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Donate Gently Used Designer Apparel to Catholic Charities Mary’s Closet

What’s in your closet? Donate your gently used, freshly laundered or dry cleaned men and women’s designer apparel, accessories, fine jewelry, shoes, and handbags to Catholic Charities! All donations will be sold at Encore, a designer resale event to benefit Catholic Charities Mary’s Closet program, which offers professional attire and job readiness consultation to men and women as they are seeking employment or beginning their jobs. Please mark all donations “ENCORE” and drop-off at Catholic Charities, 1717 Rand Rd. in Des Plaines; Catholic Charities, 721 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago; Relevant Radio, 145 S. Northwest Hwy. in Park Ridge; or St. Francis Xavier Parish, 524 9th St. in Wilmette. For more information or for pick-up service, visit or email

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 and click on New District/ Official Search. You can find more information and a template advocacy letter at on the homepage.

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Lifelong Faith Formation Classes

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

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To Rise With Christ - Instruction on Burial Rites Involving Ashes / Cremated Remains of the Deceased

Recently, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued an Instruction, To Rise With Christ, on the burial rites involving ashes / cremated remains of the deceased. Specifically, To Rise With Christ is addressing practices in society which have grown in popularity in recent years in regard to the care of cremated remains after death: the separation or scattering of ashes, the retaining or display of ashes in one’s home, or the use of ashes in the creation of jewelry. In all of these cases the Instruction reiterates the Church’s firm belief in the respectful care of ashes / cremated remains of the departed, such that “the ashes of the faithful must be laid to rest in a sacred place, that is, in a cemetery or, in certain cases, in a church or an area, which has been set aside for this purpose.”

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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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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 They offer many programs that have been reviewed by Marriage and Family Ministries.

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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 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 To join I-CAN or to learn more about the efforts of CCI, please access this link,

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

More information can also be found on the Catholic Conference of Illinois website:

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Archbishop Cupich's Letter: English | Español

Catholic Charities Free Newspaper for Seniors

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 (312) 655-7425 or email

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance Department

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.

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, or email

Catholic Charities Translation and Interpretation Network Chicago is Recruiting

The Catholic Charities Translation and Interpretation Network Chicago (TIN Chicago) Social Enterprise 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. For more information, contact Rafael Picerni at (312) 655-7483 or

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 or call the Volunteer Relations department at 312-655-7322.

Catholic Charities Maternity & Adoption Services

Pregnant? There are options. What do I do? Who should I tell? It’s scary. You can turn to us. Catholic Charities Maternity & Adoption Services has resources to serve teens, single women, and couples facing unplanned pregnancies. We are here to help, without pressuring you. We can talk about your options as you plan for your child’s future. We can help you whether you decide to parent your child or make a plan of adoption. If you are not sure what to do, our 24-hour hotline has caring and professional counselors available to help you. Our services are free and confidential. Call 1 (800) CARE-002 or (312) 454-1717. For more information, visit

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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 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


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

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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

Project Rachel

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

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

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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)