Catechist: Faith filled adults who are willing to share their faith story with the younger members of our parish. Orientation, training and teacher’s manuals are provided. Diocesan certification is available.
Catechist Aide: Adults and High School parishioners who can help in the classroom on a weekly basis. Orientation and training are provided.
Parish Library Assistant: An adult or High School parishioners willing to staff the Parish Library on Sunday mornings. Duties would include registering new students, straightening and re-shelving books, answering general questions.
Arts and Crafts: Persons willing to come into a classroom and teach a craft or help with a classroom art project. Materials would be provided.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): This group moves through the process whereby adults enter the Catholic Church. In this process, inquirers meet weekly with a team of lay people and our pastor who teach the faith, share their own experience of Christ in their lives, and accompany inquirers on their journey of faith. Through sharing the Sunday readings, inquirers experience more fully the powerful word of God reflected in Scripture and how to apply it in their daily lives. Coordinated by: Eileen Rutten
Adult Education: This ministry is under development.
Social Justice and Environment Ministry: This is a new ministry which is being led by Sr. Mary Ellen Gondeck csj and Sr. Ginny Jone csj. We are launching this ministry by studying Pope Francis’ encyclical entitled “Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home. From there we anticipate finding ways to implement changes in our lives and in our community to protect the environment and to promote social justice.
Faith Formation Ministry:
Parish Council Liaisons: Anne Vosters and Laura Smith,csj
Religious Instruction for Children: The purpose of this ministry is vital in educating our children about the Catholic faith and to pass on our spirituality to them. This is accomplished by having a team of trained catechists teach our youth, from Kindergarten to 8th grade, for 1 hour each week from late September to April.
1. Little People’s Class
This is a pre-kindergarten religious instruction. This is held Sundays between Masses, at 10 am, in the parish activity center.
This is religious instruction for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. This is held Sundays between Masses, at 10 am, in the parish activity center.
This is religious instruction in preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. Students may begin taking confirmation classes in January of their 8th grade year. They are confirmed during the fall of 9th grade.
All of the above programs are coordinated by: Amy Miles
“Protecting God’s Children” Awareness Session and Criminal Background Check are required for adults who work with minors.
Centering Prayer: The purpose of this group is to enrich our way of connecting to God. The Centering Prayer group meets every Monday evening in the church at 7:00 p.m. Centering Prayer is a non-structured form of prayer wherein we sit in stillness in the presence of God for ½ hour. This group is open for all who would like to participate in this form of prayer. Directed by our pastor, Fr. Jim O’Leary. Please feel free to join us any Monday evening.
Parish Retreats: The purpose of these retreats is to nourish and nurture our personal spirituality as well as that of our parish.
These retreats are sponsored by the parish priest. Initially they are intended for people participating in the various ministries in the parish. This also may be extended to parish-wide retreats. Directed by our pastor, Fr. Jim O’Leary.
Opening the Readings: The focal point of this group is to reflect upon and discuss the Sunday readings. This group meets nine months of the year, on Tuesday evenings, and uses the Sunday by Sunday program, a 4 page flyer published by Good Ground Press, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondolete, St. Paul MN. The sessions begin at 7pm with a reflection by the leader, a short music selection, and a prayer. The meetings end promptly at 8:30pm. Coordinated by: Marilyn Thornburg
Sharing our Spirituality (SOS): The purpose of this group is to enhance spiritual growth through discussion of books, films and articles that encourage the deepening of our relationship with God. These sharings are meant to draw us to the awareness of our responsibility to bring to life the Gospel in our parish and in the world and to discover God in our relationship with others. This group meets on a weekly basis, each Sunday, after the 9am Mass in the church cry room. Please feel free to join us for coffee, donuts and uplifting discussion. Coordinated by: Anne Vosters and Laura Smith, csj