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Parish Ministries
  
Below are links to short descriptions of the various ministries in our parish. To the right are links to special pages for the listed ministries. A link may also be found for particular pages in their description below.

Liturgical Ministries:

Parish Ministries:

 

Sacramental Preparation & Christian Formation:

***If you are interested in any of the above ministries, please call the Parish office for more information on the contact person.***

 

 

Adult Mixed Choir:

-Leads and faciliates the participation of worshippers in liturgical celebrations and enhances liturgies with anthmes and motets. Click here for more details about the Choir.

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Altar Servers:

- A ministry open to boys and girls starting in the 4th grade though adulthood. Usually attend one or two training sessions in order to assist the priest at Mass, weddings, funerals and other liturgies. 

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Folk Group:

- An instrumental musical group that leads and facilitates the participation of worshippers in liturgical celebrations. Click here for more details about the Folk Group

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Eucharistic Ministers:

- A group of men and women who after preparation and commissioning distrubute the Body and Blood of Christ during the celebration of Mass. Some of the Eucharistic ministers extend their ministry by taking communion to shut-ins, and those in the hospital and nursing homes.

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Funeral Committee:

- Comes together with the family at the time of death of a loved one to help plan and carry out the funeral liturgy. We share a book of appropriate readings and a list of music for the family to choose from. We provide Lectors, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, and servers if needed. A funeral liturgy aid is printed with the readings and music selected by the family. This aid also has the prayers and responses of the mass for anyone that would not be familiar with the liturgy. We arrive early to the funeral liturgy to assist the family in their needs and offer a source of support.

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Greeters:

- Warmly welcome all persons entering the Church for worship.

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Lectors:

- have the primary role of proclaiming the Word of God in such a way that is comes to life in the hearts of the assembly. Those called to this ministry must have a loud, clear speaking voice and possess good communications skills, speaking directly to the parishioners through the sacred scriptures. A workbook for Lectors is provided to assist in preparation. Training sessions are mandatory.

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Liturgy Committee:

members have many responsibilities. This committee collaborates on the seasonal planning for Sunday worship through the liturgical year, and also plans various sacramental celebrations and other prayer experiences for example: Penance services, station of the cross, Holy Hour, etc. This committee also provides ongoing formation for liturgical ministers and continues to be educated on the rites of the church

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Ushers:

-  Our ushers have the role of creating an atmosphere of hospitality, welcoming parishioners and visitors as they arrive for Mass. They arrange items that need to be readied for Mass, reserve pews, help people find seats when needed and take up the collection. They pass out materials to parishioners as needed and select families to carry up the gifts during the offertory.

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Funeral Luncheons:

- Luncheons are provided to the family of any parishioner at the time of their death. Parishioners can help by providing food or working the day of the meal. If you are interested in donating your time in either of these ways, contact Carol Fries (419-668-7925) or the parish office.

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Good News Prayer Group:

- Area people gathering weekly to sing praises to the Lord, intercede for the needs of others, and be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Meets Mondays @ 7: 15 p.m. -9:00 p.m. in the rectory basement.

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Maintenance Committee:

- This team helps advise on major decisions about major repairs, large maintenance improvement projects and preventative maintenance for our church, hall and rectory.

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Men's Softball Team:

-  Open to males age 15 and up. An opportunity to participate in a recreational activity while enjoying Christian fellowship. Organized through the Norwalk Park & Rec., summer league games are generally played on Friday nights and some Saturdays against other area churches.

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Parish Council:

-Plans for the spiritual growth and development of the parish. Term 3 years; renewable

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Prayer Chain:

- a group of individuals who offer intercessory prayer for others, no meetings required, just a willingness to help others by sharing your time in prayer.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry:

- Shawls and lap warmers are hand made with love and prayers. These gifts are given to individuals in need of spiritual strength and healing during times of illness or unexpected trials. No meetings, work at your own pace, no age limit, men and women welcome. Step out in faith and become the hands of the Holy Spirit in action and make a shawl or call with the name of a person in need.

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St. Vincent DePaul Society:

- Assists the needy of the parish and local community.

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Visitation Committee:

-Visits the shut-ins, sick and elderly maintaining contact with those not in the mainstream of parish life.

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55 Plus Group:

- A welcoming community of men and women ages 55 and up which meet Monthly. Meetings are announced in the parish bulletin, 55 plus newsletters or the website. Members and guests enjoy fellowship while planning additional activities of a social, spiritual and educational nature. A calendar of events is developed each December foe the succeeding year. Upcoming activities are highlighted in a monthly newsletter. Please go to the 55 Plus page for more information!

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Baptism Preparation:

- Provides instruction for parents who plan to have their Children baptized.

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Marriage Preparation:

- Preparation for engaged couples designed to cover the expectations of married life. Engaged couples explore issues of spirituality, communication, finances, and family planning. Contact the parish office six months prior to the wedding date.

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P.S.R.:

- Our Parish School of Religion aids our parents who send their children to public school in the responsibility of passing on our Catholic faith to children of our parish. Our program begins at the preschool age of 3 and continues thru the 8th grade. Our Program also provides formal sacramental preparation for First Eucharist/First Reconciliation & Confirmation.

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R.C.I.A.:

- The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA ) is a liturgical/catechetical process designed to prepare adults for
initiation into the faith community and for the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Parish members are needed to help in several ministries of RCIA.

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Special Needs:

- Collaborative effort of area parishes to be all-inclusive in our faith journey. Members of this ministry plan two programs a year for special need parishioners and their families-"A Special Journey to Christmas" and a "Special Journey to Easter". This ministry assists and encourages sacramental preparation for our special need community.


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Small Faith Sharing:

- Communities of believers who join together twice a year for a 6-week bible study course. Courses run from October to Mid November ending before Thanksgiving. The spring course runs during the Lenten season ending before Holy Week. Groups encourage each other in their faith, often developing life long personal friendship.

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Vacation Bible School:

- Provides Christian formation one week during the summer for children K-4 through 5th grade. The children have fun learning about Jesus through lessons, crafts, storytelling, songs and games.

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