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Programs and Events in Oak Park and Surrounding Communities
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Retreats & Spiritual Enrichment Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities and Events 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 and Spiritual Enrichment Opportunities

Women of Chicago’s west side & of near-west parishes are invited to gather for summer spirituality!

Shelby Boblick will facilitate the discussion, and we’ll use as a catalyst Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self, a book by Joyce Rupp. Mondays 6/4, 6/18, 7/9, 7/23, 8/13, 8/27. Come to one or all programs. St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Church at 38 N. Austin Blvd. Questions or concerns? Call 630-240-2765.

Youth Mass

Join teens around Oak Park and River Forest @ St. Luke’s Parish in River Forest for a monthly Youth Mass followed by dinner and Youth Group.

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

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

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

Bloom Italiano Encore! Benefit for the Well Spirituality Center, Sunday June 10 at 3PM

Bluff Spring Fen Day Trip – Elgin, IL on Friday, June 15    at 9:45AM – 3:15PM

Carmelite Spiritual Center. 2018 Days of Reflection, Pilgrimages & Retreats

Expanding the Story. Three Workshops: Three Tools adapted from the world of Conflict Management. May 8, 15 and 22. 6:30-8 pm. 

Summer Retreat Week: Images of God: June 3 – 8, 2018 or June 10 – 15, 2018.

 Into the Land of Carmel: A Weeklong Retreat in the Carmelite Tradition: July 15 – 10, 2018

Sisters of Providence invites you to become a Providence Associate

The Sisters of Providence are accepting applications until May 31 for those considering becoming a Providence Associate in the coming year. Providence Associates are women and men of diverse faith, ages 18 years and older, who share their own unique gifts and talents with others while walking with the Sisters of Providence.


Join St. Edmund parishioners for a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Christ’s Passion

St. John, Indiana. Thursday, June 14th. An air-conditioned bus will leave at 9:00 from St. Edmund’s parking lot and leave the Shrine at 2:00 so we should be home around 3:30

A Better Angels workshop  

There’s a lot of stress these days among politically divided family members and friends. Polarized public conversations aren’t helping. Please join Better Angels,, for a workshop to sharpen skills for engaging in respectful conversations, those that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of relationships. When: On Saturday, June 16th from 10:00 am to 12:30 pmWhere: At Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street. Oak Park. This skills workshop is free of charge, but advance registration to the facilitator,, is required


Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House


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., (708) 354-7211, Upcoming Dates: 6/23-6/24 at St. Julie’s - Tinley Park. 7/21-7/22­ at Holy Family - Inverness. 8/11 & 8/12 at Mary Queen – Elmhurst.


Rush Oak Park Hospital Community Events

Anti-Aging Tips: May 24, 2018 4-5pm • Balance and Fall Screening: June 2, 2018 10am-2pm-Appointment required • Maintain Pelvic Health: June 21, 2018 11am-12pm • Considering Cosmetic Surgery? July 31, 2018 6:30-7:30pm

♦ Events & Volunteer Opportunities to Support Local Organizations & Charities

Crisis Center for South Suburbia is in desperate need of volunteers at both of their Neat Repeats Reslae Shops in Orland Park and Worth


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


Area-Wide Programs on Social Justice & Social Concerns


♦ Resources for Families

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

Call Katie Wendling at  708.453.8305 for more information. Flyer

St. Ignatius Chicago Rowing 2018 Learn to Row Summer Camp

For boys and girls entering grades 7 through 11


Totus Tuus at St.Luke Church July 22-27, 2018

The highly-acclaimed Totus Tuus Summer Camp, a week-long Catholic youth program, is coming again to our area, hosted by St. Luke Parish this summer.


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