also known as the Slovenian Cultural Center

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Slovenian Catholic Center

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 to be released on June 11th , the Slovenian Catholic Center will evaluate ongoing protocols. Please check for our communications and regular updates on our new regulations.

More information on COVID-19 can be found

A Message from the SCC President

Dear Friends of the Slovenian Catholic Center,

We hope and pray that this letter finds everyone doing well and staying safe and healthy.

As everyone is aware, the Slovenian Catholic Center was closed from March 15th, 2020 through March 21st, 2021. It’s hard to believe that we went an entire year without each other’s company, our Sunday Fellowship luncheons and monthly dinners, cultural programs, concerts, picnics, tarok tournaments, bocce ball games and more. While we were deeply disappointed to have to cancel so many events, our first priority was, and still is, the continued health and safety of our community.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, one of the events we had to cancel was our 2020 annual picnic. Our annual picnic and raffle make up about 30% of our annual revenue. Fortunately, we did still hold our annual raffle, virtually, on August 9th, 2020. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT CONTINUED TO SUPPORT THE CENTER BY PARTICIPATING IN THE 2020 RAFFLE. The proceeds from the 2020 raffle, as well as our 2020 membership income, were the main sources of revenue we had for an entire year.

Mark your calendars! THE SCC ANNUAL PICNIC & RAFFLE is being planned for Sunday August 8th! This event will be our biggest fundraiser in over a year and will be a great opportunity for our Slovenian community to come together again and celebrate our Slovenian heritage. We, the Board, are also looking forward to seeing everyone.

Thanks to the past generosity of our members, we were very fortunate to be able to continue to cover building and maintenance expenses during the pandemic. We are hoping that you, our members and friends, will continue to support the Center by selling raffle tickets or purchasing them yourselves. We are also asking anyone that is able to make an additional monetary donation towards our 2021 picnic. The proceeds from the picnic and raffle will help us close that revenue gap that COVID left us with! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the SCC; all donations are greatly appreciated and are considered to be a contribution to a public charity corporation.

Thank you again to everyone that has continued to support the SCC and special thanks to our ticket sellers; let’s try to beat last year’s record of 801 tickets!

We look forward to seeing everyone at our Sunday luncheons and the Big Picnic. Stay tuned for other events as they are being planned with the reopening of the State, following CDC guidelines.


Executive Board Members:

Martina Hozjan Ruda, President

Anna Maria Sever, Vice-President
Bernadette Petrovic, Secretary
John Zerdin, Treasurer

Cyndy Barkowski, Recording Secretary

The ANNUAL MEETING of the Slovenian Cultural Center will be held at the June Monthly Board meeting where 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 fourth phase, Revitalization. tIn this phase, the rate of infections are still a factor but at a slower rate, and Illinoisians can resume outdoor activities, while maintaining social distancing guidelines and wearing face masks. More details to be released June 11th.


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.