Parish Highlights: St. Benedict Parish Online Weekly Newsletter


Our beloved St. Benedict Adult Choir has been named a finalist in the third annual St. Vincent DePaul Church Choir Challenge!

As a finalist, we will compete for a grand prize of $2500 as well as the recognition of being one of Chicago's top church choirs. We will compete against three other finalists this Sunday, April 22nd, at the SVDP Friends of the Poor Banquet at Drury Lane.

For the first time, guests in attendance and anyone unable to attend can watch and vote for their favorite choir during and after the live performances at Drury Lane on our Facebook page.

The choir with the most Facebook Likes by midnight Sunday, April 22, receives an additional $500!

Log on to on Sunday, April 22, to Like your favorite choir! Choir performances begin at Noon.  

You can also help support The St. Vincent Depaul Society by attending this event and cheer us on in person. 

Tickets are available at


The word Retrouvaille(re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning rediscovery. This program helps couples heal and renew their marriages and offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage?  Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse?  Are you constantly fighting?  Have you thought about separation or divorce?  Does talking about it only make it worse? Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program. Some couples come during the initial signs of a marriage problem and others are in a state of despair. The Retrouvaille Program consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of 6 post-weekend sessions. The tools learned here will help put your marriage in order again. The main emphasis of the program is on communication between husband and wife and will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other as well as examine your lives together in a new, positive way.

Contact: Robin & Phil Kain, (773) 544-0498,

CLICK TO READ THIS ARTICLE: Hope for our future: How Retrouvaille helped our marriage by Phil and Robin Kain

Phil and Robin Kain reside in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago. They have 3 children and attend St. Benedict's Catholic Church. They are passionate about the Retrouvaille ministry and presenting weekends in the United States.

Spiritual Dream Group - Next Session: Monday, May 21, 2018

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In this group we learn to become like a container of sacred space as a group to provide a secure connection between the individual’s inner world and the outer world.  Spiritual dream work affirms that our (nocturnal) dreams offer us support in our spiritual journey.  This work helps us towards living a guided life from within with the support of others and helps us to recognize the symbolic language of the soul.

All dreamers are welcome and there is no experience necessary.  I encourage anyone who has been interested in their dreams, but has not had the opportunity to share and explore them further to attend.  This ongoing group will meet on the third Monday of each month at 7 pm until 9 pm in the basement of the rectory in the small meeting room.

Please contact Rachel at if you plan to attend.

2017 Session Dates:  3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18

Facilitator’s bio: Rachel Winborn has been working with dreams for 10 years.  She is an artist and holds an MA and MFA in Fine Art. Rachel is a certified Spiritual Director through the Haden Institute and Mt. Carmel Spiritual Centre in Ontario.

Spiritual Direction Ministry

Spiritual Direction is an ancient tradition. Its main purpose is to allow individuals to deepen with God by journeying alongside a soul friend.  These one to one monthly meetings gives the directee a sacred time to explore their personal relationship to God by discussing how they experience or don’t experience the movements of Holy Spirit in their daily lives. The spiritual dimension can be mysterious and tough to navigate at times, so in this practice one’s discernment and reflections are closely listened to. The Spiritual Director is trained and experienced in sacred conversation and are able to hold the space in prayer for God’s grace. Spiritual Direction does not tell you how to act or pray in a particular way, nor is it psychological counseling or psychotherapy. 

Personal Sessions: If you are interested in exploring one-to-one spiritual direction, contact Ellen Roberts at or by phone, 773-588-6484 to schedule a preliminary meeting with a spiritual director. During the meeting, you will learn more about spiritual direction and financial contributions. (Financial contributions generally range between $35 to $65 per session depending on individual financial resources.)

Meet the Directors:

Rachel Winborn is an artist and holds an MA and MFA in Fine Art from the University of Iowa.  She is part-time faculty at Loyola University Chicago. She is a certified Spiritual Director through the Haden Institute and Mt. Carmel Spiritual Centre in Ontario.  She has been working dreams for 10 years and is the Spiritual Dream Group facilitator at St. Ben’s. Rachel’s gifts reside in teasing out the unique voice authentically found within the Self. She and her husband are parishioners at St. Ben’s and their children attend St. Benedict Preparatory School. 


 Elaine Lindia is the Pastoral Associate here at our parish. Elaine holds a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Spirituality from Loyola University Chicago.  Her spirituality degree includes a specialty concentration in the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. Elaine serves as one of the Spiritual Directors for the Spiritual Exercises of Everyday Life (SEEL) retreat offered by Loyola University.  Elaine is honored to walk with others that wish to explore the Spiritual Exercises that will enable them to witness the many ways God is at work in their lives.  Feel free to contact her directly if you are interested in exploring the Exercises at (773) 509-3806 or

Laura Field is a lay leader of Old St. Patrick’s Church’s acclaimed Beloved Retreat since 2002.  She earned a Master’s in Spirituality at Loyola University in Chicago in 2011.Laura transitioned a career in corporate communications with Fortune 500 and smaller companies into a thriving self-owned PR firm. Laura understands the deep longing for wholeness that informs the life of singles. Laura earned a BA in Journalism and Economics from Indiana University in 1984.


Centering Prayer: Growing Closer to God through Silence

Are you looking for a prayer form to enrich your relationship to God?  Centering Prayer is one way to move from prayer with words to prayer in silence.  It is where God transforms you from the inside out as you sit once or, where possible, twice a day for 20-30 min and open to God presence and action within.  All without having to come to any meetings or paying a fee.

This online community begins every four months, on January 1, May 1 and September 1, with the teaching of the Centering Prayer Introductory Program with opportunity for questions each day.  The program is followed by the reading and discussion of Fr. Thomas Keating OCSO’s Centering Prayer primer, Open Mind, Open Heart, 2006 edition.  This book explains in detail the conceptual background of Centering Prayer in the Christian contemplative heritage. Daily guidance, direction and support in establishing this prayer as a twice daily practice is provided.  Admission can take place at any time during the year.  To request a free subscription to the Centering Prayer One list write to:centeringprayerone-subscribe@yahoogroups.comor visit Centering Prayer One Online

 This online community is posted/monitored by parishioner, Margie Tomlinson.  If you have further questions she can be reached at  When signing up please say you are from St Ben's.     

St. Benedict Parish Library 

The St Benedict Self-serve Library is opened every Sunday.  The way it works: you get books, read them and return them after.

Ushers Needed

With the new Mass schedule beginning on August 9, the Ushers of St. Benedict could use your help!  While we could use help at all the Masses, at the moment we don't have any ushers for the 10:30 Mass.  If you feel the calling to become a part of this ministry, you would be most welcome and appreciated.  Please call Joe Daprile at 773-472-7050 to volunteer for this important ministry.