Saint Pascal News and Events
Father Greg Lorens
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.
Please join us for Mass at 9:00 AM on Monday, July 4 as we thank God for the freedom we enjoy in our country. A continental breakfast will be served in Heimsath Hall following the Mass.
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.