Food Pantry Needs
Most needed items at this time. *Items for Christmas bags:
- Cooking oil*
- Pancake mix/syrup*
- Pasta & sauce
- Peanut butter & jelly
- Baking mix*
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.**
Thank you to Jewel-Osco Countryside for donating Thanksgiving meals to many of our food pantry clients. We’re so grateful for this generous partnership, especially to all of you that participated by donating to the “Turkey Bucks” program, and for the volunteers who helped distribute meals to families in need.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Advent, our Giving Tree outreach provides many opportunities for you and your family to respond to those in need, to ensure they receive their share of the richness of God’s gifts given to us.
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, 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.
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 final installment 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
…Fr. Chuck participated in the symposium on domestic abuse at Catholic University this past summer. Since then he’s seen the fruits of the conference, spreading awareness of the problem.
“A significant number went home with the plans of doing something in their diocese or their respective organizations,” he said of conference participants.
The Archdiocese of Washington just held a workshop for priests to learn how to deal with incidents of domestic abuse and 31 priests attended, he said. Two representatives of Catholic Charities in Vermont are starting a workshop for priests there, and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City held a workshop attended by several priests and a meeting for priests with Fr. Chuck.
“It’s hard to get the priests to come to any kind of event like this,” Fr. Chuck acknowledged.
Unfortunately, it’s been negative incidents that have driven the conversation about domestic abuse, he said. For instance, when surveillance videos surfaced of former NFL running back Ray Rice punching his fiancée, and then dragging her off an elevator while she was unconscious, the “subsequent outrage” after that and other incidents like it “helps create more awareness about the problem.”
Then “people feel a little bit more comfortable and required to speak out about this and do something about it,” Fr. Chuck explained. “The publicity about negative events or harmful events is quite helpful in raising awareness.”
“We’re really behind on this,” he said of the Church’s efforts to combat the problem, while noting at the same time that “we’re making progress.” There will be a Domestic Violence Awareness and Outreach Mass on Saturday Oct. 29 at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral, celebrated by Cardinal-designate Blase Cupich.
“Many times violence in the streets begins at home,” Cardinal-designate Cupich stated on the issue. “Adults and children are traumatized and alienated from the love and support they need by the violence they witness. We must respond to this tragedy.”
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.