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Gift Cards

Gift Cards are here! St Martha's Guild of the Women's Club will be selling gift cards again this year. When you buy these gift cards, SCL receives a percentage of the card value. Order forms are available in the church vestibule. For the first deadline, submit your order to the rectory by 9:30am on October 8, or drop it in the collection basket this weekend or next. Later selling periods are also available. Thank you!

2 Bible Study Opportunities

Exodus: Called to Freedom
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

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible by Jeff Cavins
This 8-part study provides an easy way to understand the Bible. You will get the big picture of the Bible, discover the connections between the Old & New Testaments, and understand what how it all relates to your everyday life. Come join this video-based bible study every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:00am, from September1 to October 31. The cost is $25.00 for the workbook. The study group meets at the Lim Residence. To register contact Amalou Lim at 847-217-4359 or amalou8@yahoo.com

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. If you can, please attend a training session on Monday, October 1 at 2:30pm in church. Before coming to the training, watch a short YouTube video here. Watch it three times. It is less than 15 minutes long

Women of SCL, Come Meet US!

The SCL Women's Club invites all women of the parish to a special general meeting on Monday, October 1, from 7:00 to 9:00pm in the Rec/Blue Room. We’ll enjoy appetizers and beverages and then have a short meeting and introductions. Finally, we’ll engage in an interactive planning session. We'd love to see you there.

A Rose for Life

Respect Life Sunday is October 7. This is a day to celebrate the precious gift of life given by God. Honor the life of a loved one, either living or deceased, by purchasing a rose in their name. Roses will be placed at the “Choose Life” shrine on Respect Life Sunday, along with a list of the names of those being honored. Order forms will be available in the vestibule before and after all Masses starting next week-end.

Rosary Rally

October is the month of the holy rosary. Come and honor the rosary at the Rosary Rally dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, October 13, immediately following 8:00am Mass. In addition to praying the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries of the rosary, participants will have the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction, and the Angelus at noon. This prayerful event will conclude with a solemn procession through the neighborhood.

Prayer Vigil

A Candlelight Prayer Vigil for those affected by family violence will take place immediately following the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, October 13. Short comments will be given by Fr. Maina, Julie Fleckenstein, social worker with the Glenview Police Department, and Shelly Welch from Wings. Sponsored by the Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry of St. Catherine Labouré and Our Lady of Perpetual Help parishes, the vigil will take place in the Church with a reception to follow in the vestibule. All are welcome to join in prayer for our suffering and struggling friends and neighbors.

Vigil For Life

St. Catherine’s day for the 40 Days for Life Vigil is Tuesday, October 16. The vigil lasts 12 hours, from 7:00am to 7:00pm, and takes place at the Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, 1200 North LaSalle Street (at Division Street) in Chicago. Sign up in the vestibule to pray for an hour at this clinic.

Mass for Hope and Healing

If you are still hurting or angry about the clergy sexual abuse scandal, you are invited to join with victims-survivors, their families, and those who care about them for the 7th annual Mass for Hope and Healing on October 20 at 11:00am at Holy Family Church, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago. The Mass was created by victims-survivors, with the help of clergy and staff, to reclaim some aspect of their faith, not in hiding, but as survivors. There will also be a survivor-led peace circle at 9:30am. If you are interested, please contact mflores@archchicago.org.

Sunday Speaker Series

Fr. Jeffrey Grob will present a lecture/discussion called, “The Mystery of Evil and Suffering.” Fr Grob is the Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Chicago, Former Chancellor, and Doctor of Canon Law with expertise in the Church’s Rite of Exorcism. His presentation will address the relationship between evil and suffering and suggest that there is no reason for anyone to suffer in isolation when we can bear each other’s burdens. Hear Fr. Grob on Sunday, October 21, from noon to 1:30pm in the Rec/Blue Room. Refreshments will be available. There is no cost to attend; free will offerings are gratefully accepted. For more information, call 847-826-4704.

High School Open Houses

St. Viator High School
Come and learn why St. Viator’s was twice named an Apple Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. You can also tour the school, meet current students and parents, faculty, administration and coaches. Open Houses take place on Sunday, October 21, from1:00 to 3:00pm, and Monday, October 22, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Pre-registration is available at saintviator.com.

Resurrection High School
Resurrection will host Open Houses on Thursday, October 4 from 6:00 to 8:00pm and Sunday, October 21 from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Visitors will receive a tour of classrooms, science labs, athletic facilities, fine arts spaces, and the Resurrection makerspace, the Innovation Lab. Visitors will also learn about the curriculum and programs at Resurrection, including the Mother Celine Honors Program, the Rankin Academic Support Program and the Practicum Job Shadowing Program. Information will also be provided about clubs and activities, as well as work/study, tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities. Resurrection College Prep High School is located at 7500 West Talcott Avenue in Chicago. For more information, visit reshs.org or call 773-775-6616, x129.

SCL Asian American Dinner Dance

The SCL Asian American Association is having a Fall Dinner- Dance on Friday, October 26 at Meridian Banquets. This fun and fund-raising event is for the renovation of the restroom in the church vestibule. We hope you’ll join us for the fun and in helping to improve our church. Tickets cost $65.00 ($70.00 at the door) and will be sold at all masses for three weekends beginning today. Proceeds will be used to renovate the restrooms in the vestibule. Please come for a good time and a good cause.

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.