Food Pantry Needs
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 of our helping hands at Food Pantry distribution. We enjoyed having a nurse from Bethlehem Woods join us this month. She provided blood pressure checks and offered health advice and follow ups for clients. We also had a great, large group of students from Nazareth Academy join us this month along with our regular volunteers. Thank you!
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.
Interfaith Career Network
Interfaith Career Network (ICN) offers job support through various programs throughout the month. For further information, please visit our website at www.interfaithcareernetwork.org.
We encounter ALEFA IN Malawi, where seeds are helping her family survive an uncertain climate. How can you care for God’s creation this Lent? How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities?
Members of the Nkhombedzi Rice Scheme take a break to sing a dance. Chikwawa District in Malawi has battled a long history of food insecurity due to drought, most recently during the 2015 growing season. CRS’s Diversification for Nutrition and Enhanced Resilience (DiNER) Fair program offers subsidized agricultural vouchers to beneficiaries to use to purchase drought-resistant seeds. The vendors also benefit by having a place in which to reliably sell their goods. These fairs help beneficiaries gain the ability to plant staple crops in the upcoming agricultural season, as well as encourage improved agricultural practices that build resilience to future shocks.
Alefa attended the first CRS DiNER Fair in her village and chose to buy two bags of hybrid maize seed, cabbage, rabe, Chinese cabbage and tomato seeds. In 2015, several of Alefa’s crops (common beans, sesame and rice) failed due to the drought. She had no peace of mind and was worried about money and food for her family. She had to sell part of her land and bought rice seed with the money. Not as many people grow rice, so she can get more money from selling it. Last year she harvested 36 bags of maize and sold 10, which helped her to send her children to school. The harvest from the seeds she purchased at the DiNER Fair will help with school costs as well. Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
*Please note, Rice Bowls are due back next weekend, March 24-25. They can be dropped at the bins near the door, in the collection basket, or at the Parish Center. Thank you for your generosity!
Saint Vincent dePaul
During the 2018 “Friend of the Poor” Benefit for Chicago-SVDP there will be a Grand Prize Car Raffle to win a 2018 Buick Encore! ($25,000 Value)
Raffle Tickets $25 Each
Winner need not be present to win. Drawing held day of event, April 22, 2018 at Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter raffle. No redeemable cash value. Winner responsible for taxes, title, transfer, and insurance.
To purchase tickets: www.svdpbenefit.org
Good Friday Walk for Justice
Friday, March 30, 2018
12 pm- 3:00 pm
Gather at the corner of Michigan Ave. & Congress Pkwy
“Justice is what love looks like in public,” a quote by Cornel West, has been at the heart of why 8th Day Center created the public witness of its annual Good Friday Walk for Justice 38 years ago. This will be the last year the Center hosts its modern day Way-of-the-Cross.
We will revisit the issues and prayers used in previous walks, and connect those issues of the past to our current reality. We invite the walkers to reflect on how the same unjust systems and power imbalances contribute to our experiences today. What will our love look like in the future?
Please join us for this holy act of love–to remember, to resist, and to be in solidarity with those working to dismantle unjust structures. Contact 8thdaycenter.org or 312-641-5151 for more info.