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Gift Cards

Gift Cards are here! St Martha's Guild of the Women's Club will be selling gift cards again this year. When you buy these gift cards, SCL receives a percentage of the card value. Order forms are available in the church vestibule. Thank you!

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

The Book of Life

Throughout the month of November, the Book of Life will be enshrined in the church. You are invited to inscribe the names of your deceased loved ones in this book. These dear departed will be remembered in prayer for the entire month.

In Our Area

Rummage Sale:
St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Wheeling will host its Rummage Sale on Friday, November 8, 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday, November 9, 9:00am-4:00pm, and Sunday, November 10, 9:00am to 2:00pm. New and slightly used clothing, shoes, toys linens, furniture, household items and more will be for sale. St. Joseph is located at 185 West Dundee Road. The sale takes place in Bonner Hall (behind the church).

Fall Arts And Crafts Fair:
Resurrection College Prep High School will host its 27th annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 10, 10:00am-4:00pm. Hand-crafted items, gifts, seasonal items, housewares, jewelry, and treats will be for sale. Admission is $5.00 for persons over 10 years old, $2.00 for senior citizens. Resurrection is located at 7500 West Talcott Avenue in Chicago.

Water Safety Presentation:
The Holy Spirit Life Learning Center invites children and their parents to a Water Safety program conducted by Goldfish Swim School. Children will learn practical ways to stay safe in the water, interact with Bubbles, the Goldfish School’s mascot, and possibly receive a souvenir gift bag. The presentation takes place on Thursday, November 15, 4:30-5:15pm at the Holy Spirit Life Learning Center at 115 North Wolf Road in Wheeling. To register, call 847- 947-8947.

Barbara Rinella

On Tuesday, November 13, St. Ann’s Guild of the SCL Women’s Club will host Barbara Rinella! Barbara will present the book, "Mrs. Grant & Madame Jule" which tells of the friendship of two young girls as well as the love story of Julia and Ulysses S. Grant and the strong first lady she became. Barbara will also preview another former first lady's love story. Doors to the Rec/Blue Room open at 7:00pm and Barbara will perform at 7:30pm Refreshments will be served. Tickets cost $15.00. To reserve your seat, contact Sue Stockbridge, 847-729-0480 or Cathy Kee, 847-724-0170 or joedoor@aol.com.

Cursillo Ultreya

The active lay ecclesial movement at SCL, “Cursillo de Cristiandad” or Cursillo is hosting an event called “Ultreya” to which everyone is invited. Please join us and find out what this small Christian community is and what it does. The Ultreya takes place in the Blue Room on Friday, November 16 at 7:30pm. The witness speaker will be parishioner Alina Dellota and Fr. Maina will be the doctrinal speaker. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you. For more information about this Ultreya or about Cursillo, contact Michael LaTona at 847-971-8431 or the rectory.

St. Vincent De Paul Society

Food Drive: Containers will be in the vestibule during the weekend of November 17 and 18 to collect donations of non-perishable food for Catholic Charities in Des Plaines. If you are unable to bring food that weekend, please consider making a cash donation to the St. Vincent's Poor Box in the vestibule. Your |generosity is always appreciated, but especially now with the holidays rapidly approaching.

Women's Club Christmas Project

The Little Sisters of the Poor operate the St. Joseph Home for the Elderly in Palatine, offering the neediest of every race and creed a home where they will be cared for with dignity and respect. This year the St. Catherine's Women Club is collecting items from their humble wish list. You can put donated items in the box in the vestibule or bring them to the Women's Club Christmas party at Hackney’s on Lake on December 6. For more information, call Maurita at 847-682-0490.

Wish List: Non-flavored regular and decaf coffee, (lots of) boxes of facial tissue, and hand cream; body lotion, shampoo, and body wash—all for sensitive skin.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Join Father Maina on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land January 2-13, 2019. Visit Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the baptismal site. Walk in the foot- steps of Jesus in the places where He, His parents, and His disciples lived, worked and served. Touch and venerate the places where Jesus was conceived and born, where he bled, died, and rose again. Listen to guided scripture meditations in the places that set the scenes of those biblical readings. Stand in the places where miracles happened and where people still pray for them. Sail on the Sea of Galilee and swim in the mineral-laden Dead Sea. Travel through the desert of Jericho and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. Carry the cross with other pilgrims along the Via Dolorosa. Meet other Christians on a journey of faith and build new friendships. Eat local fare and shop for gifts, such as olive wood and mother of pearl, handmade by Arab Christian artisans. The cost is $3,339 per person, based on double occupancy. Register before August 20 to qualify for the Early Booking savings! For questions, contact Corporate Travel Service at 866-468-1420.

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.