Parish Ministries

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held in Holy Cross Chapel (bell tower) from 9:20 AM on First Fridays to 9 AM on First Saturday.  ‘Adoration for Life’  is held on every Third Friday of the month from 9:20 AM to 9 PM.  The contact person is Mary Ann Wessel, (217) 245-9495.

Altar & Rosary Society: Open to all women of the parish and supports the church through prayer and by supplying altar and sanctuary needs (altar bread, wine, candles, linens, etc.).  The group meets at 1:30 PM on the second Monday of each month in the Upper Room of the convent.  Alice Massey is president, (217) 243-2758.

Art & Environment: Plans and creates the decor of the church for various liturgical seasons, i.e. Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Ordinary Time.  Time commitment is minimal.  If interested, contact the parish office, (217) 245-6184.

Campus Ministry:  Volunteers and musicians who help our priests with campus ministries at Illinois College and MacMurray College.  Contact either priest for more information. (217) 245-6184.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas: A national organization, the local chapter has been in existence since 1936.  CDA meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 320 ½ E. State Street.  Grand Regent is Janet Roach, (217) 204-5594.

Children’s Ministries/Breaking Open the Word:  Trained adult volunteers take children ages 4-8 to the bell tower chapel during the Liturgy of the Word during 10:30 AM Sunday Mass (Sept. - May).  The Scripture readings are directed to the children and are explained and discussed.  Children return to their pews after the General Intercessions.  Adults wanting to volunteer should call Sarah Wilson, (217) 370-4393.

Cursillo In Christianity: A retreat weekend which provides a living understanding of basic Christian truths and a desire to serve the Church.  This three-day experience is a powerful instrument of renewal in the Church, concentrating closely on the personal teachings of Jesus Christ.  Weekends are offered six times during the year.  Area representatives are John Little (217) 370-4203 and Margaret Little, (217) 370-4204.

Deaf Ministry: Provides religious coordination for Catholic students at Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) and the adult deaf community.  Volunteers fluent in sign language serve as catechists for ISD students.  Christine Lansaw is in charge of Deaf Ministry, (217) 371-0700. New this year is a Mass for the Deaf held on the 4th Sunday of each month in the Convent Chapel by Father Adam. Call the Church Office 245-6184 for more information.

 Doorbell Dinner Volunteers: Parishioners deliver hot noon meals and sack-lunch suppers to those in need, Monday-Friday, on a rotating basis with other community churches and organizations.  Call Kaye Coop, (217) 243-6176.

Eucharistic Ministers:  Assist the priests in the distribution of the Eucharist at all Masses.  Fr. Tom Meyer does the training for our Eucharistic Ministers.  Please contact the parish office, (217) 245-6184.

Eucharistic Minister to Sick and Homebound: Brings the Eucharist to the hospitalized, nursing homes and/or homebound on Sundays or weekdays.  Arrangements are made through the parish office, (217) 245-6184.  Coordinators for this program are Dan and Sandy Keesee, (217) 245-9584.

Funeral Luncheons: Volunteers are contacted to prepare dishes to share at luncheons following funerals of parish family members.  Volunteers also set up and serve these meals.  Contact Cindy Johnson if you can help with this ministry, (217) 675-2092.

Greeters:  Are ministers of hospitality for our parish.  Our greeters stand at the church doors to welcome those attending liturgy or other services.  Contact at the parish office, (217) 245-6184.

Hope & Caring Ministry: Visits with grieving families and holds gatherings for prayer and support. Contact Don and Rose Marie Beeley to be involved with this ministry, (217) 491-1167 or (217) 491-1360.

Knights of Columbus: A national organization, Council 868 was established in 1904.  The local Knights of Columbus Hall is located at 320 ½ E. State Street, (217) 243-1015.  The Grand Knight is Adam Haas.

Lectors:  Proclaim the Word of God at our parish liturgies.  Chris Oldenburg trains our lectors, (217) 473-5068.

Ministry of Praise: Members offer prayers for the needs of the parish.  Participants are given a book of prayers and are mailed a list of monthly intentions.  Those interested may contact Betty Gibson at the parish office, (217) 245-6184.
Minute Men: Meet most Monday mornings to assist with plumbing, electrical, carpentry, lawn care and general maintenance to help provide a safe, clean environment for the parish.  Contact Harry Coop for more information, (217) 248-6329.

Mom's Group:  All moms are welcome to join this group for friendship, support and prayer while the children play.  For more information contact Jessica Rosengren, (913) 674-6203.

Money Counters: Gather on Sunday mornings to count money and make bank deposits of the Sunday collection.  Money Counters are scheduled 5-6 times during the year.  Contact Janet Roach if interested in helping, (217) 204-5594. 

Music Ministries: We have two choirs - traditional and contemporary. Practices are on Thursday evenings for traditional choir and Tuesday evenings for contemporary choir.  New this year we have a Spanish Choir that meets Monday evenings and a Men's Choir. There is also a Children's Choir made up of students from Our Saviour School and students enrolled in PSR. Cantors work with the accompanist to lead the congregation in sung prayer during each Mass.  A pleasant, confident singing voice is required.  Organist and Pianists provide organ or piano music for Mass and other parish services.  For Music Ministry information, please contact Music Director Ann Marie Stahel or Patty Fitzpatrick, (217) 602-1377 or (217) 473-5311.

Prayer Line: Members of the parish who offer prayers for immediate needs via phone tree requests.  Karolyn Robson is the contact person, (217) 245-7789.

Parish School of Religion (PSR): Provides religious education for public school students of the parish. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings at Our Saviour Grade School from 6:30 to 7:45 PM from September through May.  Jill Alexander is in charge of the PSR program.

Prison Ministry: Listens and shares faith with prison residents through bi-monthly Bible study, Saturday morning Masses, and one Residents Encounter Christ (REC) retreat weekend a year.  Tom & Judy Cisne direct our Prison Ministry program, (217) 371-6670.

RCIA-Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults: Team members & sponsors journey with those interested in joining the Catholic Church, offering love, prayers and support.  Jim and Pat Nevins direct this process, (217) 243-4318.

RCIC-Rite of Christian Initiation for Children: Catechists, sponsors and parents journey with these children seeking the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).  Madonna Berry is the director of this process.  Children meet September through May.  Contact the parish office for information, (217) 245-6184 .

Right to Life: Parish group who work with and support the local Right to Life organization, focusing on parish involvement with RTL issues.  Linda Curtis is the contact person, (217) 245-9848.

Scripture Study: Different small groups meet weekly to read and study the Bible, or to study and share an understanding of the Sunday readings.  One group meets on Monday mornings at 9:30 AM. Contact the parish office for more information, (217) 245-6184.

Sister Parish: We financially support our sister parish in Guatemala with a second collection at all Masses on every first Sunday. 30% of the First Sunday collection is distributed among six local charities, while the rest goes to our sister parish. Contact Tom and Sharon Vieira for information, (217) 473-1071.

St. Vincent de Paul Society: New to our parish in 2017, we have joined with this Catholic lay organization which leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.  Those interested should contact Joe Kaufmann, (217) 370-0109.

Women's Prayer Breakfast Committee:  Parish women who help plan and organize our annual prayer breakfast and other events.  Contact Patty Fitzpatric (217) 473-5311 or Rose Marie Beeley (217) 491-1167.

Youth Ministry:  Aaron and Jessica Rosengren lead "The Outlet", our group of junior and senior high school students to grow spiritually though prayer, activities and service. The group meets 1st and 3rd Sundays at 7pm in the Convent Upper Room.