Food Pantry Needs
*Most needed items at this time
Donations can be dropped off before or after masses or anytime daily between 7:45am-4pm in Food Pantry bins in the Narthex.
Food Pantry Updates
This year we will be making many exciting updates and changes to our food pantry. Our long term goal is to improve the food pantry to best meet the needs of our neighbors where they are, serve them with dignity, and provide pathways to self-sufficiency. Most of the steps to achieve these goals will happen beginning in May. An overview of each of these changes is below:
Permanent Space: The food pantry has had a small storage space and each month we move everything into the Church Narthex for distribution. We are beginning to permanently move the pantry to the rectory basement and host our distribution out of this space instead of Church. This will allow us to expand our storage capacity, offer client choice, add freezers/refrigerators, and offer weekly distribution to clients.
Extended Hours & Weekly Distribution: We are thrilled to finally be able to offer distribution weekly (instead of monthly) to the clients starting in May. This increases access to food, particularly to working families, by extending hours and dates to open our doors on a more frequent and accessible basis. Distribution will switch this to every Thursday night from 6:00-8:00pm. Clients will still be able to come just once a month but will have many more options to come when it is most convenient for them.
Client Choice: This will allow us to shift from pre-packed bags to full choice distribution, encouraging healthy food choices, nutrition, and dignity for pantry clients by allowing them to select the items they wish to receive while also reducing food waste.
Wider Variety of Items: With this new space we will be able to offer meat, milk, and other cold/frozen perishable items. We currently have an onsite garden with 10 raised beds. With the increased space and distribution schedule we will be able to get our homegrown, organic, local produce to the clients more often so less food goes to waste.
Technology: Starting in April, we will switch over our paper registration book to the Greater Chicago Food Depository online client registration system, Food Bank Manager. This will streamline our intake process and significantly improve our capacity to track data.
Volunteers: These changes will shift some of our current volunteer roles while opening up many new opportunities for volunteers, especially during Thursday evening distributions. We will be looking for additional volunteers to help on Thursdays between 5:30-8:30pm. A Sign Up Genius will be used and can be accessed on the St. Cletus website under the Social Concerns-Food Pantry tabs.
All of these changes and updates to our pantry will help us to provide better service to more clients, more often. We will continue to post updates in the Canticle in the coming weeks with more details on each of these components and ways you can help. We encourage you to check back often as we move forward on these exciting updates. Thank you for your continued support of this important ministry.
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.
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.
ENCOUNTER OUR NEIGHBORS
We encounter Jesus this week in Jerusalem, a community he knew well. We prayerfully enter our own communities too, encountering those who are hungry and thirsty, those who need our help. How does our Lenten journey motivate us to serve those we meet in our daily lives?
Our St. Cletus Food Pantry was a 2017 local Rice Bowl Grantee! We are grateful for the generosity of the parishioners at St. Cletus and throughout the Chicago Archdiocese. Funds will be used at the food pantry to help with our expansion and updates. Thank you to all who contributed.
*Please note, Rice Bowls are due back this 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!
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.