EXPLORE THE MINISTRIES
OF SAINT GILBERT CHURCH
There are a number of opportunities at Saint Gilbert Parish to pray with and serve our community with a joyful heart. Everyone has been blessed with special gifts and talents to share with others. Using these gifts strengthens our faith while benefiting others in our larger faith community.
Please consider joining one of our ministries. We look forward to sharing your faith journey at Saint Gilbert Parish.
If you are interested in volunteering, please review the Volunteer Requirements page for additional information.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Adult Bible Study is a 14 Session Bible Study on The Book of Mark, from the Augustine Institute (through the formed.org website available to all parishioners! Three time options: Sundays at 9:00 AM; Mondays at 9:AM, Tuesdays at 7:00PM, beginning September 22/23/24 and concluding on March 1/2/3. ( $10 fee includes study guide) SIgn up at Give Central.
Do you or somebody you know want answers to questions like: How do I get more out of life and why am I here? Alpha explores these questions about our Christian faith in a really unique way. Come and see...virtually. Online Alpha starts October 13th and runs through January 19th on Tuesday evenings from 7:00PM - 8:30PM. Find out more and register today. Alpha Online Registration
Is a group of Filipino-American parishioners of Saint Gilbert that hosts the annual Simbang Gabi in our parish. Bayanihan in "Tagalog" means communal work to accomplish a task. We hold fund raising to raise funds for our Simbang Gabi event. We always represent the Philippines at the annual Saint Gilbert International Fest. We hold summer picnic to promote friendships among the Filipino-Americans in our parish and we promote active participation in our parish. Most of all we are here to make our Filipino Parishioners feel more welcome.
Simbang Gabi (Filipino "Mass at Night")
Is a devotional consisting of nine consecutive Masses practiced in the Philippines as a spiritual preparation for Christmas and also to honor the Blessed Virgin Mother. This tradition came from the early days of Spanish rule in the Philippines. When the Christmas season began, it was customary to hold novenas in the evenings. It was later changed to early dawn to allow the farmers to attend before they go out to till the land. Simbang Gabi is also known by its popular Spanish name Misa de Gallo or Mass of the Rooster. During the Spanish era and early American period, the parishioners would mostly have nothing to offer during Mass except sacks of rice, fruits and vegetables and fresh eggs. They were graciously accepted by the priests who kept a portion for themselves and shared the produce with the rest of the parishioners.
While we will not be hosting Simbang Gabi this year, an invitation is extended to all at the participating parishes in the 2020 schedule. We hope to return to this cherished tradition at Saint Gilbert next year.
"Be patient and allow the mourning process to unfold. It is a healing process." Saint Gilbert is a faith community of baptized who believe in the Gospel of Jesus. In response to Jesus' message, the Saint 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. All parishioners are invited to join us in praying for those who have died and will have an opportunity to light a candle for deceased members of their family.
BREAKING OPEN THE WORD
This group meets after 8:00AM Mass, usually on 2nd and 4th Thursdays, in the Chapel, from August through May. Our time is spent reflecting on the Sunday Gospel, sharing that reflection, and prayer. All are welcome!
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. At Saint Gilbert, we celebrate the Liturgy of the Word with Children every Sunday at 9:00AM and 11:00AM Masses.
While we are suspended from meeting at Mass during this pandemic, our catechists continue to prepare a weekly message for children. This can be found on the homepage of the parish website and also in the weekly bulletin.
CHRIST RENEWS HIS PARISH
A retreat for adults given by parishioners to enhance the spirituality of the parish.
"And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them," (Luke 24:15)
What? An opportunity for spiritual and parish renewal through prayer, scripture, witness, and fellowship.
Who? You! All adult members of Saint Gilbert's are invited.
Where? Right here at Saint Gilbert
When? CRHP retreats are held annually. The weekend begins on Saturday morning and concludes on Sunday Afternoon.
The Discipleship Group aims to answer Jesus’ call: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations...” (Matthew 28:19)
Visit our Discipleship Group Page to learn more!
FEED OUR FAITHFUL FATHERS
Feed our Faithful Fathers is a new ministry launched to give nutritional support, meals, to our Fathers, to help carry them through the business of the weekends. If you would like to prepare a meal or meals for our Fathers, please go to Meal Train and you will find the calendar and all the instructions. On behalf of our Fathers, we thank you in advance for your love and the future fabulous meals.
The Liturgical Ministries assist the community celebrate and live the seasons of the Church’s liturgical year. This includes reflection on the Sunday scriptures and how our daily lives draw meaning and strength from them. A representative from each of the liturgical ministries comprises the Liturgy Committee who then relate to their ministers special actions and rituals reflected in the various seasons. The Liturgy Committee is composed of the Parish priests, and representatives from Music, Eucharistic Minister, Minister of the Word, Environment, Greeter, Mass Coordinator and Usher ministries. Liturgical ministries also include altar linens, altar servers, gift bearers, ministers of care, and universal prayer scribes.
Visit out Liturgical Ministries Page for more information!
MOTHERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN
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. We meet one evening every month for fellowship, discussion and spiritual reflection. We also have occasional organized events such as Moms'-night-out, play dates & service projects. We hope you can join us on our journey through motherhood and faith!
The members of the Music Ministry sing and play to accompany the weekly Sunday Liturgies at 5:00 PM Saturday and 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11 AM and 5:00 PM Sunday, as well as join together for special parish events and celebrations.
All voice parts and instruments are welcome. Instrumentalists should be proficient on his/her instrument.
Visit our Music Ministry Page to learn more!
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Our Parish Council consists of representatives from various ministries, Pastor, Associate Pastor, and the Director of the Religious Education Program. They meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month. The Pastoral Council is 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.
Vision for the Future: Parish Transformation, an initiative of the Archdiocese of Chicago, offers Saint 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 Saint Gilbert's vision for the future.
1. Women's Bible Study Tuesdays at 9:00AM.
2. Breaking Open the Word every other Thursday after 8:00AM Mass.
3. Access for all parishioners to the website FORMED (learn more)... the best Catholic content all in one place!
(Go to formed.org and enter our parish access code: N89PP8 (case sensitive)
Call to Holiness
1. Adoration Wednesdays 4:00PM - 9:00PM Chapel
2. Reconciliation Wednesdays 4:00PM - 4:45PM Chapel
3. Archangel Prayer Group Mondays 7:30PM - 8:30PM Church Narthex (except Monday Holidays)
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Elementary Faith Formation or Religious Education Program strives to partner with parents in the challenging task of developing faith-filled children who are led to a relationship with god that is continuing, personal, and communal. Classes are offered late afternoons on Monday for grades 1-6 and on Sunday mornings for grades Pre-K through 6. In lieu of individual grade level classes, families may opt to join the Family Program which meets on Sunday morning a month. We also offer a Summer Program in June.
For more information, please contact Sr. Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 223-3071.
Please visit our Religious Education Program Page for current class schedules, important dates, and forms.
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.
Please visit our Respect Life Page for more information.
RCIA FOR ADULTS
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! Please contact the Parish Office at (847) 223-4731 for more information.
The Rosary Group meets every day, Monday through Saturday, from 8:30AM to 9:00AM after morning Mass. We pray for the church, our country, and any special needs that are requested. If you are unable to be physically present, please join us in prayer each day by uniting your prayer with the group praying the rosary.
This is an Archdiocesan program that welcomes persons with special needs into full participation into our Faith Community. The goal is to increase an awareness of God in their lives, prepare them for Sacraments, and help them to understand that they are an integral part of our parish community as well as the entire church. We are always looking for and welcoming volunteer catechists that will serve as a model for a friend with disability throughout an entire session. Sessions are designed to meet a friend at his or her level, provide them with a sense of belonging and facilitate their uninhibited participation in our faith-filled community. At Saint Gilbert we welcome friends ages 6-10 and 11-16. Other local parishes serve friends of different ages. Please contact the religious education office for details on other participating parishes.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
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.
Saint Gilbert Vacation Bible School News: 2020 Session has been cancelled.
WELCOME AND HOSPITALITY
The Saint Gilbert Welcome Committee welcomes and registers new parishioners into our parish family. Parish Registration is available after every Mass on the 3rd weekend of the month in the narthex. Also every third weekend of the month, the Sunday Hospitality Committee sponsors parishioner gatherings as a time for social interaction and welcoming.
YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
Interested in fellowship with other young adults at SGC? Join the Young Adult Ministry for social events, including food along with prayer.
Inspired by a vision to reach out to our young adults (ages 18-35), providing for not only sacramental needs, but also cultivating a sense of community and missionary discipleship, we hope to foster opportunities to engage the tenets of service, fraternity, and faith in fun and creative ways. An event will typically be planned for each month, and we welcome you to join us. These events will be announced at Mass, through the bulletin, and on our parish’s social media outlets. As we come together as a family in Christ, as young people, let us truly be that sign of hope and a blessing for not only each other, but also the world.
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.
Please visit our Youth Ministry Page for exciting news and events!