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Prison Ministry

The Prison Ministry initiates and supports projects addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of inmates at Illinois correctional facilities.

Help Needed

The inmates in Illinois prisons often lack the basic toiletries that we all take for granted.  Logan Correctional Center and Women’s Residential Services in Lake County are in need of toiletries for their women.  St. Edna Prison Ministry would like you to join us in providing the basic needs to these women.  The toiletry needs include:

Toothpaste (travel size to 8 oz)
Shampoo (16 oz or less)
Deodorant                                                              
Conditioner (16 oz or less)
Bar Soap (travel size to bath size)                        
Lotion (16 oz or less)

These hygienic necessities can make a world of difference in the lives of those behind bars.  If you wish to donate any of the items listed above, collection baskets in the Narthex will be available the weekends of: July 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28

All donated items must be less than sixteen (16) fluid ounces in volume. The toiletries may also be travel-sized or hotel-sized.  All collected items will be given to the Ladies of Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, Illinois and to Women’s Residential Services (WRS) in Lake County, Illinois. Thank you in advance for your compassion and generosity.

Thank You

In a recent Sunday Gospel reading, we heard the story of the "Good Samaritan".  The homily posed the question, "Who is my neighbor?"  The community of St. Edna has determined one of our neighbors to be inmates in Illinois prisons.

Thank you for your donations of Bibles for the prisoners.  We have sent Bibles to Menard, Pontiac, and Robinson Correctional Centers. All the Chaplains have expressed their appreciation. Also, thank you for your contribution to our Alms collection.  We use the funds to purchase items requested by the Chaplains. 

The Word of God cannot be confined by prison walls.  With much gratitude, St. Edna Prison Ministry

Pen Pals

“And they said, Lord when did we see you...in prison and did not help you? He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me’.” (Mt. 25:40-45)

Many of us will find it challenging to visit inmates in prison, but there is another way we can visit prisoners - by mail.  So many of you have generously helped in sending Christmas cards to the prisoners. Here is a chance to take it a step farther by becoming a pen pal with a prisoner. If you missed our speaker, Jana Minor, but are still interested in becoming involved with the prisoner pen pal program, please contact June Hoogenboom at 847-398-1397 for more information.  

Help Wanted

Have you ever considered getting more involved with St. Edna Prison Ministry?  We would love to have you.  We are currently looking for new members, especially for anyone who may be interested in helping in the following roles: 
* Secretary for our monthly meetings and writing articles for the bulletin,
* Lead for the annual christmas card drive (many workers/volunteers, but need someone to take over the organization and scheduling)
* Lead for the (semi-)annual bible drive
* Lead for the (semi-)annual toiletries drive
* New members - assistance on christmas card, bible, toiletries drives, contact prison chaplains

We do not believe that any of these are big or overwhelming projects overwhelming, but many hands make light work and would love to get some new voices, ideas and energy in our ministry. 

Please contact June Hoogenboom at 847-398-1397 if you would like more information. 

Information About the Criminal Justice System

Going through the process of having a loved one facing imprisonment or already caught up in the criminal justice system, is a frightening and frustrating experience.  Where do you turn?

The St. Edna Prison Ministry offers a free opportunity to parishioners to learn about how the criminal justice system works and provides referrals to local agencies which specialize in substance abuse, anger management/domestic violence, gambling problems, etc.  Perhaps you may be looking for someone to prayerfully meet with and discuss such issues.

Meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis and are located at St. Edna.  Your anonymity is respected and all meetings are confidential.

Please call St. Edna at 847-398-3362 x315 to request to be contacted by an expert in the field of criminal justice.

How our Program Works

Ministry members gather to plan for and implement the upcoming projects for the inmates at Illinois correctional facilities.  Duties and activities for the projects are assigned during the meetings.

Bibles

Bibles are collected for Bible-study participants at Correctional facilities.

Mentorship

We have a relationship with a local parole officer who is willing to partner with families or recently released persons for questions, counseling and mentorship.  Please contact Sue Perek at 847-577-4666 for more inforamtion. 

Toiletries

Toiletries are collected for the women at Logan Correctional facility for the "Christmas in July" program.  Over 1000 bags of toiletries will be given the inmates in the Health and Intake areas of the facility.

Kairos Cookies 

There is an unspoken rule among the residents of prisons, "Don't trust, don't talk, don't feel."  The Torch / Kairos weekend is targeted specifically to be presented to the unchurched, to the isolated, the unloving, and the unloved.

Parishioners are asked to bake cookies to be used at retreats in various Illinois correctional facilities.  Recipes for the cookies are made available to all baking them. Cookies are then brought to the church for pickup.  Volunteers deliver them to the correctional facility retreat.    Kairos Cookie Recipes and Instructions

Kairos Hands of Love

Share your love with the boys at the St. Charles Illinois Youth Center by making a 'Hand of Love.'  Kairos Hands of Love, Posters and Placemats

Kairos Posters

The intent of the posters is to greet these men that come to the Torch or Kairos program, with love.  (See the details in the link above.)

Kairos Placemats

At every meal, we have placemats at each dining seat.  These placemats are a gift of love and encouragement that we use to reinforce the message that God loves them.  These can be done on simple letter or legal size pieces of paper.  This is a great project for children.  Make placements decorated with drawings and messages of God's love.  (See the details in the link above.)

Kairos Letters 

When our Prison Ministry is participates in the Kairos retreat, parishioners are asked to consider handwriting one or more letters to the men who will attend.  The attached provides more information and guidelines.  Kairos Letter Guidelines

Christmas Cards

Cards are collected and signed by St. Edna parishioners.  Cards are then distributed to inmates of a correctional facility in Illinois.  

Join Us

Our committee meets at St. Edna on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00PM, September through May.  All are welcome.

June Hoogenboom
847-398-1397

Sue Perek
847-577-4666