Mission Wish List
Mission of Our Lady of the Angels

Mission of Our Lady of the Angels Wish List as of Feb. 3, 2013

Call 773-486-8431 with any questions.

Plastic bags (any kind- save the bags from groceries. We need them!)
Dish towels
Energy efficient light bulbs
Thank you cards (preferably blank inside)
postage stamps

cleaning supplies: especially 409 large refill containers, mops,
Magic Erasers, pledge, disinfectant bathroom and toilet cleaner, Windex,
swiffer duster refills, Clean Shower spray, CLR, HE (high efficiency) laundry detergent

20-30 plastic file boxes
20-30 large (as large as they come) and sturdy Rubbermaid containers

Someone who is able to repair the original plaster manger set from the church. It is chipped and
damaged, but it is beautiful, so we would like to be able to use it in the future.

Large (12+ feet) Christmas trees for the church

Large dining room table- to fit 10+ people

Donations Would Be Great!

Don't forget: If your company has a Matching Gift program, the Mission probably
qualifies.  So be sure to check!

Always Needed!
Canned goods and non-perishable foods & supplies.
Maybe your church or group would like to sponsor a
food drive for the Mission.  
The food would be welcome and is needed!

A morning or day of sweeping or painting would make a
great service project.

And speaking of Prayers, just in case you are down and need a little
encouragement, here is a little piece that may help you. I would give credit to
the author but I don't know who
wrote it.  You may have seen it before, but it's good to
keep in mind. Fr. Bob does a lot of P.U.S.H.ing.  

    A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God
    appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in
    front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his
    might. So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down;
    his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with
    all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole
    day had been spent in vain. Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary
    (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind.

    “You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn’t moved.” Thus, giving the
    man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts
    discouraged and disheartened the man.

    “Why kill myself over this?” he thought. “I’ll just put in my time, giving the minimum effort; and
    that will be good enough.” And that is what he planned to do, until one day he decided to make
    it a matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.

    “Lord,” he said, “I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that
    which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a
    millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?"

    The Lord responded compassionately, “My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you
    accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength, which you
    have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to
    push. And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is
    that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back is sinewy and
    brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive
    and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which
    you used to have. Yet you haven’t moved the rock. But I asked you to be obedient and to push
    and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. This you have done. Now I, my friend, will
    move the rock.”

    At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He
    wants, when actually what God wants is just a simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means,
    exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves mountains.

    When everything seems to go wrong…just P.U.S.H.!
    When the job situation gets you down…just P.U.S.H.!
    When people don’t react the way you think they should…just P.U.S.H.!
    When your money looks “gone” and the bills are due…just P.U.S.H.!
    When people just don’t understand you…just P.U.S.H.!

If you would like to help Fr.
Bob financially, he would
certainly payable to
"Mission of Our Lady of the
Angels," and mailed to:

Fr. Bob Lombardo
3808 W. Iowa St.,
Chicago, IL 60651

Current U.S. postage is
(I had to google that...)

Why not???

Many of you have asked for a
way to donate online.  The
problem is that we have not
yet found a system that we
believe adequately protects
YOU from identity theft and/or
other problems that can arise
from such online donation
systems and also protects the
Mission from liability arising
from such situations.

Your web master, is not an IT
person, but is, first of all, an
attorney who has read the fine
print in the terms and
conditions of such online
giving service agreements.  

It would be tempting to add a
"Donate" button to the web
site and "hope for the best,"
but we love our volunteers
and donors, and we have faith
that God will provide the
means  to renovate the
church, finish the convent and
support the programs of the
Mission without putting you at

Fr. Bob  could really use your
donations NOW.  If you are
reading this and would have
donated online, we pray that
you will  take a few extra
minutes to write a check, find
an envelope and stamp, and
mail your donation to Fr. Bob.

Fr. Bob does not have money
to pay for a professional web
site and, after extensive
research into the various
systems available,  your
amateur web master (and
attorney) concluded that we
could not guarantee your
online safety.

Thanks for your
We ask you to trust God.
Can we do less?

Volunteer Opportunities in addition to our regular monthly Mobile Food Pantry:

  • People to serve meals in church basement We will be starting to serve
    meals from the church basement this spring and we want you to be
  • Vehicles/ drivers to pick up and drop off donations We need donations to be
    transported here that we are not capable of getting ourselves Please e-mail
    olamission@gmail.com to get on our “to call” list when we have donations.
  • Donations of non-perishable food In special need of pasta, pasta sauce,
    hearty soups (ex: Campbell's Chunky brand), boxed meals, canned meat
    Please e-mail olamission@gmail.com with questions or to drop off food.
  • Your time We need help on non-event days with cleaning, sorting
    donations, cooking, and other random things Please e-mail
    olamission@gmail.com with questions or to sign up.