United Catholic Youth Ministries is offering a number of opportunities for prayer, reflection, and community this Advent Season. Join us!
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Youth & Young Adult Ministry at St. Nicholas Parish is part of the United Catholic Youth Ministries (UCYM) network. UCYM is a multi-parish ministry that supports youth, young adults, and their families in the Evanston & Skokie region of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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Dear Parishioners of Nativity of Our Lord and St. Gabriel Parish,
I write to you with some difficult news. I have asked Father William McFarlane, former pastor of Nativity of Our Lord and St. Gabriel Parish, to step aside from ministry following receipt by the Archdiocese of an allegation of sexual abuse that occurred in 1997, before Father McFarlane entered the seminary.
It is unclear at this time if the accuser was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse, however, in keeping with our policies, the allegation was reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Cook County State’s Attorney. The person making the allegation has been offered the services of the Archdiocese’s Office of Victim Assistance.
I have appointed Deacon Robert Boharic as Pastoral Coordinator of Nativity of Our Lord and St. Gabriel Parish, effective immediately.
As I am aware this is difficult news to hear, particularly as your parish undergoes a transition, let me assure you that we will communicate new information as it becomes available.
Know that I will keep your parish community in my prayers and ask that you pray for me.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago
Registration and 1st deposit ($50) due January 25, 2020. Total participant cost is $325.
WHO: This is a multi-generational trip. Under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. WHAT: The work usually consists of light construction (minor home repairs). We will also participate in cultural activities to experience the community, history, culture, music and environment of this area.
WHY SHOULD YOU GO?: Although communities in West Virginia suffer some of our country’s highest rates of poverty, drug addiction, and environmental damage, these communities have a rich heritage and a spirit of resilience, strength and hope. As we learn from each other we will return with a deeper understanding of and stronger sense of community with our sisters and brothers in West Virginia. Join us when our St. Nick’s church leaves the building and travels to Pipestem, West Virginia. You will be transformed!
Please see our trip website at https://sites.google.com/site/appalachianservicetrip2020/home
Jeanie Brabeck Pat Trafton Genny O’Toole
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We are a ministry of the Body of Christ at St. Nicholas dedicated to raising awareness of family violence and abuse in all its forms. We are committed to connecting those in need with community resources. Our vision is to put an end to the cycle of family violence.
If you or anyone you know is being abused, call 911 in an emergency. Otherwise, call our neighborhood agency, Between Friends, for help at 1-800-603-HELP, a 24-hour, toll free, multilingual, confidential human voice line for additional assistance, counseling and advocacy.