Parish Outreach

Communion for the sick/homebound
Representing Christ and the whole community of Notre Dame, our Ministers of Care lovingly and prayerfully bring the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and homebound. If you or a loved one us unable to join us at the table of the Lord, you can contact the parish office to make arrangements for a Minister of Care to bring Holy Communion. Call the church office, 630-654-3365.
 
Food Pantry
Our Parish Food Pantry collects donations of non-perishable food and other items to assist our neighbors in need every third Sunday of the month. The Food Pantry also helps with more than just food. Once a month, a listing of items requested by our needy families is published in the bulletin, and parishioners are invited to donate items. Contact MaryAnn Fenton, 630-986-8330.
 
Kids First
Keeping our food pantry families clothed for the weather, whatever it may be is the goal of Kids First. This ministry works behind the scenes to gather, sort and distribute clothing donations to our food pantry families. Kids First is ‘on call’ to provide emergency clothing support when needed. Kids First begins with help from the parish. They seek CLEAN, GENTLY USED clothing. The Kids First Committee meets weekly to gather, sort and organize donated items. While they gladly accept any/all CLEAN, GENTLY USED clothing items, teen and pre-teen clothing is their most highly sought category (plus sizes are popular too). Contact Kerry Kilbane, 630-920-1761
 
Manor Care
Volunteers are needed to visit residents at Manor Care in Westmont. Many of these people are alone and a visit from a caring and compassionate volunteer can improve the quality of their life and emotional well-being, by giving them something to look forward to. Visit Volunteers work on their own personal time schedule, visiting when it’s convenient for them.
In addition, the Residents of Manor Care are assisted each Sunday to receive the source and summit of our faith, Holy Communion. Volunteers are needed any Sunday of the month to bring and return wheelchair residents from their rooms to a temporary chapel for the Communion Service.
In addition, caring individuals are needed to be Visit Volunteers. Many of these people need simple companionship and visits can be made on your own personal time schedule. Contact Ron Predovic, 630-323-2496
 
Meal Ministry (Crisis)
This ministry meets the needs of families who are experiencing a crisis such as a member of the family is hospitalized or homebound and ill for a period of time. These ministers provide warm, home-cooked meals to families in crisis situations. You can sign up online to deliver a meal to a parish family in need. For more information, contact Kim Cassin, 630-601-1752.
 
Ministers of Care
This ministry determines ways of meeting the spiritual, educational, physical and informational needs of Notre Dame Parishioners who are in need of special care.
The Ministers of Care serve the sick or those with other related needs, the elderly, the hospitalized, those in nursing homes, homebound, the terminally ill, accident victims, the bereaved and the mentally ill. They rotationally visit and bring the Eucharist to persons in need. They direct these individuals into whatever available resource is necessary to meet their need(s). All patient information is confidential.
 
P.A.D.S
Notre Dame P.A.D.S. (Public Action To Deliver Shelter) is a ministry that works to provide shelter and food for homeless persons and families. We are one of the congregations affiliated with DuPage PADS, a not-for-profit organization that is committed to end and prevent homelessness in DuPage County. Working together with volunteers from Holy Trinity Parish in Westmont, we provide sleeping arrangements, meals and other hands-on services from 6:00 pm to 7:30 am at a local shelter on the first weekend of each month, October to April. Volunteers are needed to work all shifts and to help with set-up, meal preparation and serving, clean-up, and laundry.
 
Prayer Shawl Ministry
LEARN TO KNIT OR CROCHET WITH THIS MINISTRY!
All parishioners, including men, are invited to come and learn the basic stitches necessary to complete prayer shawls and blankets for those in need. Patterns are available, as well as experienced knitters/crocheters who are ready and willing to get you started on this relaxing, stress-reducing activity. You provide your own needles and yarn.
Completed items are presented to the needy with an attached prayer, so they know that their shawl was made with care and compassionate prayer on behalf of the Notre Dame community. The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm in the Marian room.
 
Transportation
The Transportation Ministry responds to varied requests from our parishioners to take them to the doctor, grocery shopping, church or elsewhere. Volunteers have also provided transportation to and from the airport for missionary or visiting priests who come to speak at Notre Dame.