Non-Parish Offsite Community Events



Please join the St. Catherine of Siena Center at Dominican University for the annual St. Catherine of Siena Lecture – this year, with John Allen, Jr. speaking on “Creating a Culture of Mercy – Pope Francis as a Merciful Leader”. This lecture will explore how Pope Francis’ unique leadership style and tone have inspired both Catholics and non-Catholics to consider the virtue of mercy in new ways. John Allen, Jr. is a journalist and current editor of the Catholic-oriented news website, Crux, and senior Vatican analyst for CNN.

The event will take place on the main campus / Performing Arts Center, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305, at 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by phone at 708-488-5000 or by following this link:


Please Join Us For An Afternoon Celebration for The Learning Center!

The Learning Center/House of Connections is a non-profit organization serving the people of Chicago’s North Lawndale and Little Village neighborhoods. We offer FREE Adult Basic Education, high school equivalency, English as a Second Language, and computer classes through a partnership with Malcolm X College.

On April 22, 2018, we are holding our annual fundraiser, “Sharing Our Gifts” at the 19th Century Club in Oak Park, from 3 to 6 pm. The event includes a basket raffle and silent auction. This year we will be honoring Becky Raymond, Executive Director of the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition.

Please consider joining us! To RSVP, go to


The women of Chicago’s west side and the near-west suburbs are invited to gather this spring for prayer and reflection at St. Catherine-St. Lucy Parish.

Conflict is everywhere in our world. Verbal abuse, gun violence, and political antagonism color our world, and we wonder how to speak with friends or family members who think differently than we do. What do we do with our anger? Can we create lives, relationships, and a world in harmony with our values?

Shelby Boblick and Carol Spiegel, BVM, a student of conflict resolution for over 20 years, will facilitate the meetings. Once a week, Carol teaches Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution at St. Catherine-St. Lucy School.

Shelby will supply the materials each week. No need to prepare in advance.

We’ll focus on a different topic each week. It matters not at all if you miss a week or several weeks. You are most welcome to join us as and when your schedule permits. Drop-ins are encouraged!

We’ll offer duplicate sessions each Monday: one at 1:00 pm and another at 7:30 pm. Please join us at whichever time suits you and your life.

  • Monday, April 23A Tool in Harmony with Nonviolent Communication & Case Studies

We’ll meet in the gathering space of St. Catherine-St. Lucy Church. The Church is accessible by ramp, and assistive listening devices are available.

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


Sharing the Eucharist with those in need.

If you feel called to visit the sick and share the Eucharist with your brothers and sisters in their homes and hospitals, then consider becoming a Minister of Care. This tender ministry will grow your heart in ways you never imagined.

April 28 and May 5

St. Barbara’s Parish Center
4008 Prairie Avenue in Brookfield, IL

To register and for more information please contact: Ruth at

Space is limited and the deadline to register is April 9.


Are you looking to do something powerful in 2018?
Something that will bring joy to others?

Consider joining Mercy Home for Boys & Girls’ Heroes team for the sold-out October 7 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and transforming the life of an abused child in Chicago. Does that sound impossible? Well, we serve a God of the impossible.

Ephesians 1:19-20 says, “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”  The same power that raised Christ is in you. Not a similar power, not a smidge of that power, but the same power.

Could you complete 26.2 miles in that power? 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.

Sign up at or contact Jim Harding at or 312-738-9381 for more information.


The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association wishes to invite the members of St. Giles Parish to join them in knitting, crocheting, or sewing items for infants and children in need in our community.

Participants may work in either their own homes or at the Club on Forest and Lake Streets in Oak Park. Materials will be provided. The hand-crafted items are distributed to five local non-profit organizations: Hephizibah Children’s Home, Sarah’s Inn, Oak Park Day Nursery, OPRF Infant Welfare Society, and New Moms. Many recipients would never have a chance to own such beautiful things.

All newcomers of all skill levels are welcome. For more information, please contact Judy Sora, Chair at the Club, at 708-386-2729. Thank you!


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