Members of this ministry minister to the sick in hospitals, nursing homes and private homes as well as providing transportation, and assistance.
For more information, please call Andrea Ricard (847) 255-7452.
If you are admitted to a hospital and would like a visit from a Parish Minister of Care, please call our Parish Office at (847) 255-7452 (Monday-Friday). We carry on Christ's mission by ministering to the spiritual needs of our parish & school community with prayers and comfort in times of sickness and suffering. If you or a member of your family would like to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist in your home please call, the rectory at (847) 255-7452.
One of the Church's most beautiful and consoling rituals, this sacrament keeps the Church's promise: We will not abandon you in your sickness, suffering, weakness, and struggle.
From the Middle Ages, this sacrament was called "Extreme Unction" or the "Last Anointing." With the sacramental renewal of the Second Vatican Council, the rite was restored to its earlier mode and the name changed to "Anointing of the Sick."
The name emphasizes the important point that it is a sacrament for the living. We are called to celebrate it as the Church's ordinary rite for the strengthening of those whose health is weakened by illness or age. In it not only are sick ministered to, but they are also minister: modeling to us faithful and hope-filled movement to Christ, even in the midst of suffering.
In this sacrament of "Anointing of the Sick" the Church proclaims its belief in Christ's power over the pain and isolation of illness. Our mission as Church is to do as Jesus did. Our Gospel stories are filled with Jesus' concern for the sick and his reaching out to heal them. Jesus made healing and anointing key in the disciple's mission. In the renewal of the sacraments called for by the Second Vatican Council, the anointing of the sick extended "beyond cases of mortal illness." In our day, celebrating this sacrament in the context of mutual prayer and concern for the sick, we are drawn into Jesus' work as healer. As the Anointing of Sick (particularly in communal celebrations), becomes a more normal part of Catholic experience, our attitudes toward sickness, suffering and limits, and our realization of our need for more than simply physical healing can undergo profound change.
Through the Ministry of Care, St. Alphonsus Liguori parishioners show their commitment to love their neighbors especially those in need either spiritually or physically. Their mission is to love and serve as Jesus did. While volunteers are needed to provide these services, parishioners who need these services are urged to contact the appropriate chairperson. These ministries exist to help. Generally volunteers participate in a series of training sessions held with neighboring parishes.
When funerals are planned at St. Alphonsus Liguori, a member of the Bereavement Ministry contacts the bereaved family and meets with them to plan the funeral Mass readings, music and other necessary arrangements for the Mass. While this is a difficult time for the bereaved, these ministers receive extremely positive feedback for providing this service.
They also follow up with the family later afterwards in gentle and caring manners. Training for this specialized ministry is provided. Only those who have completed this specialized Ministry of Care training can participate.
This is a new ministry is here at St. Alphonsus Liguori and you can be part of it! Our goal is to make Prayer Blankets for the sick of our Parish. These fleece blankets are made, blessed and sent with our prayers to those who are ill. The group has been busy sewing and cutting blankets that will be blessed at Mass and given to someone who needs our prayers. If you have someone in your family who is sick, confined to a wheel-chair, or bed-ridden and could use a prayer blanket, call the rectory at (847) 255-7452 with your name, telephone number and information.
This ministry has been founded to provide support for fellow cancer survivors. Experiences are shared to help those battling this disease. Caregivers too may wish to participate. Volunteers should have dealt with cancer in their own lives. Those currently coping with cancer are urged to join the group.
These ministers provide solace to those unable to leave their homes by providing Eucharist, visiting and praying with parishioners, who may have returned from the hospital, be physically challenged or are otherwise unable to attend Mass. Also, they are trained to provide information about other services available to the homebound. Relatives are urged to ask about this service for their loved ones.
Volunteers who have completed Ministry of Care training visit Northwest Community, and Lutheran General hospitals. Parishioners are urged to let thier parish name known when admitted and, if possible, have someone call the rectory to request visit, anointing, etc. Additional training is provided by the hospital staff. Volunteers may work one day a week or every other week. Again, please, parishioners should notify the Parish office of hospital admissions to ensure a visit is scheduled. 847-255-7452.
Each Tuesday morning volunteers from St. Alphonsus Liguori visit Brookdale senior facility to conduct a communion service or to assist at a monthly Mass. Residents, many of whom are unable to attend Sunday Mass, have the opportunity to receive the Eucharist, listen to appropriate readings, sing familiar hymns and even receive a Sunday Bulletin. Volunteers receive Ministry of Care training and "on-the-job" training as well.
Volunteers drive physically challenged or senior parishioners to Mass, doctors' or otherLOCAL medical appointments. 24 Hours notice is requested for us to identify a driver who is available. Volunteers are needed either during the week or on the week-end for Mass/medical pickups. The time commitment is minimal, depending upon demand. Please call 847-255-7452 to begin the process of arranging transportation.
Would you like to become a member of the Transportation Ministry? We are seeking volunteer drivers for this meaningful and much needed ministry. For more information, please contact Andrea Ricard (847) 255-7452, x 170.