Help the Vulnerable: Urge Elected Leaders to Pass a State Budget
Every 30 seconds someone counts on Catholic Charities for help. We are now
asking for your help. Please lend your voice to advocate for the State of
Illinois to end its budget stalemate and pass a budget that cares for the poor
and most vulnerable in our communities. Catholic Charities is currently owed
more than $25 million by the State of Illinois a number that grows by at least
$2 million per month.
Please take time today to call your state elected
officials with this simple message, I am a voter in your district. I am
contacting you on behalf of the poor and vulnerable people who depend on our
state’s safety net of human services, especially the more than 1 million people
served by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. If you do not know
who your state representative and senator are, please call the State Board of
Elections at (217) 782-4141 or visit
www.elections.il.gov and click on New District/ Official
Search. You can find more information and a template advocacy letter at www.CatholicCharities.net on the homepage.
Blessed Mother Teresa Exhibit of Love and Mercy at St. Ita Parish
July 22 to August 3
This amazing exhibit, brought to the Archdiocese by Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s religious order of Sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, has over 75 full color panels of her life story; from her birth and her vocation story, to her amazing work of love and mercy. A first class relic of Mother Teresa will also be on display. Come and explore this woman of God’s life and ministry as the Church prepares for her canonization in September 2016. The exhibit is in both English and Spanish.
Are you or someone you know widowed? Attend a retreat and workshop at one of two locations: July 9 - 10 at St. Julie's Parish in Tinley Park or July 23 - 24 at Holy Family Parish in Inverness. For more information and to register, visit www.joyfulagain.org.
Kolbe House, the Jail Ministry for the Archdiocese, invites you to a Spanish/English Mass at 3 pm Sunday, August 7th, at Assumption Parish, 2434 S California, Chicago. At this Mass, we would especially like anyone who is personally affected by incarceration, a victim of crime, or anyone who wants to be part of our ministry through prayer to attend. If you are an ex-offender or have a loved one in jail or prison, please come. If you need more information, please call Deacon Pablo at Kolbe House: 773-247-0070 or email Pablo at email@example.com.
Couples who make Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends not only rediscover the joy, intimacy and romance in their relationships, but also become more active in their parish. Together, we are making marriages, families and our Church stronger and healthier. For more information, please contact Luis and Lisa Tamez at (630) 802-1147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifelong Faith Formation classes are now available through the Archdiocese Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry. These classes, which include a program for training catechists, extend the opportunity to be a part of the formation of the next generation of Chicago Catholics to every member of the Archdiocese. Whether you want to take a full course of study toward certification as a catechist, or simply participate in select classes to enrich your faith, these classes from the Archdiocese are an exciting new resource. All classes are online, so they fit into your everyday schedule, and affordable as some courses are available for only $14. You can complete the classes at your own pace and in your home. Topics include Scripture, John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, Church History and much more. For a full listing of courses and prices please visit www.formedcatholiconline.com/home.aspx?pagename=faith.
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