Mary Help of Christians Parish
 

Ministries

Thank you for sharing your time, talent and treasure with our Faith Family!

At Mary Help of Christians Church, we are a Safe Environment for all members of our faith family. All ministry volunteers are required to fill out a volunteer application, complete Diocesan Safe Environment Training, complete Salesian Safe Environment Training, undergo a federal background check, and complete any required Ministry Training Sessions prior to serving. Contact the parish office if you are interested in any of the opportunities to serve listed below.

Due to the pandemic many of our ministry opportunities are unavailable or differ in process at this time, but will be available once it is determined to be safe.

Administration and Finance

  • Finance Council meets to council and advise the Pastor in the overall fiscal operations of the parish.
    The council meets once a month, usually the third Monday of the month.

  • Parish Council is a body composed of people from many areas of the Parish; liturgy, Catholic school education, religious education, parish organizations, service ministry, and others. It's role is to serve as an advisory board to the Pastor in matters that insure implementation of the Parish mission.
    The council meets once a month, usually the third Monday of the month.

Hospitality

  • Social Committee is dedicated to providing parishioners with a community of support and faith through various social events. These events enable large numbers of our members to meet, become involved and stay connected to the parish.

  • Ushers & Greeters welcome parishioners and visitors and assist them in finding a seat. During Mass, they collect donations, and guide the communion process. After the Mass, the ushers pass out bulletins.

Liturgy

  • Altar Servers minister at the Altar of God with reverence, dignity, and love. They assist the priest at weekly or special Masses. Those who wish to join must have completed 4th Grade, and have received First Holy Communion. Acolytes are chosen from within the existing corps of servers based upon leadership, experience, and confidence within the liturgy. All Servers must arrive at least 15 minutes before the Mass begins and serve the whole Mass, usually one hour. Training is provided.

  • Music Ministry is dedicated to the church by providing song and music for our Liturgies. Those involved in this ministry are instrumentalists, and/or vocalists of all types.

  • Lector Ministry is made up of people that proclaim the Word of God and the Sacred Scriptures at the Masses. Lectors help to bring the power of the Word of God and love of Scriptures to others. Due to the importance of the proclamation of the Scriptures, all Lectors are required to read, practice, and prepare their readings before the mass. In various scripture passages, there are names, places, or difficult words present. The lector must take the time to practice pronunciation of these words. The main goal of this ministry is to help the Scriptures to come alive in the ears and the hearts of the listeners by speaking in a slow, deliberate, and clear voice. It can be helpful to have an enjoyment of public speaking. Lectors need to be willing to take the time to prepare responsibly the readings before the mass. They must be a practicing Catholic who has received their First Holy Communion. Training is provided.

  • Extraordinary Ministries of Holy Communion assist with distribution of both the Body and Blood of Christ at Masses, and to the sick and homebound at hospitals, Nursing homes, and private homes. They are called upon to fulfill daily or weekly assignments for the distribution of Holy Communion during the mass at the direction and discretion of the priest. A Eucharistic Minister shares the Bread of Life and the Chalice of Blessing with others. They must be 18 years of age or older, have received their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. A strong commitment to Christ and His Church as evidenced by a life lived in conformity with Church teachings is essential. The time commitment varies depending on the availability of each person. It ranges from assisting at daily masses, to assisting at the weekend masses.

  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick and Homebound assist in a very important ministry in our Church. At various times in life, people, for various reasons, find themselves unable to come to and attend the Mass with the parishioners. The Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to the Sick and Homebound take the Eucharist from the Mass and go and meet those people where they are, whether that is in their homes, or in a hospital, or nursing home. They go to provide that physical presence that is so important and they carry the love and support of the congregation to those who are unable to be physically present with us. They must be 18 years of age or older, have received their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. A strong commitment to Christ and His Church as evidenced by a life lived in conformity with Church teachings is essential.

Outreach

  • Food Pantry

  • Social Outreach

Religious Education

  • CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) Grades 1-9

  • RCIA (Right of Christian Initiation for Adults) Age 18+

Service

  • Salesian Cooperators are Catholics who are living the Gospel message in the spirit of Saint John Bosco while choosing to live in the world. Cooperators are single or married lay men and women, or diocesan clergy, who dedicate themselves to the welfare of young people.
    The group meet on the first Saturday of the month.

  • Knights of Columbus are a Catholic men’s society that was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance offered to sick, disabled and needy members and families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and families through various works.
    The group meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

  • Women’s Group are a Catholic women's society that strive for the support, empowerment, and to educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service.
    The group meet on the first Wednesday of the month except during the summer.

Youth and Young Adults

  • Young Adult Group

  • Youth Group