The Many Dimensions of the Body of Christ
Liturgies at St. Nicholas embody the vibrancy and spiritual life of the parish. The time, treasure, and talent of our liturgical ministries are evident in abundance: musicians, artists, lectors, ushers, sacristans, Children’s Liturgy of the Word leaders – all join together to manifest the many dimensions and aspects of the Body of Christ. These ministries meet regularly throughout the year to pray, plan and prepare for the Sundays, feasts, and seasons of the liturgical year.
While the work of spiritual life begins with liturgy, it does not end there. Through sacramental preparation, scripture study groups, and adult faith enrichment programs we work toward strengthening and enriching our spiritual life.
Our many Ministries and contact information can be found below.
Grade school students (3rd grade and above) and teenagers are welcome to join this important ministry of assisting the presider at liturgies. Must have received First Communion. Training and formation are provided.
For more information on becoming an Altar Server contact:
Pat Tomich (English)
Maria Rico (9:00 am Spanish)
Lucia Canchola (9:00 am Spanish)
Yolanda Salgado (1:00 pm Spanish)
James Holzhauer-Chuckas, ObSB (Youth Mass/Misa de jóvenes)
Art & Environment
The Art & Environment Committee works collaboratively to create and enhance the interior and exterior spaces at St. Nicholas to foster an atmosphere of prayer, peace, and community.
Please contact Donnalee Floeter
Children meet to break open the Word of God in an age-appropriate way, no registration or regular attendance required. See the Children's Resources page of the UCYM website for more information and current virtual resources.
Any Catholic who has been confirmed may become a Eucharistic minister. New minister trainings are held twice per year, and new ministers are always welcome. Other than attending one training, the only task is to assist at Mass by ministering either the bread or wine. This is a gentle way to become involved, and it is a very rewarding experience for many of the ministers.
For more information on becoming a Eucharistic Minister contact:
Eileen Hogan Heineman (English)
Elia Delgado (9:00 am Spanish)
Juanita Tamayo (1:00 pm Spanish)
James Holzhauer-Chuckas, ObSB (Youth/Jóvenes)
Greeters & Ushers
People of all ages, high school and above, provide hospitality and assist in the seating of the assembly. Ushers also take up the collection and distribute bulletins.
For more information on becoming a Greeterr/Ushers contact:
Marion Flynn (English)
Josefina Castellanos (1:00 pm Spanish)
Bill Galush (4:30 pm)
Marco Antonio Noria (9:00 am Spanish)
Jim Weiland (9:00 am English)
Edgar Vega (1:00 pm Spanish)
Lectors proclaim God’s word to the worshipping assembly. Parishioners who have a love of scripture, have a strong voice and enjoy reading outloud are encouraged to join in the ministry. Training is given and required.
For more information on becoming a Lector contact:
Blanca Lule (English)
Maru Martinez (9:00 am Spanish)
José Juan Moreno (1:00 pm Spanish)
James Holzhauer-Chuckas, ObSB (Youth/Jóvenes)
For more information on participating in one of the many Music Ministry opportunities contact Ace Gangoso at email@example.com or 847.864.1185 x34 or visit the Music Ministry Page.
Prayer Circle (Spanish)
The Charismatic Prayer Group meets to pray in Spanish on Wednesday and Friday at 7:00 pm in the Chapel.
For more information contact Arturo Becerra
During Lent, small groups of parishioners gather weekly, usually in parishioners’ homes, to reflect on the Lenten scriptures and their implications for daily living.
For more information on ReLent contact the Parish Office.
Sacristans & Assistants
The sacristan lights the candles, arranges the liturgical books, vessels, bread and wine and other materials that are necessary for the celebration of Mass. The sacristan checks to see that the other liturgical ministers are present including Lectors, Eucharistic ministers and altar servers. The sacristan recruits the cross bearer and other ministers if the assigned ministers are not present. After Mass, the sacristan sees that vessels are cleaned and put away. The sacristan needs to be at church 40 minutes prior to the start of Mass.
For more information on becoming a Sacristan or Sacristan's Assistant contact Brian Michalski
In spiritual direction, one meets with a qualified, trained director who assists the directee in focusing on the relationship with God, God’s presence and action in one’s life, and one’s response to the mystery of unconditional love.
For more information on Spiritual Direction contact:
The Wedding Coordinator ministry at St. Nicholas seeks to offer the parish’s hospitality to couples marrying in our church. Coordinators attend the rehearsal and the ceremony assisting the presider and the bridal party as needed.
For more information on becoming a Wedding Coordinator contact Betty Czuchra