Non-Parish Offsite Community Events



Giving your time and talent is one of the most generous and caring ways to give back to your community. Rush Oak Park Hospital now has a wide range of volunteer opportunities available for you to choose from.

We’ll help you find the one that suites your schedule best. Our volunteers tell us they get back as much from the experience as they give.

For more information, please call at 708-660-5684 or go to


For boys and girls entering grades 7-11. No previous rowing experience required.

Session 1 : July 10—14
Session 2 : July 17—21
Session 3 : July 24—28

$125 for one week. Discounts for multiple week registrations.
Camp is held from 2 to 4:30 pm, rain or shine.

Park 571 Boathouse
2754 S. Eleanor St., Chicago, IL 60608

If you have any questions about the camps or the sport, contact Head Coach Bryan Cheung at

Register today at

FCN Anniversary Celebration

Foundation for Children in Need (FCN)
Dr. Geetha and Tom Chitta, co-founders, Board of Directors
Cordially invite you to

The Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration of FCN

On Friday, August 4, 2017 at St. James Parish
820 N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Thanksgiving Mass at 4.30 pm in the Church
Reception and Dinner at 5.30 pm in the Parish Center

Through this celebration Tom and Geetha and the Board of Directors of FCN would like to express their gratitude to God, to all FCN sponsors, donors and well wishers who have been supporting the mission work of FCN. This evening is a celebration of love and fellowship. This also provides an opportunity to meet Tom and Geetha in person, to learn more about their ministry, to gain an understanding of the various activities of FCN, and to meet other sponsors and FCN India core team. Sponsors who have visited India will share their experiences.

All are welcome!

Please contact Ellen Griffin with any questions or help with carpooling to the Mass and celebration at 312-806-0090 or

RSVP by July 25:
Tom and Cathy McQuillan
Phone: 847-506-1338

Thanks a lot to Fr. Carl and the St. Giles Community for your kind and generous support.
We are forever grateful to you.
Your Sacrifice and Sharing is a tremendous blessing in our efforts to serve our needy.
May God bless you abundantly.

Here are the latest photos of FCN Home construction near Shadnagar, Near Hyderabad.
With Prayers and Much Gratitude,
Tom and Geetha

BE AN ANGEL! MAKE A DIFFERENCE!August 15, 17, 21 and 23

The Dominican Literacy Center is in great need of women volunteers for its 2017-2018 session, which begins this September. This program offers tutoring in speaking, writing, and reading of English to immigrant women in the Melrose Park area. It is unique in that it offers tutoring on a one-to-one basis (one student with one tutor). A time commitment of 1 and1/2 hours per week is all that is necessary. Classes are held at the Dominican Literacy Center, which is located on the 2nd floor at 1503 Rice Street (in Sacred Heart Parish, in Melrose Park).

Four consecutive and informative training sessions will be held on the evenings of August 15 (Tuesday), August 17 (Thursday), August 21 (Monday), and August 23 (Wednesday). Each training session (held at the Dominican Literacy Center) will begin at 6:30 pm. Participants need to attend ALL four sessions.

To volunteer, or to find out more information, please call Sr. Judith Curran or Sr. Beverly Jeanne at 708-338-0659 (office/answering machine).


Catholic Charities is hosting a free community health fair on Saturday, August 19, at St. Francis of Rome School, 1401 S. Austin Blvd. in Cicero. The health fair offers free medical screenings and physical exams for adults and children. There will also be free back to school physicals for children.

Registration for all participants runs from 8 am to 10:30 am. The health fair runs from 9 am to 12 Noon. There is no co-payment, and identification is not required to receive services. All of the screenings are done by medical professional volunteers, many of whom are bilingual. For more information, call (312) 655-7441.


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.


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.


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


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