As the parish Family of Mary Help of Christians in
Chester, Illinois, we recognize that each of us shares, by
virtue of our Baptism, in the life of Christ as priest,
prophet and king.  In accepting our mission to carry on the
Lord's work, we see our challenge to be that of reaching
out by word and example to help people of ALL AGES
feel welcome and at home in our parish family.

This task of evangelizing, of inviting others to know the
peace and love of Jesus through our parish is realized in
several ways.  FIRST, because we are called to worship,
our parish emphasizes good liturgical celebrations, inviting
all to participate through the use of various ministries,
environment and music.  SECOND, because we are called
to share the faith within our families, the parish and the
community at large, we see the need to provide programs
from birth throughout a person's lifetime, striving always to
be a nurturing, healing, and forgiving community.  THIRD,
because we are called to service, we strive to reach out
to parishioners in need, especially the sick and the
homebound.  This call of service is also to the world at
large where we need to be aware of issues of justice and
peace, trying to respond to them as best we can through
prayer and action.