Stewardship is awareness that our resources of time, talent, and treasure are gifts from God. It is an essential part of our Christian mission, giving back to God the gifts that we have been given, through service and ministry to our community. Your time and talent helps keep our parish alive, healthy, and thriving.
Here at Queen of Peace our parish life revolves around your gifts of Stewardship... of time, talent and treasure. These opportunities to volunteer are centered around the first two... your time and talent. Throughout the year there are many opportunities to become involved and volunteer to share your gifts with us.
All of these ministries are opportunities for parishioners to use their own specific gifts to enhance and support the mission of Queen of Peace Parish, "to provide a welcoming Home to enrich the lives of our community through Prayer, Worship, Renewal in the Sacraments, Education, Service, Ministry, & Fellowship to promote growth in Faith and Love of our Lord Jesus Christ in his Universal Church"
Please review each ministry and prayerfully consider where the Lord is calling you to serve our parish family. We ask that you fill out the form one at a time for each adult in your household. Some ministries are open to high school students and above.
Highlighted Ministries:These are ministries that have a specific need for parishioner involvement. Please prayerfully consider if God is calling you to share your time and talents in one of these “highlighted ministries”.
*Religious Education Catechists*Lunchroom Assistants*Liturgical Ministers: Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion*Office help*Grounds help (gardening, weeding, cutting grass)*Vacation Bible School
CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD: (Open to High school students & above) A program for children ages 5 and older which allows them to participate more fully at their own level in the liturgy and readings. Children are dismissed to the gym after opening prayer to hear scripture readings of the day from the Children’s Lectionary and a homily (often interactive) that is suited to their ages and development. Adult and teen volunteers are needed to assist and supervise.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD: (Open to High school students & above) Adult or teen volunteers can serve in the atrium as catechists or assistants. This is a unique Montessori-style program for our school children (pre K—2nd) and religious education students in grade preschool and kindergarten.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: (Open to High school students & above) Our Religious Education is offered in two sessions: Weekly RE and Summer RE. The Weekly RE runs September through May on Sundays at 10:45 AM. The Summer RE offers a more intensive setting, and runs for two weeks in June from 9:00—12:30 each day. Adults and teens are invited to volunteer as catechists or assistants for either program. Kitchen volunteers are also needed in the summer.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: (Open to High school students & above) Vacation Bible School is the largest children's ministry at Queen of Peace, serving approximately 150 kids in grades preschool- 8 each summer in July. Entering its 14th year, VBS is a faith formation program offering a new theme each year that utilizes age-appropriate activities that help children grow closer to God. Volunteers are needed to fill many positions.
Y-DISCIPLE HIGH SCHOOL GROUP: Our program for high school students in grades 9–12 that focuses on their relationship with Christ through small group faith sharing. Volunteers needed to assist Youth Director as group leaders.
CHILDCARE & BABYSITTING: High school or adult volunteers needed to provide child care for parish events such as RCIA, HASA & other meetings, missions or guest speakers.
FOOD FOR FATHER: A ministry of volunteers who provide gift cards for Father for groceries or meals out.
FUNERAL LUNCHEONS: A ministry of men and women who help provide a luncheon following funerals held at Queen of Peace. Volunteers can donate a dessert, help set up/clean up, or serve during the luncheon.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION / MENTOR COUPLES: Parish volunteers are needed to assist in mentoring couples preparing for marriage.
PARISH HOSPITALITY: Volunteers who bake goodies and other foods for parish functions, such as Sacramental receptions, Pentecost Potluck, missions, or other events.
PRAYER & SHARE: This group meets to praise and thank God for our blessings and pray for the needs of our parish every Tuesday at 9:00 AM in our parish library.
PEACEFEST: Our multi-day parish festival celebrating the Queenship of Mary, our patroness. During this weekend, we gather together for fun, food, and faith sharing in many events including the “Mother of All” Rummage Sale, Wiffle ball, Family Fun Fair, Trivia Night, Classic Car Show, Piggy Raffle, outdoor Mass, Parish Feast and so much more!!
PRAYER LINE: A group of volunteers who are available to pray for the many needs of this parish. Anyone may email prayer requests. Additional call chain members are always welcomed.
SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCHEON: A special luncheon for our seniors is provided on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from September-May. Volunteers are needed to cook, serve and clean-up.
SUNDAY HOSPITALITY: Also known as “coffee & donuts” this ministry allows parishioners an opportunity for fellowship after the 7:30 & 9:30 Masses each week. Volunteers are needed to pick up the donut order from Martin’s & to assist with set-up.
WELCOME CENTER HOSTS: This ministry of volunteers will man the Welcome Center, greet parishioners, and answer questions.
SCRIP PROGRAM: Yearlong fundraiser benefiting both our parish and the families participating. A large selection of gift cards are sold to families earning them a rebate percentage designated by the merchant. Earned rebates are accumulated in 6 month periods and can be received as tuition credit or a cash back option.
SCHOOL COLLECTIONS: The school raises money for new equipment and supplies by collecting: Box Tops for Education. Help is needed cutting and bundling Box tops.
ARTS & ENVIRONMENT: For families, teens or adults who wish to help maintain the plants in church as well as prepare the church for the liturgical seasons and special Feast days.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS (Open to High school students & above) Fully-initiated teens & adults with the desire to serve the parish community at our Eucharistic liturgies. Once trained and commissioned, ministers are asked to serve 2 or more Masses per month.
LECTORS: (Open to High school students & above) Proclaim the Word of God at liturgies and Vespers. Once trained, lectors are asked to serve at 2 or more Masses per month.
ROSARY LEADERS: (Open to High school students & above) Lead the Rosary 25 minutes before the weekend Masses.
SACRISTANS: Set-up for weekday or Sunday Masses, or special liturgical events on a recurring schedule. All who feel called are invited to participate in this ministry.
USHERS: Adults or teens who can assist parishioners with finding a seat, taking up the collection, handing out bulletins, or other assistance to parish staff as needed.
CANTORS: Both singers and leaders of congregational song; teens and adults with pleasant, clear voices are encouraged to join; do not need to be member of a choir.
CHAMBERS CHOIR: A select ensemble that serves to perform and promote concert-level sacred music in our parish and the community; membership is open to experienced singers throughout the Michiana area, and is by invitation or audition.
INSTRUMENTALISTS: Woodwind, string, and brass instruments welcome, even if you have not played in a while.
SEASONAL CHOIRS: For special events where a choir is needed such as Peacefest or Christmas Eve.
LUNCHROOM VOLUNTEERS:Adults are sought to help serve the daily hot lunch and salad bar to our student body Mon.—Fri from 11:15 AM—1:00 PM.
JUBILEE SOCIETY: Women of all ages who come together to strengthen our parish community through both social and service activities.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Men dedicated to family, charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism and the defense of the Priesthood. Our council holds fundraising/social events such as fish/steak fries & parish breakfasts. Helps fund various parish projects & charitable works.
MARY'S BLUE BRIGADE: Women who gather to celebrate daily Mass and pray the Rosary the 3rd Monday of month; share breakfast at local restaurants afterwards.
PASTORAL CARE OF THE SICK: Visiting and/or taking communion to our sick and homebound parishioners.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: St. Vincent dePaul Conference follows Christ’s message to bear compassion and hope through acts of service to those in need. Collect food and other necessities and distribute them to those in need through personal one-to-one contact.
GROUNDSKEEPING: Parishioners who enjoy working outdoors are encouraged to donate a few hours on our campus.
OUR LADY'S GARDEN: Families or individuals can adopt a plot, or help with weeding and harvesting.
TRUNK OR TREAT: Annual outreach to our neighbors and surrounding community. Help need with games, crafts, and meal service and preparation.
EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA: Springtime outreach to our neighbors and surrounding community. Help need with games, crafts, and meal service and preparation.
ALPHA: We believe everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view. New members are invited to help with hospitality and/or be table leaders.
PARISH AMBASSADOR: Various events throughout the year, we are looking for people t be hospitable and help guests feel welcomed.
ECUMENISM & INTERFAITH RELATIONS: Present ideas and develop plans on how we can work together with people of other faiths within our community.
EVANGELIZATION: Present ideas and develop plans on how to reach out to others in our community to share the love of Jesus, as well as engage those within our parish to deepen their love and personal relationship with Christ.
EDUCATION: Present ideas and develop plans on how to engage our youth to participate in youth ministry efforts at Queen of Peace.
YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY: Present ideas and develop programs and events that will support the needs of young adults within our parish.
INFANT BAPTISM GARMENTS: Simple garments used during baptisms are needed. Some ability to sew is necessary.