MINISTRIES

If you are interested in any of the following ministries, call the parish office at 735-1482.

LITURGY

Altar Cleaning/Decorating
This group of volunteers cares for the sanctuary by cleaning and decorating with emphasis on special occasions to include picking up flowers, hanging wreaths, etc.

Altar Servers
Altar Servers assist the priest at Mass.  The boys and girls are third through 12th-graders  who have received their First Communion.  They carry the cross, bear the book, and set the altar for consecration.  Altar servers play an important role during special liturgical celebrations and are scheduled for the Mass of their choice.

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers are commissioned by the pastor to distribute the body and blood of Christ at all liturgical celebrations.  All ministers are trained prior to being commissioned.  Eucharistic Ministers are scheduled to serve every eight to 12 weeks at the Mass of their choice,

Funeral Altar Servers
These volunteers are adults that assist at all Funeral Services.  Commitment and scheduling for this group are flexible.

Greeters
Greeters arrive 20 to 30 minutes prior to weekend Masses and stand at each entrance to welcome all parishioners and visitors.

Lectors
Lectors proclaim the Word of God during liturgical celebrations. Lectors are scheduled at the Mass of their choice.

Liturgical Committee
This committee meets on a monthly basis to plan all liturgical events of the parish, as well as providing assistance for the training and spiritual development for all lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and altar servers.

Music Ministry
We welcome you to join our choir, maybe to be a cantor,  or if you are an accomplished musician, join us as an instrumentalist.  Rehearsals every Sunday evening at 6.

Ushers
The ushers assure that parishioners and visitors are assisted when necessary as they enter or exit the church.  They notify the Eucharistic Ministers if anyone needs assistance to receive Communion.  The ushers also serve as collectors for the weekly offerings. Ushers are  assigned to the Mass of their choice.

FAITH FORMATION

Children’s Liturgy
The children of our parish are welcome to hear the Word of God as a group.  These children are called forth during the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, after which a catechist proclaims the Word of God to them in their own language.  The children and catechist return to Mass after the Prayer of the Faithful. Catechists are rotated.  We welcome all children and new catechists. Training will be provided for catechists.

Marriage Team
This is a group of married couples who help prepare the engaged for their upcoming weddings.  The  marriage team administers the required Marriage Preparation, participate in the  Engaged Couples Event and rehearses with the bride and groom-to-be for their  wedding ceremony.

Religious Education
Religious education teachers volunteer to share their faith with children and adults.  Classes are from September through April in the Scalabrini Center.  Classes are taught by volunteer high school students and adults.  There is a diocesan training program for new Catechists (teachers).  Each Catechist is expected to complete the Safe Environment Program with the diocese and have a background check done.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is a process that welcomes adults and children older than age 7 into the Catholic Church. Persons wishing to complete their sacramental initiation would be welcomed into this process.  Members of the parish are catechists for these adults. We invite you to participate as a candidate for initiation, catechist or sponsor.

Youth Ministry
We offer service opportunities in the large community for grades 7-10 through our Faith Formation Program, as well as the opportunity to raise funds for those in need by selling pizza fritta and a pancake breakfast.

PARISH OUTREACH

Bereavement Visitation
Volunteers convey sympathy to family members of the deceased.  A Mass card from the parish and a single rose is brought to the home. This committee also is responsible for the annual Mass in November for family members and friends who have lost someone during the previous year.

Flowers to the Nursing Homes & Shut-Ins
During the Season of Lent, our altar remains without flowers to prepare for Easter.  During this time, volunteers arrange funeral flowers in small vases, to be brought to individuals in nursing homes and to shut-ins. Help is needed to arrange flowers, purchase vases and deliver the finished arrangements.

Food Pantry
Volunteers will collect donated food from church, sort and pack items to send every month to St. John’s Food Bank.  Commitment time is flexible and once a month may be all that is needed.

Funeral Lunches
Members are called to serve lunches to the bereaved families upon request. This service is provided in the Scalabrini Center. To be
able to provide comfort and consolation to the bereaved during this difficult  time in their lives makes this an exceptionally rewarding ministry.

Hope House Meal Serving
Volunteers are responsible for serving dinner every second Sunday of each month throughout the year.  Volunteers arrive at 3:30 p.m. at Hope House to help perform minor prep work, serve dinner from 4 to 5:00 p.m., and prepare for the next day’s meals.

Ministry for Persons with Disabilities
Our mission is to invite, encourage, and enable persons with disabilities to fully participate in the life of our faith community.  The ministry serves as a contact for referrals to appropriate agencies and other community resources to assist persons with disabilities and their families in need of services.  Through this ministry the parish is sensitized to recognize the needs and gifts of those parishioners who have physical, mental or emotional disabilities, visible and invisible.  The ministry also identifies physical barriers present which prevent inclusion of all parishioners to participate in services and activities. Meetings are monthly in the Community Room of  Mount Carmel Apartments (handicapped accessible).

Neighbor to Neighbor
This program is a way for members of the parish to reach out to those most in need in the larger neighboring community.  Each month, a different need is identified and parishioners are asked to drop off the specified items in the neighbor to neighbor box in the back of church. Volunteers are needed to help collect, assemble and distribute items.

Parish Nurse Ministry
Active and retired nurses have come together to integrate the practice of faith with the practice of nursing.  They use education to promote healthy lifestyles and assist people to understand the connections between lifestyle, faith and healing.  The ministry does not provide hands-on nursing, but instead provides other vehicles to achieve its goal. The Caregivers Support Group has been established by request of parishioners to the Nurse Ministry.  This group provides support through an experienced facilitator and serves to provide
referrals to community resources.

Prayer Line
A group of dedicated parishioners gently holds in prayer any intentions that are requested through the parish office.

Pastoral Visitors
Parishioners who no longer are able to leave their home or reside in a nursing home appreciate having the Eucharist brought to them. Volunteers are needed to bring the Eucharist and provide a friendly visit.

Social Committee
The goal of this committee is to provide opportunities for parishioners to get together, enjoy themselves and meet other parish
community members through a variety of social activities.  These activities are varied in nature and are for all age groups to take advantage of. This committee meets when needed prior to a planned activity, and are always looking for new members.

ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETIES

Mt. Carmel Society
The Mt. Carmel Society is the oldest society of the parish, it is comprised of men and women. This group offers spiritual support and sponsors various parish activities.  This society meets quarterly after attending Mass as one body.

St. Anne Society
The purpose of the society is spiritual and social.  Several fundraising events are scheduled throughout the year.  The society contributes the proceeds from these events to various projects for the benefit of the parish and other charitable needs. Membership is open to all adult women.

STEWARDSHIP

Buildings and Grounds
We have a great need for volunteers helping to keep the parish grounds well-manicured.  Some jobs include weeding, trimming and planting. Also anyone willing to volunteer in helping with small jobs involving basic plumbing, carpentry and electricity will be notified on an as needed basis.

Collection Counters
These volunteers meet on Sunday to open the offering envelopes.  Each group is made up of four individuals who are scheduled approximately 10 Sundays throughout the year.  Substitutes also are needed and will be called as needed.

Parish Festival
The annual festival is the major fundraiser of our parish.  It has been an annual tradition for many years and requires the dedication of many volunteer parishioners to make the festival a success. The parish festival takes place every year in mid-July. This is a great way to visit with fellow parishioners and meet new ones as well as a way for you to donate your time and your talent in making our festival a
great success.  Watch the bulletin for Festival updates.

Parish Office

We are always looking for dedicated parishioners who are willing to assist in any type of clerical work, from answering phones to inserting leaflets into the bulletin. Volunteers can choose a particular afternoon to help out, or be called
upon as needed