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Bulletin Ministry

Please consider volunteering to assist with producing the weekly parish bulletins. The goal is to have a team of 4 or more sharing this ministry so that each person works on one bulletin a month, allowing all of us time for vacations and help with the shortened deadlines ahead of holidays. People who would enjoy this ministry are those who can edit for spelling, grammar, and usage, adapt article length while retaining the intended message, and fit articles on a page like a puzzle. New editors will also have the chance to learn to work with Microsoft Publisher. It’s a very gratifying way to serve our parish. If you’re interested in learning more or volunteering, please contact Madelynn at sclbulletin@mail.com.

Holy Days & Traditions of Autumn

The Book of Life: Another time-honored tradition at SCL is to enshrine the Book of Life in the church beginning Sunday, October 29 and throughout the month of November. You are invited to write in the names of any deceased persons that have not already been inscribed there. Parishioners will remember these dear departed souls in prayer all month.

Advent Spiritual Enrichment

Advent is a season of preparation for celebrating the coming of Jesus into the world. This Advent, the SCL Spiritual Enrichment program will present a series of lectures from the Institute of Catholic Culture (ICC) to do just that. Our group meets on Sunday mornings, 9:00-10:30am. Meetings are discussion-based both on the ICC video and on an Advent devotional titled, “Advent and Christmas: Wisdom from G. K. Chesterton.” We serve coffee and light refreshments and best of all, there are no exams!
Sessions will take place on the following Sundays, November 27-December 18. Please contact Michael LaTona, 847-971-8431 or the Rectory with any questions.

Advent Devotions and Events

Advent begins November 27th. We observe this season in expectant waiting and preparation to celebrate the nativity of Jesus at Christmas.  Here at SCL, you are welcome to participate in these customs and devotions while we wait:
Light the Advent Wreath: If you would like to light our Advent wreath yourself or with family or friends, please sign up for the date and Mass time you’d like in the sign-up book in the vestibule.
Reflect: Booklets with daily reflections on Advent are available in the church vestibule at no charge.
Observe the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: December 8 is the date of this holy day of obligation honoring Mary as having been conceived without Original Sin. Celebrate Mass on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00pm or on Thursday, December 8 at 9:00am or 7:00pm.
Seek Reconciliation: On Tuesday, December 13, at 7:00pm, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church experience God’s loving forgiveness and mercy in a brief communal reconciliation service with the option to confess individually.

Children's Choir

The Children's Cherub Choir will sing at the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday. Rehearsal will take place at 4:00pm that day in the church. No experience is needed; all children of the parish are welcome to join! Contact Julia Bray, music@stcatherinelaboure.com, with any questions.

Women's Club Fundraiser

The Women’s Club is selling gift cards to benefit SCL parish. Gift cards in this sale are worth what you pay for them and the Women’s Club gets a percentage of the value at no extra cost to you. Gift card order forms are available in the vestibule. It’s Christmas shopping made easy plus funds for SCL with each purchase!
Please Note: The first deadline for orders is Monday, November 14. Three other deadlines will occur between now and December 12.

Holiday Giving

The Giving Tree in the vestibule is your chance to ensure a Merry Christmas for children in need. Gifts received by December 9 will be shared with children at The Women’s Centers in Chicago. The goal is to provide 50 such gifts. Please show your holiday spirit to these children.
If you would like to submit an article for the December 11 bulletin, please send it in by 9:00am Thursday, December 1.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Hispanic Community invites you to pray the Novena preceding the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This begins on Saturday, December 3 at 7:00pm and continues daily (except on December 7 and 8). On Sundays, December 4 and 11 the novena will take place after Mass at 6:00pm. On the actual feast day, Monday, December 12, Las Mañanitas will be at 5:00am with hot chocolate and pastries after. A bilingual Mass takes place at 6:00pm in church followed by dinner, music, and a raffle in Marian Hall. Raffle tickets will be on sale for $5.00 each after all weekend masses during the weeks of the Novena.

Las Posadas

This Mexican observance remembers the story of Joseph and Mary looking for a place to stay. It begins in the church after 5:00pm Mass on Sunday, December 18, processes through the school, and ends with the festivities in Marian Hall. All are welcome!

Simbang Gabi

This is a Filipino tradition dating back to 1565 when the first feast of “nativity” was celebrated there. Share faith, festivities, and culture with our Filipino parishioners at Mass on Friday, December 17 at 7:00pm and at the celebratory dinner that follows.

Help Wanted

Catholic Charities needs volunteers to deliver warm meals to homebound senior citizens in Maine Township. For more information call Ray Gavin at 847-729-7242.

Rozaniec

Zapraszamy na rozaniec po Polsku w kazdy poniedzialek o gdzinie 730pm. Please join us in praying the Rosary in Polish on Mondays at 7:30pm.

New Music Ministry Director

Carrie Elko, new music accompanist here!
A quick bio: I grew up on a commercial dairy goat farm in Pardeeville, Wisconsin, attended Northwestern University (Go Cats!), am married, have two cats: Penny and Peso, am a music teacher, love to quilt, and of course, play music for church.

My music ministry journey started in junior high at my parish by playing an opening and closing song for our monthly catechesis mass. Being part of the music ministry allows me to share my gifts, but also engages people of the parish to take an active role within the Mass. I am very excited to hear how much the congregation participates in singing at Mass! It was music to my ears to hear the church fill with beautiful music. As St. Augustine said, “He who sings prays twice.” I enjoy playing for Mass because it allows me to connect with God while doing something that I am passionate about. This motivates me to better myself as a musician through continued practice, always showing up to do my best, making sure that each song is just as important as the next. Music is my calling. God has given me the gift of music and the ability to share my passion, my faith, with others in different avenues of my faith community.

I am currently the music teacher at St. Mary of the Woods School in Chicago. I’ve been teaching since 2010 and spent a majority of my time in Catholic Education. Since 2010, I’ve also subbed for numerous parishes around the area as well as been the music director of St. Joan of Arc (Evanston) and Holy Family Chapel Music Coordinator for St. Paul of the Cross (Park Ridge). I’m happy to have found my new home at St. Catherine Labouré.

Adult Choir

After a restful summer, the adult choir is ready to get back to singing. The choir rehearses on Thursdays; We sing on the third and fourth Sundays at the 9:00am mass. New members are always welcome and no experience is needed! If you are interested in joining, please call the rectory or email music@stcatherinelaboure.com.

Neighbors in Need

The Women’s Club is holding a collection for the Northfield Township Food Pantry for three weeks during July. Women’s personal care products are in greatest need, so please consider donating feminine hygiene products (tampons and pads). The pantry also needs body wash, shampoo and conditioner, laundry detergent, household cleaners and diapers sizes 5 and 6. Please put your donations in the yellow bin in the church vestibule. Thank you for your generosity. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Staniec at liturgy@saintcatherinelaboure.com or 224-766-0694.

Tutors Needed

St. Joseph Services, a ministry of the Daughters of Charity, asks you to volunteer as an ESL/ citizenship tutor in the 2022-23 year. No experience is necessary; training and the curriculum are available and free. Classes take place at SCL on Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm from September through May. If you have questions or are interested, please contact Joseph Hooks at jhooks@stjosephservices.org or 773-278-0485, ext. 304.

From Our SPRED Ministry

SPRED is a small group of adults (Catechists) who share faith and friendship with each other and with Friends with cognitive and emotional disabilities. It is a very special and rewarding ministry. As one Catechist reflects, “As a SPRED Catechist, a gift I waited a long time to receive, I am called to walk a journey of faith with our SPRED Friends and Catechists. On this faith journey, our SPRED Friends have modeled and taught me what living in Christ’s love looks like, and what unconditional love feels like. Yes, I am called to help our Friends feel the love of God, but most days, they are reminding me of His love for us.” Here at SCL, our Friends are young adults between the ages of 17 and 21 years who are very enthusiastic about their faith and the chance to be part of our SPRED community. If you too are enthusiastic about your faith, perhaps you’d like to join SPRED. We’d love to have you! If you’d like to discuss this further, please contact Sara at scl_re@yahoo.com or Madelynn at 847-724-6338 or macur.brousil@gmail.com.

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.

First Saturday Devotions

On December 10, 1925, Jesus and Mary came to Sr. Lucia. Mary then said, “My daughter, look at My Heart surrounded with the thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me, say that I promise to assist at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for salvation all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, go to Confession and receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and keep me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”
Please join SCL parishioners on the next First Saturday of the month to pray the Rosary at 7:20am, attend the 8:00am Mass, and then stay to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary.

Online Faith Development

Bioethical issues—issues that exist at the intersection of science, medicine, morality, and law—affect our daily lives in many ways. Faced with the changing landscape of developing technology and shifting ethical norms, the Church seeks to provide a clear and constant voice to champion the dignity of the human person at every stage of life. In a program called “Catholic Bioethics,” you can study a broad range of topics on bioethics that touch on contemporary moral questions from conception to death. This free, live online program is given by Reverend Thomas Davis, JD, LL.M of Liberty Institute for Faith and Ethics and offered by Institute of Catholic Culture. It will run on Mondays from May 16 to October 17, 7:00-8:15pm. For more information and to enroll, go to InstituteofCatholicCulture.org/events until Tuesday, May 3. Or you can call 540-635-7155.

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

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.

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

Liturgical Ministers Wanted

Our parish needs liturgical ministers.

  • To volunteer as a reader/lector, contact Bill or Carol Cook at 847-226-3878 or billcook05@comcast.net. Training is available.
  • To join either the traditional choir or the guitar ensemble, contact Diana York, Music Minister at music@stcatherinelaboure.com. Both choirs sing at Mass on the third and fourth Sunday of each month. The traditional choir practices on Thursday evenings and leads song at the 9:00am Mass. The ensemble practices on Wednesday evenings and leads song at the 11:00am Mass.
  • To be an altar server (5th grade through high school), contact Jessie Kunnel at jessiekunnel@yahoo.com. Training is available.

Consider a QCD Gift

Jesus told us, “Whatever you do for the least of my people, you do for me.” Every day we have the opportunity to see the face of Jesus in others and be the face of Jesus to others.
Making a gift from your IRA can benefit you and our parish. An IRA charitable rollover, also known as a qualified charitable distribution (QCD), allows individuals age 70½ or older to authorize their IRA administrator to make a direct transfer of funds from their IRA to qualified charities, tax-free.
Those who give with a QCD enjoy three main benefits:

  • If you are 72 years old or older, the amount you transfer can satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution.
  • The amount transferred directly to charity does not generate taxable income, which may reduce your annual income level. This may help lower your Medicare premiums and decrease the amount of Social Security that is subject to tax.
  • Your gift will be immediately used, allowing you to see the impact of your gift now.

If you would like more information on making a QCD gift, contact Eileen Mantych at businessmanager@stcatherinelaboure.com or 847-729-1414 or Krystina M. Campbell, Planned Giving Officer, Archdiocese of Chicago at kcampbell@archchicago.org or 312-534-5404.

Honor Our Military

Please take time to give thanks for those who have served and are serving in our military and to pray for the safety of those who may currently be in harm’s way. In a special way, we thank and pray for these parishioners and relatives of parishioners.

He Who Sacrificed His Life
†CHRISTOPHER ZIMNY

Those Still Serving
JAY MARTIN, Nephew of Becky and Tom Brennan
JESSICA CAMERON, Niece of the Cameron Family
JOHN PODCZASKI, Grandson of Genevieve Podczaski
STEVEN TUMBARELLO, Son of Sylvia & Vince Tumbarello
CRAIG BEHRENDT, Grand-nephew of Sister Mary Helen
DANIEL BELZER, Nephew of Dave & Bev Belzer
MICHAEL KELLY, Nephew of Kevin and Kathy Kelly
EUGENE WALL, Nephew of Suzanne Lessner
NAILL SWIDER, Grand-nephew of Alice Swider
BRYAN DUFF, Son of Julie Duff
RYAN BLOCHBERGER, Nephew of Mae Grady
TIMOTHY DWORKIN, Grandson of Barbara Bouska
ALEXIS GONZALES, Great-niece of Eden & Lyle Gonzales-Nemzin
JACK MAHON, JR., Son of Jack, Sr. & Eileen Mahon
MICHAEL FOLEY
JOHN FOLEY
PETER MULLER
DANIEL FRAYNA
JOSEPH GULLO
SANG HOON LEE
ANTHONY PALMERO
MORRIS COREY MCMAHON, SON OF CHRIS & JULIE MCMAHON
RYAN FONTILLAS

To add or remove someone, please send the person’s name and relationship (optional) to sclbulletin@mail.com

Holy Family Adoration Chapel

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.

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.

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.

Crusaders Duck Race Fundraiser

The Crusaders Duck Race proceeds will benefit our school. This fundraiser will be held via Facebook. Please join our Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/769032630320806

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

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

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

Domestic Violence Assistance

Remember, you are not alone. If you are a victim of domestic violence, or know someone who is, and in need of help, please contact:

  • Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Assistance 312.622.7106
  • Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline 877.863.6338
  • WINGS 847.221.5680
  • Life Span 312.408.1210
  • YWCA 877.718.1868

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Joseph Hooks at 773-278-0484 ext. 304 or jescortt@stjosephservices.org

"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.