210 E. Logan St.
Lemont, IL 60439
Volunteers are needed to provide periodic assistance at the parish offices with mailings, clerical/office work, photocopying, folding. Schedules are flexible. Extra hands are always needed, and your special talents can be put to good use.
In 1992, a group of parishioners were invited to form a steering committee to help create our first parish council. The members of the steering committee received training in the areas of Archdiocesan directions and planning, building consensus, how to survey a parish, and how to form a mission statement. The St. Alphonsus Parish Pastoral Council was formed in 1994.
The Pastoral Council is a significant leadership group formed to serve our parish and the community. The Parish Council is not a board of directors. We rely upon the movement of the Holy Spirit amongst us, working for a unified vision among parish members so that we can meet the challenge of being a vibrant expression of the Church in the modern world.
As the Pastoral Council, we are first and foremost a community of prayer and faith. Our role is to be the coordinating and unifying structure of the parish community, giving full voice to the parish by encouraging and guiding the various aspects of parish life. The council members gather together the thoughts and ideas of the community, work together toward agreement, and translate this into goals that are acted upon by the parish community. To help act upon the goals of the parish, the council formed five parish pastoral commissions to the areas of Worship, Education, Service, Social, and Administration. Volunteers are encouraged and needed to be a part of these commissions.
The Pastoral Council meets monthly. Please consult the parish bulletin at the beginning of each month for the parish activity calendar. All members of the parish are welcome to attend.
A parish finance committee will be concerned with Parish resources, budgets, and Church support. The responsibilities include an annual financial report to the archdiocese as well as financial reports to the parish. The committee exercises oversight of revenues and expenditures and renders financial advice and recommendations to the pastor for the budget and financial resources of the parish.
The committee works closely with each of the Commissions to establish and monitor an annual budget for both revenues and expenses within the framework of the parish and archdiocese. Once this budget is approved, it then becomes the responsibility of the Finance Committee members to provide regular feedback to each of their assigned Commissions regarding the status of their budget.
Monthly meetings help keep the members informed as to upcoming capital expenditures and unforeseen expenses as well as newly established programs that may impact the parish financially. When needed, the Finance Committee will provide financial information to the Stewardship Committee in order that they may better inform parishioners regarding the financial livelihood of the parish and establish a basis for emphasizing stewardship. Members should have background in business, finance, and/or accounting.
A group who generously give of their time to count weekend and other collections.
In a symbol of our common priesthood, altar servers are given the responsibility for carrying the cross, candles, and incense in procession, and assisting the celebrant at our liturgies. The actions of these individuals highlight the ceremony and ritual that are so much a part of the liturgy we celebrate.
All students from 4th through 8th grade are invited to serve at the altar. They may be from the St. Al's/St. Pat's school or from the RE program. Servers will minister principally at weekend or holy day Masses, but an occasional wedding or funeral may be required. Training is provided and responsibility is required from both students and parents.
These ministers assist the priest in distributing the Eucharist at the Sunday liturgies. Distribution of the Eucharist occurs in both forms (bread and wine). After an initial training session and approval by the pastor, ministers are specially commissioned and fit into the regular liturgical schedule.
LECTORS & COMMENTATORS
Lectors proclaim the Scriptures. They are our storytellers on our journey through Scripture. They must be able to proclaim in a way that allows the meaning and significance of the Word of God to be recognized by the assembly. A training session is required, and lectors are expected to prepare and proclaim when scheduled.
LITURGICAL PLANNING TEAM
The parish volunteers who serve on the liturgy team, along with the pastor, make the basic decisions about all weekend and special liturgies. The purpose of planning is to provide the best possible liturgical experience so that the assembly will be moved to love and serve the Lord. Ministers serving on the Liturgical Planning Team become familiar with the symbolic and ritual aspects of liturgy as well as the seasons and the cycles of the liturgical year. The Liturgical Planning Team can be also divided into different specialized groups that focus on particular services.
Sacristans serve the assembly and the ministers by preparing all the physical elements needed for the Mass. They prepare the vessels and linens for the Eucharist, put out an appropriate quantity of bread and wine, ensure the Lectionary and Sacramentary are properly placed, clean the vessels used for Communion, and restore the vessels and utensils to their proper place. Sacristan training is provided. The time commitment is minimal: approximate 20 minutes before Mass and 10 minutes after Mass.
SENIOR ALTAR SERVERS
Senior Altar Servers are those servers who have demonstrated a faithful commitment to serving and have graduated their 8th grade year. These servers decide to continue serving at Mass throughout high school. They take on a leadership role in the ministry, acting as Master of Ceremonies for weekend and special Masses, serving weddings, funerals, Stations of the Cross, and Benedictions. They may also assist in the training of new altar servers. Advanced training is provided and responsibility is required.
USHERS & GREETERS
The women and men within the assembly who serve in this ministry are much more than collection takers and distributors of worship guides and bulletins. They are representatives of a caring community. They welcome visitors, assist new members, and help the disabled experience an accessible environment. Ushers need to arrive 20 minutes before Mass.
The Worship Commission develops the spiritual life of the parish community. Their responsibility is to prepare the liturgy and the art & environment for the seasons. The commission is concerned with the liturgical calendar as well as special celebrations. The commission is also responsible for the recruitment, scheduling, and training of liturgical ministers (Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Sacristans, Ushers).
The parish choirs work in conjunction with the Worship Commission and coordinate their efforts to enhance the liturgical celebrations.
In cooperation with the other Catholic Communities of Lemont, representatives of the Worship Commission join in the preparation of the Lemont Catholic Community Reconciliation Service for Advent and Lent, as well as the yearly Lemont Catholic Mission.
You are invited to attend the monthly meetings of the Worship Commission to develop a feel for its needs and where your special talents fit in. Extra hands are always welcome to decorate the Church for Christmas and Easter and to remove the decorations at the end of the season. You also may serve as a liturgical minister or help plan special liturgical celebrations. The music ministry has room for anyone interested in music.
The Worship Commission meets monthly.
Parish blood drives are held at certain times of the year in conjunction with the Heartland Blood Center. Heartland services 33 hospitals in a 12 county area. Volunteers may participate by giving blood, help with registration, calling prospective donors, or donating baked goods for donors.
CLERGY ASSOCIATION CRISIS FUND
An annual collection taken up by the pastors of the Lemont churches. The money is used to provide resources to help parishioners during crisis situations. Assistance includes short-term financial aid, crisis intervention, and other referrals. Requests from members living in Lemont that belong to any of the participating congregations will be considered. Requests must be approved by the participating pastors. All individual/family needs are kept in the strictest of confidence.
Parishioners volunteer every month at the Daybreak Shelter in Joliet. Serving food and spending time with the homeless and lonely are among the ministry opportunities available at Daybreak. This is a very rewarding and, at times, a very eye-opening ministry. Youth and adults are encouraged to volunteer.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
International organization for Catholic men with a devotion to the rosary and civic service.
The Service Commission was developed to inform and involve each parishioner to serve one another and the larger community of city, state, nation, and the world. Special Christian concern must be given to meeting the human and spiritual needs of people around the community and around the world.
You are invited to extend love, care, and concern to those in need. This includes visiting the sick and homebound or extending aid to those who have lost a loved one. Your time and treasure can be used for food drives and help for our sister parish, Epiphany. If you have a green thumb or like outdoor work, you can help beautify the parish grounds. Donate blood for those in desperate need of it. Office volunteers are often needed. Your talents are a gift from God. Do not bury them, but allow them to be used to glorify God.
Our parish is working closely with one of Chicago's inner city parishes, Epiphany, in an outreach program. A "Sharing Tree" program at Christmas has been the traditional means of providing gifts for families, but there are also collections, monthly food drives, and a "back-to-school" supply drive. Please see the bulletin for details.
The Sharing Program relies upon a committee of volunteers at Christmas and throughout the year in discussing and facilitating our parish outreach to Epiphany and making suggestions for future ministry opportunities. Of course, donations are always encouraged.
The St. Alphonsus Education Commission is concerned with the total educational needs of the parishioners with a focus on Christian education for Young-Adult (20-40 years of age) and older members. The Commission strives to present various opportunities for adults to reflect upon, discern and realize their commitment to follow Christ every day and in every moment of their lives. Anyone desiring to know more about the Church and how to live and help others to live their daily lives in communion with Jesus is perfect for this group.
You are invited to attend the meetings, share your interests, line up special speakers, prepare notices, attend special events, and serve as a host or hostess to other parish members.
Check the monthly Church calendar for time and place of Education Commission meetings.
EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM
Our Extended Day Program takes place before and after school and provides a supervised, safe place for students. Play, study hall, nutritious snacks, arts and crafts, and more are all part of our before and after school care. The hours of the program are 6:30 to 8:15am before school and from dismissal (approximately 3pm) until 6pm after school.
If you are interested in supervising either before school or after school, please contact the School Office or fill out the ministry sign-up form and someone will contact you.
ST. ALPHONSUS/ST. PATRICK SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
The School Advisory Council provides parishioners with an appropriate representative body for identifying and articulating the educational needs and aspirations of St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick's School. The council acts in an advisory capacity to the pastors and principal in formulating and evaluating policies for the Parish school. The council also monitors and provides assistance to the pastors and principal in implementing these policies.
The Advisory Council consists of a group of parishioners elected to serve three-year terms from both St. Alphonsus and St. Patrick's Parish. Parishioners of either parish and parents of children attending the school are eligible for election. All parishioners are invited to attend the meetings. Please contact the school office for more information.
ST. ALPHONSUS/ST. PATRICK SCHOOL PARENTS' ASSOCIATION
This organization of school parents is in charge of fundraising, recruiting volunteers for school functions, and the planning of educational and social activities for school families. Through the fundraising efforts, they provide the extras that go beyond the budget for St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School and students. All school families are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact the school office.
The St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School participates in the SHOP/MANNA Program. This is a major fundraiser for the school and serves as a tuition reimbursement program. Certificates from major stores and many local businesses may be purchased at cost. Some stores include Chipain‘s, Totura, Jewel, Kohl's, Penny's, Kmart, United Cleaners, Lemon Tree, Wendy's, Chili's, Old Navy, Bath & Body. The list goes on and on.
These certificates make great gift ideas or can be used regularly for all your shopping needs. Help us help the school without spending any extra money. The school office has more information on this program. Also, watch the bulletin for details concerning the purchasing of certificates.
Give something back to God and the Church, help young people grow, while growing in your own faith. No experience necessary. You must like and be able to work with children, and be a good example of Catholic faith. If you have no experience and are unsure about teaching by yourself, we can team you up with an experienced catechist. Commitment consists of classroom sessions every two weeks and meeting with grade-level catechists and core catechist once a month. You can also attend a comprehensive "Getting Started" workshop put on by the Chicago Office of Catechesis. New catechists support each other in monthly formation meetings. Call Kevin Cody for details.
Assists the primary catechist in the classroom in various tasks. A catechist aide may also serve as a tutor for students with special needs or who have had no formal religious education. Tutors may work with other catechists or on their own with a student of small group of students.
Fills in for catechists who are ill or called away for some other reason. Occasional commitment, as your schedule allows. Important need for all grades (Sunday or Wednesday).
The Religious Education Office offers an informational selection of books, audio tapes, and videos for parents, catechists, and members of the parish. The library is located in the Conference Center/Chapel adjacent to the chapel. If you are interested in donating appropriate material for the library (philosophical, educational, psychological, theological, history, etc), please contact Kevin Cody at the Office Center to arrange drop-off.
Assists in the office during class hours. Duties include paperwork, answering phones, computer data entry, attendance checks, and running errands to and from classrooms.
Through the Church, Christ reaches out to ALL people. SPRED is a program sponsored by the Lemont Catholic Community. It is a faith-sharing group for people (youth and adults) with developmental or physical disabilities. Allowing for the exploration in faith, people (both volunteers and members) deepen their relationship with the God who calls each by name. SPRED is a group-based ministry. Volunteers are needed to assist with hospitality and discussion. Watch the bulletin for details.
This ministry is dedicated to comforting members of our Parish family that are mourning the loss of a loved one by being present to them and offering support during their time of grief. Training is provided.
Bible Study is offered in the fall and spring for adults interested in pursuing a deeper understanding of Scripture. See church bulletin for current offerings.
Eucharistic Adoration is an opportunity to spend some quiet time with Jesus in the Eucharist. Currently adoration is in the Chapel of Mercy on the first floor of the Parish Center on Tuesdays from 8am to 8pm. Additional effort of volunteers may be necessary to nurture and expand the availability of the adoration time.
MINISTERS OF CARE
Bring the Church to those who are no longer able to attend Mass. Volunteers visit and extend helping hands and listening ears in friendship and prayer to our elderly and infirm parishioners who are homebound. Trained and committed men and women share the Word of God and bring the Holy Eucharist to the homebound members of our parish.
MORNING PRAYER GROUP
This group meets on Tuesdays at 7:15am for daily Mass. Prior to the Mass, they pray the rosary. Following the Mass, they participate in the devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. New participants are welcome.
Adults desiring to complete their sacraments or to enter the Catholic Church enter the process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This Tri-Parish process lasts approximately nine months and culminates at the Easter Vigil. Volunteers are always needed as catechists and sponsors. Catechists lead small group discussions and present on topics relevant to the faith and from their own experience. Sponsors work one-on-one with candidates preparing to receive the Sacraments and become spiritual companions. Any person wanting to learn more about the Catholic Faith or to join our Catholic community should call Doreen Dabney at the Office Center (257-2414 x225).
RETREATS & DAYS OF RECOLLECTION
The Lemont Catholic Community offers opportunities to come together for an evening, a day, or a weekend to rejuvenate the spiritual life. These day and weekend retreats or days/evenings of recollection offer you the chance to reconnect with God and hopefully grow in your relationship with Him. They provide a chance to grow in faith and prayer while experiencing Christian community.
These retreats/days of recollection are held at various times of the year for different groups of people. Scripture, prayer/spirituality, and Christian living are common themes. Please watch the bulletin for details. Volunteers are needed to help for leadership roles and/or hospitality.
THEOLOGY ON TAP
Theology on Tap is a program sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago's Young Adult Ministry Office. It is a four-week summer speaker and conversation series. Catholic parishes host speakers and invite young adults in their 20s and 30s from the area to attend informational discussions focusing on faith, relationships, and work. These sessions provide young adults with opportunities to meet others their age with similar values - and to become updated on what it means to be a Catholic as an adult. The Lemont Catholic Parishes rotate hosting Theology on Tap.
Usually the third Sunday of most months September through May (except during Lent). Donuts, bagels, coffee, juice and milk are served after all the Masses. This is an excellent opportunity to meet fellow parishioners. If you would like to assist in this or other Social Commission ministries, you may do so by helping in planning, set-up, takedown, serving drinks and food, or bringing food.
The Social Commission represents the various committees that provide the parish with opportunities to gather at social events and Parish celebrations. The Commission assumes responsibility for fostering a welcoming spirit that invites all to participate in the life of the parish. To this end, we will provide a forum where those who worship at St. Alphonsus can gather in fellowship.