The various parish ministries are opportunities to participate in the life of our parish by volunteering your time in service to your parish. Here is a very brief description of where we need volunteer participation. Training and mentoring will be provided to help newcomers as well as to refresh those with experience or questions.
Please contact the Office (204) 224-1669 ext 5 if you wish to volunteer for a ministry or if you want additional information.
The Ministry of the Assembly: Every parish member and visitor is invited to a full, active and conscious participation during the mass. We come to the mass on time so that we may gather as a worshipping body to: ask God’s forgiveness for our sins, sing his praises, listen to the Word of God, profess our faith, make our offering to support our parish, the diocesan and universal church and participate fully in the Eucharist. We are then blessed and sent to bring Christ in the world.
Mass Coordinators: The Mass coordinator arrives thirty minutes before Mass to ensure that everyone and everything is in place for the celebration of the Eucharist. This includes setting up the altar, vessels, and candles in the absence of the Deacon, and at the end of the mass purifying the sacred vessels in the sacristy.
The Ministry of the Proclamation of the Word: Proclaimers are competent readers who make the Word of God come alive in the liturgy. They should take the time to read the Word during the week; people have come to hear the Word and to be inspired by it. They know it is God who speaks when they proclaim the Word.
Hospitality: The ministers of hospitality are the first people who you see when you walk in the church and will be the people who are at the doors when you leave. The ministry starts thirty minutes before mass in order to be at the doors to greet people as they come to mass. After communion, just before the recessional hymn, they position themselves at the entrances, handing out bulletins as the people leave the church.
Collection: People who collect the monetary offerings for the support of our parish, the diocesan and universal Church.
Presenters of the Gifts: These people bring the vessels and the offerings of bread and wine necessary to prepare the Table of the Lord for the Eucharist. They carry these items from the back of the church to the sanctuary where they are received by the presider or deacon. This happens after the prayers of the faithful, during the time that collection is taken up.
Extraordinary Communion Ministers: With reverence and faith they assist the priest in distribution of communion to the faithful. They present the Body or the Blood of Christ to those who receive communion and provide a simple blessing to those who do not receive the Body or Blood.
Music Ministry: This ministry leads us in singing the praises of our God. There are three groups within our parish serving as music ministers for the three weekend masses.
Knights of Columbus: A fraternal organization of Catholic men at the service of the Church, the parish, and the people in need.
Visitation Ministry: Men & women who visit and bring holy communion to shut-ins at home or in the hospital, pray for their confidential requests and assist with Mass at Columbus Villa, Park Manor Personal Care Home and Concordia Hospital.
Altar Guild: Men or women, who dust around the altar and shelves in the sacristy, clean the Holy water fonts and launder the linen that is used for the Eucharist.
Catechesis: Teachers and teacher assistants who educate our children through our catechism program.
Youth Ministry: Young people ages 12 and up meet regularly to strengthen their relationship with God through Scripture, prayer, discussion, outreach and fellowship. More details on the Youth page under the Parish Life tab.
Funeral Lunch Committee: When requested by the bereaved family, members of this committee prepare the hall; procure and prepare a luncheon for after the funeral services; and perform the necessary clean-up.Currently, there are three team leaders who look after the procurement portion and basic coordination. Additional volunteers serve as callers, preparing and serving the food. and as the clean-up crew.