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Tour the Seminary

The seminarians assigned to St. Catherine Laboure, Deacon Wilberto Piczon, Theo McManigal and Matt Ockinga, invite you to visit St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein on Saturday morning, April 14. The informational tour will start after morning Mass in the Blue Room of SCL school with coffee, donuts and a brief video about the seminary. Participants will depart for the seminary around 9:15am and the tour will conclude after lunch at about 1:00pm. The cost will be $10 per person to cover the lunch. If interested, please sign up no later than March 11 on the registration sheet in the church vestibule or contact the rectory at 847-729-1414 or SCL3535@comcast.com.

Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

The Consecration to Jesus through Mary is a spiritual devotion that begins on Wednesday, March 7 and lasts until the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation. Each day, pray a few short prayers from the book that you can pick up in the church or in Holy Family Chapel. Prayers may be said in the privacy of your home, with a group in someone’s home, or in church. If you miss a day or two, simply catch up and continue the journey. Then on Monday, April 9, come to church at 6:30pm for Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, and Benediction. This prayerful devotion is meant for those who are making the consecration for the first time and those who are renewing theirs.

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 on Saturday, March 17 and the third Saturday of each 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 Lundsgaard at 847-724-6344.

Sacramental Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick will be offered at the 9:30am Mass next Sunday, March 18 at 9:30am. Those who wish to be anointed should arrive early and speak to an Usher or Minister of Care in order to be seated where Fr. Maina will anoint people. If you or someone you know needs assistance to attend, please contact Mike Field at mikefield76@gmail.com or 847-724-1513 or Zeny de Guzman at zenydeguzman@yahoo.com or 847-480-0159.

Talks on Life

The St. James Respect Life Ministry is hosting nationally known bioethicist, Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, the Director of Education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center, in the Parish Center on Sunday, March 18, 2:00 to 4:00pm. Fr. Pacholczyk will give two talks, the first on “The Gift of Human Life: Begotten Not Made” and the second on “Ethical Decision Making in Sickness and End of Life Situations.” There is no cost to attend; free will offerings will be gratefully accepted. St. James is located at 820 Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights. For more information, contact Marybeth or Mike with questions at 847-392-5506 or mschoney@wowway.com.

Bible Study Resumes

Bible study on “Matthew, The King and His Kingdom” will begin again on Wednesdays, beginning March 21, from 9:30 to 11:00am at the Lim Residence. For information, call Amalou Lim at 847-217-4359.

An Easter Season Pilgrimage

Make a 13-Day pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Germany. See Tiberias, Mt. Carmel, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Munich, Oberammergau, and Wies. The trip takes place April 9-21. The cost is $3,890.00 per person which includes round-trip air transportation from Chicago, first-class hotels (double occupancy), daily sightseeing, daily Mass, breakfast and dinner each day, inside cabins, airport taxes, fuel surcharges (which are subject to change, and tips To guides, drivers, and hotel staffs. The Spiritual Director for this pilgrimage is Fr. Hernan Cuevas Contreras. For more information, contact St. Athanasius Parish at 847-328-1430.

Ministry of Care Training

The five-week training for new Ministers of Care will begin on Thursday, April 12 at Presence St. Benedict Home, 6930 West Touhy Avenue in Niles. Retired priests who live at Presence St. Benedict will be facilitating these classes on consecutive Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00pm. If you are interested in participating in a truly wonderful experience of bringing the Eucharist to those who cannot attend mass because of illness or disability, please contact Mike Field at mikefield76@gmail.com or Zeny de Guzman at zenydeguzman@yahoo.com to sign up for this training.


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.

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.

Baby Gear Needed: 5 infant car seat/carriers, also 6 large car seats (less than 7 years old) for 20 to 40 lb. children, 6 walkers, 4 high chairs, 3 double strollers, 2 fixed side cribs, 3 dressers, 2 toddler swings, baby carriers, potty chairs, baby bottles and baby formula, large and extra-large maternity clothes and diapers in sizes 5 and 6. The families who receive these items are grateful for your generosity.

Heinen's Helps SCL

Please sign up for Heinen's Tasteful Rewards: Teaming up for Education Program and designate SCL School. The school will receive up to 1% of your spending as a donation. It’s necessary to sign up and select SCL every school year (September through April) by signing in to your rewards account or visiting the Customer Service desk in the store. Thank you very much for your support!

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, see last week’s parish bulletin, visit archchicago.org/tcs or contact the Archdiocese at investinkids@archchicago.org or at 312-534-5321.

Mercy Home Mentoring

Do your New Year’s resolutions include helping someone in need? Consider 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.