• Pasta Sauce
• Flavored Rice or noodle sides
• Dry pinto beans (1-2 lb bags)
• Baby food and formula
• Extras: jello, pudding , cookies, crackers, salad dressings, sauces
• Kitchen Items: aluminum foil, waxed paper, plastic wrap, food storage bags, etc.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Food Pantry Open House last weekend! It was great to meet so many new faces! If you are interested in volunteering, you can view slots and sign up at: http://bit.ly/2GrgAWt
We were thrilled to celebrate Marylin Chopp at the Aging Care Connections GEM awards today. Marilyn is 82 years young and started volunteering at the pantry almost a year ago. You may know her as “the bagel lady” as she works the bagel table on Thursday nights making sure each family gets the exact flavors of bagels they would like. We love her welcoming smile, intentional interactions, and genuine interest in both clients and volunteers. She even helps “after hours” delivering surplus bagels to the local firehouse and other neighbors in the community. Thank you, Marylin!
Area Respect Life Ministry
Mother’s Day Baby Shower
This weekend the Area Respect Life Ministry is hosting the 28th annual Mother’s Day Baby Shower and Carnation Sale in the Church Narthex after all Masses.
All gifts collected will be distributed to mothers and babies in need in our own parish community and the Women’s Care Center right here in LaGrange.
Most needed Items:
• Newborn onesies (boys/girls)
• 3T/4T/5T summer clothing (boys/girls)
• Baby wash, shampoo, lotion
• Swaddle blankets
• Muslin blankets
• Fitted crib sheets
• Diapers (size 3-6)
• Breastfeeding pillows
All items should be new. Please do not wrap gift donations. Thank you!
Interfaith Career Network
Winning the Interview
Tools and Strategies for Your Success
Your great resume, active networking, and positive persistence earned you a fantastic interview opportunity. BE READY! Join us in supercharging your interviewing skills with the tools, resources, and strategies that will make “selling yourself” easy, natural, and maybe even fun. Your ability to identify and articulate your strengths and achievements is mission critical in helping your next employer feel GREAT about bringing you on board. Our speaker is Jody Eriksen, a Certified Advanced Career Coach. Spend some of your valuable time with us on Thursday, May 16, 7-9 pm at St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs. You will leave energized, informed and motivated!
Quarterly Resume Review
Interfaith Community Partners invites you to join us on Saturday, May 18 from 9:30-11:30 am.
Come in for a helpful one-on-one conversation with a HR, or other search related professional for some ideas and suggestions that may help enhance or refresh your resume. Looking for some helpful job search strategies? Need some coaching with your elevator speech? Looking for updates and tips on LinkedIn? This is a terrific opportunity to add impact and clarity to your existing resume. Join us at the St. Cletus Parish Center, 700 W. 55th Street in La Grange. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost for this service.
St. Vincent DePaul
Thank you to everyone who donated items to the SVDP donation collection. We filled the truck in record time this year! We are so sorry if your donation was turned away or if you loaded up your car only to find out that the truck was full. We know so many of you intentionally cleared our closets and extra spaces just for this event and we regret that we were not able to accommodate the overwhelming amount of donations. If you still have items you would like to donate, we recommend utilizing the SVDP drop off bin in the St. Francis Xavier parking lot or Goodwill. Thank you!
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