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Precious Blood Council #9689 meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month in Saint Gilbert's Chapel Hall. This fraternal benefit society is open to Catholic men, 18 years and older. Our council at Saint Gilbert actively provides financial and spiritual assistance to the needs of the Church, school, priesthood and community.

Knights of Columbus are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. The Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The order is unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. It is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. It was on these bedrock principles that the order was founded over a Century ago and remains true to them today. 



The PADS site at the UP Church will not be opening this season because of COVID. Our guests are being served in some small hotels for this year. However, they have many needs to keep the facilities clean and they are in need of cleaning supplies. 


What can you do to help? 

  • Create “COVID Kits” to be distributed with 2 reusable or several disposable masks, hand sanitizer, a few pairs of hygiene gloves. 

  • Collect cleaning supplies for PADS – we are distributing cleaning supplies to those in our hotels and are going through it very quickly. Biggest needs: disinfecting wipes, disinfecting sprays, paper towels, bleach etc. (Lysol spray, especially). 

  • Donate PPE – we are still using cloth masks and handing them out to our clients who need them! If you or someone you know is crafty, we are always accepting cloth masks and other donations of PPE. 


Donations can be dropped of at PADS, 1800 Grand Avenue in Waukegan on Monday through Friday between 8AM and 4PM. You will not need to enter the building. Staff members can “grab and go” from your car. Just pull up and ring the bell at the door. PADS is trying to maintain a safe distance of 6 feet away. 

Senior Events – Community Connections Grant 


Catholic Charities Lake County Senior Services offers a variety of programs and events for those that are 60+ throughout Lake County.  Programming is now available In-Person, Zoom Only & Hybrid (In-Person & Zoom) as noted on each event posting. For more information contact Kari M Pohar, Coordinator of Senior Services, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago: (847) 740-6708 OR email:  


May/June 2023 Events Flyer


Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are dedicated to preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.


The Giving Tree committee organizes the annual collection of gifts for Catholic Charities and gift card for St. Vincent de Paul, St. Benedict the African, and PADS during the Christmas season. 2022 was our 49th year offering this opportunity for Christmas sharing.

Thank you to all who have participated in any way to bring Christmas joy to our neighbors in need.


As previously announced, and as the demand for food continues to be strong, the SVdP Ministry at Saint Gilbert has partnered with the Avon Township Food Pantry to provide food to the needy during these most difficult times. Those in need of food should pick up their food from Avon Cares Food Pantry. 

Avon Cares Food Pantry

25519 W. Rt. 134

Ingleside, IL 60041

Phone: (847) 912-9278

The Avon Food Pantry accepts both perishable and non perishable food items. They have communicated that they are in desperate need of donations and particularly the following food items: Canned fruits and vegetables; peanut butter; spaghetti sauce; macaroni and cheese and canned soup. If you would like to become a friend of the poor please consider making a food donation to Avon.


Your continued support of our ministry is greatly appreciated.  


May God bless each of you this day and always. 


 Learn more by visiting our St. Vincent de Paul Page.

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