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Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” the state of Illinois has created a new way to fundscholarships for children from low–income households who want to attend private schools. This program provides an opportunity for more students to receive a quality Catholic education. The tax credit scholarships offered through this program could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and fees for eligible, low–income students. Not all families will be eligible for the new scholarships, but we want to make sure all families are aware of the program.

Program details are still being finalized, but you can find information on the scholarships, the application process and the “Frequently Asked Questions” on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s website, archchicago.org/tcs. If you have any questions about tax credit scholarships, please contact the Archdiocese at InvestInKids@archchicago.org or 312-534-5321.


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.


HOSPITAL COMMMUNION MINISTERS - Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity

“I was ill, and you cared for me” (Matthew 25:36)

The Loyola–Gottlieb Spiritual Care department is reaching out to your community looking for volunteers to help us administer Holy Communion to the patients.

This ministry requires only a couple of hours each month and provides immensurable spiritual support for the patients and their families. Volunteers collaborating with this Catholic ministry will be trained by the Gottlieb Spiritual Care Chaplain, Jorge Maldonado.

Interested parishioners can contact Chaplain Jorge at 708–538–4998.

Thank you in advance for your availability and collaboration. God bless you!




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.



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



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.


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.