The Little Sisters of the Poor are legendary for helping senior citizens not only out of Palatine, Illinois, but across the globe. They are Roman Catholic religious women and their congregation was founded way back in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan. They serve the elderly community in the United States and in over 30 other countries throughout our world.
March is a month in which they dedicate to Saint Joseph, their patron saint and protector. It is him that they turn to for all of their needs. This true devotion began with their founder, Saint Jeanne Jugan, and continues today.
The Saint Joseph’s Home was opened 48 years ago and has provided for many needs through the sisters’ compassionate work. They care for the elders that enter their facility until the very end – and then some.
Besides Saint Joseph, Saint Patrick is a favorite patron saint amongst their community of religious and with their elderly residents. The feasts of both patron saints will be celebrated by their community this month.
In order to display their true dedication to Saint Patrick, the sisters will participate on Saturday, March 15th in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Palatine. On Monday, March 17th, their home will be filled with the smells of corned beef and cabbage. Irish dancers and musicians will perform to the delight of all. There will be feasting, singing and dancing for all to enjoy!
This special day will begin with a Mass devoted to Saint Patrick. Afterward, lunch will be served. There will even be a spacious table filled with an endless assortment of sweets to choose from. It will be a wonderful day for the residents to know that they are celebrating a very memorable day for a very memorable saint.
This day falls right in line with the Little Sisters’ mission to offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ would welcome them. They are cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls the home.
Their vision is to continue their work. They want to further contribute to the Culture of Life by nurturing area communities where each person is valued; where the solidarity of the human family is shown; where the wisdom of age is celebrated; where the compassionate love of Christ is shared by all.
As the sisters join in on community events, they are also advertising the great work that they do. If only everyone looked upon the elderly as an asset the way that the Little Sisters of the Poor do, then this world would be a more charitable place to live indeed.
So, look for the Little Sister of the Poor this Saturday parading their hearts out in Palatine. They will be there for you if you need them, will you reach out to them?