Peace & Justice Events and Volunteer Opportunities

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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.

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Reception with Professor Jeannine Hill Fletcher, Author of The Sin of White Supremacy

St. Luke Parish’s Peace and Justice Committee is hosting an open reception for Professor Jeannine Hill Fletcher, the author of the parish’s selection for its summer book discussion series, The Sin of White Supremacy.

The daughter of St. Luke parishioners Jim and Virginia Hill, Prof. Hill Fletcher graduated from the University of Illinois as an English major. After a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, she attended Harvard Divinity School, where she earned her master’s degree in Theological Studies in 1996 and Doctorate in Theology in 2001. Since then she has taught at Fordham University about the intersection of Systematic Theology and issues of diversity (religious diversity, Christian cultural diversity, race, and gender). 

Prof. Hill Fletcher is the author of two books on women’s issues as well as her newest book on the impact of racism in American churches, which was just released by Orbis Books. She is a board member of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, a multi-religious and multi-racial grassroots organization working for social change.

The reception will be this Thursday, July 19, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the St. Luke Hospitality House, 533 Ashland Avenue in River Forest. Anyone who is interested in the topic of her book is welcome to attend.

The Peace and Justice book discussion will meet for its last two sessions at 7:30 pm on July 23 and August 6 in Waldron Hall on the lower level of St. Luke School, 519 Ashland. The sessions began June 11th and has been meeting every other Monday thru the summer. Whether you've attended all summer or want to join in late, you are invited! 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).

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.

Justice Days: "Make a Difference Weekend" is coming August 3-5, 2018

Life is so busy. We’re pulled in many different directions, yet we want our actions to matter. Join us for any of 5 events taking place throughout the Chicago area designed to make a difference in the lives of children. Or gather and drop off supplies for one of our collections: school supplies for children in Chicago’s near west side neighborhood or books for underserved children in the larger Chicago area. By giving a couple hours of your time you CAN make a difference in the life of a child. Click the link about for more details or contact us at, or @chicagojusticedays on Facebook or Instagram

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.