Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate

Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate

Parish Highlights: St. Benedict Parish Online Weekly Newsletter

Human Concerns/Outreach


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Hungering for Celebration!
We prayed, fasted and gave alms—and now we celebrate! Our Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl ends in our own hearts, where Jesus reigns forever. Let us rejoice in our risen Lord—and in the lives we’ve changed this Lent in India, Zambia, El Salvador, Mexico, Ethiopia, Honolulu and all over the world!  Please remember to bring your CRS Rice Bowl. Thank you! 

A Word of Gratitude

Profound thanks to all the wonderful cooks, servers, dishwashers, kitchen helpers, and generous donors who helped make our Easter Dinner a huge success. We had seating for 300 and easily filled up with guests who came hungry and left happy. God bless you all for your abundant generosity!

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 about our ministries, please contact Elaine Lindia at (773) 509-3806 or at elindia@stbenedict.com. Thank you!


Ocho de Mayo with Common Pantry!

The celebration doesn’t need to end on May 5- support the Common Pantry at their event on Monday, May 8th at the fabulous Lagunitas taproom. Great food and $5 beers. Bring your friends! For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit their web site at http://commonpantry.org/

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Parish Stewardship Day - May 20, 2017
Bringing Mercy to Life!

Registration Instructions:

1. Please review the following information to determine which project you would like to join.

2.  Family members may sign up for different projects based on personal interest; however, a parent/adult must accompany all children under 18.

3. Please note that if you choose an off-campus service site you are responsible for your own transportation to/from the site. All other projects will take place on campus at St. Benedict.

4.  Many of the projects have a limit to the number of volunteers who are able to participate so please use the sign up Genius link below to insure your spot.


*** Registration is due by Sunday, May 7, 2017 

Schedule for the day:

8:30am     Gather for Mass at St. Benedict

9:15am     Registration and light breakfast (provided by St. Ben’s) in Beaven Hall

9:30am     Leave for service sites/set up projects at St. Benedict

10:00am Begin work

11: 45 am Complete work

12:00 pm Lunch (provided by St. Ben’s) and closing prayer at Beaven Hall

If you have any questions, please contact

Elaine Lindia at: 773-509-3806 or elindia@stbenedict.com

Stewardship Day Projects:    

1.)    Monarch Thrift Shop

Monarch Thrift Shop is located on the Northwest side of Chicago and its mission is providing Chicagoans with quality merchandise in a boutique environment where all proceeds benefit programs for vulnerable populations. Support Monarch Thrift Shop by assisting with customer service and organizing clothing racks and displays in the store. Help with cleaning and dusting storage rooms, sorting clothing donations, and other organization projects.

Age Restrictions: Elementary age and up

***Participants will be responsible for transportation to/from the site. Driving directions will be provided during morning registration.

2) St. Joseph’s Village

St. Joseph Village, located on 4021 W. Belmont, offers short-term rehabilitation as well as long term residential care for seniors in a supportive, caring environment. Spend time socializing with the residents.

Age Restrictions: None

***Participants will be responsible for transportation to/from the site. Driving directions will be provided during morning registration.

3) Prayer

Participants will engage in a variety of prayer experiences in support of the activities of Stewardship Day, our parish community, and the world. Such activities will include recitation of the Rosary, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Benediction.    

Age restrictions: None

4) Assembling Sandwiches

At St. Ben’s we provide a “brown bag” lunch (sandwich, chips, and drink) five days a week to approximately 25 individuals. Many of these individuals are underemployed and/or homeless. We will support this ongoing ministry by assembling sandwiches and writing notes of care to place in the lunch bags. We will also assemble and package sandwiches to support the weekly dinner provided by Catholic Charities downtown.

Age restrictions: None

5) Landscaping/Clean Up

Our patron, St. Benedict, said “let all guests who arrive be received like Christ.” By maintaining the beautiful grounds of our campus, we are good stewards of our resources and help make St. Ben’s a welcoming place for all. We will help to beautify our campus by installing plastic lawn edging and distributing mulch along the Leavitt side of the school and Church. We will also help with washing windows around campus. Instructions and tools will be provided. Please bring your own gardening gloves. An alternative project will be available in the case of inclement weather.

Age restrictions: Elementary age and up

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, www.catholiccharities.net/maryscloset or email maryscloset@catholiccharities.net.

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 elindia@stbenedict.com. 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 sabrina@aquinasliteracycenter.org 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 www.catholiccharities.net/adoptionservices 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.