For any questions or if you are interested in becoming a part of one of our ministries, please contact the Parish Office at (847) 949-8300.

Ministry Organizations
Ministerios de la Iglesia Santa Maria del Popolo

There are approximately 52 organizations operating at Santa Maria Parish These are separated into 6 group:

  1. Parish Pastoral Council
  2. Finance Council
  3. Spiritual Life
  4. Parish Life
  5. Liturgy
  6. Catholic Education


Parish Pastoral Council
Comité pastoral de la parroquia

Mission -- The Parish Council serves as a consultative, collaborative and collegial body to the Pastor, and is regulated by the norms issued by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Members/Miembros -- The Council has 12 members, representing the 8 organizational groups which in turn represent all the ministries of the Parish. These members are:

Finance Council & StewardshipCarl Bodo, Pete Rosquete
Spiritual LifeMargaret Feinendegen, Juan Pasillas, Martha Beck
Parish LifeJohn Crigler, Valentina Morales
Catholic EducationAida Muñoz, Bill Aquino
Youth Ministry Zachary Martinez , Andres Huerta
LiturgyAnne Montesano, Martha Almazan
Parish at Large and CommissionsDenise Davis,McKennie

Finance Council
This committee is appointed by the pastor to help oversee the financial concerns of the parish.  Among our responsibilities, we prepare and present the annual budget, meet bi-monthly to review parish income and expenditures, assist the pastoral council and subcommittees in preparing budgets, and provide parishioners with periodic reports of the financial position of the parish.

Spiritual Life
Consolation / Bereavement Committee -- To provide comfort to the bereaved families of Santa Maria del Popolo.
Contact person: Ann Marie Wurster

Legion of Mary -- The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation, under ecclesiastical guidance, in Mary's and the Church's work of crushing the head of the serpent and advancing the reign of Christ.

Ministers of Care -- To bring the Holy Eucharist to the sick, elderly and disabled who can no longer attend Mass.
Contact person: Sandy Quinn

Prayer Group -- The Group provides a special opportunity for anyone to come to know Jesus in a deeper, fuller way.
Contact person: Genevieve O´Connor

Respect Life -- To educate our church community and increase public awareness of respect for life/human life issues.
Contact person: Margaret Feinendegen

Youth Group -- Our Youth Group, Way, Truth, Life, seeks to help our young people between the ages of 13 and 18 to grow in their faith as well as their knowledge and experience of God’s love through the Church and through their interaction with others.
Contact person: Zachary Martinez 847-990-6852

Parish Life

Boy Scouts -- Provides educational programs for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.
Contact person: Jason Brizzell 847-409-7016

Cub Scouts -- For boys 7-10 years old the aim of Cub Scouting is to help boys grow into good citizens who are strong in character and personally fit.
Contact person: John Riggio 847-566-7016

Girl Scouts -- The program encourages girls to develop qualities that will serve them all their lives like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.
Contact person: Anne Ryan 847-566-4517

Inclusion Awareness Committee -- The goal of this ministry is to make it possible for parishioners of all abilities to fully participate in liturgy, ministries, religious education, leadership roles and social functions in the parishes of the Archdiocese. The role of the committee is to provide an ongoing effort to raise the awareness of the parishioners to the fact that there are people with various disabilities in our parish. The committee looks for ways to make them feel recognized and welcomed. The committee also attempts to identify the needs of people with disabilities and identifies the barriers to full participation in the Mass and the life of the parish. The committee recommends short-term and long-range plans to increase accessibility to the parish buildings and inclusion in worship.
Contact person: Ed Stith 847-566-7569

Knights of Columbus -- We promote social and intellectual fellowship among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, and social activities.
Contact person: Carl Bodo 847-566-0945

Money Counters -- We meet weekly to count the money offered at the weekend Masses; to allocate the correct amounts according to the parish membership list and to arrange for deposit in the bank.
Contact person: Arthur Montesanto

St. Vincent de Paul -- We provide emergency basic needs and referral services to those who seek our assistance.
Contact person: Kathy Janicki


Liturgy Committee -- We plan our community celebrations that the congregation may express their faith through different forms of worship.
Contact person: Zachary Martinez 847-990-6852

Altar Servers -- To assist the priest in the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgical celebrations.
Contact person: Patti Zimowsk

Greeters -- We greet people with a smile as they enter the church and try to make them feel welcome.
Contact person: Dolly Cummings

Lectors -- The lector proclaims the Word of God at liturgical celebrations.
Contact person: Anne Montesanto

Ministers of Communion -- Our ministry assists the clergy in the distribution of the Holy Eucharist.
Contact person: Jack Losch 847-566-1029

Music Choirs -- The ministry exists to worship God and to bring Christ’s message to our parish family through liturgical music.
Contact person: Debbie Titus 847-566-0959

Sacristans -- We prepare and organize all that is necessary for the liturgy. There is a different contact person for each mass.

Ushers -- We help people find seats, manage the orderly movement of the congregation at the Mass, and help with the offertory collection.

Catholic Education

Baptism Formation -- The purpose of our ministry is catechetical formation of parents and godparents with regard to the sacrament of baptism.
Contact person: Deacon Dave Auld 847-949-1193

RCIA -- We instruct and facilitate the growth in faith and knowledge of the Catholic Church for adults interested in becoming Catholic or Catholics wishing to complete their sacraments.
Contact person: Maura Bodo 847 566 0945

Religious Education -- The purpose is to educate the parents and children of Santa Maria del Popolo in our Catholic Faith.
Contact person: Aida Muñoz 847-990-6865

Commissions/Otros comités

The Spiritual Development Commission -- We make recommendations and plan events contribute to the spiritual development of the parish.
Contact person Maura Bodo  847-566-0945

Communication Commision/El Comité de comunicación -- We look for and implement ways to improve communication between the parish and its members.
Zachary Martinez 847 990 6852