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Liturgy: Vatican II encouraged us, “to full, conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy.” Therefore, when we gather for Liturgy, everyone gathers and celebrates. With over 300 liturgical ministers, we seek to “open wide the doors to Christ,” through the words, actions and prayers of the Liturgy. Whether a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, usher, minister of hospitality, sacristan, or altar server, each minister is called to enhance our liturgy by living out the faith we celebrate. Take a look at our many liturgical ministries, and consider joining us. Everyone is not called to the same ministry, but everyone has a place at the table and is called to service in the Church. Contact Marek Smolka at, Director of Liturgy, for more information.

Pastoral Care offers sacramental support to Catholics in the hospital, in nursing homes, and at home. Among the locations served by the Ministry of Care are the various hospitals within the Northwestern complex, the Rehabilitation Institute and Warren Barr Pavilion assisted living and rehabilitation center. Parishioners who have been trained and mandated as Ministers of Care also visit at-home parishioners. Six-week training sessions are required for new Ministers of Care. The six-session course covers a range of topics such as the spirituality of this special ministry. Contact the Director of Pastoral Care, Lori Doyle, at

Chicago Shares is a voucher program that provides an opportunity for the community to aid homeless people in a constructive way. Vouchers for food and personal care items that are redeemable by area merchants may be purchased at the Cathedral after Mass, on the third Sunday of each month, in the Cathedral Vestibule, inside the State Street entrance. Each month, Chicago Shares reimburses merchants for all vouchers they have accepted. Chicago Shares needs volunteers to sell vouchers after Mass and to assist in managing the voucher program. Leave your name and number at (312) 573-4494. One of our volunteers will call you back. More information about Chicago Shares here – including an order form to get vouchers by mail.
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Baptismal Preparation Class Teachers
Baptismal Classes are scheduled in Rectory (Room 204) for expectant parents and godparents. These classes meet twice monthly (1st Saturday, 1-2PM & 3rd Friday, 7:30-8:30PM). If you wish to become a Class Teacher, contact Deacon Dan Welter at He will instruct you in the “Convenant Baptism Program.” You are asked to commit yourself to teach a few times for one year (renewal is possible).

Cathedral Tour Guides
Half-hour Cathedral TOURS are given once each month on a Sunday immediately following the 12:30PM Mass. These TOURS focus on the history & architecture of the main church and its small chapel. If you wish to become a TOUR Guide, contact Michelle Peltier at She will show you how to give an appropriate TOUR using the HNC Brochure available near the Cathedral doors. You are asked to commit yourself to TOUR guiding a few times for one year (renewal is possible).

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process for individuals inquiring into the possibility of becoming Catholic. The structure involves breaking open the Scripture through discussion, prayer, spiritual direction, catechesis, and direct contact with members of the parish who serve as sponsors. Contact RCIA Co-Directors, Rev. Bill Vollmer or Kenneth Ortega at (312) 573-4434.

The Holy Name Young Adult Group is an inclusive community that enlightens, enlivens, and enriches the lives of Catholics in their 20s and 30s through spiritual programs, social events, and service opportunities. For more information about volunteering with young adults, please email