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Join Us at Hunger Walk – Saturday, September 8th

Would you like to be involved in raising money and awareness about relieving hunger in our community?

St Benedict Parish is partnering with Common Pantry to do this but, we need walkers!

On September 8th the Chicago Food Depository will host the 33rd Annual Hunger walk.

The Common Pantry will receive a 12 dollar credit for every person who is registered with St Benedict’s team and walks in the Hunger Walk on September 8th. The credits can be used at the Greater Food Depository to purchase items needed at the pantry.

This event is open to families, teens, kids and adults. Please consider joining the St Benedict Team partnering with Common Food Pantry in this year’s Hunger Walk. Common Pantry, has been serving our community for many years. This is the same pantry that we collect donations for monthly.  They are part of the local network of soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters that are supported by this event.  

This years’ walk will take begin at Jackson Park, on the shores of Lake Michigan, just south of the Museum of Science and Industry.  The 2-mile Walk steps off at 8:30 am.  With live entertainment and activities for all ages, the Hunger Walk is a fun and impactful event for the whole family! 

If you are interested in joining the walk, please contact Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate at (773) 509-3806.  Kim McMillan, our Director of Youth Ministry, and myself are working together to organize parishioners that wish to participate. The deadline to register is August 29th. 

Let’s support those who are hungry and raise money and awareness by being involved in the 33rd Annual Hunger Walk.  



Human Concerns Commission 


"Go in peace to love and serve the Lord and one another."

Who We Are: We are Christianity in Action by ministering to those among us with spiritual, physical, social and economic needs, and to those experiencing lack and loss.  We promote education, advocacy and action as prescribed in the message of the Gospel.

If you are interested in learning more about the ministries in our Commission, please contact Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate, at (773) 509-3806 or at


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In the last meeting of the Human Concerns Commission, one of the items we discussed was beginning a new ministry called “Care for Our Common Home.” The goal of the ministry will be to educate ourselves on how we can provide better care for our environment. We can explore ways we can live and act in ways that protect the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. If you are interested in being part of this effort, please contact Elaine Lindia at or at (773) 509-3806. Thanks!

Sharing Parish – Our Lady of the Snows

We are looking for new members to join the planning committee that works to encourage relationship and connection between St. Benedict and Our Lady of the Snows.  If you are interested in helping with this effort, please contact Elaine Lindia at (773) 509-3806. Thank you!

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Ministry of Praise

In an effort to reach out to homebound parishioners that desire to still be connected to the parish, we are again starting a Ministry of Praise.  Each month a newsletter will be sent to those individuals that wish to be part of this ministry asking for their prayers for members of our parish and for the world.  If you know someone that wishes to be part of this ministry and join in a chorus of praise to bring God’s blessing to our parishioners and the Church as a whole, please contact Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate at (773)509-3806 or

Chicago Catholic Scripture School – Classes Begin Thursday September 13th


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Come and join fellow parishioners on Thursday evenings beginning September 13th here at St Ben’s for Chicago Catholic Scripture School.  Classes will be held in our school from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  In this unit, we study the written gospels of Mark and Luke. In these writings we meet Jesus and hear his message. We follow his journey from Nazareth through Galilee to Jerusalem. In his passion, death, and resurrection we are confronted with the central mystery of our Christian faith. Our instructor will be Fr. Jim McIlhone, Ph.D. For more information, please contact Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate, at (773) 509-3806 or at

Zumba Update!

The Health Committee here at St. Benedict is pleased to announce some new Zumba class offerings!  On Wednesdays, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, we now offer “Strong by Zumba,” a new high intensity interval training class synced to music. On Saturdays, at 11:10 to 11:50 am, we now offer “Zumba Gold for Seniors.” Check out our web site for more details!


Health Committee

Are you interested in helping fellow parishioners develop new healthy habits in the New Year?  Please consider joining our Health Committee!  We are always looking for new ways to assist people in getting information and support centering on preventative care, fitness, nutrition, health screenings, and related topics. If you wish to be part of these efforts, please consider joining the committee. For more information, please contact Elaine Lindia at (773) 509-3806 or Thank you!

Common Food Pantry Wish List 

Food Wish List

  • Cereal
  • Canned Fruit
  • Cooking Oil
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Soup
  • Easy Prep Meals (i.e. Hamburger Helper)
  • Canned Meals (i.e. raviolis)
  • Ground Coffee

Personal Care Items Wish List

  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable Razors
  • Bar Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Disposable diapers

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at St. Benedict every Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. in the Church Basement. This meeting is for anyone who may have a problem with alcohol.  Your attendance is completely anonymous.

Catholic Charities Maternity & Adoption Services

PREGNANT?  There are options. What do I do? Who should I tell? It’s scary. You can turn to us. Catholic Charities Maternity & Adoption Services has resources to serve teens, single women, and couples facing unplanned pregnancies.  We are here to help, without pressuring you.  We can talk about your options as you plan for your child’s future.  We can help you whether you decide to parent your child, or make a plan of adoption.  If you are not sure what to do, our 24-hour hotline has caring & professional counselors available to help you.  Our services are free & confidential. Call 1-800-CARE-002 or 312-454-1717. Visit for more information.

9AM Mass Bus Service for Seniors

The St. Benedict bus will transport to and from 4040  N. Oakley (Senior Center) leaving the front door at 8:30AM  each Sunday through the winter months.

Senior Meals Available

Seniors:  Do you know that reduced fee hot meals are available in our immediate area.  Here are a few of the locations:

North Center Senior Satellite: 4040 N. Oakley  Ave.   Chicago, IL 60618 (312 – 744-4015)
Breakfast:  Monday – Friday 8:30-10:00   $1.50 (if possible) Lunch:  Monday – Friday 11:30-12:45    $1.50           

Levy Center:  2019 Lawrence Ave.  Chicago, IL 60625 (312-744-0784) Meals  for  60 and older:  Monday – Saturday 11:30 – 2:00. Suggested  donation $1.50.

Food Pantry:  3744 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 2nd and 4th Tuesday:  free for Seniors

Irish American Heritage Center:   46 N. Knox Ave. Chicago, IL 60630. Call for reservation:  773-282-7035
Luncheon:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
12:30-2:00 p.m.  Suggested donation:  $1.50 per meal (if possible)

St. Benedict Catholic Church:  2215 W. Irving Park Rd,   Chicago, IL. 60618 (773- 558-6484)
Monday – Friday :  Bag lunches from 11:00-1:00  Free

Having Difficulty Dealing with our Stressful World?

The Holbrook Counseling Center of Catholic Charities provides counseling services at St. Matthias Parish.  Cheryl Joseph-Lukz, MA, LCPC is the therapist at St. Matthias.  Cheryl is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and she has worked with individuals, couples and families for over 20 years.  Whether you’re having problems with personal relationships, work situations or are just feeling unhappy, “stuck”, or unfulfilled, we’re here for you. We are in network with BC/BS PPO.  To learn more about our services or to make an appointment, please call (312) 655-7725.