A Call To Serve: Ministries

Social Service Ministries

 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering, in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. Our members are called "Vincentians" and according to tradition pairs of Vincentians arrange visits to the homes of the needy to bring friendship and temporary assistance including food, help with utilities and other material and spiritual aid. Other related works include assisting in the homeless community (P.A.D.S.) and collecting and distributing food at  Christmass and Easter.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul welcomes those who wish to serve their neighbor. If you are interested in volunteering please attend our bimonthly meetings (1st Sunday at noon and 3rd Monday at 7pm - see church calendar). You may also call the parish office to be put in touch with a Vincentian.
If you or someone you know is in need, do not hesitate to contact the parish office or leave a confidential message on the SVdP extension. Call 815-675-2288.
For information on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul,

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P.A.D.S. Volunteers

St. Peter's is in need of volunteers to assist with our local P.A.D.S. program at St. Joseph's Church, Richmond, IL on the second Thursday of each month. P.A.D.S. (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) is a community initiative devoted to providing day to day support and safe, temporary shelter for men, women and families who are homeless.

Area churches and congregations provide meals and overnight shelter from October to April.
Also needed are donations:

  • flannel shirts,
  • hats gloves,
  • scarves
  • and coffee.

At least 15 volunteers from St. Peter's are needed one night a month.
Please contact the parish office at 815-675-2288 if you would like to help out with the P.A.D.S. program.
 

Knights of Columbus

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

The Knights of Columbus is a family fraternal organization serving the parish. They are in  complete solidarity with our priests; encourage and help Catholic men in their priestly vocations. As the name suggests, we are especially dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The order's strength is made manifest in our four principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
We meet the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the parish hall.
If interested in joining our fraternal order of brothers please contact:
Steve Besetzny the membership coordinator. 815-675-5265
For information on the Knights of Columbus

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Music Ministry

Join together in song, under the talented direction of our choir director Cindy Milczewski. Rehearsals for the Sunday 9:00 am Mass is on Tuesday evenings, 7pm in the Choir Loft. Rehearsals for the Sunday 11:00 am Mass is on Thursday evenings, 7 pm.
Contact the choir director at 815-675-2288.

Women’s Ministry

The mission of the St. Peter's Women's Ministry is to unite the women of the parish in promoting personal holiness, true Catholic charity, and Catholic Family Life, to foster love for the house of God and to labor for its care and adornment. We support and encourage members to get involved in a variety of ministries (Welcoming Committee, Fellowship Committee, Funeral Luncheon Committee, Faith Formation, Prayers & Squares Committee, Adoration, Light Weigh, Visiting Madonna, Prayer Chain, and Peace of Heart Forum) through our membership form.
We identify various needs within the parish and try to address them, whether it be by purchasing items for the kitchen or looking for new mats for the parish hall enterance. We have set aside at least $5,000 for the time when new flooring will be purchased for the parish hall and hope to add to this amount. We also try to support the other ministries in their endeavors, as Children's craft table at the Summer Social, gift cards and/or baskets for the various raffles and dinners, donate money to the Youth Ministry to send a teen to a summer function, help with the soup supper, etc.
For more information, please call the Parish Office 815-675-2288

Peace of Heart Forum

Our Peace of Heart Forum is a spiritual formation/prayer group, sponsored by the Women's Ministry, that is open to ALL the women of the parish. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10 Am in the Church basement for prayer, the viewing of a spirtual formation DVD, and a short discussion. We invite you to join us as we begin a new series, entiltled, "Journey To Mercy," in honor of the Pope's declared Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. In this series, let Fr. George Kosicki, CBS and Vinney Flynn take you through an exciting, in-depth examination of God's Divine Mercy as it impacts on the lives of individuals and on the Church. You'll be inspired by Jesus as the embodiment of Divine Mercy, Mary as the Mother of Mercy, the integral roles of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Divine Mercy, and the ways St. Faustina Kowalska and Pope John Paul II promoted the Divine Mercy Devotion. You'll learn how Divine Mercy is an antidote to fear, shame, rebellion, selfishness, misery, pride, spiritual weakness, guilt, powerlessness, burnout and insecurity. You'll gain fresh insights into all the elements of the Divine Mercy Devotion, including the image, the chaplet, the novena, the feast day and the spreading of the message.

Please join us on Tuesday, September 29th, from 10-11:30 am.
This is free, and you do not have to commit to coming monthly.

For more information, please contact

Andrea Morris at mark02morris@aol.com or 815-675-2318

Light Weigh

St. Peter's has an opportunity for you, along with your friends to join our Light Weigh program. This is and in-going program that repeats in a 12 week format. The group meets on Wednesday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the parish lounge. Come join the group! You will learn how to put food back in its rightful place, all the while growing in our beautiful Catholic Faith. This is a great way to join a bible study, and fellowship with others at St. Peter's while you reach your goals together.

Respect Life

The Respect Life Ministry exists to promote within our Church Community a culture where every human being is valued and protected from conception to the end of their natural life. We seek to create awareness of the life affirming position of the Roman Catholic Church regarding the most vulnerable through education, empathy and unity.

Liturgy and Worship

 

Eucharistic Ministers

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist know that the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ is truly presents in the Eucharist and that is a privilege to share the Eucharist with their brother and sisters in Christ. While the role of Extraordinary Ministers seems simple enough, the reality is that each Extraordinary Ministers is to draw faith from the people of God so that we become more like Jesus whom we receive.

Eucharistic Ministers (service to shut-ins)

Holy Communion is taken to shut-ins on Sunday morning after the 9:00 am Mass. This is a very important ministry, not only because our homebound parishioners are receiving our Lord, but they also receive the assurance that they are still spiritually connected to our faith community despite their limited mobility.

Eucharistic Ministers

(service to Northern Illinois Medical Center)

Holy Communion is taken to Catholic patients at NIMC each Thursday morning. Addressing patient's spiritual needs is an important dimension of their physical recovery. Extraordinary ministers receive special training with regard to the sick.
If you have prayerfully discerned that God is calling you to share the Eucharist with others during Mass, homebound or NIMC Hospital, our pastor looks forward to hearing from you. Please call Monsignor Joe at 815-675-2288.

Eucharistic Adoration

Saturdays from 5:15PM to 6:45AM Sunday Morning.
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for all night adoration until Benediction and Reposition of Our Lord at 6:45 am before the 7:00 am Sunday morning Liturgy. Come spend and hour with our Eucharistic Lord and place before Him your cares and needs. Sit quietly and listen as He speaks to you!
If you would like more information or would like to commit to a particular hour each week, once a month or to be a substitute, please contact the parish office.

Prayer Chain

Parishioners make requests for prayers for their special needs. Volunteer members pray for those intentions and make telephone calls to inform other prayer chain participants of a need.

Wednesday Morning & Thursday Evening Bible Study

Join us in the classroom in the upstairs of the Parish Office.  Contact the Parish Office for more information of future studys. 815-675-2288



 

Liturgy and Worship (Continue)

 

Lectors

A Lector is a person called by God to proclaim the Old and New Testament readings at Mass. Knowing that God is truly present in His Word proclaimed, a lector makes a serious commitment to their faith and parish. Lectors must be neat in appearance, speak with clarity and not be anxious about public speaking. Training is provided.

Ushers

The ministry of ushering is a vital part of our Sunday worship. Here, at St. Peter's we see them as "First Impression Coordinators" because they are usually the first to greet our members and guests as they arrive for Mass. Because ushers represent our parish in a very visible way, it is important that they be happy, courteous, perceptive, outgoing and neat in appearance.
Ushers help find seating for everyone, take up the offertory collection, distribute Sunday bulletins and take care of unexpected needs that might suddenly arise.
Dates of service are announced in the bulletin.

Altar Server

The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of Mass and to "convey a message" at Mass. Males and females, currently in fourth grade or higher are invited to participate.
Altar servers must always be on time and be faithful to their schedules. They must also be familiar with the Mass and be able to anticipate what the priest needs next. They must always be reverent, well-groomed and dressed appropriately for assisting in God's sanctuary.
Training is provided.

Sacristan

The Sacristans undertake the overall preparation of liturgical celebrations, including all that is needed for Sunday Mass and Holy Days. In collaboration with the pastor, the Sacristan makes sure that all vestments, church furnishings, liturgical vessels and decorative objects are kept in condition worthy of sacred liturgies.
They greet and assist visiting priests in our pastor's absence. It is important position and highly valued by our clergy.
If you are interested in learning how to be a sacristan and are willing to make that commitment, please contact the parish office.

Choir

Choir members provide music for different weekend and Holy Day Masses. What is required is a love for music and an appreciation of its importance in Catholic Liturgy.
If you enjoy singing and would like to join one of our adult choirs, please contact the parish office. 815-675-2288 Ext. 206
We also have a children's choir. It is open to all children that can read through, through the eight grade. We meet on Thursday afternoons from 5:00-6:00 pm.

Religious Faith Formation and Education
Grade School Faith Formation

To provide formation of our beautiful Catholic Faith to children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Classes meet Monday's and Wednesday's.

Fusion (Youth Ministry)

To provide opportunity, format and setting for teens to encounter Christ, build their Catholic identity and form healthy, meaningful friendships through social service community and faithbuilding events. Our mission statement is to connect religious and everyday experiences. We meet every Thursday and we have monthly social and service events. FUSION by definition is the process or result of joining two  more things together to form a single entity. This is our call as Catholics. If we fuse our lives to Jesus, we become one entity.

R.C.I.A.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process of faith formation for adults interested in becoming Catholic. The pastor, and R.C.I.A. team and companions from among the parishioners teach their Faith with the seekers. Weekly sessions are from September through Easter.

More Information on the R.C.I.A. Program
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Preschool

To provide a 21/2 hour preschool to children ages 3 to 5. Our preschool offers academic and social growth as well as offering daily lessons on our Catholic Faith. Classes are each day.

Our Visiting Madonna

St. Peter's offers a traveling statue of Our Lady of Fatima to parish families. Past participants have found that having the statue in their homes has helped to foster family prayer, deepen peace in family relationships and strengthen the habit of seeking Our Mother's intercession for all needs both big and small. The statue serves as a visible reminder that we have a Queen Mother in Heaven waiting to bring our needs to Jesus. St. Peter's kindly asks participants to pray not only for their individual family relationships and holiness, but also for the wider parish family. Host families are especially encouraged to intercede for each other as a way of weaving a thread that connects and supports the members of our parish family.

Respect Life

The Respect Life Ministry exists to promote within our Church Community a culture where every human being is valued and protected from conception to the end of their natural life. We seek to create awareness of the life affirming position of the Roman Catholic Church regarding the most vulnerable through education, empathy and unity.

Life Chain

Once yearly parishioners are invited to participate in a life chain, meaning that participants hold Pro-Life signs (which are provided), while praying for the respect of all life, and stand or sit at intervals along Highway 12 for one hour on the first Sunday afternoon in October. Details are given in the parish bulletin prior to the event.
 

Consultative


Cemetery Commission

We, at St. Peter's, believe that burying the dead and caring for their bereaved loved ones is a hallmark act of mercy. As such, the Board of St. Peter's Cemetery, in collaboration with local funeral directors, is intent on alleviating some of the pain of those people who have lost a loved one to death. We offer guidelines to families making funeral arrangements and the Order of Christian Funerals is used as the normative ritual for the Mass of Resurrection and other funeral rites. Board members assist families who are choosing and purchasing gravesites and they oversee the management of St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, including maintenance of the grounds and columbarium. Board members are also responsible for periodically organizing informational "End of Life" seminars for parish members who want to make prearrangements for the inevitable.

Funeral Luncheon

We prepare a luncheon for friends and relatives of any registered parishioners whose Mass of Resurrection is celebrated at St. Peter's. It is one less thing for families to worry about and we are honored to help families in this way. Once the scheduling of a funeral has been coordinated by the family, pastor and funeral director, please call the parish office. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the luncheon, set up and clean up.

Finance Council

St. Peter's Finance Council meets on the second Tuesday of every month. While our pastor is present at every meeting, it is directed by the elected chairperson. Among their responsibilities, they advise the pastor regarding yearly options for dividends earned from parish investments in the Catholic Foundation. They collaborate on ways to promote Christian Stewardship as a way of life for all the members of our parish family, and they prepare a balanced budget prior to the upcoming fiscal year.
In the spirit of transparency, Finance Council members are able to examine all major parish expenditures and they help the staff members to operate within budget. At the request of the pastor and Finance Chairman, the parish bookeeper and the recorder are also present at monthly meetings to assist council members.

Parish Pastoral Council

St. Peter's Pastoral Council is a group of faith-filled parishioners who are well acquainted with the life and spirit of the local community. They have the trust of our pastor and meet regularly with him to share their vision of how we can creatively invite more people to live our parish's mission to imitate our Lord in all that we say and do.
Among their responsibilities, they are entrusted with the formation of parish policies and the development of programs which foster unity and Christian charity.

Food Pantry

A S.V.d.P. tradition is to bring food and household essentials to our friends in need when they are visited in their homes. We rely on the generosity of St. Peter's parish family for these items. Donations are accepted year round and can be left in the S.V.d.P. drop off box in the church vestibule. Please consider donating non-perishable food items such as cereal, coffee, complete packaged meals, soup, tuna, etc. That have not exceeded their expiration dates. Also needed is laundry soap, dish soap, razors, paper products and similar essentials.
At Christmas and Easter we have a special collection for our holiday baskets. Volunteers are needed in the collection and distribution of these baskets. If you or someone you know is in need, do not hesitate to contact the parish office or leave a confidential message on the S.V.d.P. 815-675-2288 Ext. 208.

Marian Central High School Council of Administration

One parishioner, together with the pastor, represents St. Peter's Parish on the Council of Administration of Marian Central Catholic High School. Meetings are four times a year and this person may or may not have children in school.

Other Parish Activities and Social Events

 

Social Activities Chairperson(s)

The parish is looking for fun people who are willing to organizie outings for parishioners, bowling, golf outing, road rally, All Hallows Eve (All Saints Vigil) party, baseball games, plays, scenic tours pilgrimages, Christmas caroling, athletic competitions, Summer Social family events, etc.

Fund Raising for Pro-Life Organizations

Carnations are available for a donation after the Masses on Mother's Day and the proceeds are given to 1st Way Pregnancy Support Services. A chairperson and volunteers are needed for this day. Volunteers are also needed to help with various other Pro-Life fund raising awareness campaigns in our parish.

Rummage Sale

The rummage sale is a Women's Ministry sponsored event held once a year usually in July. Items are collected for five days and the sale is held in the parish hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. To make this successful we need many, many volunteers. Help is needed sorting, selling, set-up and clean up. Call the parish office to volunteer.

Spaghetti Dinner

The spaghetti dinner is a parish social event that is held in February. There are two serving times 5:00 and 7:30 pm on Saturday. Volunteers are needed to cook the spaghetti, set up and decorate the parish hall, help serve the meal and clean-up afterwards.

Golf Outing (sponsored by Knights of Columbus)

Volunteers are needed to help with the planning of and the implementation of the St. Peter's annual parish golf outing usually held in late summer. All proceeds will go to benefit 1st Way Pregancy Center in Johnsburg, IL. If you would like to volunteer your time or talents, please contact the parish office for more detail.

Summer Social

The Summer Social is St. Peter's summer get together. There is always good food, bingo, games, music, entertainment for the children and raffles galore. It's a fun way to meet other families in the parish and a great way to get involved and volunteer. We need help in a variety of areas, tickets/raffle sales, games. food prepartion, refreshments, and set up and take down. It's a good old fashioned parish activity geared towards families that requires many workers but is also a lot of fun.