Mary, Seat of Wisdom
920 W. Granville, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068, 847-825-3153

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This Week at MSW
Child Care-9:30AM Sunday Mass-Room 107
Children's Liturgy of the Word-9:30AM & 11AM Sunday Mass-Annex

06/24 Individual Reconciliation-4PM-Church

06/25 Fr. Tim's Farwell Reception-11AM-Barry Gym

06/25 Sunday Supper-6PM-St. Luke's Lutheran Church-205 N Prospect-Park Ridge

06/27 Salt & Light Ministry-Mom's Prayer Group-7PM-Ministry Center-South Room-Chapel

06/27 Coping and Support with Aging Parents-7PM-Ministry Center-Living Room

06/27 AA Meeting-8PM-Ministry Center-Dining Room

06/28 Individual Reconciliation-6PM-Church

06/28 Centering Prayer-6:45PM-Ministry Center-Chapel

07/01 Individual Reconciliation-4PM-Church

07/02 Sunday Supper-6PM-St. Luke's Lutheran Church-205 N Prospect-Park Ridge

07/04 July 4th Holiday-Parish Facilities Closed

07/05 Individual Reconciliation-6PM-Church

07/05 Centering Prayer-6:45PM-Ministry Center-Chapel

07/08 Individual Reconciliation-4PM-Church

07/09 Sunday Supper-6PM-St. Luke's Lutheran Church-205 N Prospect-Park Ridge



Centering Prayer Ministry

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Centering Prayer is a form of praying which focuses on God by clearing one’s mind and heart.


Praying in this manner deepens the felt presence of God in daily life.

Participants in this ministry strive to:

  • Become more patient, more loving, and more aware of God in daily life, eventually living in a state of contemplative prayer.
  • Attend to the spiritual journeys of all who are interested.
  • Stay in harmony with Contemplative Outreach.


  • Centering Prayer groups, also known as Circles of Silence, meet Wednesdays evenings and Saturday mornings.  In a quiet, spacious atmosphere, these groups practice Centering Prayer. Participants sometimes read and reflect on Bible readings using the Lectio Divina and also share aspects of their spiritual life.
  • Occasional regional or worldwide speakers associated with Contemplative Outreach are publicized when local or brought to Mary, Seat of Wisdom.
  • Workshops on Centering Prayer are occasionally offered in Park Ridge.
  • Retreats are offered locally and worldwide through Contemplative Outreach.  (Please visit for further information.)


The ministry offers participants:

  • A time to experience quiet
  • A chance to attend any of the weekly Centering Prayer groups
  • An opportunity to read books or literature on Centering Prayer  (Contact group leaders for suggestions.)

Contact Information

For more information contact Phil Jackson at the Wednesday evening Circle of Silence or Mary Ann Jackson at the Saturday morning Circle of Silence, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




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Mary, Seat of Wisdom
920 W. Granville
Park Ridge, IL 60068