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Diakonia (Service)

Those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and
great boldness in the faith that is in Christ  Jesus."      - Timothy 3:13

   WHAT DO CATHOLIC DEACONS DO?

        There are three dimensions of diaconal service:

Ministry of Charity and Justice,

Ministry of the Word of God, and

Ministry within the Liturgy.

Deacons care for the disenfranchised, the bereaved, the divorced, the imprisoned..all those members of the community isolated from society by sickness and poverty, crime or age. Deacons may prepare the faithful to receive the sacraments. With proper authorization they are to preach, teach, and give spiritual guidance. They baptize, witness marriages and preside at funerals. Whatever they do, deacons are acting on behalf of the servant Christ.

Contact

Coordinator of Deacons

Deacon Thomas J. Helrich
Catholic Pastoral Center, Building 2
2620 Lebanon Avenue
Belleville IL  62221
618-722-5042
Fax:  618-235-7416
thelfrich@diobelle.org