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Mission of Our Lady of the Angels

Theology on Tap asks your help to supply 200 students in West Humboldt park with the school supplies they need to succeed. Very affordable supplies can be purchased via the Amazon link below until August 18. All supplies will be shipped directly to Mission Our Lady of the Angels. https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3NM6B3VE9Y17B/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1

Fatima Shrine Aniversary Event

Celebrate the anniversary of our shrine and the renewal of our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Saturday, August 18 at a special 11:00am Mass. After Mass, walk in the neighborhood procession as the celebration and devotion continue.

We seek a volunteer to play a trumpet to salute Mother Mary during our Fatima Shrine Anniversary. If you are, or know of, a trumpet player who is willing to do this, please call Susan Rosal at 847-867-3908.

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 at the American Women’s Medical Center abortion clinic, 110 South River Road in Des Plaines. Join the Rosary Vigil next Saturday, August 18, 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 Lundsgaard at 847-724-6344.

Anoiting of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated during the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, August 19. If you, a relatives or a friend are sick, hurting, homebound, or living in a nursing homes, you are invited and encouraged to receive this sacrament. Additional details will be provided in future bulletins.

Hugs and Stiches

In conjunction with the celebration of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick on Sunday, August 19, prayer shawls and blankets with prayer cards will be available in the church vestibule from 9:00 to 11:00am. These items, made by our parish Hugs and Stitches ministry, are always free to those in need of prayer and comfort.

2018 Annual Mission Appeal

On the weekend of August 25-26, Fr. Dan from The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) will give a mission appeal at SCL. Serving in 13 countries including the United States, SOLT Missionaries bring hope and the love of Jesus and Mary to people living in poverty. They serve migrant farm workers, refugees, Native Americans, orphans, the elderly, families and those undergoing drug rehabilitation. They celebrate the sacraments, teach catechism, and care for the needs of the poor through community and family development projects such as clean water, food and medical care. Your generosity helps these missionaries to bring Christ to the poor.

Prayer for an End to Violence

Join the Black Deacons of Chicago in praying for non-violence and healing of the wounds of violence. The 9th Annual Sunrise Prayer Service and Mass takes place at the Oakwood/41st Street Beach in Chicago on August 25 from 6:30 to 8:30am. Bring only a chair and open hands and heart to pray for the end of violence in our streets, homes, and schools. If it rains, the service will be moved to Holy Angels Church. For more information, contact Valerie Jennings, vjennings@archchicago.org

Parish Picnic

The Saint Catherine Labouré picnic will take place on September 9 after the 11:00am Mass. We hope to see you there. Sign-up sheets will be out in August.

ESL Classes - Clases De Inglés

Registration for all students is Thursday, September 6. Classes take place on Thursdays, September 13 to December 6, from 7:00 to 8:30pm. If you have questions, contact Sarah Lane Hill, 847-533- 2620 or sjlanehill@gmail.com> Please invite others to come.

Día de registración para todos los estudiantes es jueves, 6 de septiembre. Las clases estan jueves, septiembre 13 a diciembre 6, 7:00–8:30pm. ¿Preguntas? Contactar a Sarah Lane Hill, 847-533-2620 o sjlanehill@gmail.com> Invite por favor a otros para juntarse con nosotros en septiembre.

Bible Study

The Exodus is a defining moment in salvation history but Exodus is not just Israel’s story; it is our story too. In this video-based bible study we will look through the lens of Christ and his Church to see how God works to free his people from the tyranny of sin so that we may live the authentic freedom of the children of God. Join us for a 10-week study, Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm in Meeting Room 1 beginning in September. The cost is $25.00 for the workbook. To register, contact Karen, 847-826-4704 or KitchsBest@aol.com

Golden Anniversary Mass

The archdiocesan Golden Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, September 16 at 2:30pm at Holy Name Cathedral. Cardinal Cupich will presiding. To register, go to pvm.archchicago.org.

Sunday Speaker Series Opening Event

Mr. Robert Rogers, founder of Mighty in the Land Ministry, author and musician, shares his story of losing his wife and four young children in a flash flood in Kansas and recounts how his relationship with Christ and immediate trust in God helped him rise above adversity and was the touchstone of his healing. He has aired this inspirational message called, “The Power of Prayer in Affliction: A Personal Testimony” on EWTN, CBS, ABC and CNN. Hear him in person on Sunday, September 23, Noon to 1:30pm in the Rec/Blue Room. A book table and refreshments will be available. Free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

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

Memorial Bricks for the "Choose Life" Grotto

Commemorative bricks in the Choose Life grotto, just north of the church, are available to commemorate important people or times in our lives. Some reasons to order a brick include memorializing a friend or relative, a wedding or anniversary, a graduation, or in thanksgiving for blessings. Order forms are available from the rack in the vestibule or the rectory. Size and price information are on the order form.


WINGS provides a pathway to independence for adults and children who are escaping from domestic violence and abuse. One service they provide is temporary housing for those who have escaped their violent homes. WINGS has some critical needs right now, especially medicine due to so many people within the shared living space getting sick. Please donate the following items to the designated basket in the church vestibule.

  • Cough medicine for children
  • Cough medicine for adults
  • Children’s pain reliever
  • Cough drops
  • Heartburn medicine
  • Pedialyte
  • Lysol spray
  • Air freshener spray
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby bottles
  • Vaseline

Help Fill Mary's Closet

Donate clean, gently used men’s and women’s designer apparel, fine jewelry, shoes, and handbags to Encore. Encore is a designer resale event for Catholic Charities Mary’s Closet program which offers professional attire and job readiness consultation to men and women who are seeking employment or beginning new jobs. Please mark all donations “ENCORE” and drop them off at Catholic Charities ,1717 Rand Road, Des Plaines or 721 North LaSalle Street, Chicago. You can also leave them at Relevant Radio, 145 South Northwest Highway, Park Ridge or St. Francis Xavier Parish, 524 9th Street, Wilmette. For more information or pick-up service, visit www.catholiccharities.net/maryscloset or email maryscloset@catholiccharities.net.

Members of SCL’s Weekly prayer Devotions

Join us in special experiences of prayer during Monday Night Holy Hour at 7:00pm in Holy Family Chapel, as well as the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month and the prayer meeting of the Grupo Da Immaculada on the last Sunday of each month at 2:00pm in the church.

Ministry to Those Who are Sick or Homebound

Care for parishioners who are sick is important to us. Please let us know what spiritual care is needed when by calling the rectory at 847-729-1414, option 3. In cases of hospitalization, tell the hospital staff the religious affiliation and parish of the patient. Finally, contact the hospital’s Pastoral Care Office at any time during a hospital stay.
To request that Communion be brought to someone’s home, please call the rectory at 847-729-1414.

The Women's Center

Women who think they are pregnant and are in difficult situations come to the Women’s Center for help, an ultrasound and counseling. In 33 years of service they have saved over 39,000 women and their babies from abortion.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Lobby receptionist on Monday afternoons
  • People with open availability to learn greeting and reception roles
  • People conversational in Spanish and English
  • Individuals and groups to clean, tag, and box bottles for their Spare Change Campaigns.

For more info on these volunteer roles, call 773-794-1313.

Donations Needed:
  • 4 infant car seat/carriers (less than 7 years old)
  • 5 large car seats (less than 7 years old) for 20 to 40 lb.
  • 4 umbrella strollers
  • 2 double strollers
  • 6 high chairs
  • 3 toddler beds
  • 4 walkers
  • 4 dressers
  • Baby Food (no out-of-date please)
  • Diapers in sizes 5 and 6
  • Girl's summer clothes in sizes 2 and 5
  • Boy's clothes in sizes 7 and 8
  • Women's hygene products

The families who receive these items are grateful for your generosity. For drop off address or schedule pick-up, call 773-794-1313.

ESL and Citizen Instructors Needed

Talented individuals are needed to assist enthusiastic adult students on the path to learning English and to becoming citizens. ESL Instructors are not required to know a foreign language. Citizenship instructors help students familiarize themselves with U.S. history and civics while improving their English skills and conversational confidence in order to pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam. Volunteers teach on Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm during the school year at St. Catherine Labouré School. New instructors will receive free training and observe a class prior to starting. After training, you’ll have the knowledge and resources of the dedicated staff at St. Joseph Services to assist you in becoming an effective instructor. If you are interested or have questions, contact James Escortt at 773-278-0484 or jescortt@stjosephservices.org

Become a SPRED Catechist

SPRED (SPecial REligious Development) is a small community of adults who share their experiences of faith with each other and with friends who have cognitive and emotional disabilities. The SPRED Community at SCL needs two new catechists. If you’re looking for a new volunteer opportunity in this new year, please consider becoming a SPRED catechist. We meet on Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00PM. It will be an experience you’ll cherish with people who will cherish you! If you’re even a little bit interested, please contact Madelynn at 847-724-6338 or macur.brousil@gmail.com.

Coming to a Parish Near You

Our neighboring parish, St. Isaac Jogues shows free movies on the second Friday of each month at 7:00pm. The films are either religious in nature or ones that help lift the human spirit. Admission, popcorn and soda are all free.

"Invest in Kids" Tax Credit Scholarships

Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” Illinois children from low- income households who want to attend private schools will have access to new scholarships. The scholarships offered through this program could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees for next school year. Below is more information about how to apply and details on eligibility requirements. To learn more, visit archchicago.org/tcs or contact the Archdiocese at investinkids@archchicago.org or at 312-534-5321.

Mercy Home Mentoring

The Friends First Program of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is a one-on-one mentoring program for youth ages 9-17 in the Chicago area. The purpose of the program is to engage young people in fun, meaningful activities that promote healthy personal and social development. To learn more about becoming a mentor, call the Friends First Program at 312-738-9560 or visit mercyhome.org/mentor.

You Are Invited!

"Do you play an instrument or like to sing? The contemporary ensemble is looking for "a few good men/women" to join us in leading the congregation in song on Sunday mornings at 11:00am. We rehearse at 7:00pm on Wednesday evenings in the church. For additional information, please contact Julie Ratschan at 847-498-30 64, or meet with us at the front of church after the 11:00am Liturgy on Sunday.