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Ministries

Worship

The Eucharist is the center of our spiritual and community life

Adult Choir
Women and men parishioners who harmoniously praise the Lord through song at liturgies and special times throughout the year

Adult Servers
Parishioners who volunteer to serve at funerals and at selected Masses as needed

Altar Servers
Assist the priests at Mass, at weddings, and at special liturgies during the year. Boys and girls in fifth grade and above are welcome to participate

Cantors
Parishioners with musical talents who joyfully lead the congregation in prayer-filled song

Environment and Art
Focuses on the physical surroundings for worship. The group’s objective is to establish a simple, yet attractive church environment to enhance the liturgy. The worship space, the church furnishings and other related objects are arranged to help the assembly to embrace the season’s prayer

Eucharistic Ministers
Assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ. They are trained in the theology of the Eucharist and receive official mandates for the Archdiocese of Chicago

Guitar Group
Parishioners with vocal and instrumental talents who joyfully lead the congregation in prayer-filled song

Handmaids of the Altar

Lectors
Enhance the Liturgy of the Word by reverently proclaiming the Scriptures to the assembly. A training program assists the lector to reveal faith through a simple, natural delivery of the Word

Liturgy Planning
Discover what the Church’s prayer is about during the seasonal times of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter by reflecting on the principal scripture and prayer texts. The team members reflect on the Old and New Testaments, Psalms and Gospel readings to get an overview of the season. They note phrases, images, actions and attitudes that are central to the Word. From this sharing, they develop the focus, rituals and decorations to reflect the appropriate Christian season

Queen of Peace Prayer Group
Joins in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament each Tuesday evening. The participants offer prayers of adoration, thanksgiving and petition to the Lord. They incorporate various Marian and other devotional prayers and songs into their hour of prayer.

RCIA
Sacristans
Ushers

Parishioners who provide an atmosphere of welcoming and whose ministry facilitates the smooth movement of the liturgy

Community Life

Coordinates organizations that foster spiritual, educational and social development of its members

SH ACCW
The Sacred Heart Council of Catholic Women promotes spiritual growth and provides opportunities for many corporal and charitable works. Membership is open to all women of the parish. Volunteers from ACCW also serve as Handmaids of the Altar, caring for the vessels, linens and other items used in daily worship.
Meetings are held monthly, currently on the third Tuesday evening.

Holy Name
The Holy Name Society is a religious and social organization whose roots date back to 1274 A.D. The purpose of this organization is to love and respect the Holy Name of God and of Jesus in prayer, words and deeds, both in private and in public. Membership is open to all men of the parish.
The Holy Name Society, in conjunction with the ACCW, co-sponsor various events throughout the year.
Meetings of the Holy Name are held monthly, currently on the third Monday evening.

Fun Club
The purpose of the Fun Club is to provide opportunities for senior citizens of our parish to socialize and become better acquainted through activities of mutual interest. Individual members are to be 62 years of age, or couples must have at least one spouse who is 62 or older.
Meetings of the Fun Club are ordinarily held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, starting at noon. Field trips are offered frequently in addition to the meetings.

Lovin’ Links
The Lovin’ Links is an organization open to all married couples of the parish. The activities, held on a regular basis, offer opportunities to pause and reflect on relationships, to socialize with other couples, and to develop spirituality with one’s spouse.

Polish Club

Welcome Committee
The spirit of Sacred Heart Parish is the one that emanates from every person who enters here — long-standing members, new families and visitors. Our Welcome Committee consists of a group of individuals who gather regularly to help animate and support this spirit.

Bingo
The Holy Name Society sponsors Bingo each Thursday evening. This activity provides not only a means of entertainment and socialization for parishioners and neighbors, but also contributes greatly to the parish operating revenue. It takes many hands to prepare and conduct an evening of Bingo. New volunteers are encouraged to speak with a Bingo worker for details.

Education

Oversees all parish educational activities to facilitate growth in our Catholic faith

Baptismal Preparation

All parents who are preparing to welcome a child into the church through Baptism are required to participate in a Baptismal Preparation class. (Godparents are also welcome to participate.) The class provides information emphasizing the importance of the first sacrament and outlining the process for the baptismal ceremony.
Baptismal Preparation classes currently are held monthly on the last Tuesday evening.

First Faith
This is a program for four- and five-year-olds, offering them an invitation into Christian life. The children are led to experience the love as a member of the Family of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. The children learn prayers, songs and Bible stories, often through crafts and role playing.
The First Faith programs is conducted on Sunday mornings from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Elementary Religious Education
The Religious Education program is for children in 1st through 8th grades who attend public school. Classes are held weekly on Mondays or Wednesdays. Students are prepared for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. They are also instructed in the many aspects of the Catholic faith — Scripture, church teachings, prayer, spirituality and personal and social responsibility. (Class Schedule 2013-2014)

Youth Ministry
Students in junior high and high school are provided opportunities to grow spiritually, personally and socially. Leadership skills are promoted; social service is encouraged. Young people of Sacred Heart gather frequently to participate in many activities for fun and personal development.

Adult Education
Adult religious education programs are offered to fill the ongoing faith development and Christian living needs of Sacred Heart adult parishioners. Various topics are introduced regularly through the sponsorship of our own religious education office, as well as from the Vicariate V Ministry Commission, other parishes and nearby Moraine Valley Community College and Saint Xavier University.

Human Concerns

Coordinates parish outreach and assistance programs

Domestic Violence Outreach
The mission of the Sacred Heart Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry is to promote awareness, provide support, guidance, counseling and education for the prevention of domestic violence through community resources, advocacy and outreach programs that will empower survivors to have the confidence to regain control of their lives. Directory of Resources

Fair Trade Ministry
Ministry of Care

Trained and mandated parishioners bring Holy Communion and the prayers of the parish community to the homebound and to parishioners in nursing homes. Ministers of Care also make pastoral visits to parishioners in the local area hospitals.

Ministry of Consolation/Bereavement Ministry

Ministry to the Homeless

Ministry of Praise

Parishioners, many of whom are homebound, commit themselves to offer their prayers, works, and sufferings to God for the well being of others and for the needs of the parish and the universal Church.

Nursing Home Visitors
Make pastoral visits to the local nursing homes, bring the prayers and best wishes of the parish to the residents. At some homes they conduct Communion and prayer services.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Sacred Heart Prayer Shawl Ministry is dearly blessed with many hands doing God’s Work.
For centuries shawls have been symbols of embracing one another to show love, give comfort, shelter and solace. Do you know someone who is ill, undergoing tests, receiving chemotherapy, radiation, dialysis, suffering from depression, chronically ill, terminally ill or suffering the loss of a loved one? These are exactly the individuals who can benefit from receiving a shawl made by women of the parish. Whoever receives a shawl will know that the individual who made it is praying for them.
Please call the parish office for more information on how to obtain a shawl at 708-974-3336 X 6 and leave your name and phone number. There is no cost for the shawls.
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, at 9:30 a.m., in the Ministry Center.
Psalm 139: 13-14 You created every part of me knitting me in my mother’s womb. For such handiwork I praise you. Awesome is this great wonder.
The Sacred Heart Prayer Shawl Ministry is part of the National Prayer Shawl Ministry.

Respect Life
The mission of Sacred Heart Church’s Respect Life Ministry is to promote awareness in our parish and community that human life is a gift from God and is worthy of respect and protection at all stages from conception to natural death. With the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-life activities as our guide, we promote advocacy and outreach through Prayer, Education, Public Policy and Pastoral Care, and provide support, guidance and counseling through community resources. Respect Life Directory
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