Saint Pascal News and Events
Recognizing Our Volunteers
All parish volunteers are invited to attend the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in Heimsath Hall on Saturday, February 6, 2016 following the 4:00 PM Mass. This event is for those 18 and older. Please RSVP to the parish office by February 1st.
Palms and Paczki Party
On Tuesday, February 8, there will be a prayer service at 6:30 PM in the Dakin Street parking lot during which the old blessed palms will be burned (weather permiting). We will then gather in the school lunchroom for paczki (bismarcks) a traditional pre-lenten treat. Please return your palms from the past year to the church by Monday, February 7.
Wednesday, February 10, is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Click here for the complete Lenten Schedule.
Women of the Word
The Saint Pascal Women's Club invites all women of the parish to attend their Morning of Reflection on Saturday, February 13th. The session will be facilitated by Shelby S. Boblick, Pastoral Associate at St. Catherine - St. Lucy Church. The morning will start with the 8:30 AM Mass in Church. Please RSVP to the Parish Office by February 8th. All participants are asked to bring a bible to the session.
Free blood pressure screenings will be offered on Sunday, February 14, after all the scheduled Masses in the hospitality room. A health care professional from Community First Medical Center will perform screenings, answer questions about blood pressure readings and have health literature available. Registration is not required.
Northwest Side Catholic Community Mission - Lent 2016
Please join us for a three-part Lenten Retreat presented by Father Tom Dore and Dr. Christina Zaker to be held on February 29, March 1 and March 2 at 7:00 PM at Saint Robert Bellarmine Parish. Click here for details.
Catholic Charities Financial Status
The State of Illinois has not paid Catholic Charities since June of 2015 for work done for them. They currently owe Catholic
Charities $30 million dollars in total. That debt is growing by $2 million dollars per month, a loss Catholic Charities cannot
sustain much longer.
People are unaware for the most part that the state outsources social services in Illinois. Catholic Charities does the work for the state and bills the state at a rate they have established and agreed to pay. During this entire time, Catholic Charities has continued to serve those in need, providing them with services; housing, food, clothing, counseling, addiction services, the list goes on 150 programs deep Even though Catholic Charities’ has continued to provide services, Catholic Charities is not getting paid for that work. Since the work and caring have continued, the vast majority of people in our state are unaware that social services are even being effected with this budget impasse. With Lutheran Social Services closing half of their programs and letting go of half of their staff, some attention is now being paid to the situation. We need people to notice and to help, or the 1,000,000 people we serve annually will be without the basic needs they so rightly deserve as children of God.
The help Catholic Charities deeply needs at this moment in time is advocacy. Please write your representatives in Springfield to encourage them to release funds owed to Catholic Charities to care for those marginalized in our society. Click here for a sample letter that can be used in writing to your legislators.
To find your State legislators, click here and enter your home address: http://www.elections.il.bov?DistrictLocator/DistrictOfficialSearchByAddress.aspx> If you have any questions, or need help finding out who your state legislators are, please contact Government Relations at (312) 655-7020.
Saint Pascal now accepts online donations through GiveCentral. You can use this website to make paperless donations to our church by using your credit card, debit card and electronic checking payments making either one-time or recurring donations. To access this site, click on the "Donate Now" button on the right side of this page.