Transfiguration believes in supporting and informing our parishioners the best we can.  Below are some external resources available to those in need in our community. Visit each site’s page for more information on that organization, and to see how they can help you or someone you know.
800-400-4205 Alternative to Abortion—PHD – Women’s Counseling Center
815-455-3311 Alcoholics Anonymous
815-459-6190 Al-Anon or Al-Ateen
847-249-4450 A Safe Place, Domestic Violence Crisis Line
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
Catholic Cemeteries
The Church expects those who have been baptized as Catholics to take full advantage of the Order of Christian Funerals. These rites include: prayers at the time of death and thereafter, a wake service allowing time for prayers and support, a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated for both the living and the dead, and burial in a Catholic cemetery as the final resting place for those who have ‘fallen asleep in Christ.’
catholic charities logoCatholic Charities
Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life. In order to remain faithful to our mission, Catholic Charities is guided by these core values:Respect, Compassion, Competence and Stewardship.


Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.James 1:19,20 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago – Domestic Violence Resources>>
If there is an immediate need call 911.  You may also call — A Safe Place, Domestic Violence Crisis Line — at 847-249-4450.


 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”
Matthew 5:4
A Funeral or Memorial Mass is planned through a collaboration with your family’s selected Funeral Home and/or the Transfiguration Bereavement Ministry. The traditional process begins when the Funeral Home makes the initial contact with the Church to confirm a date and time for the Funeral/Memorial Mass.  MORE>>
Do you have questions about Funeral/Memorial planning?  OR  Are you interested in providing calm and comfort to families in need? Contact Chris O’Brien at 847.526.2400 x225.


Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  –Galatians 6:2 
Do you have a health situation that prevents you from attending Sunday Mass and you would like to have a communion minister visit you in your home?  Ministers of Care complete special training to bring the love and care of our community to you through scripture and the sacrament of the Eucharist.  MORE>>
Contact our Minister of Care Coordinator, Jim Fijalkiewicz, at 847-526-7101 OR email: to make your request directly or on behalf of a loved one in need. Would you like to volunteer your time, talent or treasure to this ministry?  Contact Jim or Mary Ann!


But let all who take refuge in You be glad.  Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You.  –Psalm 5:11
The purpose of this ministry is to provide “shelter for tonight” as well as a safe and warm place to stay. The PADS program provides supportive services in the form of shelter, food and hygiene supplies and hospitality for the homeless citizens of Lake County during the cold weather months of October through April. Each guest is provided with a nutritious dinner, breakfast and sack lunch. MORE>>
Visit PADS Lake County for emergency shelter site locations and information. 
Can you help out in this area?  Contact Karen Abernathy at


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 
Jeremiah 1:5: 
The Respect Life Ministry connects you with resources to promote the dignity of life at all stages.  From prayer and peaceful prayer chains to public policy updates, your voice can make a difference!  MORE>>
Are you in need of options for yourself or someone you know?  Contact the Women’s Counseling Center at 800-400-4205 for alternatives to Abortion—PHD.
Is God Calling you to take an active role in promoting the dignity of life?

Contact Mary Fijalkiewicz at 847-526-7101 if you are inspired to join us.


“For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
-Deuteronomy 15:11 
Are you in need of temporary assistance?  The SVdP Society, while not an emergency service, is a group of volunteers committed to help those individuals and families who may need temporary assistance during times of job loss, etc.  MORE>
Contact:  Call 847.526.2400 x222 and leave a message.  A volunteer will contact you to discuss what assistance may be possible.
Would you like to volunteer your time, talent or treasure to this ministry? Contact the Parish Office and leave a message for Eileen Yacullo.


What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  -James 2:14-18
The Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry’s purpose is to help local families and individuals in times of emergency or unusual hardship and in some cases to help sustain low income families and people who are ill or elderly. A client may come in for assistance once every month and must have a referral card from the Wauconda Township Office. A photo id and utility bill is required for proof of residency.  Currently the Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry serves an average of 250 families and 700 individuals per month.
Non-perishable food donations may be brought to the Church gathering space.
In need of a referral?  Are you available to help?  Visit for current information or call 847.526.8684.