Food Pantry Needs
Most needed items at this time. *Items for Christmas bags:
- Powdered/canned milk
- Baking goods
- Holiday treats
Donations can be dropped off before or after masses or anytime daily between 7:45am-4pm in Food Pantry bins in the Narthex. **Please note, due to the Christmas trees in the Narthex, the bin has been moved to the “Brides Room” on the West side of the Narthex.**
Special thanks to food drives from St. John of the Cross Harvest Sunday, Willow Springs Christen Reform Church, the Boy Scouts, and Pleasantdale Student Council! The Holy Name Society generously shared 47 turkeys which will be used for some of our Christmas food baskets. So much to be thankful for!
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!
Don’t forget that gifts (purple tags) are due back NEXT WEEKEND! Please remember, each tag represents a real person. When you took a tag from the tree, you made 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.
- Be sure the gift tag is securely attached to the packages. If you have more than one package for the same person, please attach a gift tag on each package indicating his/her name and family number, to make sure all gifts go to the correct person. If you have more than one package for Family Request, please mark 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.
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
We are still in need of volunteers for all of our Giving Tree opportunities! Please spread the word and 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.
Monthly Domestic Violence Support Group
If you or someone close to you is experiencing domestic violence this group may be very helpful.
The objective of the group is to provide all a chance to talk about domestic violence and share questions, concerns and experiences with others who are facing – or who have faced – similar situations in confidence.
Please contact Kendall Grant (email@example.com) or 708.215.5418 for more information.
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
ICN offers job support through various programs throughout the month. For further information, please visit our website at www.interfaithcareernetwork.org.
Homeless Persons Memorial
Monday, December 19 at 6:30pm
Old St. Pat’s (700 W Adams St, Chicago 60661)
On the longest night of the year, please join us as we again remember our homeless brothers and sisters who have died in the last year. The memorial will be held on December 19th, 2016, at Old St. Patrick’s Church. Music again will be provided by Harmony, Hope, and Healing, which puts on this service along with the Ignatian Spirituality Project, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Old St. Pat’s, New Moms, Cornerstone Community Outreach, and the Night Ministry.