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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.


May God bless you for helping us to provide cookies to the inmates of Statesville prison in Joliet at the upcoming Kairos Ministry Weekend.


Kairos Cookie Recipes and Instructions

Our goal is to donate 300 DOZEN cookies and your help is greatly appreciated in helping us meet or beat this goal.  

Cookie Return: 

  • WHERE:
    • St. Edna kitchen - East of the worship space
  • ​WHEN:
    • Saturday, April 6 from 8AM to 1PM
    • Sunday April 7 from 8AM to 1PM
    • Saturday April 13 from 8AM to 1PM
    • Sunday April 14 from 8AM to 1PM

Key Instructions:

The Key Ingredient is Prayer. Please pray individually or as a family while you are preparing and baking to ask God to use your cookies as a source of His love to shine on the prisoners and staff.  Pray that each cookie brings the youth, inmate, officer or warden who eats it closer to God. We want every person to become part of the family of God.

  • Cookies should be 2-2 ½ inches in diameter and not over ½” thick. 
  • Please do not use any icing/sugar/other type of coating on the outside of the cookies. 
  • Please do not put any fruit pieces (such as raisins) or nuts in the cookies.
  • Bag cookies in a gallon-sized Zip Lock bag (not slider bag), 12 cookies to a bag.
  • Label front of bags with the cookie name.
  • Please bring the cookies to St. Edna Church kitchen during the specified weekend days/times. 


Kairos is a Christian ecumenical team which visits prisons and hosts 3 day retreats. These volunteers are advocates for Christ in an effort to change inmates’ lives for the better. The cookies are placed on each table in a constantly filled bowl representing God's overflowing and abundant love.  The team brings the Word and Light of the Lord to a dark place. 

Thank you for your support of this ministry. We appreciate all your prayers for the success of this retreat.

Questions?? Please call June Hoogenboom: 847-398-1397.

St.Edna Prison Ministry Presents: "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 are collected for Bible-study participants at Correctional facilities.


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

Sue Perek