Non-Parish Offsite Community Events



Artist: Judy Steed
When: The month of May
Address: 735 Lathrop, lobby
Please call 708 366-5205 for the library hours

Benefits: 50% of all proceeds will be donated to Encore Illinois, a choral group for men and women over 55. They have been approached by both Northwestern and Rush Hospitals to start a choral group for both Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.

The show is in memory of Judy’s mother, Marilyn, who passed away two years ago from Alzheimer’s. Come do your Mother’s Day, communion, wedding, shower and birthday shopping while supporting a very important cause.


The women of the west side of Chicago and the near-west suburbs are invited to gather this Summer for inspiring films and conversation.

Our film series will open our eyes to some impactful women and to topics pertinent to women’s lives. Shelby Boblick will facilitate the discussions.

On 3 (of the 4) dates, meetings will take place in McDonough Hall located on the 2nd floor of the Gleeson Building, 1101 Columbian, Oak Park on the campus of St. Giles Catholic Parish. McDonough Hall is accessed via elevator, and the Gleeson Building is handicapped accessible.

Join us as and when your schedule permits. Drop-ins are encouraged! Bring your female friends, visitors, or relatives. All are welcome: once, occasionally, or regularly.

For 3 of the 4 meetings, we’ll offer duplicate sessions: one at 1 pm and another at 7:30 pm. Please join us at the time that suits you and your life. No need to come at the same time each week. Sessions may last longer than 90 minutes, as noted. Film discussion will not extend beyond 20 minutes after film showing.

Tuesday, May 30 – “Where to Invade Next”

Set aside any pre-conceptions about Michael Moore. A comedy/documentary in which the Oscar-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places (120 mins.). Discussion to follow film. NOTE: Special date, time and place! St. Catherine – St. Lucy Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park, IL. The church is handicapped accessible. Afternoon session will begin as usual at 1 pm, but evening session will begin 30 minutes earlier at 7 pm.

Wednesday, June 7 – “Shifting Sands”

Tells the story of how one region, where rare plants grow in the shadows of smokestacks – adjacent to Chicago – sparked a movement for a national park, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. That movement led to game-changing environmental policies with worldwide impact and unique partnerships on the path to a more sustainable world (57 mins.). Discussion to follow film.

Beth Botts, daughter of filmmaker and longtime environmental activist Lee Botts, both Oak Park residents, will introduce the film and participate in our post-viewing discussion focused on the Indiana Dunes. NOTE: There is only one showing of “Shifting Sands” at 7:30 pm. There will be NO 1 pm session on Wednesday, June 7.

Monday, June 12 – “Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action”

In these times of crisis is change possible? Acclaimed filmmaker sets out to discover the power that is released when spirituality and activism meet. Sparked by what Ghandhi called “soul force” and Martin Luther King, Jr. called “love in action,” this film spotlights remarkable individuals who are taking action from the heart (95 mins.). Discussion to follow film.

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


“He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’
At once they left their nets and followed him.”

Let us answer God’s call to make our marriages the best they can be by attending a WorldWide Marriage Encounter weekend on June 9-11, all at Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Early registration is highly recommended.

For reservations/information, call Jim and Kris at 630-577-0778 or contact us through


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.


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


Every 30 seconds someone counts on Catholic Charities for help. Please lend your voice to advocate for the State of Illinois to end its budget stalemate and pass a budget that cares for the poor and most vulnerable in our communities. Catholic Charities is currently owed more than $25 million by the State of Illinois – a number that grows by at least $2 million per month.

Please take time today to call your state elected officials with this simple message, “I am a voter in your district. I am contacting you on behalf of the poor and vulnerable people who depend on our state’s safety net of human services, especially the more than 1 million people served by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Please work together to end this budget impasse.”.

For contact information for your elected officials including the Governor’s office, and/or if you do not know who your state representative and senator are, please call the State Board of Elections at (217) 782-4141 or visit and click on “New District/Official Search.” You can find more information and a template advocacy letter at on the homepage.


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