Mission Statement:
The mission of the Catholic Explorer, newspaper of the Diocese of Joliet, is to bring to print the Word as it takes life through our people. We are a voice for the unborn, the elderly, the impoverished; for those who seek justice and cry out for peace. Our intent is to report truthfully and objectively the events of the global church as well as news from within our diocese. We will continue.

Just recently our Diocese started exploring the possibility of working with The North Face company who offers financial support, provide events and opportunities for outdoor exploration. We applaud their dedication to preserving the planet through conservation and recycling, as well as their North Face breast cancer awareness Pink Ribbon collection that was designed to publicize and raise money for Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC). In case you are not familiar with B4BC, it is a non-profit organization established in 1996 which provides education, prevention and support programs about breast cancer for young people. Chicago has a North Face store that sells all their products including the NorthFace fleece jacket for their North Face Pink Ribbon jacket campaign. North Face breast cancer fleece utilizes a classic pink and black color scheme offering women style and practicality. If you go to their stores you can drop off used apparel and footwear into their recycling bins which are then are sent to a recycling center where they are carefully sorted into over 400 categories. The items are either are reused to extend their life or recycled into raw materials for use in products like insulation, carpet padding, stuffing for toys, and fibers for new clothing. Participants(that can mean you) will receive a voucher for $10 off your next North Face purchase. Their “Clothes the Loop” benefits The Conservation Alliance which funds community based campaigns to protect the wilderness and recreation areas we all can enjoy. Seems like a win win situation. If you are interested in the Clothes the Loop program, you can call the North Face Chicago store for more information. Phone: (312) 337-7200.

There are a number of folks in our parish who struggle daily with the demons of alcohol. A parishioner told us about a new medicine to stop drinking called baclofen and a website, LifeBac.com that has a program whose approach is different from the typical 12 step abstinence programs advocated by AA and other rehab centers. We are not endorsing this website, but just want to inform so you can make your own decision as to whether you want to try this approach. Baclofen originally was developed to help relieve painful spasm, automatism, as well as clonus from a number of neurological diseases associated with spasm of the skeletal muscles. However, it is also being tested to treat alcoholism. Baclofen’s action on the GABA receptors in the brain may help lessen cravings and withdrawal symptoms for alcohol. It may also help people remain abstinent from alcohol. Although it has not yet received approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe and effective treatment for alcohol or drug use disorders, doctors in Europe for a number of years have been prescribing baclofen as the primary treatment for people who drink excessively. Some initial clinical trials show that Baclofen has a 65% success rate for treatment-resistant alcoholics , allowing them to return to low- or medium-risk drinking. That’s right, this treatment doesn’t require abstinence although many people do stop all drinking. If you or a love one has a history of alcohol abuse and regular treatments have not been successful, please look into this alternative.

Catholic Explorer is the newspaper of the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois. Published weekly January through June and September through December, except the weeks of Christmas and New Years and biweekly July and August.

Catholic Explorer is a member of the Catholic Press Association and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association.
While we are typically humble, please allow us a moment to list some recent awards that Catholic Explorer has won:
2006 Northern Illinois Newspaper Association
1st place – Design
1st place – Public Service
1st place – Personality Feature
2005 Catholic Communication Campaign Certificate of Merit for General Excellence
2005 Catholic Communication Campaign Certificate of Merit for News Series

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