St. Thomas the Apostle, Naperville, to host pandemic listening session on Sept. 29

“I’m Listening … Dealing With the Aftershocks of COVID-19” will be held at 7 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 29 in the Lighthouse room at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville.

Rev. Karen Swiderski, MACM, will facilitate the listening program, which aims to validate and process the experiences, thoughts and feelings we all have experienced during the past 18 months of the coronavirus pandemic.

Swiderski is manager of spiritual care and education at Edward-Elmhurst Health and at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health Center. She also has served as chaplain manager for 28 years. During her clinical ministry, she has developed grief support groups, critical incident stress management and debriefing, and pastoral services for behavioral health.

Participants for the in-person program are asked to register by contacting Felicia Lawlor, faith community nurse at St. Thomas the Apostle, at or (630) 355-8980, ext. 104.

COVID-19 mitigation procedures will be followed during the program, and attendees must wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status.

The program is co-sponsored by the pastoral care and adult faith formation departments at St. Thomas Church, and is part of the Wellspring Educational Events series. The series’ goal is to promote a wholistic way of life that includes body-mind-spirit integration and well-being.