Staff – The Parish staff represents the administrative leadership of the parish. The staff is comprised of the Pastor, Deacon Couple, Director of Religious Education, Music Director, and support staff, including bookkeeping and secretarial assistance.
Parish Council – The Parish Council was established in January, 2006, to serve St Terrence Parish in achieving these four objectives:
1. To research the needs, the ideas, and the hopes of the Faith community;
2. To affirm, encourage, and support existing ministries;
3. To evaluate the quality of the spiritual life of the parish faith community;
4. To plan for the parish’s future by recommending policies, procedures, and programs that will implement its values and fulfill the mission of Christ. The Parish Council will assist with the implementation of the Parish Transformation plan, our strategic planning process that is taking place September through November of 2013.
Finance Committee – The Finance Committee includes parishioners who have expertise in management or finance. They are appointed by the Pastor and serve with these responsibilities:
• Review and approve any commitment of parish resources in excess of $10,000
• Review financial operating procedures and keep them in accord with the “Best Practices” policies and procedures established by the Archdiocese of Chicago
• Prepare the annual Parish Budget for submission to the Archdiocese of Chicago
• Communicate the annual End of Year report to the parishioners through the bulletin
Maintenance – The Maintenance / Custodial staff ensures that our buildings are safe, clean, and in good repair.
Spiritual Life Ministries: As Roman Catholics, our lives are centered in the Eucharist (the Mass). The following ministries serve to enhance our prayer and celebration.
Altar Servers – Altar servers assist the priest at weekend masses and special services such as First Communion and Confirmation. Altar serving is open to young people who are registered in the parish. They may begin this ministry in 4th grade and continue serving through High School. A training session is conducted prior to serving.
Eucharistic Ministers of Care – This ministry connects the parish family with those who are unable to get to church due to illness. The Ministers of Care are men and women of compassion and devotion. Their mission is to bring Holy Communion to the homebound and to patients in hospitals. A special training – six week instruction is provided to those who serve in this ministry, and they are mandated by the Pastor through the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – Eucharistic Ministers assist in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ at our weekend masses. People over the age of 18 who have a deep love and reverence for the Eucharist, who have been confirmed in the Catholic faith, and who attend mass regularly could request to serve in this ministry. A formation and training session is required for this ministry, and the ministers are mandated by the Pastor through the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Lectors – Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the community by reading the Scriptures at Mass. Lectors need to be confident in public speaking, have an understanding of the Scriptures they will proclaim, and attend a formation and training session prior to their participation in this ministry. Workbooks containing the weekly Scriptures are provided for their preparation and understanding of the Word of God.
Ministry of Praise – Ministers of Praise are parishioners who pray in their home for the needs of St. Terrence Community and the world. They receive a newsletter from the parish focusing on the needs of the community, the feast day of the saints during that month, and any additional intentions that are important to the Church throughout the world. Members are provided with a book of suggested prayers for this ministry.
Marriage Ministers – Marriage Preparation ministers meet with couples preparing for marriage. Wedding Facilitators assist couples and their bridal parties on the evening of the wedding rehearsal. They address any questions or concerns of the bridal party, and provide assistance at church on the day of the wedding to facilitate the celebration of the Sacrament.
Music Ministry – The Adult Choir is a traditional choir consisting of men and women from the parish who minister at scheduled masses throughout the year. The Bell Choir is open to anyone from junior high through senior citizens, and they provide hand bell music for our liturgies throughout the year. The Cantor Program provides cantors to lead the assembly in the singing of music at mass. The Children’s Choir consists of the voices of children, ages 7 to 13. The children sing at family masses throughout the year. The Teen Choir enables teens to share their voices, which greatly enhance our liturgies. They too serve at scheduled masses throughout the year. The Ensemble and The Trio round out our music ministry with their beautiful and distinct voices which lead us in sung prayer.
Sacristans – Our sacristans attend to the beauty of the Church; change and wash the altar linens, change the altar candles, and maintain a clean and beautiful environment in our Church.
Ushers – Ushers assist with welcoming and seating of guests at mass, take up the collection, arrange gift bearers, and distribute bulletins.
Catholic Education Ministries
Adult Formation – Throughout the year, various opportunities for the educational & spiritual development of adults are offered at St Terrence, including Bible Study, reflections on what it means to be Catholic, and formation for the parents of children in our religious education program.
Baptism Preparation – Facilitators lead a session for parents preparing for the baptism of their first child, reflecting on the meaning of the sacrament and how the sacrament is celebrated at St Terrence.
Religious Education Program – Our Religious Education program provides religious education and formation for our young people (Kindergarten through 8th Grade) and their families. Trained volunteers share their faith and knowledge of the Catholic faith in an age appropriate manner, using approved texts and curriculum. All volunteers complete criminal background checks, and attend “Protecting God’s Children.”
RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – The R.C.I.A. is a process of prayer, learning, and personal discernment for adults who are wish to consider joining the Catholic Church, as well as for adult baptized Catholics who have not received the sacraments of Eucharist (Communion) or Confirmation.
Human Concerns Ministries
Bereavement Ministry – This ministry is a resource for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The ministry expresses sympathy and shows emotional support by sending cards, offering a list of bereavement support groups, proving a remembrance prayer service for family and friends of the deceased, and assisting with the annual Mass of Remembrance in November of each year.
Food Pantry Ministry – Teams of parishioners distribute non-perishable food items to people in need in our community. The food is donated by parishioners and their donations are sorted and packed weekly. Food is distributed once per month. Currently, over 100 households receive regular assistance through the Food Pantry Ministry.
Loaves and Fishes Ministry – Loaves & Fishes is a dedicated group of parishioners whose mission is to help end hunger in our community. We prepare a warm and complete hardy meal for well over 50 families on a bi-monthly basis. All food is provided by donations from parishioners and Loaves & Fishes committee members. This is strictly a volunteer group and all parishioners are welcome to attend or serve.
Over 50 Singles Group – Begun in September of 2013, this group welcomes single adults over the age of 50 for socializing and group events. As of now there are no dues collected, and all single adults over 50 are welcome.
SPRED – Special Religious Education Development – SPRED is a small faith community group that welcomes persons with developmental disabilities to grow in faith at their own level, including preparation for the Sacraments of the Church. A trained core team works on a one to one basis at weekly sessions in a group setting.
Parish Life Ministries
Garden Club – Volunteers in our Garden Club plant flowers outside church; maintain and water plants inside and outside of church. The help provide a beautiful and welcoming space for all who come to worship with us.
Hospitality – The ministers of Hospitality provide refreshments and fellowship after weekend throughout the year. They set up, serve, and clean up after each welcoming session.
Men’s Club – The Men’s Club is composed of men from the parish who are 21 years of age or older. They support the beautification of the parish. They plan and run many family oriented activities, such as Breakfast with Santa, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Family Game Day, the Pasta Dinner, and the famous Parish Picnic. They also have events for the adults in the parish, including Football Playoff Party, Comedy Night, Evening with the Stars, trips to Cubs and Sox games, etc. At their monthly meeting, all men of the parish are welcome for a brief business meeting, followed by refreshments and fellowship. There is an annual dues collected from the membership.