Food Pantry Needs
• Pasta sauce
• Canned Chicken
• Canned Ham
• Diapers (size 5-6)
• Laundry detergent
Food Pantry Updates
The past few weeks we shared with you some of the exciting changes coming to the food pantry. If you missed the previous updates check out recent Canticles on the St. Cletus website.
Reflection from a volunteer: “Two clients were younger moms with kids and they pretty much knew just what they wanted. It was interesting to see how both of them seemed to go for more of the healthy choices. And neither of them took anything they didn’t need. So that would mean a lot of stuff we might normally pack, they didn’t want.”
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Interfaith Community Partners
Get Ready to Interview
Congrats! They called you back and would like to interview you. Now what? Learn the best way to present your skills and the value you bring to your prospective employer. Join Interfaith Career Network on Thursday, May 17 from 7-9 pm. at St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road in Western Springs. Our speaker, Steve Grosskopf, will cover important interviewing skills such as presenting yourself, researching the company, understanding the interview process and what recruiters won’t tell you during the interview. Other issues Steve will address include how to practice interview questions, what to wear to an interview, questions YOU should ask during the interview and what to do after the interview. Steve has over a decade of experience in many facets of human resources including recruiting and finding people jobs. He is the founder of Gobie, a career services firm with a passion to assist in your career no matter what stage you’re in – making a career switch, new grad, young professional, established executive. This meeting is open to everyone and there is no cost to attend.
Quarterly Resume Review
You’re invited to join us on Saturday, May 19 from 9:30-11:30 for a free resume review. Come in for a helpful one-on-one conversation with a HR, or other search related professional. They will offer you ideas and suggestions that may enhance or refresh your resume. Looking for some helpful job search strategies? Need some coaching with LinkedIn or your elevator speech? This is a great opportunity for you or someone you know who is in a job search. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost for this service. Please join us at St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road in Western Springs.
ICN offers job support through various programs throughout the month. For further information, visit our website at www.interfaithcareernetwork.org.
Society of St. Vincent dePaul
Thank you to everyone who donated clothes and household items to the St. Vincent dePaul collection last weekend. Your donations not only help clothe and provide household goods to those struggling, but the revenue your donations generate may also help prevent eviction, keep the heat and electric on, and food on the table for your neighbors in need.
A special thanks to all of our volunteers who spent the weekend outside lifting all of the donations!
Donna Luczak, John Parlier, Jim Ryva, Jim and Pat McLamore, Kathy and Dave Wendell, Judy Kennedy, Barb Jurack, Bob Hausknecht and Alida Carpenter.
Thank you for your generosity!
A Litany for Mother’s Day
We remember Sarai who was taunted by others in the household because of her inability to have children. All-encompassing God we pray for those who feel excluded when we emphasis one kind of family as normal.
We remember Esther, who was adopted and raised by her cousin. God who embraces us all, we pray for those who cannot be raised by their parents, for a short time or permanently.
We remember the mother of Moses, who placed him into a raft on the river. Saving God, we pray for parents who struggle to raise their children in oppressive circumstances.
We remember Hannah, who loved her child so much she handed him over to another to raise. Loving God, we pray for parents who have placed their child in another family.
We remember Naomi, who grieved the death of her sons. God, who grieves with us, we pray for parents who mourn the death of a child.
We remember Ruth, who gave up her family to be family to another. Inclusive God, we pray for those who choose to be family to those isolated by culture or language or distance.
We remember Elizabeth, who had a child in old age and we remember Mary, who had a child as a teenager. Ageless God, we pray that as a community we accept people of varying life stages and responsibilities and relationships.
We remember Rachel, crying for her children. God of justice and hope, we pray for those whose children are killed, and look to a time when children can live safely in their communities.
We remember Lois and Eunice, who taught Timothy faith by example. Faithful God we pray for those who teach us faith by their lives, may we remember that we also teach about you in the way we live.
We remember other people, not named in the Scriptures, like the mother of the prodigal son. Companion God, we pray for those who wait for a phone call or a visit, cut off from family and friends by distance and disagreement.
Nurturing God, we give thanks for those
who enrich our lives by their presence
who teach us about your abundant love
who encourage us to journey in faith.
~Rev. Patty Lawrence