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

The St. Vincent de Paul Society was founded in 1833. Its founder, Frederic Ozanam began this ministry by serving the poor. With the encouragement of our founding pastor, Monsignor Flanagan the St. John Brebeuf Parish Conference was chartered February 2, 1969. With the support and generosity of the people of St. John Brebeuf Parish community and the fifth Sunday collection, the Society has quietly served the day-to-day needs of many people, especially the elderly, widowed and those who have special needs. To learn more on how you can help our Parish Conference, please call our conference President, Leo Weiss at (847) 698-1939.

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)647-8040. 


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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