Catholic Heart Workcamp
Mission trip for students in junior high and high school. Participants travel to a different city in the U.S. for one week in the summer to help low income seniors with home repair, painting, and yard work, or to help at day care centers for low income families. Evening programs include Mass, skits, music, prayer, and lots of fun. Adult chaperones also needed.
Contact: Tammy Croll or 630-462-5044
The purpose of Cursillo is to make Christian community possible in neighborhoods, parishes, work situations and the other places where people live the greater part of their lives. It is a movement, sanctioned by the Church, which offers a way for people to live what is fundamental for being a Christian.
Food for Marquard Center
Marquard Center is a soup kitchen located in Chicago serving meals to individuals every night of the year. Volunteers prepare casseroles and deliver them to a designated area location on the second, third and fourth Saturdays of the month where they are picked up and delivered by assigned drivers to the Marquard Center.
Feed the Hungry
St. Michael parishioners collect food and money on the third weekend each month before and after all Masses. Donations are shared with the Interfaith Food Pantry and the People’s Resource Center. School age and adult volunteers are welcome. This ministry has been serving the hungry in our area since 2001.
Contact: Eileen Briggs, 708-284-5347or George or Joanne Carr, 630-917-7580
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children provides lifesaving meals to people who need them most all over the world from countries affected by natural disaster to places enduring economic despair. FMSC meals have been distributed to nearly 70 countries through missionary partnerships at orphanages, schools, clinics, refugee camps and malnourishment centers. FMSC believes in sustainability - we don’t simply send one shipment of food to a country. Instead, we continue to provide our mission partners with the food they need to maintain their feeding programs.
Contact: Annamarie Boyle, 630-981-4003
Inter-Faith Food Pantry
Job Coaching Network
A group of adult parishioners who volunteer to assist fellow parishioners by sharing contacts and ideas regarding individual networking strategies. We provide one-on-one coaching to unemployed parishioners. To volunteer as a coach, or if your have recently lost your job please contact us for more information.
Volunteers serve the inmates of DuPage County Jail by supporting their spiritual needs through worship services, prayer and Bible study. This ministry brings hope and healing to individuals incarcerated in a correctional facility. Volunteer training is available.
Contact: Kevin Fahey or 630-665-6145.
Inspired by the tradition of Catholic social teaching, our Refugee Ministry supports the local refugee community by welcoming to our parish family with love, friendship and fellowship; supporting refugees through the daily challenges of adapting to life in a new culture; and encouraging refugees as they develop the independent life skills needed to thrive and contribute to our parish and local community. The St. Michael Refugee Ministry provides assistance to refugee families with their critical needs in the period of between three and eighteen months of their arrival to the United States. The Ministry works in close collaboration with World Relief, which is principally focused on helping refugee families through their arrival, initial settlement, and initial job placement in the first three months.
Contacts: John Thacker, 630-885-0130
Respect Life Committee
We promote the Gospel of Life from conception to natural death through various parish wide activities, such as Mother’s Day rose sale, pro-life Christmas card sale and a baby shower to benefit local crisis pregnancy centers.
Contact: Christine Kania, 630-532-7813
St. Vincent DePaul Society
Offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis, while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those served.
Contact: 630-234-4663, 630-234-4760 or Mike Doerries
Transitional Housing Ministry
The Transitional Housing Ministry at St. Michael Church works in partnership with Bridge Communities of Glen Ellyn. Bridge and its partners work to help at-risk families with children in DuPage County avoid homelessness and learn to sustain independent and stable lives. The Transitional Housing Ministry offers a variety of volunteer roles. Mentors meet regularly with client families to teach household budgeting and management skills, and offer the encouragement necessary to foster the personal and economic growth needed for self-sufficiency. Bridge Communities offers excellent training and Case Managers to support and assist mentors in this central role. There are other volunteer opportunities in communications, support and fundraising as well.
If you would like to get involved, please contact any of the team members listed below.
P.A.D.S. (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)
Provides overnight shelter and meals for the homeless men, women, and families in DuPage County in conjunction with other area churches. St. Michael volunteers operate the PADS shelter one night a month (second Monday of the month from October until April) at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Wheaton.
Volunteers are needed to make and bring food to the site, serve the food, staff the shelter overnight, and perform basic cleanup in the morning.
Worldwide Mission Support
Supports mission activities worldwide including those in Nigeria, Thailand, and Guatemala.
Contact: Tom Olp or 630-221-1612