Saint Pascal News and Events
WE NEED TO ACT NOW!
ILLINOIS GUN DEALER LICENSING ACT, HB 1016
If passed, HB1016 would give Illinois the ability to encourage better business practices among gun dealers and hold corrupt dealers accountable. It would help prevent illegally trafficked firearms from entering our communities. This legislation will be going to the Illinois House for a full vote at the end of this week. The full House vote will be a challenge, so we need all hands on deck for this effort RIGHT NOW!
Our Illinois Representatives need to hear that the people of Illinois want statewide gun dealer licensing! Can you please take a minute
to send an email asking for their support? Please email your District Representatives: Kenneth Dunkin, District 5, firstname.lastname@example.org,
and Cynthia Soto, District 4, at email@example.com. A sample suggested email is as follows:
“I am contacting you because I would like to ask you to support House Bill 1016, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. The level of gun violence in Illinois is totally unacceptable, and this law would help reduce illegal gun trafficking and keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Can you please support this legislation? Thank you for your work to make Illinois a safer place.”
Also, legislators’ staff members are keeping tallies on how many pro and against calls they are getting. The NRA is very organized and getting a lot of calls in, so we need to counter that. It is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL that these legislators hear from lots of people!
Father Greg LorensF
We just received word from the Priest Placement Board that Father Greg Lorens will be assigned to Saint Pascal as of July 1. This is great news for our whole parish and for our Polish community in particular. Father Greg has a great spirit and ready smile. We pray in gratitude for him and for the ministry Father Rafal has shared with us.
On Sunday, May 29, Saint Pascal will be having its annual Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), following the Noon Mass. The procession will start in church and stop at four altars, representing our diverse ethnic communities at the parish: Polish, Hispanic, Filipino, and American. If you are able to help decorate one of the altars, please contact Tony Jurich at 773-725-7641, x. 240, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to have as many of our parishioners as possible participate in this wonderful tradition.
Saint Pascal Carnival
Saint Pascal's Carnival will take place on Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19. Volunteers are needed to help each night of the carnival. Click here if you would like to volunteer. Click here for the entertainment schedule and carnival hours.
Saint Pascal Carnival Wristbands
Carnival wristbands are on sale at the rectory! The wristbands are $50 each and are good for all five days of the Carnival. Click here for additional details and an order form.
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.
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.