"See that you fulfil the ministry which you have received in the Lord" (Col 4:17).
Listed here are the various ways in which we serve the members of this parish. For more information about any of these ministries, call Russ Hayden in the Parish Office (683-8444, ext. 21), unless otherwise indicated.
Girls and boys (from 4th grade up) are invited to serve on the altar of God. Training sessions are held a couple of times a year or by appointment with Brett Ballard.
Arise is a three-year, parish-centered process of spiritual renewal and evangelization that enables people to deepen their faith, develop a closer relationship with Christ, grow in community, and reach out in service to others. Small groups meet once a week for six weeks at a time, ususally in someone's home, to discuss a brief Scripture passage and share their own faith experiences. If you would like to join one of these groups, please call the Parish Office.
These dinners are held for family and friends after the Funeral. You are invited to serve on a team that organizes and serves the dinners. We also need people who are willing to prepare a dish.
This program is for children in grades K-3. At the 10 AM Mass, the children are called forward, blessed by the priest, and then sent out with an instructor to listen and discuss the Sunday readings in a language that they can understand. They return to the sanctuary after the Prayers of the Faithful. For more information, contact Barbara Cecil (685-5004).
Assist in the distribution of Holy Communion whenever there are not enough Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (bishops, priests, and deacons) present and there is a very large number of communicants. This task requires a great love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are usually needed at all the Sunday Masses.
Families called forth from the community to present the gifts of bread and wine at the weekend liturgies.
Teams of two people visit Hillcrest Nursing Home on Sunday to distribute Holy Communion and visit with the patients. The schedule calls for a commitment of every 3 months.
Read from the Lectionary during the Liturgy of the Word in Mass. Lectors should have sharp, clear voices. Contact Doug Dunn (926-3796) for training.
Greet the people of God as they assemble for prayer, help them find seats if needed, and assist in taking up the gifts at the Offertory of the Mass. This ministry is open to men, women and teenagers.
Share the Lord's spirit with the sick. On a weekly basis, ministers take the Eucharist and the love and concern of our parish to those who are sick and/or homebound.
With the exception of cantors, prior musical experience is helpful, but not required. For more information about any of the music ministries, contact Brett Ballard (683-8444, ext. 27). The following music ministries are available:
Safe Environment Training is now available online at www.shieldthevulnerable.org. The church office has an instruction sheet on how to complete the program and a computer that you may use if you do not have access to the internet. For Safe Environment training, policy, and reporting forms, see the "Forms and Handbooks" page.
For more information about the Scripture studies we offer here at Blessed Mother, see the Scripture Studies page, under "Religious Ed."
In order to meet the spiritual needs of our sick we ask that you please keep us informed of those who are ill at home, in the hospital, or in a nursing facility. Fr. John visits the hospital on a weekly basis, and brings Communion to our homebound parishioners on every First Friday of the month. Weekly Communion calls made by lay ministers can also be arranged. For more information, contact Fr. John (683-8444, ext. 22) or Russ Hayden in the Parish Office.
A Vocation to the priesthood and religious life is a gift from God. Each of us can do our part to foster these vocations. Families are invited to take home a crucifix and pray together for vocations. After the week is up, they return the cross to church for the next family. Three crosses are available each week and three families are listed in the bulletin the previous week.
This group calls on our new families and welcomes them into our parish. They also serve a brunch twice a year. Contact Phyllis Bastin (685-1018) for more information.
This group of adults prepares food and refreshments for our Youth Group. If you would like to help, call Christina Best (683-8444, ext. 28).