Christian Service Commission

The mission of the Christian Service Commission is to enable the parish community to put into practice the social teaching of the Church. The Commission creates, promotes, facilitates and serves the ministries that respond to human needs and work for social justice. It is in loving our neighbor that we show our love for the Lord.

Social Services

Diocesan Employment Resource Center:  Are you familiar with DERC?  We are an employment network under the Justice and Peace Office of the Joliet Diocese.  We have a wealth of resources to help both job seekers and employers such as articles to help you with a job hunt, a list of community resources including job ministries, a free job board to post open positions, and many others.  If you are an employer or work in Human Resources you can post open positions to the job board.  Please contact Christine M. Kieta at Christine.kieta@gmail.com if you are interested in becoming an employer permitted to use the job board.  You may also visit DERC’s website at www.dioceseofjoliet.org/derc for more information on the ministry.  Follow us on Twitter and search for the Diocesan Employment Resource Center Facebook page and LinkedInGroup to meet fellow job hunters and improve your networking.  

Harvest Sunday: This event is the largest on the calendar at St. Elizabeth Seton. The entire parish comes together: the youth, commissions, staff, families, parishioners of all ages. Everyone is welcome and needed. It takes place the last weekend of October and the first weekend in November.  Several Naperville churches run Harvest Sunday food collection projects on the same two weekends. Of all the churches involved, the project at St. Elizabeth Seton covers the largest geographical area. Over 46,000 food items are collected from 15,000 homes solicited by SES alone. These items are sorted, packed and loaded onto trucks for delivery. Two local food pantries and two Chicago area food pantries are filled. For more information, contact Michael Bannon at 630-416-1992 x6353 or email mbannonym@gmail.com.

Hesed HouseHesed House’s mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again. Four times a year, our parishioners work at the Hesed House Soup Kitchen in Aurora. Days and times are Mondays and Fridays, 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  For more information, contact Linda Hill at 630-527-9045 or smandlsh@sbcglobal.net.

Loaves & Fishes (Food Pantry):  St. Elizabeth Seton provides an opportunity for you to participate in helping those in need of basic necessities. We as a church community do this by providing a cart in the Lower Level of the church building for those who want to donate non-perishable food items, cleaning products, and toiletries. If you wish to donate such items, bring them to the lower level and place them on the cart. Each week a volunteer driver from the parish will bring the donated items from the cart to the Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry.  We are sometimes called upon to provide volunteer support to help out at the Community Pantry. If you wish to help at the Pantry, call the local pantry and make the arrangements directly.  For more information, contact Richard Vogler at 630-416-3887 or rgvogler@gmail.com.

Need You Right Now (NYRN):  Our mission is to build strength and show God’s love to those who struggle with mental health challenges using a Catholic Christian response that is fortified with Christian community support and tolerance.  We provide awareness, education, resources, and directed prayer toward those who suffer from this illness, their caregivers and family.  We will help a child of God to move out of the dark and into the dawn.  Volunteers are always needed to be a friend to those experiencing it and to support their caregivers. Information is found at www.NeedYouRightNow.com.  For more information, contact Gerard Erickson at 630-669-5653 or gmmgerickson@aol.com.
 

Public Action to Deliver Shelter (P.A.D.S.):  Each Thursday, September through May, the hungry and homeless gather at St. Margaret Mary Church in Naperville for a hot meal and a place to sleep for the night. The first Thursday each month, our parish is responsible for serving dinner and breakfast and hosting a secure and warm environment for the homeless of our area. PADS volunteers are needed to serve supper and breakfast, fix bag lunches, supervise the site and clean up the site on Friday morning. We work in four shifts from Thursday night at 6:00 P.M. until Friday morning at 7:00 A.M.

Share Christmas:  Share Christmas provides parishioners an opportunity to provide a gift for individuals or families who might otherwise receive nothing at Christmas. It is an opportunity for us to educate our children, as well as ourselves, about the Gospel mandate to be concerned about our sisters and brothers. Volunteers are required to staff a table, to distribute gift tags, and to receive the gifts (November and December).

St. Vincent de PaulThe SES conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is an autonomous group of parish volunteers who provide emergency financial assistance and guidance for those within our parish boundaries who are in need. Our trained volunteers do face to face interviews and provide compassionate support during difficult times. Call confidentially at 630-416-3325 x6409.

Transitional Housing (Bridge Communities)St. Elizabeth Seton Parish’s Bridge Communities is an outreach program designed to assist homeless families to reach a state of independence and self-subsistence. While in the program, families receive financial support through free housing and other subsidies. This financial support is donated by the Parish during this transitional period. To remain in the program, family members (especially the parents) must set and attain goals designed to prepare them for independent living. This transitional housing period is designed to last between 18 and 30 months for a homeless family.  While in the care of the parish, the family is under the close care and supervision of two to four trained mentors who act as the parish’s support and training arm, preparing the parent(s) to get the job training skills or education necessary to find a level of employment which will allow the family to become self-sufficient.  For more information, contact Jacqui Snyder at 630-369-8081 or godloves_u2@yahoo.com.

Social Justice

Environmental Ministry:  The focus of the St. Elizabeth Seton Environmental Ministry is a common-sense approach that balances environmental stewardship with the needs of human development, particularly with respect to economic concerns and access to energy resources. Our efforts are directed into the following three general activities.

  • Routine programs that habitually minimize waste and encourage recycling.
  • Special projects that concentrate on environmental clean-up.
  • Informing our fellow parishioners of environmental issues.

Our hope is to raise environmental awareness of the St. Elizabeth Seton parish through good example and pertinent information.  For more information, contact Art & Jeanne Sheridan at artandjeanne14@comcast.net.

Peace and Justice:  The Peace and Justice Committee is an active arm of the Service Ministry. Its stewardship is based upon our Catholic roots in Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching. Recent activities include direct service, emphasizing empowerment and advocacy, and addressing systemic issues which deprive vulnerable individuals and families of dignity and opportunity.

Respect Life:  Respect Life, at St. Elizabeth Seton, aims to keep present the truth of the sacredness of all human life. Through prayer, education, and public visibility and action, we proclaim that the unborn, aged and dying deserve loving care and concern. The group’s activities center around significant holidays, religious events, and Respect Life issues.  For more information, contact Linda Wheatley at 630-983-0105.

Pastoral Care

Alden Nursing Center Ministry:  Mass or a Communion Service is celebrated for the residents each Thursday, at 10:00 A.M. followed by the rosary. Communion is distributed in the rooms to those who were unable to come to the service. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is administered when the need is observed or requested.

Caring Cards Ministry:  We will send homemade uplifting and prayerful cards to parishioners and/or their loved ones  who are chronically ill, elderly/lonely, recently widowed, etc. Cards will be sent monthly and all information will be kept confidential.  To add someone to our mailing list or to volunteer to make cards, contact Celine Swieboda: ces@wideopenwest.com or leave a message at 630-961-9735.  

Funeral Luncheon Committee:  Luncheons are often provided to family and friends after a Funeral Mass. The committee provides food and acts as hostesses. We are always in need of additional people to prepare a side dish or dessert, or help as a hostess.

Helping HandsWe are parishioners who are willing to respond to requests for interim assistance with services that for one reason or another parishioners are unable to perform themselves.  Helping Hands provides temporary services, which typically take 1 to 2 hours and might include: 

  • Meals – preparation and delivery
  • Light housework – vacuuming, washing dishes, dusting, laundry
  • Local errands – medical appointments, Mass transportation, light grocery shopping
  • Visiting homebound person while caregiver runs errands
  • Light maintenance – changing light bulbs, furnace filters
  • Walking or feeding pets

Helping Hands ministry does not provide financial or medical assistance, if those resources are needed, please call the SES Parish Office.

Pastoral Care Ministers at Edward Hospital: “For I was… ill and you cared for me.” The Pastoral Care Ministry is intended to spiritually support those in special times of need. Pastoral Care Ministers offer compassion, a listening presence, prayer and the Eucharist. Each Wednesday, Pastoral Care Ministers from St. Elizabeth Seton bring Holy Communion to eleven different areas of Edward Hospital. The ministers are placed on a rotating schedule so that they visit the hospital once every five to six weeks.  This ministry is perfect for those who enjoy interacting with people and would like to bring the sacrament of Communion to those who are in the hospital. Those interested in participating in this ministry need to be Confirmed Catholics who are 18 or older.   For more information about Pastoral Care Ministers at Edward Hospital, contact Linda Hill at 630-527-9045 or smandlsh@sbcglobal.net.  For more information about Pastoral Care Ministers to the Sick and Homebound, contact Barb Brock at 630-369-0853 or bjbrock1123@aol.com.

Prayers & Squares:  An interfaith outreach ministry that combines the gift of a hand-tied quilt with the gift of prayer for someone in need.  The essence of this ministry is in the prayers offered for the recipient. For more information, contact sesprayerquilt@gmail.com.

Workers of Mercy:  A service group for young adults who have been confirmed through the age of 35. We are focused on serving our community through the Corporeal Works of Mercy, by working with the other members of the Christian Service Commission and responding to requests from our members as well as our church community. If you are in need of young adult volunteers or would like to volunteer, please contact Sarah Halweg at sarah.halweg@gmail.com

 

 

Christian Service Commission Chair:

Slav Czelusniak

847-274-0393

slawek@czelusniak.com