#GivingTuesdayNow was a global day of giving and unity, which took place May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused
by COVID-19. The day was designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen
engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. It offered us all an opportunity to come together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.

Let’s continue to be the hands of Christ during this difficult time…

During this time of great difficulty, we have an incredible opportunity as Christians to bear witness to the Catholic faith by not turning inward but by giving sacrificially of ourselves. We are all on a mission and there are many ways we can help our brothers and sisters in need.

Consider prayerfully joining us in our outreach efforts this #GivingTuesdayNow…

Helping the Poor and Needy in Our Community

Financial Support through the Sharing Fund

This pandemic has hit our poor and needy community particularly hard and has created more people in need who can use assistance with basic necessities. Our Society of St. Vincent de Paul and our Ministry of Care have continued to respond to requests for help as they occur.

If you are able, please consider a donation to the Sharing Fund. This fund was set up to assist parishioners who are facing a financial crisis due to job loss, health crisis, or other reasons. Many of the individuals we assist never dreamed that they would find themselves facing a financial crisis. We distribute grants or loans to help with rent, mortgage payments, purchase of medications, other household bills, car repair, appliance repair, gas or food gift cards.

Food Pantry
Many of our neighbors are in need of food, and the local food pantries have seen demand significantly increase. If you can, please donate food or financial support to one of the local food pantries at:

  • Partners for Our Communities, 1585 Rand Road
  • Journeys the Road Home, 1140 E NW Hwy.
  • Palatine Township, 721 S Quentin Rd.

Clothing Donations
If you are doing your spring cleaning during our time of stay-at-home, please remember that SVDP is still accepting clothing at the drop box on the northeast end of the Dolan center parking lot.

Helping our Neighbors: Little Sisters of the Poor

Financial Support
Please consider financially supporting our neighbors at The Little Sisters of the Poor / St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly. A General Donation may be used for the care of the elderly residents at St. Joseph’s Home or for operations.

Urgently Needed Items for St. Joseph’s Home Residents

  • Disposable Gowns
  • Clorox or Lysol Bleach wipes
  • Non-Latex, Powder-Free Gloves: M, L, XL
  • Incontinence Products – XL (specifically briefs, not pull-ups)
  • Dawn Dish Soap
  • Ensure, Boost, Glucerna
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Tuna
  • Large Jars of Applesauce
  • Cheerios
  • Plastic Forks, Spoons & Knives
  • Paper Plates (large & small)


Donations can be dropped off at the front door: 80 West Northwest Highway

Coffee Donations
Parishioner Mary Ann Falkenberg continues a monthly collection of coffee donations for The Little Sisters / St. Joseph’s Home. This past week, over 130 pounds of coffee was dropped off at the Little Sisters! Many thanks to everyone who has contributed. If you are interested in donating coffee, email nicolec@sttheresachurc… for drop-off instructions. Coffee is delivered on the first of every month.

Send Notes or Cards to Residents
We are living through incredibly difficult days that have required Little Sisters, like other care facilities, to take drastic measures in all of their Homes by restricting all non-essential visitors, including all volunteers, Jeanne Jugan Associates who are not employees, friends of the Home and most importantly, the Residents’ family members and friends. Please consider sending notes or cards to the Residents to brighten their days.

Notes and cards can be dropped off at the front door: 80 West Northwest Highway

Support the Mission of St. Theresa Parish

While the buildings might be closed during the stay-at-home mandate, the church is definitely “open”!

  • We continue to provide live-streaming of daily Masses, Sunday Mass, and other prayer opportunities.
  • St. Theresa School continues to utilize eLearning technology throughout the remainder of the school year, to maintain the curricular standards of education and provide our students with what they need to finish out the academic year successfully.
  • Religious Education continued eLearning through the end of April and will continue with virtual opportunities and resources for the family throughout the summer. Online registration for Religious Education 2020-2021 will be available soon. There will also be an option for a virtual Vacation Bible School this summer.
  • We continue working on opportunities to stay connected virtually, including an online mini-course offered by Bishop Robert Barron through his “Word on Fire” library, which made available through Flocknote in the coming week.
  • The parish website has undergone a complete redesign to make it easier to get to the things that we are doing and can do now, and to stay connected. Please check it out.

Through your faithful giving, St. Theresa Parish is able to make lasting impacts here in our local community as we work to be the hands of Christ to others and to bring more people into relationship with Jesus and the Church.

May God bless you abundantly, and keep you safe and healthy!

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