Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate

Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate

Parish Highlights: St. Benedict Parish Online Weekly Newsletter

Human Concerns/Outreach


Support the Women’s Center… Baby Bottles Are Due Next Weekend! 

During the month of May we honor our heavenly mother and our earthly mothers. At the Women’s Center they rejoice that since last Mother’s Day, with the assistance of their counseling, spiritual, and material help, over 1,000 babies and their mothers were saved from abortion. Please remember to bring the baby bottle that you have been filling with your spare change to church next weekend.  
Thank you for your generosity to support the center!

There are also other ways to support the center. They are in need of  7 infant car seat/carriers, 5 older child car seats (all less than 7 years old), 6 toddler beds, 4 strollers, 2 double strollers, 4 walkers, 6 fixed side cribs, 4 high chairs, 4 rocking chairs, 5 umbrella strollers, 5 dressers and 4 swings. It will be a great help if you can deliver these to the locations needing them. If you can donate these items, or if a pick-up by a volunteer is needed, please call 773-794-1313. They also need maternity clothes and diapers in sizes 5 and 6. These cannot be picked up unless accompanied by baby furniture. The families who receive these things are grateful for your generosity.

Are you doing everything you can to be “Heart Healthy?”

The St. Benedict Health Committee invites you to join
Dr. Andy Rauh in Beaven Hall on Wednesday, May 31st at 7 pm to hear how you can make sure you are taking all the steps you can to keep your heart healthy.  Dr. Rauh will also review the screening that you can do to prevent heart disease.  Please join us! All are welcome! 

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!


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.