Food Pantry Needs
*Most needed items at this time
• Laundry detergent
• Canned soup
• $10 Walmart or Jewel cards (distributed at our Easter food pantry)
Donations can be dropped off before or after masses or anytime daily between 7:45am-4pm in Food Pantry bins in the Narthex.
Thanks to all those who participated in the 2017 CROP Walk. Over a dozen congregations participated and collected funds that support 5 area food pantries, including ours. Because of the hard work and dedication of these volunteers we received a donation of $854.82! We hope you’ll consider joining us on the walk next year!
Giving Tree Words of Thanks
In addition to the overwhelming gratitude expressed by our Giving Tree recipients on the day of distribution, many verbal and written words of appreciation continue to come in. Let me share a sampling with you, whose faithfulness allows this ministry to continue.
“Thank you for being a part of our beautiful team.”
“To the nice people of St. Cletus, thank you for the presents and the bag of food!”
“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”
“Thank you for everything.”
“Thank you! You spoiled me this year!”
“Thank you for everything you’ve done for our family.”
“I pray that love and joy goes to your family.”
Let us continue to be Jesus’ hands and feet in the New Year.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 in the box 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.
Peace & Justice Ministry
As part of the Archdiocesan Renew My Church initiative, St. Francis Xavier Peace and Justice Ministry is reaching out to members of St. Cletus to extend an invitation to join this important work. The Peace and Justice Ministry carries out the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount; to work for peace and justice in our community, the world and on behalf of all creation; to involve the parish and the broader community in this mission; and to create awareness through education, dialogue and action. If you’re interested in learning more or joining the Peace and Justice committee please join us for the next meeting on Wednesday, January 10 from 7:15-8:30pm in the SFX Rectory.
Interfaith Career Network
Join us on Thursday, January 18, 7-9 pm for this highly engaging and focused skill building session specifically designed to help you identify the transferable skills that can help create more opportunity in your job search. Transferable skills are your key to making the match, widening your search and expanding your “qualifications” for a new industry, field or role that “fits”. Are you stuck on a “one track” job search with limited opportunities? Are your past experiences defining your future opportunities? Are you not exactly qualified but you know you can do the job? Come get the information and inspiration you need to expand your thinking and take your search to the next level. Our speaker is Jody Eriksen, a Certified Professional Career Coach providing customized support and training for individuals who want to expand their vision, take action and achieve results in their careers. She will empower and inspire you to reach for the next level of success. Join us 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.
Interfaith Career Network offers job support through various programs throughout the month. For further information, please visit our website at www.interfaithcareernetwork.org.
Interfaith Community Partners
Interfaith Community Partner now offers delivery service from area libraries to home-bound older adults. Interfaith Community Partners has united with four local libraries to offer home-bound delivery service for older adults, 60 and better, with the intention of providing library materials to people who would have no other way to receive them. These partnering libraries include La Grange, La Grange Park, Western Springs, and Hodgkins. How it works is that every two weeks, volunteers from ICP will deliver books and other library material to your door on a Saturday. After two weeks, a volunteer will pick them up and drop off a new batch. To sign up and request your library materials, you need to have a valid library card from your respective library in the town in which you live and you need to complete a form which you may download and print by visiting www.InterfaithCommunityPartners.org and clicking on Services. If you have further questions, please call the ICP office at 708-354-9328.