Social Concerns Ministry
We strive to answer God’s call to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with God. We do this by enlisting the time, talent, and treasure of our faith community to respond to human needs here and throughout the world.Get Involved Today
Each month, on the second Thursday from 6:30 – 8 p.m., we provide non-perishable food items, paper goods, and some personal supplies to approximately 200 registered families to help supplement their needs and ease their worries. We also provide emergency food assistance as needed throughout the month.
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Advent Giving Tree
Volunteers from every corner of St. Cletus Parish and friends in the community, join together to make Christmas a little brighter for hundreds of family each year. We reach out to St. Agatha’s, our sharing parish in Chicago’s inner city, as well as to the needy in our surrounding communities.
We offer our parish families an opportunity to share with those less fortunate. Our trees will be filled with purple tags (gifts) and white envelopes (grocery gift cards) with names of individuals from our sharing parish, St. Agatha’s, our food pantry, and others struggling in our community. This is a chance for you to do something for those who would not have a very merry Christmas without your generosity. With your help last year, our parish made Christmas a little brighter for over 1800 people! Thank you!
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Interfaith Career Network (Employment Ministry)
A fellowship of men and women, with a common desire to become employed or seek career advancement through a Christian forum. Our purpose is to provide the tools to enable individuals to successfully complete their job search by finding meaningful employment in a timely manner. Please visit http://www.interfaithcareernetwork.org for additional information.
Interfaith Community Partners
Interfaith Community Partners is a non-profit organization which provides transportation to older adults to physician appointments, grocery shopping and other quality of life errands like trips to the bank, hairdresser, and church. If you or a friend could benefit from these services or if you are able to volunteer to drive, please call Interfaith Community Partners at 708-354-9328 or visit their website at www.interfaithcommunitypartners.org More…
A small organization for making items for children and nursing homes. We sew, knit and crochet — dolls, lap robes, wheel chair bags, etc. Join us for our meetings every Wednesday 9:15 a.m. – Noon (September-May) in the Fr. Gallagher meeting room (located in the parish center).
Saint Cletus Parish Committee for Respect Life Activities
The Committee for Respect Life Activities serves the Catholic community by promoting reverence for the gift of life, from conception to natural death. The mission of the Respect Life Committee is to proclaim, by word and deed, the teaching of the Catholic Church on issues ranging from abortion and chastity to stem cell research, cloning, euthanasia assisted suicide and other end of life issues.
Social Concerns Commission
Works with the Director of Social Concerns to develop opportunities/programs to educate our parishioners regarding a wide range of social concerns and community needs, and to motivate them to actively respond by sharing their time, talent and other resources. The Commission meets every other month for planning, and as needed for various activities.
Society of St. Vincent De Paul
A Volunteer Catholic Lay Organization, who, in Christ’s name, service clients in our community with emergency assistance for necessities, including utilities, rent, food, medical prescriptions, eye care, gasoline cards, etc. Generally volunteers go in pairs on home visits to ascertain the clients’ needs and to offer Christian encouragement and hope, as well as financial assistance. More…
Domestic Violence Outreach
The mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach is threefold. The first is to raise awareness of domestic violence throughout the archdiocese. Second, is to promote the development and delivery of services, such as counseling and group support, to women, men and children victims of domestic violence, as well as to perpetrators, at local parishes and through archdiocesan institutions and agencies. Third, is to advocate for the prevention of domestic violence. Girls and boys, young women and young men must learn to recognize the elements of unhealthy and healthy relationships. This is accomplished through education at home, in parishes, and in schools.
At St. Cletus we hold a monthly support group meeting. 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. For details about the location and dates of these meetings please contact the Rectory or the Director of Social Concerns. St. Cletus DV Ministry is in partnership with St. John of the Cross, St. Francis Xavier, and the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach.
In an emergency dial 911
Pillars Domestic Violence 24 hour hotline: 708.485.5254
National Domestic Violence 24 hour hotline: 800.799.7233
Archdiocese of Chicago DV Ministry
If you have any questions about the ministry or services provided, please contact Kendall Grant at the St. Cletus Social Concerns Office at 708-215-5418.