Catholic Parishes of Oak Park Migrant Ministry

Our St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy and St. Giles Parish is partnering with Ascension/St. Edmund Parish to form an organization that is called Migrant Ministry. Our goal is to work toward hosting migrants. We received a family from Venezuela in September. Migrant Ministry is working with ICDI ((Illinois Community for Displaced Immigrants), who will be providing case management services for this family.

MINISTRY UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 17, 2023 – During the week of September 11-17, 2023, these were our Migrant Ministry updates:

  • Donated clothes have been moved to a larger room in the Rectory.
  • Araceli’s Bakery from Cicero donated Pan Dulce, which was a big hit with the migrants!
  • Quite a few new faces from the new arrivals last weekend. Many of the young men who arrived were in need of basics…
  • Fr. Carl stopped by to visit and also had a chance to spend some time with the migrants in the kitchen.
  • Celine Woznica and her husband, Don, did their magic in the coordination of shower day!
  • What a great community… The volunteer team receives more blessings than we can possibly give. Our hearts are full of joy!

If you would like to help by donating money toward the purchase of items needed for a Welcome Pack, or if you would like to help defray expenses to provide showers, meals and clothing items for the migrants who are at the 15th Precinct Police Station, you can donate online through the GiveCentral link below OR send donations to St. Catherine-St Lucy and St Giles Parish, 1025 Columbian Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302. Include a note that the donation is for the “Migrant Fund”.

Click to Donate Online

Thank you for your prayers and support of our asylum-seeking brothers and sisters. For more information, contact Margie Rudnik at, or Celine Woznica at

Other Ways to Assist (Google Doc)

Thank you for your generous hearts!