Prayer and Worship:
This committee plans liturgies, special prayers and music, writes petitions and prepares for the sacraments. Other aspects include
church decorating, Eucharistic ministry, ushering, lectoring, and praying for the needs of the parish.
The role of this committee is to develop within the parish awareness that the parish community has the responsibility for promoting the
education/formation aspect of the mission of the Church. If you are interested in sharing your faith, you could serve as a Catechist for the
Children's Program, Classroom aide for the Children's Program, be on the Adult Education Committee, join a small faith group or make home visits.
Human Concerns Committee:
This committee discerns the needs of persons in the parish and the wider community, especially the poor, and identifies resources to meet those needs enlisting the active cooperation of parish members. Your involvement with Human Concerns could include donating food for St. Ben's and the Southside Food Programs, volunteering at Project Concern (744-0645), joining the St. Vincent de Paul Society , supporting the Cudahy/St. Francis Interfaith program, participating in the Respect for Life activities, and donating and delivering Advent Gift Giving Tree items. For more information regarding any of the activities listed above, please contact the parish office at 744-6622 or use the Contact Us page for your convenience.
The Respect Life Committee promotes the Catholic Church position that God's commandment, "Thou shalt not kill," is saying, "Human life is sacred because from the beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right to directly
destroy an innocent human being." (1) "The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the value of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is being threatened by cloning, embryonic stem cell research and the use of the death penalty. The intentional targeting of civilians in a war or terrorist attacks is always wrong." "We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person." (2)The Respect Life Committee encourages our parishioners to educate themselves on the above issues and to take advantage of the Respect Life programs listed below to help them.
1. The brochure rack items
2. The bulletin announcements
3. Attending speaker programs
4. To pray for the protection of human life
5. Financially support, volunteer or donate to organizations which support the value of human life.
The committee meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the Parish Office at 6:30pm. We also meet periodically to work on presentations if needed. Please consider joining this active committee.
(1) Catechism of the Catholic Church, (http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM)
(2) Seven Themes Of Catholic Social Teaching, (http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm)