An alphabetical listing of our ministries is below. Ministries have a twofold dimension:
Ministries are ways that we can answer Jesus’ call to serve one another. Becoming involved in a ministry is a sure way to begin to meet other people in the parish and share the gifts that God has given you.
On the other hand, perhaps you are in need of a service of a particular ministry. Look thru this list to see if there is a way that we can support you.
If there is no contact name for the ministry you are interested in, please call the office at (847) 882-7580 for more information.
If there is no contact name listed below for a Liturgical Ministry, please contact our Liturgy Director, Rosi Viquez.
Altar Servers: Children and youth who assist the priest during the celebration of our liturgical services. Requirement: must have celebrated their First Eucharist. Training is provided.
Art & Environment: Prepares the worship space for the various liturgical seasons: banners, plants and flowers, etc. Some volunteers design and sew banners, altar cloths, and vestments as needed.
Hospitality: We all enjoy coffee and donuts, cookies and lemonade after our Masses and we are grateful for the faithful parishioners who serve us each week. We are now in need of additional volunteers to help with this important Ministry of Hospitality for all of our Masses on the weekend: 5:00 p.m., Saturday, 7:45, 9:15, 11:00 and 12:30 on Sunday. Call the office (847) 882-7580 or contact Sister Marianne.
Lectors: Women, men, and confirmed youth who make the weekly proclamation of scripture significant and beautiful. A training session is required and provided.
Liturgy Planners: Four Teams meet on a rotating basis to prepare weekend Masses (recommending themes, composing the intercessions, etc.). This is a prayerful and ongoing learning experience in liturgy and scripture. Training is provided.
Ministers of Communion: Women, men, and confirmed youth who assist with the distribution of Eucharist at Mass. It requires a commitment to ongoing prayer and renewal. Training is required and provided.
Music Ministry: Cantors, Choir members and Instrumentalists that lead the assembly in song at weekend Masses and other liturgical celebrations. If you like to sing or play an instrument and are interested in joining our Music Ministry, please contact our Music Director, Linda Donaldson.
Círculo de Oración: Meets weekly to promote charismatic prayer/spirituality. For more information please contact Deacon Xavier Carrera.
Jóvenes Team: Bilingual young adults who plan and direct a program of formation and social activities for bilingual parish jovenes (age 16 and up). For more information please contact Juan Varhela.
Leadership and Faith Formation: Provides formation and spiritual growth opportunities for lay ministers.
Marriage Enrichment/Alpha y Omega: Program for Spanish speaking couples of all ages. Couples meet once per month to explore various aspects of marriage.
Quinceaños Preparation: Prepares young women for a religious re-education on their fifteenth birthday through a program of service and faith formation.
Protecting God's Children: All parish volunteers who have any contact with children through their ministry/ministries or who perform a ministry where children may be present must conform to the policies set forth by the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Protecting Children and Youth. These policies require that volunteers complete an Illinois Child Abuse & Neglect Tracking System Form, read and sign the Archdiocesan Code of Conduct Form, and complete a Virtus Training Workshop. In some cases, Mandated Reporter Training may also be required.
RCIA/RICA Team: RCIA/RICA Plans the sessions for adults preparing for Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil. (September through April). For more information, please contact Sister Marianne.
Women at the Well: A team of women who bring women together five times each year for spiritual nourishment and converstaion. Please visit the Women at the Well page for more information.
Women's Reflection Group: The Women’s Reflection Group provides women of the parish with an opportunity to study and discuss Scripture, Theology, and other topics of interest. It’s a time for women to come together for formation, prayer, and social interaction. We meet twice a month on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Mark your calendar for the first session this fall which is September 7, 2011. For more information contact: Sister Marianne.
Youth Ministry: The CHS Youth Ministry provides social and service activities for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. For more information, please contact Sister Marianne.
Funeral Ministry: Coordinates/assists at funeral liturgies; some preside at wake services or prayers on the morning of the Funeral Mass. Training is provided. Please contact Sister Marianne for more information.
Ministry of Care: Visits parishioners who are in hospitals, nursing homes, or confined to home. The Ministry of Care comes as a representative of the parish and offers his/her time and concern. If you or someone you know is in need of this support please contact Sister Marianne.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: The Prayer Shawl Ministry provides a way to literally wrap people in prayer. Prayer shawls are knitted or crocheted by members of our parish and then given to those who are in need of our prayers. Just as Jesus daily wraps us in His love and peace, we as His servants can provide a shawl to someone who needs to be held and wrapped in prayer. The shawl provides a visible symbol of Christ’s presence and care, along with our prayers. If you would like to request a prayer shawl for someone contact Sister Marianne.
Peace and Justice Ministry: The Parishes for Peace and Justice is a group of concerned, proactive people from the nine Roman Catholic parishes in the northwest suburbs listed in the logo. We strive to work with other faith communities toward common goals for the benefit of all. For more information please contact Deacon Mike Enger or visit www.parishesforpeace.org
St. Vincent de Paul Society: Coordinates distribution of food, clothing, and other tiems to local families in need. The pantry is open each Thursday from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. Provides specific aid to parishioners who need temporary emergency assistance. If you or someone you know could use some help, please call Sister Marianne at (847) 882-7580. Your request will be kept in strictest confidence. For information about food distribution, please visit the Food Pantry.
Welcoming: Staffs monthly registration table for new parishioners and coordinates welcoming gatherings or other activities.
Women’s Support Groups: Faith-based support ministries for women who seek a safe and confidential environment where they will find support, encouragement, friendship, and fellowship. Raises self-esteem, and creates a place for healing and empowerment. Please contact Rosi Viquez for more information.
Craft Bazaar: Crafters meet to make items for our Annual Craft Bazaar held in the Fall. The crafters meet from February through September on Monday mornings and alternate Wednesday evenings in the South Room of the Kane Center. No craft experience is necessary; childcare provided. This is a fun way to meet others. We welcome new faces. For information please contact Charlene Gulik.
Fall Festival Parish Night: Coordinates an annual parish celebration that celebrates both our unity and diversity. If you would like more information or would like to help coordinate this celebration please contact Leon Blum.
Family Fest: Our largest parish-wide event, the Festival transforms the parish grounds into an exciting area event over five days in June with rides, binigo, and lots of food, entertainment, and people. This is a great way to meet others in the parish. We are always looking for people. If you would like to get involved please contact Tom Evon.
Knights of Columbus: Our local chapter of this national organization includes men from three local parishes.
Las Rosas Dinner Dance & May Bash Dinner Dance: Dinner Dances for all parishioners, highlighting the foods and traditions of the parish Hispanics and Filipinos.
Simbang Gabi Planning Group: Coordinates the liturgy, food and entertainment of this annual parish celebration in preparation for Christmas. If you would like more information or would like to help coordiate this event please contact Ted Mendoza.
Administration Please contact Tom Minta if you need more information or would like to get involved.
Finance Council: Provides planning, consultation, and oversight for parish finances, including budgets and reports. Those with interest and/or financial background are welcome.
Building and Planning
Gardening: Volunteers who maintain the parish gardens from spring through fall.
Maintenance: Energetic parishioners who share their time, talent, and treasure to improve the condition of our entire parish facility. We welcome those who are willing to utilize their skills and time for the benefit of all who come to the Church of the Holy Spirit, whether through repairing, cleaning, gardening, or painting. No matter how big or small a project, our members find a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment in working together for the honor and glory of God. If you are interested in volunterring for the Maintenance Ministry, please contact Wojciech Gracz.
Technology: Coordinates the planning, development, and care of parish technological resources.