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COIN CLUB MEMBERSHIP AT ST. WILLIAM - September 19

Are you interested in learning about how coins are made or want to start a collection? Do you have a jar of coins sitting around? Are any of them worth more than their face value?

We invite you, adults or students, to join us at St. William. We meet at 7 pm on the first and third Tuesdays of the month (next meeting is September 19) in Room 316 at St. William School.

Call John T Gallagher at 773–622–0553 if you are interested. No fees nor dues. It's a great hobby and nice to have fun doing it.

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THE WOMEN'S CENTER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - September 23

The Women’s Center is a problem pregnancy help center. Because of the care and concern of our staff, volunteers, and benefactors, each year over 1,000 women who feel abortion is their only choice, decide in favor of life. We provide practical help, including counseling, clothes, baby furniture, referral services, etc. as needed.

You can help us and have fun at the same time. Join our “Pro-Life Challenge: Walk, Wiffle, Bike” on Saturday, September 23 at Caldwell Woods in Chicago. All are encouraged to participate regardless of age or expertise. Details are available on The Women’s Center’s website www.GoTWC.org.

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ARE YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, GRIEVING THE DEATH OF A CHILD? 17TH ANNUAL LOST CHILD PILGRIMAGE - October 28

We invite men and women who have lost a child to explore the sacred journey of loss, healing and hope.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9 am to 1:30 pm
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii
1224 West Lexington Street, Chicago, IL 60607

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii stands with and for men and women who carry the burden of grieving the death of a child. We of Mary's House open our doors and our hearts to you, standing with you, for Mary's Bethlehem joy was Mary's Calvary vigil of sorrow as well. We have faith in the power of prayer to heal the soul and faith in the comfort and support of a community coming together in solidarity.

Speaker:
Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D.

There are so many things about life that cannot be explained. The unbelievable, inconsolable loss of a child is one of life’s most difficult experiences. The absence of such a precious life, no matter the age or under what circumstances, wounds deeply. Grief mixed with anger and confusion rises. We cry out for answers. How do we cope with losses of new life, of promising futures? How do we move through our grief, our vanished hopes and dreams? How do we make the painful journey back to full life as we remember and honor our lost child?

On the Feast of St. Jude, Patron Saint of Hope and Impossible Causes, Fr. Fragomeni will offer a reflection and discussion on how St. Jude encourages hope and perseverance for those who are experiencing the impossible cause of grieving the loss of a child.

Program:
Liturgy of Lamentation with Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, PhD.

Facilitated Breakout Sessions:
One: "Precious Babies, Regaining Life and Hope"
Miscarriage and Infant Loss Julie Berggren, M.A.
Two: "Milestones Celebrated and Mourned:
The Death of a Child or Adolescent"

Mary Ellen O'Donnell, M.A.
Three: "When Your Adult Child Predeceases You"
Julie Federici, M.Div., M.Ed., GC-C

Liturgy of Hope
Lunch

Wall of Remembrance:
Bring a photo of your loved one for a special display at the pilgrimage.

$25.00 Paid Registration due Wednesday, October 25. Lunch included.

3 EASY WAYS to REGISTER
1. Online: www.ourladyofpompeii.org
2. Call: 312.421.3757 with your V/MC
3. Mail: Check or V/MC information to:
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii
Attn: Lost Child
1224 W. Lexington Street, Chicago, IL 60607

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PILGRIMAGE TO FRANCE - Ongoing Invitation for April 2018

Join Father Dominic Clemente on a Pilgrimage to France! - Father Dominic will be leading a nine day, all inclusive pilgrimage to France this coming April 2018. We will be visiting famous religious and historical sites such as Lourdes, Avignon, Ars, Paray Le Monial, Paris, Nevers, and Lisieux. This will be an awesome experience you won’t want to miss.

Dates of Pilgrimage: April 9–16, 2018
Cost: $3,199 all inclusive (except lunches)

Pilgrimage includes:

  • Roundtrip air transportation from O’Hare Airport;
  • 3 and 4 star hotels;
  • Land transportation via deluxe private motor coach;
  • Professional Catholic, English speaking tour guide;
  • Daily breakfast and dinner;
  • Entrance fees to all sites on itinerary;
  • Tips and airline fuel surcharges; and
  • Daily Mass with Father Dom.

Deposit: $350.00 payable on booking, second deposit: 50% of balance due by November 10, 2017, and full balance due January 24, 2018.

For more information and to register, please contact Father Dominic Clemente at 773–545–6496 or email FatherDominicClemente@gmail.com.

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LOSS PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH - Ongoing

The Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) Program for Children and Youth continues to meet with bereaved children and adolescents who have lost a loved one to suicide. This specialized grief support program provides individual counseling and group support for child and teen survivors. Counseling is offered in various Chicagoland locations. The program has no cost and is always tailored to fit the child and family’s grief support needs.

For more information,or to do an intake, call at 312–655-7284.

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CONGREGATE MEALS FOR SENIORS - Ongoing

All seniors over the age of 60 are invited to enjoy food, fun, and fellowship at Catholic Charities senior congregate dining sites located throughout Suburban Cook and Lake counties. Enjoy a hot, nutritionally balanced lunch while getting to know others and enjoying friendly games of bingo and Wii bowling, movies, and more! A donation for every meal is appreciated, but no qualifying senior is turned away due to their inability to donate. No senior goes hungry!

For more information, contact a location near you:

Arlington Heights at 847-797-5350
Calumet City at 708-832-1208
Cicero at 708-652-3545
Markham at 708-331-0233
Lake County (8 sites) at 847-782-4170

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FREE ONLINE SCRIPTURE STUDY - Ongoing Resources

Would you like to learn more about the Bible any time, anywhere? Father Jim McIlhone, who has spoken here at St. Celestine and is the Director of Biblical Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago, has developed a free online scripture study. You can see it at www.wordmadeclear.net. Father Jim is an outstanding Scripture Scholar and teacher.

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CATHOLIC CHARITIES LEGAL ASSISTANCE DEPARTMENT - Ongoing Service

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance Department has attorneys and volunteer attorneys available to provide advice in numerous areas of law. If you are unsure about your legal rights or lost in the legal system, let us help you.

Services include in-depth advice and possible direct representation on many issues, including landlord/tenant issues, family law, consumer and debtor rights, foreclosure, employment issues, orders of protection, power of attorney, and more. CCLA provides free to low-cost legal services to eligible low–income individuals.

For help and more information, contact the legal advice line at (312) 948-6821.

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COUNSELING AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND POLISH - Ongoing Service

Have you ever considered counseling, but you couldn’t find the time? Given the “Stressful Times” in which we all live, maybe the time is NOW!

The Holbrook Counseling Center, a professional service of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, provides counseling at our West Regional Office, 1400 S. Austin Avenue in Cicero and at other locations.

Our Therapist in Cicero is Ms. Margaret Lukomski, LCPC, and she is bilingual English/Polish. Ms. Lukomski has many years of experience, and she works with individuals, couples and families. Her professional fees are reasonable.

For more information or to schedule an appointment,
please call us at 312- 655-7725.

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EUCHARIST ADORATION AT ST. WILLIAM PARISH - Every Thursday

Please join us at St. William Parish for weekly Eucharist Adoration.

Eucharist Adoration is every Thursday beginning with Mass at 12 noon, recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 pm (Polish) and 6 pm (English) and closes with Benediction.

May 13, 2017 begins the 100 year anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima so our Eucharist Adoration during the month of May will be dedicated to celebrate this momentous event.

In a letter from Sister Lucia dos Santos to her nephew Fr Valinho:
“I see from your letter that you are worried about the turmoil and the disorientation of our times. It is indeed sad that so many are allowing themselves to be dominated by the diabolical wave that is sweeping the world, and they are so blind that they cannot see their error. But their principal error is that they have abandoned prayer. Thus, they turn away from God, and without God everything is lacking to them. For, “without Me you can do nothing.” What I recommend to you above all is that you draw close to the Tabernacle and pray. In fervent prayer you will receive the light, strength and grace that you need to sustain you, and to share with others.”

We hope you can join us.

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MERCY HOME MENTORING PROGRAM - Ongoing

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 http://www.mercyhome.org/volunteer.

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SENIOR BOWLING LEAGUE - Ongoing

Club 50+ is looking for seniors to join a
bowling league. Bowling is at the
Brunswick Zone, 3111 River Road River Grove.

We bowl on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm.
It’s lots of fun and good exercise too!

If you are interested in joining us,
call Pat at 708-456-7511 for more information.

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VOCATION - Ongoing

As Revelation tells us, God has chosen to dwell with us.

How can you best share your gifts to reveal his presence among us in the world?

If you think God is calling you to discern a vocation to priesthood contact Fr. Francis Bitterman at 312-534-8298 or at fbitterman@archchicago.org or go to www.ChicagoPriest.com.

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 847-837-4562 or bpuhala@usml.edu.

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RELEVANT RADIO - Ongoing