Food Pantry Needs
Most needed items at this time:
- Diapers: size 6
- Baby food
- Baby wipes
- Pasta & sauce
- Dry pinto beans
- Boxed potatoes/sides
- Dry/canned milk
Donations can be dropped off before or after masses or anytime daily between 7:45am-4pm in Food Pantry bins in the Narthex.
Thank you to all who donated items for last week’s monthly food distribution, and/or donated their time preparing for it. This is a major undertaking each month, which could not happen without YOUR participation.
There will be no regular distribution in December because of the Giving Tree and Christmas food baskets. Donations are still needed and will continue to be collected though!
This month when you do your grocery shopping at the Jewel store across the street from St. Cletus, please remember to tell your cashier that you would like to help St. Cletus Food Pantry by purchasing $1, $5, or $10 in Jewel Turkey Bucks. Your thoughtful donation will help bring a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to a family in our community that otherwise may have gone without. Thank you!
Let us share Christ’s message of hope with others during this Advent season by taking a tag or two from our Advent Giving Trees this weekend. We are thankful for your past generosity in purchasing multiple gifts for the individual(s) you choose. We are asking this year, for some of you to consider taking an additional tag or two, and perhaps buying fewer gifts for each name you pick. Consider buying gift cards from the St. Cletus School Script (formerly Manna) program to use for shopping.
Please remember, each tag represents a real person. When you take a tag from the tree, you are making a commitment to that person, and to returning your gift(s) on time.
PURPLE TAGS (gifts): Choose the gifts you wish to purchase, keeping in mind that the items listed on the tag are part of a “wish list.” You need not purchase every item on the list. Gifts are to be returned before/after Masses the weekend of December 10-11.
RED TAGS (food baskets): Tags include a suggested list for the contents of a Christmas season food basket for the families using our food pantry and others struggling in our community. Food baskets are needed on Sunday, December 18th from 7:30-11:00am in Morrissey Hall.
We invite you to stop in the narthex next weekend to take a tag or two from one of the Giving Trees. We are thankful for your past generosity in purchasing many gifts for the individual(s) you choose. Thank you! Your generosity will provide hope and make a difference in someone’s life. God bless you on your Advent Journey!
Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the parish website: www.stcletusparish.com/socialconcerns.
For further details you can also contact: Kendall Grant, (708)215-5418, email@example.com
Giving Tree Volunteer Opportunities…Please contact Kendall to sign up
- Saturday, December 10- Sunday, December 11 (church): collecting and organizing Giving Tree gifts before and after all the weekend Masses.
- Sunday, December 11 2:00-6:30pm: Sorting gifts in church, loading truck for delivery to St. Agatha’s and storing local community gifts in Room 201. 7th & 8th graders can come with an adult as a partner.
- Sunday, December 18 (Morrissey Hall):
**7th & 8th graders must come with an adult, or if in a group, 1 adult to every 5 students.**
**Please Note-it is not necessary to work an entire morning/afternoon shift, but at least 2 hour shifts please.**
- 6:30am-1:00pm Giving Tree accepting and organizing food baskets and gifts.
- 1:00pm-7:00pm Distribution of food baskets, gifts, and clean up.
This article is the first of 3 parts. To view the whole article see www.catholicnewsagency.com
Domestic Abuse: The Epidemic No One is Talking About in Parishes
Catholic News Agency: Matt Hadro
Domestic violence is a hidden epidemic that many clergy and laypersons are not properly trained to fight, says one priest who runs the country’s largest parish-based ministry to counter the problem.
“When you start talking about it, that’s when people will start coming forward,” Fr. Chuck Dahm, O.P., who directs domestic violence outreach for the Archdiocese of Chicago, told CNA about the problem of domestic abuse.
The Church’s hierarchy “has not been good in getting this into the training of clergy, deacons or priests,” he said, even though a “beautiful” pastoral letter on the topic by the U.S. bishops, “When I Call for Help,” exists.
“Most priests and bishops are unaware of it,” he said. “And it should be taught and discussed in the seminaries, and it’s not.”
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the CDC, “intimate partner violence” can be physical, sexual, or even emotional, as with instances of stalking or “psychological aggression.”
27 percent of women in the U.S. have suffered intimate partner violence at some point, along with 12 percent of men, the CDC has reported.
There are many physical and psychological effects of domestic violence on victims – physical injuries and disabilities and bodily effects of stress, but also anxiety, depression, and trust issues. Children witnessing violence in the home may grow up with emotional problems like anger, or may even become abusers themselves when they are adults.
In his apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris laetitia, Pope Francis wrote of the problem of domestic abuse:
“Unacceptable customs still need to be eliminated. I think particularly of the shameful ill-treatment to which women are sometimes subjected, domestic violence and various forms of enslavement which, rather than a show of masculine power, are craven acts of cowardice. The verbal, physical, and sexual violence that women endure in some marriages contradicts the very nature of the conjugal union.”
He also insisted upon the need for parishes and priests to be ready to deal properly with these problems: “Good pastoral training is important ‘especially in light of particular emergency situations arising from cases of domestic violence and sexual abuse’,” he added, citing the final document from the 2015 Synod on the Family.
In an emergency, dial 911, call the National Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline at 800-799-7233 or the local 24 hour hotline for Pillars, found below.
Are you in an unhealthy relationship or are you afraid in your own home? Call the 24-hour phone for help: 708.485.5254. You are not alone.
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