We Welcome You to Get Involved

All are welcome and encouraged to get involved in parish activities. There are several opportunities for service and fellowship. Please begin to pray about how the Lord might be calling you to serve or be part of a ministry. Not sure what’s right for you? If you are not sure which ministry you should join, keep an eye out for the next Called & Gifted Charisms Workshop where you will take a Spiritual Gifts inventory which can guide you to where you can best serve. Or, just give us a call. We’re here to help.

Many Ways to Participate in Parish Life

Simply click on the plus sign by the Ministry you would like to expand to learn more about.

Discern your spiritual charisms to better understand how God is calling you to fulfill your unique purpose.

Spiritual renewal retreat bringing adult parishioners together to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and each other.

We invite you to embrace the invitation of an ever-deepening faith in Jesus. Whether you are a lifelong Catholic, new to our parish, or attending Mass because your spouse is Catholic, our Becoming Catholic, Living Catholic is a way to deepen your faith, or, if you are interested, become Catholic. If you were Baptized Catholic or in another faith tradition, or never been Baptized, we welcome you to this journey of faith. Come! Fall in love with Jesus.

“And Jesus wept” – John 11:35

St. Mary of Gostyn offers those grieving the death of a loved one. These programs welcome all needed support and are open to everyone, not just parishioners of St. Mary. At this difficult time, the people and staff of St. Mary of Gostyn Parish wish to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your loved one.

The Adult Grief Support Team at St. Mary of Gostyn is comprised of members of our Faith Community who have experienced the pain of loss and grief. If you have lost a loved one and you are experiencing the painful and sometimes confusing feelings of grief, please join the Adult Grief Support Team at our meetings at the Parish Center.

If you have questions, call the Parish Center at (630) 969-1063 and you will be referred to the appropriate contact person.

A ministry focused on the Eucharist, and its Minister: Jesus Christ Himself. The Holy Hour allows for time spent in prayer with Jesus, encountering Him in a special way. Each Holy Hour includes Adoration, Benediction and opportunity for individual Confession.

An organization of Catholic men who experience the importance of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The Knights are built on family, faith and friendship to make a difference in our parish and community.

Men of the parish, if you’re interested in helping those in need, serving your parish, growing in your faith or having exclusive access to top-rated insurance protection for your family, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you. Our council meetings are scheduled for every first Thursday of the month at 7:00pm beneath the church in the Gathering Place. For more information, email

The Knights of Columbus is not just a fraternity in name. It is a brotherhood of Catholic men who each play a part in improving the world around them, one community at a time. They stand together in faith, dedicated to uphold the principles they cherish while lending their support and strength to parish, home and fellow Knight. Learn more about the Knights.

From charity for worldwide causes, to helping closer to home with volunteer activities, to a top-rated insurance program that protects those closest to you, the Knights makes the most of its brotherhood. Learn more about the many activities of the Knights.

Since their founding, the primary mission of the Knights of Columbus has been to protect families from the financial ruin caused by the death of the breadwinner. Learn more about the numerous insurance products available only to members.

As a priest working at the immigrant parish of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT, Father McGivney saw firsthand what could happen to a family when the main income earner died. He, himself, was forced to leave his seminary studies to help care for his family when his own father died. So the desire to provide insurance to care for widows and orphans was close to his heart. At the same time in history, there was strong hostility toward Catholics. They were being excluded from social services, labor unions and other fraternal organizations. The dangerous working condition in factories, where most immigrants were employed, left many families fatherless. Feeling strongly that Catholicism and fraternalism were not incompatible, seeing a need for social and intellectual interaction, and wanting to provide an outlet for men to engage in good works and be proud of their American-Catholic heritage, the Knights were born.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

We look forward to joining the ranks of this outstanding Catholic men’s organization. For more on how you can be a part, email or go to

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An informal gathering of men from the parish centered around scripture and living out our Catholic faith. Includes food and fellowship, with a presentation of a topic for reflection and discussion about walking as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world.

The faith-filled community connects family caregivers with others going through similar experiences of caring for a loved one with practical advice, useful tools and insightful discussions. Navigate these times with a Christ-centered view to begin to thrive, with joy and holiness, in the caregiver journey.

Interested in becoming Catholic? Or Catholic but haven’t yet received all the sacraments? OCIA, the Order of Christian Initiation for Adults, is the amazing journey of entering into the fullness of the Catholic faith. We will help you to learn, grow, find community, and prepare for the fullness of life that God desires for us all.

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” – Mt 18:20. Pray and share together in community, recognizing Christ’s presence.

This ministry engages in education, community service and public policy activities related to pro-life issues to increase respect for all human life, from conception to natural death.

A gathering of women of the parish centered around scripture and living our Catholic faith. With food and fellowship, St. Mary’s Cafe explores what it means to walk as disciples of Jesus Christ in this world.

A History of Many Parts, But One Body

With over 2,700 families at St. Mary of Gostyn Parish, we continue towards a bright future enriching faith life, educating on Catholicism, serving those in need, and enjoying our close community.