Below is a list of all the special Ministries that take part in the Liturgies of our Church. Each Minister may specify a Mass preference and time commitment. Assignments are made on a rotating basis and every effort is made to honor individual requests. Training is easy and available on an "as needed" basis. Click a group for more information.
This Ministry is open to both children and adults.
Children of the Parish in grade 4 or higher are encouraged to sign up. Throughout the year, we hold training sessions until the child is comfortable assisting the Priest during Mass. A new Altar Server is always scheduled with an experienced one for the next several months.
There are also opportunities for adults to be Altar Servers. Adult Servers are needed for Funeral Services held during the week and school year. Adults wear their own clothing, and do not wear the robes while they serve. If you are interested in this Ministry and would like to be trained, we will arrange a training session.
For more information contact:
Dawn Nolan at 708-301-1902 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these (Matthew 19:14)
Children's Liturgy brings the word of God to children 4th grade and under in a more relaxed setting. Please check the bulletin to see which Mass offers Children's Liturgy.
Volunteers must have completed Protecting God's Children, made their First Holy Communion, and love to be around children.
Contact Janet Litterio at 708-301-0214 or email@example.com
The role of the Eucharistic Minister is to assist with the smooth and reverent distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass. A candidate, under normal circumstances, has to be confirmed and at least 16 years of age.
This is a ministry of both invitation and challenge, for when Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion distribute from the plate or cup into the outstretched hands of the assembly, they not only invite the assembly to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, but they challenge the assembly to become it as well. Those who minister Communion are likewise invited and challenged. They are invited to serve the Body of Christ at the Eucharistic table and challenged to build up the Body by the way they live. Love for the Eucharist should be evident in a mature and lively faith which enables them to bring Christ to all they meet long after the liturgy has ended.
A brief training can occur after any weekend Mass. Eucharistic ministers are scheduled one to two times each month and often assist whenever is necessary.
Contact Janice Schinker at 815-412-4950
General Guidelines for Eucharistic Ministers
The Church has always placed great emphasis on the virtue of Hospitality. We continue this service to warmly welcome the Parish Community and all visitors arriving to attend the weekend Masses.
The Greeters responsibilities include arriving 15 minutes before assigned Mass, welcoming all, and inviting worshippers to bring up the gifts at the Preparation.
Hospitality Ministers can choose their Mass preferences which are made on a rotating basis. All men, women and young adults are invited to participate.
Contact Marilyn Filippo at 708-590-6831
The Lector/Reader proclaims the Word of God from the Old and New Testaments at Sunday and Holy Day Masses. This requires a commitment of approximately one Sunday every other month. There is an initial training session (and one training/prayer session each year) and Lectors are asked to take a little time to prepare and read the Scripture before Mass.
Books containing all the readings, with explanations as well as some word pronunciations are available for $10.00.Lectors specify their Mass preference and are assigned on a rotating basis.
Contact Jim Castleton at 630-263-1164
"Those who sing, pray twice," said St. Augustine. It is in that spirit that one should consider Ministry in music but also note that this Ministry also helps to sustain the spirituality of the Parish Community itself. By helping the Parish to worship, either by leading a song, presenting music for meditation, or accompanying the Service, the Music Minister not only prays but also helps others to pray.
Music Ministry in our Parish can take many forms. The Cantor leads the
singing at a service and helps the Congregation appreciate their role in a Liturgical setting. The
Choir sings at special events and major Feasts. Even if you do not read music, you can be a
member of the Choir. Regular attendance at rehearsals is a necessity. The Instrumentalist adds
interest to the music at Worship and thus raises the level of solemnity. This skilled Musician
should be able to read and play well in an ensemble setting.
Contact music director Jerry Volk at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sacristan prepares the Church for the celebration of the Eucharist by placing all the required vessels, books and hosts in their assigned positions prior to the start of Mass. At the end of Mass, the Sacristan stores all items in their proper places.
To aid the Sacristan, there is a checklist in the Narthex for pre- and post-
Contact Bob Green at 708-479-4119
The Usher Ministry is a great way to serve your fellow Parishioners and guests. This Ministry is available to all Parishioners, men and women, from high school age and up.
The duties of an Usher include seating the Congregation, organizing the collection as well as bringing it up at the Preparation, facilitating an orderly procession during the Eucharist, distribution of the Bulletin and set up and take down of extra chairs when needed.
The Usher is responsible for any special needs that may arise before or during the Mass. The Usher is also to check that all Ministers are present and to get substitutes for any position that may be vacant. These tasks are simple, but essential in ensuring that everyone feels welcome and comfortable in our Church.
Contact Mike Targosz at 708-717-6373.