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Scholoarship Opportunity

The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women annually provides one four-year renewable scholarship of $1000 to a young woman graduating from high school and continuing her education in a college or university. The student must belong to a parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago, have a C average, and have been involved in extra-curricular activities. All entry material must be postmarked no later than April 30. For more information, go to https://accw.archchicago.org/accw-scholarship.

Marathon Mission

Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, via the Franciscans of the Eucharist, provides hope to the poor on Chicago’s west side. Consider running in the Chicago Marathon to support Mission OLA. The race is on and registration is open. We have a limited number of guaranteed entries so sign up soon. For details, go to https:// missionola.com/marathon.html for details. For more information or to sign up, contact Sr. Stephanie at olamission@gmail.com or 773-486-8431.

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

Since its founding in 1984, The Women’s Centers of Greater Chicagoland have saved over 40,000 babies from abortion. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, they have continued to provide counseling and support for women considering abortion.
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.

Note: For parishioners who have been collecting coins throughout the year, a container will be in the vestibule for returning Baby Bottles.

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

Celebrate the Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis recently designated 2021 as the Year of Saint Joseph. Join your future parish priests studying at Mundelein Seminary in a variety of opportunities this year to grow in personal holiness through a spiritual exploration of Saint Joseph. Sign up to receive info on our monthly speaker series, a 30-day Consecration to Saint Joseph with our seminarians and other prayer opportunities: www.usml.edu/year-of-saint-joseph

Crusaders Duck Race Fundraiser

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

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.

First Saturday Devotions

At Fatima, Mary said to Lucia, “My daughter, … 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.”
On each First Saturday of the month, you are invited to attend the 8:00am Mass then pray the Rosary and meditate on its mysteries.

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

Eucharistic Adoration

While we must continue to keep Holy Family Chapel closed for health and safety reasons, we now offer adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in church once a week. Adoration takes place on Friday mornings from 9:00am to 12:00pm, ending with benediction/reposition. You can choose from three times slots for adoration; during each time slot, ten people may come to worship and adore: 9:00 to 10:00am, 10:00 to 11:00am, and 11:00am to 12:00pm. If you want to come and “watch one hour,” sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054aa4ae29a1f94-mass2

We will clean and sanitize the church after morning Mass, then use a different section of the church for each hour of adoration so you can feel assured that you’re in a safe place. The church will then be clean and sanitized by volunteers after benediction. This is a community effort. Please sign up to be a greeter (arrive 15 minutes before the hour) or cleaner (after benediction).

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

Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Would you like to grow in your love for Jesus and Mary? Consider making a consecration of your life to Jesus through the Blessed Virgin Mary. Preceding the consecration is a 33-day preparation. For a pdf format of the 33 day devotional prayers click here.

Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive
to Support Persons with Special Needs

Please consider a gift this year to help support local non-profit organizations benefiting children and adults with special needs.
Donations may be made online by going to the Glenview Knights of Columbus my giving page. Click or copy and paste this link into your browser:
https://www.mygiving.net/donate/Glenview-KC-ID-Drive
Use the drop-down question on the donation page to indicate which local charity you would like to support. Donations may also be sent by check payable to Knights of Columbus Charities, c/o Knights of Columbus Council 3731, P.O. Box 176, Glenview, IL 60025.
Every donation, large and small, is greatly appreciated! All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. On behalf of the Glenview Knights of Columbus and the very special children and adults we hope to serve, thank you for your continued support. And please share this request with your family and friends!

PGK Rick Nash and Bryan Nash Tootsie Roll Drive Co-Chairmen

Youth Group Activities

High school students who are interested in joining the SCL Youth Group are invited to sign up to receive emails once this year’s program gets underway. We’d like to know how many teens are interested as we begin planning. Please sign up at https://scl3535.flocknote.com/ or text JoinSCL to 84576. Once you sign up, please be sure to take the next step to join the Youth Group.

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

Tolton Teaching Parish Program

Mundelein Seminary is back in session. Seminarians are back from an unusual summer in their home dioceses, being as engaged as they could in ministry. As you know, three seminarians came to Saint Catherine’s in previous years. They are part of the Tolton Teaching Parish Program TTPP. This program works with parishes in helping seminarians grow and develop pastoral skills.
Saint Catherine Labouré is blessed to have three seminarians who will be engaged in ministry as much as they can: Deacon Elliott Zak from Lafayette, IN, Matthew Ockinga from Yakima, WA, and Christopher Epplett from Grand Rapids, MI. They will be around the parish most likely for liturgies for the time being. They will be engaged in other ministries once it is safe for people to meet in person. We also thank Sister Nadiya for all her support as the coordinator of the TTPP. She is working part time at Mundelein Seminary. She is doing an outstanding job especially during this difficult time.

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

A Safe Place to Pray

Celebrate the Mass in one of three ways:
1. Sign up to attend daily or weekend Mass
2. Hear weekend Masses by coming to the parking lot at 5:00pm Saturday or 9:00 or 11:00am Sunday and tuning your car radio to 87.9 FM, then receive communion in your car afterwards.
3. Watch daily and weekend Masses on YouTube via FlockNote. Volunteer to keep worshippers safe and well as a greeter, an usher or a cleaner.
Training will be provided. Sign up at https:// www.signupgenius.com/go/904054aa4ae29a1f94-mass2.

Note: People at high risk for COVID-19 (those 65 and over and/or who have underlying health issues) and those who care for people at high risk should NOT volunteer and should celebrate Mass via radio or YouTube.

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.

The Gospel of Life

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Evangelium vitae by St. John Paul II, SCL’s Respect Life Ministry offers this quote from that historic document: “[The Gospel of Life] is therefore meant to be a precise and vigorous reaffirmation of the value of human life and its inviolability, and at the same time a pressing appeal addressed to each and every person, in the name of God: respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life! Only in this direction will you find justice, development, true freedom, peace and happiness!” (The Gospel of Life 5)

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.

Women's Club Events - Candle Fundraiser:

St. Mary of the Willows Guild brings you Yankee Candles and more in their fundraising event this year. Visit yankeecandlefundraising.com, enter group number 990095643, then click on “Start Shopping.” Over 500 wonderful products are available and up to 45% of your purchase will be donated to the Women’s Club. For more information, call Marcia Doeden at 847-724-1223.

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.

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.

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 srnadiya@stcatherinelaboure.com or 847-724-2240, x1.
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!

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.

Young Adult Leadership Opportunity

Amate House, a year-long leadership development and service program in Chicago for young adults, ages 21-29, is now accepting applications for its next program cycle that begins in July 2020. To learn more, please check out amatehouse.org or call Amate House to speak with Natalie Crary at 773-376-2445.

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

Volunteers Needed

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 dyonkers@catholiccharities.net or 847-376-2101. Thank you!

WINGS

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.
To donate any of these items, please contact Peggy Gately at margaretgately@sbcglobal.net or call 312-320-5944.

  • Men's Summer Pajamas - Sizes: 2x and 3x
  • Boy's Summer Pajamas - Sizes: 12mo, 5t, 5 and 14/16
  • Girl's and Women's Summer Pajamas - All Sizes
  • Diapers in sizes 5 and 6
  • 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.

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 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.

"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.