Parish Highlights: St. Benedict Parish Online Weekly Newsletter

Health committee news: Need your Fall flu shot?
Walgreens is coming to St. Ben’s on September 10th!

Flu season typically runs from September 1st to April 30th. With rare exceptions, everyone who is six months of age or older should get a flu shot this year. Getting vaccinated can prevent you from coming down with this very serious, sometimes fatal, disease. It also keeps you from transmitting the virus to people who are vulnerable to life-threatening complications, including infection of the heart, lungs, or even the brain. The good news is that Walgreens has offered to come to St Ben’s on Sunday September 10th in Beaven Hall after all the morning Masses to make it convenient for you to get your flu shot.  Please plan on taking advantage of this opportunity! 

Chicago Catholic Scripture School – Classes Begin Thursday September 14th!

There is still time to sign up for the Chicago Catholic Scripture School! Classes will be held here at St Ben’s starting Thursday September 14th at 7PM.  The first course will provide a general introduction to the Bible and its first five books, the “Pentateuch” (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy), which give context to the origin and foundation of the People of God.  With a primary focus on the Book of Exodus, students will better understand the concepts of liberation, covenant, the people of God and the law. You can register for the course and find out more information on the site of Loyola University: You can also contact Elaine Lindia. Pastoral Associate with questions at (773) 509-3806 or via e-mail at


Refugee Support Event – Sunday October 8th

Join us on Sunday October 8th after the 9 am Mass in Beaven Hall for an educational presentation on refugee support provided by Heartland Alliance. This organization advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Come and learn how you can be part of this effort to help others!

Nicodemus Ministry

As part of the outreach offered by the ministries in our Human Concerns Commission, we are hoping to resurrect the Nicodemus Ministry which did function at St. Ben’s in the past. This group would lead prayer services at wakes and burials, organize and celebrate memorial services, facilitate grief support groups and listen with empathy to those that are grieving. Training would be provided. If you are interested in being part of this ministry, please contact Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate at (773) 509-3806 or

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.

The next meeting of the Human Concerns Commission is on Tuesday, October 3rd  at 7 pm in the Rectory. Please join us to learn more about our ministries. For more information, please contact Elaine Lindia at (773) 509-3806 or at Thank you!

Mary’s Closet in need of Professional Clothing and Designer Clothing Donations

Catholic Charities professional clothing center, Mary’s Closet is in need of career-ready clothing, accessories and shoes for men and women, especially in larger sizes. Mary’s Closet, is a program that helps Catholic Charities clients who are in need of assistance preparing for job interviews or seeking employment, by providing them with work-ready clothes and interview coaching. We are also looking for high end designer clothing donations to support the program’s annual Spring fundraiser, Encore! Designer clothes are sold at the May resale event with all proceeds benefiting the Catholic Charities Mary’s Closet program. All donated items can be dropped off at Catholic Charities, 721 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. or on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or at our other drop-off location Relevant Radio, 145 S. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information or for pick-up service please visit, or email

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!

English Literacy Volunteers Needed

Help adult immigrants learn English at Aquinas Literacy Center! Volunteer as a one-on-one tutor for just 90 minutes per week at 3540 S. Hermitage Ave. in Chicago. You do not have to speak another language; 
all tutoring is in English.

Upcoming tutor training workshops are: Friday, March 24th (6-9pm) and Saturday, March 25th (9am-4pm) or Friday, April 28th (6-9pm) and Saturday, April 29th (9am-4pm). Register in advance to begin tutoring. For more information or to register, please contact Sabrina Poulin at or (773) 927-0512. 

Aquinas Literacy Center is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

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.