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Programs and Events in Oak Park and Surrounding Communities
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Retreats & Spiritual Enrichment Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities and Events to Support Local Organizations & Charities

Programs on Social Justice and Social Concerns

Resources for Families,  e.g. Camps in the area

Follow this link to find information available from the Archdiocese of Chicago


♦ Retreats and Spiritual Enrichment Opportunities

Women of Chicago’s west side & of 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. Mondays 6/4, 6/18, 7/9, 7/23, 8/13, 8/27. Come to one or all programs. St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Church at 38 N. Austin Blvd. Questions or concerns? Call 630-240-2765.

The Well Spirituality Center Upcoming Retreats 

SAVE THE DATE: Growing Downward: Day Retreat with Gail Worcelo, SGM. Saturday, October 6  9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Gail Worcelo is the author of Holy Ground: Where Catholic Tradition and the Universe Story Meet and cofounder of The Green Mountain Monastery in Vermont. Cost:   $100, includes lunch. Take advantage of our Early Bird Special Price of $75, through September 22nd.

1515 Ogden Avenue, LaGrange Park, IL. To register: online at, or call 708-482-5048


Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House

September 7-9, 2018. An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men with Fr. Mark Andrews, SJ. Retreat Title: The Spiritual Exercises: Familiar Themes, New Images

September 14-16, 2018.  An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men.  Retreat Master: Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ.  Retreat Title: An Ignatian School of Prayer

Go to the website via the link above for a list of all upcoming retreats.

Joyful Again! Program For Widowed Men and Women

A spiritual program for widowed men and women who want to resolve the normal grief they feel and begin to live again. Workshops and retreats throughout the year., (708) 354-7211, Upcoming Program dates and locations: Oct  6 & 7 - St. Ann’s, Channahon. Nov 10 & ll  -  Nazareth Retreat Hse., Batavia. Nov 17 & 18 -  Our Lady of the Angels Retreat Hse., Lemont

Apologetics 512 with Prof. Patrick Madrid 

Offered by Holy Apostles College & Seminary. This course introduces the student to the art of fulfilling this biblical mandate to cogently and convincingly explain and defend Christian truth, and focuses on the “what” and “how” of apologetics to present a compelling defense of the Faith. 


♦ Events & Volunteer Opportunities to Support Local Organizations & Charities 


Brothers & Sisters of Love 12th Annual Love of Neighbor Ft. Dearborn Cruise 

7-10 pm. 465 N. McClurg Ct., Chicago, IL  60611. Tickets $65/per person, $120/per couple and proceeds benefit Brothers and Sisters of Love's work with street gangs and the poor in Chicago. Guest Honorees are Author Ben Austen "High Risers: Cabrinin Green and the Fate of Public Housing in America", and Willie JR Fleming, gang member turned housing activist. Contact fellow parishioner Jim Fogarty at (312) 209-1452, or

Check out our Volunteer page for a list of current volunteer opportunities at Ascension and in the area


Area-Wide Programs on Social Justice & Social Concerns

Many opportunities available. Click the link above to view current programs.


♦ Resources for Families

Guerin College Prep 3rd Annual GuerinFest - August 23-26

Food and Fun for children of all ages. GuerinFest will feature a Midway with games and more than 40 carnival rides, including the Ferris Wheel, Fast & Furious and the Freak Out! Two live bands will perform each evening - three on Sunday - as well as having a variety of food vendors, a beer garden and an alumni tent for Guerin Prep, Mother Guerin and Holy Cross alumni. MEGA PASSES for four days of unlimited rides are available for purchase, as well as specials for one-day of unlimited rides. More information is available at or by calling the school 708-453-6233.

For a list of teen summer programs in and around Chicago, visit our Youth Ministry webpage