As parishioners of Divine Mercy, our vision calls us to share God’s love and transform the world. As Catholics, we are guided by the corporal works of mercy to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, comfort the sick, visit those in prison and bury the dead. As Christians, we believe that serving others is not only an opportunity to live out the gifts of our faith, but to encounter the person of Jesus Christ. By entering into relationship with others, we are reminded of our own need, and the generosity we have received from others and our Lord.
Divine Mercy offers many Outreach opportunities to live out this call to serve others in our community, our city and the world.
Our Outreach Ministries
St. Columbanus Sharing Parish
A Sacred Heart Church partnership with multiple opportunities for sharing our gifts such as:
Maureen Valvasorri, Staff Liaison
St. Benedict the African Sharing Parish
A St. Philip the Apostle Church parish partnership with opportunities for sharing gifts such as the Christmas Sharing gift card program and the annual Rummage Collection in June. Both of these efforts provide important resources for St. Benedict the African. All donations are directed to the Dominican Sisters at St. Benedict, who are responsible for the social outreach activities and providing material assistance to the poor in the community.
For more information, contact:
John or Judy Meade
or call the Parish Office at 847-446-0856
A Just Harvest Community Kitchen
The A Just Harvest Community Kitchen has served a nutritious dinner to 150+ Rogers Park neighbors every night for 30 years. A Just Harvest organizes volunteers to cook and serve dinner every night of the week. Divine Mercy parishioners prepare and serve the dinner at A Just Harvest on the 3rd Sunday of every month. A Just Harvest is located in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Divine Mercy Parish also conducts several pantry drives during the year to help A Just Harvest stock their food pantry. (Watch the parish bulletin and website for Pantry Drive dates!) They cook 5,000 dinners each month, so large “Costco-size” containers are great. Cleaning supplies are also needed.
Here is a list of items often needed at the pantry:
• Dish Soap • Bleach • Pine Sol • Laundry Soap • Liquid Hand Soap Mop Buckets & Handles • Paper Towels • Heavy Duty Mop Heads • Paper Towels • Spices • Zip Lock Bags • Napkins •Heavy Duty Plastic Forks • Plastic Serving Gloves • 18-inch Aluminum Foil & Plastic Wrap • Sugar • Gift Cards (Jewel, Walgreens, Home Depot) Dry Goods (Rice, Beans, Cold Cereal, Oatmeal) • Hair Nets • 50-Gallon Garbage Bags • Gas Cards • Paper Plates • Canned Soup.
For more information contact:
Sacred Heart Church has been a Sister Parish of St Jean Baptiste Parish in Sassier, Haiti since 1998. We work to support the aspirations of our sisters and brothers in Haiti for a better life. We work to identify and implement ways to support our sister parish, school and medical center.
For more information contact:
Deacon Gerry Keenan
Fr. Paul Foundation
A 501C3 Outreach of Divine Mercy Parish
Rev Paul Satkunanayagam, SJ. lived in the Sacred Heart Rectory for 4 years several years ago, while taking graduate level courses at Loyola University. While living at Sacred Heart, he visited the sick, taught in our school, trained children to serve Mass, served as a chaplain at Regina Dominican high school, said daily and Sunday Mass and preached what it really means to 'love your neighbor'.
He then returned to his native Sri Lanka and began his mission to make peace in a country torn apart by civil war. There are very few Christians there, most of the population being Bhuddists, Hindus and Muslims, Father Paul ministers without regard for religion to all people. He established the world acclaimed Butterfly Peace Garden to restore normalcy in the lives of child soldiers. He built facilities to house orphans and created programs to help widows become self-sufficient.
As a pastoral counselor and psychologist, he founded a professional counseling center to counsel the displaced victims of war. Some were afraid to go to the counseling center because in their culture it was thought to be a sign of weakness. As a result, he began to train lay people in the art of counseling and sent them out 'two by two' to the homes of those who would not come to the counseling center. It is a custom in Sri Lanka to leave your shoes at the door when entering someone‘s home; thus they became known as the Barefoot Counselors.
On the day after Christmas in 2004 many homes, the entire fishing industry and much of what Fr. Paul had built, were wiped out in hours by a Tsunami. The need for the Barefoot Counselors increased exponentially. Dr. Michael A. McNulty, who Father Paul had trained to be an altar server when he was a child, and who is a psychotherapist, shared with Father Paul, some innovative methodology used in New York after 911 to train volunteers in trauma counseling. Father asked Dr. McNulty to come to Sri Lanka and help train the Barefoot Counselors in this methodology. He has been going there twice a year for 10 days to two weeks ever since.
Our Outreach envelopes offer us the opportunity to contribute each month to Father Paul and his humanitarian work among all of the people of God regardless of religion or ethnicity. On his behalf, thank you for your support.
Ministers of Care
In our gospels, we proclaim a Lord who suffers with the suffering, who grieves with the grieving, who knows our isolation and our pain. Every Christian is called to the tasks of healing and comforting and companionship. (Handbook for Ministers of Care, Liturgy Training Publications).
Ministers of Care are ordinary people called to minister to ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Parishioners are commissioned by Divine Mercy to bring the compassion, prayer and communion of the parish, and the church, to the sick and homebound. These ministers are commissioned to bear witness to the suffering of parishioners and of Christ. This is a ministry of presence: the presence of the minister of care, and the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
At Divine Mercy, we bring the bread of life, the Eucharist, to someone who cannot come to either of our worship sites. We have ministers who are trained to bring the Eucharist to our members in the hospital, nursing homes, in rehab centers, and to those who are homebound.
If you know someone who would benefit from a weekly visit or some companionship during an illness, or period of rehabilitation, please contact:
or at the Parish Office at 847-446-0856
Be A Hunger Hero
Help Fight Hunger Locally!
Our local food pantries need our help. Currently (Mid-March 2021), both the New Trier Township and Northfield Township Food Pantries are seeing record demand. Many families are relying on the pantries to feed their families. As a result, each month we will collect much needed pantry items.
We will have pantry collections on the last Sunday of each month during specified hours. St. Philip the Apostle will collect specific items for the Northfield Township Food Pantry, and Sacred Heart will collect for the New Trier Township Food Pantry.
St. Philip: 8 - 10 a.m.
Collection Boxes will be located in the back of church.
1. Pasta Skillet Dinners
2. Rice Mixes
3. Canned Beef Stew
4. Individually wrapped Easter Candy
Sacred Heart: 4:30 - 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - Noon on Sunday
Collection Boxes will be located in the back of church.
1. Cookies and Crackers
2. Brown and White Rice
3. Peanut Butter
Questions? Want to volunteer to deliver items to the pantries?
Maureen Valvassori firstname.lastname@example.org
Love Your Neighbor
We initiated our Love Your Neighbor ministry as the Coronavirus pandemic became part of our lives in March 2020. This ministry enlists parishioners to connect with our seniors, those who live alone and those in need. Participants touch base with fellow parishioners regularly, and offer to help if they might need groceries, supplies or just a friendly phone call.
We have heard wonderful stories from our Love Your Neighbor participants, be they from the helping or receiving end! We hope most of these connections will last beyond the pandemic!
If you’re aware of anyone in need, or you'd like to be one of our Love Your Neighbor volunteers, please contact:
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