Ministries before God’s Altar

Dear Parishioners, As always, I hope everyone will do something to be more involved in the life of our parish communities.  Primarily, Stewardship is about making a proper return to the Lord for all the blessings He has given YOU—  most especially the gift of life and faith. Stewardship is a response of faith. Everything we have, everything we are... it all belongs to Him. Once we realize that truth, giving of our time, talent, and treasure is easy, obvious to us, and even necessary, because we see it for what it truly is: Stewardship is an opportunity. With gratitude we eagerly should make a return to the Lord, and thank Him for the privilege of sharing in His work and mission.  Specifically, information about liturgical ministries for our parish communities is included in this article. You are also invited to visit our parish website regarding other ministries and services. Read over the information below and consider helping in these needed areas. Thank you for your generosity and support. May God bless you for your faith and devotion!

Father Noesen


Liturgical Music Ministry

Our Liturgical Music Program offers a diversity of styles and repertoire from the Church's treasury of sacred music. Under the leadership of our Music Coordinator Mrs. Rita Wise there are a variety of opportunities to share your talents with the parish. If you are interested, Mrs. Wise will help you to discern exactly where you would best fit into the Liturgical Music Ministry Program.  Presently we need cantors and choir members and substitute organists.


Eucharistic Adoration

The Adoration Chapel ~ located in our new parish center building [across the street and north of the church] ~ is available 24-hours a day for private prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  EVERYONE is encouraged to make frequent visits to the Chapel. However, we are in constant need of regular, committed adorers in the Chapel at all times. Ideally, we want two people for every hour of the day and night. If you are interested, please call the parish office. Click here for more. 


Finance Council

Advises the Pastor on financial matters of the parish and school. Responsible for monitoring all income and expenses, and approving the annual budgets.

Offertory Counters

A group that counts the funds collected at Mass each week. Each group volunteers about once a month.

Parish Pastoral Council

The PPC is involved in most activities and programs effecting the liturgical and spiritual life of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church.

Stations of the Cross

Held Friday evenings during Lent.

Usher and Greeter

Greeters are our ministers of hospitality before and after our liturgical celebrations in our Church. They are the first people to greet worshipers in the House of God and represent the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish Community to all who worship with us. Not only do the Greeters welcome people to the liturgy, but they also pass out bulletins after Mass and help provide a more welcoming and friendly setting for people to come home to pray. The Ushers have the duty of taking up the collection and, in general, attending to any needs of the congregation that arise before, during, and after the liturgy. For the most part, they help preserve good order in the Church. Training is provided. Responsible teens and adults are welcome to join these ministries.  Please contact the Parish office at 815-634-4171 for more information.

Occasional Opportunities

Every so often we are in need of help in the Parish Center to get mailings ready, stuff bulletins, or do other such tasks. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in helping.

Catholics Come Home

A program designed to invite Catholics who have wandered from a devout practice of the Catholic Faith, back to the Church. People leave for a variety of reasons, this program will hopefully help to reconcile them back with the Church. Besides people joining the process, we also need parishioners to volunteer to help support the program in a variety of ways. Visit the Joliet Diocese website


The Marthas is the Parish’s Funeral Luncheon Committee.  With Saint Martha as their patron saint, for 25 years parishioners who have volunteered in this ministry has provided funeral luncheons for families of deceased church members here at the parish for over 25 years.  Following the funeral and burial they serve the meal in Berst Hall.  There is something powerful about the gift of being able to give a family comfort, no matter what form, during their time of bereavement.  If you would like to join the Martha's and help with the preparation of the meal, or assist with the serving, set-up, and clean-up at these funeral luncheons; or if you would simply like to donate a food item to assist their ministry, please call the parish office.

Minister of Care

Father Noesen makes First Friday Communion calls and visitations when requested.  Ministers of Care assist in this ministry by bring Holy Communion to those who wish to receive more than once a month. This is a most rewarding opportunity, a real chance to build a faith relationship with another person. To serve as a Minister of Care, an individual must be a Baptized and Confirmed member of the Catholic Church; a registered and active parishioner of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, living a life in harmony with the teachings of the Catholic Church [i.e., if the person is married, they must be married according to the law of the Church]. Training will be provided.


The Lectors are scheduled to publicly read the scriptures at the Sunday and Holy Day Masses, as well as other liturgical and non-liturgical celebrations held in our Church. To serve as a lector, an individual must be a Baptized and Confirmed member of the Catholic Church; a registered and active parishioner of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, living a life in harmony with the teachings of the Catholic Church [i.e., if the person is married, they must be married according to the law of the Church].

Fellowship Committee

Volunteers who coordinate social activities and gatherings of parishioners during the year.

Parish Welcome Committee

This Committee was formed to welcome new parishioners to our Parish Community and introduce them to all that Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish has to offer. If you are interested in helping the Parish Council in this endeavor, please call the parish office.




Altar Servers

Both male and female servers are used at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. Servers are welcome, encouraged, and needed. Servers assist the priest in the celebration of the Eucharist. The servers presence is necessary, and adds great dignity to the liturgical celebrations in our church. Young people wishing to be servers are ordinarily contacted and trained beginning in the 4th grade through our religious education program.  Adult men are also welcome to become Altar Servers.

Baptism Preparation

Preparing parents for the formation of their child’s faith. The Baptismal Preparation Program assists parents in understanding their role as the first of teachers of their newborn children. Through the program, we hope to invite them to deepen their commitment to the Lord and to His Church, and to bring their children up according to the law of Christ and His Church.  Baptisms are celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.  Please call the Parish Office at 815-634-4171 for more information.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are commissioned to assist the priests and deacons with the distribution of Holy Communion during the celebration of the Mass. Training will be provided, and ministers are expected to function according to the guidelines set forth by the Pastor. To serve as an extraordinary minister of Communion, an individual must be a Baptized and Confirmed member of the Catholic Church; a registered and active parishioner of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, living a life in harmony with the teachings of the Catholic Church [i.e., if the person is married, they must be married according to the law of the Church].

Flowers and Grounds

Volunteers who care for and beautify the grounds and church.

Altar Linens and Server Robes - Laundry Care

The altar linens regularly needed for Mass need to be washed and pressed on a regular basis. Also, the robes our servers wear need laundering and occasional repair work. If you are able to help with this important task, please consider signing up.

RCIA Program ~ The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The RCIA Program is established to help adults to become full members of the Catholic Church. The program is for those who are seeking Baptism, and/or Full Communion with the Catholic Church. We are in need of parishioners to act as sponsors - spiritual companions to those who seek admission into our Catholic Faith. Please contact the Parish office.


Duties include preparing the altar for Mass and cleaning the altar following Mass.

Assumption Food Pantry

Open Wednesday
9 AM to Noon and 4 to 6 PM
100 S Baima Street Coal City Information: 815 518-2000. 

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

These dinners are offered here and at other Faith Communities in our area throughout the year. Call the parish office to find out the location for this week. Donations to support this ministry are truly needed each month. If you would like to inquire about helping with this ministry, please call the parish office at 815-634-4171. 

PADS Shelter

The PADS shelter at Immaculate Conception Parish is open each Friday from October through April. It provides a place to sleep, eat dinner and breakfast, as well as a sack lunch to go. If you would like to volunteer for our Parish please contact Joanne Morrall at 815 942-8389 or Kris Werden 815 942-5338.

Bible Study 

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary sessions are on Thursday and Sunday mornings in the Madonna Room 9:30 a.m. til 11:00 a.m. 

Identical sessions will be held at Immaculate Conception in Braidwood. 

Your BIDJ Bible Study Leaders are: 

Pat Hudetz, Carm Collins, Teri Jo Boylan, Pam Carlton, Cindi Grove and Jim Mark   If have any questions, please contact Pat Hudetz at 630-935-2103

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization. Charity is the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. Knights are men of faith and men of action. We volunteer countless hours of our time to charitable causes around the world and in the local communities. Council 1574 has been serving the area since 1911. We serve the Parishes of Immaculate Conception Braidwood, Assumption Coal City, St. Lawrence South Wilmington, Sacred Heart Kinsman, and St. Mary's Reddick as well as their surrounding communities. 

We continually strive to bring the hope of Christ's love to our area through our service and support. We live out the Faith in our families and they are a crucial part of our events. Explore the benefits our membership offers. You can keep up to date on our events or learn more about us at or on Facebook at Braidwood Knights of Columbus. 

LORD, grant us the strength to serve others, in Your name, Amen.



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Using our God given gifts of time, talent, and treasure for the Building up of God’s Kingdom~ A way of life lived for God ~ a true response of love and faith for His Church and the Needy 

Part of our Christian obligation of good Stewardship, includes along with our gifts of treasure…gifts of time and talent. A variety of opportunities exist within our Parish for you to offer yourself in service. Please consider giving of your time and talent in one of the many areas of service available. If the loving and helping touch of Jesus is going to be felt in our midst today, it’s up to you… He’s waiting for you, and inviting you to take an active part in the life of His Church.

Our Church was dedicated on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 1892; and since that time has continued to bring to faith, hope, compassion and the Love of Jesus to both parishioners and non-parishioners throughout the Coal City area. From the beginning, our Parish has been blessed with many good and holy priests who served well both God and fellow man.