Please consider offering your time, talent or treasure to help others in our community. Read below to find out how you may be able to serve. (Everyone involved in the ministries at St. Laurence are required to complete the diocesan volunteer documents.) They are:
Adult Bible Study | Cursillo | Eucharistic Adoration | Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Usher | Fellowship Sunday | Finance Council | Food Pantry | Greeters | Heavenly Dusters | Hispanic Ministry | Hospital, Homebound, & Nursing Home Eucharistic Minister | Knights of Columbus | Music Ministry | Office Assistants | Parish Building Maintenance | Religious Education Teachers/Subs | Sacristan | Social Action Committee | St. Vincent de Paul | Website and Communication Management | Women of Evangelization | Interest Form
If you will be volunteering with our parish, please review the Diocese of Rockford required documents here.
The Finance Council is created pursuant to Cannon Law for the purpose of serving and advising the pastor on all budgetary and financial issues related to the parish. The Finance Council meets monthly the entire year. For more information, please contact Father Andrew through the church office. 847-468-6900
Assist office staff with a variety of Ad-hoc projects. For more information, please contact the parish office 847-468-6900.
Parish Building Maintenance
All trades including electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting, flooring, HVAC, and other skills are invited to help save expenses on the labor associated with repairs at the church and the winter and spring clean-up of the grounds. Committee is led by Father Andrew.
If you would like to receive information to become a Eucharistic Minister, Lector (reader) or Usher for Church, please call the Parish Office. All training and guidelines will be provided.
- Eucharistic Ministers – prayerfully serve the people of St. Laurence by distributing the Body and Blood of Christ during Eucharistic celebrations. Confirmed adults distribute Communion at Mass. Training provided. Commitment: Serve one to two times per month, at the Mass of your choice.
- Lectors are Confirmed adults and youth who proclaim God’s Word at our liturgies. After training, they will be commissioned as Lectors.
- Greeters welcome parishioners to each mass. They offer a friendly smile and warm greeting to members as they enter the church. They offer assistance to anyone who might need help or guidance on where the elevator, washrooms etc. might be.
- Ushers Ministry helps in making sure liturgies and other functions are conducted in an orderly manner. They help with seating, greeting, emergency medical or other needs, etc. The only requirement to become a member of the Ushers Ministry is a desire to be helpful to the parish and its members, and to serve in a responsible manner in terms of meeting schedule commitments. The ushers serve at all weekend and Holy Day Masses and other liturgical functions. The Ushers Ministry is open to any Confirmed parishioner. For more information, please contact the parish secretary.
The Music Ministry provides the music and leads the singing at the liturgy. The Music Ministry includes the Cantors and Instrumentalists and the various mass choirs during our masses at – Saturday 4 PM, 6 PM (Spanish) Sunday: 7:15 AM, 9:30 AM , & 11:30 AM (Spanish) masses. We are always looking for choir members, Piano/Organ Choir Accompanist, Instrumentalists and Cantors. Please contact our Music Director: Kimberly Gurga through the Parish office 847-468-6900.
Sacristans are responsible for ensuring that the sacred vessels, altar, and general worship space are prepared before the celebration of Mass. After Mass and after the sacred vessels are purified, the Sacristan is responsible for cleaning them, putting them away and ensuring the worship space is restored to normal. For more information, please contact Father Andrew via the parish office.
Volunteers wash and iron sacred linens used at Mass. Commitment: 90 minutes, every other month. For more information, please contact the parish office.
Volunteer’s clean pews, dust windowsills and statues, and do whatever cleaning is necessary. The Heavenly Dusters work on Friday afternoon. Contact Margarita Pantoja through the parish office.
Eucharistic Adoration relies on parishioners signing up for one hour slot to take a regular opportunity to pray and worship before Christ present in the Holy Eucharist on Wednesday from 5-7 PM and the first Friday monthly 4-6 PM
For more information, please contact Mary Berg through the Parish Office 847-468-6900.
Adult Bible Study
Bible studies are organized at different times throughout the week in both Spanish and English. Check our church calendar for the dates and times or check with the Parish Office for more details.
Religious Education Teachers, Subs, and Aides
Religious Education – RE at St. Laurence serves youth in grades K through 8 and their families, as well as the catechists who serve in this ministry. It is divided between Children’s Ministry (grades 1-4) and Early Teen Religious Education (grades 5-8). Religious Education also includes the preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation. We need Teachers/Sub/Aid for RE Classes. For more information, please contact Thomas O’Leary through the Parish office: 847-468-6900.
Have you ever wondered about the all the Cursillo Group meetings that are scheduled at various times during the week, women’s, men’s, men’s Spanish, women’s Spanish? These are groups of men and women who are living their “Fourth Day”, supporting each other in living Christian lives in a secular world. The “Fourth Day” begins after the three-day Cursillo Weekend and continues for the rest of our lives!
That sure does seem like a HUGE commitment, doesn’t it? That’s our faith. That’s our Catholic faith life here on earth…to grow as Christians and to transform the world in a way that is more fruitful than the past and in keeping with the times. That’s the focus of Friendship Group Reunions (at St Laurence, we refer to them simply as Cursillo Group). Cursillo Groups are groups of friends who are committed to meet each week to encourage each other to continue their pilgrimage with Christ.
- Are you looking for a more fulfilling, peaceful, and joyful life?
- Do you desire to have a closer relationship with God?
- Do you want to meet others with whom you can share your journey of faith?
That’s what a Cursillo Group is and does, nurtures Christian growth, provides us, as laity, with the means to experience a renewed spirituality that deepens our understanding of how God works in our everyday lives.
Questions about how you go about joining a group? Call Joe Bermea @ 847-857-1307 or Belinda Bermea @ 847-347-6876. DeColores!
Men’s Groupings meet every
Women of Evangelization
Women of “E” for short is composed of a group of Women that meet every Saturday morning. These meetings include discussions on what it means to be a Catholic woman in today’s world. All women are invited to gather at St. Laurence for a day of inspiration that provides you with many opportunities to grow in your prayer life, faith and service.
For more information, please contact Kim Mailloux through the Parish office.
The leader of this group is Rosey Valencia.
Social Action Committee
There are two components to this group. One is year round and the other is the Christmas Giving Tree. The Giving Tree provides Christmas gifts for individual families and various organizations throughout the Elgin area. Both are lead by Joanne Engers.
Bring food items that you would like to donate and place it in the locker in the Narthex. Members of St. Laurence staff will collect the food for the Elgin Area Food Pantry and deliver it once a month. For more information, please contact Kim Mailloux through the Parish office 847-468-6900.
St. Vincent DePaul
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
Members of the Society of St.Vincent de Paul (or “Vincentians” ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.
We know that we are not alone. We are part of an international society of friends united by a spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings, and adherence to a basic Rule.
Energized by the awareness that service to our brother or sister in need is in fact an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ, members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are keenly aware that poverty, suffering and loneliness are present for millions in our communities. For that reason, we collaborate with all who seek to relieve need and address its causes.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless.
The list of services of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States is endless. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul: “Charity is infinitely inventive.”
For more information, please contact Chris Dennison through the church office. This ministry is a combined effort for St. Laurence and St. Thomas More. Meetings are held at St. Laurence on the 2nd Tuesday monthly and at St. Thomas More on the 4th Tuesday at 7PM. If you would like to donate directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Society for St. Thomas More and St. Laurence, you may link here.
If you are in need of assistance, please call the St. Vincent de Paul confidential answering machine at 847-628-5170. A volunteer should reach out to you within approximately 48 hours.
Knights of Columbus (Council 654)
The Knights of Columbus is an order of Catholic men and their families, dedicated to promoting the concepts of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. For more information, please contact Michael Kmiecik or Lorenzo Ruiz through the Parish office 847-468-6900.
Volunteers host Donuts, bagels, fruit, coffee, tea, juice and friendship. This group hosts once a month after the 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday Masses. For more information, please contact Bonnie Kararo or Annette Rogman through the Parish office 847-468-6900
Hospital, Nursing Home & Homebound Ministers of Care
The Extraordinary Ministers of Compassion staff this ministry that deals with those parishioners who are unable to be at church, or may need the extra blessings that receiving the Eucharist can provide.
The Catholic Parishes in Elgin have a day each week to bring the Eucharist to Catholic patients at Sherman Hospital. St. Laurence’s day is Friday. Training through Sherman Hospital and St. Laurence are necessary to be part of this ministry.
Members of the Nursing Home group visit and bring Eucharist to those who are unable to worship with us here at St. Laurence due to illness, disability or convalescence. Some of the facilities offer a prayer service while others allow one-on-one visits or both. Current Nursing Homes that we visit inlcude: Citadell, Oak Crest, South Elgin Rehab, Tower Hill, Heritage Woods, White Oaks at Heritage Woods, and White Oaks.
The Homebound Ministry spiritually and emotionally enriches the lives of the elderly, home-bound, disabled, sick, and lonely and others needing companionship and love through Jesus’ boundless love. Ministers of Care visit the home-bound, say a prayer and deliver communion to the person and any family members who are Catholic.
It is a worthwhile ministry to bring communion to those confined to the hospital, nursing home, or at home. All training will be provided, please contact Dee Reinhardt through the parish office.
Website and Communications Committee
This group works on the content that is shared with the world about St. Laurence Church in Elgin, IL. If you have a calling to write and wish to share your talents developing content for our blog, social media or press releases, you have found your ministry. We work with teens who need service hours to develop social media content for the church social media accounts.
This committee also works to complete the communication plans for all of the events. All training will be provided, please contact Dee Reinhardt through the parish office.
Ready to Participate?
Fill out the form below to let us know the ministries in which you are interested. Someone will reach out to you within 48 hours Monday – Friday.