also known as the Slovenian Cultural Center

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Slovenian Catholic Center

Until we have been cleared to restart activities and gatherings, our Center will stay closed in accordance with the regulations set out in our state.

As we wait out this pandemic, know that all of your family, friends, and members are in my thoughts and prayers.

Until we are able to meet again,
Martina Hozjan Ruda
SCC President

DO YOU HAVE SKILLS TO SHARE?      The SCC needs you!

Do you have some time?     ...skills?     ...know someone that might?

The Slovenian Catholic Center and Slovenian Catholic Mission are in need of volunteers:
To help maintain our beautiful grounds during the Spring and Summer seasons. 

If you are able to assist with any of the above jobs, please contact:
Peter Pecharich for landscaping and machine maintenance…  -or-  Martina Hozjan Ruda at
You may also leave a message at the Center at 630-243-0670 or send an email to

The Slovenian Catholic Center’s Ongoing Response to COVID-19

In an effort to keep our community safe from transmission of COVID19, the Slovenian Catholic Center will be following directions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on the information released on March 15th, the Slovenian Catholic Center will remain closed until May 15, 2020. This means that, as of today, the Palm Sunday Brunch, the Appreciation Dinner and Annual Meeting, as well as Mother’s Day festivities, are being canceled or postponed. Please check for our communications and regular updates on when we will re-open.

More information on COVID-19 can be found

A Message from the SCC President

Dear Members and Friends of the Slovenian Catholic Center,

I hope that you are all continuing to stay healthy and safe during these rapidly changing times.

The ongoing COVID-19 virus continues to create uncertainty in all of our lives; the last 6 months have definitely been profoundly unusual! Perhaps no other crisis will define our legacy more than our response to this virus. It is with this in mind, that the Board of Directors has established an SCC Re-opening Committee. The Committee meets on a regular basis to review and analyze the risks and options of re-opening our Dom.

At this time, the Board of Directors, under the direction of the Committee, has, regretfully, decided to keep the Center closed. This is a difficult decision to make and one that we are all having a hard time accepting. However, the health and safety of our members and guests is of utmost importance, as is that of our working volunteers.

This is far from the world's first pandemic, but it's the first of this scale in most of our life times. It's not often that we are aware that we are in a historical moment as it's happening, but this is one of those times. 

So much has changed in a short period of time – the world around us, our neighborhoods, gathering spaces, schools, the places we work and call home. Life in the midst of COVID-19 has created fear, frustration and anxiety all around. I know it’s tough having everyday full of uncertainty; I share in the feelings of anxiety and I miss being able to see everyone without having fear. It can be very overwhelming, but, in the face of this hardship, we have to stay strong. Nothing is more important than ensuring the continued and future health and safety of our families and of our community!

Typically, in times of crisis, we gather together and now we cannot. I am often-times overwhelmed by the unquestionable strength and character of our community; which is why I am certain that together, we will get through this.

As an organization, we are hopeful that sometime during the coming weeks and months, we will look at this difficult time in the “rearview mirror.” When we do, it will be with immense pride that we re-open our beloved Dom and celebrate, together, the challenges that we have all overcome.

As we continue to navigate through this crisis, we keep each and every one of you in our hearts. I have great faith in the power of prayer and ask that we all continue to pray for the health and safety of everyone in our community and in the world.

I look forward to seeing everyone again soon and send warm wishes for strength, peace and calmness to all.

God bless,

Martina Hozjan Ruda, President 

The ANNUAL MEETING of the Slovenian Cultural Center has been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19, please check back for updates. Members of the Board of Directors and their committees will be providing reports summarizing the past year at the Center. During the meeting, we will also be electing the Board for the upcoming year. Everyone is invited and encouraged to join us for the meeting.  We are always looking for new faces and new ideas on our SCC board. Anyone that is interested in joining the board should contact the Center or an existing Board member.

Spring Updates

As the weather starts to get nicer, our thoughts linger on the thoughts of outdoor fun and getting back to "normal".  As we try to look forward to fun with our family and friends,  we have to keep in mind that although the numbers are getting better, the virus causing this pandemic still has not been controlled.  Governor Pritzker has established a 5 Phase plan for "Restoring Illinois" and safely opening our state and returning to a sense of "normal". 

Right now, according to the plan, every region of Illinois has reached the second phase, “Flattening,” to some extent. In this phase, the rate of infections is still increasing but at a slower rate, and Illinoisians can resume outdoor activities, while maintaining social distancing guidelines and wearing face masks.


With the start of every New Year, our membership drive begins. We extend our sincere thanks to everyone that has supported the Center by being a member. Membership is our main source of income and helps maintain our facilities and support our activities. Please support the Center by becoming a member – fill out the form enclosed and return it to us with your payment. We also are looking for individuals to help with activities at the Center. If you’re interested in donating some time to the Slovenian Cultural Center please give us a call or come to our monthly meetings, every second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.  Your donation of time is priceless to us!

Vaša pomoč v kulturnem centru je zelo cenjena!  Stem da plačate letno članarino in postanete aktiven član centra boste veliko pripomogli naši slovenski skupnosti.  V centru se zbiramo ob veselih in žalostnih trenutkih in si stisnemo roke, to je dom združenja, in prijatelstva.

Register for 11am Mass

Please register for 11am Sunday Mass by calling (630-303-7789) or emailing ( If you would like to come to confession before mass also, please let Ft. Metod know ahead of time.

Masses will also continue over YouTube and over the phone (1-844-855-4444, Access Code: 185996#)

SCC Celebrates its 25th Anniversary!
This November marks the SCC's 25th anniversary! We are still hoping we can celebrate but at this time, due to the ever-changing environment of COVID-19, we are still waiting to see if we can celebrate safely under state guidelines.

         Renew your Membership TODAY!                             Read the current newsletter!



Welcome The Slovenian Catholic Center's purpose is to promote, encourage and foster in the context of the American society, the ideals of the Slovenian heritage and Christian religious and ethical values, providing and operating adequate facilities in support of the religious purposes of the Commissariat of the Holy Cross (CHC) and the Slovenian Catholic Mission (SCM) to carry on exclusively religious, educational, and charitable activities.
Dobrodošli Namen slovenskega katoliškega centra je spodbujanje, pospeševanje in spodbujanje v okviru ameriške družbe, idealov slovensko dediščino in krščanskih verskih in etičnih vrednot, zagotavljanje ustrezne zmogljivosti in delujejo v podporo verske namene Commissariat of Holy Cross (CHC) in Slovenski katoliški misiji (SCM), ki opravljajo samo verske, izobraževalne in dobrodelne dejavnosti.