Non-Parish Offsite Community Events



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

Shelby Boblick will facilitate the discussion, and we’ll use as a catalyst Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self, a book by Joyce Rupp. “When I open the door of my heart to God, I do more than simply extend a smile of recognition or a nod of welcome. I open myself to grow and change in ways I may never dream likely. I risk being spiritually transformed into a person whose life continually manifests goodness.” (p. 7)

This series will be an introduction to Joyce Rupp, who is well known for her work as a writer, spiritual midwife, international retreat leader, and conference speaker. She is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Praying Our Goodbyes, Fragments of Your Ancient Name, and Boundless Compassion.

Shelby will supply the books each week for this summer series. No need to prepare in advance. If you want your own, the book is available used on for less than $10. Shelby will sell the books used during the series at the conclusion of the series.

It matters not at all if you miss a week or 2. 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. Please join us at whichever time suits you. No need to come at the same time each Monday. Sessions last no longer than 90 minutes.

  • Monday, July 9 – Week 3 – Opening the Door
  • Monday, July 23 – Week 4 – Standing on the Threshold
  • Monday, August 13 – Week 5 – Closing the Door
  • Monday, August 27 – Week 6 – Beyond the Door

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.


“A Calling” has Midwest Premiere in LaGrange Park on June 26, 2018.

Mark Your Calendars!

“A Calling” is a story about Catholic women, religious, married, single, young and old. It is about the true power of these women as demonstrated throughout history.

Filmed in the NY Capital District, the film’s narrative is done entirely in the voices of the people who lived it. “A Calling” is a feature-length documentary, one hour and 16 minutes in duration. The Midwest debut will screen on Tuesday, June 26 at 7 pm in the auditorium of Nazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Ave., LaGrange Park. The film producers will dialogue with moviegoers after the screening. $10 admission.

Proceeds support The Well Spirituality Center, a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph.

St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Church Women’s Ministry in Oak Park collaborated on this Midwest Premiere.


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