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Re-gift to the Women's Center

If you have Christmas gifts you can’t use, please consider donating them to The Women’s Centers for our Silent Auction. We need new items such as gifts for men, women or children, gift certificates to restaurants, theaters, or sporting events, sports equipment, housewares, jewelry, electronic or technology items, etc. If you can’t use it, we can! Please contact Dolores at 773-794-1313.

Religious Education Program

Classes meet January 13 and 20.
Classes will not meet on January 27 as we observe Catholic Schools Sunday.
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 scl_re@yahoo.com or 847-724-2240, x1.

Planned Giving

As we approach the end of this holiday season, let us remember the joy in giving and in sharing the blessings we have received. 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.

Life Learning Center Program

The Holy Spirit Life Learning Center, a ministry of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, offers educational and skill building programs for children and adults from January 7 to March 16. Registration is $30.00 and you may take as many classes as you like. The Center provides child care while parents are attending a program and homework help for children is available at no additional cost. Programs include English as a Second Language, Citizenship Preparation Exam Preparation, Basic Computer, Fitness/Strength Building, Knitting/Crocheting, Basic Sewing and Spiritual Direction. For more information, visit us at 115 North Wolf Road in Wheeling or contact us at 847-947-8947 or hsllcwheeling@gmail.com.

March for Life Chicago Mass & Brunch

Join Aid for Women (Pregnancy Care Centers and Residential Programs) to pray and stand for Life on Sunday, January 13. The event begins with Mass at 10:00am with brunch afterward at Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago. Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation will be the guest speaker. The cost for this event is $75.00 per adult and $30 per child, ages 4-12 years. Reserve your place at helpaidforwomen.org/mass-brunch2019. Following this, walk in the March for Life Chicago beginning at 2:00pm in Federal Plaza, at 50 West Adams Street. For more information, call 312-621-1107 or go to marchforlifechicago.com.

Parent Effectiveness Training

Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) offers proven communication skills that really work. You can learn these powerful skills. Classes are held at Our Lady of Perpetual on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00pm beginning January 23. The cost is $200.00 for one person from a family, $100.00 for each additional person from the same family, and $30.00 for those repeating the program. Tuition covers materials and the rest of the proceeds go to the OLPH Youth Group. Registration is open at petwinter2019.eventbrite.com . For more information, contact Margaret Pasquesi at margaretpasquesi.com or Liz Swider at e-swider@comcast.net

Care for the Sick

If you are interested in becoming a Minister of Care, please plan to attend the five-week training for new Ministers of Care beginning Tuesday, January 29 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 each week from 7:00 to 9:00pm. To register, contact Zeny de Guzman at zenydeguzman@yahoo.com or Mike Field at mikefield76@gmail.com.

Retreat Opportunity

If you are a “Mid-life Single,” (mid-30s to 50s) and looking for a renewed sense of purpose and belonging, consider a life- changing REFLECT weekend retreat at the Joseph & Mary Retreat House in Mundelein. This retreat takes place February 22-24. The cost is $215 for meals and a single room. For more information, call 630-222-8303, visit ReflectRetreat.com, send email to reflect.chicagoland@gmail.com.

Golden Rose Award Winner

Congratulations to Melissa Zerwic on being chosen for the Golden Rose Award from the ACCW Vicariate II! This award is given to a dynamic Catholic high school girl who not only excels at volunteering but lives her faith openly. She will be honored at the Catholic Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s breakfast. We are very proud of Melissa.

Open Hearts Award Grants

Jaden Dias is a 14-year-old parishioner who is proud of the many ways our parish includes people of all abilities and cultivates a spirit of inclusion. Jaden wrote in his winning Junior Open Hearts Award essay that “Jesus is our role model and he loves each and every one of us. We have a duty to follow his example and welcome all people to participate with us at Mass.” We will apply Jaden’s Award grant of $1,000.00 toward transmitters for Assistive Listening Devices so persons with hearing loss will then be able to better enjoy events in the Recreation (Blue) Room and Marian Hall. Thank you Jaden! The full cost of the purchase and installation of transmitters for both rooms is $3,924.00. If you would like to help with the remainder of the cost, please put your donation in an envelope marked “Inclusion,” place it in the Sunday collection, and know that we are grateful. As always, please contact Janice Seipp at scl.inclusion@yahoo.com or 847-528-7025 for any inclusion help.!

Pancake Breakfast

It’s time for the Annual Pancake Breakfast, the fund- raiser of the SCL Youth Group. Proceeds from this breakfast help to pay for the annual service trip with Habitat for Humanity as well as other spiritual, service, and social events. With thanks for past support, we reach out again to ask your involvement. First, please save the date and come enjoy our breakfast on Sunday, February 10. Second, please help us to defray the costs of the pancake breakfast with a donation of cash or any of the items below. Contact Ned or Gail Zerwic at 847-562-1299 about making your donation.

  • Krusteaz Pancake Mix
  • Pancake syrup
  • Rental of pancake griddle
  • Breakfast sausages
  • Fresh fruits
  • Orange, apple and cranberry juice
  • Margarine tubs
  • Milk and half & half
  • Aluminum pans (full or half sizes)
  • Sterno

Widows and Widowers Support Group

The WWSG offers fellowship for both widows and widowers from Glenview and surrounding communities. The group meets for one hour at 9:30am on the third Monday of each month in the Francis Room at OLPH. Light refreshments are served and all are welcome. For more information, contact SCL parishioner Irene Alwan at 847-525-4454.

Adult Faith Formation

SCL Faith Formation Ministry is offering a six-week course, Introduction to Christian Anthropology, to explore the Christian vision of human nature. Join us for an in-depth look at the development of our human societies and cultures as we study the biblical creation stories, original sin, death, judgment, heaven and hell. Our teacher, Fr. Matthew Bozovsky, is a priest at Our Lady of Ransom in Niles. He is also Adjunct Faculty and Spiritual Director at USML and the Permanent Deaconate Program. His advanced degrees are in biology and theology. The course meets on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30pm, beginning February 12. The cost is $25.00 and pre-registration is encouraged. For more information or to pre-register, contact Karen at 847-826-4704 or kitchsbest@aol.com .

Help on Golf Committee

This year the golf fundraising committee needs some new members. You don’t need to golf or understand the game (very few of us do)! We need someone who can help with all the paperwork, such as tracking gift card donations, managing advertisement requests, preparing auction bid sheets etc. We also need someone who can use a computer to help those handling these tasks. Lastly, we would welcome committee members to help recruit golfers and hole sponsors. It would be great if you could attend our meetings but would understand if you don’t. We are a ‘divide and conquer committee,’ each with our own responsibilities. Our meetings last about an hour as members share progress reports and ideas. Please consider joining us. If you are interested, email sclplaygolf@gmail.com or speak with Janice Seipp, Kathy Snow, Marcia Doeden, Ray Kimoto or Shereen Olickal.

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.

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 amalou8@yahoo.com. 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 carolcook05@comcast.net. Training is provided. If you would like to be an Altar Server, please contact jessiekunnel@yahoo.com. Before coming to the training, watch a short YouTube video here. Watch it three times. It is less than 15 minutes long

Volunteers Needed

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 dyonkers@catholiccharities.net 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. 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.