citizenship classes are back this fall at St. Catherine Labouré! Classes take place every Thursday beginning September 21 from 7:00 to 8:30pm. Anyone interested can register in-person Thursday, September 14 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the lunchroom. We are also seeking interested volunteers for the upcoming year. 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 Harry Kent at 773-278-0484 ext. 304 or hkent@stjosephservices.org

Lucia's Words

The 13th of August 1917
On the 13th of August, the magistrate kidnapped Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, taking them to Ourém. On the following Sunday, the 19th of August…Lucia became aware of the signs that always immediately preceded the apparitions of Our Lady: the sudden cooling of the air, the paling of the sun, and the typical flash.…A few moments later, the brilliant Lady appeared over a holm oak …“What do you want of me?” Lucia asked. “I want you to continue to come to the Cova da Iria on the thirteenth and to continue to say the Rosary every day.” Lucia then told Our Lady of her anguish that so many disbelieved in the reality of Her presence. She asked Our Lady if She would be willing to perform a miracle so that all might see and believe. “Yes,” Our Lady answered, “In the last month, in October, I shall perform a miracle so that all may believe in My apparitions.…Lucia then spoke to Our Lady of the sick who had been recommended to her.“Yes, I shall cure some of them within a year.” But She went on teaching them to pray rather for the health of souls than of bodies, “Pray! Pray a great deal and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to Hell because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them.”

First Saturday Devotions

Please join SCL parishioners on the next First Saturday of the month to pray the Rosary at 7:20am, attend the 8:00am Mass, and then stay to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary.

Tax Credit Scholarships

The Invest in Kids Act Tax Credit Scholarship Program offers a 75% Illinois state income tax credit to individuals who contribute to a qualified Scholarship Granting Organization, like Empower Illinois. Empower Illinois has helped Catholic schools tremendously. At St. Catherine Labouré, the money raised through this program has provided scholarships for many students. Even with past contributions, however, 15 students from St. Catherine's are on the waiting list to receive scholarships. Please consider contributing to Empower Illinois and have a tax credit for your 2023 return. Contact: Janice Seipp, jcseipp@ymail.com or Fr. Lara, pastor@stcatherinelaboure.com

We need your help to extend the Tax Credit Scholarship Program! Join us by clicking this link:
School Tax Scholarships
to let your legislators know you value this program and what it means to the St Catherine Labouré community, and ask them to #RemoveTheSunset! More than $686,676 in scholarships funds have been awarded to SCL students in the last 5 years thanks to the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program! Many deserving students would not be able to attend SCL without these scholarships. Our school community is stronger from these scholarships, too, as the recipients truly exhibit what it means to be a SCL student. Passed in 2017, the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students from low-income and working-class families to attend their best-fit school. The program is a proven success with bipartisan voter support, awarding more than 38,000 scholarships worth more than $300 million. All that said, the Tax Credit Scholarship Program is a pilot program, and has a sunset clause which would end the program in 2023, unless our state lawmakers vote to extend or make the program permanent. Once you click the link above, it will take you less than one minute to complete the process. Also, letters to sign and place in the US Mail will be available in church this weekend, one to each of the state legislators from our district, Senator Laura Fine and Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz. Please pick up one for each, sign and mail them as soon as possible. The vote is scheduled for the legislative session that begins on Friday, May 19. Thank you for your support!

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Misericordia Fundraiser

This year’s Misericordia Candy Days will again be virtual. The Knights of Columbus have published a Misericordia Candy Days Donation webpage:
https://secure.frontstream.com/misericordia-candy-days-2023/participant/KnightsGlenview .
Please donate to Misericordia Candy Days and forward our page to others or share online through social media. All proceeds benefit Misericordia Home, a community of care that maximizes the potential of persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged.

Rosary Vigil for the Unborn

By praying with the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, you might intercede to save the unborn at the American Women’s Medical Center, 110 South River Road in Des Plaines. Join the Rosary Vigil on the third Saturday of every month from 9:30-10:30am. For more information call Russell Lundsgaard at 847-724-6344.

Baby Jesus in the Womb - 6 Months

At the gestational age of 6 months, Baby Jesus was13 inches long and weighed about 28 ounces. His eyes were beginning to open and he had finger and toe prints. His oil and sweat glands were functioning.
Jesus, knit so wonderfully in the womb of Mary, have mercy on us.

Volunteers Needed

The Archdiocese of Chicago Immigration Ministry needs volunteers to deliver meals to migrants living in temporary quarters at many Chicago Police Districts. Meals are delivered twice a day. For more information, please contact Ray Gavin at BOVI1@prodigy.net

Donations Needed

Chicago Police are seeking donations to help them care for newly arrived asylum seekers staying in the police stations. Items most urgently needed are:
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Yoga mats or sleeping mats
  • Unused underwear and socks
  • Small suitcases, duffle bags and backpacks
  • Cold medicines and anti-fungal creams Please leave your donations in the vestibule in bags or boxes marked “Police”. Thank you!

Help Wanted

Catholic Charities needs volunteers to deliver warm meals to homebound senior citizens in Maine Township. For more information call Ray Gavin at 847-729-7242.


Zapraszamy na rozaniec po Polsku w kazdy poniedzialek o gdzinie 730pm. Please join us in praying the Rosary in Polish on Mondays at 7:30pm.

Adult Choir Singers Sought

The SCL Adult Choir is looking for new members and voices. No experience is necessary to join the choir, just an interest in singing. The Adult Choir rehearses on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the church. The first rehearsal of the 2023-24 choir season is Thursday, September 7. Please come if you’d like to join. For more information, please contact Julia Bray at music@stcatherinelaboure.com

Children's Choir

The Children's Cherub Choir will sing at the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday. Rehearsal will take place at 4:00pm that day in the church. No experience is needed; all children of the parish are welcome to join! Contact Julia Bray, music@stcatherinelaboure.com, with any questions.

From Our SPRED Ministry

SPRED is a small group of adults (Catechists) who share faith and friendship with each other and with Friends with cognitive and emotional disabilities. It is a very special and rewarding ministry. As one Catechist reflects, “As a SPRED Catechist, a gift I waited a long time to receive, I am called to walk a journey of faith with our SPRED Friends and Catechists. On this faith journey, our SPRED Friends have modeled and taught me what living in Christ’s love looks like, and what unconditional love feels like. Yes, I am called to help our Friends feel the love of God, but most days, they are reminding me of His love for us.” Here at SCL, our Friends are young adults between the ages of 17 and 21 years who are very enthusiastic about their faith and the chance to be part of our SPRED community. If you too are enthusiastic about your faith, perhaps you’d like to join SPRED. We’d love to have you! If you’d like to discuss this further, please contact Sara at saradicesare@sclschool-glenview.org or Madelynn at 847-724-6338 or bulletin@stcatherinelaboure.com.

SPRED needs Partners

Watch our video here to see a beautiful expression of the Spirit of SPRED!

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.
This ministry needs a new leader; please consider being that person!

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.

Prayer for Unborn Children

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,
we pray:

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 lives. Amen

Baby Jesus in the Womb -- One month after conception, Baby Jesus had grown from a single cell to an embryo about one quarter of an inch long. His brain, spinal cord and heart had already begun to form. His genetic identity began at conception, including His hair and eye color. The beginnings of every organ of His body were present. His eyes had started to appear and He had little buds where His arms and legs would grow.

Jesus, Word made flesh, taking on a human body in the womb of Mary, have mercy on us.

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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 http://annualcatholicappeal.com

Divine Mercy

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

Liturgical Ministers Wanted

Our parish needs liturgical ministers.

  • To volunteer as a reader/lector, contact Bill or Carol Cook at 847-226-3878 or billcook05@comcast.net. Training is available.
  • To join either the traditional choir or the guitar ensemble, contact Diana York, Music Minister at music@stcatherinelaboure.com. Both choirs sing at Mass on the third and fourth Sunday of each month. The traditional choir practices on Thursday evenings and leads song at the 9:00am Mass. The ensemble practices on Wednesday evenings and leads song at the 11:00am Mass.
  • To be an altar server (5th grade through high school), contact Jessie Kunnel at jessiekunnel@yahoo.com. Training is available.

Consider a QCD Gift

Jesus told us, “Whatever you do for the least of my people, you do for me.” Every day we have the opportunity to see the face of Jesus in others and be the face of Jesus to others.
Making a gift from your IRA can benefit you and our parish. An IRA charitable rollover, also known as a qualified charitable distribution (QCD), allows individuals age 70½ or older to authorize their IRA administrator to make a direct transfer of funds from their IRA to qualified charities, tax-free.
Those who give with a QCD enjoy three main benefits:

  • If you are 72 years old or older, the amount you transfer can satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution.
  • The amount transferred directly to charity does not generate taxable income, which may reduce your annual income level. This may help lower your Medicare premiums and decrease the amount of Social Security that is subject to tax.
  • Your gift will be immediately used, allowing you to see the impact of your gift now.

If you would like more information on making a QCD gift, contact Eileen Mantych at businessmanager@stcatherinelaboure.com or 847-729-1414 or Krystina M. Campbell, Planned Giving Officer, Archdiocese of Chicago at kcampbell@archchicago.org or 312-534-5404.

Honor Our Military

Please take time to give thanks for those who have served and are serving in our military and to pray for the safety of those who may currently be in harm’s way. In a special way, we thank and pray for these parishioners and relatives of parishioners.

He Who Sacrificed His Life

Those Still Serving
JAY MARTIN, Nephew of Becky and Tom Brennan
JESSICA CAMERON, Niece of the Cameron Family
JOHN PODCZASKI, Grandson of Genevieve Podczaski
STEVEN TUMBARELLO, Son of Sylvia & Vince Tumbarello
CRAIG BEHRENDT, Grand-nephew of Sister Mary Helen
DANIEL BELZER, Nephew of Dave & Bev Belzer
MICHAEL KELLY, Nephew of Kevin and Kathy Kelly
EUGENE WALL, Nephew of Suzanne Lessner
NAILL SWIDER, Grand-nephew of Alice Swider
BRYAN DUFF, Son of Julie Duff
RYAN BLOCHBERGER, Nephew of Mae Grady
TIMOTHY DWORKIN, Grandson of Barbara Bouska
ALEXIS GONZALES, Great-niece of Eden & Lyle Gonzales-Nemzin
JACK MAHON, JR., Son of Jack, Sr. & Eileen Mahon

To add or remove someone, please send the person’s name and relationship (optional) to bulletin@stcatherinelaboure.com

Holy Family Adoration Chapel

We invite anyone seeking to reconnect with our Lord for one hour a week. Contact Evie Ulivieri at evuliv@gmail.com to schedule a time. Please include your name, phone number and the hour you wish to spend in adoration.

Altar Servers Needed

Altar servers are once again needed at all Sunday masses. Training is available for new servers. If your child is interested becoming a server, the first part of their training is to watch the YouTube video at tinyurl.com/ SCLaltar three times. As they watch, they should pay attention to the details of the Mass. The second part is a 1-hour training session in church. Contact Jessie Kunnel to schedule this training— by email at jessiekunnel@yahoo.com or by text at 847-977-7827. We appreciate all our servers for volunteering to serve the Lord in this way.

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 communities.

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.

Finance Council
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.

School Board
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 pastor@stcatherinelaboure.com or drop off your information at the rectory.

Father James Murphy Scholarship Fund

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 jreuter@sclschool-glenview.org.
~ Jodi Reuter, Principal

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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

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

Domestic Violence Assistance

Remember, you are not alone. If you are a victim of domestic violence, or know someone who is, and in need of help, please contact:

  • Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Assistance 312.622.7106
  • Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline 877.863.6338
  • WINGS 847.221.5680
  • Life Span 312.408.1210
  • YWCA 877.718.1868

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.
This ministry needs a new leader; please consider being that person!

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 773-525-0453 x221

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 maranda@archchicago.org for the Zoom link.

Catholic Charities

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 assistance.

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 amckernin@catholiccharities.net. Protective gear provided. Health protocols enforced.

If you would like to explore other ways to support Catholic Charities, please contact Andrew McKernin, Volunteer Relations Project Manager, at 312-655-7557 or amckernin@catholiccharities.net.

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 rjvtiger@comcast.net , Deacon Rod at rodranola@yahoo.com or 312-607-9999, or the parish center.

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.

Planned Giving

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 plannedgiving@archchicago.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 tfitzgib@aol.com or call 773-206-4433.

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.

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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:
  • 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.

Movie Available
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 advocate.

"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.

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