Butterfly - Support for Loss of a Child

Butterfly is a support group for bereaved parents. The group has been in existence since 1988 and over the years has reached out to hundreds of families from the parish and surrounding area. Each year, a special Memorial Mass is held on a Saturday afternoon and St. John Brebeuf Parish.  For more information, please contact the Parish Office at (847) 966-8145.

Midwest CareCenter – Grief Support

It often helps to share your grief.  Midwest CareCenter sponsors grief support groups for adults, teens and younger children. Because our grief support program is supported by contributions, donations are accepted, but there are no fees for participation in any grief support group.   Located in Glenview, Illinois, Midwest CareCenter can be reached at (847) 467-7423.

Elizabeth Ministry

Elizabeth Ministry is part of an international movement offering encouragement, hope and healing on issues related to childbearing, long-term illness and relationships.  Elizabeth Ministers are volunteer representatives of this faith community. They are not counselors, but are present to offer peer support, mentoring and friendship only. This group seeks to provide insight and support through sharing lived experiences, prayer and delivery of meals to the home.  Please contact the Rectory at (847) 966 8145.


Hopeline is a respect-life ministry with a telephone hotline service offering support to woman and girls faced with unplanned or problem pregnancies.  Single mothers of infants and small children are also assisted.  Support is offered in the form of referrals, materials items, or just a listening ear. 

Please call (847) 823-HOPE.

Alcoholics Anonymous

St. John Brebeuf Parish has an on-going Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group, which meets on a regular basis.  For more information, please contact the parish office at (847) 966-8145.


Bread Basket’s vision is to hear the call and to reach out to the needy, the poor and the marginalized.  Past projects of Bread Basket include serving home-cooked meals to homeless men and women at inner city shelters, or volunteering time at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Bread Basket is comprised of volunteers who are willing to share a small amount of time, talents and financial support to provide food for those truly in need.  For more information, please contact the Parish Office at (847) 966-8145. 

St. Vincent de Paul Society--St. John Brebeuf Conference                        

History of SVdP-- The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization of lay persons, founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam and his companions.  Placed under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul, the Society derives its inspiration from his thinking and work.  It seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity and by person-to-person involvement of its members, to help those who are in need.   

Officers-- Our current officers are:  Chester Gilbert-President, Joan Czerlanis-Vice President, Leonard Palicki-Treasurer, Katie Bougher-Secretary

Other active members:  Kristine Wiechec-Polish speaking, Bob Czerlanis, Clara Weiss, Leo Weiss and Deacon Andy Beierwaltes-Chaplain. There are also several associate members who volunteer with various activities.

Who We Help-- As Vincentians we respond to those in our parish, Niles and surrounding communities who are struggling to pay their bills, those in crisis situations, and those in need of food and shelter.

How We Help-- We visit with the families, can assist paying utilities, help with rent assistance, give referrals to food pantries and provide gift cards for basic needs and seasonal programs.  We offer information for Social Services available through Niles Family Services, local Townships, Catholic Charities and energy assistance programs.

What We Do-- We sponsor the Annual Christmas Gift Program to distribute over 700 gifts to our local families and to various Catholic Parishes and organizations.  Each month we provide 250 bag lunches for the Fraternite Notre Dame Sisters' soup kitchen. When we have enough help we provide a hot meal for the Sisters' soup kitchen serving about 200 meals. We also send out Easter and Christmas cards, and deliver plants to those who have lost a spouse during the past year.  For more information on these programs contact Clara Weiss. We have 2 clothing drives each year (May and October).

Who We Work With-- In serving others, we work with Uncle Pete's Ministries, SJB Youth Ministries, Jr. SVdP School families, and National SVdP headquarters to assist with disaster relief.  We also support Our Lady of Ransom SVdP with contributions for their food pantry.

How To Contact Us-- Call the Ministry Center 847-966-8145 and ask for SVdP member to call you back.  Leave your name and phone number. Or you can email the parish office.  A member will return your call.  All information will be confidential. 

St. Vincent de Paul prayer:  Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance.

Junior St. Vincent de Paul

This group consists of students and young people who are vested in serving the needs of the poor, and following in the footsteps of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. They hold canned food drives, sponsor the annual “baby shower” collection, and help manage the collection of sack lunches, to name just a few of their worthwhile events. Please phone Sr. Carol Ann Hauber for information at  (847) 966-3266.

Uncle Pete's Ministry

Formed to carry on the good works of the late and beloved "Uncle Pete" Zonsius, this group serves the needs of the poor through gathering and distributing resources to ease their burden. Please contact Carolyn Murphy for information at (847) 682-2680. 

Sharing Parish – St. Anthony of Padua

The Parish Communities of St. John Brebeuf and St. Anthony of Padua, Cicero came together under the Archdiocesan Sharing Parish Program to build bridges between communities separated by race, ethnicity, culture, and economic disparity. Through our Catholic Faith we strive to overcome the divisions that otherwise occur in our society. The results have transformed many people’s lives as well as their parish communities. Many opportunities to mutually share our rich parish cultures have taken place, including attending St. Anthony’s Good Friday’s “Living Stations of the Cross”, held on the streets of Cicero surrounding St. Anthony’s Church. For more information, please contact Deacon Andy Beierwaltes (847) 966-6961.

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