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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us in celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Shrine to
Our Lady of Fatima. Next Saturday, August 13, we will
host a day of spiritual preparation from 8:00am until noon.
We’ll begin our preparation with Mass followed by the praying
of the rosary at the shrine. Then, Fr. James Presta will offer
“Reflections on the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” after
which we will have adoration and meditation, confessions, and
benediction. We will conclude by praying the Angelus.
On Saturday, August 20, our anniversary celebration will begin
in church with Holy Mass at 11:00am. After Mass we will process
around the parking lot with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima
from the shrine while reciting a Living Holy Rosary. Following the
procession, we will pray a Renewal of Consecration to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Knights of Columbus Prayer Service
The Knights of Columbus are proud to host the "Silver Rose
of Our Lady of Guadalupe" for a Rosary and Prayer
Service. The event will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual
Help Church on Tuesday August 23, beginning at 7:00pm. The
Rosary will be offered in petition to Mother Mary for the protection
of human life, from conception till natural death. We hope you will
join us for this beautiful and meaningful ceremony. Cake and coffee
will be served in McDonnell Hall immediately afterwards. For more
information, please send an email to email@example.com.
Knights of Columbus Golf Outing
The Knights of Columbus, Bishop Hillinger Assembly, invites you to its
2nd Annual Golf Outing on Saturday, August 20. This event will take
place at Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 Milwaukee Avenue in
Wheeling. The cost to golf is $75 which includes a hot dog or
bratwurst, soft drink, and chips at the turn. Bag drop takes place
at 10:30am and tee times start at 1:00pm. Families and businesses
are also invited to sponsor a hole for $50. Prizes and a hole-in-one
contest are also part of the fun. For more information, contact
Ray Kimoto at 847-525-9048 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbors in Need
The Women’s Club is holding a collection
for the Northfield Township Food Pantry
for three weeks during July. Women’s
personal care products are in greatest need, so
please consider donating feminine hygiene products
(tampons and pads). The pantry also needs body
wash, shampoo and conditioner, laundry detergent,
household cleaners and diapers sizes 5 and 6.
Please put your donations in the yellow bin in the
church vestibule. Thank you for your generosity.
If you have any questions, please contact Carol
Staniec at email@example.com or
SCL’s Asian American Association is excited to invite
you to save the date for our “Together Again” Dinner
Dance, to be held on Friday, September 23, at
Chateau Ritz, 9100 North Milwaukee Avenue in Niles.
Advanced tickets will cost $70; at the door, they will
cost $75. We will have a raffle with a $500 grand
prize and many consolation prizes as well. We will also
have a souvenir program for ads or messages. Proceeds
from this event will be used to help renovate the sacristy.
Tickets will be on sale after all Masses on August 27-28
and September 3-4. To purchase space in the souvenir
book, please contact Yen at 847-477-8999 or Bertha
at 630-904-0765. We look forward to being
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Madelynn at 847-724-6338 or
SPRED needs Partners
Watch our video here to see a
beautiful expression of the Spirit of SPRED!
If you would like information about joining the SCL SPRED ministry as a Catechist or
if you know someone with cognitive or emotional disabilities who might enjoy
being part of SPRED, please contact our parish coordinator,
Madelynn Macur Brousil at 847-970-2064 or
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…after
lunch, Lucia, together with Francisco and his elder
brother John, left for a place called Valinhos…
[T]owards four o’clock, 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.
…Our Lady was about to come and Jacinta was
not there! Lucia called out to John, “Go quickly
and get Jacinta! Our Lady is coming!” John bolted
off to get her.…Just as John and Jacinta reached
the field, a second flash rent the air. A few moments
later, the brilliant Lady appeared...The Lady was
rewarding the children for their fidelity.
“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.
If they had not taken you to the village, the
miracle would have been greater. St. Joseph
will come with the Baby Jesus to give peace to
the world. Our Lord also will come to bless the
people. Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady
of Sorrows will also come.”...
Lucia then spoke...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
On December 10, 1925, Jesus and Mary came to Lucia. …
Mary then said, “My daughter, look at My Heart surrounded
with the thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every
moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least
try to console me, and say that I promise to assist at the hour of
death with all the graces necessary for salvation all those who on
the first Saturday of five consecutive months, go to Confession and
receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and
keep me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on
the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation
Please come to the next First Saturday of the month, at 7:20am to pray
the Rosary, attend the 8:00am Mass, and then meditate on the
mysteries of the Rosary.
Online Faith Development
Bioethical issues—issues that exist at the intersection of
science, medicine, morality, and law—affect our daily
lives in many ways. Faced with the changing landscape
of developing technology and shifting ethical norms,
the Church seeks to provide a clear and constant voice to champion
the dignity of the human person at every stage of life. In a program
called “Catholic Bioethics,” you can study a broad range of topics
on bioethics that touch on contemporary moral questions from
conception to death. This free, live online program is given by
Reverend Thomas Davis, JD, LL.M of Liberty Institute for Faith and
Ethics and offered by Institute of Catholic Culture. It will run on
Mondays from May 16 to October 17, 7:00-8:15pm. For more
information and to enroll, go to InstituteofCatholicCulture.org/events
until Tuesday, May 3. Or you can call 540-635-7155.
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
Baby Bottle Project
The Women’s Centers needs your help more
than ever. Each year, the Baby Bottle Project has
been their major fundraising effort. With Mass
attendance restricted, the traditional distribution
of Baby Bottles has been quite limited. Because
of this, a Virtual Baby Bottle Project is now
available. Please consider making a donation at
www.gotwc.org Click on “Virtual Baby Bottles.”
Be sure to note our parish name in the designation
drop down menu on the donation page so our
community can be thanked for everyone’s
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,
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
Liturgical Ministers Wanted
Our parish needs liturgical ministers.
- To volunteer as a reader/lector, contact Bill or Carol Cook at
847-226-3878 or email@example.com. Training is available.
- To join either the traditional choir or the guitar ensemble, contact
Diana York, Music Minister at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
847-729-1414 or Krystina M. Campbell, Planned Giving Officer,
Archdiocese of Chicago at email@example.com or
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
SANG HOON LEE
MORRIS COREY MCMAHON, SON OF CHRIS & JULIE MCMAHON
To add or remove someone, please send the person’s name and relationship (optional) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Family Adoration Chapel
We invite anyone
seeking to reconnect with our Lord for
one hour a week. Contact Evie Ulivieri
at email@example.com to schedule a
time. Please include your name, phone
number and the hour you wish to spend
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or drop off your
information at the rectory.
Call to Action
Governor Pritzker is planning to make
devastating cuts to Illinois’ Tax Credit
Scholarship Program. This program serves
low-income and working-class families in addition
to withholding required public education funding
increases. Such a move would be harmful to
students across Illinois. Making these cuts to TCS
does not help support those most in need, and
scholarships for kids are not “corporate
loopholes.” Let your elected officials know how
important this program is to you, your family,
and your school community. Go to
please contact your representative to let them
know how important this program is for our school
If you have been thinking of donating to the
tax credit scholarship program, please contact
Eileen Mantych, SCL Business Manager at
Janice C. Seipp, SCL School Marketing at
firstname.lastname@example.org before making
Crusaders Duck Race Fundraiser
The Crusaders Duck Race proceeds will
benefit our school. This fundraiser will be held via
Facebook. Please join our Facebook group,
How a Duck Race Works
- Races will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and
Fridays. To start, there will be 10 races per night
with valuable prizes such as electronics, gift cards,
cash, and lottery scratch-offs for the winners.
Twenty-five people will participate in each race.
Each participant will pay a certain amount to
enter the race.
- Once a prize is posted, the first 25 members
to comment “Me” on the Facebook post will
participate in the race. Each race lasts about
20 seconds and is held on Facebook Live.
- To secure your participation in a race, after
commenting “Me” on the post, you need to
submit your entry fee via GiveCentral by noon
on the day of the race. For example, to enter
the race for an Amazon $200 gift card, all
you’ll need to pay is $12! The entry fee may
vary based on the prize value.
- Winners will be tagged on Facebook after the
race and can claim their prizes at the school, or
ask that an e-gift card be emailed to them.
Other School News
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 email@example.com.
~ Jodi Reuter, Principal
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
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.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
Catholic Charities - Covid-19 Update
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
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 email@example.com. Protective
gear provided. Health protocols enforced.
If you would like to explore other ways to
support Catholic Charities during this time,
please contact Andrew McKernin, Volunteer
Relations Project Manager, at 312-655-7557
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
firstname.lastname@example.org , Deacon Rod at
email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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 email@example.com
"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 firstname.lastname@example.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.