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Opportunities In & Around Oak Park
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Retreats, Spiritual Enrichment and Prayer Opportunities

Opportunities 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, Spiritual Enrichment and Prayer Opportunities

The Recurring Call of Advent to Become What We Pray

With Fr. James Marchionda, OP. Dominican University. December 13 at 7 pm. View Flyer.


Discover Your Strengths to Grow Spiritually and Serve God with Molly Henry

January 11, 2019 9:00 am to 2:30 pm . A Day of Reflection for Men & Women at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House


First Corinthians. The Church and the Christian Community

Eleven-part bible study featuring Time Gray. Starts Thursday, October 4 at 7 pm in Kyle Hall, St. Vincent Ferrer church. Meets every Thursday until December 13.


A Journey of Faith. St. Giles Fall 2018 Spiritual Enrichment Program

Please join us this fall for gatherings of Prayer, Fellowship and Spiritual Enrichment. October 2 and 30, November 13, December 4, and December 11. All sessions will be at 7:00 p.m. Click on the title above for details.


Autumn Spirituality Series for Women - Mondays in October and November

Shelby Boblick will facilitate the discussion, and we’ll use as a catalyst Trouble Don’t Last Always: Soul Prayers, a book by Diana L. Hayes. 


The Well Spirituality Center Upcoming Retreats 

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


Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House

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

December 14-15, 2018. Praying Advent with St. IgnatiusAn Ignatian, Silent Overnight Retreat for Men & Women. Retreat Masters: Mrs. Mary McKeon and Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ.


St. Vincent Ferrer Men's Retreat with Fr. David Meconi. January 25-27, 2019
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. 


Catholic Theological Union Fall Lecture Series

Lectures offered on Wednesdays at 7 pm from September 5-December 5, 2018. 


♦ Opportunities to Support Local Organizations & Charities 

Provide Meals for Housing Forward PADS Emergency Shelter Guests

Get together with friends, family or neighbors to provide meals for shelter clients. You can team up with your book group to make dinner onsite, or arrange for the soccer team to make sack lunches, or work with your neighbors to provide breakfast food. This is a great way to make a measurable impact in your community by supporting the work of Housing Forward. Click here to find out more and sign up to make a difference every month.  Or go to

Want to make a difference in your community? Volunteer with Rush Oak Park Hospital!

Become a Rush Oak Park Hospital Volunteer! Click title above to learn more.


Irving Elementary WORM Club Looking for Volunteers

At Irving Elementary School (1125 South Cuyler) we have a reading program for grades 1-3 called WORM Club (Working On Reading In The Morning). The program is held at Irving School in the library before school from 7:30 to 8:00 am on Mondays through Thursdays. Worm Club is for struggling readers where volunteers read with primary aged students working on their oral reading fluency and comprehension. Several of our volunteers are Ascension parishioners. You can volunteer as many days as you want and come when it best fits your schedule. The program starts in mid October and ends in late April. Please contact me via email if you are interested or if you have any questions. Nick Sakellaris (Ascension Parishioner) at


Cluster Tutoring needs you!

Help students from Chicago's Austin community realize their potential through one-to-one learning. Work with a student in grades K-12 for 90 minutes weekly on reading, homework, and other enrichment activities. We have a reading specialist, a computer room, math coaches, and a fully stocked library. Tutoring is 6:30-8 p.m.on Tuesdays at Pine Avenue Church, 5460 E. Augusta in Chicago, or on Thursdays at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St., and runs from September to mid-May. For more information, contact Executive Director Kara Kalnitz at 773-378-5530 or at, or check out


Little City Foster Care and Adoption Program

As is part of our mission, Little City is constantly searching for welcoming homes and loving parents regardless of age, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, income or education level. Details on our information sessions. Frequently asked questions.

Hines VA Chaplain needs Volunteer Help

The VA Chaplain needs a few volunteer ministers to assist veterans at their 11 am Sunday Mass services in Extended Care Center/Hospice at Hines VA, Maywood.  

If you are interested in volunteering to help the VA Catholic Chaplain, call and leave a message or email John Nally, 708-802-4847 or, for more information.


Check out our Volunteer page for volunteer opportunities at Ascension.


Area-Wide Programs on Social Justice & Social Concerns

Many opportunities available.  Go to our Peace & Justice webpage for current programs.


♦ Resources for Families

9th annual Breakfast with Santa! Trinity High School on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 9 am-12 pm

Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends for a wonderful morning of crafts, caroling, and professional photos with
Santa while enjoying a continental breakfast.  This event will be held in the Trinity High School SMG Athletic Facility, located at 7574 W. Division.  Adults: $13.00. Children: $6.50
After December 11th (and at the door): Adults: $14.50, Children $8.00 Reservations can be made online at


Rush Oak Park Hospital Classes and Events

Rush Oak Park Hospital offers a wide range of classes and events throughout the year — in your local community — to help you live a healthier, happier and more informed life.

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