Respect for Life Ministry: Inform, Educate, and Act about life issues is our mission. We inform by sharing information about life issues, from conception to natural death. This information may come from the diocesan LiFE office, news articles, area groups, or individuals. We do it through facebook, the parish web site, our bulletin and by word of mouth. Then, we educate. What is being talked about in the area and beyond? How is life legislation moving onward in local, state and national races? What can I do personally to stand for life? Action will hopefully follow these first two steps.
If you are interested in attending the 40 Days for Life Campaign, a local or national March for Life, helping plant crosses for respect life month, in October, or attending the Life Chain. Or maybe, you want to help at the local pregnancy centers, or help with the parish baby shower? Or you have an idea for Mothers Day or Fathers Day that we can try to incorporate after Masses? How about Adoption Awareness Month or foster care appreciation month? Do you have ideas to promote these roles in a child’s life? Please consider joining us, there is a place for everyone. And let’s remember what read in Jeremiah 1:5, “before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart”
St Vincent de Paul: our mission, The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organization that aspires to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society. How do we do this?… We meet, pray that we can see the face of Christ in every family we visit, and we discern the very best way to help our brothers and sisters in need. We have a place for you, if you would like to join our conference. Are you comfortable going into the home of those that are in need, would you rather answer the voice mail line to relay messages to members, help with the truck drive, attend local meetings, write up info to share with the parish? Please consider coming to a meeting, see how we seek to find Jesus in those in the community, and perhaps you will realize the desire to join us.
Emergency Groceries: We read in Matthew, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” This is the goal of emergency grocery ministry. We do not want to ever find out that someone was hungry, and had no food. Should you decide to volunteer in this ministry, you will be contacted via email, and asked to select and provide certain food items, for four weeks. The need is never predictable, but the procedure will be explained each and every time an email is sent out. Please consider signing up.
Aurora PADS Food—Aurora PADS Food—NEW VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to supply specific food items once a month and drop them off at SJN by 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, (or items may be dropped off earlier in the week at your convenience. ) Many are needed to provide the food to feed over 100 guests at Hesed House. YOUR HELP IS GREATLY NEEDED!
Aurora PADS Staff—SJN volunteers staff the shelter once a month on the second Thursday night/Friday morning. Sign up to work one of four shifts: First Shift 6-11 p.m., Second Shift 11 p.m. – 3 a.m., Third Shift 3-7 a.m., Fourth Shift 5-7 a.m. Commitment: One shift every other month (6 times/year).
Clothes Closet—Volunteers, on the 1st Monday of each month, September—June, help at Redeemer Fellowship Church (12th Street & Oak) in St. Charles from 6-8 p.m., folding, sorting, and distributing clothes. Commitment: September-June.
Neumann Needlers. Do you enjoy knitting or crocheting or would like to learn? Join us on the 1st Monday of the month, September- June, froma 9-11 am to provide handmade item for those in need in the community.
Northern Illinois Food Bank. A FUN place to meet new people and have a good time while working at numerous jobs: evaluating donated food, wiping down the donations, packing and taping boxes for distribution to food pantries, etc. Schedule your volunteer hours on their website http://solvehungertoday.org. Commitment: Here’s the BEST part- it can vary depending on your schedule!
Prison Ministries. Volunteers meet weekly to pray and/or spend time playing sports with the youth (ages 13-18) who are in the IYC St. Charles Juvenile Correctional Facility on Route 38. Volunteers meet and pray with adult prisoners or help with Dads Seminars in Stateville Prison in Joliet and other state prisons. Mentoring is available to volunteers. Pen Pal Program is also available. Commitment: Youth—weekly, day depends on the event; Adult—at least 3 times/year on a Saturday. Contact Bill Nuccio at 630-878-1494.
Lazarus House—Volunteers prepare or purchase specific food items and deliver them to the homeless shelter at 3rd and Walnut Streets in St. Charles or they can help staff the shelter overnight. Our parish helps on the 1st, 4th, and 5th Wednesday of each month. Commitment: Volunteers choose which dates are best for their schedule.
Holiday Food Baskets Committee Members – Meet a few times, beginning in September, to plan for the upcoming holidays. Committee members are assigned different tasks such as contact an area organization to identify families and their needs, place an order for perishable and nonperishable food, order boxes, attend packing events, and organize volunteers. Commitment: 2-3 meetings and 2 events Volunteers – Volunteers sort donated food and pack boxes on Sunday morning. Volunteers pick up nonperishable food items on a Friday night and perishable food on Monday morning. Volunteers pack perishable food and deliver boxes on a Monday morning. Commitment: 1-2 hours, 1-2 times/year.
Giving Tree –Agency Leaders – Meet a couple of times beginning in September to plan for the event. Also, each agency leader oversees a group for a particular agency by helping to organize sorting, packing, and checking off gifts on master lists and oversee shopping for missing gifts. Commitment: 1-2 meetings and 2-3 hours for sorting day, once/year. Volunteers – Volunteers help one night in November to put tags on the tree and/or one Sunday afternoon in December to help sort, wrap, pack, deliver, or shop for gifts.
Blood Drive Donation – Donate a pint of blood up to 4 times a year; March, June, September and/or December.
Youth Leadership Academy. Volunteers are mentors that inspire and guide youth to reach his or her potential as a person, cadet, and community leader. Come and serve with us! Youth Leadership Academy is a program, from the Elgin Community College, that has the mission to engage and inspire youth from 7th to 12th grade to maximize their potential to become successful community leaders. Find more information about the program at www.ylacademy.org. Commitment: Varies.
Literacy Volunteers for Fox Valley. Volunteers help an adult learn English and adapt to our community. You do not need to know a second language or have a professional teaching background to make a difference. You will get guidance and support when you need it. Experienced tutors are glad to share what they have learned. Commitment: Once a week.
Ministry of Domestic Violence – Our focus is to inform our St. John Neumann parishioners on ways to promote family peace and to prevent and respond to domestic abuse. We provide resources and promote prayer for all families. Initiatives provide education, resources, and research that help parishioners recognize domestic abuse and respond with compassion. We are called to offer hope, help and healing to all harmed by abuse and violence by recognizing domestic abuse, responding with compassion, and referring people to the proper services available to help them. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233.