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Golden Rose Award Winner

Congratulations to Melissa Zerwic on being chosen for the Golden Rose Award from the ACCW Vicariate II! This award is given to a dynamic Catholic high school girl who not only excels at volunteering but lives her faith openly. She will be honored at the Catholic Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s breakfast. We are very proud of Melissa.

Open Hearts Award Grants

Jaden Dias is a 14-year-old parishioner who is proud of the many ways our parish includes people of all abilities and cultivates a spirit of inclusion. Jaden wrote in his winning Junior Open Hearts Award essay that “Jesus is our role model and he loves each and every one of us. We have a duty to follow his example and welcome all people to participate with us at Mass.” We will apply Jaden’s Award grant of $1,000.00 toward transmitters for Assistive Listening Devices so persons with hearing loss will then be able to better enjoy events in the Recreation (Blue) Room and Marian Hall. Thank you Jaden! The full cost of the purchase and installation of transmitters for both rooms is $3,924.00. If you would like to help with the remainder of the cost, please put your donation in an envelope marked “Inclusion,” place it in the Sunday collection, and know that we are grateful. As always, please contact Janice Seipp at scl.inclusion@yahoo.com or 847-528-7025 for any inclusion help.!

Advent Events

Advent Reflection Booklets:
Booklets with daily reflections on Advent will be available in the church vestibule at no charge.
School Christmas Show:
The matinee performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz” will be Wednesday, December 19 at 1:00pm; the evening performance will be Thursday, December 20 at 7:00pm.
Simbang Gabi:
This is a tradition since 1565 when the first feast of “nativity” was celebrated in the Philippines. Experience the spirituality of the season, the anticipation and expectation of the birth of our Lord and fellowship on Friday, December 21 at 7:00pm. A reception will follow in Marian Hall.
La Posadas:
This Hispanic observance remembers the story of Joseph and Mary looking for a place to stay. It begins in the church after 6:00pm Mass on Sunday, December 16, processes through the school and ends with festivities in Marian Hall.
Sacramental Reconciliation:
On Tuesday, December 18, at 7:00pm in the church, experience God’s forgiveness and mercy in a communal reconciliation service with the option to confess individually.

Remembering Those Who Grieve

Each year, the SCL Bereavement Ministry delivers poinsettia plants to parishioners who have lost family members during that year. Sadly, there are 22 such families for this year. This year’s poinsettia delivery date is Saturday, December 15. If you can help with the delivery of these plants, please come to the rectory at 9:00am on Saturday, December 15. Your help is truly appreciated.

Mass of Hpe and Healing

Please come to mass at 8:30am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church on December 28, the Feast of the Holy Innocents. This will be a Mass of Hope and Healing for all who mourn the loss of a child for any reason at any age. Intentions will be placed with the Christ Child throughout the Mass and remembered during Eucharistic Adoration throughout the day. For more information, contact the OLPH Respect Life Ministry at monccas@comcast.net

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.

Widows and Widowers Support Group

The WWSG offers fellowship for both widows and widowers from Glenview and surrounding communities. The group meets for one hour at 9:30am on the third Monday of each month in the Francis Room at OLPH. Light refreshments are served and all are welcome. For more information, contact SCL parishioner Irene Alwan at 847-525-4454.

Adult Faith Formation

SCL Faith Formation Ministry is offering a six-week course, Introduction to Christian Anthropology, to explore the Christian vision of human nature. Join us for an in-depth look at the development of our human societies and cultures as we study the biblical creation stories, original sin, death, judgment, heaven and hell. Our teacher, Fr. Matthew Bozovsky, is a priest at Our Lady of Ransom in Niles. He is also Adjunct Faculty and Spiritual Director at USML and the Permanent Deaconate Program. His advanced degrees are in biology and theology. The course meets on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30pm, beginning February 12. The cost is $25.00 and pre-registration is encouraged. For more information or to pre-register, contact Karen at 847-826-4704 or kitchsbest@aol.com .

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.

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


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.