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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.

Prisoners Need Playing Cards

Currently visitors are not permitted to visit their loved ones in prison.  It is a lonely time as this pandemic affects everyone.  Chaplains have asked for playing cards and as one chaplain explained, "It would help the men to pass the time".

If you can donate playing cards to meet this need, we would appreciate:

Complete Decks Only 

Good Condition with no marks, writing, or holes in them

Please place the cards in the designated bin (also marked calendars) outside of Door 6, which is at the entrance to the Church office.  The collection will end on December 20th.  The parishioners of St. Edna through their support, shine the light of Jesus in a dark place.

Prison Fact:  There are approximately 10,000,000 men and women imprisoned around the world. (Prison Fellowshipo International)

Save Your 2021 Calendars 

The Chaplains of several Illinois prisons have asked us for calendars as the inmates are permitted to have them in their cells.  They are a touch of color and beauty in their lives.  

We need the calendars to be:

     NO LARGER than 8 1/2" by 11"

     Only stapled, no wires

     Single sheet, booklet sized, etc. are acceptable

Please place your calendars in the marked bin outside of the Church office entrance.  The calendars can be dropped off from November 14th through December 19th.

Thank you for helping the least of our brothers and sisters.

Toiletry Drive 2020

Prison Ministry is back serving the Illinois prisons this fall!! After a very difficult time of quarantine for us and the prisoners, we are now able to accept donations.  We truly need your help.

We have assessed needs and are responding to the Chaplains urgent requests for toiletires.  They are asking for hotel sized of the following:  SOAP, SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER, DEODORANT, LOTION and TOOTHPASTE.

The toiletries should be placed in the large, marked bin outside the Church office today through November 1st.  Full sized toiletries are acceptable but hotel size is preferred.  Every donation helps and is very appreciated.  St. Edna Prison Ministry

Pen Pals

“And they said, Lord when did we see 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 are collected for Bible-study participants at Correctional facilities.


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 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