Volunteers are being sought for two important ministries of Queen of Angels Parish. Our SPRED groups have welcomed two new volunteers to work and pray with adults with developmental disabilities, but more helpers are needed. Assistance is also needed for teaching Citizenship Classes which help teach English and history to immigrants for the interviews and exams they must take in order to become naturalized U.S. Citizens.
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SHARE OUR AMERICAN FREEDOMS
In 2010, a total of 619,913 people who came to this country as immigrants swore the oath of allegiance and became U.S. Citizens. Requirements in this process include multiple applications, interviews and tests, in order to ensure that naturalized citizens have familiarity with American government and history, a working knowledge of the English language and good moral character.
The road to citizenship can be long and difficult. At Queen of Angels, a ministry exists to help our brothers and sisters who have begun this process and are studying for the interviews and examinations. Help is needed to lead these classes, which are offered free of charge as a service to the community.
Volunteers must be patient, caring and able to keep up on current events and changes in immigration regulations. Internet access, teaching skills, or competence in a foreign language can be helpful but are not necessary. Training is available. Most important is a love of the United States and the freedoms that we enjoy, including the freedom to adopt this country as one’s own.
U.S. Citizenship Classes are held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at the Parish Center. For more information, to volunteer or sign up for the class, please call the parish office at 773-539-7510. Citizenship classes are no longer held at Queen of Angels. Contact Communities United at 773-583-1387. (updated 5/16/2016)
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SO, WHAT’S NEW? SPRED!
It’s an exciting year for the three SPRED Communities at Queen of Angels. We have welcomed new members — both catechists and Friends — and have opened our community to younger participants.
We are especially pleased to welcome Matt and Chris as fellow catechists. Both of these exceptional men come to us from the Jesuit seminary at Loyola University. Matt, an Ohio native, former Peace Corps volunteer and bilingual in Spanish has joined our Tuesday group. Chris hails from the north shore of Chicago, is a graduate of Georgetown University and brings his faith and energy to partner with Dwight from Thursday’s group.
Meanwhile, our Wednesday group has taken on a new identity. Previously serving adults age 22 years and older they now accompany young adults on the faith journey. Recognizing an area need for another Spred community for Friends 17 – 21 years of age, both from within our parish and without, our Wednesday evening group has answered the call and has welcomed three new members. Of course this change necessitated the movement of some of Wednesday’s not quite so young Spred Friends into a more age appropriate adult group. Leonard and Gladys graciously agreed to join the Tuesday evening group which welcomed them with open arms.
Though our ranks have grown our doors remain open. We continue to seek new catechists and Friends – persons with disabilities – who are looking to belong to a small community of faith. For information, contact Julie Hess at 773-539-3634 or email@example.com. Visit www.queenofangelsspred.org for more information.