Sam Carlson, Associate Director of Young Adult Life and Engagement, helped take the reigns of Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) this year and helped lead formation between the parishes of St. Joan of Arc and St. Nicholas. Sam was accompanied by Fathers Rodlin Rodrigue and Val Lima from St. Joan of Arc Parish. Sam has been accompanying the candidates and catechumen from St. Nicholas Parish these days of Holy Week and will be there with them for their sacraments at the Easter Vigil at St. Nicholas Parish. We want to thank Sam for his efforts and pastoral ministry. Sam is pictured above with Juanita Tamayo (middle), Coordinator of Religious Education in Spanish for St. Nicholas Parish following the final scrutiny. Please keep our candidates and catechumen in prayer: Muhadji Smith, Diana Roman, and Matt Brands.
What an incredibly powerful experience this morning at St. Nicholas Parish as, due to unforeseen circumstances, Sister Christina Fuller, OSF led a Communion Service at our regular 10:15 am Mass time with our own Sam Carlson proclaiming the Gospel and preaching. We continue to keep our RCIA candidates and catechumens in prayer as they prepare for the Easter sacraments. We thank Sam for shepherding them. See the service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIHuChsL3xo&ab_channel=St.NicholasChurch%2CEvanston
The staff of United Catholic Youth Ministries issues the following statements following the Atlanta-are shootings as well as the decree on same-sex unions from the Vatican.
We want to take a moment on this #internationalwomensday to acknowledge the strong leadership of Mirka Gallo, MSW, Director of Formation, Outreach, and Social Development and Evelyn Ramirez, Assistant Director of Community Outreach. Mirka and Evelyn bring a passion for thinking of others and an approach to servant leadership that is unrivaled on our staff team and we are so grateful for everything they do to inspire us all. THANK YOU!
The second floor of the St. Theresa Building at St. Nicholas Parish is complete! With agreement between Pope John XXIII School and United Catholic Youth Ministries, the space has been renovated and is now our José Sánchez del Río Center! Below are the project points that were completed.
We want to thank everyone who came during the process and gave of their time, talent, and treasure, especially Javier, Alfredo, and Harry (teen) Castro. For their service, we have awarded them the 2020 United Catholic Youth Ministries Heart of Service Award. As we know, Youth Ministry can’t exist without parent support and we have seen what UCYM is capable of because of the support of our dedicated parents.