offering the gift of personal presence to parish and community
To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope!
Persons looking for volunteer opportunities in personal ministry, both here at the Cathedral and in the wider community beyond, are encouraged to consider the possibilities below. If you are in need of any of the services below, or would like to volunteer in any of these areas, please contact the Cathedral Office at 815.722.6653.
Bereavement Ministers offer spiritual support and assistance with funeral planning. This support and assistance can be offered prior to and/or after the death of a loved one. During this difficult time, bereavement ministers work with family members to discuss and address the facets of the funeral mass, and to assist in the selection of readings and music for the funeral liturgy.
Cathedral Pastoral Care Ministers are available to bring the Eucharist to all homebound who would like to receive it. Cathedral Pastoral Care has been administering communion to homebound parishioners for the past 26 years. A dedicated group of lay ministers along with St. Raymond clergy deliver communion, engage in spirituality and bring the life of the parish to the homebound. Pastoral Care allows those who are either temporarily or permanently unable to travel to St. Raymond’s to still connect with the parish. Visits are made once a month, twice a month or every Friday.
Daybreak and Shepherd’s Table
Can you help prepare and serve a meal for those who are in need? Daybreak is a homeless shelter for men, women and children run by Catholic Charities. We, along with other Joliet area churches, provide meals at the Daybreak shelter at 611 E. Cass Street here in Joliet. Cathedral Daybreak volunteers are responsible for purchasing, preparing and serving the evening meal on the second Saturday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00pm, and the breakfast meal on the following Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00am. Shepherd’s Table volunteers prepare lunch from 9:00 to 11:00am, and serve lunch from 11:00am to 1:00pm on the fourth Monday and fifth Wednesday of each month. For more information, or to volunteer for Daybreak or Shepherd’s Table, please contact the Daybreak coordinator, Elizabeth Dow at email@example.com or the Shepherd’s Table coordinator, Carol Embling at 815.725.8556.
Justice and Peace
Justice and Peace Committee members respond to the social teachings of the church, promoting a world of charity and justice. This group’s focus is to educate people on what is going on in the world today regarding various topics. Justice and Peace also helps to promote the purchase of items that carry the Fair Trade symbol. By purchasing these products such as coffee, teas, chocolate, rice and sugar you are helping ensure that producers of these products are earning a fair, living wage for their goods and receiving the training and resources needed to preserve their local environments and invest in their communities.
Do you, or does someone you know, have a special need for prayer? The Cathedral Prayer Connection prays for special needs and requests of parishioners and their families. Prayer and the support of others is an important element of our Christian community. If you have a special intention, be assured that the members of the Cathedral Prayer Connection are dedicated to intercession on your behalf. New members are always welcome to join our group of “pray-ers.” There are no meetings or dues. The only requirement is that you are willing to receive a prayer intention by phone, pray intensely for that need and pass the request along to one other person on the phone chain. It is a great and rewarding opportunity to connect with those who believe in the power of prayer.
Life is sacred at every stage. In conjunction with the Joliet Diocesan Respect Life Office, the Cathedral Pro-Life Committee promotes life from conception to natural death. The Pro-Life Committee is dedicated to informing its members and the entire parish community of all life issues through e-mailed legislative alerts and semi-annual educational tables in the Narthex. You can help support the Pro-Life Committee by participating in the annual Baby Shower for Birth Right or by attending the annual Diocesan Respect Life Mass held each October or by participating in praying the rosary monthly in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
The Society of Saint Vincent DePaul is an international lay organization supported by the Cathedral offering prayers, guides to resources, and assistance with housing rent or mortgage payments to those who have fallen upon times of hardship and personal crisis. All assistance is confidential. Members collect and distribute resources to the poor and needy of our church and the wider Joliet community. You can help those in need by contributing to our monthly collections of food, paper and personal products during the last weekend of the month, or you can make a financial donation using your monthly Saint Vincent de Paul collection envelope. If you are in need of the services of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, or are interested in becoming a member, please contact the SVDP hotline at 815.773.4167. Please leave a detailed message and a SVDP volunteer will contact you within 24 hours. Please be aware that calls received are returned from a "blocked" phone number.
Wedding Coordinators assist couples with their wedding rehearsal and ceremony. The Sacrament of Marriage between two people is one of the most important days in a couple’s life together. The Wedding Coordinators assure everything runs smoothly for the couple during the wedding ceremony by helping with preparation, set-up, and general instructions for the ceremony. Wedding Coordinators are present at the church for the wedding rehearsal and wedding ceremony. Wedding rehearsals are typically held on a Thursday or Friday evening and require 1 to 1 1/2 hours of coordinator time. The wedding ceremony is usually performed on a Friday or Saturday afternoon, and requires 1 to 1 1/4 hours of coordinator time.