INVITES US TO SERVE
How well do you follow Jesus instruction? In what way do you serve?
Ministry comes from a Latin word meaning service. In John’s Gospel, after Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said, “So if I your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet (Jn.13:14)
All Christians should take this injunction by Jesus Christ seriously. Most Catholics
serve to others by participating in their Parish. It is nice, also, to remember the
parable of the talents in Matt 25:14-
fulfill my vows to God witnessed by His people.”
There are many ministries in our Parish and new ones are encouraged. There is something there for you. Do not think that you cannot or that you are not qualified. Have you really taken time to bring this to prayer, and ask God to guide you so that your little light may shine through the ministries in our dear parish? We hope and pray that every parishioner of St. Michael and St. Philip, old and young, will carefully and prayerfully consider where God is calling her or him to serve. Please be part of this journey. Let us evangelize through the ministries in our Parish. Remember “Here I am Lord, send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)
God may be calling you in any of the following:
1. ALTAR SERVER:
These are young and old people who serve during the liturgical celebrations of the
church especially in the celebration of the Eucharist. This is one of the ways our
young people can serve God in the community and build their faith. Contact John
Hassell at 275-
2. ADULT/ CHILDREN CHOIR:
These children of God provide the sacred music during liturgical celebration. In
this ministry, you use the gift of your voice to praise God among His people. “Sing
a new song to God: His praise in the assembly of the faithful.” (R 149:1) Contact
Lois Vance at 623-
3. BEREAVEMENT/GRIEF SUPPORT:
Support for the bereaved: Individually or in groups which meet for education, prayer, and sharing, to help those in the process of grief and adjustment following the death of a loved one. Can you give your time in this ministry?
4. CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF WORD:
Parents and volunteers, who read, discuss and explain the readings of the Mass at
the children’s level of understanding during part of Mass on Sundays. Helping our
children to grow in faith. Maybe God is calling you here? Contact Elizabeth Forest
5. CHURCH ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY
Envisions, studies, plans and develops the physical environment of the sanctuary and the gathering space according to liturgical norms in order to enhance, support and encourage the worship of the assembly. This group of volunteers decorate the sanctuary and church for special seasons and feast days.
6. PRISON MINISTRY
Catholics who with deep love, respect and commitment, see to the spiritual need of
our brothers and sisters in the correction facilities. Contact Dennis Doerer at
7. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Parishioners who organize and commit to Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary, Wednesday to Friday and help others to come to the knowledge of Eucharistic Adoration. Contact
8. EXTRAORDINARY MINISTRIES OF THE EUCHARISTIC
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist who reverently assist the Celebrant to distribute
the Eucharist to the assembly during Mass. Contact Tom Fedler at 874-
9. HOSPITALITY MINISTERS/USHERS
Greets the gathering Assembly, person by person, as they enter the church building. Seats people when necessary, particularly those with physical handicaps or with medical or health related items. Distributes weekly bulletins to parishioners as they exit the church building after Mass.
10. HOMEBOUND/CARE CENTERS
Visits the sick and the elderly. Eucharist is made available through Communion Ministers
to the sick. For St. Michaels Parish contact Camilla Cox at 874-
When Scriptures are read in the church, “God himself is speaking to his people, and Christ present in his own word, is proclaiming the Gospel.” This quote is from the general instruction of the Roman Missal and perhaps best catches the importance of proclamation in Catholic liturgy. This ministry needs first of all a love of God’s word. The Lector solemnly reads Scripture for Mass and reads the prayers of the faithful as assigned. Maybe you can serve by reading the word of God in the worshipping assembly.
The Sacristan Ministry involves preparation and overseeing forms and material of the liturgy. Whether that is books, linens, vestments, sacred vessels, or many more things necessary to the “full, conscious and active…”participation of the congregation in the liturgical celebrations. This includes the Church building itself, opening and securing the building, the lighting, the sound system, etc.
13. PRAYER CHAIN
Requests for prayer are given to those who volunteer to pray for all. For St. Michael’s
Parish contact Bill Schmidt at 874-
14. FAITH FORMATION/RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Those who volunteer in this ministry help in the faith enrichment and religious education
of our childrenand youth. For St. Michael’s Parish contact Elizabeth Forest at 209-