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AOW Guilds


Within the AOW there are 14 guilds. Below is a paragraph describing their activities and good works. If you have any interest in joining one of the guilds, please use the contact information provided, or contact Nina Greiber, AOW Membership Chair.


Faith, Hope, and Charity Guild

Holly Barrett & Joan Hoffman

We are an energetic, fun and blessed group of women (40-60 years wise on average) that love the Lord and our faith. We strive to bring hope to the less fortunate and challenged in our community and beyond. We raise funds for the charities we support each year through our Labors of Love event and fun gatherings such as Bunko night and our Holiday party. We serve  the families of our community and beyond through donations of time, talent and treasure made to such organizations as Feed My Starving Children, Uncle Pete's Ministry, Our Lady of Lourdes Soup Kitchen, Adopt a Family, our parish Food Pantry and Social Services. Each year brings a new opportunity to give back and to make contributions collectively decided upon by our guild members in service to the Lord.


Guardian Angels

Mary Kay Brinati & Kelly Gust

Guardian Angel Guild is comprised of 26 members, many who have been with guild since it started approximately 15 years ago. The majority of our women are in their late 40's, early 50's, who have kids in high school, college, and beyond. We have a few with younger children but they are the minority. Our main focus is the Well of Mercy, an organization that helps young pregnant women get back on their feet. We also participate in PADS, priest dinners, Uncle Pete's ministry, and other parish wide events. We have around 6-7 meetings a year from fall through early summer. We have a salad supper in the early fall, a book club meeting, a rosary meeting, and an end of the year party or dinner. We also do some fundraising and have done Labors of Love in the past as well as chairing the Blarney Bash for many years. We are a guild in transition with some members not sure how involved they want to be. Most of us are in that limbo stage with kids getting older or leaving the nest and we are trying to find ourselves right now. Most are committed to the group but the level of commitment does vary.


Holy Family Guild

Mary Kay Bochenek & Jane Jacobsen

Currently our membership reflects 17 members, ranging from their 50's to early 70's; some have been members since the guild was formed in 1984 and some are new to the guild within the last few years.

Using funds from our fall Taffy Apple Sale, our guild has supported Blair House (severely handicapped children and families) at the holidays, Avenues to Independence and other ministries of the Apostolate and community.  We enjoy each other's company at our eight meetings of the year, offering a variety of social, spiritual and educational topics.  Our largest service project is the Palm Sunday Blood Drive, which has been very beneficial for the surrounding communities. We welcome new members and encourage you to contact Mary Kay or Jane with any questions.



Jackie Heckman & Judy Kaplan

“All of us are but God’s instruments who do our little bit and pass by.” 

Mother Teresa Guild was one of two new guilds formed under the direction of Fr. Joseph Kinane on October 9, 1984, the other being Holy Family Guild.  They were both dedicated at a Mass on November 26, 1984. The women who formed Mother Teresa Guild chose the name because of Mother Teresa’s love for all of mankind and her works of charity with the poor and forgotten.  We presently have 15 members, many of whom were among the 19 charter members. Our focus in the early years was to provide food and supplies to the soup kitchen at St. Malachy’s Parish in Chicago which was staffed by the Missionaries of Charity, the religious congregation founded by Mother Teresa.  We also began our Labors of Love auction as a fund raiser, with homemade and other items to be auctioned.  Other outreach projects involved bingo days at Resurrection Nursing Pavilion and the Christmas Shoebox Project, providing toiletries packed in shoeboxes for the homeless.  The latter was begun in 1987 and continued until 1997 when we passed on the project to another guild.  Shortly after, we assumed responsibility for the Food Pantry here at St. Paul of the Cross and continue to provide our assistance throughout the year, date checking donations, shelving, distributing, and purchasing meat for each family.  We have been assisted in this outreach by St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church of Park Ridge and, most recently, by St. Anne’s Guild.  One of our newest projects is to pack lunches for Uncle Pete’s Ministry to distribute to the homeless and others less fortunate.


Mystical Rose

Mary Lusignan & Barb Skadow

Mystical Rose Guild (MR) - 20 members, Average Age: 65+, Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.  Charities:  INFANT, Inc, Social Services, many various local charities. Events:  Bake Sale at the St. Nick's Party.  Contact:  Mary Lusignan (847)825-6785 or Barb Skadow (847)823-1885



Diana Garvey & Rosemary Kowols

The Queen of Peace Guild celebrated its 60th Anniversary at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, September 9, 2017.

Our Guild is made up of 33 active seniors who have been in the Parish for many years and enjoy each other's friendship.  One of the things our Guild does together is to honor First Friday's - each month we meet at the 8:30 a.m. Mass and then go to Panera's for coffee.   We take this opportunity to pray for members of our Guild and their family members who have passed away as well as to pray for those who are dealing with special medical problems.

The Guild also recites the Stations of the Cross at our Lenten Meeting.   We pray the Rosary together at our May Meeting.

During the rest of the year we invite a guest representing a service organization to enlighten us on service opportunities.

For many years we have contributed for and helped put together Thanksgiving Baskets for Social Service Ministry - this is a project that we take great pride in.

Our Christmas Project usually involves making and stuffing Stockings with special items for a group in need.

We are a very happy group of "young seniors" who enjoy working and praying together and we are most grateful to be a part of this great parish!


St. Anne Guild

Karen Dort & Deb Dezelan 

St. Anne has over 20 active members; most are moms with school age children.  Our goal is to mix service to the community with social events to build friendships and strengthen our faith. Our principal mission is to serve the St. Paul of the Cross Food Pantry – members volunteer to shelve donations and work with Social Services at community distributions. 

We also run the Santa Station at the AOW St. Nick’s Party, help at Sunday Supper, share New Year’s Mass and brunch, read and discuss a spiritual book for Lent and make fleece blankets for foster children – last year we created over 40 blankets for children in foster care. 

Our Guild meets monthly during the school year.


St. Catherine of Siena Guild

Mary Ann Mallahan

Open to new members

St. Catherine of Siena Guild has 18 members and is composed of women of all ages. The guild meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month  -- September through May.   We are drawn together by our strong commitment to the St. Paul of the Cross community.

Since 2005, our guild has sponsored the Shoebox Project, which supplies assorted items to the homeless in the Chicagoland area.  Over the years we have donated more than 10,000 shoeboxes to many not for profit organizations.  This happens every December with much help from our parishioners. 

Through our fundraiser efforts, our guild has contributed the new altar, pulpit, and decorations to the Holy Family Chapel.  We also are responsible for decorating the HFC during the blessed seasons of the Church calendar.

Many other projects that our Guild commits to are the following:  decorating Christmas trees for our aged community; PADS dinners at St. Mary’s in Des Plaines; Project Linus and our newest volunteer project “Marlene’s Angel Babies”.


St. Mary Guild

Margaret Cohen

Mission Statement: St. Mary’s Guild of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church was named for the Blessed Mother, who is our model of service to the Church and ministry to the institution of the family. We embrace our vocations as Christian women and mothers, and we endeavor through works of charity to assist other mothers and their families who are in need. We strive to support our parish community, reach out to each other in friendship, enrich the faith life of our families, and increase our devotion to Mary and her Son.


St. Monica Guild

Peggy Crowley

The St. Monica Guild formed in the late 90’s.  We are currently made up of women aged 40 through early 60’s.  We have single, married and re-married members.  Most of the women, but not all, have children – ranging from age 8 to 30.  We meet once a month from September to May, typically on the third Tuesday of the month.  Our meetings are usually held within St. Paul of the Cross facilities.  Activities can include feeding the poor, clothing the needy, listening to a speaker, learning to cook while donating food to the food panty as well as taking responsibility for a weekly hour at the Adoration Chapel.  The last several years have included a retreat and we make time to celebrate Christmas with one another.  We are a no-guilt guild and welcome new members.


St. Therese of the Little Flower

Ellen Paloian 

St. Therese the Little Flower is comprised of approximately 40 members ages 45-70. Many of us have been together since the inception of our guild when our children started kindergarten, 23 years ago. We have four meetings per year. Our major fundraiser is our Christmas Labors of Love. Much of the proceeds of this event go towards the St. Paul of the Cross Social Service Ministry Christmas dinners for 160 families in need. We also do all of the shopping, donating, set-up, and day-of supervising for this event which has grown substantially over the years.  Other Guild projects include sponsoring a dinner for PADS and Sunday Suppers. We also help support the soup kitchen at St. Stanislaus Kostka which is overseen by Sister Florine.


St. Thomas Aquinas Guild

Alice Zimmermann

St Thomas Aquinas Guild was formed over fifty years ago. Membership at this time is 38, and meetings are held four times a year. Our group is made up of married, single and widowed women, many of whom met as young moms.  Friendships formed and have lasted for many years. Others have joined following retirement, as they found that they now had more time to participate in parish activities.

During the years when each guild was expected to sponsor a major parish function, the Guild hosted the first parish spaghetti dinner, Beer and Banjo Parties, wine tastings and children's events. Our most ambitious undertaking was sponsoring the parish choir and guests such as John Gary and Franz Benteler in concert at Marillac High School.

The Guild developed a tutoring program at Maryville Academy which was ongoing until Maryville's mission was revamped. After Maryville the group became involved with St. Paul's Inclusion Program and still enjoys a close relationship with Avenues to Independence.

Current activities include sponsorship of  the Apostolate's Honor Guard Program for deceased members, participation in Social Service's Adopt - a - Family Christmas Program, the Food Pantry and attendance as a group at parish functions such as this year's  Fish Fry. 


St. Valentine’s Guild

MaryLou Bradna & Virginia Horan

St. Valentine’s guild mission is to support the work of our parish nurse and sponsors activities toward enhancing the health, healing and wholeness of the St. Paul of the Cross community and support the AOW initiatives and Social Services ministries.

Our guild was started in 2005. We average 9 members. Our members are primarily working in varied fields or are retired.  The primary AOW sponsored events that we support and sponsor are:  Architectural Church Tour, priest’s dinner, St. Nick’s program, food pantry, Thanksgiving food drive and Christmas Adopt-A-Family.  We, also, organize and sponsor presentations on health care with our parish nurse.

Our founding past-president, Ann Solari-Twadell, began the architectural church tours which is our guild’s primary fundraising event.  The architectural church tour is an annual Fall and Spring of 4 to 5 local parishes in the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs and is narrated by a guided architect.  The church tour highlights the love of Christ in each parish through the parish’s unique, beautiful structures, treasures  and history. 

Our guild meets on the 2nd Wednesday evening of the month  (from September to May) at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Life Center.  All women of the parish are welcome.


Spirit of St. Ignatius Guild

Amy Brown

The Spirit of St. Ignatius Guild is composed of woman of all ages with common bonds of faith, friendship and service.  The guild offers time and talents to those in need and believes in doing so as they move forward on their journey toward spiritual fulfillment.  They meet as needed to plan and assist in activities within the Parish and Community. 

Spirit of St. Ignatius Guild sponsors an annual coat drive in October, a Christmas giving benefit of some type and supports The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels.  They also assist with other endeavors as needed and requested.   


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