Food Pantry Needs
Most needed items at this time:
- Boxed potatoes/rice
- Dry pinto beans
- Baking goods
- Canned/powdered milk
Donations can be dropped off before or after masses or anytime daily between 7:45am-4pm in Food Pantry bins in the Narthex.
A special thanks to Pleasantdale Elementary School, St. John of the Cross Harvest Sunday Collection, and Western Springs Christian Reformed Church (WSCRC) who all held drives to benefit the St. Cletus food pantry. WSCRC Youth Ministry group also joined us this week to sort most of the donations that we received!
Thanks to all who helped donate and especially to our volunteer baggers and distributers who helped make our November food pantry distribution a success. 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!
Veterans Food Pantry
The Greater Chicago Food Depository in partnership with Hines VA Hospital & AmeriCorps, is providing food for those who served. Every Thursday from 11am-1pm at Hines VA Hospital (Auditorium, Building 9-Building 1, Section D, past the Canteen). Please bring veteran ID with you. For more information please contact 708.202.8387 x21024 or email@example.com.
The branches of our Giving Trees are still holding many opportunities for you to reach out during this special, holy season, to lend a helping hand to someone less fortunate in our community. 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.
Thank you for your continuing generosity to the less fortunate in our community.
The Giving Tree Committee
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
St. Vincent dePaul Society
Thank you to all who contributed recipes for the St. Cletus St. Vincent dePaul Cookbook! The book is off to the publisher and we have 3 upcoming opportunities for you to purchase the books just in time for the holidays!
- December 3-4 before/after Masses (presale orders only)
- December 10 from 6-10pm at the St. Cletus Holiday Vendor Fair in Morrissey Hall
- December 17-18 before/after Masses
We appreciate your support of this important work. Books will be sold for $15 each and all proceeds will go directly to serving those in need in our community.
This article is the second of 3 parts. To view the whole article visit www.catholicnewsagency.com
Domestic Abuse: The Epidemic No One is Talking About in Parishes
Catholic News Agency: Matt Hadro
…Catholics are responding to this dire need, organizing a prayer campaign for domestic abuse victims while trying to spread awareness of the problem and educate clergy on how to properly deal with instances of abuse.
A symposium on domestic abuse took place in July at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., hosted by the university’s School of Social Service.
A “toolkit” for fighting domestic abuse has been provided by the Catholics for Family Peace, Education, and Research Initiative, which includes prayers and directions for helping a victim of domestic abuse.
The group is asking everyone to pray at 3 p.m. daily for domestic abuse victims, and have called for a day of prayer on Oct. 28, the feast of St. Jude the Apostle, the patron saint of hopeless cases.
Fr. Chuck Dahm has created a parish-based ministry to combat domestic violence. A key part of his work is simply preaching about it, he says, because it is a widespread problem that hides in plain sight.
There is an “overwhelming lack of recognition that the problem is more frequent, more common than people think,” he told CNA. Many priests are completely unaware of cases of it, Fr. Chuck noted, although “there are people in their parishes who are suffering.”
“I have gone to 90 parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago,” he said. “And after I preach about it, people walk out of the church and they tell me ‘thank you for talking about this. This is long overdue. And my sister, my daughter is in it, or I grew up in it.’ And this is so much more common than anybody realizes.”
Priests must listen when victims tell them of their abuse they’ve suffered, he insisted.
“You always have to believe the victim,” he said. “Victims do not exaggerate. If anything, they minimalize. So they have to be believed and supported.”
In one case, he said, “a victim survivor” told him of how she went to her parish priest, who “was not receptive and said he couldn’t do anything to help her.”
“Well that’s tragic,” he said. “She went and told him about the abuse she was suffering. He didn’t know how to handle it.”
Another problem is when some priests tell an abuse victim to go to marriage counseling with her husband – which “is not appropriate,” Fr. Chuck noted. “She needs domestic violence counseling and he needs perpetrator counseling,” he said. “A lot of priests don’t know that.”
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.
Interfaith Career Network
Understanding the Hidden Job Market
There is a major reason why you cannot find the job you are looking for, why you are not being called for interviews and why you are not getting the job offer – it’s called the hidden job market. Many people have heard of the hidden job market, but very few understand how it works – until now. If you are in a job search, Interfaith Career Network invites you to join us on Thursday, December 1 from 7-9 pm. You’ll learn what the hidden job market is and why it exists, how it works and why it does. Plus, proven strategies for breaking into the hidden job market and getting hired. Our speaker, Tom Nosal, is a career and management coach and the President of Scaling Up, Inc. He has over twenty years of experience as a hiring manager using the hidden job market exclusively to hire employees and to find employment for himself. Tom is also the author of the book Scaling Up Your Job Search: Three Strategic Steps to Landing Your Ideal Job. We hope to see you at St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road in Western Springs. This meeting is open to everyone and there is no cost to attend.
ICN offers job support through various programs throughout the month. For further information, please visit our website at www.interfaithcareernetwork.org.