Non-Parish Offsite Community Events


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

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


Good Friday, April 19

Communion and Liberation with the support of the Lay Ecclesial Movements of the Archdiocese of Chicago invites everyone to follow the Cross through the streets of Chicago. Auxiliary Bishop Mark Bartosic will lead the procession.

Witnessing to the sacrifice of our Lord on Good Friday, we follow the cross through the streets of our city, where so many take up their crosses daily.

The silent procession starts at 8:30 am at Daley Plaza and ends at Holy Name Cathedral around 12 pm. Four stops include songs, meditations and Gospel readings.


For more information:


Call at 312-725-2320

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Interfaith Green Network Presents:
A Community Conversation About Climate Change

Area congregations, sustainability organizations engage on climate action

Local residents care deeply about climate change – not only from a global perspective, but because a healthy environment is essential to strong, thriving neighborhoods. On Tuesday, April 23 from 7 to 8:30 pm, all are welcome to learn and discuss how we can take action on climate change. Presented by the Interfaith Green Network at the Oak Park Main Library Veterans Room, the talk will feature Jamie Ponce, one of the leaders in Chicago Community Climate Partnership.

Ponce is Director of Strategic Partnerships with the City Tech Collaborative and previously served as Director of Innovation with the Environmental Law & Policy Center. Ponce will give a presentation about progress with the Chicago Community Climate Partnership. Immediately following the presentation, participants will engage in a community conversation about what we can do individually and collectively about our rapidly changing world.

The Chicago Community Climate Partnership is a coalition of more than 70 cultural institutions, community groups, local businesses, environmental organizations, universities, and philanthropies. The coalition rose from an emerging demand by Chicagoans to take action on climate change.

“When we think about solutions to climate change, it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin and how to feel impactful,” shared Dick Alton, co-founder of the Interfaith Green Network. “With this Earth Day presentation, we wanted to share what’s happening in our regional community and identify tangible ways for residents to take action. With community input in this process, IGN will continue to offer resources and workshops to help residents mitigate the problem of climate change.”

The Chicago Climate Report will be held on April 23, 2019 at the Oak Park Public Library Veterans Room. It is FREE, but registration is requested. Register here:

The Interfaith Green Network (IGN) is a faith-based sustainability initiative made up of 20 area congregations. Partnering with Green Community Connections, Seven Generations Ahead, Bike Walk Oak Park, Village of Oak Park Environment & Energy Commission and Chicago Community Climate Partnership, IGN is working to help make residents more aware of the problem of climate change and how each of us can become part of the solution.


May, June and July 2019

Recovering a Sense of the Sacred: Conversations with Thomas Berry is a thoughtful and poignant memoir by Carolyn W. Toben recounting her spiritual journey with renowned scholar, author and cultural historian, Thomas Berry. For 10 years, Carolyn spent many hours in deep discussions with Thomas Berry about his transformational thinking for healing the human-earth relationship through recovery of a sense of the sacred. The book is based on her personal notes, practices & reflections from these conversations.

Shelby will supply the books each week. No need to prepare in advance. If you want your own, the book is available on for about $15. Each week’s program can be enjoyed independently and requires neither previous nor subsequent attendance. So, come each week or once in awhile.

We’ve incorporated some immersive experiences that offer a direct experience in nature. Note: these require some cost and a separate registration. You may also bring a friend… male or female… on these special occasions!

Shelby Boblick will lead the reflections. Unless otherwise specified, meetings will take place in the gathering area of St. Catherine – St. Lucy Catholic Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park, IL, which is accessible to those with mobility challenges. Assistive listening devices are available.

Unless otherwise specified, we’ll offer duplicate sessions each Monday: one at 1 pm and another at 7:30 pm. Please join at the time that suits you. Sessions last no longer than 90 minutes.

Questions? Call Shelby Boblick (630-240-2765) or St. Catherine-St. Lucy (708-386-8077).

  • Wednesday, May 1 from 8:15 am to 5 pm – A Field Trip to Indiana Dunes – Register online for this visit to our nation’s newest national park! Celebrate May Day in a leisurely way, with a walk in a dunes forest and a hike in a hidden bog left over from the glacier era. This program and transportation is offered by & from The Well Spirituality Center. Cost is $35. Shelby will not be in attendance. REGISTER ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE or, call Mary Fishman at 708-482-5048. Bring a friend!
  • Monday, May 13 – The Human-Earth Relationship – and – A Sense of the Sacred
  • Monday, May 20 – The Universe Story – and – Relationships
  • Monday, June 3 – Relationships Continued – and – Recovering the Soul
  • Monday, June 10 – The Hermitage & Intuition – and – Children of the 21st Century
  • Monday, June 17 at 9:30 am –  Guided Forest Therapy Walk at Morton Arboretum – Register ASAP for 1 of the 12 spots. Class fills quickly. Carpools to/from will be set up. Let Shelby know you are registered. You’ll experience what Mary Oliver described, “Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, ‘Stay awhile.'” No additional book discussion will take place that day. REGISTER ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE.
  • Monday, June 24 – Presence & Identity – and – Memories from the Later Years – NOTE SPECIAL LOCATION! On Monday, June 24, BOTH sessions of the “Recovering a Sense of the Sacred” discussion groups will meet outdoors in the back yard of 7 Elizabeth Court, Oak Park, IL – Parking: Please park on Kenilworth Ave or on Forest Ave. and walk ½ block to 7 Elizabeth Court. Carpooling is encouraged. Walk into the driveway and around to the back yard. Beverages will be served. The back yard is handicapped accessible. RAIN LOCATION: St. Catherine-St. Lucy church gathering area, 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park, IL (as usual) Any questions or concerns, call Shelby Boblick at 630-240-2765
  • Monday, July 8 – View the documentary Journey of the Universe. Discussion to follow.
  • Monday, July 15 – Seeds of the Future and Within the Cathedral
  • Wednesday, July 24 from 7 to  8:30 pm. Hear MARY EVELYN TUCKER and JOHN GRIM speak at The Well Spirituality Center. REGISTER ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE. Cost is $20. They will discuss their new book, Thomas Berry: A Biography. Bring a friend! Carpools to/from will be set up. Let Shelby know you are registered and if you’d like to drive or need a ride.


“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:


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.


Would you like to make a difference in your Community?  – Rush Oak Park Hospital (ROPH) has been providing exceptional health care in the community for more than a century. We are in need of volunteers who are willing to provide at least 6 months of weekly volunteer service in one or more of the following departments/areas: Information Desks, Doctor’s offices, Front Desk Laboratory and In-patient floors including General Surgery, Telemetry and Skilled Care.

Weekday morning and afternoon shifts are available. Hurry – training classes start soon!

For more information, or to download an application, please visit our website at and click on the “About Us” link. You may also call the Volunteer Services office at 708-660-5685 to request an information packet.

Benefits of being a Rush Oak Park Hospital Volunteer include:

  • Discounts in our Cafeteria and Gift Shop
  • Free parking
  • Invitation to the Annual Recognition Dinner
  • A free subscription to our quarterly newsletter
  • The opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills
  • The opportunity to serve your neighbors

Come and join us – have fun and help out your community at the same time!


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