Non-Parish Offsite Community Events


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405 S. Euclid Avenue in Oak Park

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Giving your time and talent is one of the most generous and caring ways to give back to your community. Rush Oak Park Hospital now has a wide range of volunteer opportunities available for you to choose from.

We’ll help you find the one that suites your schedule best. Our volunteers tell us they get back as much from the experience as they give.

For more information, please call at 708-660-5684 or go to


Faith and Fellowship provides small-group opportunities of faith formation for adults with mental illness. You are invited to learn how the program works, meet some of our members, experience first-hand our faith-sharing model, and learn how you can help.

Dates and times (repeated sessions):
Monday, September 18 from 7-9 pm
Thursday, September 21 from 1-3 pm

St. Catherine-St. Lucy – Convent Building
25 W. Washington Blvd. in Oak Park, IL

Connie Rakitan or 708-383-9276

SAINTS, SISTERS AND PROPHETSSeptember thru November 2017

The women of the west side of Chicago & Chicago’s near-west suburbs
are invited to gather this fall to pray, reflect & converse.

Shelby Boblick will facilitate the discussion, and we’ll use as a catalyst written and painted portraits from 3 different books: Sisters and Prophets by Mary Lou Sleevi, A Passion for Life by Joan Chittister with Robert Lentz, and Chasing the Saints by Donna Pucciani.

These “intensely personal stories remind us that these women are related to us; they are family; they are our own. They are also gifted, visionary. Through them we learn something about ourselves and God. The reflections leave doors wide open for personal involvement and response.”

Shelby will supply the materials each week. No need to prepare in advance. We’ll focus on a different woman each week. It matters not at all if you miss a week or several weeks. You are most welcome to join us when your schedule permits.

We’ll offer duplicate sessions each Monday: one at 1 pm and another at 7:30 pm. Please join us at whichever time suits your life. No need to come at the same time each Monday. We’ll meet in the gathering space of St. Catherine – St. Lucy Church, 38 N. Austin Avenue, Oak Park. The Church is accessible by ramp, and assistive listening devices are available.

  • September 25The Seeker: Your own lost coin?
  • October 2Joan of Arc: A Voice of Conscience
    Note: The author Donna Pucciani of chasing the saints will join us for the Oct. 2 sessions!
  • October 9Anna: Whose whole life said “Hello!” to God
  • October 16Kateri Tekakwitha: Icon of Otherness
  • October 23Woman of Faith and Blood: Where fringe had such benefits!
  • November 6Teresa of Avila: Face of Fire
  • November 13Four Daughters and Their Mother: Whose Future is Unscripted

Please join us! Questions or concerns… call Shelby Boblick at 630-240-2765.


Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago – Please Join!

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago would like to cordially invite all lawyers and judges to join this vibrant, growing organization. The close-knit group offers friendship, collegiality, spirituality and a further commitment to one’s profession through an organization whose mission is “to promote the social, intellectual, temporal and spiritual welfare of its members.” In renewing one’s faith through this organization, members meet several times a year.

The 83rd Annual Votive Red Mass of the Holy Spirit, traditionally known as the Red Mass, is one of the largest gatherings for all members, their families, friends and guests. A procession of judges and lawyers will open this year’s Red Mass, held on Tuesday, October 3 at 5:15 pm at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, will preside at the Mass with a reception to follow at Loyola University’s Kasbeer Hall, 25 E. Pearson Street. Please join us for this beautiful event.

February marks an annual Day of Reflection. In 2018, the retreat will be held February 24 at the Archbishop Quigley Center, 835 N. Rush Street. The main speaker is Fr. Joseph Daoust, the former president of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkley and former law professor at University of Detroit Mercy College of Law. The topic for the retreat is “Faith: The Dynamism for Justice and Reconciliation.”

If you have any questions, or would like to join or attend any of these events, please contact or visit for more information. You may also call Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-721-0909.


Would you consider doing something Heroic in 2017? Like running a marathon?

Join our Mercy Home for Boys & Girls’ Heroes marathon team for the sold-out October 8 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and transform the life of an abused child in Chicago. Spots are going quickly with training about to kickoff. You must sign up by June 20.

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. By joining our Heroes team, you will make it possible for us to provide a safe home, emotional healing, and academic opportunities for children who have suffered abuse, neglect, poverty, and abandonment.

Hebrews 12:1 calls us to “run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Is this your race? Join us as a Mercy Home Hero, where we believe “No distance is too far to save a child.”

Sign up here: or contact Jim Harding at or 312-738-9381.


Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer?

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is looking for volunteers to serve throughout our more than 150 locations helping improve the lives of the people we serve.

For more information, visit us at, email or call the Volunteer Relations Department at (312) 655-7322.


The Archdiocesan Committee on Domestic Violence Outreach is working with Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research & Learning (CURL), the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and the Chicago Foundation for Women to research how public K-12 Illinois schools respond to the needs of student survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. The project will be used to improve Illinois state policy.

We need stories from student survivors, parents, and school staff about their experiences. This valuable input will help shape policy to ensure all schools meet the needs of youth survivors.

Participation is voluntary and confidential. Interviews can be conducted by phone or in-person and a cash stipend is paid to survivors for participating.

If you would like to share your story, or if you would like more information, please contact Jennifer Cossyleon at 773-508-8502 or



Professional Clothing and Designer Clothing Donations

Catholic Charities professional clothing center, Mary’s Closet, is in need of career-ready clothing, accessories, and shoes for men and women, especially in larger sizes. Mary’s Closet is a program that helps Catholic Charities clients who are in need of assistance preparing for job interviews or seeking employment by providing them with work-ready clothes and interview coaching.

We are also looking for high-end designer clothing donations to support the program’s annual spring fundraiser, Encore! Designer clothes are sold at the May resale event with all proceeds benefiting the Catholic Charities Mary’s Closet program. All donated items can be dropped off at Catholic Charities, 721 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 7 pm or Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm or at our other drop-off location: Relevant Radio, 145 S. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information or for pick-up service visit or email


Spiritual direction is an opportunity to deepen your relationship with God. By meeting with a spiritual director in an ongoing manner, you can:

  • Improve or deepen your prayer life (or start one).
  • Make important decisions in a prayerful way.
  • Learn to be aware of and respond to God’s presence in your life.
  • Awaken to the mystery of God in all life.

My name is Sr. Luanne Wilhelm, recently a retired Sister of the Living Word living in Des Plaines. Some of you may remember me from being on staff at St. Giles a few years back. Parish religious education has been my ministry most of my years and I’m a trained spiritual director interested in growing my practice. Call me at 773-710-6546 for more information or to arrange a time to meet.

Blessings to you as you consider this invitation.
– Sr. Luanne Wilhelm, SLW


The Women’s Center (a Catholic-based organization helping women in crisis pregnancies) needs YOU… Are you a college or H.S. student, a retired adult, or a servant-hearted person with flexible M-F 9 am – 5 pm availability, looking to fill your time with volunteer work? Starting now, your help is needed to prepare 8,000 bottles for our Baby Bottle Campaign by cleaning, tagging, and boxing them so they can used for spare change campaigns at churches and schools. It is a perfect project for up to four people at a time who want to talk and work or for individuals.

We are located at 5116 N. Cicero Avenue. Hours are flexible but shifts of 9 am – 12 Noon, 1-4 pm, or 9 am – 5 pm are welcome. If you are interested in lending a hand on this special project, please contact Paige at 773-794-8807.



Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) is a free, non-denominational program that supports individuals who are grieving the loss of a loved one by suicide. The LOSS Program is offered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago in collaboration with the Diocese of Joliet. We are funded by the United Way, private foundations, as well as your charitable contributions.

What we do – LOSS offers a safe, non-judgmental environment where survivors of suicide can openly talk about feelings and experiences. We help you to find community, direction and resources for healing.

LOSS Program Office
721 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Main Line: (312) 655-7283
Fax Line: (312) 948-3340