Peace & Justice Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Look here for upcoming P&J programs at Ascension and in your neighborhood


At Ascension Parish, you will find a passionate and caring community committed to extending a helping hand and building awareness of the deep injustices we find in our community and beyond.

Check back regularly for upcoming programs at Ascension and in our community as we strive for




Summer Lunches for the Needy: “TO SERVE THE LEAST AMONG US”….Pope Francis

We will again be hosting our Summer Lunch Program for the Needy, to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters, on the following Saturdays -

June 9
June 16
June 23
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 21
August 4
August 11
August 18





We are in need of donations and volunteer help!


TO DONATE MONEY, SPONSOR A LUNCH, OR OFFER ANY OTHER ASSISTANCE, please contact: Bob Kutella at: (630) 863-1046 or

TO DONATE SUPPLIES FOR OUR GUESTS TO TAKE WITH THEM, place your donations in the church vestibule in the box marked summer lunches.

ALWAYS NEEDED ITEMS: New men’s and women’s socks and underwear, gently used gym shoes, t-shirts, jeans.

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS: Small or travel size toothpaste and toothbrushes, mouthwash, shampoo, soap, deodorant, sunblock, foot powder, disposable razors, breath mints. 

Through your generosity (this is 100% volunteer supported) last year we provided all these things to over 400 very appreciative guests.  Thank you very much in advance for your gifts.

Peace & Justice Summer Book Discussion

The Peace and Justice book discussion begins Monday June 11th from 7:30-9 pm at St. Luke Parish in the Hospitality House (former convent).  Book discussion will be every other Monday thru the summer. The book is The Sin of White Supremacy by Jeannine Hill Fletcherm and is available at Orvis Books and Amazon.  The introduction and chapter 1 will be topic for the first discussion. All are welcome!  Additional information can be obtained from Brad Collins (708.435.8910) or Carol in St.Luke's office (708.771.8250).

Prayer Vigil for Detained Immigrants

Join fellow parishioners every Friday from 7:15-7:45 a.m. at 1930 Beach Street in Hillside at ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). For details, call Pat McAnany 383-0415.