The mission of Infant Jesus of Prague Parish, centered in the Eucharistic Celebration of Jesus Christ our Lord, is to nourish the spiritual growth and to enrich the sacramental life of our parishioners so that we can live and witness the Gospel message of faith, hope, reconciliation and love.
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20/30 Somethings - 20/30 Somethings is for those in their 20’s or 30’s: married, single or with families. Our mission is to share in a common faith, build friendships, and provide support within our young Catholic community. Our group has a social event once per month. The men and women faith groups meet on alternating weeks. For more information, please contact Theresa Wohlever @ email@example.com.
Adult Mission Trip – The group plans and carries out trips to areas in need of assistance with home repair and simple building projects. Work may include painting, hanging and taping/sanding drywall, laying wood and tile floors, etc. People with all abilities and experience levels welcome. For more information, please contact Amy Pellettiere at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Rita Gallagher at Ritagallagher@rocketmail.com.
Advent by Candlelight - This ministry provides women a chance to gather for hospitality during the Advent season, to grow in faith through speakers and discussion. For more information, please contact Kris Cortes email@example.com or 708-798-2119.
Altar Servers – Children from the 5th through 8th grades in our school and religious education program serve at the altar for all of our liturgical celebrations. They assist the celebrant and carry out important functions in our celebrations. For more information, please contact the parish office at (708) 799-5400.
Art and Environment – This ministry enhances the church worship environment throughout the various liturgical seasons during the year. For more information, please contact Leslie Newhuis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athletic Board – The Athletic Board coordinates the many sports programs that are offered to our religious education and school children. The values of good sportsmanship and fair play are paramount in the eyes of the board and our many coaches. For more information, please contact Sam Cutrara at email@example.com.
Baptismal Preparation – In this ministry, couples from the Parish meet with parents who are preparing to have their child baptized. The meeting covers the many aspects of baptism: its purpose, the history and symbolism of the ceremony, and the role of parents and godparents in their child’s religious development. For more information, please contact the parish office at (708) 799-5400.
Block Party – This is an annual event sponsored by ministries and members of the parish. A Mass is celebrated followed by food, fun and fellowship on the parish campus. All parishioners, friends and neighbors of IJP are welcome to attend. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood Drive – The Parish blood drive program is an outreach of care and compassion to those in need of the gift of blood. Several times throughout the year, blood drives are conducted. For more information, please contact the parish office at 799-5400.
Book Group – This group helps women deepen their faith and spirituality through discussion of Catholic, Christian and spirituality-based books. For more information, contact Amy Pelliettiere at email@example.com or 708-754-6351.
Bridge Marathon – This group sponsors events at which those interested can enjoy an afternoon of playing bridge. For more information, please check our parish bulletin, The Campanile, for special announcements.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word – This ministry discusses the Sunday scripture readings in a more age appropriate manner with the kindergarten through 5th grade children of the parish during the 9:30AM Sunday Mass throughout the school year. For more information, please contact Jenise Diemer firstname.lastname@example.org.
Development Committee – This committee is a subcommittee of the school board and explores ways to raise funds for the benefit of the school. For more information, please contact the parish school at (708) 799-5200.
Education Committee – This committee is a subcommittee of the school board and exists to support and enhance the educational objectives of IJP school. The committee helps to maintain a continuing cooperative effort in providing an optimal learning experience in the Catholic educational community. For more information, please contact the parish school at (708) 799-5200.
Eucharistic Adoration – This ministry promotes prayer through meditation, contemplation, spiritual reading or writing with the Real Presence of the Eucharistic in our church every Monday from 9:00AM to 7:00PM. For more information, please contact Erin Isaacson at email@example.com.
Feast and Friendship - This ministry is for individuals, families and seniors of all ages and is designed to bring groups of parishioners together for socialization. Interested parties can sign up to join a specific group. Each group will meet four times per year for fun. Groups may meet in homes, restaurants, parks or wherever else the group decides. For more information, please contact Tom Vargo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-340-8324.
Finance Council – The parish Finance Council provides financial guidance, advice and assistance to the Pastor & Business Manager; including financial oversight and monitoring of budgets and expenditures. The council also helps with increasing weekly collections and other sources of revenue. For more information, please contact the Finance Council at email@example.com.
Giving Tree – This ministry is a Christmas sharing project in approximately 1000 gifts for needy children and adults are collected each year from the IJP community. Parish volunteers bring the gifts to various parishes and organizations in the Chicago area. Volunteers are always needed, especially drivers. For more information, please contact Barb Kahn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingsmen Club – This ministry provides After School Enrichment programs offered through the Parent Teacher Organization. Programs offered may include art, sports, book club and cooking. Classes are fee-based and are offered at different times throughout the year. For more information, please contact the parish school at (708) 799-5200.
Knights of Columbus - The Marian Council 3761 of the Knights of Columbus is a group of Catholic Gentlemen dedicated to serving the church, our priests and community. Our council meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM. For information about our Council, please contact Grand Knight Tom Vargo at either email@example.com or 708-340-8324. Visit our website at http://www.kofcmarian3761.org/
Leadership Training Program – This ministry enables adult men in the parish to mentor and guide 4th through 12th grade boys and young men in the parish to lead faith-filled lives through participating in volunteer activities and learning leadership skills. For more information, please contact Dennis Cortes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Randy Schmidt at email@example.com.
Lectors – The Lector Ministry proclaims the Word of God, as found in the Sacred Scriptures, to the community of believers during the sacrifice of Mass and at other liturgical celebrations. For more information, please contact the parish office at (708) 799-5400.
Light Weigh – This faith based weight-loss program incorporates the spirituality of St. Therese the Little Flower, and Ignatius of Loyola, prayer and redemptive sacrifice. For more information, please contact the parish office at 799-5400.
Men in the Morning – This group meets early in the morning one Saturday per month to discuss pertinent topics as they relate to the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel. For more information, please contact Mike Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Military Mail – This ministry keeps in contact with and shows support to parishioners, or family and friends of parishioners, serving in the military. For more information, please contact Anita Pellettiere at email@example.com.
Music Ministry – The Music Ministry encompasses the organists, the instrumentalists, the Mixed Choir, the Glory Singers, the Celebration Singers, the Resurrection Choir, the Kids Choir and the IJP Handbell Choir. These individuals work together to enhance and energize our liturgies each Sunday of the year and at funerals and special holiday celebrations. Our choirs rehearse weekly and offer music from traditional to contemporary. A new season of rehearsals begins every September and new members are always welcome. For more information, please contact Dr. Iris Zahara at (708) 799-5400.
New Parishioner Registration – New Parishioner Registration is aimed at welcoming new members to the IJP Parish community by providing them with information regarding the Parish and the various ministries and activities in which they can become involved. For more information, please contact Mike Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bernie Hoffman at email@example.com.
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors – The Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors ministry at IJP advocates for access to our church, school and parish campus so that parishioners of all abilities can participate in liturgy, ministries, religious education and social activities. Assistive listening devices are available for extended use sign out. For more information, please contact Joanne Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org
P.A.D.S. – Public Action to Deliver Shelter offers shelter to the homeless. PADS volunteers not only provide shelter but also feed the homeless and offer them friendship and assistance. Countless IJP parishioners have been involved with this worthwhile program. For more information, please contact Rich Pozdol at email@example.com.
Parent Teacher Organization – The purpose of the PTO is to promote the welfare of the school children at home, in school and in the Christian community. This goal is accomplished by offering programs to enrich and supplement existing educational programs and to bring into closer relation the home and the Parish School. Such united efforts will secure for every child the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, moral and spiritual education. For more information, please contact Shannon Mayronne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Pastoral Council – The Parish Pastoral Council meets monthly and is an advisory board that assists the Pastor in the day-to-day operations of the Parish. The Council helps coordinate the parish ministries through its commissions: Spiritual Life, Parish Life, Education and Human Concerns. Any adult Catholic registered in the parish is welcome to offer to serve. For more information, please contact the Parish Pastoral Council at email@example.com .
Pastoral Care – This ministry serves the sick of our parish—spiritually, sacramentally, and emotionally—by visiting and bringing Communion to the homebound, to residents of nursing homes and to the hospitalized. In addition, this ministry assists in helping families prepare for the funeral liturgy at the death of a loved one and supports those who are grieving. Annually, a special All Souls Day mass is celebrated in memory of all the deceased. Also, Christmas and birthday cards are sent to seniors of our parish. If you or a family member or friend in need of the assistance of the Pastoral Care Ministry, please contact Fr. Edmond Aristil at 799-5400 x 204.
Prayer Chain – The prayer chain is a group of men and women who offer prayers for anyone who wishes support in conveying their needs to the Lord. We pray for anyone who requests support and for many different needs, such as loss of a loved one or health problems. The prayer chain is contacted via e-mail with the intention and each member uses his/her own favorite prayer or offers a charitable deed for the intention of those for whom we pray. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer Group – This ministry has been meeting each Monday evening at 7:30 for over 35 years. The evening includes Mass, a prayer meeting in which individuals share God’s blessings in their lives and fellowship. On the first Monday of each month, the evening includes a healing service. All are welcome. For more information, please contact Jack Villari at email@example.com.
Religious Education – Religious Education at IJP takes many forms, depending on one’s age and spiritual background. Our Religious Education (RE) program enrolls public school children from grades 1 through 8. This ministry provides these children with the means to develop and nurture their faith life and a personal relationship with God, while preparing them for the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist in the 2nd grade and Confirmation in the 8th grade. For more information, please contact Ms. Pat Kahl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Respect Life – This ministry sponsors various activities to support life in all its forms – from birth to death. Each of us is called to support initiatives that protect life. For more information, please contact Kris Cortes at email@example.com.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults – R.C.I.A. provides theological, scriptural and spiritual assistance to those who wish to become members of the Catholic Church. The culmination of this support is the reception of the new Catholics into the Church at the Easter Vigil service, where they receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation). For more information, please contact Ms. Pat Kahl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosary Group – Praying the Rosary after the 8:30 AM daily Mass has been a long tradition at IJP. Prayers are offered for the intentions of the Holy Father, for vocations to the religious life, for the unborn, for the conversion of sinners, for the sick and the suffering of the parish and for the deceased. Please join us in this prayer that honors Mary.
Saint Vincent DePaul Society – For over twenty years, this ministry has been the outreach of our parish to those in need. Many times individuals of families have emergency needs or fall through the cracks of various social agencies and organizations. Our St. Vincent DePaul Society is there to help them. Those who need assistance are treated with kindness and respect. For more information, please call 708-799-5200 x350.
School – The mission of the IJP School is to provide avenues through which students are able to hear the word of Christ, heed His message and live the Gospel in an environment that stresses quality education, positive self-image and respect for others. The school plays an important part in the parish community as a visible symbol of a Christian educational community. For more information, please contact Ms. Natalie Formica email@example.com.
School Board – IJP School Board members are elected for a three-year term from the parish membership. They assist the Pastor and School Principal in promoting various spiritual and educational initiatives for the children. The Board also sets school policies and, in conjunction with the Fiscal Board, prepares an annual budget. Any adult parishioner is welcome to run for the School Board. For information, please contact the parish school at (708) 799-5200.
School Supply Drive - This ministry encourages education in disadvantaged areas by giving students the necessary supplies needed in school. For more information, please contact Anita Pellettiere at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taize Prayer Service – This quarterly prayer service provides an alternative style and venue for prayer, and also promotes interfaith participation. For more information, please contact Amy Pellettiere at email@example.com.
TEEN Mass – This ministry encourages teens of the parish to participate in the liturgical roles of lector, Eucharistic minister and music ministers at designated Sunday Teen Masses. For more information, please contact Trish Ladner at TGIF@ijpparish.org.
Youth Ministry / Teens Growing in Faith / TGIF– This is a ministry for the teens of the parish. It has a dual purpose: providing religious education to our teens and, through small group sharing, fostering a sense of belonging to the parish community. Both public and parochial high school students are welcome to be members of TGIF. For more information, please contact Trish Ladner at TGIF@ijpparish.org.
VIP Ministry – This ministry enables the seniors in the parish to meet for companionship, lunch, conversation and fun once a month from September through May. For more information, please contact Nadine Garofalo firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacation Bible School – Each summer, this ministry presents a week long program of Bible stories, games, crafts and music for the parish children aged kindergarten through 5th grade to enable these young children to grow in their faith. For more information, please contact Ms. Pat Kahl at email@example.com.
Worship Committee – This committee plans all facets of our parish worship including themes for the seasons, art and environment, music and special celebrations. For more information, please contact Dr. Iris Zahara at (708) 799-5400.