Non-Parish Offsite Community Events



The Well Spirituality Center
1515 Ogden Avenue,
LaGrange Park, IL
A Member of the Congregation of St. Joseph Mission Network

Please see our website for a full listing of our NEW 2020 programs and to register:, or call at 708-482-5048.

Singing Bowls – Thursdays on January 23, March 19 and May 21 from 7 to 8:30 pm – Experience deep relaxation and internal healing as Jalima Cuesta uses breathing techniques, guided meditation, and intuitive playing of various alchemy crystal bowls to bring a sense of calm and peace to participants. Cost: $25.

Film: True Justice – Thursday, January 30 at 7 pm – This HBO feature documentary focuses on lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s life and career – particularly his indictment of the criminal justice system for codifying modern systemic racism. Stevenson’s life is also portrayed in the narrative film Just Mercy currently in theaters. Discussion will follow the film. Cost: free will offering.

Art as a Contemplative Practice – Thursday, February 6 from 9:30 am to 12 Noon – Using a variety of mediums, we will explore the use of art as meditation, connecting our minds, bodies, and Spirit – allowing our souls to speak as we are drawn deeper into the Core of our True Self.


The women of Chicago’s west side and of the near-west suburbs are invited to gather for winter spirituality!

Shelby Boblick will facilitate the discussion, and we’ll use as a catalyst, In God’s Womb, a spiritual memoir by Edwina Gateley. “I am here because of my journey, which has brought me to this point after more than 40 years of working as a Catholic laywoman in the Church. And I also look back to see where this motivation and passion has come from. It certainly has not come from reading books and studying theology. It has come from my experience of God, something over which I have not had much control, having only been vulnerable to God’s call in my life.” (p. 1)

This series will be an introduction to Edwina Gateley, whose life has been described by Publisher’s Weekly as “…fascinating – an exceptional blend of contemplation and action.” Edwina is a poet, theologian, artist, writer, and lay minister. She is a single mom and has been described as a modern day mystic and prophet.

Edwina Gateley will facilitate a half-day retreat at St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Church on Saturday, April 18 beginning at 9 am. It will be a special opportunity… not to be missed… open to all men and women… and may be one of the last midwestern US opportunities to hear Edwina speak before she retires to Ireland.

Shelby will supply the books each week for this series. No need to prepare in advance. Shelby will sell the books used during the series at the conclusion of the series.

It matters not at all if you miss a week or two. You are welcome to join as your schedule permits. Drop-ins are encouraged! Bring your female friends, visitors, or relatives.

We’ll offer duplicate sessions each Monday: one at 1 pm and another at 7:30 pm. No need to come at the same time each Monday. Sessions last no longer than 90 minutes.

  • Monday, January 27 – Childhood; Africa
  • Monday, February 3 – The Volunteer Missionary Movement
  • Monday, February 10 – The Sahara Desert
  • Monday, February 24 – Moving On; Chicago Theological Union, Chicago
  • Monday, March 30 – The Streets; Genesis House
  • Monday, April 6 – Motherhood; The House of Sophia
  • Monday, April 13 – Public Speaking; The Answer

We meet in the gathering area of St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Church at 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park, Illinois. The church is handicapped accessible. Only the doors on Austin Blvd. will be open. There are assistive listening devices available.

Questions or concerns? Call Shelby Boblick at 630-240-2765.

OR Shamrock Shuffle 8K

Mission of Our Lady of the Angels (via the Franciscans of the Eucharist) provides hope to the poor on the west side of Chicago via food pantries, afterschool programs, seniors programs, community meals, and much more. Consider running to support Mission OLA!

Benefits of joining either team:

  • T-shirts, pre-race Mass & dinner, place to stay the night before the race, and more…
  • Sr. Stephanie (2:53 marathoner, NCAA D1 cross-country and track athlete, as featured in Runner’s World) can write a training plan for you.
  • Each team member will get a personal prayer warrior!
  • Please see for details.

Regular, guaranteed registration closes December 3, 2019 – SIGN UP TODAY!

SHAMROCK SHUFFLE 8K (March 22, 2020)
Deadline to sign up: March 1

Please e-mail or call Sr. Stephanie at or 773-486-8431 with questions or to sign up!

from Black Saints and Popes presentation

Father Augustus Tolton was the first black diocesan priest in the United States, the son of slaves of African descent. After studying in Rome, because no American seminary would accept him, he was ordained for the Diocese of Quincy, in southern Illinois, and later came to Chicago to start a parish for black Catholics. He died young, at only 43 years of age.

Fr. Tolton’s cause for sainthood was introduced in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2010 by Francis Cardinal George, OMI.

“Tolton’s story is one of carving out one’s humanity as a man and as a priest in an atmosphere of racial volatility. His was a fundamental and pervasive struggle to be recognized, welcomed and accepted. He rises wonderfully as a Christ-figure, never uttering a harsh word about anyone or anything while being thrown one disappointment after another. He persevered among us when there was no logical reason to do so.”

– from Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago – Diocesan Postulator for the Cause of Augustus Tolton

What Can I do to Help the Cause of Canonization of Father Augustus Tolton?

You can pray the special prayer for his canonization that simultaneously presents to God a request for healing or other special intention.

O God, we give you thanks for your servant and priest, Father Augustus Tolton, who labored among us in times of contradiction, times that were both beautiful and paradoxical. His ministry helped lay the foundation for a truly Catholic gathering in faith in our time. We stand in the shadow of his ministry. May his life continue to inspire us and imbue us with that confidence and hope that will forge a new evangelization for the Church we love.

Father in Heaven, Father Tolton’s suffering service sheds light upon our sorrows; we see them through the prism of your Son’s passion and death. If it be your Will, O God, glorify your servant, Father Tolton, by granting the favor I now request through his intercession (mention your request) so that all may know the goodness of this priest whose memory looms large in the Church he loved.

Complete what you have begun in us that we might work for the fulfillment of your kingdom. Not to us the glory, but glory to you O God, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are our God, living and reigning forever and ever.


– from 2010 Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Imprimatur Francis Cardinal George, OMI – Archdiocese of Chicago

Other ways to help the Cause for Sainthood of Father Tolton would be to attend the various events sponsored by the Archdiocese for the promotion of the Cause, or to help with your donations, used strictly to support the Cause.

To report any spiritual or physical favors granted through prayer in Father Tolton’s name, please write:

Office of the Cardinal – Archdiocese of Chicago
835 North Rush Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

To request the prayer card for the canonization of Father Augustus Tolton, call or write:

Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Phone: 312.534.8376
3525 S. Lake Park Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60653


“Let us work together to find concrete solutions to help the poor, refugees, victims of modern forms of slavery, in order to promote peace.” – Pope Francis

Support of critical funding is needed for migrants and refugees overseas. The final figures for this life-saving aid have yet to be determined, and Congress has until December 7 to pass a final bill. It will help migrants and refugees around the world meet their basic needs, and addresses factors, like violence, hunger, and lack of economic opportunity, that force people to migrate. Your voice makes a difference. Raise it today!

ACTION: Oppose cuts to foreign aid and ensure Congress is funding these life-saving programs at the highest levels possible. Visit the USCCBs site for ways to contact your officials.

For additional ways to advocate for immigrants and refugees visit: