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GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES - Ongoing Invitation for September 2018

Anyone celebrating a Golden Wedding Anniversary during the year 2018 should contact Kathy Mullins at the Rectory at 773-763-8228 with the date.

There will a special Mass at Holy Name Cathedral later in the year. This is by invitation only.


KNIGHT OF COLUMBUS LENTEN FISH FRY - Every Friday from February 16 to March 23

Every Friday from February 16 to March 23 at St. Monica
from 4:30 to 7 pm in the Beyenka Hall at 5105 N. Nottingham in Chicago, IL

Fridays on February 16, March 2, and March 16 at St Eugene
from 4:30 to 7 pm in the Shaunnessy Center at 5220 N. Canfield in Chicago, IL

Enjoy fried cod, baked tilapia, fried shrimp, or pasta. Hosted by Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II council. Contact Bob for more information at 708-369-4094 or email at Migon.bob@gmail.com.



Volunteers needed at Providence Soup Kitchen located at St. Stanislaus Koska Parish, 1351 W. Evergreen in Chicago. The soup kitchen is located in the lower level.

Hours volunteers are needed: 9 am to 1 pm Monday thru Friday.

Please call Roberta Shepherd at 630-258-9274.



A Pilgrimage to Spain - also including Lourdes (France) and Fatima (Portugal) - 13 Days
May 13 to May 25, 2018 - Hosted by: Fr. Chris Ciastoń

I would like to extend a very special invitation to you to join me as we tour three of the most unique and interesting countries in Europe: Spain, Portugal, and France!

We will start our trip with exploring one of Europe’s most vibrant cities; Barcelona. Crossing through the spectacular Pyrenees with their breath-taking panoramas, we’ll arrive to Lourdes, birthplace of St. Bernadette, and place of the Shrine of Our Lady.

Our journey will continue in Spain. The cultures of Spain are as varied as its geography. Throughout its history it was a coveted prize for foreign conquerors – including the Romans and the Moors. In architectural style, Madrid is very similar to Paris and Vienna. Montserrat alone is worth the trip, and Salamanca, Toledo and Avila are gorgeous! Religious piety can be seen as images of saints watch over shops, bars and lorry driver cabs. Family life underpins Spanish society. Spaniards are gregarious and love to eat and socialize.

Spanish architecture is world renowned - from Moorish to Romanesque to Gothic and Renaissance. Art is also a pride of Spain with painters such as Velazquez, Goya, Picasso, and El Greco. Spanish spirituality is intense and mystical. The writings of John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila have nourished souls for centuries.

We’ll visit the capitol of Portugal, Lisbon, and the holy shrine of Fatima. Here the church has affirmed the apparition of the Virgin Mary to children who heard her secrets. Pilgrims come from around the world to pray for peace, healing and guidance.

So, please consider coming with me on this fun, exciting, beautiful, mysterious, and inspiring journey. I look forward to your presence with me.

Fr. Chris (Krzysztof) Ciastoń

For more information please contact me at cciaston@stannebarrington.org or contact Trans-World Travel, Inc. at 734 Central Avenue Highland Park, IL 60035 or Phone (847) 432-2400.




If you have expired or unused medications in your home, dispose of them safely and responsibly using the City's pharmaceutical disposal drop box program.

Alderman Laurino has been a proponent of this important program for close to seven years.

Drop off sites are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

The most convenient drop off locations for 39th Ward residents are: 16th District Police Station (5151 N. Milwaukee Avenue) and 17th District Police Station (4650 N. Pulaski Road).

Find a full list of drop off locations on the City’s Website.



Did you know Catholic Charities has a free newspaper just for senior citizens? Keenager News is published 10 times a year and is delivered to your door. This publications contains news, opinion, human interest, how-to, and travel articles, along with humor, puzzles, and recipes. Our "Readers' Corner" provides a forum for readers' own reminiscences, and poems.

To sign up to receive Keenager News, email kemmager@catholiccharities.net or call at
(312) 655-7425. If you are interested in advertising to our audience of more than 100,000 seniors, please contact Mandy Hamilton, Keenager News Editor, at (312) 655-7425 or ahamiltion@catholiccharities.net.



Here’s a way to get outdoors while bringing a little sunshine into the lives of homebound seniors in our communities. norVOLution, Norwood Life Society’s volunteer program, engages all kinds and combinations of meals delivery volunteers: individuals, husbands and wives, parents and kids, grandparents with grandchildren, friends, companies, retired folks, and young people who need service hours. Our service area is the far northwest side of Chicago, Park Ridge, Harwood Heights, and Norridge.

A commitment of no more than two hours per week is required with our volunteers making about 6-10 deliveries. Free lunch is available for volunteers and 25 percent off every day in the Thrift Shop!

We need volunteers for once a week deliveries (especially on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) and “on-call” volunteers.

Give us a call at 773-577-5329 or email info@norvolution.org! You’ll be glad you did.


Caregiver Support Group at Presence Resurrection Retirement Community - 3rd Wed of the Month

Caring for a loved one poses challenges. We’re here for you.

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7 pm. Share your experience. Learn about different resources available to those caring for aging relatives.

To find out more information or to register call at 773-792-4268.


Vocation/Discernment Opportunities

“As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.”

Do you have a growing interest in sharing the Lord’s saving mission as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life?

Call Father Francis Bitterman at 312-534-8298, or write at fbitterman@archchicago.org.

If you think God is calling you to be a priest, visit www.ChicagoPriest.com.


Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Borgia Parish - Everyday

The Prince of Peace Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Borgia Parish located at 8033 W. Addison in Chicago is open from 6:30 am to 12 Midnight - seven days per week.


THE SAINT CORNELIUS FOOD PANTRY - Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

The St Cornelius Food Pantry has been operating for many years but now it operates out of the Convent building at 5252 N. Long Avenue. The pantry is stocked by donations of food items and monetary donations, which allows them to purchase the items most in need. The Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 Noon to 1 pm. The only requirement is a picture id, no one is turned away. The person is given a bag and is allowed to select food from the shelves.

We appreciate your donations!!!


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday at St. Thecla Church located at 6725 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL from 1 to 7 pm with Benediction at 6:30 pm.


Sunday Mass at Mercy Home on Channel 26 - Every Sunday

Every Sunday at 7:30 am

If you are interested in receiving the FREE Sunday Mass Prayer Guide please call at

Feel free to call with questions or concerns!
Parish Office
773-763-8228 or e-mail at mail@sttars.org