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Holy Family Adoration Chapel

We are pleased to announce a limited re-opening of the Adoration Chapel. The number of hours the chapel will be open will depend on how many adorers wish to reclaim or schedule a Holy Hour. We invite anyone seeking to reconnect with our Lord for one hour a week. Contact Evie Ulivieri at evuliv@gmail.com to schedule a time. Please include your name, phone number and the hour you wish to spend in adoration.

Rosary Devotions

You are invited to two special observances in honor of this Month of the Holy Rosary. On Wednesday, October 13, beginning at 6:00pm in the church, come and pray a Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help, participate in a Eucharistic Celebration and join in a Candlelight Living Rosary.
On Saturday, October 16, come for Holy Mass at 8:00am and stay for exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, meditation, confession, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and Benediction. Then join a Rosary Rally that begins with praying the Joyful Mysteries in church, followed by the Sorrowful Mysteries at the Choose Life Shrine, the Luminous Mysteries at the Fatima Shrine, and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Finally, take part in a procession from the church along Thornwood Avenue to Greenwood Road where the congregation will pray the Angelus and the Glorious Mysteries.

September Social

The Knights of Columbus invite you to join them for their September Social Night on Monday, September 27 at 7:00pm in the lunchroom. We will celebrate Oktoberfest with German food and beer. Bring your own stein; a prize will be awarded for the fanciest! Lederhosen are optional. Please come for food and fellowship and meet the Knights who serve our parish!

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 jessiekunnel@yahoo.com or by text at 847-977-7827. We appreciate all our servers for volunteering to serve the Lord in this way.

Eagle Scout Project

Hello. My name is CJ Rascher, a 2019 graduate of SCL and currently a Boy Scout with Troop 69 in Glenview. I am working on my Eagle project with St. Catherine Labouré School. I am building two benches and three picnic tables. I am also disassembling the old benches and picnic tables as well as cleaning out the east side of the school’s soccer field and power-washing the preschool deck. I am reaching out to ask for your help in funding this project. The initial cost estimate for this project is $2,000.

My project will consist of the following:

Building/Delivering
  • Two benches for the soccer field
  • Three picnic tables for the preschool
Cleaning/Disassembling
  • Power-washing the preschool deck
  • Removing the brush from the east side of the soccer field
  • Disassembling and removing three old picnic tables
  • Disassembling and removing two old benches

If you’d like to support this work at SCL, please make out a check payable to St. Catherine Labouré (Memo: CJ Rascher Eagle Project) and send it to:

St. Catherine Labouré
3535 Thornwood Avenue
Glenview,Illinois 60026.

You can also donate through St. Catherine Labouré’s GiveCentral page at https://www.givecentral.org/location/183/event/30435 or by texting eaglescout (one word) to 847-262-4981. If donations exceed the cost of the project, these funds will be donated to St. Catherine Labouré parish/school.

Thanks.
CJ Rascher

Fatima Message of September 13th, 1917

Fatima, Portugal: Lucia’s Words

When they finally arrived at the holm oak, Lucia as usual started the Rosary, with the people responding. They were almost finished when the children arose to scan the horizon. They had seen the flash. Our Lady would soon come. A few moments passed. A globe of light appeared before the crowd, and the all Holy Queen of Angels was standing over the holm oak.

“What do You want of me?” Lucia spoke very humbly. “Let the people continue to say the Rosary every day to obtain the end of the war,” Our Lady responded.... “In the last month, in October, I shall perform a miracle so that all may believe in My apparitions. ... Saint 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. God is pleased with your sacrifices but does not wish that you wear the rope when you go to sleep. Wear it only during the day.” Lucia then said, “Many people say that I am a swindler who should be hanged or burned. Please perform a miracle for all to believe.” “Yes, in October, I will perform a miracle so that all may believe.” “Some people gave me these letters for you and a bottle of cologne.” Lucia did not want to forget any requests. “None of that is needed in Heaven.”

Our Lady then began to leave. Lucia, pointing towards the East, shouted to the people, “If you want to see Our Lady, look that way!” They looked eagerly towards the East and many saw the luminous globe now ascending towards Heaven.

Ministry Training

Training for new Ministers of Care will begin Wednesday, September 29, at St. Benedict Village, Nursing and Rehabilitation in Niles and continue for five consecutive Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00pm. COVID-19 vaccination is required. If you’re interested, contact Mike Field at mrf716@sbcglobal.net or Zeny de Guzman at zenydeguzman@yahoo.com

A Rose for Life

Respect Life Sunday is October 3, a day to celebrate the precious gift of life given by God. Honor a loved one living or deceased by purchasing a rose in their name. The rose will be placed outside at the “Choose Life” shrine on Respect Life Sunday, along with a list of the names of those being honored. Order forms will be available in the vestibule before and after all Masses starting next weekend.

New Program for Men

Men of SCL, a new program is coming called That Man Is You. This program can help you become better husbands, fathers, and Catholics as well as strong, faithful leaders of your families. It tackles the issues, temptations, and struggles that men face in our culture and offers a plan to overcome these obstacles.
To start this program at SCL requires a core team of 5-6 men. The program would run from early September to early May every Friday from 5:45 to 7:00am. If you’re interested in joining the program or core team, contact Ford Culbertson at 847-343-4330 or ford@deerfieldbakery.com

Donate Your Shoes...

to children and youth in Africa. All sizes are welcome as well as roller skates. Help people in need and reduce waste in landfills too! Donated pairs should be tied or banded together and put in the bins in the church vestibule. For more information, contact Janice Seipp at scl.inclusion@yahoo.com or 847-528-7025.

Renew My Church

By now, you have heard or read about the Archdiocesan initiative, “Renew My Church (RMC)”. You may, however, have questions such as, what is it, why is it, how does it concern SCL, or how does it concern me? These are all very good questions which we will attempt to answer over the coming months.
Today, let’s give you a superficial answer to each of these questions. RMC is an acknowledgement by the Archdiocese that it has, and will have, fewer priests and fewer practicing Catholics, many of whom are migrating away from older parishes. So, the Archdiocese has initiated RMC to get ahead of this trend and be able to serve as an effective shepherd to us, its flock.
The method of doing this is through parish groupings. SCL’s grouping is composed of St. Norbert and Our Lady of the Brook, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and SCL. Each parish has a Grouping Team of 8-10 people (pastors, parishioners and 1-2 staff). The Grouping Teams recently met at St. Norbert’s to begin the process.
At the outset of this first meeting, the Archdiocese’s representatives disclosed that no merger of any of the three parishes is contemplated. You may be thinking then, why meet? The reason is that, although no merger is contemplated, in the process of renewal it may be advantageous to combine certain ministries across two or all of the parishes. Consequently, dialogue is necessary to properly discern what these advantages are.
Finally, implicit in the name of the initiative is “Renewal”. We discussed three elements of Renewal: personal; cultural; and structural. At our most recent meeting, we focused only on the first element, personal. By personal renewal, we are asked to become aware of how God is calling each of us and how we may best discern what that calling is. It may be through religious retreats, spiritual direction, personal and communal prayer, etc.
At out next meeting, we will explore the cultural element of Renewal. As always, please pray for the Grouping Teams as they do for you at the opening and closing of these meetings.

Online Bible Study

As the world slowly begins to recover from the turmoil of the past year, join Mundelein Seminary rector Father John Kartje for an in-depth tour through biblical accounts of restoration from chaotic times. Allow the scriptures to be your guide to spiritual healing and renewal. Register at www.usml.edu/bible-study

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 communities.

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.

Finance Council
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.

School Board
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 pastor@stcatherinelaboure.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 https://p2a.co/aiqfyfw#TCSHelpsKids and please contact your representative to let them know how important this program is for our school community.

If you have been thinking of donating to the tax credit scholarship program, please contact Eileen Mantych, SCL Business Manager at businessmanager@stcatherinelaboure.com or Janice C. Seipp, SCL School Marketing at jseipp@sclschool-glenview.org before making your donation.

Marathon Mission

Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, via the Franciscans of the Eucharist, provides hope to the poor on Chicago’s west side. Consider running in the Chicago Marathon to support Mission OLA. The race is on and registration is open. We have a limited number of guaranteed entries so sign up soon. For details, go to https:// missionola.com/marathon.html for details. For more information or to sign up, contact Sr. Stephanie at olamission@gmail.com or 773-486-8431.

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 http://annualcatholicappeal.com

Baby Bottle Project

Since its founding in 1984, The Women’s Centers of Greater Chicagoland have saved over 40,000 babies from abortion. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, they have continued to provide counseling and support for women considering abortion.
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 generosity.

Note: For parishioners who have been collecting coins throughout the year, a container will be in the vestibule for returning Baby Bottles.

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,
we pray:

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 lives. Amen

Celebrate the Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis recently designated 2021 as the Year of Saint Joseph. Join your future parish priests studying at Mundelein Seminary in a variety of opportunities this year to grow in personal holiness through a spiritual exploration of Saint Joseph. Sign up to receive info on our monthly speaker series, a 30-day Consecration to Saint Joseph with our seminarians and other prayer opportunities: www.usml.edu/year-of-saint-joseph

Crusaders Duck Race Fundraiser

he Crusaders Duck Race proceeds will benefit our school. This fundraiser will be held via Facebook. Please join our Facebook group, www.facebook.com/groups/crusadersduckrace

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 jreuter@sclschool-glenview.org.
~ Jodi Reuter, Principal

Divine Mercy

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

Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Would you like to grow in your love for Jesus and Mary? Consider making a consecration of your life to Jesus through the Blessed Virgin Mary. Preceding the consecration is a 33-day preparation. For a pdf format of the 33 day devotional prayers click here.

Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive
to Support Persons with Special Needs

Please consider a gift this year to help support local non-profit organizations benefiting children and adults with special needs.
Donations may be made online by going to the Glenview Knights of Columbus my giving page. Click or copy and paste this link into your browser:
https://www.mygiving.net/donate/Glenview-KC-ID-Drive
Use the drop-down question on the donation page to indicate which local charity you would like to support. Donations may also be sent by check payable to Knights of Columbus Charities, c/o Knights of Columbus Council 3731, P.O. Box 176, Glenview, IL 60025.
Every donation, large and small, is greatly appreciated! All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. On behalf of the Glenview Knights of Columbus and the very special children and adults we hope to serve, thank you for your continued support. And please share this request with your family and friends!

PGK Rick Nash and Bryan Nash Tootsie Roll Drive Co-Chairmen

Youth Group Activities

High school students who are interested in joining the SCL Youth Group are invited to sign up to receive emails once this year’s program gets underway. We’d like to know how many teens are interested as we begin planning. Please sign up at https://scl3535.flocknote.com/ or text JoinSCL to 84576. Once you sign up, please be sure to take the next step to join the Youth Group.

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

Tolton Teaching Parish Program

Mundelein Seminary is back in session. Seminarians are back from an unusual summer in their home dioceses, being as engaged as they could in ministry. As you know, three seminarians came to Saint Catherine’s in previous years. They are part of the Tolton Teaching Parish Program TTPP. This program works with parishes in helping seminarians grow and develop pastoral skills.
Saint Catherine Labouré is blessed to have three seminarians who will be engaged in ministry as much as they can: Deacon Elliott Zak from Lafayette, IN, Matthew Ockinga from Yakima, WA, and Christopher Epplett from Grand Rapids, MI. They will be around the parish most likely for liturgies for the time being. They will be engaged in other ministries once it is safe for people to meet in person. We also thank Sister Nadiya for all her support as the coordinator of the TTPP. She is working part time at Mundelein Seminary. She is doing an outstanding job especially during this difficult time.

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

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 773-525-0453 x221

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 maranda@archchicago.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 assistance.

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:
http://www.catholiccharities.net/GetHelp.aspx.

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 amckernin@catholiccharities.net. 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 or amckernin@catholiccharities.net.

The Gospel of Life

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Evangelium vitae by St. John Paul II, SCL’s Respect Life Ministry offers this quote from that historic document: “[The Gospel of Life] is therefore meant to be a precise and vigorous reaffirmation of the value of human life and its inviolability, and at the same time a pressing appeal addressed to each and every person, in the name of God: respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life! Only in this direction will you find justice, development, true freedom, peace and happiness!” (The Gospel of Life 5)

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 rjvtiger@comcast.net , Deacon Rod at rodranola@yahoo.com or 312-607-9999, or the parish center.

Women's Club Events - Candle Fundraiser:

St. Mary of the Willows Guild brings you Yankee Candles and more in their fundraising event this year. Visit yankeecandlefundraising.com, enter group number 990095643, then click on “Start Shopping.” Over 500 wonderful products are available and up to 45% of your purchase will be donated to the Women’s Club. For more information, call Marcia Doeden at 847-724-1223.

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 email macur.brousil@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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 tfitzgib@aol.com or call 773-206-4433.

Young Adult Leadership Opportunity

Amate House, a year-long leadership development and service program in Chicago for young adults, ages 21-29, is now accepting applications for its next program cycle that begins in July 2020. To learn more, please check out amatehouse.org or call Amate House to speak with Natalie Crary at 773-376-2445.

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

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.
To donate any of these items, please contact Peggy Gately at margaretgately@sbcglobal.net or call 312-320-5944.

  • Men's Summer Pajamas - Sizes: 2x and 3x
  • Boy's Summer Pajamas - Sizes: 12mo, 5t, 5 and 14/16
  • Girl's and Women's Summer Pajamas - All Sizes
  • Diapers in sizes 5 and 6
  • 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.

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:
  • 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.

Movie Available
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 advocate.

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.

"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.