We are the Body of Christ. Each of us is blessed with unique gifts that are ours to share to build the Body of Christ. Together in our journey of faith, we are called to contribute in different ways. To be good stewards of God’s gifts, we must seek out the best ways to identify those gifts and share them. Together we can truly build the Body of Christ, but it takes the unique talents of each of us. Recalling the words of our Lord, “…much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Lk 17:48) Your full, active participation in parish life will enrich you, our parish and beyond.

Who should join a ministry or volunteer for a special event? All are welcome. Reflect on the following:

  • What’s your special talent? We all have many but sometimes don’t recognize them.
  • How much time you can commit? Some ministries require you to attend meetings regularly; some do not.
  • There are a variety of ways to serve even without joining a ministry or attending meetings. For example, many hands are needed for annual events such as our St. Joseph’s Table, Fall Fest and Annual Auction.
  • Have you ever felt that you wanted to give service to our faith community but didn’t know how? Are you a good organizer, speaker, cook, jack of all trades, lawyer, computer savvy, professional consultant, retired, enjoy working with children?
  • Would you be interested in sharing our faith with our young by teaching Faith Formation classes or helping with Vacation Bible School?
  • Are you more comfortable as part of a team? Or would you rather serve behind the scenes?
  • You may have some physical limitations and wonder how you can serve. Think about spending time with our Lord in our Chapel.

You may join most ministries simply by getting in touch with the contact person listed. However, those who serve on councils, commissions or boards are appointed by the Pastor or are selected through discernment. The only other prerequisite is for those who are involved with minors on a regular basis and those who may have an opportunity to be alone with children during parish, school or religious education sponsored events. These volunteers are required to attend a Vitus Protecting God’s Children program. This program is sponsored by the Diocese at no cost to the participant.

Please don’t let this prerequisite deter you from inquiring about becoming a volunteer. We welcome the opportunity to answer your questions and help you through the process. The satisfaction that comes from serving God through service to one another will change your life.

Our parish bulletin posts calls for volunteers for a variety of events. If you are uncertain about participating, call the contact person. Inquiries are always encouraged. Most of all we ask that you prayerfully consider becoming active in our journey of faith through the sharing of your God given gifts.

Fill out the Stewardship Time And Talent Form to see how you can get involved today.

Brief descriptions about parish ministries follow. Which one is calling you?

Ministries

Adoration Prayer Chapel
Group leaders discuss and plan Eucharistic Adoration in the Prayer Chapel.
Contact: Deacon John and Linda Chan – (630) 941-8918

Altar Servers
Assist the clergy and other ministers at liturgical functions.  Servers should have received their First Communion, be in the 4th grade or higher, be able to handle the responsibilities.
Time commitment: Must be able to attend Mass at St. Pius X Church.
Contact: Deacon Larry Lissak – (630) 627-4526 x207

Art and Environment
Enhances the interior and exterior of the church building to reflect the spirit of the liturgical seasons of the church year.
Contact: Sallie McGinn – smcginn@stpiuslombard.org

Baptism Preparation
Assists parents and godparents in their preparation for the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism for their child.
Time commitment: Must be available on the first Monday evening of the month to assist with Baptism Preparation.
Contact: Kelly Reznicek – kellyrez@comcast.net

Bereavement Ministry
Helps families prepare the Funeral Mass; members attend the wake and funeral service, and Masses of Remembrance.
Contact: Ron Olbrysh – (630) 613-9039 – cro922@comcast.net

Boy Scouts
Prepares young boys to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Contact: Dan Matasek – (630) 220-3602 – dmatasek@gmail.com

Building and Grounds Committee
Oversees the overall planning and development of parish facilities and the exterior environment.
Contact: John Matyasik – (630) 627-4526 x208

Christian Administration Commission
Supports the Pastor and Business Manager in the management and coordination of financial affairs and physical properties of the parish. It also oversees communications and marketing of the parish.
Contact: Dave Poirier – (630) 620-2410  poirier531@yahoo.com

Christian Faith Formation Commission
Is responsible for the ongoing faith formation needs of all age groups in the parish. It is charged with coordinating and providing life-long Christian formation for all members of the parish.
Contact: Caryn Kuhlman – (630) 519-3691   carynkuhlman@att.net

Christian Life Commission
The purpose of this commission is to see to the social and community-building needs of the parish; to encourage a balance of activities and ministries that represent and address parish diversity in lifestyle, age, and ethnicity.
Contact:  John Plotke – (630) 941-9493   

Christian Service Commission
This commission’s responsibility is to enable the parish community to put into practice the social teachings of the church. It creates and promotes, both at the local level and in the broader community of city, state, nation and world, programs which respond to human needs and work toward justice.
Contact: John Plotke – (630) 941-9493 

Christian Worship Commission
The purpose of this commission is to provide meaningful communal prayer experiences. It promotes the continuous liturgical and spiritual renewal of the parish community.
Contact: Michelle LoCoco -(630) 567-0373  – piclogallo24@yahoo.com

Council of Catholic Women (CCW)
Promotes parish camaraderie, assists those in need; expands spiritual well-being; and provides funds for the needs of the parish and community.
Contact: Michelle Weiland – (630)209-7479  weiland@hotmail.com

Cub Scouts
Supports family life for boys in 1st through 5th grades with the goal of guiding them to be self-reliant, dependable and caring individuals.
Contact: Dominick Romano – (630) 432-3282 – CubScoutPack140Lombard@gmail.com

Cursillo
Strives to provide retreat attendees with techniques, spiritual strength and support to make natural evangelization possible within their various environments.
Contact: Caryn Kuhlman – (630) 519-3691 –  Cell (630) 730-8027 carynkuhlman@att.net

Elementary Faith Formation
Provides grade school children who attend public school, and their families, the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of our faith, and deepen their relationship with God.
Contact:  Kindergarten – 5th grades – Elizabeth Becerra
6th  – 8th grades – Mark Restaino

(630) 627-1551  –  faithformation@stpiuslombard.org

Elizabeth Ministry
Ministry members engage in outreach to women and their families in special times of motherhood; affirming, supporting, encouraging and assisting women in their child-bearing years. Visits are made to women and families who experience pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, infant death, infertility, adoption, and postpartum depression. Meals provided during times of need. Members also assist priest/deacons during Baptisms.
Time commitment: Monthly meetings 1st Thursday 7:00 PM – Participation in activities depending on personal circumstances.
Contact: Marylou Johnson – (630) 620-0087  grandma1j@comcast.net

Environmental Awareness Committee
Dedicated to making St. Pius X environmentally friendly and making parishioners aware of ways to protect God’s greatest gift – the Earth. Ongoing projects include collection and recycling of drugs, cell phones and batteries.                                                                    Contact: Parish Office – (630) 627-4526

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Help the priests and deacons in nourishing the Assembly with the Body and Blood of Christ.
Contact: Tom Trefilek (630) 363-7200 – omsil@hotmail.com

Faith Formation Board
This board is in the process of development.  Those interested in becoming involved in this ministry should get in touch with the Faith Formation Office.
Contact: Faith Formation Office – (630) 627-1551 –
 faith formation@stpiuslombard.org

Faith and Family Children’s Liturgy
The purpose of this ministry is to invite and encourage families whose children are enrolled our Faith Formation Program and our School to celebrate the Eucharist together with their families in order to draw us into a closer relationship with each other and our Lord.  The Liturgy of the Eucharist provides opportunities for every family to enjoy the joy of worship together. 
Contact:  Kristine Gergen – (630) 629-5088 – krismail2020@gmail.com

Fellowship Committee
Oversees and coordinates parish ministries and individuals who sponsor hospitality for Fellowship Weekends, Simple Suppers and the Easter Vigil Reception; assists with special events as requested by Pastor or Staff.
Contact: Leanne Newman – (630) 627-8509 – newman.leanne@sbcglobal.net

Finance Council
The Finance Council is a consultative body that assists the Pastor in his administrative responsibilities through fiscally prudent management of parish finances, and in the administration of parish goods and resources.  Members are appointed by the Pastor.
Contact: Frank Enda – (630) 932-1768 – fjenda@aol.com

Girl Scouts
In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as field trips, community service projects, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others, develop values to guide their actions, and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.
Contact: Anne Goodhart – (630) 519-3359 – annegoodhart@yahoo.com

Hispanic Ministry
Provides for the spiritual needs of the Hispanic Community through weekly Mass in the Spanish language and through Faith Formation Programs.
Contact: Laura Mora – (630) 627-4526 x203

Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a worldwide Catholic fraternal organization for men that provide members and their families with volunteer opportunities for service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.
Time commitment: Monthly meetings 1st and 3rd Thursdays, and participation in service opportunities.
Contact: Jerry Kramer – (630) 629-2342

Lectors
Bring the Real Presence of God to the Assembly through the proclamation of the Word at Mass.
Contact: Jeff Molenda – (630) 627-8451

Liturgy of the Word for Children
Provides the younger children of the parish who attend Sunday Mass with their families, the opportunity to hear and respond to the Liturgy of the Word for that Mass, as a group, at their age level.
Contact: Laura May –  (1) mayboys4@hotmail.com  (2) (630) 516-3909
(3) Cell (708) 267-0467

Marketing and Communications Committee & Media Team
Promotes church, school, and other parish ministries through the weekly bulletin, parish website, Facebook and local publications. Members design and distribute marketing materials, and strive to keep parishioners and the community at large well informed about parish activities.

The Media Team records various events in the form of videography and/or photography for the purpose of promoting parish ministries and preserving the history of St. Pius X Parish for future generations.
General Contact:  Marylou Johnson – (630) 627-0087 – grandma1j@comcast.net
Media Team Contacts:
   Facebook:  Nestor Acosta:  reach4sky@yahool.com
   Photography:  Frank Krawczyk (630) 629-5954 – fotofrank@att.net
   
Videography:  Ron Olbrysh (630) 613-9039 – cro922@comcast.net

Marriage Preparation
Ministry couples help engaged couples prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage by administering the FOCCUS questionnaire and discussing the results with the couple.
Time commitment: Should be able to work with 3-5 engaged couples per year, and spend two 2-3 hour sessions per couple. Ministry couples must be stably married for at least 10 years and be trained to administer the FOCCUS questionnaire.
Contact: Deacon Larry Lissak – (630) 627-4526 x207

Marriage Enrichment Ministry (MEM)
Because healthy marriages and families are the cornerstone of society and our faith communities, we believe our parishes need to actively support married couples with many opportunities to strengthen and grow that are practical, experiential, prayerful, celebratory and inspirational.

Therefore, Marriage Enrichment is support and encouragement for married couples to strengthen their relationships by providing opportunities for them to deepen their union by growing emotionally and spiritually.  To become actively involved in this ministry or learn more about it, get in touch with the contact below.
Contact: Karin McNicholas – (630) 699-2391 – EasternDuPageMEM@gmail.com

 

 

Mary Immaculate Queen Group
Prays and works together for the salvation of souls, encourages parishioners to have their homes blessed, and to extend the Shrine’s enthronement.  This group assembles and provides rosaries, free of charge to those who request them.  They pray the rosary daily before the morning Mass, and on Wednesday evenings.
Contact: Sarah Giovenco – (630) 629-9165

Mass Coordinators
Mass Coordinators are assigned to a specific Mass each weekday/weekend to ensure that all items necessary for the celebration of Mass are in place, and that all lay ministers: Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors serving at each Mass are present, and if necessary, to find replacements for them. They must arrive at least 20-30 minutes prior to Mass and should make themselves available to the Priest to attend to any details or last minute preparations.
Contact: Michelle LoCoco – (630) 567-0373 – piclogallo24@yahoo.com

Men’s Group: Faith Sharing and Formation
This ministry meets weekly to encourage and build one another up in Christ through friendship and accountability. We help men foster and develop Godly values and virtues by providing the tools and resources that can help identify one’s spiritual gifts and how to employ them. We support one another in living out our vocation as Catholic men who are fathers, husbands, disciples in the work place, and servants in the church.
Contact: Mark Reznicek – (630) 915-5954 – mrez.for.jesus@comcast.net

Ministers of Care
Bring the Eucharist to parishioners who are homebound, hospitalized or in nursing homes.
Contact: Deacon Larry Lissak – (630) 627-4526 x207

Ministers of Hospitality (Greeters and Ushers)
Greeters assist parishioners and visitors to our church via a warm welcome and by answering their questions. Ushers find seating, take up collections and assist with the Communion procession.
Contact: Bill Sutton – (708) 668-8631

Mission Experience
Provides an opportunity for people who wish to experience a short term mission. Each mission has its own requirements for skills, health, and time commitment.
Time commitment: 7-14 days per mission
Contact: Deacon Larry Lissak – (630) 627-4526 x207

Music Ministry (Instrumental and Vocal)
St. Pius provides many opportunities to join in worship through song in both solo and ensemble settings. Interested musicians of all ages and voice/instrument type are encouraged to join.
Contact: Kirsten Currie – (630) 386-5525

New Evangelization Ministry
Seeks to rekindle or deepen a love for Jesus Christ and the Gospels by providing a variety of opportunities and resources to parishioners at all stages of their faith journey to empower them to spread the Good News.

The New Evangelization Online Prayer Ministry is a simple way to help get the word out if you or someone you know is in need of prayer. It is also a way for you to become a Prayer Warrior. To request a prayer or to offer to become a Prayer Warrior, simply send an e-mail to SPXPrayerRequest@gmail.com.
Contact:  Barb Harazin – (630) 629-7596 – bharazin@comcast.net

 

Nursery Ministry
This ministry provides on site child care for children from the age of 3 months to 6 years, while their parents are attending the 10:00 AM Sunday Mass at St. Pius X parish.
Time Commitment: 2 hours each week: 9:45  – 11:45 AM
Contact:  Mark Restaino (630) 779-6207

Pastoral Council
The Pastoral Council as a consultative body to the Pastor strives to be representative of the St. Pius X parish community; and to provide leadership in carrying on the mission of the Church through a spiritually based vision for the Parish. Members are selected through the process of discernment.  Commission chairs, as members of the Pastoral Council, serve as the link between the Council, the other Commissions, and the ministries aligned with them.
Contact: Frank Birner –  (630) 816-5527   smc3979@aol.com

Peace and Justice
The purpose of this ministry is to increase awareness of and to promote peace and justice issues, and to act when necessary and capable. Currently, this ministry is inactive. We ask that you prayerfully consider becoming involved in this ministry which is at the heart of Christian life.
Contact: Parish Office – (630) 627-4526 – parishoffice@stpiuslombard.org

Prayer Shawl Ministry
The purpose of this ministry is to reach out to others to offer prayer through the comfort of tangible gifts such as handmade shawls and other like items.
Contact: Maria Wachholz – (630) 495-0767 – mariawachholz@gmail.com

Public Action to Deliver Shelter (P.A.D.S.)
This ministry provides Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast to the homeless, and staffs the P.A.D.S. site throughout the night on the fourth Friday of each month, October through April.
Contact: Jerry Palm – (630) 834-7291; cell (630) 248-7598 – ringsel1@att.net

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
Prepares adults who wish to enter the Catholic Church; also prepares baptized Catholics who have not made their First Communion and/or Confirmation.
For preparation of adults, contact theParish Office – (630) 627-4526 – parishoffice@stpiuslombard.org
For preparation of children, contact the Faith Formation Office –
(630)  62 7-1551  – faithformation@stpiuslombard.org

Sacramental Preparation for Grade School Children
Provides grade-school children and their families with the teachings that will enable them to grow closer to the Lord and His Church, while they are preparing for the reception of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation.
Contact: Kindergarten – 5th grades – Elizabeth Becerra
                   6th – 8th grades – Mark Restaino
(630) 627-1551 – faithformation@stpiuslombard.org

Sacristans
Support the liturgy by laundering and caring for altar linens, and altar server robes.
Contact: Michelle LoCoco – (630) 567-0373 – piclogallo24@yahoo.com

School
Accepts and teaches the Good News and develops each child’s character, intellect, and identity to provide them with a foundation for a life modeled on Jesus Christ.
Contact: Daniel Flaherty, Principal (630) 627-2353 – dflaherty@stpiuslombard.org

School Board
Advises and supports the pastor and principal in the leadership of our parish school. Members model Christian leadership through service, and promote the spiritual and intellectual growth of our children. Members are selected through the process of discernment.
Contact: Arlene Nowicki   arlenen9@comcast.net

Senior Citizens Group (V.I.P.’s)
Participate in senior group social activities and monthly meetings.
Contact: Jan Reynolds – (630) 710-1657  or
                  Mary Ann Wright – (630) 941-0742

SPRED (Special Religious Development)
Program is for disabled individuals who cannot receive catechesis in a Catholic school or Faith Formation setting. There are four age groups: 6-10; 11-16; 17-21; 22 and older. All participants meet one-on-one with a catechist.
Contact: Jackie Stawiarski – (630) 495-4610 momsgirls4@gmail.com

Stewardship Council
The Stewardship Council is a consultative body that assists the Pastor in the development of a Catholic community atmosphere whereby the spiritual as well as the social needs of parishioners can be realized through a total stewardship program of time, talent and treasure. Members are appointed by the Pastor.
Contact: Leanne Newman– (630) 627-8509 – newman.leanne@sbcglobal.net

St. Vincent dePaul Society
Assists people in our community in need of food, clothing, rental assistance, utility assistance, and other emergency needs. Recipients are the poor and those in temporary need.
Time commitment: Meetings on the 2nd and 4th Sunday each month at 9:00 AM. Volunteers assist clients during regular posted hours. Other activities include home visits, clothing drives and Thanksgiving food distribution.
Contact: Wally Newman – (630) 815-9434 – wwn127@sbcglobal.net

Vocation Ministry
The mission of the St. Pius Vocation Ministry is to call all parishioners to their primary vocation in life which is holiness.  By promoting and educating parishioners about the secondary vocations of the priesthood, religious life, marriage, and single life, we hope to help all discern God’s will in their lives for their secondary vocation.  The work of this ministry is to pray and to develop uplifting, encouraging, educational activities that create a fertile environment so that God can plant the seed, and that the Holy Spirit can water that seed in the hearts of individuals.
Contact:  Ken LeBeau –  (630) 818-6261 – lebeau.kj@outlook.com

Welcome Committee
Contacts newly registered parishioners to welcome them to the parish, provides information about parish organizations and answers their questions.
Contact:  Caryn Kuhlman – (630) 519-3691   carynkuhlman@att.net

Youth Ministry
The St. Pius X Youth Ministry is for any middle school, 6th-8th grade, and high school student interested in growing their faith, serving the community, and having fun with friends. The Youth Ministry at St. Pius X partners with our Faith Formation program and together we seek to disciple teenagers through education, service, community, prayer, worship, and the sacraments.
Contact: Mark Restaino – (630) 779-6207

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