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Programs and Events in Oak Park and Surrounding Communities


Encountering Jesus: Meeting the Christ of Faith and the Jesus of History

On Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m., Father James Martin, SJ will be speaking on the humanity and divinity of Jesus. "Who do you say that I am?” That's the question that Jesus asked of his disciples. Even then they had a hard time answering. Come learn why the answer must involve both the historical Jesus, the man who walked the dusty roads of first-century Judea and Galilee, and the Christ of faith, the miracle-worker now risen from the dead. Discover what it means to say that Jesus is "fully human and fully divine."

Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus

On Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m., Father James Martin, SJ will lead a discussion on the last words of Jesus and how we can deepen our relationship with Christ. Jesus's "Seven Last Words," or seven last phrases or sentences from the Cross, offer us a privileged entree into his life. They also offer him a privileged entree into our own. Come enter more deeply into a relationship with the one who suffered, died and is now risen and alive, and find out why he understands you more than you might have ever imagined.

Father James Martin is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America Magazine, and best-selling author of Building a Bridge, Seven Last Words, and Jesus: A Pilgrimage. Father Martin has written for a wide variety of publications and is a regular commentator in the international and national media. He was appointed by Pope Francis to be a Consultor for the Vatican’s Secretariat of Communication in 2017.

For more information and to register, go to

Way of the Cross

Each year we follow the passion of Christ in the heart of our city, where thousands of people carry their cross every day. Through choral music, Gospel passages, reflections, and our silent procession, we hope to enter more deeply into the events of Good Friday and their meaning for us today. We ask to experience the exceptional Presence of Christ among us as a real answer to the needs of our hearts. March 30 from 8:45 a.m. to noon. The total length of the walk is approximately two miles. More details at

Run in His strength 

Consider joining Mercy Home for Boys & Girls' Heroes team for the sold-out Oct. 7 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and transforming the life of an abused child in Chicago.

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.

A Lenten Journey Rediscovering Faith, Freedom and Obedience

St. Vincent Ferrer from 4-5:15 p.m. On February 24, March 10, March 24. Details HERE.

Lord Teach Me to Pray
St. Vincent Ferrer  Ignatian Prayer Series

Wednesday evenings for 12 weeks. Register by February 25. Begins February 28. Details HERE.

Save the Date! Trinity's Summer Camp Registration Opens March 1st!

View the flyer for camp details & registration

Call Katie Wendling at  708.453.8305 for more information


Community of Congregations Co-Sponsoring "Soul Force Training Experience: Equipping Leaders for Courageous Community Transformation” on April 4. 
It will be led by Reesheda Graham-Washington and Shawn Casselberry, the authors of Soul Force.

April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination. We shall gather to engage his vision of building the Beloved Community. The workshop is designed to activate and equip us to pivot from fear to freedom, from barriers to bridge-building, and from charity to change. It will be held at the Unity Temple Community Center, 1019 South Blvd. Reservations are required. There will be a cap of 100 people. Scholarships are available. The cost is $20 per person and this includes a copy of Soul Force that will be out in June. You may register with Katie Avalos at Details at

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

Discover Your Core of Love: Awaken the Larger Love That Wants to Free You!
Wednesdays, Apr. 11, 18; May 2, 16, 30; Jun 13, 27; Jul 11   1-3PM

The deepest, truest part of who we are is LOVE: yet often this identity eludes us. Come and discover the unconscious patterns expressed through our way of being that are obstacles to love, in this 8 week workshop facilitated by Carol Cummins and The Well’s Bridget Sperduto. Participants will learn about and practice a unique process to free us from these old patterns.   Cost:   $250   Pre-registration required.

They Will Inherit the Earth
Sunday, Apr. 15  3:30-5PM

Join author, activist and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee John Dear for a presentation and book signing of his latest book They Will Inherit the Earth, which shows how our global epidemic of violence and war could only lead to catastrophic climate change. John will invite us to deepen our nonviolence and take new steps into active solidarity with Earth and suffering humanity.  Cost:   $20

Inspiration in a Time of Climate Change: Marya Grathwahl, OSF and Helen Prejean, CSJ
Saturday, Apr. 21   9:30 AM – Noon

On this Earth Day, Franciscan Sister Marya Grathwahl, founder of Earth Hope, will receive the 2017 Sacred Universe Award. Join us as Marya and Sister Helen Prejean, world-renowned writer and speaker, weave stories of justice, oneness, and hope for our Universe.  Cost:   $30

PLEASE NOTE- DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED (was originally scheduled for March 24)
Untying the Knots – Polarization in America
Saturday, June 2   9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Mike McGillicuddy is convinced that there is an accelerating crisis of polarization in American society. In this interactive workshop, Mike will invite participants to step outside their comfort zones and explore the worldviews of others with curiosity and humility, while refraining from persuasion and judgement.  Cost:  $30

The Fifteenth Edition of Soup for the Soul… It May Not Be Chicken

Join the St. Bernardine Parish Community for a Lenten Series of Enrichment

WHEN: Tuesdays, March 18, 25, and April 1 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Our speaker will be Dr. Carole Eipers, Vice President, Executive Director of Catechetics for William H. Sadlier, Inc. She served in parish ministries for over 20 years as a teacher, Director of Religious Ed., Youth Minister and Pastoral Associate.

“Beyond Ashes: Transformed to Witness”

Menu: Soup and Fellowship Presentation

Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House
Lenten Programs

The Way of the Cross through Mary’s Eyes
Lenten Evening of Prayer for Women
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | 6pm - 9pm
Mary McKeon, Facilitator

Lenten Programs Flyer

“If We Die with Him, We Will Also Live with Him”
March 29-31, 2018
with Fr. Peter Fennessy, SJ
an Ignatian, Silent Holy Week
Retreat for Men and Women


"Jesus and Women: Sharing the Road to Discipleship"
April 13-14, 2018  Sr. Wendy Cotter, CSJ, PhD. A Silent Overnight Retreat for Women. FLYER

Spring 2018 Series for Women on Peace-Making and Conflict Resolution

The women of Chicago’s west side and the near-west suburbs are invited to gather this spring for prayer and reflection at St. Catherine – St. Lucy Parish.

Shelby Boblick and Carol Spiegel, BVM, a student of conflict resolution for over 20 years, will facilitate the meetings.  Once a week, Carol teaches Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution at St. Catherine-St. Lucy School. Shelby will supply the materials each week.  No need to prepare in advance.  We’ll focus on a different topic each week.  It matters not at all if you miss a week or several weeks.  You are most welcome to join us as and when your schedule permits.  Drop-ins are encouraged!

We’ll offer duplicate sessions each Monday: one at 1 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m.   Please join us at whichever time suits you and your life.  

  • Monday, March 5    Excavating the Anger Volcano
  • Monday, March 12   Quality World to the Rescue
  • Monday, March 26   What if There are 2 Anger Volcanoes Close to Each Other?
  • Monday, April 9       Nonviolent Communication:  The Language of Life
  • Monday, April 16     The Magic of Conflict
  • Monday, April 23     A Tool in Harmony with Nonviolent Communication & Case Studies

We’ll meet in the gathering space of St. Catherine-St. Lucy Church. The Church is accessible by ramp, and assistive listening devices are available.

Please join us!    Questions or concerns…call Shelby Boblick @ 630-240-2765

  Joyful Again! Program For Widowed Men and Women

Sponsored by Rainbow Hospice and Presented by Joyful Again Widowed Ministry

Are you widowed?  Feeling stuck? Need something to get you “over the hump” and on to your new path in life?

The Joyful Again program brings understanding and hope to help you in your life’s new journey.

What:      Workshop/retreat for Widowed Men and Women

When:     April 21 & 22, 2018

Where:  Presence/ Resurrection Health Care- Holy Family Medical Center 100 N. River Rd. (at Golf Rd.), Des Plaines, IL 60016 (no overnight available) 

Also: other dates/locations in 2018.  Call: 708-354-7211 to register, or e-mail: more info at:      

10th Annual Friends of the Poor Benefit for St. Vincent de Paul Society

Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace


Champagne Brunch

Choir Contest

Grand Prize Car Raffle

Games of Chance


$80 per person. $775 table of ten

Register online at


Tickets for car raffle $25 each

2018 Buick Encore

Drawing will take place at brunch

winner need not be present


Net proceeds help support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul programs and services for the poor in communities throughout Cook and Lake counties every day. (This is the umbrella organization for Ascension’s St. Vincent de Paul Society.)


‘Come and See’ life as a Sister of Providence

Bring hope to life! Come and See life as a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. The Sisters of Providence invite single Catholic women ages 18-42 to a Come and See weekend retreat April 6-8, 2018, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. On this free retreat, you can deepen your prayer life, get an inside look at the life of the Sisters of Providence and spend time discerning where God is calling you. Learn more and register at or by calling Sister Editha Ben at 812-230-4771 (call or text) or email

About the Sisters of Providence

The Sisters of Providence, a Congregation of nearly 300 women religious, with more than 200 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 17 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries may be found at

Building for the Future Guerin College Prep’s Scholarship Dinner

to be held on Friday, April 13 at Elmcrest

River Grove: Guerin College Preparatory High School will hold its annual Scholarship Dinner - Building for the Future - on Friday, April 13 at Elmcrest Banquets in Elmwood Park.  The scholarship dinner is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year with all proceeds to benefit the students through financial assistance and scholarships.  

This year’s honorees are:

Community Leadership Award - The Honorable James Durkin, Illinois House Republican Leader

Outstanding Service and Leadership Awards -

Mary Beth Pipala Beiersdorf - Mother Guerin Class of 1979,

Executive Director and Co-founder, Salute, Inc.;

Omar Duque - Holy Cross Class of 1994, President and CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce;

Bobby Stevens, Jr. - Guerin College Prep Class of 2005, President and CEO, Windy City Baseball

The Legacy Family Award - The Donlan Family (Elmwood Park)

(Read more here about our honorees)

The event begins at 6:30pm with cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 7:30pm.  The fundraiser will also feature a silent auction, an online auction, and a raffle.  Entertainment provided by a DJ and some live musical performances.  Tickets are $100 each.  To purchase tickets to the event or make a donation, visit the school website at or contact Shawn Campbell at  Elmcrest Banquets is located at 7370 W. Grand Ave. in Elmwood Park.  

Trinity High School Centennial 5K
Sunday April 29, 2018

(River Forest, IL) Trinity High School is excited to present its 8th annual 5K run/walk through the streets of
River Forest. This event will celebrate our centennial year, and is a wonderful way to catch up with friends and
visit with past alumnae! Every registrant will receive their own 5K shirt, plus there will be a live DJ,
refreshments, and prizes! The 3.1 mile USATF certified chip course is perfect for runners or walkers of any
For more information, a course map, and to register online, please visit

Kids Race: 7:45am
National Anthem: 7:50am
5K Walk/Run: 8:00am
Stroller Walk: 8:05am
Pre-Registration due Monday, April 23 - $30 per person. $15 per THS student/faculty/staff. $25 per THS alumna
Registration after Monday, April 23 - $40 per person.  $25 per THS student/faculty/staff.  $35 per THS alumna
Day-of Registration - Cash or check ONLY on race day, 6:30-7:30am