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Altar Servers

The altar server ministry comprised of boys, girls, and young men and women of the parish (grades 4 through high school) assist the priests and other liturgical ministers with the celebration of the Eucharist. Meetings held as needed on Saturdays. There is also an Adult Altar Server Ministry. These members assist at the 8:30 a.m. weekday liturgies and funerals.

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Arts and environment

Plans for, and sets up, the decorations in church for various liturgical seasons. Assistance is particularly welcome at Christmas time and during Holy Week.

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Baptism Preperation

Preparing parents for their childís baptism with explanations of the sacramentís background, symbols and requirements for eligibility. Meetings are generally, the first Wednesday of the month (except when the day falls on a holiday) at 7:30 p.m. in the Deacon Coupleís home. Please contact the Rectory to make arrangements.

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Bible Study

Using the Little Rock Scripture Study, books of the Bible are studied, discussed and prayed in Fall and Spring. Meetings are on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Ministry Office Conference Room. If interested, please call the Religious Education Office.

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Adult Choir

Adult members sing at the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Liturgy in season (from late August through early June). A highly eclectic repertoire is used, from ancient through modem. Members find it enjoyable from both a musical and interpersonal standpoint. In addition the choir participates in an annual Christmas Concert, as well as other special activities and holy events in our parish, and away. All adults are invited to join. Rehearsals are every Wednesday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the church choir loft. To join, contact the Music Director at 847-967-1091, or stop by at rehearsal.

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Children's Choir

Open to all children from 3rd through 8th grades, this groups sings either twice or three times monthly, on the 1st, 3rd (5th) Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Liturgy. The repertoire is energetic, often polyphonic and lends itself to the musical growth of the members. The Children's Choir also participates in the annual Christmas Concert as well as other special activities and holy events in our parish and away. All children are welcome to join. Rehearsals are every Wednesday (in season-from late August through early June) from 6:00-7:15 p.m. in the church choir loft. To join, or for more information, contact the Music Director at 847-967-1091 or stop by at rehearsal.

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Filipino-American Community

The Filipino parishioners have a long history of membership at St. Isaac Jogues Parish. Many of us participate actively in various parish ministries including ushers, choir members, cantors, Eucharistic ministers and lectors. We also have many members who are involved in other activities that we don't always see but are of equal importance. The Simbang Gabi celebration in anticipation of Christmas is a faith filled activity which the Filipino parishioners have hosted for several years now. We also host a hospitality weekend once a year. We invite everyone especially our Filipino friends to register and feel that sense of belonging to the S.I.J. faith community.

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Ministry of Cantor

Each individual Cantor is responsible for animating the sung worship at Liturgy. Each Cantor goes through an initial training period, afterward being mentored at liturgy with a senior Cantor. Scheduling is done together, allowing for the individual's commitments and the needs of the parish. Requirements: a fairly good singing voice, good personal and dynamic skills. The Cantors meet together once monthly on the 3rd Tuesday from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the church choir loft. In addition, they serve the assembly on Special events and Holy Days. To join and for more information, it is necessary to contact the Music Director at 847-967-1091.

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Instrumentalists

Do you play an instrument, or want to brush it off and play again, just not at home? This might be something for you. We are looking for instrumental players of all kinds. Flute-Woodwinds, Trumpet-Brass, Guitar (especially), Bass, either electric or acoustic, Keyboards, Organ, Percussion, Strings ... you name it, and we can probably use the help. Rehearsals would be as needed, to complement the other ensembles and groups within the ministry, and to have some solo work as well, in the context of our common prayer. This segment of the music ministry is open to both adults and children (albeit beyond beginning level). If you are interested please contact the Music Director at 847-867-1091

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Giving Tree

At Christmastime, our St. Isaac Jogues Outreach Ministry purchases needed items that have been requested by neighboring nursing homes for their residents to enjoy.  Parishioners journey to the nursing homes to bring the gifts of music, cheer and Christmas joy.

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Hopeline

Helps girls or women who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy. We are a referral and resource service with a multitude of information for anyone regardless of age, religion, color, etc. Monthly evening meetings - days and times vary from month to month - Cluster Parishes take turns having meetings.

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Liturgical Ministers

There are a variety of ministries involved with the celebration of liturgy. Several are detailed elsewhere in this book. More information regarding the ministry of Lector and Eucharistic Minister is available by contacting the Religious Education Office. Training and ongoing formation provided.

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Liturgy Board

Comprised of the coordinators of the various liturgical ministries to facilitate and help oversee the liturgical life and direction of the Parish. The Board helps with the training and formation of Liturgical Ministers and hosts an annual gathering. Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month.

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Liturgy Planners

Planning teams help to write the liturgies for Sundays and holy days. It includes writing the welcome, the penitential rite, the petitions, and the choosing of appropriate prayer texts. The teams meet once a month. The group as a whole meets with the Liturgy Board prior to all major liturgical seasons for prayer and preparation.

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Men's Club

The men of St. Isaac Jogues get together 9 months of the year to celebrate the comradeship that has grown and developed over the last 40 years. The Mens' Club offers brotherhood and a family spirit that is unique to St. Isaac Jogues. The Mens' Club is about many things, but the best part is that there is something for everyone. Like ...

Spiritual Life, Monthly Meetings, Games of Skill, Trips like Baseball, "Da Boats," Bowling, Football, Donating Time, Talent and Treasure, Providing for the needs of St. Isaac Jogues, ,Good Food, Good Friends

What more could any man ask for? Give it a go real soon.

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Ministers of Care

These select parishioners bring the compassion and communion of Christ to the sick and homebound. Members complete an Archdiocesan-approved training program before beginning their work in the ministry. Visitation may take them to a parishioner's home, an area hospital, or local nursing home. Members gather four times a year for ongoing support, education, information-sharing, and spiritual formation. The Ministry also coordinates the Mass of Anointing, which is held twice-a-year.

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Ministers of Praise

Prayer ministry which spiritually supports our church, community and world. Monthly intentions are communicated by mail and there are no meetings. Members are generally those who are not able to actively participate in other areas of parish life due to health, employment or family responsibilities. Commissioning of new members is usually in Fall and Spring.

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Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is a group of parishioners who work closely on a advisory basis with the pastor and the parish staff. The Council envisions the future of our parish, assesses needs, and recommends appropriate courses of action.  

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Phoenix

Support Group - for separated/divorced and widowed. Meetings generally consist of a speaker, discussion and refreshments. Social events, such as dinners, bowling, bridge, and plays are planned monthly. Newcomers receive a packet of resource information and access to free lending library. Support Group meets on the first Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview

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Religious Education

A religious education and formation program for public school youth, Pre-school 3 yrs. old through Gr.8, about the values, traditions and teachings of the Christian faith and Roman Catholic Church. Preparation for the reception of the sacraments is also provided. Sessions, late August to mid-May, are on Mondays - 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. for Grades 1-8 and Sundays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for Pre-school and Kindergarten. To register or to discuss possible involvement as a catechist or assistant, please contact the RE Office.

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

A process which companions adults seeking Baptism, to join the Catholic Church from another denomination, or to complete their initiation as baptized Catholics. The process includes discussion, prayer, learning of Catholic teachings and traditions and involves the parish through prayer, support and as sponsors. Meetings are held on Sundays - 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Ministry Center. Further inquiries may be directed to the RE Office.

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Sacristans

Sacristans see to the details of our liturgical celebrations, such as cleaning and preparing the altar, washing the various liturgical vessels, and so forth. Each team is on once a month.

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ST ISAAC JOGUES OUTREACH MINISTRY

The ministry's goal is the spiritual growth and development of its members.  Members build their spiritual development through Scripture, prayer, discussion, participation in the Sacraments and by serving the needs of anyone in trouble, especially the poor.  Members serve the poor with food and financial assistance for rent, utilities, medical bills, transportation and other urgent needs.  Perhaps even more importantly, they try to help with encouragement and prayers.

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Schools

In 1992, St. Isaac Jogues merged with St. John Brebeuf School.  St. John Brebeuf  School offer pre-school, plus kindergarten through 8th grades. For more information, please contact the Parish Office.

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Ushers

Ushers serve the community in a ministry of welcome and hospitality. They help seat people, take up the collection, see to an orderly Communion procession, pass out bulletins, and other such tasks to assist the assembly. Ministry gatherings are held 2-3 times per year.

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Women's Club

The Women's Club is open to all women of the parish. We are an organization whose first goal is to promote spiritual welfare (A Lenten Retreat and the Living Rosary). Second we are of service to our Parish and beyond (The Blood Draw, Coat Drive, Toys for our Sharing Parish). Third we provide social activities for our members (Quarterly Meetings, Casino Trips, Monthly Guild Meetings, Dinner Dance). Other events sponsored by the Women's Club are the Bake Sale, Pancake Breakfast and Sunday with Santa. Our large fund-raiser is a yearly Fashion Show or Evening Entertainment that benefits the parish.

Fellowship and fun are a large part of our organization. WE INVITE ALL WOMEN OF THE PARISH TO BE A PART OF ST. ISAAC'S WOMEN'S CLUB.

For further information about any of the organizations, please call the Parish Office.