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HCC Programs & Activities

Holy Name Cathedral Human Concerns Commission (HCC)
2021-2022 Programs

If you have questions or would like more information about our Programs and Activities, please contact us at

For a description of our current programs please click on the “+” sign next to each header.
For a complete calendar of events click here

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for 2022 (supporting 2021 Tax Year)

Begins Saturday, February 5, 2022

Holy Name Cathedral is pleased to announce it will continue sponsoring the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program this year. Every Saturday, beginning February 5 through April 9, volunteers will assist clients with incomes below $58,000 in preparing their 2021 tax returns. The site (Parish Center in FXW School, across the Courtyard from the Cathedral) will be open at 10:00am. Clients are assisted on a first-come, first-served basis provided they arrive by 10:30am.

For assistance, please bring a government-issued photo ID and Social Security card for all individuals listed on the tax return—including dependents and all tax documents. There is no charge for this service. 

We are also looking for volunteers to prepare tax returns with the VITA program described above. Volunteers may assist as many Saturdays as they wish, and no prior experience is needed. If you are interested or have questions, please scan QRcode below:

If you have any questions, please contact us at





HCC recognizes veterans and their families who served our country. November 11, 2020 is Veterans day and HCC honors veterans in our place of worship. We offer support and recognition for their service. If you have any questions, please contact


The Annual Clothing Drive held in the Spring or Summer benefits the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Annual Food Drive
Each Spring we sponsor a non-perishable food drive event; donations and monetary contributions support Catholic Charities emergency food pantry.

Annual School Supply Drive
Our annual appeal for school supplies and monetary donations contribute to Chicago Archdiocese Schools: The Academy of St. Benedict the African and Our Lady of Tepeyac.

Blessings in a Backpack HCCBlessings in a Backpack
Each week volunteers pack over 250 bags with kid-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable food to help ensure impoverished elementary school children at St. Malachy’s have food on the weekends through the school year.

If you want to volunteer for Blessings in a Backpack, please sign up at
If you have any questions, you may contact us at

Holy Name Career Network
Our Mission is to help talented professionals find jobs in the community. If you are an employer, job seeker or advocate, visit for more information.

2021 Workshops:

September 16:  Finances (Treasa Moran)

October 21:  Application Tracking Systems (Part I)(Lauren Milligan)

November 18:  Application Tracking Systems (Part II)(Lauren Milligan)

December 16:  LinkedIn usage for job searching/networking (Mike Munger)

2022 Workshops:

January 20:  Networking (Anita Jenke)

February 17:  Resumes (Anita Jenke)

March 17:  Federal employment (Nancy Segal)

April 21:  Age issues in job searches (Anita Jenke)

May 19:  Interviewing/Cover letters/Thank you (Tom Nosal)





On the first Thursday of each month, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., we hope to have two human resource professionals who can provide tailored advice about your resume or conduct a mock interview.  Sessions are limited to 30 minutes.  One of the HR professionals is Evan Herman, who can be reached at  We have other volunteers and will be disseminating their contact information soon.


We are also looking for more HR professionals who are willing to volunteer 2 hours of time per month in order to provide tailored advice about resumes or conduct a mock interview.  Please contact me if you are interested in volunteering in this regard.


Get Involved:

We are seeking help from parishioners, like you, in the following 3 ways:
Provide job opportunities

Share professional-level (accountants, lawyers, etc.) job listings at your company/organization with our network.

Serve as a facilitator
Provide valuable insight on available positions, your company culture, and the hiring process with candidates.

Provide Guidance
Share your knowledge about career development and networking skills at one of our monthly meetings which occur on the second Thursday of every month.

For more information, please contact Michael Ripani at

We volunteer the first Saturday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. repacking food to benefit local Chicago families experiencing food insecurity.  To volunteer, see the instructions in the Bulletin. If you have any questions, contact us at

Thursday Suppers - HCCThursday/Friday Suppers
Every Thursday and Friday the HCC partners with Catholic Charities, local restaurants, grocery stores and parishioners to serve 210 people who need a helping hand. You can help in these 3 ways:

Serve at Catholic Charities
olunteers pack 80- to-go bags and serve a hot meal to 130 guests, working from 3:30pm – 6:00pm on Thursday or Friday. To volunteer, contact us at

Volunteers are needed to bake the desserts we serve at our Thursday/Friday suppers. To volunteer, contact Fr. John Boivin at 312-787-8040

The suppers are free for the guests but the cost of providing them is approximately $1,000 each night. Donations to support this ministry can be made by dropping off a check at the Rectory. The check should be made out to Holy Name Cathedral in an envelope marked Thursday-Friday Suppers. Your generosity is appreciated by 210 guests fed each night.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. HCC sponsors a special Rosary in honor and support of breast cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and supporters. For more information, contact us at

We coordinate mulit-component experience to honor Pope Francis’ invitation to “create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance” for the poor. The invitation welcomes those less fortunate as honored guests to break bread at Christ’s table.

Our annual tradition offers preventative measures and nutrition for Chicago’s winter. During November 2019 the Human Concerns Commission sponsored the below events:

September 22       Free Flu Shots administered to 89 people including the option for the special senior formulation

November 14        Volunteers prepared 225 gift bags

November 15        130 guests enjoyed a warm dinner and received a gift bag to go

November 15        80 people were given a bag-lunch-to-go as well as a gift bag to go

November 16        volunteers prepared 250 gift bags and 250 bag-lunches-to-go

November 17        volunteers distributed the 250 gift bags and 250 bag-lunches-to-go to people on the street corners asking for help

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Information Coming Soon – Look for details