Parish Council and Ministries
*Updated December 2021*
Cemetery Committee Chairperson - Deacon Jim Ward
Education Council Chairperson – Amy Siegmann
Finance Council Chairperson - Tom Shannon
Liturgy Committee Chairperson - Deb Ward
Parish Life Committee Chairperson - Donna Mancini
Pastoral Council Chairperson – Jim Gisseler
Respect Life Committee Chairperson – Vicki Oleferchik
847-683-2391 Parish Office
Stewardship Council Chairperson – Kim Alberth
COUNCILS AND COMMITTEES
Management of our cemetery is handled by the parish office who will contact a
member of the committee to handle the needs.
A consultative body to the Pastor. The Council is the voice of the parish
community in educational planning, goal setting and policy development.
Members of the Council shall be appointed by the Pastor for a term of three years and may serve 2 consecutive years. Meets 4 times per year.
The Finance Council meets once per quarter to provide financial
recommendations to the pastor and approve the annual budget regarding the use of parish funds for both current operations and special projects. It also instrumental in developing recommendations for the pastor on the future needs of the parish and how to finance these needs. Members of the Finance Council are nominated by the Pastor and the current Finance Council members.
The Liturgy Committee assists our priests and other ministers in leading us in worshiping God "in spirit and in truth. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm.
Parish Life Committee
Plans, organizes and serves at various social functions held at the parish throughout the year and hosts monthly hospitality after Masses. Meets on the first Thursday evening of the month from September to May. We continue to develop new ideas in order to put our faith in action.
The Pastoral Council meets to discuss, recommend and coordinate the many functions and activities of the parish. It is the consultative body of the parish whose mission is to carry on the work of the Church, both temporal and spiritual. The Pastoral Council meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. Annually, the Pastor takes recommendations for new members. Members are appointed for a term of three years.
Respect Life Committee
The Respect Life Committee is committed to promoting life and to faithfully carrying out the pastoral plan of pro-life activities that will conquer the evil forces of anti-life; enlighten those in error; and build a culture of life from conception to natural death. Meetings are on the first Sunday of each month at 9:10 am.
The Stewardship Council is an advisory board to assist the Pastor in the development and awareness by the Parishioners of the Time, Talent, and Treasure given to them as a gift from God and the need to return a portion of that gift to God through the Church. Stewardship Council meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month, at 7:00pm, in the Parish Hall's lower level.
Participate in 40 hours devotion, weekly Wednesday 9:00 am - Thursday 6:00 pm
Adult Altar Servers
Serve at Thursday Benediction and Mass at 6:00 pm.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
Assist with Holy Communion. Must be 16 years of age, Confirmed, and attend weekly Mass. One meeting per year. Training four times per year.
Read Sacred Scripture at Mass. Must be 16 years of age and Confirmed, attend Mass weekly, and feel comfortable reading Sacred Scripture. Commit to reading every 6 - 8 weeks. There is one meeting per year. Training for new lectors is held at various times throughout the year.
Must be high school age or older and attend Mass weekly. Serve for one month every 2 -3 months. There will be at least one meeting per year.
Welcome people before and after Mass. No experience is needed, just a smiling face and a welcoming attitude.
Includes both Altar Care and those who minister for our weekend Masses.
-Altar Care: Linen care, polishing of vessels and candleholders and flower arranging. Serve one month every 3 - 4 months. There is one meeting per year.
-Weekend Mass: Preparing the Gifts for Holy Communion, purifying the vessels after Mass, and ensuring that Liturgical Ministers are present for each Mass. Serve on a regular basis or as a substitute.
Arts and Environment
Coordinate and purchase altar flower arrangements for all liturgical seasons.
Cantors - lead the assembly in song
Adult Choir Participate with assembly in singing or playing an instrument at Mass.
Praise Team - Contemporary music group that leads the Praise and Worship Masses at 10:30AM on the 2nd Sunday of the month, September-June. Both Vocalists and musicians welcome.
Instrumentalists- Are needed for enhancing music worship during services throughout the year. Experience and ability to read music or chord charts is required.
Children's Choir - sings during the 7:30am mass year-round
The team provides instruction/review of the sacrament of Baptism to the parents and Godparents through a class once per month.
Marriage Building Ministry
A family and marriage support ministry. Host monthly wedding weekends.
Married couples prepare engaged couples for marriage by leading a discussion of the areas and values critical to a successful marriage (support materials provided).
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION
Catechists, substitute catechists and classroom aides needed for the yearly instruction of the children of our parish, Grade levels K - Confirmation. Weekly commitment. Enrichment seminars offered throughout the year.
Catechist (Teacher) OR Substitute Catechist
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Sponsor: Adults needed who will sponsor a candidate for full entrance into the Church. Fall to Spring weekly commitment. Must be a faithful, practicing Catholic.
Team Member: Helps the catechists to facilitate discussion among the catechumens/candidates and their sponsors. They are expected to make all the classes (except in special cases) from September to the beginning of May. Team Members are appointed and approved by the RCIA director and pastor.
Prayer Warriors: Prays for the catechumens and candidates knowing that God’s grace is essential for one wanting to follow God. All parishioners who have a strong prayer life and are practicing Catholics are encouraged to become a prayer warrior. Prayer warriors are eventually assigned a particular catechumen or candidate.
Opportunity to work with the youth of our parish in both Junior High and High School levels. Meet every month and coordinate programs and service projects.
Building & Grounds Maintenance - Parish Office 847-683-2391
Provide support to parish for various basic building needs and small jobs.
Cemetery Administration/Maintenance- Deacon Jim Ward 847-366-8898
For purchasing plots or any management information, provides grounds maintenance several times per year, as required.
Count weekly offerings once per month on Monday morning
Professional Consultants - Parish Office, 847-683-2391
Support parish for specific special needs.
Funeral Reception - Funeral receptions are offered as a service to our SCB families following Christian burial Masses. Volunteers are needed to prepare and deliver food items to the Parish Hall on the day of the funeral. The committee leaders will make calls to make food items and help as needed.
Light of the World (LOTW)
Parish retreat offered once a year. An opportunity for anyone interested in developing a closer relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Inspirational witnesses, quiet, reflective prayer time and a chance to experience your faith in a new way. Past retreatants are encouraged to assist in future retreats.
Cursillos in Christianity is a movement that enables the essential
realities of the Christian to come to life in the uniqueness, originality, and creativity of each person.
WINE Women In the New Evangelization
Is a creative and inspired ministry to invigorate women’s groups and parishes through encouraging, supporting, and nurturing women in the Catholic faith by equipping and mobilizing women as intentional disciples of Christ.
CARE AND OUTREACH
Offer comfort and guidance to survivors in the loss of a loved one.
Compassionate Care Ministry
Take Holy Communion to the homebound/sick and/or take Holy Communion to the nursing home.
Food Pantry - Barbara Brust
Assist with monthly food distribution dates.
Assist with truck delivery 2nd Friday of each month at 8am.
This ministry is for the months of November and December only. Help is needed to coordinate making tags and hanging them on our tree in the back of church. More help is needed at the collection date and distribution date, in mid-December.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Members meet first and third Thursday mornings, 9:00-12:00, to create blessed prayer shawls for those in need. Will teach crocheting or knitting to anyone interested. All are welcome.
Meet first and third Thursday mornings, 9:00-12:00, to make rosaries for various occasions and uses throughout the year. Members can also make rosaries at home.
Prayer Tree Ministry
Provide prayer support for those in need through email notification.
Social group for those 50 years and older
Faithlink Newsletter – Annette Palazzolo, Annette.email@example.com
Provide articles and/or support for the quarterly newsletter
Website Management/Web Design - Bobby Fandel,
(224) 806-3297, firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Order of Foresters
A nationwide fraternal organization offering friendship, assistance and mutual support of families.
Knights of Columbus
The brotherhood formed by this council are dedicated to the greatest glory of God and the strengthening and advancement of the family, being united in support of the Church, parish, pastor and all of its members. If you are male, 18 years or older, and a Catholic in good standing, please join us.
St. Vincent DePaul Society
Members attend monthly meetings and visit people of our community, assisting them as their needs dictate.
PSO – email@example.com
The Parent School Organization enlists the spiritual, educational and social resources of home and school to support the best Catholic Education possible. This group provides fundraising and volunteer services while promoting our school within the parish and community at large. Parent volunteers of schoolchildren support the group and sign up is through the school.
Special Events and Activities to serve on and
participate in during the year
Contact the Parish Office for more details, 847-683-2391
Bible Study - weekly groups meeting at various times of the day.
Cemetery Clean Up Day - Assist with outdoor maintenance work one day in spring.
Catholic Order of Foresters Bus Trips - Seniors travel monthly for fun and fellowship.
Jesus Day - Assist once a year with the Second Grade Communion classes as they prepare for their First Holy Communion.
Knights of Columbus Events - Open to all parishioners
St. Joseph’s Day Table - Sunday meal offered in March, food preparers and servers needed to provide hospitality.
Women’s Brunch - Spring brunch with a special guest speaker