St. Mary Time & Talent Form
"St. Paul reminds us that through our baptism, each member of the church is called to a different form of service. And it is God who distributes gifts among the baptized, to be used in the service of building up his church. I invite you to prayerfully consider how you can participate in the ministries at St. Mary Church, to help us build up God's kingdom in our community. Please know your help is needed and welcomed in any of these areas." Fr. Tim Sheedy
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Liturgy Commission Member:
Meets 4-6 times/year to plan the various liturgies throughout the church seasons and provide opportunities for spiritual growth and prayer. They oversee & train the various ministries at Mass.
Greeters
Welcome people as we gather for Mass. Arrive 15-20 minutes early. Serve every 6-8 weeks.
Ushers
Care for people at Mass; also help with seating, offertory collection and distributing bulletins. Come 15-20 minutes early. Serve every 6-8 weeks
Lectors
Reflect upon (using study guide provided) then proclaim the Word of God and intercessions at Mass. Serve every 6-8 weeks
Eucharistic Ministers
Assist with distributing Holy Communion at Mass; must have received sacrament of Confirmation. Serve every 6-8 weeks.
Bring Holy Communion to the Homebound
Make 3-4 home visits following 8:30 Mass. Serve 1-2 times per month. Apprentice before going out on own. Completion of Diocesan online Vulnerable Adult Training & Background Required
Altar Server
Assist the priest and deacon during Mass. 4th grade and older. Write Name & Grade:
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Sacristan
They arrive 30 minutes before Mass to make preparations in sacristy, gathering space and church nave for Mass. They ensure the various volunteer ministers have arrived and are filled. Training provided. Serve approximately 1/month
Cantor
Cantors receive training and help people feel welcomed and comfortable in singing together as the gathered assembly we profess to be. 
Piano/Organ
Accompanists provide music support to choirs, cantors and the congregation.  They foster participation in the liturgy by the gathered assembly.
St. Mary Choirs
Our parish choirs always welcome additional singers.  Various choirs provide music throughout the year for liturgical celebrations as well as different parish events. Choral music brings beauty and musical reflection to those present at our liturgies and events. 
Church Decoration/Environment
Work with the Liturgy Commission on church decorating throughout the year including Easter and Christmas seasons and special events. Manage the church plants and flower arrangements.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
During 8:30 & 10:30 Mass, 2 adults or 1 adult & a high school or middle school student lead 4-9 year old children to a designated space for their own special time of listening to the Gospel and understanding its relevance to their young lives. Training is provided. Completion of Diocesan Safe Environment Training & Background Check Required
Eucharistic Adoration
Pray in the peaceful presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament: Indicate a day/hour you would like to pray: Mondays from 6:00pm-10:00pm, Fridays from 7:00am-Noon, or Monday during a time set aside for families from 5:00-6:00pm
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Welcome Committee
Support parish efforts to welcome new parishioners through events, home visits or after Mass. Your input welcomed and training provided to those helping with home visits.
Welcome Station at Mass
Be an inviting presence at the “welcome bar” in the back of gathering space, 15 minutes before and after Mass. Those looking for information about events or are new to our parish can stop by for help. Training and ongoing information provided. Help approximately 1/month
Funeral Dinners
Assist with funeral dinners by helping or providing food. For each funeral, you will receive a sign-up email; help as schedule allows. I could:
Meals for Moms
Prepare & deliver a meal for a family with a new baby or a family experiencing difficulties due to illness, etc. Receive notifications through email with a sign-up link or by phone if you prefer. Help as often as your schedule allows.
Receptions: 1st Communion, Confirmation & Events:
Following these sacraments and other special events, hospitality is provided to our families and visitors.
Chili Soup Supper & Bingo Night
Be on planning committee to oversee the organization, food prep, serving and /or clean-up. Held annually in January.
K-4th Grade Monthly Family Gathering
K-4th grade families gather at 7 monthly sessions during the school year following Sunday Masses. Help is needed with preparing food, set-up serving line and drink table, replenishing, assist families as needed and clean-up.
Harvest Festival Planning Committee
Meet in the summer to oversee planning for this annual fall event. It is helpful for members to serve 2-3 years. Your ideas welcomed!
Christmas Cookie Walk
Meet in the summer to oversee planning for this annual fall event. It is helpful for members to serve 2-3 years. Your ideas welcomed!
Parish Neighborhood Picnics
Parish Hall Set-Up and Take-Down
Set-up/Take-down tables and chairs for parish events
Parish Kitchen Help
Set-up, prepare food and serve at special events and dinners: including communal thanksgiving dinner, priest/church anniversaries.
Family Life Vision Team
meet quarterly to discuss current family activities and plan for new events
Childcare at Parish Events
Childcare supports our young families’ participation in parish faith events. You can volunteer as available. Consider checking specific events below to help at:
Little Lamb Nursery Coordinator
Oversee the nursery during 10:30 Mass scheduling volunteers, keeping supplies stocked, participant forms up-to-date
Babysitting Co-op
Support couples by alternating childcare for date-nights, without childcare expenses - we'll connect you with interested parishioners
Date Night Event Coordinator
2-3 people who could organize Date Nights for couples in our parish: arranging for childcare, desserts and post-date social time for couples. Parish will help support and promote.
Youth Faith/Social Group
This would be a Catholic faith-based alternative to scouting. We would connect interested families
K-4th Grade Family Gathering
Families gather on seven Sunday's throughout the year to grow as a family of faith, through a variety of activities. Help is needed for the children's break-out session at these events.
5-6-7th Grade Mentor
Small faith communities formed by grade and gender meet Wednesday nights to pray and learn together about living as God’s sons & daughters
8th Grade Confirmation Mentor
Lead small group in formation/preparation for being confirmed.
Facilitate high school small group discussion
Young adults to help youth group on Wednesday evenings - to meet with their small group to share faith/discuss the evening's topic. Materials and guidance provided.
Vacation Bible School
3rd Week in July, Mark areas of interest. People can help one or more days - or all week.
Parent Advisory Team
Meet 2-3 times/year; provide guidance on formation & developmental needs of youth.
College Care Mailings
With parish help, oversee four care package mailings to our 18-22 year old members.
RCIA Team Member
RCIA is the process by which adult men & women become full members of the Church. Team helps catechist by sharing faith stories & showing hospitality to candidates. Training provided. Come 2-3 sessions/month. October—April.
Parent Group
To provide direction and support to parents as they raise and form their children in virtue
Young Adult Group
Fellowship & Support; check type(s) of group you would consider
Men's Prayer Group
Fisher's of Men meet in the hall's lower level to read and discuss the Sunday Gospel; these groups meet Saturday and Sunday am
Women's Prayer Group
Encouraging and supporting one another as we pray, learn and grow in holiness. Indicate often would you like to meet and we'll connect you with other women from the parish.
Helping Hands
Meets 4x/year to plan parish events including: cookie walk, bidding barn & country store at Harvest Festival, and receptions/hospitality for Easter Vigil, 1st Communion and Confirmation Masses.
Knights of Columbus
Catholic Men, 18 years+, committed to supporting their Church, enhancing their faith and families, making their community a better place.
Vocation Ministry Team
Creates a vocation-friendly parish environment through activities that nurture prayer, awareness, education and affirmation
Discipleship & Evangelization Team
Support diocesan Vision 20/20 Initiative through forming and encouraging parishioners to a daily prayer life, trust in God’s plan, share their faith stories, use their charisms for building the kingdom, inviting others to a life in Christ
Iowa City Free Lunch Program
Assist team of people with preparing serving lunch for guests at the Iowa City Fee Lunch Program. Shift sign-up is emailed, help with 1-2 hour shifts, from 10-2:00pm as available.
Pro-Life Advocacy
Help create awareness and serve in opportunities in issues surrounding abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research. Our parish works with Choices Medical Clinic (Obria), Bridgehaven and Johnson County Right to Life. I am especially interested in:
Solon Food Pantry
Is housed at the Solon Methodist Church. Substitutes are needed for Monday, the distribution day. Indicate shifts you could sub for:
Blood Drive
The Knights of Columbus sponsor parish blood drives. (2-3 times year)
Care Center Bingo
Our parish leads afternoon Bingo the 1st Thurs. of each month at the Solon Retirement Center; volunteers are needed to assist. 
Mary's Meals Run/Walk
An annual local event, with fun family activities, to support the work Mary’s Meals: providing a daily meal, to some of the world’s poorest children, in places of education.
Ronald McDonald House
We can connect you to the Iowa City House for Families:
Catholic Worker House-Iowa City
Prepare and serve a weekend meal for 30 people
Adopt a Grandparent
We’ll help connect you to parishioners and others at the Solon Care Center.
Chains Interrupted - Cedar Rapids
Has a variety of volunteer needs to help provide services to create awareness and rescue/support for those who have been trafficked.
Bridgehaven - Cedar Rapids
Provides a variety of pre-post pregnancy Christ-centered support services. There are many volunteer needs from client advocacy, clerical, childcare & store cashier & sorter/stocker
Solon Middle School Mentors
Through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Iowa City, volunteers are needed Thursdays, 1:50-3:20 pm Work one-on-one with youth professionally facilitated—fun activities
Provide Transportation For:
Building & Grounds, when available:
Parish Help, when available:
Health & Care, when available:
Support
Small groups that can support, encourage and empower one another. It does not take the place of professional help. If a need or desire is expressed, we'll help make the ministry a reality.
LIFT
Ladies in Fellowship Together meet at 1:00 on three Thursdays each month. I am interested in:
LIFT
Ladies in Fellowship Together meet at 8:45am on Monday and Wednesdays for light stretching and simple chair exercises.
Social Opportunities
Looking for a way to get to know others in the parish? If interested - we'll connect you with other parishioners.
Previous Parish Video Studies
If you are interested in these studies, we will connect you with other parishioners.
What are we missing?
Are there ministries, support or social opportunities you would like our parish to offer? Please share with us:
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