Social Justice and Human Concerns

For all of these below, to get involved or to learn more, contact the rectory at 773.764.3621 or

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Blood Drive:

Blood drives are conducted each year in conjunction with LifeSource of Chicago. Participants are helping to solve the ongoing blood shortage in this area.

  • Drives: Sundays as scheduled and announced, in the Social Hall.

Giving Tree:

The Giving Tree is an Advent Season event through which parishioners are invited to share gifts with people from our neighborhood who are in need. Volunteers deliver these gifts through our local shelters and Care For Real, the community food pantry, and other deserving organizations.

Heart-to-Heart: Part of Parish Social Services

This is a parish ministry and a community program that serves seniors 60 years of age and older living in Edgewater. Volunteers provide friendly visits, well-being phone calls, assistance with grocery shopping, and transportation to church, medical appointments and social events. This is an opportunity to put your faith into action and make a difference in the lives of older adults in need of support. Orientation and training provided.

Helping Hands Ministry: Part of Parish Social Service

Volunteers provide their time and donations of food items to make soup and sandwiches for a neighborhood homeless shelter from October through May.

Pax Christi:

Local chapter of an international Catholic peace movement seeking to bring non-violence and justice into our personal lives and into the structures of society through prayer, study, and action. All parishioners are invited to Pax Christi events, including the annual peace conference, vigils, liturgies, films, peace walk, and retreat.

Respect Life Committee:

This group plans educational and group activities focused on moral issues relating to the dignity and vulnerability of life, including our Spiritual Adoption Campaign, which began in 2013.

Refugee Ministry:

The St. Gertrude Refugee Ministry, in collaboration with Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, supports newly arrived refugee families through initial rental assistance, a welcome pack of initial settlement essentials (including furniture if needed), ongoing accompaniment, addressing (as needed), education, city orientation, and job development.

St. Vincent de Paul Society:

Practicing the deep compassion for the poor of its namesake, the St. Vincent de Paul Society helps individuals and families in need. Each act of helping is accompanied by the search for the face of Christ in the recipient, so that this ministry offers a mutual benefit for giver and receiver. Donations can be placed in the containers at the doors of the church.

Support Groups:

  • Al-Anon: Sundays at 7:00 p.m. in the Ministry Center.
  • Gambler’s Anonymous: Fridays at 7:00 p.m. in the Ministry Center.
  • Gertie’s Group: Open AA: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Ministry Center.
  • Twenty Four: Open AA Thursday at 7:30pm in the School Cafeteria.            

Focuses on the study of the 12 Steps and 12 traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.

St. Gertrude Parish
1420 West Granville Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: (773) 764-3621