607 – Care Pantry
(Adult, HS): Disperse food, lend a compassionate ear, and participate in projects throughout the year to assist the families registered in our program.Â Click on the ministry name to learn more about ways to participate.
613 – Habitat for Humanity
(Adult, HS): Travel to Mississippi to spend one week (June 2017) working side by side with families who have been selected for new homes under the Habitat for Humanity program. No construction experience required. If you are interested in the June 2016 trips, contact the Outreach Office.
614 – Haiti Twinning
(Adults,HS): St. Thomas has a relationship with the people of Ste. Marie-Madeleine in Duchity, Haiti. The purpose of this Twinning relationship is to practice capacity building to work together to achieve the goals of the people os Ste. Marie-Madeleine and their community of Duchity. Areas of activity include: Education, clean water, healthcare, and youth programs.
615 – Haiti Twinning Community of Interest
(Adult, HS): For people who would like to be kept current with St. Thomas Haiti Twinning/Ste. Mari-Madeleine activities but not commit to active participation at this time. Emails will be sent providing the latest news from Ste. Marie-Madeleine and the Twinning Committee.
617 – Jobs Ministry
(Adult, HS): This ministry helps job seekers find employment through networking and various workshops. Click the ministry name to learn more about ways to participate in this ministry.
Attention Job Seekers: In order to join our St Thomas Jobs Ministry and receive job leads and meeting notices, you are required to attend one of our meetings at St Thomas the Apostle Church and register your information. We will send you an invitation by email to join our Yahoo Groups. Follow the instructions and submit the information to become a group member. Membership will provide you with informative mails from the Jobs Ministry. Thank you very much for your interest. We hope to see you soon!
619 – Lakota Nation Relationships (Adults, HS)
St. Thomas has begun a relationship with the people of St. Agnes Parish in Manderson, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Committee meets as needed to plan trips to the reservation, to foster relationship building with the people of St. Agnes and the surrounding area, and to bring awareness to the St. Thomas Community of the situation of the people “on the rez”.
622 – PADS Hesed House in Aurora
Adult; HS; JH with a parent): Public Action to Deliver Shelter is a program that parishioners are involved with once a month at Hesed House in Aurora. On the first Thursday of each month, parishioners bring food to Hesed House to help feed the homeless dinner, breakfast, and a bagged lunch. Adult volunteers are needed at the shelter for the following three shifts: 5-11pm, 11pm-3am, 3-7am.
623 – PADS in Naperville
(Community United Methodist Church) (Adult, HS, JH with a parent): The first Sunday of each month (Oct-May), parishioners provide dinner, greet/monitor guests, pack lunches, clean up, and serve breakfast for the homeless guests in the area who are sheltered at this site. Both middle school youth (accompanied by a parent) and high school youth are welcome to serve during the set up and dinner shifts. With the exception of the morning team, St. Thomas will form several teams of volunteers so that most volunteers only need to serve a couple of times during the year. Volunteers are needed for several shifts and responsibilities. Click the link for the full list.
625 – Prison Ministry – DuPage County Jail
Participate in womenâ€™s or menâ€™s communion services or Bible study at the DuPage County Jail. Commitment is once a month.
626 – Prison Ministry – Illinois Youth Center Ministry
Participate in projects at Warrenville Youth Center, such as weekly communion services, monthly birthday parties, and weekly group visitation.*
627 – Quito Barrio Outreach (Adults, HS)
Fr. Don Kenny, former St. Thomas Pastor, has founded a mission in the poor barrios of Quito, Ecuador. This ministry is a consortium of people from St. Thomas and other communities that work to support Fr. Don’s mission. It includes a soup kitchen, day care center, adult education, and a health clinic. Mission trips to Quito are organized.
628 – St. Vincent de Paul Society
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed FrĂ©dĂ©ric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. Opportunities exist for home visitors, benefactors and helpers during the semi-annual clothing drives. Click the ministry name to read more about these opportunities.
630 – Transitional Housing
(Adult, HS): (For families who are facing homelesness)
632 – Social Justice Communities
Our Social Justice Communities strive to address social issues in light of our Catholic Social Teaching. Our efforts strive for systemic change in our society, as opposed to direct outreach assistance. The activities undertaken include prayer, awareness, education, and action. There are seven Social Justice ministries (following this section). If you would like to address a Social Justice issue you feel is not being addressed, please sign up in this category. The OSJ Office will contact you for further discussions.
Being Catholic requires faith and action. Our Catholic Social Teaching highlights key themes at theheart of our Catholic social tradition.
• Life and dignity of the human person
• Family, community and participation
• Rights and responsibilities
• Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
• The dignity of work and the rights of workers
• Care for Godâ€™s creation
Sign up in this category to:
A. Address a Social Justice issue you feel is not being addressed in other ministries, or
b. Be made aware of various St. Thomas Social Justice activities that are being worked on or planned.
636 – DuPage United
(Adults, HS) DuPage United is a broad-based, non-partisan, civil organization with sufficient relational power to take collective action for social and economic changes to benefit the people of DuPage County. www.dupageunited.org It is made up of primarily faith-based institutions. The community of DuPage is best served when all itâ€™s people have a part in the decisions that affect their well-being.
638 – JustMatters
(Adult, HS): Learn about the remarkable justice tradition of the Catholic Church. JustMatters presents 6-8 week introductory modules on many current social justice topics. Â Available modules can be found at JustFaith.org/programs/JustMatters.html.
JustMatters allows a group of 8-15 people to give sustained attention to a specific area of social concern or social ministry. All who sign up will be invited to a meeting to determine which module will be studied and to set session dates.
639 – Homeless Alliance (Adults, HS):
St. Thomas founded and is a part of the larger DuPage Homeless Alliance made up of other religious institutions and organizations involved with homeless issues. Its purpose is to take social justice actions to improve the plight of the homeless in the area.
640 – Immigration Initiative
(Adults, HS): Raise awareness and provide education and action opportunities regarding the issues of migration and immigration. Promote advocacy for legislation that is in keeping with the principles put forth by the US Catholic Bishops “Justice for Immigrants” campaign. Encourage a spirit of welcome and solidarity with immigrant families and individuals based on the core values of Catholic Social Teaching.
641 – St. Thomas Pax Christi
(Adult, HS): (Adults, HS): Is peace your concern?Â Meet monthly to dialogue on how to work to create a more peaceful, just, an dsustainable world. Through education and action, work to promote non-violence and justice, which can start locally, yet affect globally.
643 – Pro-Life
(Adult, HS): Work to inform the community on the issues of abortion and other sanctity of life matters. Provide education to the parish and to our High School youth via speakers, movies, and discussion. Organize fund raisers to support women in crisis pregnancies. Meet four times during the year.
644 – Pro-Life Community of Interest
(Adult, HS): Receive information, via email, of pro-life activities, legislation, and issues. Help staff tables or doors for pro-life related activities after weekend Masses. For those who cannot actively participate in pro-life activities.
646 – St. Nicholas Relationship
The focus is on expanding the relationship between St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Nicholas, a predominately Mexican parish in Aurora. This relationship provides liturgical, social, and cultural interaction as well as service-related opportunities. Interested parishioners meet on an occasional basis with representatives from St. Nicholas to develop relationships and plan activities.