Non-Parish Offsite Community Events

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HOUSING FORWARD SHELTER SEASON Beginning September 17

Would you like to make a difference in YOUR community?

Housing Forward is looking for individuals and/or groups or families to help with our regular shelter season beginning September 17.

You can volunteer in the following capacities:

Shelter Site Captain from 6:30 to 10:30 pm

First Shift Helper from 6:30-10 pm

Overnight Shift Helper from 10:30 pm to 5 am

Morning Shift Helper from 5 to 7:30 am

Meal Provider – Times vary

To sign up as a meal provider click on the link here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4baca92da57-housing

YOUR HELP IS IMPORTANT!

Volunteers are integral to the support of Housing Forward’s shelter operations.
Your help is needed for us to continue to provide the best services for our clients.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Our Volunteer Coordinator:
708.338-1724 ext 242 – email: volunteer@housingforward.org

Online: www.housingforward.org/get-involved

Or our Volunteer and Outreach Manager
Tonisha Daniel
708-338-1724 ext 220 – email: tdaniel@housingforward.org


AUTUMN SPIRITUALITY SERIES FOR WOMENOctober and November 2018

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

Shelby Boblick will facilitate the discussion, and we’ll use as a catalyst Trouble Don’t Last Always: Soul Prayers, a book by Diana L. Hayes.

This series will be an introduction to Diana L. Hayes, who is Emerita Professor of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University (retired). She holds several advanced degrees in Law, Theology and Religion, and is the first African American woman to earn a Pontifical Doctorate in Theology (Catholic University of Louvain). Hayes is the author of seven books and many other writings. She has received numerous awards, including the Elizabeth Seton Medal for Outstanding Woman Theologian.

Shelby will supply the books each week for this autumn series. No need to prepare in advance. Shelby will sell the books used during the series at the conclusion of the series. We’ll also draw from Hagar’s Daughters written by Dr. Hayes.

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.

  • Week 3 – Monday, October 22
  • Week 4 – Monday, November 5
  • Week 5 – Monday, November 12

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

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



DR. DIANA L. HAYES TO GIVE KEYNOTE ADDRESSNovember 15

“Difference is not dangerous; Difference is Divine.”

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
7 pm
ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA-ST. LUCY CHURCH

Diana L. Hayes is Emerita Professor of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University. She holds the Juris Doctor (Law), PhD (Religious Studies) and Doctor of Sacred Theology degrees (STD) and is the first African American woman to earn the Pontifical Doctorate from The Catholic University of Leuven (Louvain, BE).

Throughout her career, Dr. Hayes has lectured extensively on issues of race, class, gender and religion, womanist and Black theologies, women in the Catholic Church, and African American religions. She will share her insights on the challenge of racism today. By walking us through stories, experience, and perspectives, Dr. Hayes will remind us that there is only one race – the human race.

Join Dr. Diana L. Hayes on Thursday, November 15 at St. Catherine of Siena – St. Lucy Church located at 38 N. Austin Boulevard in Oak Park, IL – ALL ARE WELCOME!

  • 7 pm – Dr. Diana L. Hayes keynote address.
  • 7:45 pm – Personal Stories of “Difference as Divine” recounted by local elders, including Grace Bishop, Valerie Jennings, and Michelle Darang.
  • 8 pm – Q & A, followed by Book Sales and Signing.

A free will donation is welcome but not mandatory. Advance registration is not required.

The church is handicapped accessible. There are excellent assistive listening devices available.


ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
OFFICE OF HUMAN DIGNITY AND SOLIDARITY-IMMIGRATION MINISTRY

“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 https://www.confrontglobalpoverty.org for ways to contact your officials.

For additional ways to advocate for immigrants and refugees visit: www.CatholicsAndImmigrants.org.



CATHOLIC CHARITIES VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESOngoing Invitation

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 www.volunteerbridge.com, email volunteer@catholiccharities.net or call the Volunteer Relations Department at (312) 655-7322.


BECOME A RUSH OAK PARK HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER – Ongoing Invitation

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 www.roph.org 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!


EVER CONSIDER SPIRITUAL DIRECTION? – Ongoing

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


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITYOngoing

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) – Ongoing

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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