Non-Parish Offsite Community Events


Ascension Parish invites you to


A Morning Retreat with Fr. Anthony Gittins


Join Fr. Anthony Gittins, an author, international speaker, and professor, as he discusses the topic of “Growing in Discipleship.” Fr. Gittins has traveled the globe as an anthropologist and theologian. He continues to consult and offer workshops in more than 35 countries. He is the author of fifteen books on theological and anthropological topics, on mission, and on spirituality. We are thrilled to welcome him to Ascension Church for a morning retreat.

The morning retreat begins at 9 am and concludes at 12:15 pm. Registration and a simple breakfast begin at 8:30 am. Join us in the Ascension School Pine Room (enter Door 1 at 601 Van Buren Street and follow the stairs leading down. A lift is available for those needing access).

The morning will include three presentations by Fr. Gittins with time for prayer and song, silence, group reflection and time for questions. Learn more about Fr. Gittins on the Chicago Theological Union website.

We would like everyone to RSVP for this event!

Please save your place by emailing Mary Catherine Meek at

A free-will offering for those who are able to contribute (with a suggestion of $5-10 per person) will be taken at the door.

February 24

25 Washington Blvd.
Oak Park, IL 60302

Sunday, February 24
from 2 to 5 pm

SisterHouse has moved into the former St. Catherine-St. Lucy Parish convent and we want to celebrate our new home with all our friends and family. Come take a tour and meet our staff, board members, alumna and residents. We want to thank you for your ongoing support of SisterHouse. You have helped make our new home possible. Please mark your calendar and stop in on February 24!

SisterHouse is a sponsored ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Atlantic-Midwest Province.

January – April 2019

Over nine Mondays, we will view a DVD of a dynamic conference and be nourished by two modern voices as they weave a dynamic presentation of the issues of gender, spirituality, and Divinity awareness.

Cynthia Bourgeault and Richard Rohr presented this conference and together their teachings will help all listeners open their inner eyes and ears to insights taught in the Christian Scriptures.

Each week’s program can be enjoyed independently and requires neither previous nor subsequent attendance. So, come each week or once in awhile. We will view a segment of the DVD and then reflect, share and pray.

  • March 4 – The True Spiritual Path (Rohr), 26 mins.
  • March 11 – Beyond the Dance to Union (Rohr), 56 mins.
  • March 18 – Passion as a Dangerous Word (Bourgeault), 27 mins. and Anointing (Bourgeault), 24 mins.
  • April 1 – Reconciliation Ritual (Bourgeault & Rohr), 14 mins. and Homily (Bourgeault), 15 mins.

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

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. No need to come at the same time each Monday. Sessions last no longer than 90 minutes. Discussion time will vary depending on the length of the DVD viewing.

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


“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