• Shaving cream
• Powdered milk
• Canned fish and tuna
• Baby wipes
• $10 Walmart cards (distributed at our April food pantry nights for Easter)
Did you know? Our pantry service area covers ALL of the 18 municipalities in Lyons Township! This includes: Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Hickory Hills, Hinsdale, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, Justice, LaGrange, LaGrange Highlands, Lyons, McCook, Riverside, Summit, Western Springs, and Willow Springs. Most pantries cover just 2-4 towns or zip codes.
Domestic Violence Outreach
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury and death for women of all socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, and affects up to 1 in 10 men and 1 in 3 teens. We invite you to join us to raise awareness and stand in solidarity with all those affected by violence.
Note that these are intended for adult readers. All names have been changed for protection.
How to Take Care of Yourself After Domestic Abuse
by Rachel Madson Zarling blog.marykayfoundation.org
1. Breathe. Take 30 seconds a day for deep breathing. Start by taking a deep, slow breath in through your nose lasting five or six seconds. Then breathe out slowly through your mouth for about seven seconds. Breathing is an important part of your health, and it may feel like you haven’t breathed for the duration of your relationship. It’s as if you held your breath waiting for the next fight, the next rage, the other shoe to drop. It’s OK. You can breathe. You can heal. Your life can now begin again.
2. No Contact. This is one of the biggest components of healing yourself. Abusers can be like drugs. So don’t tempt yourself to use. After months of no contact, the fog will slowly lift. You will begin to see your inner strength — the you that was there all along. And you will begin to see the darkness of your abuser. If you have children with the abuser, and share custody of children, you can ask a trusted family member or friend to pick up the children at a drop off point. I know this will be more difficult, but it’s better in the long run.
3. Talk. If your finances allow, I highly recommend professional counseling. Take advantage of free services provided by local and national domestic violence organizations. Many can refer you to counselors in your area who work on a sliding fee scale. You can also use these organizations to find therapy groups specializing in domestic violence. You can also find online forums and support groups. These are a great way to connect with others without leaving the comfort of your home. Of course, talk to trusted friends and family members.
What you went through was not normal and being validated by people you trust or grow to trust is an important part of healing. And when you don’t process your pain, you leave yourself open to a host of physical and mental health issues.
(Added: Pillars Community Health is our local resource that offers free DV counseling for you and your children. At St. Cletus we also host a monthly Support Group we would welcome you to join.)
4. Find self-care activities that work for you.
Here are some of the things that I’ve found helpful:.
• Write five things you’re thankful for every night.
• Get a massage.
Anything you can do to kick your endorphins up and express the deep pain you have held in for so long. Don’t be afraid to try new things. After I left my abusive relationship I took up kickboxing and jujitsu. I only lasted six months, but I got in great shape while I channeled my anger.
5. Educate yourself. Take advantage of free resources online. Learn the cycles of abuse. Become familiar with the patterns and tactics of abusers. Understand the power and control wheel. Once you educate yourself, you can teach those around you. If you have children, it’s critical that you educate them.
Knowledge is power. The more you learn about yourself and abuse, the more control you will gain.
If you’re still in an abusive relationship, we believe in you just as much. We also know that you will leave if and when you are ready. You are the expert of your own life and will control when and how you will leave. Please consider using resources like the National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233 (SAFE) to safely plan and choose the path that is best for you. ~Rachel Madson Zarling
Interfaith Career Network
Organizing Your Job Search
Join us on Thursday, February 21 when our speaker, Steve Rosenblum, will discuss the process of a job search.Whether you are unemployed or employed seeking another opportunity, it is still a process.One of the most important parts of successfully making it through a search is to STAY ORGANIZED. This lively, interactive and informative presentation will offer insight, tools, resources and suggestions to help start, reinvigorate, lead and succeed in your search. Steve will also share many of his learnings, experiences and best practices, while encouraging others to do the same. There is no cost to attend and everyone is welcome We hope to see you at St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road in Western Springs.
As we prepare for Easter, we partner with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to reach out and serve others through the Rice Bowl program. Please help distribute Rice Bowls after Masses March 9-10. All ages are welcome. To sign up visit http://bit.ly/2MO1OKC to view slots and sign up.
FROM: USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
DATE: February 5, 2019
WASHINGTON–Two nights ago, the Senate failed to adopt by unanimous consent the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act-legislation that would ensure that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement in response:
“Last night, the United States Senate had an opportunity to unanimously declare to the nation that infanticide is objectively wrong. That they failed to do so is unconscionable. No newborn should be left to suffer or die without medical care. It is barbaric and merciless to leave these vulnerable infants without any care or rights. Congress must take up and pass this bill and ensure that the legacy of Roe v. Wade does not extend itself from killing unborn children to killing newborn babies.”
The Archbishop also sent a letter to the U.S. Senate today urging the body to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the floor for a vote and to pass it this week. In his letter, Archbishop Naumann asked the Senate to support the “common-sense legislation” that would protect infants who survived abortion attempts.