• Canned fish and chicken
• Cleaning products
• Paper towels
• Dish soap
• Baby wipes
• $10 Walmart cards (distributed at our April food pantry nights for Easter)
Thank you so much to our St. Cletus Religious Education program for their incredibly generous “Good Neighbor Food Drive” collection. We are overwhelmed with your thoughtful generosity and support.
Here is what you can expect to receive at a typical food pantry distribution. The choices are yours so some items, quantities, and flavors will vary based on your own needs and preferences. Produce and meat vary based on season and availability. You can expect to take home about 25-35 pounds of groceries and household items to help supplement your needs.
1- reusable, thermal tote bag on your first visit.
2- canned fruit
2- canned vegetables
2- canned fish/meat
2- canned meals
2- canned/dried beans
3- sides (rice, mac&cheese, flavored noodles, etc)
1- pasta sauce
1- canned tomatoes
3- extras (condiments, snacks, baking supplies, seasonings, etc)
1- 1/2 gallon of milk
1- choice of meat
Varies- Choice of produce (pictured: cabbage, potatoes, pears, apples, zucchini)
Varies- Monthly special (personal items pictured this month)
Domestic Violence Outreach
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.
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.
Join our faith community-and more than 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States-in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the Church Narthex next weekend. During the 40 days of Lent, we will encounter the needs of the world. And don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app!
Illinois Bishops Warn Against Extreme Abortion Legislation in General Assembly
As Illinois faces so many pressing issues involving human life and dignity, it is incomprehensible that our elected officials have decided the pressing issue of the day is to enhance the chances that the lives of the most vulnerable and voiceless will be taken. Their efforts, similar to recent actions in New York and Virginia, focus on corrupting our God-given right to life and sowing unnecessary division.
House Bill 2495 and Senate Bill 1942, misnamed the Reproductive Health Act, include so many harmful provisions the full effect of these bills can hardly be imagined. We know the legislation:
•seeks to define abortion as health care and a fundamental right;
•removes abortion clinics from a regulatory framework designed for significant medical procedures;
•attacks a carefully constructed agreement in law on how hospitals care for the victims of sexual assault;
•repeals the ban on partial birth abortion;
•repeals legal protections for doctors and hospitals who decline to participate in abortions;
•requires private health insurance in Illinois to fully cover the cost of abortion;
•removes the requirement that only doctors can perform abortions;
•as well as many other changes that in totality require us to treat abortion as a celebrated right instead of a heart-wrenching tragedy.
Abortion is not health care. It is the intentional taking of innocent and defenseless human life. Moreover, provisions in the law that allow healthcare providers to live and work in accordance with their sincerely-held moral beliefs are not wrong. Freedom of religion and conscience protections are fundamental rights, enshrined in our state and federal constitutions, and they must be respected.
House Bill 2467 and Senate Bill 1594 seek to repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. This law, which has been in statute since 1995 and enforced since 2013, ensures parents are involved in profound medical decisions involving their children. Every other state bordering Illinois – Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Iowa – requires at least parental notification. It is a broadly-supported, reasonable safeguard that allows parents to properly exercise love and care for their children. Our government should support families, not undermine them.
Opposition to these bills do not require one to assume a pro-life political position. Opposition should be the natural result of applying reason, fairness and a basic respect for human dignity to the examination of their contents. We cannot further devalue human life to the extent proposed in this legislation without dire consequences for ourselves.
We hope to lead all people of goodwill to rise up and be heard in opposition to these terrible efforts. Accordingly, in the days ahead, we will be distributing more information and calls to action. Today, we ask for your prayers and support as you certainly have ours.
Words Save Lives (Saturday, March 9): https://gallery.mailchimp.com/ab8cfcbd829e8e118a07df956/files/1ef8a797-6c33-451f-9b98-bef3ea5c0503/SpeakOut_IL_2019_Flyer_Registration.pdf
Life Advocacy Day 2019
On April 3, 2019, we will be having our very important Life Advocacy Day.
Pick-up and drop-off site: St. John of the Cross in Western Springs, IL (5005 Wolf Rd, Western Springs, IL 60558)
We will be taking coach buses to Springfield, IL at 6:00 a.m. and return by 6:00 p.m. The Cost is $10 which will provide a lunch and training/education by Illinois Catholic Conference. We will also have a chance to pray the rosary as a group in front of the Capitol Building.
Please register and sign up now! http://bit.ly/2ThLrvw
The Mission Ladies are looking for donations of eyelet fabric. Do you have some new or gently used material that would be suitable? We are looking for white material, in good condition. This fabric is used to make baptismal bibs gifted to children and their families when they are baptized at St. Cletus. Donations can be dropped off in the food pantry bins in Church. Thank you!