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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,
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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,
, or Helen Roppel,
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
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
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 email@example.com or
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Training is provided.
If you would like to be an Altar Server, please contact
coming to the training, watch a short YouTube video here.
Watch it three times. It is less than 15 minutes long
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 email@example.com 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
- Lysol spray
- Air freshener spray
- Baby wipes
- Baby bottles
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.