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Meet Diana York, Director of Music

Diana York has joined St. Catherine Labouré Parish as Director of Music. She comes to us with many years of experience as a Director of Sacred Music, Choral Director, Church Organist and Pianist. For the past six years, Diana has shared her gift of music at St. James Chapel of the Archdiocese of Chicago. She is skilled at a broad range of Sacred Music including traditional, contemporary and blended style. Diana has spent 20+ years as a Director of Music and Organist in area churches. Diana has studied Choral Music and the Pipe Organ and Piano since age 12 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Elmhurst College and a Master’s Degree from Loyola University of Chicago. In her role as Music Director at SCL, she seeks to support and encourage the people of the parish to grow in their faith through community and personal expression of music.

Meet Eileen Mantych, Business Manager

I am honored to serve this caring and giving community as your Business Manager. Like many of you, I believe in service to God and our community. While raising my four wonderful children, Katherine, Madeline, Thomas and Joseph, I volunteered as a Religious Education Teacher, coach, Girl Scout leader, PTA Board Member, and tutor, and I’m just finishing a five-year term as the Treasurer of The Mount Prospect Library Foundation. All of thiis would not have been possible without the loving support of my husband, Tom.
Serving God and my community is a very important part of who I am; I was blessed to have parents who taught us not only to give, but to give our very best. That drive help me earn my CPA and land several rewarding jobs. I have been in management roles at Heller Financial and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In these positions, I had great mentors who supported me and gave me the tools and confidence to run an organization. I am excited to use this knowledge and my strong work ethic to service this parish.   ~ Eileen Mantych

Help Our Religious Education Program

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!

Theology on tap

Young adults are invited to any of the summer sessions for Theology on Tap. Go to archchicago.org/theology-on-tap for the full line-up and to register. Here are a few upcoming offerings in our local vicariate:

  • Monday, July 15, 6:30pm – “The Life-Changing Magic of Spiritual Tidiness: Ignatian Spirituality and Marie Kondo” by Chelsea Piper at Marge’s Still, 1758 North Sedgwick Street, Chicago
  • Thursday, July 18, 7:00pm – “City Spirituality: Learning to Pray as Young Adult” by Chelsea Piper at Mrs. Murphy's Irish Bistro, 3905 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
  • Tuesday, July 23, 6:30pm – “Secularism vs Sacramental Worldview” by Fr. Connor Danstrom at Moretti's Ristorante & Pizzeria, 6727 North Olmsted Avenue, Chicago

Retreat for Widowed People

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 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.

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 South River Road in Des Plaines. Please join the Rosary Vigil on Saturday, July 20, 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.

Retreat for Single Catholics

If you’re looking for a special experience of Catholic community and spiritual enrichment, then join like-minded single Catholics from all over the country at an upcoming retreat at University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, July 26-28. Kim Clarity, Fr. Thomas Loya, and Jim Martini will present on the theme, “Remaining Relational in an Unrelational World.” The weekend will also include music, time for reflection, Mass, fellowship and more. Space is limited so register now! For more details and to register visit www.JPIIevents.com If you have a question the website doesn’t answer, call 512-766-5798.

Senior Singles

The next meeting of the Senior Singles will be Sunday, July 28 at 3:00pm in the Kinane Center at St. Paul of the Cross in the Kinane Center, 215 Ridge Terrace in Park Ridge and all our single senior neighbors are invited. This meeting will feaure a presentation by Melissa Winterhalter of Athletico Physical Therapy in Des Plaines. Melissa will help us learn how to "Stay On Our Toes, Not On Our Nose." Afterward this, the group will enjoy dinner at The Ram Restaurant and Brewery, 9520 West Higgins in Rosemont. Make reservations for dinner by Wednesday, July 24 with Loretta Fleischmann 847-696-3061, lfleischmann@sbcglobal.net , or Helen Roppel, 847-823-2998, hmroppel@gmail.com.

A Journey of Music and Art

St. Gregory the Great Church will be the setting for a mystical meld of music and art called “Thieves, Pilgrims and Dreamers.” The Stapletons, a Pittsburgh-based folk duo, will kick off a national tour with a debut of music from their new album, Thieves and Dreamers. These original folk ballads follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as they journey among Indigenous Peoples from Mississippi to the Pacific.
Complementing the Stapletons’ music will be the debut of Pilgrimage, a cycle of paintings by Chicago artist, Patrick Lyne, which likewise follows the mysterious, often torturous, but ultimately illuminative journey of friendship and relationship.
This event takes place on Saturday, July 27 at 7:00pm. It is open to all at no charge but free- will offerings will be greatly appreciated. St. Gregory the Great is at 5535 North Paulina Street in Chicago. For more information, call 773-561-3546.

Fatima Shrine Anniversary

On Saturday, August 17, our parish will celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of our Shrine to Our Lady of Fatima and the Renewal of our Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am, followed by a procession and a light lunch.
In anticipation of this event, please come to a morning of spiritual preparation on Saturday, August 3. This contemplative time begins at 7:20am and includes prayers, the rosary, confession, and a spiritual talk by Sr. Danielle Jacob, CFSN and Pastoral Associate at St. Emily Parish. Following Sr. Danielle’s talk, time will be given for meditation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The morning concludes with Benediction and praying the Angelus at noon.

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, infants sleepers and onesies in sizes 6 and 9 and boys’ clothes in sizes 7 and 8
  • Women's hygene products
  • High Chairs
  • New pacifiers, baby bottles, baby wipes, baby shampoo, baby lotion, or breast pumps

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.