Food Pantry Needs
*Most needed items at this time
- Dried pinto beans
- Canned soup
- Pasta and Pasta sauce
- Diapers (size 3-6)
- Boxed sides
- $25 Jewel Gift Cards
There’s still time to donate some non-perishables for our monthly food distribution, Thursday, November 9. Thank you to St. Cletus School for collecting food pantry donations during Red Ribbon Week and to St. John of the Cross for delivering the parish October food collection.
Volunteers (ages 6th grade-adult) are needed to help with food pantry distribution on Thursday, November 9th from 6-8:30pm in the Church. Sign up here: http://stcletusparish.com/ministries/social-concerns/
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!
Jewel Osco raises funds through their “Turkey Bucks” programs that benefit the St. Cletus food pantry. Customers are able to purchase $1 or $5 in “Turkey Bucks” which are used to purchase Thanksgiving Meals for our client families. Volunteers are needed to stand at the Jewel Osco doors and invite customers to donate. Various daily opportunities are available from October 28-November 19.
**Please note…this is an unsupervised volunteer opportunity and an adult is recommended to be present** This calendar simply coordinates dates/times. Volunteers must check in with Donna (Jewel Manager) or another supervisor when they start their shift. Parents, use your discretion based on your child’s age and maturity to decide if they should be dropped off or need a parent present during the volunteer shift. All ages are welcome (with a parent). http://stcletusparish.com/ministries/social-concerns/
Our annual Advent Giving Tree Project–a St. Cletus tradition– will begin next weekend, November 11 and 12. We will be offering our parish families an opportunity to share with those less fortunate. Our trees will be filled with names of individuals in need from our sharing parish, St. Agatha’s, and from our community. We also ask you to remember your special person(s) in your family’s prayers throughout this holy season. Last year our parish made Christmas brighter for over 1700 people!
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 9-10. **NEW THIS YEAR** Gifts will be returned to Morrissey Hall using the convenient drop off lane on Stone Ave.!
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 17th 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!
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
FOR ALL GIVING TREE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES PLEASE USE THE SIGN UP GENUIS LINK AT: http://stcletusparish.com/ministries/social-concerns/
Friday, November 10th from 3:15-4: Volunteers are needed to help hang the tags on the Christmas trees in Church. All ages welcome, students 5th grade and younger require a parent.
Friday, December 8th from 4:15-5: Help set up Morrissey Hall for Giving Tree gift collection.
Saturday, December 9th shifts between 3:30-6:30pm: Help direct traffic, carry in donations from donor’s cars, sort and organize gifts in Morrissey Hall.
Sunday, December 10th shifts between 6:30am-4pm: Help with hospitality, direct traffic, carry in donations from donor’s cars, sort and organize gifts in Morrissey Hall, load gifts to bring to St. Agatha’s.
Sunday, December 17th shifts between 6:30am-6:30pm: Help with hospitality, directing traffic, carrying in food basket donations, organizing food baskets, distributing gifts, assisting clients to their vehicles, clean up, etc.
Please use the Sign Up Genius to volunteer and read the notes on age requirements. Contact Kendall Grant with any questions. Thanks!
Thank you to all who joined us last week at our Silent Witness/Survivor Speak Out event. It was a powerful evening! Attendees had the opportunity to listen to survivors tell their stories and learn more about domestic violence education and resources. We also viewed the Silent Witness Exhibit which represented real victims whose voice was silenced too soon, victims in our area, who lost their lives to Domestic Violence. Many men and women die each year in acts of domestic violence in the United States. Each one has a story. We need to remember their stories. We need to remember their names.
Special thanks to Pillars for leading the evening and for St. Francis Xavier and St. John of the Cross for co-sponsoring.
Catholic Charities Advocacy Alert
Take Action: Support Immigrant Domestic Violence Crime Victims
Immigrants who experience domestic violence or other crimes often do not report to the police for fear that going to the police could lead to deportation. In 2000, Congress created the U visa, which enables immigrant victims of certain crimes to stay and work temporarily in the US if they cooperate with law enforcement, and the T visa, which offers similar protection to trafficking victims.
To qualify for a T or U visa, an immigrant needs local police or another investigating agency to provide a certification that documents the immigrant’s cooperation. Many law enforcement agencies, however, refuse to issue certifications or delay their responses. These delays and refusals block immigrants from being able to apply for U and T visas, and discourage them from coming forward to work with law enforcement.
These certifications do not grant any immigration benefits. This bill clarifies that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must evaluate all U and T visa applications, and is solely responsible for deciding whether the applicant is a qualifying victim of a qualifying crime to whom it will issue a U or T visa. This bill requires ONLY that a certifying agency complete the certification in a truthful and timely manner.
Please contact your State Senators and Representatives today and to support SB 32 and SB 33 during the veto session now in Springfield.
Let them know you care: “As a constituent of your district, I stand with Catholic Charities in its support of SB 32 and SB 33 so that immigrants experiencing domestic violence do not continue to live in fear and can count on help from local law enforcement.”
Thank you for your attention, and your commitment to the mission of Catholic Charities.
Interfaith Career Network
Impress to Connect
Please join us on Thursday, November 16 from 7-9 pm. Our speaker this evening is former ICN member, Laura Cognato. Laura has walked the walk; she understands first hand what many job seekers experience in their search. Laura was between positions and hadn’t been on a single interview in more than a year. Two years ago she faced the “FourFecta” of job search hurdles when she discovered a new approach that led her to interview with 16 companies and get 3 job offers within 90 days. Laura will share the “Impress to Connect” strategies she used to land her dream job. You will learn proven tools and tactics to apply to your job search. Learn from Laura at St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road in Western Springs. There is no cost to attend and everyone is welcome.
Everyone is welcome to ICN meetings/workshops and there is no charge to attend. For further information, please visit our website: www.interfaithcareernetwork.org.