We want to take a moment to welcome three new faces to our UCYM Staff Team! Carmelita Armenta (left) joins our Support Team as our new Administrative Assistant and Alex Roman (right) as our Social Media Coordinator. Michael Cherco joins our Ministry Team as the Manager of Student Support. All three of these young people bring so much dedication, talent, and experience to their new roles and we look forward to the work they will contribute to the UCYM Team!
United Catholic Youth Ministries is teaming up with the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants and the Peace and Justice Committee at St. Nicholas Parish to make up backpacks for asylum-seekers. The project will be done in two parts with the collection of items as a start. We will be collecting items through the month of May.
Not taking trips to the store yet, but want to help out? Consider an online donation so that we can go out and get the supplies. Please follow the link below to our online giving portal. Please write in IDCI Supply Donation in the "Notes" section so that we know what the funds are to be allocated to.
¿Aún no vas a la tienda, pero quieres ayudar? Considere una donación en línea para que podamos salir y obtener los suministros. Siga el enlace a continuación a nuestro portal de donaciones en línea. Escriba Donación de suministros de IDCI en la sección "Notas" para que sepamos a qué se destinarán los fondos.
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!