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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.

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Pope Francis' Encyclical
Laudato Si'
On Care For Our Common Home

Letter from Cardinal Turkson,
President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace,
regarding the Holy Father's Encyclical, Laudato Si'

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"Spotlight"

In early November a new film, "Spotlight," which portrays the Boston Globe's Pulitzer-Prize-winning 2002 coverage of the Massachusetts clerical sexual abuse crisis, will open nationwide. We anticipate the release of the film will bring renewed interest, media coverage and questions regarding clerical sexual misconduct with minors.
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Migrant & Refugee Crisis

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is working to provide immediate assistance to Syrian and Middle East migrants and refugees and are requesting emergency donations. 

Resources and a donation link may be found at www.chicagopeaceandjustice.org/emergencyappeal and
www.crs.org/stories/refugee-crisis-delivering-aid-experience-commitment

Archdiocesan-Wide Parish Planning Process

Recently, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich discussed the results of an internal study assessing the changing landscape of the Church in Chicago and began to gather feedback. The study looked at trends such as pastor availability, mission vitality, operating viability, and capital needs. Many changes have occurred since the parish system was created decades ago. Factors such as population patterns, ethnicity shifts, Catholicity shifts, as well as a decline in Mass attendance have affected many of the parishes in the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese is now beginning to assess the implications of these changes and will embark on a long-range highly inclusive planning process with the dual goals of serving the pastoral needs of the faithful and strengthening parish vitality.

Archbishop Cupich's Letter: English | Español | Polski

Ministering to the Newly Married

Parish ministry to young married couples should help spouses to nurture the positive feelings they created during their dating years, and to grow in understanding and appreciation of their married lifestyle as a vocation and a sacrament. For resources to help in your parish's ministry to young married couples, visit www.happy-together.net. They offer many programs that have been reviewed by Marriage and Family Ministries.

The Virtues - Four Dates for Catholic Couples: www.happy-together.net/the-virtues-four-dates-for-catholic-couples

The Word Made Clear

Want to learn more about Scripture? Check out The Word Made Clear, a website dedicated to studies on each Gospel and the Biblical Roots of the Mass.  Creator of the site, Rev. James P. McIlhone, is the Director of Biblical Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Visit www.wordmadeclear.net to listen to Fr. McIlhone’s audio presentations on the Gospels.

Illinois Catholic Advocacy Network

The Catholic Conference of Illinois represents the Catholic Church at the Illinois Capitol, advocates for legislation that respects life and human dignity, the integrity of the family and marriage, and Catholic education and social services.

The CCI has developed and maintains a grassroots email advocacy network called the Illinois Catholic Advocacy Network, or I-CAN for short. The Catholic Conference sends out occasional emails to I-CAN subscribers in an effort to keep lay Catholics informed about state and federal issues that impact the Church and her mission.

Archbishop Cupich recorded a short video promoting I-CAN to encourage Catholics to sign up for the network which is found at https://youtu.be/ruNHMrmH1XE. To join I-CAN or to learn more about the efforts of CCI, please access this link, www.ilcatholic.org/take-action/join-i-can.

Illinois Kids Campaign

The Illinois Kids Campaign benefits students across the State. It will open the doors for many more families and children to choose the school that's right for them while ensuring each school maintains the quality and integrity of its educational programs. Bottom line: This kind of an investment is good for our schools, parents and children.

Please lend your support to this important campaign. To learn more and contact your lawmakers directly, visit www.illinoiskidscampaign.org.

More information can also be found on the Catholic Conference of Illinois website: www.ilcatholic.org/il-kids-campaign-seeks-to-increase-education-tax-credit-create-scholarships-to-catholic-schools

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Support Catholic Charities Work with Local Refugee Resettlement

Catholic Charities has been assisting refugees for more than 40 years, including refugees from Syria. Families are provided housing, household items, clothing, food, job search assistance and other services. Parishes have "sponsored" refugee families and provided both concrete assistance (payment for rent, etc.) and companionship (visiting with parish scout groups, or one on one with adult refugees). To donate money to Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program please send checks to: Catholic Charities Refugee Program, Attention: Development Department, 721 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60654, or donate at www.catholiccharities.net. To learn more about sponsoring a refugee family or donating goods or services, please contact our Refugee Resettlement Program at: 312-655-7096.

Catholic Charities Mary's Closet in need of Professional Clothing and Designer Clothing Donations

Catholic Charities professional clothing center, Mary’s Closet is in need of career-ready clothing, accessories and shoes for men and women, especially in larger sizes. Mary’s Closet, is a program that helps Catholic Charities clients who are in need of assistance preparing for job interviews or seeking employment, by providing them with work-ready clothes and interview coaching. We are also looking for high end designer clothing donations to support the program’s annual Spring fundraiser, Encore! Designer clothes are sold at the May resale event with all proceeds benefiting the Catholic Charities Mary’s Closet program. All donated items can be dropped off at Catholic Charities, 721 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. or on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or at our other drop-off location Relevant Radio, 145 S. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information or for pick-up service please visit, www.catholiccharities.net/maryscloset or email maryscloset@catholiccharities.net.

Catholic Charities Translation and Interpretation Network Chicago General Recruitment

The Translation and Interpretation Network Chicago ("TIN Chicago") is looking for bilingual individuals to work as professional interpreters (as contractors/freelancers) as needed in the Chicagoland area. Interpreters will provide professional interpretation onsite to hospitals, schools, and social services agencies. TIN Chicago is looking for bilingual people who speak Spanish, Polish, Vietnamese, Urdu, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Somali, Burmese, Filipino, Amharic, and Swahili. All other languages not listed here are welcome as well. TIN Chicago will be hosting an informational meeting and language testing at 721 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. To confirm the details of this meeting and to learn more about job qualifications please contact Rafael Picerni at 312-655-7483 312-655-7483 or tintranslationchicago@gmail.com.

Catholic Charities Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is looking for helpful, friendly volunteers to serve as greeters at the hospitality table at 721 North LaSalle Street in Chicago. The volunteers will welcome guests and help with the intake of clothing donations. The volunteer would serve a 2 or 3 hour shift on a Monday, Thursday, or Friday of their choice between 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For more information, email volunteer@catholiccharities.net or call the Volunteer Relations department at 312-655-7322.

Catholic Charities Maternity & Adoption Services

If you are pregnant and in need of advice or help you can turn to Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities Maternity & Adoption Services has resources to serve teens, women and their families facing unplanned pregnancies. We can talk about your options as you plan for your child’s future. Whether you decide to parent your child, or make a plan of adoption, we are here to help.  If you are not sure what to do, our 24-hour hotline has caring & professional counselors available.  Our services are free and confidential.  Call 1-800-CARE-002 or 312-454-1717. Visit www.catholiccharities.net/adoptionservices for more information.

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Honor Flight Chicago

Honor Flight Chicago's mission is to thank and pay tribute to World War II veterans, by bringing them to Washington, D.C. for a day of honor and remembrance at no cost to them.

Do you know someone who is a World War II Veteran? Visit www.honorflightchicago.org to learn more about how you can refer them for an upcoming flight, volunteer your time or donate to the cause.

It’s a Violent World. What Can I Do?

Fr. Louis Cameli

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Vocations to the Priesthood

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The Archdiocese of Chicago Vocations Office helps men discern a call to the priesthood through retreats, visits to the seminary and discernment opportunities. As well, the Vocation Office works with men to determine their eligibility to apply to the seminary for the diocesan priesthood in Chicago. Finally, the Vocations Office actively works to create a culture supportive of vocations through promotion, education, and parish based efforts to raise awareness.

More information on becoming a priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago is available by contacting:

Fr. Francis Bitterman
Archdiocesan Vocations Office
312-534-8298
Email: fbitterman@archchicago.org

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Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools

2013 - June 2016

Below are bulletin inserts for each of the six core goals of the Strategic Plan for Catholic School:

LOSS Program for Children and Youth

The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has a grief support program for Children and Youth who have lost a loved one to suicide. The LOSS Program for Children and Youth provides individual, family and group counseling, as well as parent consultation to families who have suffered a traumatic loss by suicide. There are no set fees for any of these services. LOSS program therapists also provide community presentations and workshops to parishes and agencies that are looking to educate parishioners and staff about children's grief and traumatic loss. Our presentations can be tailored to the specific needs of your parish. Please contact Jessica Mead, with the LOSS Program for Children and Youth at 312.655.7284, if you are interested in having a presenter come to your parish to address these issues with staff and parishioners.

Mercy Home Mentoring Program

A friend can make all the difference…Be that friend, consider mentoring.

The Friends First Program of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is a one-on-one mentoring program for youth ages 9-17 in the Chicago area. Our purpose is to engage youth in fun, meaningful activities that promote healthy personal and social development.

To learn more about becoming a mentor, call the Friends First Program at 312-738-9560 or visit www.mercyhome.org/mentor.

Project Rachel

A post-abortion healing hotline
and referral service for women and men.

(312) 337-1962
(888) 456-HOPE

projectrachelchicago@gmail.com

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Help with your healing journey...

If you are a victim of sexual abuse by any Archdiocese of Chicago personnel including clergy, the Office for Assistance Ministry would like to help you on your healing journey. Please contact us for more information.

Thomas P. Tharayil LCSW, BCD – Director
Ruth Robinson – Assistant Director
Office of Assistance Ministry
Post Office Box 1979
Chicago, Illinois 60690-1979
312-534-8267 or 8256
866-517-4528 (toll-free)
www.archchicago.org
assistmin@archchicago.org