WORD

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD LEADER

This ministry is for an adult to lead the 4-5 year olds through the readings of the day and a brief reflection. You then return to the Mass with the kindergarten class at the offertory.

ELEMENTARY CATECHIST (4 YR OLD - 5 GRADE)

A catechist is in charge of a Religious Education class with another adult.  The time commitment involves preparation time, Sunday class sessions and several teacher/staff meetings per year.  A catechist must attend the all day Diocesan “Pathways” Program as well as attend a VIRTUS Workshop and complete background checks.  Classes meet from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. most Sundays from September until May. 4 year olds meet during the 11 a.m. Mass.

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL CATECHIST

This catechist is in charge of a 6th-8th grade class OR the 9th-12 grade class with another adult.  These classes meet from 6:30-8pm on Sunday evenings at the church.  Other requirements are the same as the Elementary Catechist.

SUBSTITUTE CATECHIST

This involves being available to substitute teach on Sunday mornings or Sunday evenings on an occasional basis.  It can be on short notice. You can specify grade level preferred.

CHURCH LIBRARIAN

Volunteers needed to help maintain the church library in the fellowship hall under the supervision of the Religious Education Director. A database has been started of all the books and help is needed to keep it updated and to keep the library area neat and books reshelved. Must be available weekday mornings.

NURSERY VOLUNTEER

All parents using our nursery during the Sunday morning Mass for their infant to 4 year old children are required to help out in the nursery several times a year.  This is a cooperative venture.  Volunteers MUST have background checks and attend the VIRTUS workshop, Protecting God’s Children.

RCIA SPONSOR

Being a sponsor involves journeying with a person who wants to become a Catholic.  A major role is to listen and discuss faith issues, but no in-depth theology is required.  Involves attending weekly Wednesday evening sessions from December to April and some special ceremonies. The need varies.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 

VBS is an ecumenical event held in the summer.  VBS offers classes from 4 year olds to 5th grade.  Teachers and assistants are needed for all classes.  Nursery workers may also be needed.

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NEWSLETTER COMMITTEE

The primary focus of this committee is to prepare our annual newsletter.  Assistance is needed with writing and editing the newsletter.  Time commitment is several hours. We will also be looking at making this available on-line through our website.

OFFICE/CLERICAL/ANSWERING PHONE VOLUNTEER

Help with folding, collating, typing, general office work or to answer the phone when our secretary is away.  Usually 1-3 hours periodically.  Mornings, Monday to Friday.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

Primary directive and visionary body of the church. Works as voice for parishioners and sets parish goals with the pastor. Meets on first Thursdays of the month for 1 hour. Not everyone who signs up for this ministry will be chosen to serve.

        COMMUNITY LIFE

COMMUNITY LIFE COORDINATOR

Volunteer needed to plan and oversee receptions and hospitality, to identify kitchen needs, and represent community life issues at parish council.

FELLOWSHIP (Food Preparation)

Volunteers work as a team to arrange for our after-Mass social gathering on the second Sunday of each month (except summer) and involves set up and clean up for refreshments.  This generally requires an hour on any assigned Sunday.

ST. MARTHA’S BANQUET

Volunteers are asked to help with funeral receptions according to the wishes of bereaved families in the parish as the need arises to provide food and help set up and clean up for the receptions.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 

The Knights of Columbus are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. St. Jude Council 11639, with over 50 members, meets monthly for dinner at the homes of members. Being a Knight involves a commitment to our community, St. Jude Church and our families.  We welcome Catholic men, 18 years of age and older. To learn more about our Council, feel free to attend one of our monthly meetings.

WELCOMING COMMITTEE

Members needed to contact new parishioners to welcome them to our community once they have registered with the parish and also prepare the welcome packets (pre-printed information on parish activities) provided in the commons.  This generally requires an hour per month.

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LANDSCAPING MAINTENANCE GROUP

A group of volunteers to help maintain landscaping around the church, parking lots and the Mary Memorial Garden and prayer walk.  Seasonal, monthly check ups.  Definitely for those who like to work outside!

        CATHOLIC CAMPUS MINISTRY AT R.U.

BOOKKEEPER/ADMINISTRATION

Help with the CCM books, organize paperwork, and do general office work.

HOUSE HELPERS

Sign up for 1 to 3 hours/week. Helpers keep the doors open for visitors, chat with students, organize, do yard work...the list is endless.

THURSDAY MASS AND DINNER

Join us at 5:30 for Mass followed by dinner that you cook. We love to eat!

MUSICIANS AND CHOIR MEMBERS

Our choir is growing and we could use your talents! Practice on Mondays from 6 to 7pm and Mass in Heth 014 at 4pm Sunday.

        PARISH ADMINISTRATION

FINANCE COUNCIL

Volunteers review and discuss the parish budget, financial statements, and advise the pastor. The Council works with other parish committees and makes financial recommendations and oversees fund drives. The Council meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (and only once during the summer). Volunteers are asked for a commitment of 1-2 hours per month.

                

MONEY COUNTERS

The Diocese asks volunteers to work in pairs to count the collection and prepare the deposit, rotating each week.  The count takes place Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m. Training is provided. Expect about an hour every three to four weeks. Computer use & knowledge of Excel helpful but not required.

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WORSHIP

        SPIRITUALITY & WORSHIP

ALTAR SERVER

Young people in the parish who wish to assist the priest at the liturgy and to help the congregation to pray are encouraged to volunteer.  Periodic training sessions are required and one must have received First Communion to be eligible (usually in at least the 4th grade).

ALTAR SERVER ADULT COORDINATOR

An adult is needed to recruit, train and schedule altar servers. Must attend VIRTUS workshop.

ARTS/ENVIRONMENT/ARTISAN

Share your artistic talents (music, sculpture, flower arranging, etc.) with the community.  This ministry works closely with the planning of liturgical/spiritual celebrations.  Time investments depend on the projects.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER

Eucharistic ministers assist with (A) distribution of the Eucharist at Mass, and (B) may be asked to bring Communion to the homebound or sick.  Training is provided; one must have received the sacrament of confirmation to be eligible.

GREETER

Volunteers to greet people at the door before the Saturday or Sunday Mass.  Definitely for the outgoing type!

LECTOR/READER

Parishioners with the ability to speak out clearly and proclaim the readings during the Liturgy of the Word. Training is required and provided, one must be 16 years or older.

LITURGY PLANNING COMMITTEE

This committee assists in the planning of liturgies as well as decorating/arranging the church for various seasons.  It also studies, plans, and attempts to provide means for the retreats, programs and events which can help us as individuals and community to grow in our relationship with God and one another.  The committee usually meets on a quarterly basis or when needed.

MUSICIAN:

CANTOR/SONG LEADER   Persons with the ability and enthusiasm to lead

              congregational singing on weekends and at special liturgies are needed.

CHOIR:  Weekly rehearsals during the school year.

INSTRUMENTALIST  to accompany the choir.

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PRAYER CHAIN

The Prayer Chain of St. Jude would like you to join other parishioners in a special ministry of prayer and praise.  There are no meetings.  All you have to do is pray for the needs of others, which will be called to you.  This is a way to serve God and the church through prayer and love.

                

SACRISTAN

Takes care of vestry and sacristy; orders supplies as needed.  Sets up for Mass making sure that bread, wine, incense, candles, etc. are ready for the liturgies and in sufficient supply.  Ensures that assigned ministers are present for Mass and prepared for duties.  Assists the priest as needed in preparation for Mass and after Mass (this includes cleaning up after Mass).

USHER

Ushering, troubleshooting, taking up the offertory collection, and arranging for people to bring up the gifts on both weekends and feast days comprise this ministry.  They also help distribute bulletins after Mass.  This takes an extra 20 minutes of your time each week. If able, your assistance is also requested to help clean sidewalks due to snow prior to Mass on Saturdays or Sundays.

SERVICE

        JUSTICE AND PEACE

JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMITTEE

The Justice and Peace Committee serves as a conduit between St. Jude and organizations that help the poor and needy.  We meet monthly to learn about community organizations/needs and determine St. Jude’s commitments to social justice.  Within Justice and Peace, financial assistance is given to numerous charitable organizations as well as grassroots lobbying efforts.  Volunteers are also recruited to help with the ministries listed below.  Many of these activities would not be possible without the financial and volunteer help from St. Jude parishioners.  New members are always welcome to the Justice and Peace Committee as well as in any of its ministries on the following page.  Time commitments will vary.

ADVENT/JESSE TREE

Community service agencies provide the parish with names of needy residents and an appropriate gift for each.  Parishioners take tags from the Advent Tree and return the gifts to the church.  Volunteers are needed to shop, organize and distribute the gifts.

CLOTHING BANK

Each year, volunteers are needed to staff the Clothing Bank for one month (usually May) on Thursdays and Saturdays.  No meetings required.

ELF SHELF

The Elf Shelf provides toys for needy children.  Requires approximately 4 hours in early December to set up toys and assemble bicycles.

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GOY FOUNDATION FOR HAITI

This independent foundation has close ties to St. Jude. It meets as needed to plan projects and to determine ways

to interact with and help with our twining parish in Jacsonville, Haiti, a mission of Pignon. St. Jude’s projects include Adopt-A-Student, Haitian dinners, speakers and collecting material needed for Jacsonville.

JUVENILE DETENTION HOME MINISTRY

Volunteers meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 7pm to 8pm with both male and female teens at the center. At each meeting a volunteer gives a short presentation sharing personal experiences or reading scripture to give hope to the teens. We also bring snacks to share with them and spend time in fellowship for the rest of the evening. (Matthew 25:31-46).

SANCTITY OF LIFE SUB-COMMITTEE

The Sanctity of Life Sub-Committee promotes and defends the sanctity of life from conception until natural death according to the teachings of the Catholic Church through prayer, service and education.  This committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

THANKSGIVING BASKETS

Parishioners donate food and money to be distributed at Thanksgiving.  The Social Services Department provides names of needy families.  Parishioners sort the food and use the money to buy gift certificates from a local grocery.  Other parishioners distribute the baskets a few days before Thanksgiving.

COMMUNITY

        FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

CHURCH MAINTENANCE

Sometimes help is needed in just about every area of church maintenance...from cleaning to moving or painting.  Major jobs are typically contracted out.  However, minor electrical, plumbing or carpentry is needed on occasion.  Any amount of time you are willing and able to commit on an as needed basis would be appreciated. Please mark your sign up sheet for any of the areas listed in which you can assist.

COLUMBARIUM COMMITTEE

This committee will serve our parishioners by providing information on the columbarium and also maintaining care of the columbarium.

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

There is always a need to evaluate how efficient our present facility is, what visioning is needed for the future, and how to implement plans that are still incomplete.

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WOMEN OF ST. JUDE 

The Women of St Jude exists to encourage socializing opportunities and friendship among women in our Parish. All are welcome! There is no requirement for any type of membership other than interest in our activities and meetings. We meet monthly and hold one major fund raiser event biannually, a yard sale at the church with which we support Haitian students and respond to modest request from other parish groups.