Peace and Justice/Respect Life/CRS
Peace and Justice promotes awareness of and involvement in issues related to Catholic Social Teaching. CRS Rice Bowl, one of the ministry efforts, has the goal of entering into solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas through prayer, fasting, learning and giving. The generosity of our parish helps to support CRS in their global initiatives.
St. Benedict Parish Community participates in The Baby Bottle Project benefiting The Women’s Centers of Greater Chicagoland. This non-profit organization directly assists mothers and families experiencing crisis pregnancies by offering emotional, financial, material, and spiritual support through counseling, clothing & monetary provisions, prayer, and other aid. Each year the three locations together have over 5,000 appointments with expecting mothers. By God’s Grace, The Women’s Centers have saved over 34,000 babies—and their mothers—from abortion since opening in 1984.
Baby bottles are distributed at the beginning of May and parishioners are asked to fill them with spare change, and return them the last weekend of May. This is a simple, but crucial fundraising effort for The Women’s Centers.