List of ministries and contact information

Christian Service Commission

Each month from September through May, Christian Services hosts the Christian Services Commission.  The Christian Services Commission gathers different organizations within the parish and those outside the parish with whom she is in partnership supporting the needs in our community.

The following organizations and ministries are represented on the Christian Services Commission:

The Glen Ellyn Walk In Ministry, Public Action Delivering Shelter (PADS), Bridge Communities, The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, Ecumenical Support Services for the Elderly (ESSE), Council of Catholic Women (CCW), St. Vincent DePaul Society, Grace of Motherhood, Ministry of Care, Funeral Luncheon Ministry, the Sudanese Community, and most recently Mary’s Closet.

We gather to share information and resources, to provide connections and partnerships between various organizations and the parish, and we receive status updates of each ministry and organization.

This is our time to share the mission to serve Christ by working together to support those in need in our community and parish.  Our collective efforts in the community are recorded and presented to the Parish Council each month.  We begin and end each meeting in prayer and thanksgiving for this opportunity to serve the most vulnerable in our community.

If you are interested in finding out how you can serve and give, please contact our Coordinator of Christian Service, Deacon Peter Robinson  630-469-0404 ext. 2108

Grace of Motherhood

Christian Service

630-469-0404 ext. 2108

Grace of Motherhood is a group for woman to come together in faith and friendship, serving in our community, and supporting one another on this journey of motherhood with the help of our Blessed Mother.

We are revamping for the fall and are excited to have the women of St. Petronille join us!  email me at [email protected] for more information!

Funeral Luncheon Ministry

Cathy Kuczynski

The funeral luncheon ministry is a group of volunteers which supports our parish community by coordinating luncheons for families after funerals at St. Petronille.

Ministry of Care

Deacon Peter Robinson
630-469-0404 ext. 2108

St. Petronille’s Ministry of Care provides support to our parish community by providing home visits to our homebound parishioners for the distribution of Communion in the home.  For more information about how to receive Communion in your home or for your loved one, please contact Deacon Peter Robinson.

Glen Ellyn Walk in Ministry

Kay Hutchcroft                                                                                                                    (630) 469-2862                                                                                                                     WIM is the coordinated effort of Glen Ellyn Churches to provide a source of compassionate assistance to individuals and families in need of emergency aid. We try to be his voice and his hands.

Sudanese Community

Klovirt Alnar

The Sudanese Community at St. Petronille gathers weekly to celebrate and worship together as a community. We also connect our community members to local/community organizations as needed.

St. Vincent DePaul

Richard Cullotta
SVDP President
630-469-0404 Option 7                                         You receive a call back within 2 days

St. Petronille St. Vincent de Paul Conference is a separate entity from the St. Petronille Parish. We provide short-term emergency financial aid to members of our Parish and those who live outside our Parish boundaries when necessary. We provide assistance to supplement rent, medical bills, car repairs and utilities. We are always looking for individuals that would like to be part of this highly rewarding adventure.

Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

Terri Venzon

The GEFP is a non-profit ecumenical endeavor of Glen Ellyn churches working together since 1979 to help fight hunger in central DuPage Co. It is because of the amazing community support and effort of our over 350 volunteers that we are taking huge strides towards abolishing food insecurity in area neighborhoods.

For more info:

Heidi Meier                                                                                630-682-3846 ext. 3500                                                                                                                                          DuPage Pads relies on more than 4,000 volunteers every year to continue their mission to end homelessness in DuPage County. Area Churches, including St. Petronille provide volunteers for the DuPage Pads year-round, interim housing program.

PADS now has purchased a permanent site for their shelter guests at the Interim Housing Center in Downers Grove.  St. Petronille coordinates with PADS to provide support to shelter guests year round.

For more information:

Bridge Communities

Jenifer Bystry

Bridge Communities transitions families facing homelessness to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services. Together with St. Petronille Parish and over 400 other volunteers and collaborators, we help break the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and abuse for the families we serve.

See for yourself; watch this

Learn more about Bridge Communities here.

Explore ways to help here.

Council of Catholic Women

Nell Bochenek
CCW President

St. Petronille’s Council of Catholic Women (CCW) provides opportunities to gather in the Catholic Spirit for fellowship, service, and spiritual enrichment. CCW sponsors philanthropic activities like the holiday Adopt A Family program for families in need and organizes food and supply drives for local charities like PADS, Teen Parent Connection and the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. CCW also coordinates fundraising and fellowship opportunities for St. Petronille Parish, including Donut Sundays, Men’s Trivia Night, Christmas Eve Luminaries and an annual Christmas social event for women in the community.

ESSE (Ecumenical Support Services for the Elderly)

Nancy Barry
Program Director

ESSE is a not for profit organization that provides adult day care options that promote the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of older adults and their families. Open to persons of all faiths, ESSE is dedicated to preserving the independence and dignity of individuals experiencing dementia while offering respite for their caregivers. There are three sites where safe, comfortable, and pleasant interactive day care is provided in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, and Warrenville. A nutritious lunch and snacks are provided.

For more information:

Knights of Columbus

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.  We host amazing “Fish Fries” annually.  Great fun!

If you would like to find out more information about our local Saint Petronille Council of the Knights of Columbus, log onto their webpage:

Catholic Daughters of America

The CDA motto is “Unity and Charity” because Catholic Daughter women come together in unity to enjoy each other’s company at meetings and volunteer charity events, and work hard to support St. Petronille, our community, and those outside of our community who are in need of help.  We donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.”

The CDA was formed over 100 years ago and today numbers 70,000 dues-paying members in 1,250 courts (local chapters) in 45 states across the country, and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. Court #1096 was Chartered on June 24, 1928 at St. Petronille Parish.

If you would like to find out more information, please contact Adele Lessmeister at 630-858-0269.

“May Mary, Queen of Love, watch over women and their mission in service of humanity, of peace, of the spread of God’s Kingdom!”~Pope St. John II

Our Blessed Mother’s fiat at the Annunciation was affirmation that choosing life for a child is primary to our path to Salvation.  Mary accepted the Lord’s invitation to be made the first tabernacle for the Son of God.  We at St. Petronille Parish support the effort to protect every human life, because every human being is made in the image and likeness of God.

Our Chooselife!  Ministry participates in teaching the necessity of life’s protection in a world not prone to compassion and faith.  Join us in our efforts to celebrate the greatest gift from God; that of life. Let us also celebrate the most important moment in every mother and father’s life, the birth of their child.

For more information Contact the Christian Service department at St. Petronille or go to the following websites:

Illinois Catholic Conference of Bishops:

USCCB  Resources for Women’s Health’s%20Healt%20Infographic.pdf

USCCB Mandate on Contraceptive issues

-Baby Olivia video (fetal development)

-Link to Waterleaf and Support After Abortion (pregnancy and post-abortive support)

-Brain Heart World link (pornography awareness)

Contact Us at: [email protected]