OUTREACH MINISTRIES

The Love of Christ compels us to reach out in service, reshaping our parish into a mission-centered community. Do not bury your talents, the gifts God has given you! We all have a duty to do good. - Pope Francis


All are called... we invite you into mission in whatever way you find yourself called. No experience required, but you'll find yourself surprised at what you can do. Last year, over 200 adults and youth went out on mission near and afar.


For further information on each of the ministries listed below, please complete the Ministry Interest Form.

  • APPALACHIA MISSION TRIP

    Saint Mary's parishioners travel to Eastern Kentucky/Appalachia to assist with basic home repairs, visit local residents and share the love of Christ. Five and seven day trips are available annually. Home repair experience is not necessary.

  • BELIZE MISSION TRIP

    Saint Mary's parishioners travel to Belize for a seven day immersion trip to build homes which provide the new owners with shelter from the tropical elements and dignity of life. The parish supports the team by raising the funds for the building materials. Construction experience is not required - training is provided. Open to all ages, 16+.

  • PACIFIC GARDENS

    Pacific Gardens Mission (PGM) provides a safe, clean and warm shelter for over 500 people experiencing homelessness. Saint Mary parishioners travel to Chicago to assist PGM by making beds, preparing for and serving lunch, sorting laundry, organizing towels, robes, and hangers, and tidying up.  

    March 5th trip information



  • PADS

    Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter (PADS) provides shelter, meals, and security for homeless and needy individuals and families. This program operates under the Lake County Chapter of PADS in Waukegan. Saint Mary's site is open on Wednesday evenings (6pm) through Thursday mornings (6am) from October through April in the Little Church Basement. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities, including meal preparation, setup, serving, morning clean up, laundry, and evening/morning shifts.

  • SHARING PARISH

    The Sharing Parish Ministry is committed to developing and maintaining relationships between the members of the faith communities of Saint Mary's an Most Blessed Trinity (MBT) in Waukegan. This ministry seeks to fully support, with active and motivated volunteers from Saint Mary, the outreach program "Community Social Services Program" of MBT. This program consists of:


    Holy Family Soup Kitchen: serving meals to the needy 6 - 8 times a year.

    Holy Family Food Pantry: delivering donated food from area contributors.

    Fr. Gary Graf Center: volunteering to teach English as a second language and assist people in seeking U.S. citizenship.

    House of Peace: providing financial and spiritual support to the Women's Shelter that serves women and children who are victims of domestic violence.