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Ministry Index

This index lists all the ministries at St. Edna and provides a brief overview for each ministry (grouped by Commission). Links to the ministries are listed in alphabetical order (on the right).

Faith Formation Ministries

This program, for adults (18 and older - out of high school), prepares the participants for receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Classes meet for 8 weeks in the spring.
Join us as we explore topics such as Mary, Eucharist & Liturgy, Peter & Paul, etc. Sessions are on Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings, or Friday mornings. Registration is required.
These sessions prepare families with infants and children for the Sacrament of Baptism. Families with infants through age 3 contact the Parish Office. Families with children age 4-13 contact the Director of Faith Formation.
Gain a deeper understanding of the Bible and explore its wonderful mysteries. Classes are scheduled 3 times a year. Sessions are on Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings, or Friday mornings. Registration is required.
This program is designed to prepare the young people of our community to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. How this is accomplished is through bi-weekly onsite small group sessions and discussions in helping the youth embrace their relationship with Jesus as well as gain a closer familiarity to the Holy Spirit and the role it plays in Confirmation. Preparation for Confirmation begins in 8th grade and is celebrated in the fall of 10th grade.

Grandparent's Prayer Group

This prayer group meets on Tuesdays at 8:30am, after the 8:00am Mass
A 4 day retreat for High School Juniors and Seniors. Students get away from life's distraction and learn more about themselves, their faith, and God.
These sessions prepare engaged couples for the Sacrament of Marriage. Information on this program will be given to you as you begin your meetings with a priest or deacon regarding your wedding.
OPTIONS is the Youth Ministry program for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. It was formed in 1998 as a way to involve the middle school students in the life of the Parish and in Youth Ministry. It includes many "options" for participation, hence the name.
We meet every Thursday evening to review the upcoming Gospel, socialize and plan events. Drop in!
Teens express their faith to younger children through puppet shows (grades 6th-12th).
The Children's Religious Education program is offered for children who are in 1st through 7th grade. Sacramental Prep is a two year process. The sacrament of First Eucharist is celebrated in second grade and sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in third grade. Our family-based, experiential program is designed for individual, family, and community learning that addresses the human need for a personal relationship with Jesus. The religious education program offered to these students is designed to fit the interests and schedules of the students.
Retreats can be defined in the most simplest of terms as a definite time spent away from one's normal life for the purpose of reconnecting, usually in prayer, with God. Join us at one of our several retreats. Retreats are offered on alternate years during Advent and Lent. These retreats are presented on a Saturday, usually from 10:00 to 3:30 pm.
Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Are you an adult Catholic wishing to receive the Sacraments of First Communion and/or Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a program that will answer your questions and help you join the Catholic faith. Saint Edna's Inquiry on Catholic Christianity meets on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm.
This religious education program is offered for children with developmental disabilities (ages 6-10) and is designed to fit the special needs of those students. The program meets monthly on Saturday mornings.
For one week during the summer, teens and their chaperones travel to serve the marginalized. We work hard, pray fervently, make new friends, and get a better vision of the global church by this experience.

Transformations Scripture Sharing

This discussion group meets on Tuesday mornings to discuss the upcoming Sunday readings. Join us!
Bible School summer programming for kids of all ages!

Human Concerns Ministries


AA is a support group for men and women recovering from addiction. Meetings are on Sunday evenings at 8:30pm. Contact the Parish Office at 847-398-3362 or


AL-Anon is a support group for family members of those struggling with addiction. Meetings are on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. For more details, please contact the Parish Office at 847-398-3362 or

Angels Prayer Network

Provides prayer support when someone is critically ill or experiencing acute trauma. With the person or family's permission, the Saint Edna Angels are notified by email to pray for this person and their family. Contact the Parish Office at 847-398-3362 or

Bereavement Ministers

Specially trained Bereavement Ministers meet with family members for support and to help plan the funeral liturgy here at Saint Edna. Bereavement Ministers lead the Vigil Prayers at the wake, guide and support the family through the funeral details and lead the committal service at the cemetery. For further information, please contact the parish Office at 847-398-3362.
DAM is now a member of the Spring of Life Partnership, a group of seven local churches that work with Habitat for Humanity to create affordable housing for qualified families. Spring of Life has started its 16th home in Carpentersville.
We are a Christ-centered ministry dedicated to raising awareness of what domestic abuse is, offering information on where to find help, and advocating for the prevention of domestic abuse in our community.
Volunteers are recruited and scheduled to drive food from the Food Pantry to St. James on the third Sunday of each month.
This program provides food to needy individuals and families in our St Edna community and our sharing parish, St. James in Chicago. We serve over 150 clients each month. Parishioners may volunteer to help with the St. Edna Pantry in two ways: By sorting and organizing the donations coming in and stocking the pantry shelves or by volunteering during Outreach hours to fill pantry orders for Outreach clients requesting food.

Funeral Sacristans

Funeral sacristans assist at funeral liturgies.
This program provides food and gifts at Christmas time to those individuals and families who are most needy in our community and at our sharing parish, St. James in Chicago.
Ministers make prayer shawls for the ill and infirm of our parish. The ministers pray for the recipient as they are making the shawl.
Communion and visitation to those in the home, hospital, or nursing home. Ministers of Care provide prayers and a communion service for those who are in the home, hospital, or nursing home who are unable to attend Mass.

Ministry of Praise

Ministers of Praise receive a letter one per month requesting prayers for the Church, and for the good of the world. If interested, contact the Parish Office at 847-398-3362 or
The St Edna Prison Ministry initiates and supports projects that address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of inmates of Illinois correctional facilities, their families and their loved ones.
The goals of this ministry through various events and mediums will share the wisdom of the Catholic faith supporting a Culture of Life through education, public policy, pastoral care, prayer and worship and almsgiving representative of the many Respect Life issues.
St. Edna's Share Your Gift (Cards) ministry collects cards from specific merchants for distribution to local needy families and individuals. Gift(Card)s will be donated to St. Joseph’s Home in Palatine, Family Forward (formerly Faith Community Homes) in Arlington Heights, and St. Edna Outreach.
The St. Edna Outreach to the Poor Ministry has a formed a subsidiary ministry called St. Edna Community Table to welcome and serve all who seek nourishment and fellowship.
St. Edna Outreach ministers to those in need of emergency assistance. This assistance is made possible through the generosity of parishioners at St. Edna. Contact the Parish Office at 847-398-3362 or

Parish Life Ministries

Try your luck at one of our Bingo nights. Must be 21 or older to participate. Tickets are available after Mass in the weekends leading up to the event or you can buy tickets at the door (until capacity).
The gardens of St. Edna create a beautiful environment that is welcoming and a peaceful way to begin our worship experience. Regular members assume responsibility for a specific garden plot, which includes watering, weeding, pruning, and whatever it takes to make the gardens flourish.
Knights of Columbus offers the opportunity for fellowship with those who are of the same religious beliefs, who recognize the same duty to God, to family and to neighbors and who stand side by side in defense of those beliefs.
To promote fellowship through a community of Social, Charitable, and Inspirational Spiritual activities.
Fancy yourself to be a Tiger Woods protégé? Every second Saturday starting in May until September is a chance to show off your skills with a golf club. You need not wear a red polo shirt to play.
For over 30 years, Parish Life has been sponsoring the Pancake Breakfast in early December. Come spend a morning visiting with your neighbors and enjoying delicious pancakes and sausage. Santa might make a surprise appearance, so you better be good for goodness sake!


Do you consider yourself an amateur Charles O'Rear or Annie Leibovitz? We're always looking for interested persons who would be willing to take pictures for a one or a variety of ministries at events throughout the year. Need a photographer for one of your parish events? Please contact the Parish Office at 847.398.3362
Sharing in our faith and thankful for our blessings, non-perishables are brought by parishioners to help restock our food pantry and donuts, bagels and beverages are provided in the Doherty Center on the third Sunday of every month, except December.
The St. Edna Snack Theatre ministry is made up of approximately 30 adult cast members and over 100 additional behind the scenes volunteers. Our main event is our spring parish musical, a musical review featuring our cast members in a variety of songs and dance.
St. Edna's annual craft and vendor fair features various craft and vendor items, such as, jewelry, holiday items, cooking supplies, wood crafts, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, and much more. Look for us every year; usually the third weekend in October.  
The Taste of St. Edna is open to all! For the parishioners, friends, and community.
Trivia Night is an event held at St. Edna every year, with the intention of bringing the community together to compete in 8 rounds of trivia. The event is held on a Saturday evening, and everyone is invited to attend.

Welcoming Ministry

Interested in becoming members of the St. Edna community? Our monthly Welcoming Sessions allow you to learn more about the parish and enroll as parishioners.
The Women of St. Edna (WOSE) are a group of women from various walks of life who meet monthly to share their faith, friendship and fellowship. There are six guilds that usually meet monthly at different times.

Worship Ministries

This ministry helps the gathered community at worship during the parish liturgies by assisting the presider and deacon at the altar.
Prepare the physical church environment for each of the seasons of the liturgical year.

Baptism Facilitators

Greet families of infants who are to be baptized on Sunday afternoons, and prepare the worship space for baptisms.

Baptismal Vests

Provides a new white garment sewn by members of the St. Edna community as an outward sign of Christian dignity.

Camera Operators

For designated liturgies, ensures the recording and broadcasting of the liturgy is available to assist the assembly with worship. Contact: Frank Starshak, 847.398.3362
Our Eucharistic Ministers help the gathered community become closer to Christ and each other by assisting with the distribution of the Body and Precious Blood of Christ at weekend and weekday liturgies or at weekday Communion Services.
Provide hospitality that creates a warm and welcoming environment for the members of the community prior to the Liturgy.

Holy Dusters

Maintain the worship space and worship materials for all members of the St. Edna community. A job description is available upon request.
Nourish and strengthen the gathered community through the Word of God by proclaiming the Sacred Scriptures at weekend and weekday liturgies.
Provides children with a special opportunity to experience God's Word proclaimed, hear a reflection rooted in our faith, and profess their faith through prayer.
Helps the gathered community express its faith through song by providing a musical foundation for the various roles and rites in the Liturgy.

Rosary Group

This prayer group meets on Monday-Thursday at 7:20am, prior to the 8:00am Mass, and Tuesdays at 7:30pm
Prepare the altar vessels and Eucharistic elements for the liturgical celebration and ensure that scheduled Liturgical ministers are present for their roles relating to the celebration of the Liturgy.
Serve the gathered assembly by providing order and hospitality in a manner that reflects the warmth and welcome of Christ.