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Saint Benedict Catholic Church

Blue Island, IL


"Go, Therefore, and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all I have commanded you..."

Matthew 28:19-20


Saint Benedict Church in Blue Island, Illinois is a Catholic parish of the Archdiocese of Chicago. It is home to the people of Blue Island and the surrounding suburbs on Chicago's south side. 

Saint Benedict Parish is committed to carrying out the great commission that Jesus gave to his apostles. Therefore, we have chosen to apply our gifts and efforts to evangelize, both inside and outside of the walls of our parish. Through our prayer, worship, and common life together, we foster encounters with the living and risen Jesus, that our neighbors may have the opportunity learn about Jesus, to commit their lives to Him, and to become who God made them to be.

La Iglesia de San Benito en Blue Island, Illinois es una parroquia católica del arquidiócesis de Chicago. Es el hogar espiritual de la gente de Blue Island y los suburbios alrededor al sur de la ciudad de Chicago.

La Parroquia de San Benito se ha compremetido a llevar a cabo la gran comisión que Jesús dio a sus apóstoles. Por lo tanto, aplicamos nuestros dones para evangelizar, tanto dentro como fuera de la parroquia. A través de oración, el culto, y nuestra vida común, promovemos encuentros con Jesús vivo y resucitado, ya que nuestros vecinos tengan oportunidades para aprender de Jesús, entregarse a él, y convertirse en quien Dios quieren que sean.



(708) 385-8510


(708) 371-2631


Office hours

M-Th 830-4pm

Fri 8:30-2:45



2339 York St.
Blue Island, IL 60406



M-Sa 8am
Sa 4pm (Vigil)
Su 8am, 10am, 12pm (Spanish)



Sa  5pm or by appointment


Eucharistic Adoration

Tu 7-8pm
1st Fr 830-1130am


Food Pantry

Fridays 8:30-11:30am

St. Benedict Food pantry has been serving Blue Island and the surrounding community for over ___ years. Committed volunteers, led by Deacon Juan Limón, provide weekly support to our neighbors in need. To volunteer, contact us, or call (708) 385-8510.

Despensa de Alimentos

Viernes 8:30-11:30am

La despensa de alimentos en San Benito ha estado al servicio de Blue Island y la comunidad circundante durante más de ___ años. Los voluntarios comprometidos, encabezados por el diácono Juan Limón, proporcionan ayuda cada semana para nuestros vecinos necesitados. Para ser voluntario, póngase en contacto con nosotros, o llamar al (708) 385-8510.

Circulo de Oración 

Miércoles 7-9pm

El Circulo de Oración en San Benito se reúne cada semana para orar y escuchar la palabra de Dios. Todos son bienvenidos.

Holy Hour

Tuesdays 7-8pm

Each week we offer a quiet Holy Hour with exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Eucharistic Adoration is one of the most powerful ways to encounter Jesus, who is present to us the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. 

Hora Santa

Martes 7-8 pm

Cada semana ofrecemos una Hora Santa tranquila, con exposición y adoración del Santísimo Sacramento. Adoración Eucarística es una de las maneras más eficaces para encontrar a Jesús, que se nos hace presente en el Sacramento de su Cuerpo y Sangre. 

Teen Bible Study

Fridays 6-7pm

Every week the teenagers of our parish gather for an hour-long Bible study in the basement of the rectory. This is a great opportunity for young people to gather and learn about God's Word and try to put it into practice in their daily lives. For more information contact us or call (708) 385-8510..

Youth Group

Fridays 7-8:30pm

High schoolers and middle schoolers are welcome to join our youth group for games and prayer every week. The youth group also participates in special activities and trips throughout the year. We gather behind the rectory every Friday at 7pm. For more information, contact us or call (708) 385-8510.

What's Happening


Parish staff


Rev. Ken Carlson - Pastor

Fr. Ken grew up in Park Forest, IL and graduated from Rich East H.S. where he enlisted in the Air Force in 1986 as a carpentry specialist.  After his discharge he entered the seminary at Niles College of Loyola University where he graduated with a BA in Theology.  He continued his studies at Mundelein Seminary, graduating with a M.Div, and was ordained a Priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 23rd 1998.  He served as Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima parish in Chicago and later at Our Lady of the Ridge parish in Chicago Ridge.  He entered the U.S. Army as a chaplain in 2002 where he served in various military positions, including as pastor of several large Army posts at Fort Hood, Texas, Yongsan, Korea and Fort Leavenworth, KS.  He is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan.  Fr. Ken began his term of Pastor of St. Benedict on January 1st of 2014.  He currently holds the rank of Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. 


Mr. Ernesto Vargas - Director of Religious Education

For more information on Religious Education and Sacramental preparation, click here.



For more information about St. Benedict Catholic School, visit





Mrs. Viridiana Alcaraz - Parish Secretary


Mr. Roberto Reyes - Maintenance