The Parish Pastoral Council is an advisory group to the Pastor and shares responsibility for the pastoral life of the parish, under the leadership of the pastor. In addition to this key role, the Council is also responsible for the following:
- Identifying and meeting the needs of the parish community
- Planning for the parish’s future by recommending policies, procedures and programs that will implement its values and fulfill the parish’s mission
- Encouraging and supporting existing ministries
- Nurturing St. Eulalia’s reputation as a warm, welcoming diverse faith community
Council members serve for a three year term and prayerfully embark on this mission at the beginning of each new term.
Parish Finance Council
The Parish Finance council is an advisory group to the Pastor and shares responsibility for the financial affairs of the parish, under the leadership of the pastor. The principal responsibilities of the Finance Council include the following:
- Review and approval of the parish budget.
- Preparing an annual report for the parish of the parish finances.
- Reviewing capital expenditures of over $10,000.
Knights of Peter Claver
Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary
The organization was founded more than 100 years ago by Four Josephite fathers and three laymen in Mobile Alabama. There are units across the United States and on San Andres Island in Colombia, South America. National website:www.kofpc.org
St. Eulalia Council and Court 356, Maywood, Illinois was established June 1998 and the Jr. division in 1999.
We support our parish through service work, fundraising, charitable support to worthwhile causes, promote social justice, award scholarships and support education.
We extend a cordial invitation for all Catholic Women to join. For more information contact Grand Lady Viola Rogers (708)218-1468 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Food Ministry
The Emergency Food Ministry is a program of St. Eulalia’s Quinn Community Center designed to provide both immediate help and to find ways to prevent such problems for the future.
Persons experiencing a shortage of food or other necessities for daily life are invited to contact the Emergency Ministry. A one-on-one meeting with an EMF representative will identify and seek to resolve the immediate need. Together, they will identify resources for whatever further assistance might be helpful to prevent future emergencies.
To contact the Emergency Food Ministry, please call the Parish Office, 708-343-6120.
Our Mission is to build a strong family connection with the parish and its community. We provide spiritual enrichment and support to parishioners, family members and friends. We try in our daily lives to lead by example with Jesus in our hearts, actions and in the words we speak.
TOGETHER – We pray. We share with our fellowship. We offer comfort in times of need. We support each other. We give of our time, talent, and treasures; Sharing our cultural similarities, differences, and our traditions. No one is left out. All are welcomed. We are open to all new, former and current parishioners and guests to come and join our group. We celebrate Mary and the life of her son Jesus in our daily lives. There is no membership dues and we meet once a month (2nd Sunday of the month in the Quinn Community Center after the 10:00 am Mass) but gather more often during the planning of the Crowning of Mary and other Marian Feast days. For more information click here.
The soup kitchen serves dinner every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 in the lower hall of the Quinn Community Center to approximately 50 guests. These include people from the neighborhood: grandmothers with young children, homeless people, and families, as well as parishioners. About 2/3 of our guests are children and young people who come in together or alone. The hospitality provides an opportunity to get acquainted with people who may have needs beyond the meal itself, and engage in a problem-solving partnership.
For example, the presence of so many young people identified the need for mentoring and constructive activities. A simple program of arts and crafts, reading and games developed for the children by Loyola medical students was the origin of the Quinn Center’s extensive slate of after-school and evening activities for youth during the school year, and a 5-week summer camp for 140 children and 35 teens.
The soup kitchen has been blessed with wonderful volunteers from local schools and universities who prepare and serve the food, as well as a regular group of supportive parishioners. We ask volunteers to be present by 5:00. People who are scheduled to bring food should have it there by 4:30 for heating, or by 5:00 if it is already heated. We are usually finished with clean-up and out by 6:45.
Individuals, businesses, or groups wishing to volunteer in providing food and/or serving are most welcome to become involved in this ministry. It can be a life-changing experience.
For more information or to volunteer, please call the Parish Office at 708-343-6120 to get in contact with the coordinator Martha Minnich.
Mardi Gras Committee
Mardi Gras Committee
Nine years ago, a group of parishioners got together to host a Mardi Gras event as a way to raise funds for the parish. Luckily one of the parishioners happened to be from New Orleans and was instrumental in “schooling” the committee on the history of Mardi Gras, which dates back to the mid 1700’s. They learned names of the different Mardi Gras groups, such as Krewes, Twelfth Night Reveler’s, Rex and others. They learned that the floats in the parades are rarely duplicated but always maintain the classic colors of purple, green and gold. With all this information in hand, the idea for the first St. Eulalia Mardi Gras was born. The group used their own money for seed that first year and in Feb. 2009, the first St. Eulalia Mardi Gras celebration took place!
Since 2009, the committee has raised over $40,000 for the parish while giving the attendees a great evening of authentic food, dancing and entertainment. The committee also sponsors mini-fundraisers throughout the year in the form of barbecue dinners and bake sales. Funds from these events all go towards the big party that takes place the week before Ash Wednesday every year. For 8 years Mardi Gras has been a dream come true for our “authentic” New Orleans native, Minnie Reese, plus a labor of love for the committee as a whole. The St. Eulalia Mardi Gras committee is a group formed out of friendship and love of community……and adheres to the famous New Orleans mantra, “laissez les bon temps rouler”……Let the good times roll.
Housing Forward (formerly PADS) is an organization committed to the housing and crisis needs of the homeless, and transitioning them back to housing stability. Its headquarters is located in the former St. Eulalia parish office at 1851 S. Ninth Ave.
For some years, St. Eulalia parishioners have been providing service once a month, September through April, at the overnight shelter sponsored by Euclid Avenue Methodist Church in Oak Park. Service is scheduled on the third Sunday and Monday of the month, 6:00 pm to 7:00 am. Service tasks include setting up tables for dinner, serving dinner, setting up pads and bedding, preparing and serving breakfast. No one works alone, and service is organized by shifts, usually of two hours.
To volunteer or for more information, please call the St. Eulalia parish office.
For more information on Housing Forward, visit the website at www.housingforward.org.