Human Concerns

The mission of the Human Concerns Commission is to discern the needs of the people of the parish and surrounding community and to meet these needs by enlisting members of the parish to volunteer their time and talents. Your membership and involvement in these committees will greatly enhance our Christian presence. Other opportunities to serve will be presented in the parish bulletin. 

Caring Presence at the End of Life
This program offers parish support for someone who is terminally ill or dying and for members of the family. Trained volunteers from our parish are available to provide the following services: sit with the dying in their homes, a nursing home, or hospital room; provide prayers for persons in need and a link to the sacraments if required; provide a listening ear and a caring touch. Please contact us for further information or to make a referral.
Contact: Fr. Paul Langevin, OFM Conv. at 309-688-3427 x202

Compassion Ministry
Holy Family has an established ministry to those who are homebound or in nursing homes. When requested, visitors bring communion to those unable to join the community on Sundays on a short or long–term basis.  If you or a loved one in the parish cannot attend Mass regularly, please call for more information or to volunteer.

Contact: Compassion Ministry Coordinator, Fr. Giles Gilbert, OFM Conv. at 309-688-3427 ext. 203

Elizabeth Ministry
Volunteers minister to families of the parish celebrating births and adoptions, or grieving infertility, miscarriage, and infant death.  Members provide woman–to–woman support for parishioners during the childbearing years through personal visits, prayers, babysitting, carpooling, and preparing meals.  Elizabeth Ministry coordinates monthly pregnancy blessings after weekend Masses, usually on the third Sunday of  the month.

Contact: Melissa Maubach at 309-685-2342

Mexican Mission Committee
The Mexican Mission Committee fosters support for our sister parish in Tlacoachistlahuaca, Mexico. Through an ongoing aluminum can drive, a spare change collection, an annual Mexican dinner, and periodic fundraisers, money is collected to address the needs of the mission parish. Several representatives of our parish have traveled to Immaculate Conception Parish in Tlacoachistlahuaca as “ambassadors of good will.”

Contact: Dennis Lippert at 309-692-0163

Rides to Mass
Volunteers offer to drive people in nursing homes and long–term care facilities to Mass each weekend at Holy Family. This service, when possible, is extended to all those who are homebound. Please call to volunteer or if you are in need of a ride to Sunday Mass.

Contact: Parish Office at 309-688-3427, ext. 200

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

The work of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society extends our outreach beyond the parish community. Through financial  contributions and donated food items, the needs of many people have been met. Food is collected the first weekend of each month.
Contact: Parish Office at 309-688-3427, ext. 200 or the Saint Vincent de Paul Helpline at 309-677-7696 

Mass Intentions

The tradition of offering Masses for others, particularly for the dead, originates in the very early Church. Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical “Mirae caritatis” (1902) stressed that we must never forget the infinite graces that flow from the Sacrifice of the Mass which benefit one’s soul, and he beautifully emphasized the connection between the communion of saints with the Mass: “The grace of mutual love among the living, strengthened and increased by the sacrament of the Eucharist, flows, especially by virtue of the Sacrifice [of the Mass], to all who belong to the communion of saints.” Mass intentions can be scheduled by calling or visiting the parish office. An intention can be for the living or the deceased. Suggested stipends are $10.00 per Mass. Individuals can request only two Mass Intentions to be satisfied during any calendar month at Holy Family.
Contact:  Parish Office at 309-688-3427, ext. 200