Non-Parish Offsite Community Events



an Advent day of bread baking, restful silence, meditation and interfaith prayer, with Br. Joseph Kilikevice, OP

December 8, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm

Imagine a holiday season with less stress, time for quiet reflection to simply enjoy slowing down, doing less and taking a day for yourself, a day away from Amazon and the shopping malls.

Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality offers a day of quiet reflection using the simple, contemplative and ancient task of baking bread. You don’t need to know how. I’ll teach you. With gratitude for the simple ingredients of whole wheat flour, yeast, water and honey, a delicious loaf of bread emerges from the oven to be taken home to enjoy with friends and family. The day is a gentle one with time given to silence and prayer for a suffering and deeply divided world. Your donation of $30 before December 1 and $40 after will pay for the ingredients and help the peacemaking work of Shem Center continue. Home made soup and bread is served for lunch.

People of all faith traditions and spiritual paths are welcome.

Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality
708 N. Harvey Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302


Thursday, December 13 at 7 pm

Oak Park Temple B’Nai Abraham Zion
1235 N. Harlem Ave, Oak Park

Oak Park Temple B’Nai Abraham Zion will host a Candlelight Vigil to End Gun Violence at 7 pm on Thursday, December 13 in commemoration of the 6th Anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy as well as in memory of the 600,000 Americans killed or wounded by gun violence since December 2012. The vigil is in partnership with the Newtown Action Alliance and one of hundreds of vigils nationwide. Locally the vigil is sponsored by the Oak Park Temple B’Nai Abraham Zion, MOMS Demand Action Oak Park-Austin, Waging Peace of First United Church of Oak Park, Congregations Committed to Peace, Gun Responsibility Advocates, and Ascension Peace and Justice Committee. All are invited.

Gun violence has permeated every sector and locality of our society, from our homes and streets to our faith centers, schools, theaters, concerts, and hospitals. We gather in prayer and solidarity, committed to addressing the root causes of gun violence including the stark rise in hate crimes. This year, we will honor the work of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the organization specifically named by the shooter in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue. Please bring a small holiday gift or gift card, a non-perishable food item, or a financial donation (checks made out to HIAS-Chicago).

For more information, contact Celine Woznica at or 708-383-8619.


“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:


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