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Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of this church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Church members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as washing the church vehicles, to preparing the church bulletins.
 
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Our mission in Youth Ministry is to foster the personal and spiritual growth of the young people by empowering them to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today through responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.  We do this by gathering together through social activities, service opportunities, and discussion and application of our faith, prayer, and worship. 

Plan the liturgical celebrations for the seasons, special parish celebrations and other special events. This committee is composed of the Parish priests and Music, Eucharistic ministers, Ministers of the Word, Environment, Greeters, Mass Coordinators and Ushers.

Liturgy Corner: "A Door to Renewed Life"
We can keep that Door of Mercy open in our hearts by our actions. jubileemercy.org for special resources. 
After the Introductory Rite the Celebrant invites the children and their catechists to go to their own place of worship to experience the Liturgy of the Word at a level of their own understanding as put forth in the Directory of Masses with Children.

Welcomes people to serve in the role of Cantor, 9:00 choir, 10:45 singers, instrumentalists and accompanists. We seek to promote full and active musical participation in the Liturgy. We can accommodate your schedule and musical interest.

 
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA process is a journey through inquiry, teaching, and reflection for anyone desiring to become Catholic through the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. "Companions" are parishioners who journey with and support them through prayer fellowship and sharing.  Are you an adult who is thinking about becoming Catholic or completing Catholic sacraments? We’re here to help!  Contact Ray Henderson at 847-986-6659 or hendersr22@att.net OR Fr. John Chrzan at pastor@stgilbert.org OR call the Parish Office at 847-223-4731.
A retreat for adults given by parishioners to enhance the spirituality of the parish.
Breaking Open the Word

This group meets after 8a Mass, usually on 2nd and 4th Thursdays in the Church Narthex, from August through May.  Our time is spent reflecting on the Sunday Gospel, sharing that reflection, and prayer.  All are welcome!

Women's Bible Study

Read any Good Books lately?  

God must love stories, because Jesus told a lot of them. Come join the St. Gilbert Women’s Bible Study as we read and reflect on the parables of Jesus. We will meet in the Rectory Conference Room at 9:00 am on Tuesday mornings, beginning September 19. Study materials are optional and typically cost about $10. You will need a Good Book as well!  

For more info, contact Marge Mattingly at 847-223-8369 or marjorie.morrison@gmail.com

Anyone who has ears ought to hear! 
A Filipino spiritual outreach and celebration. Simbang Gabi is one celebration during Advent consisting of nine days of Masses, at various neighboring parishes, before Christmas. All are invited to participate.
Bereavement
"Be patient and allow the mourning process to unfold. It is a healing process." St. Gilbert is a faith community of baptized who believe in the Gospel of Jesus. In response to Jesus' message, the St. Gilbert Ministry to the Bereaved reaches out to comfort fellow parishioners in their time of loss and grief. The ministers contact the family at the time of death, provide information for the wake and funeral liturgy, and also engages in follow up visitations. The Bereavement Ministry in conjunction with the Liturgy Committee also coordinates a yearly Memorial Liturgy to remember and celebrate the life of a Loved One.
 
Helping Hands
Assists parishioners in need due to illness, hardship or loss and includes services such as visitation, meal preparation, shopping, cleaning, transportation, yard work or repair work.
 
The goal of Mothers of Young Children Ministry is to provide spiritual, social and developmental opportunities for moms of younger children. We aim to support each other, to provide a forum for discussion of moms' issues, and to share ideas about introducing faith and Catholic beliefs into the lives of our children.

Promotes increased awareness of the God-given dignity of human life from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death. It inspires and motivates Catholics to become actively involved in promoting life values through education, spiritual formation, service and legislative advocacy.

 
 
One week in June. Bringing the Word of God to the children of the parish in a week long camp style setting. Volunteers lead music, craft, games, snack and Bible stories each day. We minister to children 4 years old through 6th grade. Volunteers must be entering 7th grade or older. Instructional meetings are provided to volunteers.
Welcome Committee
St. Gilbert Welcoming Committee has been set up to register and welcome new parishioners into our parish family. Parish Registration is available after every Mass on the THIRD Sunday of the month in the narthex. Also every third Sunday of the month, the Sunday Hospitality Committee sponsors parishioner gatherings as a time for social interaction and welcoming. 
Coffee & Donuts after the 7:30, 9:00 & 10:45 a.m. Masses in the Parish Center/Gym. Come Join Us!
 
 
 
 
Vision for the Future: Parish Transformation, an initiative of the Archdiocese of Chicago, offers St. Gilbert the opportunity to take the next step forward in becoming more vibrant, mission-focused parish. All members of the parish were invited to complete a survey. Using the feedback of more than 200 parishioners, a trained facilitator helped approximately 30 volunteers evaluate the data and identify our strengths and areas of opportunity. These dedicated volunteers incorporated much reflection and prayer as they developed a Mission Narrative, Action Plan and measurable goals that detail St. Gilbert's vision for the future.
Parish Pastoral Council
Parish Council consists of representatives from various ministries, Pastor, Associate Pastor and the Director of the Religious Education Program. Meets 4th Tuesday of the month. A representative body which advises the pastor in carrying out the parish mission according to Gospel values and realizing that it is a part of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Universal Church.