Prayer & Spiritual Reflection Groups


Ministries & Community Life: Prayer & Spiritual Reflection Groups

For more information, please call the Rectory at 773.764.3621 or email We will contact a representative from the group and ask that they get back to you. 

Friday Men’s Faith Group

Men gather for prayer, scripture reading, faith sharing, and light snacks. All men are welcome to participate.

Meetings: Every Friday, 6:30 am - 8:00 am in the Ministry Center Parlor 

Contact: Allen Stryczek

Growing in Faith

The Growing in Faith Committee is responsible for the portion of the parish bulletin devoted to parishioner-written reflection, with articles written by the committee or by others in the parish as requested.

Contact: Claire Conley

GLOS - Gay and Lesbian Outreach and Support

This outreach ministry organizes occasional social activities is for gay and lesbian parishioners throughout the year.

Contact: Rob Sierzega

Helping Hands Ministry

Each Monday, a team of volunteers from St. Gertrude prepares sandwiches for the Cornerstone Men’s Shelter at Epworth United Methodist Church.  There are six teams that make sandwiches on different Mondays and the first Thursdays of each month.

The groups are coordinated by the Heart to Heart team’s Brenda Arreola and meet in the Ministry Center’s kitchen and dining room at 6214 N. Glenwood Avenue. For more information or to join a sandwich-making team, contact Jane Callahan-Moore at 773.973.5464 or Please note the new email address.

Legion of Mary- Mary, Mother of Our Savior Praesidium

The goal of this group is the personal sanctification of its members, the spread of devotion to Mary by encouraging the recitation of the Rosary, and performance of apostolic works. Our Praesidium visits residents at nursing homes in the parish and does other corporal works of mercy. The Legion distributes rosaries, religious articles, and reading materials to nursing homes and assists in the Masses at the homes. Members should be 18 years or older and Catholic.

Contact: Martine Monney


Ministers of Care (Visits to the Sick)

These specially trained parishioners bring Communion, as well as the thoughts and prayers of our parish, to those who are unable to attend Mass on a regular basis, in particular, those who are sick or homebound. Those who receive Communion are reminded that they do indeed belong to the Body of Christ. 

Training: Sessions are scheduled as needed.

Contact: Kevin Chears at the Rectory or Jane Callahan-Moore at Heart to Heart.

Ministers of Praise (for the home-bound)

This ministry invites those who are unable to otherwise participate in the life of our community to contribute their gift of prayer for the intentions of the parish. Ministers of Praise offer their prayers in their own homes, using written guide sheets prepared by the coordinator on a monthly basis.

Contact: Jane Callahan-Moore at Heart to Heart. 

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.

Contact: Jim Manzardo

Spiritual Adoption Committee

This group asks parishioners expecting children to sign up and pairs them with parishioners who pray for them.

Contact: Allen and Suzanne Stryczek

Support Groups (AA)

Al-Anon: Sundays at 7:00 pm in the Ministry Center.

Gertie’s Group: Open AA: Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in the Ministry Center.

Twenty Four: Open AA Thursday at 7:30 pm in the School Cafeteria.

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

Women’s Scripture Study

This is a scripture study designed for women to grow spiritually in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ, and to realize that one of the ways God speaks to us is through His Word.

Meetings: Weekly on Thursdays 7:15 pm-9:00 pm, rotating locations among homes of group members

Contact: Suzanne Stryczek