Human Concerns Commission
The Human Concerns Commission is entrusted with the responsibility of working with the pastoral staff in planning, fostering and promoting the social, ecumenical -religious and service mission of the parish.

Domestic Violence Ministry 

The parishes of Our Lady of the Brook and St. Norbert are engaged in the development of a joint domestic violence ministry. To this end, we have continued to keep the basket in the women’s restroom stocked with the multi-fold brochure Is Your Relationship Hurting Your Health with the self-assessment points and the national domestic violence hotline number.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and February is Domestic Violence Education Month. We will be providing materials and presentations on domestic violence during those times and throughout the year.

The Domestic Violence Ministry team of OLB and St. Norbert met on Tuesday, February 10. We developed a new name…”Silent No More”…and a Mission Statement:

Silent No More is the Domestic Violence Ministry of Our Lady of the Brook and St. Norbert parishes in Northbrook, Illinois. Our Mission is to promote and provide awareness, education, referral and community outreach to those affected by domestic violence.

And three goals: Awareness, Hope, and Action.

We laid plans for a domestic violence education presentation to the St. Norbert Youth Group in April. We reviewed a proposal for doing a preaching outreach to parishes of Vicariate II/Deanery E to help other parishes set up this ministry. A draft budget was developed. Long terms plans were laid out for an October 2015 domestic violence workshop to be held on a Saturday at Our Lady of the Brook.

Future meetings and an invitation to participate will be posted on these web pages, in the bulletin, and from the pulpit.



Service Opportunities:

Join us for Dinner at Hilda's Place

Hilda's Place, in Evanston, provides overnight shelter with support services for adult men and women.  Our Lady of the Brook is committed to serving dinner on the fourth and fifth Tuesday every month. We need a minimum of 4 volunteers to prepare and serve dinner as well as prepare some of the dinner in advance. Details are available by the sign up sheets in the Social Area. Please call Mary Vollkommer, 847.272.5964.

Meet the Bread Brigade!
(Every Monday Night)

On Monday nights Karen (Susala) and Bill Hayworth deliver the bread from Panera on Waukegan Road in Deerfield. If they are unavailable, one of the packers makes arrangements to be there before closing to get the daily leftovers. Richard Werner, Susan Vaickauski, Mariette Fine, Brigitte Fine, James Fine, Henk Lamberts, Christal Lamberts, Debbie Gordon along with her brother and Susan Eimerman meet at OLB to spend a half hour packing the bread into single family servings.

They leave some for St. Martin's on their designated weeks. Karen delivers some bread to "Wings," Judi and Mark Ronan deliver some to Hilda's Place for their intake program participants, they leave some for Little Mexico which Rudy delivers on his way home, Mark Spina sometimes takes some to Catholic Charities and Susan takes a load to the New Life Shelter. (Although after mid October, Judi Ronan may add that delivery to her Hilda's Place treck.) Occasionally, Joanne and Jim Futrell run the delivery to New Life Shelter as well.

Jean Borin and the knitters of OLB sometimes leave us supplies for New Life. In the past they have provided new pillows and food, along with their home stitched products.

Interested in joining the Bread Brigade? Call the rectory and we will put you in touch with the group.