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Celebrating 65 Years of Giving
12/01/2012 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

They shop with great thoughtfulness and even delight, but they will not see the look of wonder on a 4-year-old’s face when he plays with his shiny new fire truck, the smile on the face of a little girl as she hugs her new doll, or a teenager’s eyes light up at his new computer game or her beautiful sweater! They will not see a mother in a family shelter wipe away tears as she watches her children try on new winter coats – or an unemployed father’s joy as he helps his child try out her new bike.

Giving Thanks For Positive Impacts
11/01/2012 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

“Positive Impacts” is the professional term we use at Catholic Charities for “making a difference in people’s lives.”

It is a term used by professional social workers and support staff because it describes the “outcomes” or results of the services that we offer to people in need of our assistance. Perhaps our most visible service is feeding hungry families and individuals in communities throughout Cook and Lake Counties. But as a social service agency, we also help our neighbors to solve their problems, repair relationships, retrieve their dignity, achieve employment and stability, and accomplish the goals they set for themselves and their families.


Patricia Drott, HIV/AIDS Liason to the Archdiocese of Chicago
10/01/2012 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

Patricia Drott is a woman with a major mission—a mission about which she is passionate. As the Catholic Charities HIV/AIDS Liaison to the Archdiocese of Chicago she wears many hats. She is a resource person to the parishes in the Archdiocese, to various Offices in the Archdiocese, to the departments and staff of Catholic Charities, and to the Cardinal.


“There’s always something going on!” This is the way Director Lisa Pauletto describes Catholic Charities’ Junior Board. That non-stop “something” started 10 years ago, when Catholic Charities initiated an organization that unleashed an explosion of charitable energy: The Catholic Charities Junior Board.

A bold new effort, the Junior Board was envisioned as a vibrant organization of young adults, ages 21 through 45, committed to assisting and promoting the compassionate works of Catholic Charities. The goal was to encourage and develop leaders in the church through effective community action that includes volunteer service, social fundraising and theological exploration. Practically speaking, the mission of the Junior Board is to create advocates for the poor, who not only help their brothers and sisters in need – of all faiths and racial and ethnic backgrounds; but also spread the word about Catholic Charities’ mission and programs in their communities. It’s clear that the Junior Board has lived up to their mission in its first decade!


Serving and Celebrating Fathers Year Round
06/12/2012 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

Fathers’ Day is a big occasion for families. On June 17, Dads and Granddads will become the center of attention and gratitude, celebrations and gifts, showered on them by their loving spouses and children. Children and grandchildren will be better behaved and present carefully selected gifts to their “Grandpa (Abuelo), Daddy (Papa), or Uncle (Tio)!”

In most families in the United States, Father’s Day is also a day for visiting or calling elderly friends and neighbors who may be alone, showing them how much we value them with our love and friendship.

I’m happy to say that, at Catholic Charities, every day is “Father’s Day!”—and has been for the 95 years of our existence!