Parish Highlights: St. Benedict Parish Online Weekly Newsletter

Help out at our Easter Dinner

Please join St Benedict's in supporting our annual Easter Dinner.  The buffet-style meal will be held on Easter morning (April 1st) in Beaven and Ackerman hall from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. All are welcome! We are also seeking volunteers to help set up, serve, host our guests, and clean-up. Shifts will begin at 7:30 am and the last will conclude around 3 pm. We are also in need of donations of cooked food, including: ham, potatoes, vegetables, desserts, and beverages.  Please use the sign up link below or contact Elaine Lindia at (773) 509-3806. Thank you!


Cesia Lea Gomez is from the rural town of Somoto, Nicaragua, close to the Honduran border. Although it is a beautiful farming community, there are few job opportunities for young people, especially women. Many leave their communities to find work, but Cesia wanted to stay home with her parents and youngest sibling. With her mother’s encouragement, Cesia decided to pursue her dream of starting a business.
The CRS Youth Build program helped her achieve that dream. YouthBuild’s core values—family, service, opportunity and leadership—guide what participants learn, and the kinds of relationships they build with one another. The program helps them build the confidence to pursue their goals.
Once very shy, Cesia is now a leader in her community. With what she learned in YouthBuild, she has built a thriving business making and selling cattle feed. She dreams of expanding her business throughout Nicaragua, and leads workshops in her community to help other young people.

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Volunteer opportunity for baby boomers: A chance to make a difference for Chicago Seniors

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly is looking for baby boomer volunteers to help alleviate isolation and loneliness among Chicago seniors.  Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly is a national network of nonprofit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and the celebration of life. We offer a special opportunity to baby boomers who want to join our volunteer team--a flexible schedule of two days a week. You will be matched with 10 elders to visit twice a month, visiting elders where they live or taking them out for small outings.  You will also be part of team meetings and participate in trainings about elder issues. You will need access to a car. We provide a volunteer stipend, pay for outings and provide mileage reimbursement. If you are interested please contact Christine Bertrand at 312-455-1000 or email

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Supplies needed for our lunch program

Please consider making sandwiches, donating chips and beverages to our lunch program. Questions? Please contact Elaine Lindia at: (773) 509-3806.
Thank you for serving our neighbors in need!


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

Dementia Support Group

Please join St. Joseph Village at 4021 W. Belmont for a support group for family members who are dealing with a loved one with dementia.  The program dates is:  Thursday February 8th, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.  Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by calling (773) 328-5525 or e-mail 

             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.

For more information, please contact Elaine Lindia at (773) 509-3806 or at Thank you!

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 Wishlist

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.