Volunteer Opportunities

Cross Bearers Needed: Inviting all teens who are 8th grade or older to prayerfully consider serving the parish as a Cross Bearer at weekend Masses. This important ministry of seeing the cross process in reminds us all why we are at mass and focuses our attention on HIM! The commitment would be one Sunday a month, or more if you choose, based on your availability. A short training session is provided. Your youthful presence reminds the community that all of us - young & old - have an important role in our parish! If you have any questions or are interested, please contact the Parish Office at 847-438-6622 or e-mail mmcglauchlin@stfrancislz.org.

SPRED Catechists Needed: We are currently in need of catechists for the 2018-19 SPRED program. Please consider joining this worthwhile ministry that serves young people with special needs in our community. SPRED, a program established for people with special needs, provides religious development and education through spiritual movement, music and Liturgical words. Those wishing to serve as Catechists do not need any educational or special needs experience. Many of our Catechists have never worked with children with special needs. They have soon discovered the joy and love that our friends give us during each session we share. SPRED is not just a ministry of serving others, but a ministry that fulfills our spiritual needs of growing closer to Christ. If you are being called to join SPRED as a Catechist, please contact Kelly Corrigan at 847-370-8127 or k.j.corrigan@comcast.net.

St. Vincent de Paul Needs Your Help: Would you like to serve your community with a gift of your time for 2 hours per week? Volunteers are needed to pick up donations from local stores! Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. For more information, please contact Paul Jankowski at (847) 438-2110 or jankowskip@sbcglobal.net or Kathleen Murray at (847) 610-0477 or kathleenbmurray@gmail.com.

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Leaders Needed: The St. Vincent DePaul Society is in need of adult volunteers to serve as Food Pantry leaders on Thursday evenings for food distribution. Volunteers would need to be available Thursday evenings, at least 1-2 times per month, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Training will be provided. Above average PC skills would be a plus. Ability to speak Spanish, a plus. These leadership positions involve setting up in advance of the arrival of our guests at 6 p.m..  This includes setting up the computers, printer, scanner, and applications required to run the food pantry.  It also includes being the central point of contact for all volunteers that evening, should questions arise.  It includes working with our clients to ensure they have been provided excellent service.  Finally, it includes closing everything down for the evening, making sure the facility is back in order, doors are locked, etc. If this might interest you, please contact St. Vincent de Paul Society at 847-726-4890 to arrange an in-person meeting to get more information.

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.