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VOCATION

Are you willing to stay with Jesus and with others through difficult times?

Pray for the strength to endure hardships. - Matthew 27: 11-54

If you think God is calling you to be a priest, visit our website at www.ChicagoPriest.com or contact Fr. Francis Bitterman at fbitterman@archchicago.org or at 312-534-8298.

For information on religious life contact Sr. Elyse Ramirez, OP at 312-534-5240 or eramirez@archchicago.org, and for the Permanent Diaconate program contact Deacon Bob Puhala at 847-837-4564 or bpuhula@usml.edu.


TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS - Ongoing Request

Invest in Kids Act was created in August, 2017 to allow income tax credits for taxpayers who contribute to authorized scholarship granting organizations (SGO). The SGO’s provide scholarships for eligible Illinois students to attend qualified, non public schools in Illinois. This includes qualifying Catholic schools.

Please consider the gift of a Catholic education in Illinois to qualifying children from low-income families while receiving a tax credit on your Illinois tax return. The online application process for businesses and individuals will be available January 2, 2018.

Visit archchicago.org/tcs for more information and a step-by-step guide to the program.


ENGLISH LITERACY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
- January 26 and 27


ST. MARY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
- January 28


WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER - February 2-4


JESUIT RETREAT - THE BEATITUDES: A FAITH FOR HEAD, HEART AND HANDS
- February 2-4


ST. LOUISE PLAYERS PRESENT THE LITTLE MERMAID - February 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18


RIVERSIDE AND NORTH RIVERSIDE LIBRARIES - HOMEBOUND BOOK SERVICE
- Ongoing Service

Both the Riverside and North Riverside Libraries offer Homebound book service to anyone who is permanently or temporarily disabled. Delivery and pick-up can be arranged at a mutually convenient time.

This service does not only pertain to books, but includes other library material like movies, audio books, and music CD’s. Standard loan periods apply and you need a Library Card to participate.

If you know the titles you are interested in, we can bring them to you as long as they’re not checked out by another patron. If so, the library will call you when they are available. We can even look up titles for you if you have favorite authors and actors, then let you know what is available. If you are ready to start enjoying a good book, movie, music CD, or book on tape, give your local library a call.

They’ll be more than happy to help!
North Riverside Library - (708) 447-0869
Riverside Library - (708) 442-6366


DREAM ACT OF 2017 - ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO PARTICIPATION
- Ongoing Request


MERCY HOME MENTORING PROGRAM
- Ongoing Request


SHARE FOOD - SHARE LOVE - FOOD PANTRY - Ongoing Event


CATHOLIC CHARITIES VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
- Ongoing Event


AGING CARE CONNECTIONS - SENIOR LUNCH TIME
- Monday through Friday


CATHOLIC CHARITIES FREE NEWSPAPER FOR SENIORS
- Ongoing Event

Did you know Catholic Charities has a free newspaper just for senior citizens?

Keenager News is published 10 times a year and is delivered to your door. This publications contains news, opinion, human interest, how-to, and travel articles, along with humor, puzzles, and recipes. Our "Readers' Corner" provides a forum for readers' own reminiscences, and poems.

To sign up to receive Keenager News, call at (312) 655-7425 or email keenager@catholiccharities.net.


POOR HANDMAIDS OF JESUS CHRIST VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
- Ongoing Request

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Volunteer Program seeks single, Catholic women 21+ years of age to give long-term volunteer service of 3- 12 months sharing faith community and serving alongside Sisters in a wide variety of ministries.

Contact Sr. Connie Bach, PHJC at connie.ss@att.net or visit phjcvolprogram.org.


GOLDEN AGERS
- 1st and 3rd Wednesdays

This ALL NEW club is now open to residents and non-residents ages 60 and up who want to meet new people and have fun. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month in the North Riverside Village Commons.

Activities throughout the year include bingo, lunch, speakers, entertainment and more!

For information, call Mildred Decosola at 447-4432.


LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS AT THE FOOD PANTRY

The West Suburban Food Pantry at Catholic Charities in Cicero is looking for volunteers to help in their food pantry. Volunteers will be asked to help unload food deliveries, bag food and greet individuals and families.

Available days and times: Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 to 11 am and from 12 Noon to 2 pm, Wednesdays from 9 am t0 4 pm and Thursdays from 2 to 7 pm.

For more information please contact Esmeralda at 708-329-4022 or Maricela at 708-329-4023.


IGNATIAN VOLUNTEER CORPS


SPRED - Religious Formation for the Developmentally Disabled


TELEVISED SUNDAY MASS
- Every Sunday


CONSTANCE MORRIS HOUSE

Does your relationship make you feel...alone? Confused? Threatened? Disrespected? Hurt? Sad? Mad? Controlled? Abused?

You are not alone. Reach out for help. Constance Morris House is here to help. We provide free shelter services, counseling for women and children, support groups, medical care and legal advocacy. We never charge for our services.

Call our 24-hour Crisis Line at 708-485-5254 to talk to our staff about how we can help.


Volunteer at The British Home


COUNSELING SERVICE AT ST. BERNARDINE IN FOREST PARK

Ms. Margaret Lukomski, an experienced and licensed professional therapist, is available to assist people with emotional problems, marital and family difficulties and other personal issues. Ms. Lukomski, LCPC is also a certified alcohol and drug counselor. She will be at St. Bernardine Church one afternoon and evening per week; fees for her services are reasonable. To schedule an appointment just call Catholic Charities’ Holbrook Counseling Center at 312-655-7725.


PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING

IS AS NEAR AS SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS PARISH IN WESTERN SPRINGS!

If you or a family member is having difficulty dealing with the complex and stressful world in which we live, The Holbrook Center of Catholic Charities can help. Whether your concern is personal, relational or career-related, the Center offers professional assistance that is confidential, convenient and cost-effective. Our professional counseling services are provided by Ms. Jeanne Petruzzelli, LCSW and Mr. Patrick Cunningham, LCPC. Both Jeanne and Pat have many years of counseling experience and they are looking forward to assisting you.

The Holbrook Center also provides services at other suburban locations and in the City of Chicago. For further information or to make an appt. please call at 312-655-7700 and ask for The Holbrook Center.


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Please feel free to contact the rectory for any question you may have at 708-442-5611 and 708-442-5612
“Let us not grow weary of doing good.” (Galatians 6:9)

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