Around Town

Programs and Events in Oak Park and Surrounding Communities

Retreat and Spiritual Enrichment Programs

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.

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.

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. March 30 from 8:45 a.m. to noon. The total length of the walk is approximately two miles.


A Lenten Journey Rediscovering Faith, Freedom and Obedience

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


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

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

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. March 5-April 23

The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 Ogden Avenue, LaGrange Park, IL. 

To register: online 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

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

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

Untying the Knots – Polarization in America - Saturday, June 2   9:00 AM – 12:30 PM


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

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

“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 FLYER

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

  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. Workshop/retreat for Widowed Men and Women on April 21 & 22, 2018. Presence/ Resurrection Health Care- Holy Family Medical Center 100 N. River Rd. (at Golf Rd.), Des Plaines, IL 60016 (no overnight available). Register: 708-354-7211 or e-mail:


‘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

Volunteer Opportunities and Events to Support Local Organizations & Charities

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Champagne Brunch with Choir Contest, Grand Prize Car Raffle and Games of Chance. Register Online. 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.)


Building for the Future - Guerin College Preparatory High School will hold its annual Scholarship Dinner - Building for the Future

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. For more information and to register click above.


Trinity High School Centennial 5K - Sunday April 29, 2018

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!

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. Info: Contact Jim Harding at or 312-738-9381

Social Justice Programs in the Community

Community of Congregations Co-Sponsoring "Soul Force Training Experience: Equipping Leaders for Courageous Community Transformation” on April 4. 

Led by Reesheda Graham-Washington and Shawn Casselberry, the authors of Soul Force, 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. Reservations are required. There will be a cap of 100 people.

Resources for Families

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. Flyer