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Kairos is a 4-day retreat for high school Juniors and Seniors. These retreats are led by Seniors in High School and are hosted by and open to teens of St. Cletus, St. Francis Xavier, and St. John of the Cross parishes. We offer four Kairos retreats each year – one in Spring, two in Summer, and one in the Fall. Our next Kairos retreat, K29, will take place June 7-10. Registration is now open. Please click on this link to register. Please consider joining us for this life-changing retreat!
A HUGE thank you to our volunteers last weekend! We had about 100 different volunteers move and organize (literally) thousands of gifts donated by generous St. Cletus families! Thank you for your donations!
This year we again had a special donation of a moving truck from Del’s Moving & Storage. Parishioner Randy Balla and his son-in-law helped us carefully transport gifts down to our sharing parish St. Agatha’s to distribute to 200 individuals. Thanky ou!!! (www.delsmovers.com)
Thank you for your continuing generosity to the less fortunate in our community.
Deacon Stuart’s wife, Marlene, is again collecting stamps for the Kolbe House Catholic Jail Ministry. As many of you know, Marlene serves as a Catholic Minister for the Kolbe House Jail Ministry at Cook County.
In an effort to keep the detainees connected to their families, Kolbe House is again asking for postage stamps to be used for the detainees Christmas greetings to their families. This annual effort this year is looking to collect 7,000 first class stamps. If you would like to donate stamps in any denomination (1 cent up to first class postage) please put them in an envelope and drop them off at the rectory marked “Kolbe House Stamps – c/o Marlene”.
Thank You on behalf of the detainees at Cook and Lake county jails and the staff and ministers of Kolbe House.
The branches of our Giving Trees are still holding many opportunities for you to reach out during this special, holy season, to lend a helping hand to someone less fortunate in our community. Please remember, each tag represents a real person. When you take a tag from the tree, you are making a commitment to that person, and to returning your gift(s) on time.
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 this 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!
FOR ALL GIVING TREE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES PLEASE USE THE SIGN UP GENUIS LINK AT: http://stcletusparish.com/ministries/social-concerns/
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!
Deacon Stuart was honored by AMITA health for his over 10 years as MOC coordinator at LaGrange Hospital. Here in the picture he is presented with a commemorative plaque by Chaplain and Pastoral Care Manager – Aleks Tanurdzic. Said Stuart “I was very surprised and humbled, it helps greatly that we have such wonderful ministers both here at St Cletus and the other 5 parishes in the deanery that help us.”
Beautiful weather graced the festival grounds at the 2017 St. Cletus Parish Fall Fest. As the result of thousands of volunteer hours and efforts from all ministries, the parish exceeded last year’s profit.
Thank you to all who made the fest a success!
Dates are set for 2018. September 6, 7, 8, 9
Beautiful weather blessed the festival grounds at this year’s Fall Fest. Festival chairs Chris Wagner, Debbie Lestarczyk, and Bobbie Kallal (pictured) express their sincere gratitude for the many people who made Fall Fest a success.
To our sponsors… thank you for helping us fund our expenses to bring a high caliber festival experience to our parishioners, guests, and area community.
To our division chairs… from beer sales to entertainment to parking… cleanup, information, and marketing… thank you for your expertise, time, and knowledge heading up these areas.
To our volunteers… hundreds (if not thousands) of hours are required to staff the many tables and booths around fall fest. Quite simply… without your volunteer time, we couldn’t staff the fest. You are the lifeblood of a successful Fall Fest.
To our attendees… we know there are many weekend activities competing for your time and entertainment budget. We are grateful you chose St. Cletus as your entertainment destination.
To our neighbors… thank you for your patience with the extra volume of traffic. We appreciate your support of our festival!
To the professional companies… thank you for providing a fun and safe atmosphere for our guests. Guests got to experience a variety of carnival rides, hear the sounds of local musicians from our entertainment stage, and seek shade under a variety of tents. We appreciate your service to Fall Fest!
The Holy Name Society promotes respect for the most Holy Name of God, faith in the Catholic Church and its teaching authority, and loyal respect to both our civil and religious responsibilities.
Our chapter of Holy Name Society began when the parish was established in October 1951. Our chapter is a branch of a world-wide fraternity of the church, which began more than 700 years ago. In its first seven centuries, the Society has helped to foster the salvation of souls. Membership in the Society can offer faith-filled men a chance to serve with an organization that has become the voice of Catholic men, — and potentially, enrich their lives.
HNS sponsors a Thanksgiving turkey raffle, a Christmas dinner party, a Pancake Breakfast in springtime, and a Past Presidents’ Dinner in May. The HNS group often helps support other activities of the parish such as the Fourth of July veteran’s Mass and Food Pantry programs, as well as other organizations such as the Mission Ladies and the Ministry of Care.