Volunteer Opportunities

Thanksgiving Dinner at Culver's: On the weekend of October 28-29, we collected food for the Thanksgiving Dinner at Culver’s for our brothers and sisters in need.  This is the 14th year that St. Francis participates in this endeavor together with 4 other churches in Lake Zurich. We still need the following cooked items:

Pans of mac and cheese (10”x12”); Pans of green beans (10”x12”); Pans of flavored rice like Rice Pilaf (10”x12”); Salads (10”x12”); Pans of mashed potatoes (10”x12”); Pans of sweet potatoes (10”x12”); Pans of stuffing (10”x12”); Jars of gravy (18 oz. each); Bread rolls (24 per package); Large butter tubs; Large jars of jalapeños; Large containers of turkey broth

These items should be brought to Culver’s on Thanksgiving Day by 10:30 a.m.  If you are traveling and would still like to donate the nonperishable food ahead of time, please contact Patricia Linares at (847) 323-7485 or pjimenezlinares04@yahoo.com

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in need of volunteers for the following times:
• The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon - help is needed unloading the food delivery truck.
• Every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - help is needed sorting and shelving donations.
• Every Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. - help is needed distributing the donations.
• Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon - help is needed sorting and shelving donations.

Please feel to free to show up at any of the above times.  You are welcome to come for as long as you'd like or for only a shorter time if you're available.  Any help you can offer by giving of your time will be greatly appreciated!  Thank you in advance from the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. For more information or for questions about volunteering please contact Kathleen Murray by phone at
(847) 610-0477 or by e-mail at kathleenbmurray@gmail.com.  

Life Teen Youth Ministry: Our Youth Ministry Program is currently in need of volunteers to serve in a variety of capacities, including serving as Confirmation leaders and/or helping with Life Teen Mass, Life Nights, retreats, Wednesday Night Adoration, and our Prayer Team. For a full list of these opportunities, please click here.

Life Night Volunteers Needed: The St. Francis de Sales Youth Ministry program is also in need of volunteers to assist with Life Teen NIghts (Sundays). Volunteers would assist the Life Night Team and help lead discussions, activities, and faith formation for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. You can help lead discussions weekly, monthly, or quarterly as your schedule allows. Life Nights are held every Sunday night with the exception of holiday or Holy Day weekends, Mother's Day, and Father's Day.

Five Minutes a Day to Feed the Hungry: Emmaus House of Hospitality, a ministry at St. Francis de Sales, has a volunteer job opening for Food Rescue Coordinator. This assignment assists an existing network of volunteers who pick up donated food at local food vendors. The job essentially is checking e-mail and phone for messages from volunteers and ensuring that all pick-up commitments are made. Please call Bob Gorman at (847) 322-5176 for information.

Bereavement Ministry Seeks Volunteers: If you are looking for an opportunity to serve the St. Francis de Sales community, there is a gratifying position waiting for you. The Bereavement Ministry is in need of two volunteers to prepare the Worship Aides that are provided to mourners attending Funeral Liturgies at our parish. The booklets are extremely important as guides to those attending funerals from outside our community who may not be families within the Catholic Faith.

Requirements are experience using computers and a willingness to learn a simple procedure to prepare the booklets. Training is provided. This is an on-call, rotation position. St. Francis de Sales Parish averages 65 funerals annually. Please consider joining this important ministry. Please contact Karin Jurczak at the MInistry Center at (847) 438-6622.

Ushers Needed: We are looking for additional men and women to serves as ushers at our weekend Masses. We hope to increase our current ushers by an additional 20, to ensure that ALL of our ushers have options for scheduling and back-up in case anyone is on vacation, ill, etc. The usher's role is important. Responsibilities include greeting parishioners and guests, safeguarding the people in the Church, answering questions, direction people to pews, chairs, and restrooms, hospitality, as well as stewardship. If you are of high school age or older and wish to learn more about becoming a member of this important ministry, please contact Father Ryan at (847) 726-4723.