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Take a Stand for the Unborn

Illinois could become the go-to destination for underage and third trimester abortions. House Bill 2467 and Senate Bill 1594 would repeal the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act allowing minors to have abortions without parental consent or knowledge. House Bill 2495 and Senate Bill 1942 would allow abortions to be obtained at any stage of pregnancy, including late-term and partially born, for any reason and without any regulation. If you oppose this legislation, you can sign prepared letters in the vestibule after all Masses. You can also contact your state legislators whose offices are at 1812 Waukegan Road, Glenview, 60025. Our State Representative is Jennifer Gong- Gershowitz and her phone number is 847-486-8810. Our State Senator is Laura Fine and her phone number is 847-998-1717.

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, whose lives are in danger at the American Women’s Medical Center, 110 S. River Road in Des Plaines. Please join the Rosary Vigil on Saturday, May 18 and the third Saturday of every month, from 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 at 847-724-6344.

Deals on Wheels

Next Saturday, May 18, buy, sell or donate any salable item on wheels (except exercise equipment or grills) in the OLPH parking lot at 1776 Glenview Road. If you’re selling, you set the price knowing that 20% of that price will go to the OLPH Women’s Club which is grateful. It you’re donating or buying, thank you as well. Drop off items between 8:00 and 10:00am, shop between 8:00 and 11:30am (cash or check only), and pick up money from your sold items or reclaim unsold items between 8:30am and noon. Unclaimed items will be donated. For more information, send email to dealsonwheels@gmail.com.

Healing Mass

Next Sunday, May 19, the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated during the 9:30am Mass. This sacrament “gives the person who is sick or with illness the strength, courage, and peace so they can fight through their sickness and see the healing of God.” Anyone who is sick, hurting, injured or frail is invited and encouraged to receive this sacrament. In this sacrament we pray that, if it be God’s will, the person is physically healed. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the sacrament is spiritual healing by which the person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.
Those wishing to be anointed should notify an usher when they arrive next week so they can be seated in the proper place in the church.

La Kermes

The Hispanic Community invites everybody to la Kermes, a party with Mexican food, raffles, games and dancing. Please join us on Saturday, May 25 in Marian Hall. Doors open at 6:00pm. Entrance is free; we sell tickets for food and different activities that day. All are welcome to have fun!

6th Annual Golf and Dinner Dance

Sign up today for the SCL Golf and Dinner Dance Fundraiser on Friday, May 31 at Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 North Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling. Amateurs and pros alike are invited to enjoy a day of golf. Golfers and non-golfers are invited to dine and dance that evening. For more information, send email to sclplaygolf@gmail.com To sign up and pay online, go to SCLplaygolf.com and click "Sign Up Today."
Ticket Donations Wanted Do you have tickets to any sporting events, especially Cubs games, that you would be willing to donate in support of this event? The tickets will be silent auction items proceeds from which will benefit STEM education at SCL School. If you can donate tickets, please send an email to SCLplaygolf@gmail.com or contact Janice Seipp, Kathy Snow, Marcia Doeden, or Shereen Olickal.

Diamonds Are Forever

Catholic Charities invites you to a boutique and luncheon to benefit struggling families in our community. Come to the North Shore Country Club at 2601 Glenview Road in Glenview on Thursday, June 13. The boutique opens at 10:00am and features unique vendors and this season’s fashions from J. McLaughlin. Lunch and a fashion show take place at noon followed by shopping and the raffle of a boutique vendor item. Reserve your place now for $65 which includes lunch, shopping, and the fashion show. Raffle tickets cost $5 each or $20 for six. Reservations and pre-purchased raffle tickets will be held at the door and valet parking is available. The tax-deductible value of each reservation is $30. Please RSVP by May 31 at CatholicCharities.net/diamonds or contact Adriana Kelly at 847-376-2121 or akelly@catholiccharities.net.

Thank You and Farewell

You are invited to celebrate the ministries of Father Maina and Sister Chris during their time at SCL. Come to their Going Away party on Saturday, June 15 beginning with a special Mass at 5:00pm and continuing with festivities in Marian Hall at 6:00pm.
Help Wanted: Please consider helping with this farewell celebration by baking dessert(s), helping out that evening and/or making a monetary donation. For more information, to volunteer and/or to donate, contact Madeline Collins at 847-657-7935.

Candle Fundraiser

St. Mary of the Willows Guild of the SCL Women’s Club brings you the wonderful variety of Yankee Candles in their fundraising event this year until July 10th. Available products start as low as under $10 and 40% of your sale is given back to the Women’s Club. Visit www.yankeecandlefundraising.com, enter group number 990095643, then click on “Start Shopping.” For more information, pick up a brochure in the vestibule or call Marcia Doeden at 847-724-1223.

Retreat for Widowed Peolple

Joyful Again! helps those who are widowed to sort out the changes that widowhood brings and to learn to find joy in living while still treasuring the memories of their spouses. Upcoming Joyful Again! Retreats take place June 22-23 at St. Julie Parish in Tinley Park, July 20-21 at Holy Family Parish in Inverness, and August 10-11 at Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Elmhurst. For information or to register, send email to joyfulagain7211@gmail.com, call 847-354- 7211, or go to joyfulagain.org.

Religious Education Program

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 srnadiya@stcatherinelaboure.com or 847-724-2240, x1.
Please put used inkjet cartridges in the bin in the church vestibule to help the SCL Religious Education program purchase needed supplies from Staples at a generous discount!

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.

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 (by law, car seats must be less than 7 years old ) for 20 to 40 lb.
  • Baby swings or exer-saucers
  • Baby shampoo, lotion, and wipes
  • Baby carriers (front or back)
  • toddler beds
  • Baby shampoo, lotion, and wipes
  • Baby Food and Enfamil formula (no out-of-date please)
  • Diapers in sizes 5 and 6 only and pull-up diapers in all sizes
  • Girl's summer clothes in sizes 2 and 5
  • Boys and girls winter clothing in sizes 2T and larger
  • 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.