List of ministries and contact information

Christian Service Commission

Each month, September through May, Christian Services hosts the Christian Services Commission.  The CSC gathers organizations within the parish and those outside the parish (with whom she is in partnership supporting the needs in our community) to share information and resources, to provide connections and partnerships, and to receive status updates of each ministry and organization.

The following organizations and ministries are represented on the Christian Services Commission: Ministry of Care, ChooseLife, Mary’s Closet,  Funeral Luncheon Ministry, the Sudanese Community, The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Vincent de Paul, The Glen Ellyn Walk-in Ministry, PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), Bridge Communities, The Glen House Food Pantry, and ESSE (Ecumenical Support Services for the Elderly).  

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, Colleen Foley, at  630-469-0404, ext. 2108

Mary’s Closet

Mary’s Closet serves pregnant women and young families in need.  We provide clothing and shoes (maternity clothes for moms, and clothing and shoes for children through size 14), personal care items, baby items (bouncy chairs, portable cribs, strollers, etc.), home items (cleaning supplies, paper products, linens, and more), and school supplies.  We also provide referrals to other agencies and services.  Please contact the Christian Service Office at 630-469-0404, x 2108, or via email at [email protected].

Funeral Luncheon Ministry

The funeral luncheon ministry is a group of volunteers which supports our parish community by coordinating luncheons for families after funerals at St. Petronille.  Please contact the Parish Office at 630-469-0404.

Ministry of Care

The Ministry of Care provides support to our parish community by providing visits to our homebound and hospitalized parishioners for the distribution of Communion.  For more information about how to receive Communion in your home or for your loved one, please contact the Christian Service Office at 630-469-0404, x2108.

Glen Ellyn Walk in Ministry

The Walk-in Ministry 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.  For more information, contact Kay Hutchcroft at            630-469-2862.

Sudanese Community

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

St. Vincent DePaul

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, when necessary, to those who live outside our Parish boundaries. 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.

For more information contact          Rich Cullotta at  630-469-0404, Option 7You will receive a call back within 2 days.

Bridge Communities

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.  Contact parishioner Jenifer Bystry at 630-403-5095 for more information.

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ESSE (Ecumenical Support Services for the Elderly)

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 contact Nancy Barry, Program Director, at 630-260-3773, or visit their website:

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 the Americas

In keeping with their motto, “Unity and Charity”, Catholic Daughter women gather to enjoy each other’s company at meetings and volunteer charity events, and work hard to support both our St. Petronille parish family, and those in the community at large 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 80,000 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.

For more information, please contact Adele at 630-858-0269.

Choose Life! Ministry

“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 Choose Life! Ministry promotes the protection of life in a world not prone to compassion and/or faith. Join us in our efforts to celebrate LIFE, God’s greatest gift.  We meet the second Thursday of the month at 7pm. For meeting location contact the Parish Office at 630-469-0404.  

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: Choose Life