Reaching Out To Others
This ministry provides support to the family at the time of a loved one's death. Volunteer Bereavement Ministers greet family. Volunteer Bereavement Ministers greet family and friends in the narthex and assist the family at church as needed on the day of the funeral. As needed, ongoing grief support can be provided for a period of time. An annual memorial service is held each year to celebrate the lives of those who have died and to remember them prayerfully. Kathy Jaeger (630) 208-8471, Vicky Julitz (630) 457-5118.
St. Peter Church sponsors its Blood Drive in support of the Heartland Blood Centers to insure the availability of blood to meet the needs of the hospitals in Illinois and Northwest Indiana areas. This support provides hospitals in the area with a safe and adequate supply of blood and blood products. Our 2014 blood drive is Monday, January 27 from 3 PM to 7 PM in our Multipurpose Room. Contact Mary Kay Brown (630) 232-7255.
We have several (short-duration) ministries that reach out to provide temporary help and camaraderie to those in need.
- Food Drives - to aid those served by St. Peter Food Pantry. Contact: Debbie Awe, Betsy Metcalfe, or Bill Spencer, (630-232-0124 x444).
- Christmas gifts to those in need including Elgin Mental Health Center; Fox Valley Pregnancy Center-Elgin; Catholic Charities, Aurora; and Hesed House, Aurora. Contact Lisa Cooper (630-262-9764) or Paula Nagel (630-208-1866).
- St. Peter School Student Service Projects - St. Peter School children send cards to the homebound and those in nursing homes; adopt needy families to provide Christmas presents and groceries; as well as help with many service projects. Contact St. Peter School (630-232-0476).
Our parish offers a 12-week divorce recovery program created to help divorced men and women heal from their emotional wounds, deepen their personal relationship with Christ, and begin to live a full sacramental life in the Catholic Church. Above all, the series is Christ-centered, based on sound Catholic teaching and spiritual principles. Each session will help people find the peace, power and passion that has been lost through divorce. The program is offered starting in September of each year. Contact Lynn Wilson (630-232-0124 x. 112).
Elizabeth Ministry is an international movement designed to support women and their families during the joys, challenges and sorrows of the childbearing years. Elizabeth Ministry follows the example of the Scripture story of the visitation of Mary and Elizabeth by bringing together women who share a similar story. It is an opportunity for like to like ministry in the form of personal visits, phone calls, cards, prayer, resources and other assistance. Elizabeth Ministers commit to daily prayer and represent the parish community, being a strong witness to the sacredness of all life. Contact Melinda Bernhard for more information, through the parish center, (630) 232-0124.
ESM was formed to make St. Peter Parish more environmentally friendly to fulfill God’s call to care for our earth. The church and school recycle paper, printer cartridges and cell phones on a continual basis. Parishioners are welcome to drop off Printer cartridges and cell phones in a designated box in the Usher’s Room at the end of the church narthex hallway. St. Peter School families may drop them off at designated boxes in the school. A feeding and teaching produce garden was launched in 2006. (See Friendship Garden description.) As more people join the ministry, we can expand our focus. Jeanette Zawacki (630-232-0124).
Our Food Pantry is open the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to distribute food and give information to those in need. Volunteers also help on other days to restock the pantry, and assist at food drives during the year. Contact (630)-232-0124 x444.
Please Consider A Donation To the Food Pantry Financial donations can be sent to St. Peter Community Food Pantry 1891 Kaneville Rd., Geneva IL 60134.
We are operated totally by volunteers in space donated by St. Peter Church. This pantry has been serving the Fox Valley for over 20 years. Food and other non-perishable items are obtained from:
- financial donations used to purchase goods at greatly reduced prices from the Northern Illinois Food Bank;
- donations of food and non perishables from Food Drives sponsored by our church, local schools, library, Scouts, letter carriers, business and community organizations.
The pantry serves 275 families twice a month and the number climbs to 300-plus families during the holidays. Two bags containing about 25 lbs of food, cleaning products and personal hygiene items are distributed twice a month to each family. The families include about 350 children under 18, 300 elderly over 65, and 70 disabled persons.
An organic and very eco-friendly garden is planted, cared for, and harvested by St. Peter parishioners. The garden is a great place to work side-by-side strengthening or forming friendships. About 8 beds make up the garden. An estimated 600 pounds of food are harvested and donated annually. The produce is given to our St. Peter Community Food Pantry and other local helping organizations. Contact Adam and Jeanine McMillen, (312) 852-1360.
This parish ministry provides a luncheon in Seton Hall following funerals of our parishioners. Arrangements are made with the funeral director. Availability of the hall is a prerequisite. Parish volunteers donate the side dishes and desserts and work at the luncheon. The meat and rolls cost is paid by the family, with the Women's Club and any donations covering the cost of supplies. Contact Peggy Gurbal (630) 232-8311 or Barb De Rouin (630) 262-1339, Mary Discher (630) 845-9336, or Barb Kralovic (630) 232-2951.
At the start of Advent, the leaders of these ministries and their volunteers prepare tags with the name of a gift and place the tags on our Christmas Giving Tree in the church narthex. Parishioners take the tags, purchase the gifts and place them under the tree. Shortly before Christmas, volunteers sort the gifts so they can be delivered to several area helping organizations: Elgin Mental Health Center, Fox Valley Pregnancy Center, Catholic Charities and Hesed House Homeless Shelter. Contact Lisa Cooper (630) 262-9764, Paula Nagel (630) 208-1866.
St. Peter volunteers give of their time and love by delivering nutritionally-balanced noontime meals on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th , 5th Thursdays to shut-ins in the Geneva and St. Charles area. Not only do they bring the meal, but they also provide a "well-being" check. Meals are provided by the Salvation Army and picked up at 1710 S. 7th Ave., St. Charles. Contact Janet Shine for additional information (630) 715-7474.
This group helps meet the needs of our homebound parishioners. Volunteers help by giving rides for doctor visits or to the grocery store. They set up times just for a cup of coffee and conversation or take them for a ride to enjoy the scenery. The possibilities are endless; the rewards are great! Contact Rama Canney (630) 232-0124 x105.
Hesed House is a homeless shelter and more. Homeless individuals and families are provided with a place to sleep and food to eat. Some need to stay only a short while and others are in need of the shelter for long periods of time. There are two sheltering programs on premise. The TLC (Transitional Living Center) is a group home for up to 57 residents (men, women and children) who are in the process of rebuilding their lives. For those that cannot be accommodated in the TLC, the PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) program is an overnight shelter for the homeless. Each night 150 to 225 guests sleep on mattress pads in a large open rooms. For PADS guests an evening meal and breakfast is provided. A sack lunch is provided for those who work. A new program called LightHouse provides supportive individual or apartment rental units for the chronically homeless. In addition to providing shelter there are several programs available on the Hesed House premise to help rebuild lives: Waubonsee job readiness program; substance abuse counseling; mental health and social services case workers; and a day time drop-in program that offers various activities. St. Peter Church volunteers in several areas.
Food and shift workers
Our parish provides the evening meal, breakfast and sack lunches for the PADS guests the first Wednesday every other month (January, March, May, July, September, November). If you want to volunteer to: A) prepare food or serve the evening meal at Hesed - call Michele Doherty (630) 370-5668 , B) supervise the sleeping room - call Michele Doherty
(630) 370-5668 or C) prepare breakfast - call Steve and Janet Weber (630) 208-1782.
Lazarus House is an overnight shelter at 214 Walnut Street, St. Charles, for those in need who have connections to either St. Charles or Geneva. It is open 7 days per week, 52 weeks a year from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Lazarus House has many programs to help homeless individuals get back on their feet. On the first Sunday of each month, St. Peter Church provides a hot evening meal. Several volunteers prepare the main dishes in their home and drop them off at the shelter. A few volunteers work at the shelter to serve the meal. A sack lunch, made by our volunteers is offered for the following day. One volunteer spends the night at the shelter to augment the staff person. Contact: Erik or Beth Peterson (630-262-1622).
Each week members of St. Peter Parish Family visit homebound parishioners to provide a visible link of love, caring and Eucharist to those confined to their homes. Training sessions and support meetings are provided. Priests visit the homebound on a monthly basis. Contact Lynn Wilson (630) 232-0124 x112.
On Sunday morning following the 9:00 AM Mass, ministers bring Communion to patients at Delnor Community Hospital and a Communion Service is held at Provena Geneva Care Center and Arden Courts. Contact for Hospital Ministry is Deacon Mike Sullivan (630) 232-0124 x311. For Nursing Home Ministry, call Contact Lynn Wilson (630) 232-0124 x112.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer; are a cancer survivor; are a caregiver; have lost a loved one to cancer, we have a spiritual support group here at St. Peter to help you over the bumps in the road. We are here to journey with you in faith. Contact Tina Trch (630) 232-0124 x102.
The St. Catherine Women's Club Guild provides loving meals on a short-term basis for parishioners and their families in need due to illness or emergency. For information, contact Sandy Livingston (630) 845-8634.
We have volunteers who visit the Catholic residents at the Alzheimer assisted living center. A few decades of the rosary are said, and on Sunday a Communion Service is held at 10:15 AM. Contact Lynn Wilson (630) 232-0124 x112.
Geneva Care and Rehabilitation Center
We have volunteers who visit the Catholic residents on an individual basis, monthly or more frequently, at Geneva Care and Rehabilitation Center. Each Sunday a Communion service is held following our 9:00 AM Mass. People from the parish also volunteer to visit our parishioners in other nursing homes as well. Contact Lyn Wilson (630) 232-0124 x112.
Purchasing gift cards through St. Peter’s PEACE (Parish Economic Alternative for Catholic Education) program is a great way to pay for your everyday shopping and help raise additional funds for the parish at the same time. PEACE cards work the same as cash at more than 100 of your favorite local and national merchants. You buy the cards at face value and the merchant donates a percentage back to the parish. By using the cards to purchase your groceries, gas, clothing and even dining out, you can help promote businesses in our community and earn credits that can be used to reduce your school tuition or to benefit other parish programs. You can review a list of retailers at www.shopwithscrip.com or ask for a list at the school or parish center. The best part is that you, the purchaser, can choose where those funds will go. You can choose religious education, parish-wide educational enhancements, youth ministry, St. Peter Food Pantry, facilities expansion debt, or the St. Peter Emergency Assistance Fund for parishioners in need. St. Peter School families can choose to earn tuition credits or credits for other parish funds. A family of four that regularly uses the PEACE program can earn $600 or more in tuition credit per school year.
Red Bag Program
School families may also choose to participate in the convenient “Red Bag” program. Families submit their orders on-line by 10:00 a.m. on Monday and the “Red Bag” is returned to them via their student with their completed order on Wednesdays.
Blue Bag Program
Religious Education families may choose to participate in the “Blue Bag” program. Families submit their orders on-line by 10:00 a.m. on Mondays and the “Blue Bag” is returned to them via their student with their completed order after R.E. class either Wednesday or Thursday.
PEACE certificates are ordered online and you may either establish a PrestoPay account to have your checking account automatically debited or you may send a check to the parish center. Many gift cards can be received electronically. Parishioners not using the Red or Blue Bag program may pick up their gift cards at the parish center on Wednesday afternoons. To become a PEACE program participant, please send an email to email@example.com or call one of the contacts below. You will be sent the information needed to register.
For more information, visit the church website, www.stpeterchurch.com: under Ministries click Fundraising, or call Kathy Soeder (847-648-0075) or Connie Woodford (704-996-5292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get started ordering PEACE, you will need to do the following:
- Click this PEACE enrollment form print it, fill it out and return it to the Parish office or school office.
- Enroll in our online system at www.shopwithscrip.com. To enroll, go to the website and choose “create account”. You will be guided through a series of screens about your name, address, and phone number. Once you have completed the registration, the final screen will ask for your organizations “enrollment code”. The code is 13EEDFF53332.
- Finally, we recommend you set up a PrestoPay account. PrestoPay allows you to pay for your order with a direct debit against your checking account. The system is very secure and many families use it. If you decide to pay by check, you may drop off a check in an envelope marked for PEACE at the Parish office Monday mornings. No orders will be placed without payment.
- Start shopping! Take the time to look through the list of merchants. Some cards, once you purchase them through shopwithscrip.com are reloadable or they offer ScripNow. ScripNow is an ecard and can be delivered and used in minutes simply by using your PrestoPay account. Check out the website for a list of merchants that offer reloadable and ScripNow cards.
Why Should I Buy Peace Certificates?
That’s easy. Because it is FREE MONEY! You actually earn money for buying groceries and gasoline and for eating at the restaurants you always do. Here’s how it works:
Merchants sell the Peace Program gift certificates at a discount. For instance, Jewel sells certificates at a 4% discount, or $96 for a $100 certificate. The Peace program, in turn, sells them to parish and school families at face value. So, you pay $100 for a $100 gift certificate and the parish makes $4.
BUT WAIT, it gets better. Of the $4 the school made, we rebate you 70% or $2.80 towards where you have chosen for the funds to go to, 20%, or $.80 goes to pay down the building fund, and 10% or $.40 goes to cover the administrative fees associated with running the program. All it requires from you is a little pre-planning about where you shop and how much you spend each week. Consider this possibility:
- You purchase $150 worth of groceries and $50 of gasoline each week.
- You spend, on average, $75 at Kohl’s per month (Kohl’s lets you pay your charge bill with gift certificates, too!)
$150 x 4% for groceries = $6 per week x 50 weeks = $300
$ 50 x 2% for gasoline = $1 per week x 50 weeks = $50
100 x 5% for Kohl’s = $5 per month x 12 mos. = $60
Total PEACE Savings = $410
x Rebate of 70% = $287
That is $287 in free money for doing
the same shopping you always do.
Please send an email to email@example.com or call Kathy Soeder (847-648-0075) or Connie Woodford (704-996-5292) with questions.
Special Summer Notice Regarding PEACE Schedule and Pick Up
Dates to be announced next summer
During the summer months all orders must be placed by 10:00 am Monday morning. All orders must be placed online at www.shopwithscrip.com. We highly recommend using Presto Pay when placing your orders. It's very convenient and easy! Otherwise, checks must be dropped off at the Parish Office by 10:00 am on Monday. All orders will be ready for pick up in the Parish office by Wednesday at 2:00 pm.
The Parish Office summer hours are 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, closed from noon to 1:00 for lunch
The love of knitting/crocheting, and a desire to help others, have been combined to form a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace as well as in celebration and joy. Many blessings are prayed into every shawl. The intentions continue throughout the creation of the garment. Upon completion a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. All knitters and crocheters and invited to join. The group meets the first Thursday of the month in the Tekawitha Room. Contact Elaine Baxter (630-232-0224) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fox Valley Pregnancy Center in South Elgin (847) 697-0200 (www.foxvalleypc.org) and Waterleaf Women's Center in Aurora (630) 701-6270 (www.waterleafwc.org) offer women and young girls experiencing a crisis pregnancy a variety of services to help meet their needs. All services are free and confidential. There is always a need for trained volunteers and financial support.
In addition, a nationwide referral service, National Life Center (800) 848-LOVE, can assist women in finding needed resources during and after pregnancy, including adoption help and essential material assistance.
Quilters gather weekly (Tuesday mornings, 9 AM to noon) to lovingly and prayerfully sew quilts to comfort the sick and homebound of our parish. The quilts are blessed and then delivered by Clergy and parishioners who visit the sick and homebound. Contact Irene D'Anna (630) 208-7256 or Jeanette Zawacki (847) 902-7314.
The Rosebud Program helps our church identify and pray for those waiting for a child to be born (pink rose), those celebrating birth or adoption (red rose), wanting to become pregnant or adopt (yellow rose), or grieving miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, infant or child death (white rose). The roses are kept near the painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe in church People are invited to remove a rosebud from the basket, fill in the attached tag and put the rose in the vase. Prayer cards for the various situations are displayed next to the vase. Those filling out the tags are invited to take a prayer card for their own personal meditation. Church members will pray daily for the families represented by the roses. Contact Melinda Bernhard for more information, through the parish center, (630) 232-0124.
Volunteers work with residents in the Hesed House LightHouse program (formerly homeless in need of extra support to stay housed) and with residents in a few Aurora Housing Authority apartment buildings. Helpers work in myriad ways to offer assistance in finding employment for those fit to work. In addition, volunteers offer practical help such as transportation, errands, advocacy, problem resolution support, referrals to services, finding needed household or personal items and more. Contact Rama Canney (630) 232-0124 x105.