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Human Concerns Commission

Human Concerns Commission will witness, support, and promote efforts in all areas of Ministry of Care and Social Outreach to further Christ’s mission to serve one another.

Annual "Meals on Wheels" program

May is St. Edna's month to sponsor the Meals on Wheels Program, delivering food to some of our senior neighbors.
If you can volunteer 2 hours of your time during a weekday, please contact Sharon Welch at 847-394-3323 

Prison Ministry Pen Pal Program

Jana Minor has spent over 40 years working in prison ministry and established several programs, including pen pal ministries. She came to St Edna’s on May 1 to talk about how a pen pal program works. 


Networking Ministry

In years past, the Share Job Network ministry met bi-weekly at St. Edna and provided different speakers and Human Resource Professionals who would present new and fresh ideas to aid and assist the unemployed and under employed in their individual job searches.  While St. Edna no longer hosts these events, the minstry is still supported by Churches in the area.  

Any questions regarding the St. Hubert Job Ministry Events, contact Bob Podgorski at

Ministry of Care Training

If you are interested in Ministry of Care or would like more information about the training, please contact Deacon Joe Yannotta, or the Parish Office.  

Support Group for Caregivers Caring for those with Memory Loss

This Support Group is offered at the Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights.  It is offered by Waverly Inn, a Memory Care Community.  It is on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.  Questions, please call (224) 415-2601.

Northshore University Health System

Support Groups

Soul Mates is an ongoing support group for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or life partner.  This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Legacy is an ongoing support group for adults who have experienced the death of a parent.  This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Support groups and workshops are free and open to the public.  Unless otherwise noted, support groups and workshops are held at the Northshore Hospice Office, 4901 Searle Parkway, Suite 160, Skokie, IL.  For information or to pre-register, please call Thom Dennis, Bereavement Service Coordinator at (847) 982-4364 or email at

Options for Prayers at St. Edna

Prayer Basket

The Prayer Basket is in church and is offered as a part of the offertory at Mass.  Intentions are placed in the basket and they are strictly between the person that places them in there and the Lord who receives them.  The prayers are then offered collectively during the Prayer of the Faithful at Mass.

Prayers at Mass

When people are critically ill, a request form can be filled out in the Parish Office by a family member for prayers to be offered during the Prayer of the Faithful.

St. Edna Angel Network

If you would like to be added to the Angel Network, please contact the Parish Office at 847-398-3362.  Ministers who are on the Angel Network receive an email and then they offer prayers for people who are in urgent need of our prayers.

“Pray for Our Sick”

As members of St. Edna’s parish faith community, it is our responsibility to remember both in concrete and spiritual ways those who cannot celebrate mass with us each week because they are ill.  Those who are sick, in turn, remember all of us daily in their prayers and in their sufferings.  We experience many blessings because of their remembering us.  And so, please remember in your prayers the people listed on the “Pray for Our Sick”. 

About Human Concerns


Witness, support and promote efforts in all areas of Ministry of Care and Social Outreach to further Christ's mission to serve one another.

Role of a Member

The role of a member of the Human Concerns Commission is to embrace, articulate and support the vision of the Commission; and to have a thorough understanding of the synergies of the Ministries which make up the Human Concerns Commission.


By consistent and thorough communication with the Parish Pastoral Council and Human Concerns Ministries, we will:

  • Witness efforts in all areas of care ministry and social outreach.
  • Motivate Parishioners to become active through service.
  • Inspire the Community to become involved in Christ's mission to "feed the hungry".

Commission Members

Diane Yannotta, Email

Phil Blomeke


Paquita Bares
Susan Mills
Maureen Durack
Tarry Hoskins
Mark Rymsza
Deacon Joe Yannotta