Non-Parish Offsite Community Events


Interfaith Action Group on Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine

Saturday, June 15

Euclid Avenue Methodist Church
405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park

11:00 AM – Interfaith service
12:00 PM – Solidarity Walk to Unity Temple (0.7 miles)
12:30 PM – Middle Eastern and Mexican lunch

All are welcome to join in our Walk for Justice, as we challenge the walls and barriers that separate us. Let us pray, walk, sing, and inspire each other to act for justice.

The Interfaith Action Group on Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine is a community-based group in Oak Park and River Forest working toward peaceful and constructive ways to express our faith and humanist beliefs in confronting the forces of international conflict and social injustice in Israel and Palestine.

For more information or questions:

Thursday, June 29

Christ the King Jesuit College Prep invites you to our inaugural Golf & Grill outing. Join us on Thursday, June 20, for a casual take on the traditional charity golf event. Tee off at 1:30 pm at Columbus Park Golf Course (5701 W. Jackson Blvd.), then grill from 4 to 8 pm at Christ the King (5088 W. Jackson Blvd.).

Tickets are available for the full experience ($65), or guests can purchase just the Grill portion ($40) to meet golfers at CTK for dinner. Proceeds will support CTK Gladiator Athletics.

Details and tickets at or contact Pat Bittorf at 773-413-3509 or

from Black Saints and Popes presentation

Father Augustus Tolton was the first black diocesan priest in the United States, the son of slaves of African descent. After studying in Rome, because no American seminary would accept him, he was ordained for the Diocese of Quincy, in southern Illinois, and later came to Chicago to start a parish for black Catholics. He died young, at only 43 years of age.

Fr. Tolton’s cause for sainthood was introduced in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2010 by Francis Cardinal George, OMI.

“Tolton’s story is one of carving out one’s humanity as a man and as a priest in an atmosphere of racial volatility. His was a fundamental and pervasive struggle to be recognized, welcomed and accepted. He rises wonderfully as a Christ-figure, never uttering a harsh word about anyone or anything while being thrown one disappointment after another. He persevered among us when there was no logical reason to do so.”

– from Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago – Diocesan Postulator for the Cause of Augustus Tolton

What Can I do to Help the Cause of Canonization of Father Augustus Tolton?

You can pray the special prayer for his canonization that simultaneously presents to God a request for healing or other special intention.

O God, we give you thanks for your servant and priest, Father Augustus Tolton, who labored among us in times of contradiction, times that were both beautiful and paradoxical. His ministry helped lay the foundation for a truly Catholic gathering in faith in our time. We stand in the shadow of his ministry. May his life continue to inspire us and imbue us with that confidence and hope that will forge a new evangelization for the Church we love.

Father in Heaven, Father Tolton’s suffering service sheds light upon our sorrows; we see them through the prism of your Son’s passion and death. If it be your Will, O God, glorify your servant, Father Tolton, by granting the favor I now request through his intercession (mention your request) so that all may know the goodness of this priest whose memory looms large in the Church he loved.

Complete what you have begun in us that we might work for the fulfillment of your kingdom. Not to us the glory, but glory to you O God, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are our God, living and reigning forever and ever.


– from 2010 Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Imprimatur Francis Cardinal George, OMI – Archdiocese of Chicago

Other ways to help the Cause for Sainthood of Father Tolton would be to attend the various events sponsored by the Archdiocese for the promotion of the Cause, or to help with your donations, used strictly to support the Cause.

To report any spiritual or physical favors granted through prayer in Father Tolton’s name, please write:

Office of the Cardinal – Archdiocese of Chicago
835 North Rush Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

To request the prayer card for the canonization of Father Augustus Tolton, call or write:

Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Phone: 312.534.8376
3525 S. Lake Park Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60653


June and July 2019

Recovering a Sense of the Sacred: Conversations with Thomas Berry is a thoughtful and poignant memoir by Carolyn W. Toben recounting her spiritual journey with renowned scholar, author and cultural historian, Thomas Berry. For 10 years, Carolyn spent many hours in deep discussions with Thomas Berry about his transformational thinking for healing the human-earth relationship through recovery of a sense of the sacred. The book is based on her personal notes, practices & reflections from these conversations.

Shelby will supply the books each week. No need to prepare in advance. If you want your own, the book is available on for about $15. Each week’s program can be enjoyed independently and requires neither previous nor subsequent attendance. So, come each week or once in awhile.

We’ve incorporated some immersive experiences that offer a direct experience in nature. Note: these require some cost and a separate registration. You may also bring a friend… male or female… on these special occasions!

Shelby Boblick will lead the reflections. Unless otherwise specified, meetings will take place in the gathering area of St. Catherine – St. Lucy Catholic Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park, IL, which is accessible to those with mobility challenges. Assistive listening devices are available.

Unless otherwise specified, we’ll offer duplicate sessions each Monday: one at 1 pm and another at 7:30 pm. Please join at the time that suits you. Sessions last no longer than 90 minutes.

Questions? Call Shelby Boblick (630-240-2765) or St. Catherine-St. Lucy (708-386-8077).

  • Monday, June 17 at 9:30 am –  Guided Forest Therapy Walk at Morton Arboretum – Register ASAP for 1 of the 12 spots. Class fills quickly. Carpools to/from will be set up. Let Shelby know you are registered. You’ll experience what Mary Oliver described, “Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, ‘Stay awhile.'” No additional book discussion will take place that day. REGISTER ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE.
  • Monday, June 24 – Presence & Identity – and – Memories from the Later Years – NOTE SPECIAL LOCATION! On Monday, June 24, BOTH sessions of the “Recovering a Sense of the Sacred” discussion groups will meet outdoors in the back yard of 7 Elizabeth Court, Oak Park, IL – Parking: Please park on Kenilworth Ave or on Forest Ave. and walk ½ block to 7 Elizabeth Court. Carpooling is encouraged. Walk into the driveway and around to the back yard. Beverages will be served. The back yard is handicapped accessible. RAIN LOCATION: St. Catherine-St. Lucy church gathering area, 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park, IL (as usual) Any questions or concerns, call Shelby Boblick at 630-240-2765
  • Monday, July 8 – View the documentary Journey of the Universe. Discussion to follow.
  • Monday, July 15 – Seeds of the Future and Within the Cathedral
  • Wednesday, July 24 from 7 to  8:30 pm. Hear MARY EVELYN TUCKER and JOHN GRIM speak at The Well Spirituality Center. REGISTER ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE. Cost is $20. They will discuss their new book, Thomas Berry: A Biography. Bring a friend! Carpools to/from will be set up. Let Shelby know you are registered and if you’d like to drive or need a ride.


“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 for ways to contact your officials.

For additional ways to advocate for immigrants and refugees visit: